My 365: Novemeber and December

So life got away with me. Holidays and family took over and I have been MIA for a few months. We hosted both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So between cleaning, and decorating these last two months were so busy! I did fall behind on my project. I finished but there are a few days missing, maybe even a few weeks. I took photos every week but the time change and darkness just took away my inspiration. So I finished with light. I may not have taken a photo every day, but I took a lot of photos these past few months a lot more then one a day. I plan on wrapping the whole year up in one post about what I have learned so I will leave it at that. The holidays are about love and family. We have lots of that and I am so grateful. I am sending everyone out there all my love. Thank you for all your support.

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My 365: October

So sorry for the long blog post. I am slacking! Another busy month 🙂 Quinn had her first sleepover at Aunt Lindy’s. We made a trip up to Minnesota to visit Aunt Kristy and Uncle Sean’s new house and meet baby Jeri for the firs time. We all got strep…. ugh!!!! And of course Trick or Treating !! I am so excited for all the fun colors of fall, but I am sad that winter is sneaking up on us. Goodbye green grass.

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My 365: August 31- September 30

Oh my goodness I have not been here for a month. With good reason. September is always busy. We have 4 family birthdays in September! School started! Ethan lost his first tooth!! and then he lost another the next week! We made a trip to Minnesota for my dads first family reunion on his side. Not to mention my cousin had her second baby girl. Oh and I did 2 senior shoots for 2 amazing girls that I have had the privilege to watch grow into amazing women. I hope you all have not given up on me. Because I am still shooting. Every day! I am so grateful for this project to not only watch my photography grow over a year but to watch my family grow. So many milestones. 3 more months can you believe it!
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Annie’s senior photos

Annie was my second senior this year. She just shines in every photo. Her eyes just cut through my camera into my creative soul. I have not done a lot of urban photos so it was so fun to explore with her and her mom. They were so patient with me finding that perfect light. Mom encouraged me to try some places that said “NO TRESPASSING” (anyone who knows me knows I am not a rule breaker so this was very hard) and I am so glad she did!! For all those out there like me do not worry it was a fire escape and we stayed at the very bottom. They were some of my favorite! Look out world this girl is going to take you by storm!

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Anna’s Senior photos

I did my first senior photos with beautiful Anna. I have known Anna since she was just 8 years old. She has grown into such an amazing and beautiful woman. We conquered huge spiders lurking in the grass and came back with these incredible photos. She was a trooper through it all and I am so happy to have had a chance to get to know her so much better.

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My 365: August 2nd-30th

This has been a month of change for our family. Good and sad. Ethan turns 7 in just a few more days. Last Monday was his first day of second grade!! Quinn is starting preschool tomorrow. My little girl has grown into to an independent 3 year old in a blink of an eye. I am in shock at how fast this summer has gone by, how fast life goes. I never truly grasped that until I had children. I count my years by their milestones. Their achievements.

We lost Ryan’s grandmother this month. She was a driving force. She planned her funeral down to the sandals on her feet. She wrote letters to her children and as one was read all I could think about is what I would say to my children. How do you say goodbye? Lets just hope I have a long time to figure that one out. Time goes to fast. Funerals  of loved ones drive that one home. Don’t regret. Learn. Love with every fiber of your being and do not let the moments pass. Stop, step back and take a breath and enjoy it, feel it!

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My 365: July 12- August 1

I am so sorry for my absence lately. We have been swept up in the crazy fun and busyness of summer. We have been to the zoo, the water park, the lake, the amusement park, camp, swim lessons, the air force museum, and that is just a few of the things we have been up to the last 20 days.

Quinn has gone from being terrified of the water to our little fish this summer. Ethan has shot up like a weed I cannot believe how tall he is and his reading is just amazing. It is like it just clicked all of the sudden. Ryan is finally selling old “red truck”. His first new vehicle. We got it before we were married and we have just outgrown its extended cab. It will be sad when it sells.

Quinn is getting a big girl bed aka a bed big enough to fit her and her brother since she will not sleep alone and his little twin bed is a little cramped for the both of them. So full size bed for the pint size princess! They both are so excited!

I hope everyone is having as much fun as we are this summer. I have had so much fun I forgot for the first time in this project to take a photo one day. No joke I was so disappointed in myself. I woke up the next morning and thought “omg I never took my photo yesterday!!!”. I was so bummed!! But I have made it over halfway thru the year and I am not giving up. Everyone needs a makeup day right. I guess January 1st will be mine 😉 I have had trouble getting back on track and did 2 iphone photos this week….. but as I sat here today editing 44 photos!!! they that is right 44!!! I remember why I am doing this. And how much I am growing in just one year and the amazing memories I am capturing.

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My 365: June 14-27

This summer just keeps flying by. I cannot believe July is just around the corner. We have been enjoying lots of baseball and ice cream! We went up to Minnesota for fathers day weekend. Caught a Twins v Cubs game and had a blast! My dad and Kristy were sad the Twins lost but Sean and Ryan were ecstatic the Cubs won!! I will stay Switzerland. We started a tradition my parents used to do with us on the way up to the cabin. “Ice Cream Break”. So halfway thru our destination we stop and take an ice cream break and get the wiggles out. In the colder months this may have to be hot chocolate 🙂 Also Ethan had his last 2 baseball games this week for the season. He has grown leaps and bounds!! his coaches were so great and cannot say enough about them…. can you request coaches in t-ball?  All in all we have just been enjoying the summer. It has really been a great one so far!

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