Wednesday, August 31, 2011

day 576 | last day home

last day at home with the kids before school starts tomorrow!  the kids played outside, painted, baked, went to the park ... it was a perfect last day at home!  now to bed early and ready for FALL!! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

day 575 | easy peasy lemon squeezy

orientation #2 was a breeze.  tegan was a little nervous because his two best friends are in opposite classes this year - BUT he was super excited once we got there and he recognized more than half of the class.  one of his running buddies from last year is his in class (and by running - i mean racing around the playground buddies) and his desk is right next to one of his 4k buddies!  so even though he was mr. bashful when he met his teacher - as soon as we got home he says this year will be easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

day 574 | orientation

orientation #1 went smooth until all the parents and her teacher left the room and let the kids play with the aid.  tatum says that her teacher is never ever allowed to leave the room again.  and now that we're home - she is saying that she is "a little nervous" for school and maybe miss johnson can just come to our house everyday and play.  :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

day 573 | wedding editing

i am only six sessions behind in editing since all of our little vacations - time to start getting back to work :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

day 572 | mini-vacation

milwaukee.  what do you do in milwaukee?!?  you go to the zoo!  every year we go to the zoo because tegan LOVES the zoo.  but this year he wanted to see a gazelle (in my opinion a gazelle is a type of bird - but he has set the record straight - it is in fact a deer-type looking animal thing).  so milwaukee it was.  the milwaukee zoo is stinking HUGE and thankfully there was a breeze or i may have died.  plus, i have decided i am in favor of visiting the free zoos (such as madison or como park).  but the kids had a blast and that's all that mattered.  so here's a few pics from the day.  1)  tegan & tatum checking out the aquariums.  2)  the seal show (which was pretty entertaining)!  3) you don't need masks from the zoo when you can get your WHOLE face painted!  (by the way - this doesn't come off very easy).  and 4)  tegan sinking his toes into lake michigan (or running from lake michigan - however you want to look at it ;)

Friday, August 26, 2011

day 571 | milwaukee

tegan & tatum's "things i want to do before i go back to school" list included a trip to milwaukee.  of all the mini-vacations we have ever taken in the past - milwaukee is my LEAST favorite!  it just doesn't seem like a big city :(  it was the perfect place for 2 days, 1 night - especially when i put my amazing priceline skills to work! :)  i can't wait until xmas break - tegan has an awesome "things i want to do during xmas break" list.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

day 570 | bikes

i love all the talent the seniors for the class of 2012 have and i LOVE that they have been bringing it to their sessions! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

day 569 | i-39

i-39 has got to be the LONGEST road ever!  there are hardly any towns on it - and the ones that have exits are way off in the distance.  there is lots of flat ground and wind turbines.  welcome to illinois!! :)  today we took tate and headed home (watching the movie RIO for the entire six hours we were in the car).  tegan decided to stay down an extra day and come home with grandma & grandpa.  i am very surprised he actually stayed!!  this is the storm we ran into on the way home.

doesn't compare to the storm that we ran into when we got home.  apparently our neighbors are mad at us because they're getting evicted.  the only thing we have ever said about them is that they have chickens (which by the way is a city ordinance violation).  our other neighbor called us on the way home to tell us our neighbors would be mad because he and his friend called the landlord on them saturday night after something went down.  i find it amusing we're getting blamed for it when we were in viroqua saturday and in illinois sunday thru today - but whatever!  they actually that bad of neighbors except for the chickens!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

day 568 | cousins

isabella just loved the kids - she wanted to sit wherever they sat and she REALLY liked it when tegan would carry her!  you can't tell they're related - look at those eyes!

Monday, August 22, 2011

day 567 | new heights

spent most the day visiting my family in illinois.  tegan & tatum are getting their fill of playing with their cousins.  i even got a bit of editing done.  here's one of the senior session i did before i left.  taking our photography to "new heights" - literally! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

day 566 | bridal parties

and we're off to illinois - so here's a preview of one last wedding photo!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

day 565 | jonah heart joanna

spent the day shooting a wedding down in viroqua.  i went to school with the sister of the bride.  it was nice seeing a lot of people i knew!  a lot of craziness happened for their wedding (including the cake getting dropped) but i must say - they handled it like pros!  nothing seemed to bother the bride & groom and that's the way it should be!

Friday, August 19, 2011

day 564 | vacation

we are getting ready to leave for vacation! :)  shooting a wedding tomorrow in viroqua and then on our way to illinois.  my aunt has been sick for awhile so we thought we better take the kids down to see her before it gets bad. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

day 563 | seniors a & a

today we slept in, went out to lunch, played at the park, and i started editing austin's senior pictures.  i love how when we started saying "smile for chelsey" (his girlfriend) we got a natural smile every time!  then this evening we shot ashley's senior pictures.  on the way to her grandpa & grandma's old truck we found this AWESOME open field.  i'm in love!  i think it may be my new secret spot! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

day 562 | knutson fam

had the pleasure of shooting the adorable knutson family the other evening.  yes, i am still playing catch up but i think (and i use the word "thing" lightly) i am almost caught up.  of course, that doesn't account for the wedding this weekend.  on a side note - my new camera came in today.  i am not sure if i'm in love.  tys says it is FINE.  i am pretty sure i shall never be happy with any point and shoot camera - ever!  :(  this is my 5th one in about a year and a half and it's still not awesome.  i am digging the 1080p hd though - i think.  give me a couple of days with it and we'll see if i return it or not ;)


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

day 561 | tanner b

can you believe this little man is ALMOST 3?!?  we got him laughing sooooo hard he almost fell over

Monday, August 15, 2011

day 560 | wangen family

i had the pleasure of shooting the wangen extended family down in viroqua last week.  it was dark in the woods and the sun was setting but i like these images!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

day 559 | sunday company

today we had some friends over for lunch - who stayed for dinner also :)  it was a blast!  of course, i lost at the game we were playing so i guess not a TOTAL blast! :)  the kids wore themselves out riding their bikes.  now this week we get to start our back to school schedule which means earlier bedtimes.  agh - two and a half weeks and counting ;)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

day 558 | light at the end of ...

i have cleaned my two story, five bedroom house from top to bottom and i have officially caught up (slightly) on editing.  there is light at the end of the tunnel!  i am within three sessions of being caught up. :)  yay!  of course, that doesn't account for the four seniors and very large wedding i have coming up - but let's just not think about that yet ;)  how adorable is baby keith?!?  i had the pleasure of taking his picture on thursday.  perfect sunlight, baby skin, and awesome outfit colors - what more could i ask for?!?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

day 555 | school shopping

i have been DREADING school shopping but thankfully i can now check that off my list!  $400 later - i am officially broke - and i have everything they could possibly ever need to last them a year! :)  this includes school supplies - clothes - shoes - earrings & hair clips (for tatum haha) - watches - snow suits - winter coats - you name it.  the majority of tatum's stuff - OWLS.  tegan's - francesco bernouli & finn mcmissile (also known as cars 2 but he can't say that - it has to be their precise names).  and have i mentioned how much i love crazy 8?!?!?!?!?!  i have loved it forever - however, driving to rochester to get it just wasn't reasonable.  this year since they opened one in la crosse - i am even more in love.  i think i have spent enough there since it opened that they should give me stock options!!

i am expecting a bazillion crafty projects to be sent home because seriously - who needs 12 glue sticks and a bottle of glue for a year?  and the best part of school shopping?!?!  mom bought herself a point and shoot camera - yes i know, this happens quite frequently.  BUT i can never find a point and shoot camera i like.  the quality just isn't there - but who wants to lug around 7 pound camera everywhere?  so we are trying something new - and red :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

day 554 | grandmas

today's picture of the day is from a wedding i helped with on saturday evening.  i must admit i love HELPING at weddings way more than i love shooting weddings haha.  my job was to setup a backdrop and shoot.  no stress.  and i get to meet cute little grandmas like this one!

Monday, August 8, 2011

day 553 | seniors

senior sessions are in FULL swing!  i am still running at about five sessions behind for editing - agh!  today there was LOTS of fighting in our house.  tegan & tatum are at each others throats.  i can tell it's august and almost time for school to start because they are getting SICK of each other!  how does mom solve this fighting?!?  phineas & ferb for playstation 3.  worked like a charm :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

day 552 | friendships

this weekend has been all about memories for some reason.  for those of you who know me - you know i'm not a sentimental person.  HOWEVER - man ... how things have changed.  watching our wedding video, looking through jon & jadrienne's wedding pictures, old pictures of when we were growing up - it's insane how much has changed in the last 10 years.  i have had some AMAZING friendships that have surpassed everything!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

day 551 | goodbyes

today we attended a going away party for some friends who have been in my life ... literally forever!  in fact, i don't remember a life event that they weren't in attendance for.  at one point, they were even our next door neighbors.  so it was sad saying goodbye however - i'm so excited they get to move onto the next phase of their life ... spending time with their grandchildren!!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

day 549 | household fight

tonight you get to solve our household fight ....
tyson (and becca - my photographer friend from oregon) like the bright sharp clear image
me (and my imaginary friends) like the vintage look
so which is the best? 

so far in the last two days i have shot pictures in tomah, sparta, wilton, westby, and viroqua.  now i get the next two days off - to edit!! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

day 548 | senior memories

i love that this senior came up with the idea to have all of her photos in the picture with her - from birth to junior year.  what an awesome idea!!  for me personally - i am now officialy FIVE sessions behind (six after tomorrow).  overtime for tyson sounds really good and looks really good when you get the paycheck - but it doesn't help when i'm behind :(  ah well - tomorrow i'm going HOME to shoot.  now if cheese corner would stay open PAST seven pm - my life would be complete!! :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

day 547 | summer heat

it is HOT outside (again)!  seems like the hottest summer we've had in awhile!!  and i'm home editing with a sore throat! :( 

Monday, August 1, 2011

day 546 | monday

there are certain things you just shouldn't do ... for instance, remove EVERYTHING from your computer when you have FOUR sessions to edit.  just sayin' - you shouldn't do it!