Short on words today…so I’ll be long on pictures instead…I mean, that’s why you’re here, right?
Here are the winners from a silent auction I did for my kids school in Monticello. These three were SO adorable, even if they were a bit on the crazy side! It makes for a really fun session. And then maybe a cocktail afterwards
This next shot is my favorite…she was throwing a very minor tantrum, but she looks sweet doing it!
We went to the minnesota state fair last week, and boy was it warm outside. Let me rephrase that: we went to the minnesota state fair last week on the hottest day E.V.E.R. The kind of hot where you feel like doing inappropriate things because you are so desparate for relief. I found myself acting rather strangely…I locked myself in a bathroom stall (at the miracle of birth center) for over 20 minutes so that I could enjoy the air conditioning that the bathrooms provided. I took wadded up paper towels and shoved them inside my bra underneath my boobs…apparently, my boobs sweat excessively. I found myself standing really close to a woman wearing tight, sweaty short-shorts, complete with a spider web tattoo (I didn’t see the actual spider, I’m assuming it’s on her naughty bits somewhere), simply because she was standing in the only shade patch I could find. We spent more money on water bottles and lemonade than anything on a stick…which is quite sad, don’t you think?
The real highlight of the day was the parade. The timing was perfect, the fair was lining up a parade (complete with a few floats, bands, princesses and Ronald McDonald), and Ken from Captain Ken’s Baked Beans was searching for a super cool, attractive family to sit in the back of his vintage fire truck and wave to the masses. We walked by and obviously fit the bill…Korey and I, with our sweat soaked t-shirts and the kids with their beat-red faces. Once we started driving the parade route, it was awesome…I’m not gonna lie, there was a little part of me that felt like a rock star. I mean, sure, the crowds were mostly waving at my cute kids, but I like to think that a few of them were waving to me. Or maybe they just like beans.
I haven’t shared a newborn session for awhile, I think we’re due! This little peanut was so good…she slept like a champ! I had a hard time narrowing down which images to show…here are a few of my favorites! I need to hang this first shot in my studio…I LOVE her little smile!
Brady (my 3 yr old), is picking up some bad habits. In the last week he has learned the following:
~how to yank down his pants and moon an entire crowd (there was a frontal mooning as well…sooo embarrassing)
~how to grind his teeth (he just started this, any advice on how to make him stop would be appreciated! The more I tell him not too, the more he does it to tick me off)
~how to say, “Holy Crabs” (he means to say holy crap, but he can’t quite get it right)
~how to cry the second it starts raining at night (I’ve never had a kid scared of the rain…and out of the blue Brady decided that storms and rain in general are scary).
~how to refuse the use of indoor plumbing. This one is all my fault. It started with a ‘pee tree’ at our house, and it has morphed into urinating onto grass, wood-chips, shrubbery…basically, anything but a toilet.
So as I start to prepare my acceptance speech for yet another mother of the year award (I swear, these things are piling up on my shelf), I leave you with pictures of three adorable sisters!
The girls only had one request, they wanted a pyramid picture~so cute! I admit, the girls were less than thrilled with the outdoor portion of our session…it was too buggy and too bright…as you can see, they couldn’t keep their eyes open at all…but it made for one of my favorite pictures from their session
I went onto facebook this morning (what? It’s totally work related) and I saw someone’s status update: Having fun at the state fair! But but but…the start of the fair means fall is here. I might as well go put on a fur coat now…the snow will probably start falling by the weekend. My husband loves fall…looks forward to it every year…to me…the only thing fall indicates is that winter is on it’s way. I’m a fan of summer. In fact, a few of my family members have lovingly nicknamed me the sun-whore. In my defense, we were on a tropical vacation at the time…and skin-blisters or not, I was going to come home to the snow with a beautiful, golden tan. Please don’t remind me of this post when the doctor tells me I have skin cancer…that’s just bad form.
So, let’s backtrack to the beginning of summer…when these pictures were taken! This family was so sweet~their little girls are just adorable! I love how their family pictures turned out…I kind of want to hang this first one on my own wall!
I am sitting up north in a trailer working on my blog. I’m feeling quite inspired up here…surrounded by nature, letting my kids run free, while I edit pictures! This is the 4th summer in a row that my sister in law and I have packed up our kids, and spend a week up at the family compound (consists of 3 nice trailers in an association in Alexandria, MN). Usually after we put the kids to bed at night, we sit around the campfire and chit chat with a few drinks…but this year, we’re both too busy to just completely ignore work, so we spend our evenings sitting side by side with our laptops. It’s actually quite nice…we bounce ideas off of each other (she’s a graphic designer), and of course, we still have our cocktails.
The only hitch is that our husbands (aka: workhorses) aren’t able to come. We are super spoiled, and during a week like this, we are clearly reminded of that fact. However this year we discovered a solution. It’s called Vacation Bible School. And get this…wait for it…………….they serve the kids supper every night. It’s like divine intervention. Or a christmas miracle. It seems silly to come back here and cook supper for just the two of us, so we’ve been dining out every evening. It’s a rough life I lead.
I know there are a lot of people waiting for their galleries/orders. I promise I will attempt to work this week, and hopefully be productive! This is our last summer hurrah, and I’m trying to enjoy it before school starts. So right now, I think I’ll head back to the beach, and tonight, I’ll tackle another gallery
I had to edit a few pictures from my girlfriend Leah’s wedding last weekend. It was a gorgeous day. The weather was amazing, the food was incredible, and the people were all lovely It’s always risky to get married outdoors in Minnesota, but it paid off here… I love the location, the little touches everywhere, and the whole vibe from the day. Is it cool that I talked about your wedding having a vibe??
Congratulations to the both of you, I wish you a lifetime of happiness. And enjoy your honeymoon~tomorrow!! They’re going to the same resort in Mexico where my cousin had her destination wedding. Remember to eat at the French, Japanese and Indonesian Restaurants. Those were our top pics
This first shot is of my favorite feature from their wedding…the candy buffet. It was done SO well, and was a huge hit…I think it was completely empty by the end of the night.
Oooh, and don’t forget the cupcake centerpiece platters!! I am not ashamed to admit, I ate three cupcakes. They are made by an amazing baker (bakeress? are you called a baker if you’re female?) named Juliet of Devine Cakes…she has mad skills.
Erik’s dad has always been a spiritual man, but he went above and beyond when he got himself ordained for the occasion! He did an amazing job, and you can clearly see, he wasn’t saying anything embarassing about the bride and groom!
Leah’s son Drew…the main culprit in the disappearing candy buffet. Only a few wiggles during the ceremony!
This is a very low maintenance couple…they only wanted one good picture of themselves together. Well, I think this counts, don’t you?!
Do you always think before you speak? I don’t think, I just talk. Tragically, I was born with a broken filter (I hope I don’t pass that genetic trait down to my children…so far, it’s not looking promising). Often my verbal diarrhea makes me look all kinds of stupid. At least on the blog, I can re-read what I type out, and delete the truly horrifying comments that spew from my fingers….not to mention the heroic efforts of spell check...however, I’ve found that spell check doesn’t recognize some of my new fav words, i.e.: totes (totally) fosho (for sure) whatevs (whatever)….but I think we understand each other, right?
Here’s some of my more recent commentary faux pas:
“Sir, I’ll have you stand up and pull down your pants“ (I said this to a nice gentleman during a family session…his khaki’s were looking a bit too ‘high water’ for my taste, so I wanted him to tug the legs down to cover his socks…needless to say, we were all blushing after that one).
“I can bring my rum and coke in here, right?‘ (I was at the grade school yesterday morning, and I couldn’t bare to leave my full coffee mug in my car, so I brought it in with me…I ran into the principal of the school in the hallway, and in a desperate need to fill the awkward silence, decided to drop that bomb, and put myself forever on the ‘parent’s to watch list’.
“I carried a watermelon?” (after the hottest guy in the room came dancing up to me and asked what I was doing in the club). Wait a minute…that wasn’t me, that was Baby…in the best movie of all time: dirty dancing.
This little baby boy, was seriously adorbs (adorable)…He was SUCH a happy little camper…and this first shot, ummm? Love it! I mean, I obviously got him to pose like this… with his hand on his chin, and his feet crossed just so. Then I asked him to please look off into the distance and give me a small dreamy smile. I am totes a baby whisperer.
It was a cool summer afternoon, but we snuck outside the studio for a few…look at those toes
It’s the middle of the day. You’ve put all 3 of your children in their rooms for 1 hour of quiet time. You think finally, I can have a few moments of peace while I check my email with a giant bag of M&M’s in my lap. You start reading a highly entertaining email forward (the subject title was ‘you know you’re a Minnesotan if‘, so you already know it’s going to be high brow hilarity) when the words, “Mommy, what are you doing?” are being spoken 3 inches from your face. You scream and the bag of M&M’s spill all over the floor. How does a 5 year old know how to sneak attack like that? Any other time, you can hear him coming from a mile away, but put a bag of candy on your lap, and he goes into stealth mode and prowls upon you like a lion stalking his prey.
It’s late at night. The kids are tucked in tight for the night. You and your husband are lying on the couch, enjoying a new episode of CSI Las Vegas (this time with ice cream bowls in your lap, not M&M’s!). The CSI team is investigating the death of yet another hooker. Cause of death? Just as the coroner takes the electric saw to her skull, you hear heavy breathing and the words, “mommy” are whispered into your ear. You jump a mile into the air and then turn to see if your 8 yr old has put on a ninja mask and a pair of moccasins to aid in her silent approach. Why do they do that?
Does anyone else have kids that regularly scare the crap out of them?! Or is it just me?
I’m bumping this gorgeous senior to the head of the blog, so that I can use some of her pictures to update my senior site! Her whole family came along for her senior pictures…I thought that was awesome, it was a nice little family outing for them! So, if you are planning your senior session with me, feel free to bring the whole crew along Unless they’re going to tease you mercilessly when I insist that you show me your ‘sulky/serious’ face for a picture…then you can just leave them home!
This last shot was my fav from the night
I am heading up north, and I wanted to stop in and do a quick blog post…I thought about typing up something long and dramatic during the drive up…but the thought of typing with my thumbs for that long sends me into a panic.
I love this family. I love this session. Not only are they all gorgeous~but they’re sweet and funny too And if you’re wondering where the boo-ya comes in…well, these people rock. So, boo-ya.