A few days ago I heard some squealing from outside.  Taking a peek, I see half the neighborhood kids, mine included, sliding down a hill on empty boxes. It reminded me of that time my friends and I made a sled for 10 people out of sheet metal when it was snowing and then took a ride up a wire connected to a pole.  These kids are smarter than my friends and I were.

kids sliding down a hill on boxes photo by April Nienhuis

blox sledding pictures by Oklahoma photographer April Nienhuis

neighborhood kids sliding down a hill pic by April Nienhuis

And a quick iPhone shot…

iPhone 6 photo of kids sliding down a hill on boxes by April Nienhuis


Yeah, you read that right, this beautiful little nugget is 1 of 21 grandkids (or grands as my mother-in-law calls them) on my husband’s side of the family.  Maybe we should be putting dibs on how many grandchildren there will be total? Lol!

I may not be a newborn photographer but I can’t resist photographing my own niece when she makes her grand entrance:)

baby girl laying on bed pic by April Nienhuisnewborn picture by April Nienhuismother and daughter newborn portrait by April Nienhuismom holding newborn daughter photo by Oklahoma photographer April Nienhuisblack and white photo of mother holding new baby by April Nienhuis


Swimming, tetherball, playing on the mustard and ketchup at the ball fields, hanging at Grandma Jan and Pappy’s… my head is full of childhood memories with my BFF.  One of the strongest memories, and one I’ve wanted to share with my own children, is listening to Dan & Louie before bed.  Okay, so ventriloquy dolls are a little creepy to look at but Louie and his “dad” Dan are great storytellers.  Every night I stayed over at Brooke’s house, we’d snuggle up under the covers – never quite ready for sleep – and listen to another bible story told by Dan & Louie.  Sure, we knew the stories, but it never stopped us from listening intently with a few giggles thrown in.  Tonight, I introduced my kids to this childhood memory of mine.  Finn may not be convinced yet, but the girls loved listening to them.

kids listening to dan and louie bible stories on the ipod photo by April Nienhuishearing bible stories on the ipod picture by April Nienhuis

  • August 8, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    Brooke - I haven’t thought about the ketchup and mustard in forever!ReplyCancel

We had another one down and out over here this week. I love how this one, our very own Linus, finds comfort in his tattered old blue blankie when he’s feeling down. He never cared much for a pacifier but perhaps all those nights of keeping him wrapped up tight like a burrito is what triggered his love for this strip of fabric. A couple years ago he expressed his desire for a new blanket since this one is so torn but when I brought home a new one, the exact same blanket only fresh from the package, he quickly cast it aside and returned to the original. This week, for a short while, he held it tight while his tummy healed.

our linus by April Nienhuis