Monday, May 31, 2010

day 120 | summertime

memorial day marks the beginning of summer for me. today i got some sun ... watched the pichette men work on a deck ... had a photo session ... finished my hole in the front yard (as in ... there is no more hole)! i would call it another successful day!! :)

picture of the day ... cade "working" on the slip-n-slide.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

day 119 | taking flight

tonight our baby birds left the nest. nothing super exciting about the picture ... except ... i was standing at the top of our pool ladder. anyone who knows me ... knows it's AMAZING the camera & i came out in one piece. :)

project of the weekend almost complete. my hole in the front yard is filled in finally - now just to plant and mulch. the pool area is cleaned up. the lawn is mowed. now onto bigger and better things.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

day 118 | class reunions

tomah - 4, viroqua - 0. i have been to WAY more tomah class reunions than i have for my own school. with the help of facebook or the fact that i have been DJing quite a few viroqua weddings - i don't see the need of going to a class reunion. maybe my 20 year :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

day 117 | flower shopping

flower shopping. i do not particularly enjoy flower shopping. i like baskets that are all ready put together and require little effort. my mother on the other hand wants to build a perennial flower garden ... so off to do more flower shopping!

one good thing that comes out of going to visit amish country - brookwood / ontario high school is on the way - which means 65 more senior flyers sent out. i don't have a huge number of appointments left - but i figure it will be a good way to get our name out there.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

day 116 | migraines & taxes

today i woke up with the beginning of a migraine and tatum {who didn't sleep well anyway} woke up screaming that her ears hurt. so, back to the doctor only to find out they can try one more antibiotic and after that ... tubes. she has been on antibiotics for the last 20 days - so hopefully this antibiotic will be strong enough to knock the infection out!

our business plan consultant came today to meet with us regarding ... well, our business plan. lol. that involved getting our taxes done for the first quarter so we had a little bit of knowledge as to how the business is going. it was a very informative meeting ... even with a migraine!

today's picture of the day is an old picture :( i know. i have my camera all apart and set for cleaning. so this picture will have to do. i LOVE this picture. i just ordered the metallic print of it to frame. love, love, LOVE it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

day 115 | tanner's weakness

i LOVE taking pictures of kids that i know ... specifically because it's fun to see their personality come out. tanner has a weakness ... CHOCOLATE!!! he LOVES chocolate. wave a chocolate bar and ask if him he wants some - the smiles just come from everywhere.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

day 114 | pouty faces

today was a rainy, stormy day. our power went out more than once and it was usually when i was halfway through editing a picture. i am officially caught up {i think} on all my editing for a day or so. :)

that means - time to catch up on my season finales!!

today's picture of the day is of miss keira. we have plenty of her smiling - but i LOVE the one of her trying to make her angry, pouty face. add a little old fasioned painter style too it and i think she's a doll!

Monday, May 24, 2010

day 113 | heat index

three years ago i made the best decision of my life!!!! i refused to by our house until we put air conditioning in ... we even had to redo our loan to get the money to do it. however, on days like today when it is 90+ degrees and HUMID - i don't regret it one bit!! :)

i spent 80% of my day getting caught up on my editing, 15% in photo sessions, and the other 5% with my dentist. no cavities :) he says i am his only patient that has made it past 30 with no cavities {yes - i now have two fillings - but they were after my 30th birthday}.

and it is now my favorite time of the day .... bedtime!!!! :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

day 112 | spiderwebs

i saw this and i thought of you becca ....
for everyone else - it's a good 90's song!! :)

didn't get to bed 'til almost 3am because of the wedding last night. meeting this morning ... followed by a funeral in the afternoon. loooooooonnnnnnnng day. tomorrow is a full day dedicated to editing. i am FOUR sessions behind and i have more coming - so it's time to get caught up!!!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

day 111 | tis the season

the wedding season! tonight we started our "almost" four month stretch ... we are booked nearly every saturday for the next FOUR months {minus the few i left off the schedule for personal days}. four months from now ... we will have been djing for EIGHT years! yes, it does get tiring {mainly i dread setting up and the long wait through dinner} ... BUT ....

only in wisconsin can you play "beer barrel polka" after midnight and have a full dancefloor. thriller NEVER gets old. hearing - "the last time we did this, you dropped me," as the guy swings the girl across the dancefloor ... also, never gets old! every wedding will always have that one crazy person who comes and requests the most outlandish song they can think of {i swear it's a test} only to completely clear the dancefloor in seconds.

AND ... watching everyone sing along with the words as they bob up and down on the dancefloor while yelling "I LOVE THIS SONG" makes it all worthwhile!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

day 110 | lighting

so i finally decided to mess around with my new editing program a little and after downloading a few presets - i am in LOVE! not just a little crush either - IN LOVE!!! totally worth my $299 usd - although right now i am still just using the trial version.

i love working outside - i love playing with light. i love photographs that look like they came right out of a magazine! i know i said no more trash the dress session pics for my blog - BUT i LOVE this lighting preset. it looks like a secret garden or something. modern yet vintage. color yet antiqued.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

day 108 | one day behind

i am always one day behind ...

here's a picture from tegan's trip to the farm yesterday. feeding a baby calf = cool! getting drooled on by a baby calf = not so cool! hand sanitizer = lifesaver!

i am still editing bridal session pictures and now i have decided to tear up the front yard {don't ask ...}. i have a vision and it will all come together ... it's just right now i stray between the computer and the front yard. tonight i did go and buy all the stuff i need for the actual digging to begin!! ;) you shall see ....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

day 107 | down on the farm

i hate allergy season. :( my eyes are so itchy and my head is so stuffed up - it's ridiculous. today i went with tegan's 4k class on a trip to the farm. me personally - NOT a farm girl! in fact, i am content to stay as far away as possible from the farm. i will admit though - the highlights of the farm were .... watching tegan feed a baby calf, pet a duck, chase a rooster, and watching diane get poop splatter from a cow. ;) *sorry diane - i had to bring it up*

i did take a lot of pictures today - BUT i unfortunately didn't get time to edit them. so i had to use one more pictures from my wedding shoot {can you tell that bridal sessions are one of my favorite things to shoot - that and seniors}. i promise - tomorrow i will get back to shooting life. but for now, here's another one of my FAVS!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

day 106 | mondays are stupid

unfortunately i didn't accomplish much today - or at least as much as i would've liked to.

i did, however, watch tatum put soap in the bird bath ... after all it is a "bath" she said. i watched tegan cover himself from head to toe in chalk dust. and i have about 40 pictures edited from yesterday. ;)

ah, the joys of monday. so here's another photo from yesterdays bridal session

Sunday, May 16, 2010

day 105 | trash the dress

i LOVE trash the dress sessions {aka bridal sessions without the wedding}. weddings go soooo fast and you don't always get the pictures you wanted or could have gotten - so we created a trash the dress / bridal session to help with that. basically you take a bride who has recently got married and you go to all the fun places where it's okay for her to get her dress a little dirty {ie. the park / the river / the railroad tracks / etc}. in the end you get a fun experience and awesome pictures!

today's trash the dress session comes courtesy of travis & amanda stuckey. we met them a little under a year ago when we dj'd their wedding and they volunteered to be models for our session. it was so much fun & amanda was ready to try anything ... even climbing fire escapes ;)

we ended up with a little over 600 pictures - but here is a sample of what is yet to come

Saturday, May 15, 2010

day 104 | random objects

my father-in-law {aka FIL} likes to put random objects in our backyard and wait to see how long it takes us to notice them. sometimes we catch him in the act - sometimes we apparently don't notice.

today i am out mowing the lawn ... yes, i occasionally mow the lawn ... ok it's my second time in the 8 years we've been married. anyway, i'm out behind our fence and out of the corner of my eye i see this HUGE bird?!?!?! i dropped the mower and got out of there ... only to find out that it was an owl put there several days ago by .. FIL! thank you for the almost heart attack :P

on a sad note - a good friend & neighbor passed away!! i will miss the shouted conversations we had through pete's yard. i'll miss the almost daily waves from the other side of the street. and i'll miss the security in just knowing that you have someone who is keeping an eye on things.

Friday, May 14, 2010

day 103 | bright sunshiney day

we are going to call today ... a wash!

it was bad because the kids are sick ... again. i swear they {specifically tatum} have got hit with everything recently. poor tate was on her last day of antibiotics from the last ear infection. today we visited the doctor to find out that tegan has a double ear infection & pink eye in both eyes. tate has one ear infection {the same ear that burst about a week ago or so} and two pink eyes. so far, these are not very good odds!!

it was a good day because ... we actually saw sun! vitamin d makes everything better. it was also a good day because we got tegan into a different elementary school. we were assigned to miller elementary for the 2010-2011 school year but one phone call later and he has been switched to lemonweir. i didn't care between the other two public elementaries - but when she said it's your pick ... i gladly picked the one aiden & sawyer will be in. so that is one less thing to worry about!

AND i am not as defeated today ;) i have just come to the realization that i can't be a perfectionist and raise children - the two do not go hand in hand. my house is and will always be a disaster!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

day 102 | defeated

some days you just feel defeated ...
i'm not exactly sure what it is about today.

could be the fact that is has rained for the last ... decade!
could be any number of things i would suppose.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

day 101 | home sweet home

home sweet home. you can tell we are home by the uncontrollable crying - also known as the kids are WAY overtired!! this is a short & sweet picture of the day:

underwater adventure @ the mall of america - by far the kids favorite thing we did this week. and of course - jellyfish. the kids love jellyfish from spongebob squarepants - but now that they've seen them in person - they think they're pretty amazing!!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

day 100 | three digits

day 100. woot woot!! i have made it 100 days consecutively without missing ONE stinkin' day! since i am in minneapolis and i am being beckoned to the pool - here is a collage of the day:

butterflies up close & personal at butterfly bay ... tys trying to torture our children by having them believe that he was SERIOUSLY eating mr. krabs ... and jellyfish, jellyfish, jellyfish. they are the most amazing things i have ever seen!!! {jellyfish pictures coming tomrrow}

Monday, May 10, 2010

day 99 | eight years

today's picture of the day is technically for after midnight, but we're going to bump it up a little. it's only by a couple of hours - so we're not "technically" cheating ;) tomorrow is my 8th wedding anniversary. i will be in minneapolis. thus the reason tomorrow's picture is today.

the city is full of inspiration just waiting to be captured. :) of course - what was going to be a couple of days by ourselves has now turned into a family mini-vacation. i have photo sessions i have to be back for and tys has to work - so it worked out alright. we decided that we are going to go later this fall for a long weekend. i say seattle - he says somewhere warm. we will work out those details later. :) *it will be seattle j/k*

at any rate - tomorrow is filled with mall of america, american girl, build a bear, lego land, nickelodeon adventures, bubba gump, and ikea. wednesday we are still undecided on.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

day 98 | thirty one

may is a good month. i don't celebrate holidays BUT - i would have been the perfect mother's day gift ;) lol. i am officially 31 today. ah, how time flies! 30 isn't as bad as some people make out to be. i have stable friends {mostly stable} ... i am settled ... i am content. and i am two days away from my 8th wedding anniversary. good times.

speaking of our anniversary ... i booked a room @ le bourget aero suites in minneapolis for tuesday, and we won't be back until wednesday afternoon. yes, it is a short trip - BUT it will be the first time we have ever left our kids just to go away. and, i have to be back for photo sessions on wednesday. but i think it's a much needed break and i can't wait!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

day 97 | rainy engagement

wisconsin is messed up - the weather part at least! it seriously sleeted up in la crosse today. sleeted. it's MAY! i think someone forgot to tell the weather man! thankfully there were patches of dry weather here and there and we were able to get the engagement pictures done.

the poor groom to be is not a smiler and HATES having his picture taken. since i have to be his bff in about five months at their wedding, i decided not to push it today lol. we got some cute ones though down @ riverside park. i did find some cool locations for a couple that are both into pictures - and i can't wait to try them!! today's picture of the day is my fav. i love the hands and the overlay - feels vintage!

i was excited today, to find out that the senior post card ads i dropped off at the school yesterday have already been mailed. i got two phone calls already this morning for senior pictures and i am super stoked!

Friday, May 7, 2010

day 96 | baby bellies

more baby bellies today! i am really happy with the way this one turned out! i am excited that i'm enjoying taking maternity pictures more than i thought i would. unfortunately we weren't able to go outside for this one - but i think having dad there helped for some cute pictures!

tys and i got married 8 years ago on tuesday ... the weather is almost exactly the way it was then. cold ... frigid. no snow - but there might as well have been. today was no different and it doesn't sound much better for the rest of the weekend!!

tomorrow we are hopefully heading to la crosse for an engagement session!! the weather is trying to make it not happen - i am bound and determined it will happen even if we need umbrella's lol. we shall see!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

day 95 | maternity sessions

today we tried something new at the studio - maternity pictures. i was very surprised at how much fun the session was! at first i was super nervous - but it was awesome to have such a great model. and yes - she is 8 months along ... i know, i am jealous too! this picture of the day is one of the 60+ shots we got. plus, the weather did cooperate and we got to go outside {okay - so i apologize to the weather man for not believing in him yesterday!}

after the maternity session, i headed to the timberpups school and went on a field trip with tegan. now that was interesting - put 60 kids in a large gym and have one crazy lady sing music to them. ah the joys of being in 4k - those kids are HILARIOUS and say some of the most hilarious things!

of course the evening could not end without a run to walmart. i had been promising tegan a new bike since he got his training wheels off. his old one is getting quite small and although it would probably make it through the summer - tegan wanted to be cool like the big kids and get a big kid bike. so ... trip to walmart. of course they didn't have one assembled but he got to pay for it and we pick it up in the morning.

ahhhhh -- bedtime never looked so good!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

day 94 | sun will come out

as i sit here typing this, i can hear "the sun will come out tomorrow .. " in the background as the kids are watching "annie." i'm thinking the sun does need to come out tomorrow! i have a maternity session and if it's nice {which the stupid weather man does not sound optomistic} she wants some outside shots.

there are some good things about rainy days ... like margarita mondays on a wednesday night. okay - maybe that was for cinco de mayo - but it was good! so was the ceasar salad ;)

oooooh and the best part of the day - getting my float wraps in the mail that i ordered yesterday! i love getting things one day after i order them! and i have decided i love float wraps and canvases!

will here's hoping the sun comes out tomorrow -
after all it's only a day away!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

day 93 | cupcake bribery

it's amazing how much power a cupcake has! you tell a kid to smile for one - and he smiles. you tell 19 kids to smile for one - and it's cheese faster than you can snap the picture! i was actually amazed at how cooperative the 4k class was for their class picture. 2 mins for a class picture ... 1 minute until 22 cupcakes were devoured! :)

today we had to take tatum back into the dr ... this time for an ear infection :(. he said her ear was so swollen it would most likely burst by the end of the day. we are hoping that this is finally the end of all the sickness around here.

after school i picked up the 1st half of our flowers for the year. the 2nd half is going to be for our portrait garden in the back - so tyson is knee deep in landscape plans. i think it would be easier to just throw a bunch of flowers in there that look good together - but he has a plan!

Monday, May 3, 2010

day 92 | blowin' in the wind

i don't know what it is about mondays - but they seem much longer than any other day during the week. today this was exceptionally the case! i don't know if it's because of the lack of sleep or tatum being sick this last week or what it exactly had to do with - but i was exhausted today. i actually laid down for a nap and fell asleep within 15 mins. ah, but it was refreshing!

i woke up just in time to go flower hunting with jadee & vicki. i think i am spoiled from last year - granted it cost me $120 for 3 LARGE flower baskets - but i LOVED them and so far, i haven't found anything that compares. the hunt continues!

tomorrow i head to tegan's school to take class pictures! his teacher and i have it all figured out - class picture with bribery! meaning - you want a cupcake - you smile for class picture ;) i love little kids and how easy bribery can control their mind!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

day 91 | special assembly day

today's picture of the day is ... first, the best i could do from where i was sitting and without a flash. second, although it's not the best quality - it's the only picture of the day that sums up - today! it's not everyday that your children get to see their great, great grandmother get baptized!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

day 90 | inner beauty

u.g.l.y. you ain't got no alibi! haha. this is my wisdom for the week ;)

inner beauty is amazing & inspirational. it is something to strive for. even though we all miss the perfection of it, you can tell instantly who has it and who is lacking! you can always change how you look on the outside - but if you can't be a beautiful person on the inside - what's the point?