Monday, January 31, 2011

day 364 | welcome to wisconsin

it is cold. it is windy. it is snowing. everything is dead.  however, there is ONE good thing about living in wisconsin ... we don't need freezers! ;)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

day 363 | only real men ...

bring their snowplows to work!  gotta love those toro employees ....
they are always so prepared!!! :P

Saturday, January 29, 2011

day 362 | psychopath

service this morning with the inlaws = totally missed opportunity at an AWESOME picture of the day.  getting stuck in a steep icey / snowy driveway.  not cool!  then spent most of the day cleaning and getting ready for company tomorrow.  got a little sidetracked watching live streaming netflix on the ps3.  seriously - that thing is AWESOME!  we hooked up our new surround sound and it seriously sounds like we are in a movie theater.  but the thing is slightly distracting - as in when i should be cleaning i tend to find myself ... not cleaning!

this is my little psychopath cat.  yes - i know - i am slacking this week but i'm trying to think of what i want to do for day 365!  or after that!  so my little psychopath harley shall do for today!  she looks all cute and innocent - but she is definitely not! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

day 361 | flame

there was no cleaning today!  instead - i got my cat shaved. :)  no, that's not slang for anything - i really got my cat shaved!  she's a persian and she has psycho crazy fur ... so today she got cut to look like a lion.  fuzzy face, fuzzy tail, and boots with the fur.  she looks AMAZING!

gabryella actually gets shaved in viroqua (since she's went there for 9 years) so i got to take a trip home.  visited some friends, ate some cheese corner, visited some more friends, and got home to my still disaster of a house!  thinking of lighting a match to it all :) but then i just decided to take a picture of the flame!  tomorrow - clean!  tonight - watch tyson hook up the ps3 and new hd sound system we got so i can watch an amazingly clear movie!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

day 360 | curse mcdonalds

cursed be mcdonalds.  as if mcdonalds wasn't a curse already - with the arrival of dr pepper it has become even more of a curse!  yes - in the last 360 days of blogging my life - my vice is still the same as day 3.  DR PEPPER!  and this mcdonald's dr pepper - best dr pepper ever!!!

another thing i have learned in my journey (more specifically i learned this just today) -- DO NOT allow tyson to go to best buy!  i went in for two things and came out with about twelve.  not cool.  well cool - but not cool for my wallet!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

day 359 | nine days

today i had a nine day old baby.  miss addy was exhausted and she just couldn't open her eyes - but she looks so peaceful sleeping!  her daddy wanted a packer picture and her mommy wanted a valentine picture - so we thankfully got both!  my house is a disaster - i have a tent in the middle of my living room - i haven't done laundry in 30+ days because my washer broke (but thankfully i got it fixed yesterday!!) - tomorrow ... i clean!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

day 358 | ahhh summer

my day today will be spent editing - editing - editing and booking a wedding!  our add at wedding world apparently has paid off because wedding clients galore are filling out their contracts!! :)  while i was setting up an order for one of my clients, i found this picture from last summer.  miss jada - doesn't she make you want summer to come just a tad bit faster?

and to prove that i've been editing ;) here's a collage i whipped out of brylee today!

Monday, January 24, 2011

day 357 | brylee

today i had a newborn photo session with miss brylee who was a wee three weeks!  i haven't had a chance to go through all the pictures yet as tonight was chuck e cheese night.  i promised tegan that if he made it through his surgery and his follow-up appointments without melting down, we would go to chuck e cheese.  thankfully he made it and we finally had time to go.  probably a good thing since he most likely is going to have surgery on his eye again :*(

Sunday, January 23, 2011

day 356 | proud to be a CHEESEHEAD

i am proud to be a cheesehead!  i love the green bay packers!!  and this is a complicated love triangle because my WHOLE family is from central illinois.  the bears are definitely my 2nd favorite team ... (and every other team is 3rd except for the vikings!) ... but the packers are and always will be NUMBER ONE! :)  super bowl 45 here we come!!!! 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

day 355 | flake out

this weekend we went shopping at the mall in the dells.  there were some AWESOME deals!  i mean AWESOME!  i ended up bring home over $600 worth of stuff for all around $200.  the children's place was sadly disappointing - but thankfully there were a ton of other stores that kept my shopping appetite up.  and of course - build a bear - where we left with a monkey named rodgers and a bear named flower - fully decked in packer uniforms!

then it was over to the flake out festival at buffalo phil's.  i was very impressed.  wisconsin people don't just get a lot of snow - they know what to do with it.  in fact, they carve intricate looking pieces of art in below zero weather!  impressive.  there were probably about 25 snow carvings, several ice sculptures, ice candles, pony rides, dog sleds, intertubing, etc.  it was a lot of fun.  and of course - dinner at buffalo phil's was delish as always!

Friday, January 21, 2011

day 354 | and god said

let there be a friday night fish fry

and this too was good ;)

day 353.5 | new logos

ooooh - look at that - a .5 bonus day ;)  i couldn't wait until i actually take a picture of the day to rave about my new logos from lori lewis photography & design.  i wanted somthing chic, modern, and round for my photography ... and tyson wanted something modern, sophisticated, and elegant since we are mainly dj'ing weddings at this time!  i'd say lori did an AWESOME job and hit the nail on the head with exactly what we wanted!  if you're in the market for a new logo .... check her out at

Thursday, January 20, 2011

day 353 | moon

i didn't even notice there was a full moon - until it was already high in the sky (yes - i'm unobservant these days)!  ran outside in the below freezing windchill and that didn't work because everything was blowing.  so ran upstairs and shot this through tatum's bedroom window using a tripod and my new awesome canon remote!  now i just need my husband to buy me a new tripod - because i HATE my tripod.  it's hard to use and i end up throwing it on the ground quite frequently!

2nd on the agenda - tegan was home sick monday-wednesday went back to school today ... and i'm telling you ... if school is cancelled tomorrow due to coldness or whatever - i will be taking bids for who wants to spend the day with him.  or even for the weekend since there is no school on monday.  any takers?!?!?!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

day 352 | off course

yes - i have fallen off course again in my photography!  between the fun-action-packed weekend and the sick puking child who has been home from school all week - i must regroup!  here's hoping tomorrow goes back to normal - and it will - because tegan is GOING to school. 

so today's picture of the day - my bipolar cat.  i think she has seasonal depression - or maybe she's just bipolar.  either way she is in a hissy mood.  yes, i am turning into one of those sad people who take pictures of their cats!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

day 351 | whip your hair

i whip my hair back and forth ... i whip my hair back and forth.  that song is SOOOOO annoying and yet it sticks in your head!  grrrrrr.  i've been home with a sick pukey kid so i haven't accomplished much.  i did however see the new logo designs from my awesome logo designer!  i'm super stoked!!! :)  AND i have sent out the last contracts for the $1100 deal.  very exciting!! :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

day 350 | jaida

miss jaida!  i kept wanting to call her pinkett-smith.  she definitely knew how to pose and we got quite a few awesome pictures of her as she turns 6 this week!  i finished editing her pictures - started uploading pictures from the party - and went to ground round for some scrumptious dinner!  whatta day! :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

day 349 | partay

what an awesome weekend!  this is the end of the night crew from saturday night.  meeting this morning .... lunch with old friends & new friends .... just dance party at our house!  what could have made it a better weekend ... the only thing would be the awesome night's sleep i'm about to get!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

day 348 | black white & pink

black .... white .... & pink PARTAY!  i would like to post a picture from the actual party - but i'm thinking i won't be home in time - so pink lights ... that's what you get! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

day 347 | just dance

this is a day late .... i had it all ready to upload on my droid but then i shut off my phone and forgot to turn it back on again.  soooooo that didn't work.  at any rate - we ended up having a pre-party at our house last night.  i ended up going to bed at a little after midnight - but i hear the party went until 4am-ish.  we bought just dance 2 for the wii and that game is the bomb!  talk about working up a sweat and having a blast with your friends!!!

today's picture of the day - hoarfrost.  yes, it is a real word and i could totally just say "frost" but my brother-inlaw cade HATES the word hoarfrost - so i intend on using it as much as possible!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

day 346 | golden hour

golden hour (a.k.a - the first hour of sunlight or last hour before sunset)!  this is the PERFECT light for photographer's!  this time of year - it's also at the perfect time for me ... not too late (meaning it's still dark when i drop tegan off for school) and ... not too early (meaning it's so ungodly early there is no possible way i am EVER going to see it)!  it's perfect timing!  today's picture of the day was taken about five minutes after i dropped tegan off at school this moring.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

day 345 | window sunset

the sun looked so cool coming through our window this evening.  it doesn't look as cool in the picture as it did in real life - but i'm still on a migraine hangover. :(  looking for some hot pink shoelaces - anyone got some they want to give me? :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

day 344 | migraines

i know - i'm late today :(  i had a migraine for the majority of the day yesterday - and unfortunately it wasn't going away.  thankfully it was gone by the time i woke up this morning!  and my wonderful chiropractor got me in for an adjustment this afternoon - so we are all good again!

so for yesterday's picture of the day - it's part of a session i did last week - but i loved the collage so you get to see it! :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

day 343 | eggs

i HATE the word ... egg.  it bugs me.  i don't know if it's because it sounds so funny or if it's just the way it looks.  i do, however, love hard-boiled eggs!  in fact, everyone in my family LOVES hard-boiled eggs.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

day 342 | gettin' cozy

for some people - the packer game was just a little too much excitement!  tatum & tanner were the first to crash. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

day 341 | my lips hurt real bad

you HAVE to love napoleon - and you should never underestimate the power of chap stick!

Friday, January 7, 2011

day 340 | bestie dedication

this was sent to me by a friend and i can't stop laughing - so i figured i would dedicate it to all my family & besties!

true friendship:
*when you are sad,
i will jump on the person who made u sad like a spider monkey jacked up on mountain dew
*when you are blue,
i will try to dislodge what is choking you
*when you smile,
i will know you are plotting something that i must be involved in
*when you are scared,
we will high tail it out of here
*when you are worried,
i will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining
- you big baby
*when you are confused,
i will use little words
*when you are sick,
stay away from me until you are well again - i don't want whatever you have
*when you fall,
i will pick you up & dust you off - AFTER i laugh my butt off

this is my oath and i pledge it to the end.  'why?' you may ask - because you're my friend!
friendship is like peeing your pants ... everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

day 339 | raspberries

tyson has been on this new healthy eating kick - yeah, i don't know what's wrong with him either.  :)  thankfully i love fruits and vegetables so i'm surviving!  today's picture of the day is a tad bit blown out - but i love it and tatum ate the raspberries before i had a chance to reshoot. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

day 338 | patient

today's picture of the day:  the number one thing i'm lacking right now!  aghhhhh.  i have spent most of the day catching up on my final receipts for 2010 and filing quarterly taxes.  spent the rest of the day fighting with tatum who is crankilishous!  ended up taking her to the library where it turns out she is too young to get a library card.  if the child is learning to read and their MOM (yes i do look like i would ruin a library book and i wouldn't probably trust me either) is present - i don't understand how they can be "too young" for a library card.  it's not like i'm going to send her to the library by herself .... well - at least not for a couple more weeks! :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

day 337 | mcqueen

mcqueen .... mcqueen .... mcqueen.  hundreds of dollars you have cost me - and what? now you're going to become a monster truck?  might as well start setting aside the money now! 

Monday, January 3, 2011

day 336 | miss rosina

today was a HARD day!  getting back into our routine and our weekly schedule did not go as smooth as was planned.  in fact - it went pretty much exactly the opposite!  tegan & tate were both not planning on getting out of bed this morning, i shamlessly went back to drinking pop even though it was my plan to stop, and we are all ready for bed and it's only 5:50pm :)  at least i had a good session with this little cutie - miss rosina!  her parents are getting married this fall in wisconsin dells and i have the pleasure of shooting their wedding.  we are planning on doing pictures again in three months to use in designing their invitations :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

day 335 | fist bump

my new years resolution - more FIST BUMPS! 
wikipedia - the fist bump is a gesture similar in meaning to a handshake or a highfive.  :) 

that's for jessica who seems to think they should be called knuckle bumps - and although that is an alternative name - we all know the true title is FIST BUMP!  in fact, i think we should take a survey - leave a comment as to whether you think they are FIST BUMPS or knuckle bumps!!

this weekend we had our mini-vaca with the tripp's.  cards.  eating.  swimming.  eating.  cards.  you get the picture!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

day 334 | 1.1.11

2011. i'm not into making new years resolutions - however it's always nice to have what kind of feels like a fresh start!