Wednesday, June 30, 2010

day 150 | closed

tonight i had my last photo session ... for the next week and a half anyway. we are heading out in the morning {me and the kids that is} for a 6 hour roadtrip to central illinois. tyson gets to stay home and work :(

so here's my last photo session for june ... the smith family!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

day 149 | early bird

i'm actually updating my blog early today! i am knee deep in cleaning out the toy room and organizing the closet. trying to get a day of cleaning in while trying to pack and do laundry. let's just say our house has seen better days!

i love today's picture of the day - it is a prom dress but looks like it could be a wedding dress. either way - it's an awesome dress!

Monday, June 28, 2010

day 148 | monday issues

typical monday. boring. blah. needed to catch up on my financials for june. also needed to catch up on my editing - which i did. i am officially ALL caught up {except for the wedding i did and that i think i will save for when i get back from vacation}.

tyson has to work all weekend, so the kids and i are planning on roadtripping to illinois to see my family. should be interesting! definitely going to bring the camera - just haven't figured out how i'm going to upload my picture of the day. today's picture of the day - baby blaise. three months old and smiling away!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

day 147 | crashing weddings

crashing weddings has taken on an all new meaning for me. today i am literally crashing after the wedding yesterday. between getting home late and a stress release - i took a looooooonnnng nap this afternoon!

before my nap though, i got to shoot an updated baby session with blaise. he was one of my first newborns and it was now time for some three month pictures. i also got one more picture updated from the wedding ... {at this rate, i'll have all the wedding pictures edited in approximately 3 years}. j/k. i will hopefully get a good start on them before our trip!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

day 146 | crystalized

i just got home from shooting a hmong / italian wedding. the wedding itself was at the international gardens. i was impressed at how smooth everything went, considering there were five other weddings going on in the same location. none of the bride & grooms could have asked for more beautiful weather!! everything and everyone cooperated!

the reception was at city brewery. that is one of the most awesome reception halls i have ever been in {and i have been in A LOT during the last eight years}! absolutely gorgeous! everything was AWESOME - i had so much fun.

for the picture of the day, i literally just got home, plopped down in the chair, and edited the last picture i took today. the bride and a few of her bridesmaids handmade these strands of crystals. the crystals were hanging from a tree with lit up rocks & water running in the base. absolutely gorgeous!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

day 145 | wedding prep

i accomplished a lot today - but unfortunately it wasn't anything off my to do list. we KNOW it's not going to get anything checked off this weekend either - so might as well save it for next week. tomorrow i am shooting a wedding in la crosse and then heading over to the la crosse city brewery to play at the reception. here's hoping we have good weather - for once!

today's picture of the day ... i forgot my camera in service, swam in the pool this afternoon, and decided i wasn't going to actually get a picture of the day unless i ran out to my front yard QUICK! so here's a glimpse of the new flowers that are growing in my new flowerbed that tys built.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

day 144 | to infinity and ...

to infinity and beyond! i LOVE the costumes and i'm hoping more show up for pictures in them! we had sooooo much fun! this little guy has a toy story room and wanted a picture of himself as buzz lightyear.

i can hear roaring in the distance as tomah gets ready for it's annual tractor pull. that's all i have heard from tegan ... how many days until i get to go to the tractor pull. tomorrow night can't come soon enough!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

day 143 | tulle

i LOVE tulle dresses ... not for me ... but to photograph. and i LOVE putting my daughter in them also, although i am thinking she is going to be a non-tulle dress kind of girl. today's senior had a gorgeous prom dress.

hoping to accomplish tons tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

day 142 | school starts when?

it's been a good two weeks since school ended and i am soooooo ready for it to start up again! yes, my children are driving me insane ... {probably because i have an insane amount of work to catch up on} ... and the neighbor kids are driving me even more crazy!

on a plus note ... the pool temperature was 76º today! saltwater system seems to be working awesomely which means no runs to wal-mart for more chlorine! today's picture of the day comes courtesy of miss jaden stopping to smell the flowers {even if they are fake}!

Monday, June 21, 2010

day 141 | adoption days

today i went and shot pictures for the adoption agency in la crosse. i have a special place in my heart for families who adopt ... after all, i was adopted 31 years ago. it was a lot of fun ... but, unfortunately it rained ... so, we weren't able to take as many pictures as we would've liked to have.

my goal for tomorrow is to finish editing pictures from this weekend! i want to be caught up before i shoot another senior on wednesday AND before my wedding this weekend. of course, that will have to wait until tomorrow because i just finished margarita monday at ground round - and well, it's bedtime!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

day 140 | creepy mccreeperton

i got the verizon droid recently and i am LOVING it! i specifically got it for three reasons - to organize my appointments, to answer my e-mail without having to sit at a computer, and the most important - a navigation system. i do, however, find it a tad bit creepy that my phone knows where i am at all times and shows me a picture of my destination as arrive.

for instance, type in 330 cady ave and it shows me a recent picture of my house, landscaping and all, with my garbage can sitting out at the curb - meaning it was taken on a tuesday morning. hit one button and it shows me an entire 360º view of my neighborhood. cool - definitely! creepy - YES! i've named the thing "creepy mccreeperton."

now i must admit - i do feel a tad bit guilty about putting this adorable boys picture in a blog with this title - but it was a picture i took this afternoon. he is soooooooooo adorable it had to be the picture of the day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

day 139 | girls day out

forget girls night out - sometimes you need a whole day! and that's exactly what we did. it was soooooo much fun. we did some shopping, went out to eat, had some margaritas {or insert drink of your choice here} ... it was a blast! definitely something we HAVE to do again!

today's picture of the day comes from my senior session yesterday. i just started editing and this is the one i picked. now i am grabbing a smores and heading to bed!

Friday, June 18, 2010

day 138 | trains vs tractors

out of all the sessions we've done out at the tunnel ... today is the first time i've actually seen a train. three trains to be specific. this afternoon i had an awesome session with a winona senior. thankfully the rain missed us and we ended up getting all our outside shots. now if only we could have found an international tractor ... i kept telling him john deere was better :P

on our way back to the house, i received a phone call telling me my aunt & uncle from east grand forks, mn were in town. they were on their way back to visit our family in illinois and stopped in for lunch. then it was off to see toy story 3 with the kids ... which by the way is REALLY good! now it's time to catch up on my hell's kitchen - reality shows - that's my weakness!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

day 137 | cupcakes

one thing is for sure ... no matter what your age is ... cupcakes are always appealing! this little girls' face says it ALL!!! lol. her nickname is cupcake - thus all the cupcakes! i had sooooo much fun this morning with the larson family ... i had such a hard time picking a picture of the day. there were more cupcakes ... buzz & woody costumes ... batman & robin costumes. it was a blast!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

day 136 | goodbyes

today i had a session with two best friends ... one of which is saying goodbye and moving back to michigan. we got some posed pictures of course, but i LOVE this picture of them being carefre and joking around. they were so much fun to shoot, probably because they reminded me so much of me and my best friends. fun. sarcastic. been there with each other through the best of times and the worst of times. that's what friendship is about!

although, i can't imagine saying goodbye to my best friends!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

day 135 | baywatch girl

i was in la crosse all day and i didn't even bring my camera because it was rainy and i didn't want to chance it. so, this picture i took of tatum from the other day at the pool will have to be the picture of the day. if i didn't know any better, i'd say she is practicing to become a baywatch girl!

pictures scheduled the rest of the week - so the sun better start showing itself. i think i decided i'm going to illinois to visit the fam in two weeks. not completely 100% on that, but i have a week off after my big wedding at the end of the month and i figure it's the perfect opportunity ... right before everything gets busy.

Monday, June 14, 2010

day 134 | hummingbirds suck

don't get me wrong - i generally LOVE hummingbirds ... however, i am quite angry with them this year. they are not coming to the bird feeder. instead we get these stupid bees and ants that come and they're not nearly as cool! part of the reason for the non-existance of the hummingbirds could be because we decided to move the feeder right in front of our big picture window ... which just happens to be the same spot where the cats bask in the sun! i'm just sayin' ... it's a possible reason why!

more rain today ... more rain tomorrow. thankfully it's supposed to start drying out on wednesday and hopefully i will get to the outside sessions i have coming up this week ... including the senior session i have planned. then it's onto the best day of the week ... forget girl's night out - it's a whole day!! ;)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

day 133 | squawking

if the temperatures suddenly take a nosedive, it's because we're filling the pool! after four years with our old pool, we decided to buy a new pool and give saltwater a try. kim says it's supposed to be the warmest summer of the year - go figure - so hopefully we will get lots of use out of the new pool!

while we were filling the pool up this afternoon, there was an enormous amount of squawking coming from the birdhouse. turns out there are more babies in there. i LOVE this picture with the momma bird staying close by!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

day 132 | kick ball

today's picture of the day is actually from two days ago. we went to a graduation picnic and for some reason i didn't take a lot of pictures. i never seem to when i go home ... probably because i get side-tracked talking to people.

there was a fierce game of kick ball going on and tegan finally got the courage to go out and play. he wasn't exactly sure what to do after he kicked the ball - but he did an awesome job kicking it! his shyness took over though and he was done after one run around the bases.

Friday, June 11, 2010

day 131 | graduation-mania

how do you end your first year of school?!? with a graduation party of course! thankfully the rain stayed away for 90% of the party and the boys were able to have fun outside. i love that the boys will be all together at lemonweir elementary for this coming year - one more year of togetherness before tegan goes back to miller {or at least that's the plan}!

thankfully we are supposed to pick up our pool in the morning - time permitting. we have a graduation party in the afternoon - so it all boils down to whether or not we have enough ... time!! i am hoping we do because i would sure love to get it filled up and ready to use by the end of the month {especially with this humidity}!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

day 130 | the end of 4k

today we went to the timberpups school to spend the last day of school with tegan. the class sang some songs for us, showed us how to go on a bear hunt, and then we went outside to play. there were pictures, snacks, and of course, goodbyes. i think i was more choked up than tegan was when he hugged his teacher goodbye - but i'm pretty sure he thinks he's going back on monday!

we got to celebrate the last day by heading to the tomah pool for a luau. it was rainy but thankfully it held off long enough for the kids to swim. there were more pictures, more snacks, and goodbyes again {thus the reason the kids don't believe us when we say ... you better say goodbye because you won't see your friends for a couple of months}.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

day 128 | the simple things

i am NOT a sentimental person - but today i actually got a little choked up when tegan brought home his 4k portfolio. it's so cute looking at how much they've learned this year. he started school barely able to write his name and his drawing of himself was lacking most body parts. now he's able to write his whole name, draw elaborate drawings {complete with oil spills}, sound out letters, work out problems with others, etc. etc. etc. i can't believe the difference a couple of hours a week has made!

tatum on the other hand is very sad. she thought she would get to go to school this next year, but unfortunately she misses the cut-off. she started sobbing and said "but i know as much as he does." it was sooooo cute! it's probably true, she probably does know as much as he does. lol. but unfortunately she has the "privilege" of staying home with mom for another year.

Monday, June 7, 2010

day 127 | mini accordion books

laundry day! i HATE laundry day. i buy enough clothes to last for one month. seriously - i can go almost one month without having to do laundry. unfortunately - that month eventually ends and it takes me TWO full days of laundry. i am sure the is a MUCH better system out there - but why ruin a good thing? :)

today's picture of the day is a sample of our new mini accordion books. you can take 10 pictures from your session and turn into a cute little 5x5 inch book. absolutely adorable. tough covers - last forever! 1 book is $38 ...2 books are $40 {i'm thinking you should get 2 and give the extra one to grandma}! if you don't like the book idea - you can take 6 images and turn it into a long 5x30" portrait. these look awesome hanging over a crib or ... probably anything ;)





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Sunday, June 6, 2010

day 126 | wedding consultations

i love wedding consultations. i know - weird. i am not a big talker and i don't necessarily LOVE meeting new people - BUT i love wedding conulstations. i love sitting down and chilling with the bride on a stress-free day. helps me know exactly what they want and what their expections are BEFORE the craziness of the wedding day.

today's particular wedding consultation - wisconsin dells. wedding event at the wilderness ... september 17th, 2011. can't wait to help this couple create their invitations - they have an awesome idea!!

today's picture of the day - miss kaylee who turned ONE earlier this week. apparently everyone is turning one this last week as almost all my sessions were with ... one year olds ;)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

day 125 | rainy day collages

today i had to cancel two outdoor sessions because of the rain :( so .... i worked on some collages, weeded out some favorites, and had to get some paperwork ready for a wedding consult we have tomorrow afternoon in the dells.

throwing around the idea of making a slideshow ... in fact, i have all the pictures uploaded ... i just can't decide on the music. you know i can't make decisions ... and you know even more than that - i can't decide on just one song! one song to define my business. so not gonna happen. i can't even decide on a logo.

Friday, June 4, 2010

day 124 | basket full of twins

just finished editing the pictures i took of a set of twins. they were adorable and soooo serious. we ended up putting them in a basket so they couldn't both keep escaping. we would have liked to have gone outside - but unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating. there's always next time!! :)

just made myself some piping hot popcorn and getting ready to sit down and watch "avatar." totally not my kind of movie - but it was tyson's pick tonight.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

day 123 | fly fishing

tonight out of nowhere, we decide to head to sparta for some "slice of chicago." i heart "slice of chicago" ... and although there is something to be said about the character of the place, the heat made us decide to take our food to the park.

throw in a little fly fishing and it ended up being the perfect evening!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

day 122 | like riding a camel

conversation of the day ...
tegan - "i want to ride an elephant"
me - "okay"
tegan - "but what if i get scared"
me - "you won't ... it's just like riding a camel"
jadrienne - "WHAT?!? like that helps"

tegan & tatum have actually rode a camel before but i guess i didn't realize how hilarious it sounded until it was too late. we were dying laughing. the kids did get their elephant ride at the circus tonight - well sawyer & tegan did. tatum freaked out as soon as she got close. so it was back to the ponies for her. ah the memories.

i must admit ... the shriner's circus does an amazing job at keeping the kids interest. i was impressed. totally worth the $16 bucks i had to pay to take my children for free!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

day 121 | june dairy month

joys ... that's all tyson keeps saying. it's june dairy month.

only 30 more days of it and thankfully that will be over!!