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Mar 6, 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve just chatted on here.  Let’s catchup!

What a crazy winter it has been.  Mother Nature has lost her ever-loving mind and given us everything from 70 degrees to icy and below freezing, often in the same week.  While few would complain about a mild winter – I am missing the snow.  I had a few couples who were hoping for snow engagement shoots this winter, and it doesn’t look like that will be happening.  *sigh*  The kiddos are a little sad too, as each time it shows snow on my weather app, Mini gets excited, only to be let down by the ‘dusting’ we get that melts by the end of the day.

I’ve been reminding myself it’s still winter though, and trying to hammer away at the “off-season” to-do list.  There’s a long string of unfinished projects to tackle, which I’m happy to say I have been, little by little.  Things like hanging artwork in Squeak’s room and photographing the girls’ artwork.  None of it takes much time, I just have to do it. There’s one very large project happening too – painting all of the woodwork in our house white.  I want it all done by June.  So far the girls’ bedrooms, their hallway and their bathroom are done.  That still leaves 3/4 of the house (likely more, but I’m telling myself I’m 1/4 done), much of which is stair railings.  But I’m doing it!  This is something I’ve been talking about doing for years.  We’ve been in this house for 10 years now.  It’s time to stop talking and start doing.

(occasionally, I include updates on these projects in my Instagram stories…)

That’s sort of my philosophy for this whole year.  I’m staring down a big birthday in December, and I’ve adopted a “moving mountains” attitude for this year.  I’m hoping it helps me to stay motivated and feel very accomplished by the time 2018 rolls around.

The girls are growing like weeds.  Mini turned 5 at the beginning of the year, and we found out she is far-sighted and so we now have a bespectacled little girl.  She’s eagerly awaiting Kindergarten and still surprises us with her maturity regularly.  Squeak turned 2 last fall, and is gaining vocabulary and personality in leaps and bounds.  I’ve always loved the age of 2 – they are still so sweet, and not quite sassy yet, and it’s such fun to watch them learn and develop skills.

I found a new app recently that has been helping me record our everyday lives in a fun way.  It’s called 1 Second Everyday.  Basically, it asks you to record a one second video each day, and then it compiles them into a video for you at the end of the month, and end of the year.  It’s really fun to look back and see all we’ve done in a month.  And, for a photographer who often forgets to photograph her own kids, it’s nice to get a reminder!

Hubby launched a beer festival in February!  The Keg Killer Outdoor Winter Beer Festival.  I was able to help out quite a bit with it, which was good fun.  We lived in a world consumed by buffalo plaid, beer, and all things lumberjack themed for a few months there.  The festival went off beautifully with temperate weather, sold-out status and tons of happy beer drinkers.  I am still so proud of him for making his vision come to life!  Now, it’s on to the next beer event, Summer Untapped.

Wedding season started a month ago for us, with a wedding in February.  I just posted a sneak-peek of their photos on my Facebook page last week.  Check it out if you missed it!  We have another wedding this weekend too.  At the moment there is snow on the radar for Saturday, and I have to admit, that would be lovely….

(this weekend’s couple, Kelsey & Dan, who did get the *tiniest* amount of snow for their shoot)

One of those big projects for the off-season has been an overhaul of the website and blog.  I’ve spent a lot of late nights slaving away at the design and functionality for them both.  Designing, redesigning and then tweaking some more.  The blog is still under construction (as you can see), but the new website will be launching this week!  I can’t wait to share it with you!

I’ve been crushing on a new easy dinner recipe I stumbled upon at a wedding show.  It’s so easy and crazy good, and it only takes me about 20 minutes to pull together.  So, you layer chopped up grilled chicken over a bed of mashed potatoes (sub out rice for something healthier), then drizzle with balsamic vinegar (my favorite!) and top generously with tomato bruschetta (pre-prepared makes this super easy).  The flavor is awesome.

I discover new television not because I get to sit in front of our tv (which rarely happens), but because I “listen” to tv while I edit.  The ability to watch whole seasons of television at once hasn’t helped this addiction.  ;0)  This winter I’ve already enjoyed “The Crown“, “Mozart in the Jungle” and I know I’m super late to this game, but I discovered the hilarity that is “Arrested Development“.

It’s parent participation month at Mini’s school, and I’m teaching an animation lesson this week – so I better go and pull that together. It’s gorgeous outside today in Milwaukee – get outside!

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