Friday, February 9, 2018

Long overdue update

I started to blog a while back when someone showed me how they printed their blog into a book at the end of each year, because honestly, who has time for scrapbooking. I remember when my mom devoted months to the scrapbooks for both Jarred and I. It sure is fun to look back on, but just like bronchitis, ain't nobody got time for that! One of my close friends has a beautiful blog and is really the one that got me started. When I asked her how she keeps up, she said, you just devote time to it. Simple as that. I just don't devote time to it. I would like to keep a better track record, but sometimes I find that I am trying to keep up with so much that I then pull the opposite. I stop posting on social media, blogging and even sometimes purposely forget my camera so I can 'live in the moment'.


Our house has been getting updates and little face lifts and revisions. Jason has definitely lived up to the new phrase 'shiplap sunday'. And I don't even mind it. The dining space is full with ship lap.... 


 now the coffee shop ceiling, the built ins in the living room, behind the tv....
 and now in the 'waiting area' before you walk into the studio. This space is hands down my favorite ship lap. Chevron !!




What about the kids?


Austin is really enjoying the wrestling season. Well it's already almost over. He has proven he can hold his own that's for sure. This year he went up against kids 5 pounds heavier and a grade older and it didn't phase him. He won 12 for 18 matches and who knows, I may have missed a few of the nights where he just did one match. The matches he lost, I was just as proud. He worked so very hard and gave it 100% all of the time. My favorite was watching Austin interact with the older kids on the team. He was often sent to a tournament with one kid from each weight class so he was the only 1st grader. I am glad he isn't afraid to do things when its not including his specific friends. In between rounds, he was usually trying to tackle one of the older kids and they enjoyed his 'go get 'em energy'.



Ava:
oh brother. Such a funny miss! we tried hip hop dance which she absolutely loved, but she's just a tad young. The classes start at age 7 for a reason but we tried it anyway to get an idea. she just needs to be a little older in order to have the coordination but she begs to go back all the time. We are heading back to gymnastics for a little while but dropped out since she was in the 4-5 year old class and they don't really get to do much but the same thing each week. Getting kids involved in things early, can be fun, but sometimes its nice to enjoy not having something every night of the week. She has modeled twice now for TinyTys and has been on the cover of the box of their first set of toys in stores. Its very fun when friends text pictures of her face in the toy store in the mall or in Meijer. She has been asked to model for an eyewear company in the spring. She gets very excited for photo shoots.


Lola:
double oh brother. its' time to get this girl some formal training. thankfully I made her an appointment to get that scheduled. I had a lot more time on my hands to train Lily back in the day when I was in college, but now?? shoot!


Photography:
The studio has been up and running for about 5 months now. I love it. It has pushed me to learn so much more about lighting which has always been more of a struggle since I have zero formal training.


I am now blessed by an overly full schedule that books up months in advance, mini session days that slots can't stay open because they are full before I announce them. I have had many students come through who have mentored through me and many more people whom I have taught lessons to. People are driving from hours away and I.feel.blessed.
Well, that's life in a nut shell at the moment. I find myself lately saying 'right now, my kids WANT to be with me. it won't be long before their friends will take precedence over me.' Our plans for the year include planning a trip to Greece for Jason and I likely in August.


Work:
Soooo many of my photography clients ask about my full time as a PA. I still work full time and don't have plans to cut back. I worked hard to get there too. I applied to a year long program to learn more about integrative care in oncology and will hear back in the spring if I was accepted. So many patients long and desire for anything and everything to treat their cancer. Working in the cancer realm for the past 7 years has engrained in me to live for today, life is short, don't wait to do things, try things, or learn new things.


Lee & Birch:
A few years ago I was named the 'IT girl' for Lee & Birch clothing boutique. I continue to model for them in studio and for the runway shows whenever they ask. I absolutely love & adore everyone involved in that company. They have become friends and I just can't get enough of them. It's fun to do something for yourself especially when you take on so many other roles in life.



What else? Is there anything else? I still don't drink coffee....unless you drown it in chocolate and all the fixins'!


until next time.....



Friday, December 29, 2017

Let it snow & snow & snow !!

 Michigan is NOT holding out on the snow this year. I don't want to admit it but I'd much rather have the snow than just have the cold weather. The kids absolutely love it !! As if Ava's face doesn't verify that statement....
 Austin could stay outside for hours. He must not feel the cold temps because we often have to convince him its time to come in.
Lola loves it too. Poor thing is wearing last year's sweater. Not that she minds, but she is a grown up puppy now. Every morning when I let her outside she immediately starts eating snow. She can't get enough and loves to get it all over her face. such a silly puppy!
It's rare I get in front of the camera in comparison to how much I am behind the camera. But this 'out of focus' pic the hubby took has to be one of my faves.
 I have to say I am head over heels in love with these leather earrings by Lovable Lobes. A local company and the creator/owner is a gorgeous friend that deserves all the recognition for a fab company with an amazing product.

Keeping my hair looking good through the dry winter goes to Maple Holistics and their products that are all natural and made in the USA.
Getting me compliments on a daily basis is this awesome fur jacket from none other than Lee & Birch

I am hoping to make it through winter with our Winter Bucket List. The kids got snowboards for Christmas so we are planning to hit up the slopes as soon as we pick up some helmets for the kids. The lake is finally frozen so we can't wait to get out and do some ice skating. Many more things are on the list....hoping we can make it through them all while keeping our sanity through the long winter.

Cheers to a winter without cabin fever! (fingers crossed)

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