Friday, December 31, 2010

day 333 | goodbye 2010

it's the end of 2010! tonight we spent the evening playing poker as we have for 4 out of 5 of the last new years eves. i haven't played poker in over a year and i was surprised that i actually made it as far as i did. i tend to get a little bit loopy when i have to focus for that long (and 12 hours of poker is a LONG time for me to focus) but nothing replaces the laughter and friendships!

2010 was a very good year! there were a lot more ups than there were downs. although there is obviously room for improvement no matter which category you choose ... mentally, physically, and spiritually it's nice to be ending 2010 in a MUCH better place than we began. a year of personal peace, joy, fun, and laughter! lots of laughter!! :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

day 332 | chicken scratch

smug. johnny joker. gutless wonder. sweater. just a few clips from tonight's HILARIOUS game of 500 where the laughter just kept on coming! so tonight's picture of the day - the scorecard - or as i like to call it - jadee's chicken scratch :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

day 331 | ice fishing

three generations of ice fishing! one of the things on tegan's vacation list can be crossed off! :) followed by dinner with michelle & michaela who definitely were wore out by my ever so rambunctious children!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

day 330 | lunch x2

two lunch dates today. thankfully they were far enough apart, one could qualify for lunch and one could qualify for dinner! first off was lunch with the pillards (except jeremy). maria brought the kids over for some pictures and a little french fry bribery never hurt anyone ;) then our friends who dj'd our wedding (and got us into dj'ing) were headed to this side of the state and asked if we'd like to meet for a late lunch. it was so great seeing the rakovszky's!! i wish they lived closer - or we lived further over there - whichever worked out lol!

Monday, December 27, 2010

day 329 | harley bear

harley was freaking out today because we were obsessively cleaning the house. tyson said i have been off my game lately ... i.e. forgetting appointments, losing paperwork, etc. the problem is that i am obsessive complusive perfectionist. when things aren't put in a specific place or in a place that allows me to eventually put it in a specific place - the house sort of falls apart. when the house falls apart - i slowly quit caring. and it's a vicious cycle.

i also think that maybe we're just a little more content this week. when you get a letter saying that your house payment has dropped by $600 - it makes you feel a lot happier and actually want to clean. so there was LOTS of cleaning today. even the crevices. and although it was only my schedule for one day - it may have to be extended to two or three days :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

day 328 | vacation list

i promised tegan we would make a list of the things he wanted to do while he was off for winter break. what i didn't realize was that he was going to wake me up in the middle of the night to write the list - but thankfully, we have it done now so all can sleep peacefully! we have set a time limit on video games and although he would much rather spend the rest of the time watching tv - that is limited too. so here's the list he came up with. i like how i threw "clean the house" in as number one and i told him we can't do all the other FUN things until number one is done! :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

day 327 | rauvette

since we spent thanksgiving day with the tripp's - we thought we'd spend christmas day with the rauvola's (thus making it rauvette day). tatum got to play with her best friend chloe ... tegan got to get married to sydney (i guess there was a ring) ... and sawyer got to play with all of them. worked out to be a perfect day!

Friday, December 24, 2010

day 326 | candyland

this is what my life has been reduced to .... candyland marathons. it mainly is a marathon because tate keeps winning and tegan keeps getting mad. lol. how long is winter break??!?! because i'm ready for my children to go back to school now!! :) thankfully grandpa doesn't have school this week either - which means - SLEEPOVER AT GRANDPA'S!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

day 325 | kissy kissy

in the process of taking the children's pictures - tegan was being a spunk so ..... tatum attacked him yelling kissy kissy. haha. it seemed to have worked - and i got this hilarious picture to embarass him later with! :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

day 324 | teag & tate

i think i have finally gotten pictures of the kids that i like! you know it's bad when people who come into my house for pictures say - "i love your kids pictures, did you take those"? - and then i say - "no, i took them to sears"! so it is time. i didn't love the one of the two of them together just yet - and i'm not sure these are the ones i'm going to hand out - but so far they're my favorites.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

day 323 | tanner's two

tanner is TWO! tanner went through quite the range of emotions today for his 2yr pictures ... stoic, laughing, crying, throwing blocks, and uncontrollable laughter! here's my favorite two from the session!

Monday, December 20, 2010

day 322 | middle of our street

our house - in the middle of our street (well, technically it's more toward the one end of the street .... ). more snow! although this is just a picture of my street in the dark ... i am pretty impressed that i didn't have to use a tripod. i was getting lazy and i really, really didn't want to set it up! so i held really, really, really still for 1.3 seconds lol. it was the longest 1.3 seconds of my life!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

day 321 | conner

went on a random shopping trip to the dells and i think i've finally put away all my bags. tatum went with me and even though we were only going in to build a bear to get hootie the owl fixed - we ended up coming out with a panda that was fully clothed from head to toe! that makes about 15 build a bears now - so i made tatum clean out all the "other" non-build a bear animals and donate them.

another one of my first newborns came in for some updated pictures. conner and his sister ella (who you will remember from day 89). although i loved some of the shots of them together - i specifically LOVE this picture with conner's baby blues and his little pout!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

day 320 | i CAN cook

and you all thought i couldn't cook! well i can. of course, i can only make one thing and here it is: a pork roast with carrots and potatos. the pork roast is hidden under all that delish stuff! i even used a slow cooker and six hours later - BAM! i had to throw some emeril in there! :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

day 319 | thirty

tonight we went out to dinner for tyson's parents 30 yr anniversary. at least i think it's 30 ..... we went to target bluff in camp douglas, and although the salad bar is LACKING!, the fish was really good!

here's a picture i took earlier in the day of baby steven. he was one of the first kids that came into the studio at fifteen months, and here he is for his two year pictures. steven has quite an arm on him - and it made for some interesting shots trying to catch a flying football and snap a really heavy camera - but i LOVE this picture!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

day 318 | letters

today is a short blog! i had three sessions today, company visiting, and one very cranky tatum! thank goodness it's bedtime. so tonight's picture showcases one of the things we're working on in the studio! :) more collages and letters.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

day 317 | CAKE

today was laundry day. boooo! for those of you who don't know me ... i HATE laundry day! in fact, laundry day only comes once a month (unless there is an emergency). i buy enough clothes to last a little over a month just because i HATE doing laundry sooooooo much! eleven loads of laundry later - i am officially caught up (except for the sheets).

andrew turned one earlier this week - so here he is having some cake (and eating it too)! andrew (and his family) was one of my first clients when i opened up the studio earlier this year and this is the 3rd time i've have the pleasure of taking pictures of him! this time he smiled sooooo much, i'd like to think he recognized me ... but i think it was the cake! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

day 316 | minnesota (grrrrr)

i have been around wisconsin / minnesota for quite some time now - and ever since i can remember, it has snowed. i am sure it snowed long before i remember and i'm sure it will snow here well into the future. one might think that if it has snowed for the last 30+ years, 50+ years, etc., a state may be a tad bit more prepared. for instance, if say it snowed on saturday, one would think that by tuesday the snow would be plowed and cleared away. minnesota, however, has FAILED miserably! they get a big F. the roads were terrible. in fact, as soon as we hit the minnesota stateline, a car went flying in the ditch because of the ice.

on a positive note ... tegan's eyes are doing AWESOME! so much so that even though there are still some signs that they aren't perfect - they are much, much better than before the surgery. the dr thinks that within the next three months, they will heal even more and hopefully he will avoid another surgery!

Monday, December 13, 2010

day 315 | semester

tonight i had my last class for the semester. i'll admit that i am sort of happy i don't have to drive to la crosse once a week - but i'm a little sad also. :( we turned in our final projects and here are the six that i turned in (and if you want to see them in person - they'll be displayed in the library of wwtc - la crosse campus)! my project was on finding light in the dark:
1) superior ave, tomah
2) sophy sitting in our window
3) ground round, tomah
4) fireworks
5) electrical plant, tomah
6) i-94

Sunday, December 12, 2010

day 314 | blizzard

snow doesn't really bother me that much. in fact, i'm slightly delighted with the weather we got! stayed in all day today. school is two hours late for tomorrow. i think all in all - it has completely worked out to my advantage! :) tater bugs was out shoveling away today. she kept getting stuck in the snow bank so she quit not long after - but at least she had some fun!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

day 313 | tangled

what do you do in a blizzard? well, normal people would stay inside their house, cozy up in a warm blanket, and watch a movie or something of the nature. we, however, are from wisconsin. blizzard or no blizzard - we get stuff done! today's agenda - since we didn't want to be responsible for 200+ people on the road, we cancelled the dance and went to see tangled. it was a super cute movie. tate loved it ... teags thought the horse was hilarious but wasn't really into all that girly stuff.

Friday, December 10, 2010

day 312 | tiny bubbles

what was supposed to be considered a night of getting ready for the dance - ended up being family night at the rauvola's. we ended up deciding to cancel the dance in leu of the winter storm warning. thankfully the building let us reschedule for a later date - and in the end, it all works out because now i have more time to plan! pizza. beer. family. friends. and cherry 7-up! it all ended up okay! :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

day 311 | blasted cookie

today's picture of the day - the blasted cookie. i hate this cookie for more than one reason. 1) my children beg for these every time we go to wal-mart, 2) then my children start fighting over whether the cookies should be blue or pink or whatever color, 3) the stupid cookies barely make it home uneaten, 4) the stupid sprinkles get all over my floor, and 5) the blue or pink or whatever color is spilled on the floor and then walked over and ground in. every single STINNKING time! :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

day 310 | tasha & tim

tonight is a short blog - a) i am still sick (BLAH) ... b) my house is a disaster ... c) i have a bazillion things to do before saturday ... d) i have four sessions left to edit before tomorrow ... and e) i still haven't started my final project that has to be uploaded tomorrow morning. so here's a picture of the day :) tasha & tim

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

day 309 | it's a virus

i hate going to the doctor for a cold ... after all, they are going to say "it's just a virus". so in other words they are saying "DEAL WITH IT"! thankfully today, i had my two year pancreas check (a blood test to make sure my good old pancreas has decided to stay healthy) and while i was there i mentioned that i have had this cold FOREVER! turns out - bronchitis and a sinus infection have been brewing. zithromax to the rescue (i hope) because i have a black and white party to start planning and it's only THREE DAYS away!

ooooh and today's picture of the day was one i found off my memory card that wasn't working! i love this picture - i think it fits lindsey's personality so perfectly!

Monday, December 6, 2010

day 308 | painting light

it's monday - and tonight i had my second to last class for the semester. so besides freaking out because i haven't even started my final project (not only have i not started - i don't even know what i'm going to do yet) we had fun painting with light. this was shot in complete darkness and flashlights (okay and maybe not complete darkness because i see a reflection from the door that was facing the hallway really, really, really far behind me - and that my friends is a run-on sentence)! ooooh - and there was kool-aid in water. that's all i can say for now (because it's past my bedtime and i may need to save that picture for another day)!

oooooh and quick sidenote - my memory card which decided to hide my files on me - has decided to "unhide" them. sooooo - i found the AWESOME pictures i took of harmony & lindsey the other day and i must say - i'm super duper excited!!!!!! and i've had caffeine (can you tell?!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

day 307 | miss emilyn

still recovering - but thankfully i think we are getting over being sick! i had three photo sessions today (i would have rescheduled them if i could have, however i had nowhere to reschedule them to). thankfully, like all my clients i've had so far, everyone was great to work with and willing to deal with my "not totally being with it."

i am loving my new background i got for babies and i finally got to try it out today on miss emilyn! i am loving it and i can't wait to buy a few more backgrounds just like it (well, different - but similar)! you know what i mean

Saturday, December 4, 2010

day 306 | i want a refund

i officially have every kind of flu possible since october 28th! the weekend of tegan's surgery it started with the stomach flu ... worked it's way into the upper respiratory flu ... and somehow now i have both. i want a refund on my flu shot because obviously - it doesn't work! the picture of the day is what all four of us have seen all day as we violently puked our guts out.

the silver lining in this - at least it's not next weekend!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

day 305 | cleaning out

about once a year, i get this obsession for cleaning out my computer. unfortunately for me - this obsession has struck again! i am psycho-cleaning my computer. i have deleted contacts that i no longer need, organized folders that definitely needed organizing, semi-started putting pictures into groups and passports ... and then, just like every other year ... the urge has passed and now i'm stuck with completely empty folders. :(

today we kept tegan home from school again - no puking today (thankfully)!!! however, just to be safe and to avoid any puking lunchroom incidents - tyson was insistent we keep him home. tys only works a 4hr work day on fridays - so i left tegan home with him and i went shopping ;)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

day 304 | striking

technically today's photo of the day was taken on monday - however i have been home with puking children all day. at first, i thought tegan was puking on purpose because he didn't want to eat hot lunch (trust me - if you knew my son - you wouldn't be surprised if that's what happened)! unfortunately - the puking has not stopped and i am pretty sure he's not faking (i think)!

so today's picture of the day - harmony! i personally think this photo is striking!! her blue eyes with her blue shirt ... i heart it!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

day 303 | dusting

wisconsin was officially running late with it's snowfall this year. however, come december 1st, "mother nature" knew exactly what to do. the temperatures dropped, the wind picked up, the water froze, and the snow fell. thankfully it wasn't very much - however the forecast is definitley promising some more!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

day 302 | stopping water

last night we had some extra time in class - so we decided to stop water. it's amazing what you can do with a tiny aquarium and an eye dropper! it is soooooooo cold and windy outside - i think i will take a nap today! :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

day 301 | portrait day

lindsey and harmony came down to visit from black river falls today. i have known both of them FOREVER!!! they had offered to be my guinea pigs for practicing manual operations and studio lighting without tyson present. unfortunately it wasn't ideal weather for outside - but we got some awesome inside pictures. plus, it was soooo great to hang out with them this afternoon!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

day 300 | rca dog

my 300 day milestone wasn't as awesome as i was planning on - however i do think it's kind of cool because i heart the rca dog. i have always loved the iconic logo. shooting through the center of an old record i kept the record blurred and focused on the cover in the background. definitely something i will work with again.

i spent the afternoon catching up on a few small projects around the house. one of these was creating a flyer for our AWESOME december special. i want to do some outdoor family portraits once we get some snow ... snow is so beautiful!! and for those of you keeping track .... black, white, and pink all over in LESS than two weeks and counting!!! :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

day 299 | dead leaves

my posts are getting more and more awesome titles, don't you think? :) i have been snapping pictures all day trying to figure out what i want to do for my fine art series. i have four weeks (well technically three now) to complete it and i haven't figured out what i want to take pictures of yet. this isn't the direction i'm going in - but i thought it looked kind of cool with the sun setting behind it. seriously - it's like 20ยบ outside - so i wasn't going to venture out much further than opening the front door ;)

Friday, November 26, 2010

day 298 | light bubbles

tyson put new lights in my ikea light tonight - and took a picture of it. so this is technically his picture of the day ... but i thought it was pretty cool so i stole it. this stupid retarded coughing is about to get the best of me. grrrr. i did get one MAJOR accomplishment done today though - i am completely up-to-date in quickbooks - with BOTH businesses! i am ready for tax season - bring it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

day 297 | trippettes

today was our annual trippette day (the tripp's and the pichette's). we have spent three of the last four years at one or the other of our houses. it wasn't four out of four because someone had to go and have a baby :P haha. there was food, cards, wii, and hilarious non-stop laughter! so in honor of the year we couldn't have our trippette day - here's taylor who will be TWO in approximately five hours!

today's second picture of the day - one of the shots i took for a magazine article on the necedah ems. this is the ems chief at his desk (he said you wouldn't recognize his desk because it was never that clean) - so i got proof!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

day 296 | milkweed

i assume this is milkweed - although we all know that i know nothing about plants & growing things - so i could totally be WRONG! i caught my attention while i was driving to necedah today. there was a bad semi accident, so i ended up on some country backroads (thank goodness for GPS)! ooooh - and what was i doing in necedah? shooting pictures for my first magazine article!! i am super stoked to get published!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

day 295 | chickadee

yes - i am a day late (again). ever since i got the flu about three weeks ago, i cannot stop coughing. i HATE it! now it's turned into a cough and i'm losing my voice. it's ridiculous. so, i went to bed early ;) very early. like 6pm early!

so to make up for it - two pictures of the day. both of a bird i was stalking at my mom's house. apparently when they are hungry enough, they don't mind me standing right by their food!