One of my goals this year is to take more spur-of-the-moment photos to document my family. We have such a lucky life, honestly, and it’s easy to take the small moments for granted. These photos are meant to remind me – with their flaws and imperfections – as life flies by – these are the moments to remember. Wow, sounds like a cheesy song, right?! But, so true.

What’s the quickest way to document life? With a cell phone camera, of course! I have an iPhone and loveee it. The camera, however, isn’t the best. But I’ve found a few apps (yes, there’s an app for that!) that really juice up the camera. My new favorite app makes photos look like they were taken with a Polaroid camera. Some of my photographer friends are doing absolutely amazing things with their real retro Polaroid cameras and I wanted to try something similar. This app is great – the photos really do look like Polaroid images.

Here are a few from our quick roadtrip to Roanoke this past weekend:

My favorite one of these – the sky as we came over a hill on the road near Charlottesville. I love when the hills begin to turn to mountains. Central Virginia is absolutely beautiful, even in the middle of winter.

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We couldn’t believe how much snow was piled up from outside Charlottesville all the way to Roanoke – from a blizzard back in December!

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My husband’s driving arm! Love how the world outside the window is blurry as we fly by – but inside the car, his arm is in focus.

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Olivia – these days if I try to get a photo of her, I’m often greeted with her trying to get a photo/video of me back with her iPod!
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We went to Roanoke to surprise one of my husband’s friends for his, ahem, milestone birthday! The party was held at his parent’s house – where their basement is the party-room of the century. It’s complete with a  working slot machine – which Olivia loved!  He also has a player piano, pool table, pro dartboard and working jukebox. It’s truly a fun place. We’re so glad we made the trip – the older I get, the more I realize we are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by some of the most genuine and warm people.
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