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When it feels like Spring in January

Last Saturday I got home to amazing warm temps and that made this girl pretty happy. It was late afternoon by the time we got home from the airport so right away we decided it was going to be a firepit night. It’s amazing how much my mood improves when we can be outside in warmer weather.

Andy cheats when he starts the fire and puts citronella oil on it. Weirdo.


Blake and Andy were cracking me up- wondering if B is going to stop growing soon. 6′ 3″ is tall enough I think


My beautiful girlie


Blake decided to wash his car


And Hud just wanted the water


He’s such a funny (but bad) dog


And cute


Eva would eat fruit add day for every meal if I would let her- right now she has about 3 or 4 loose teeth and two adult teeth that are coming in on the bottom behind her baby teeth. So far she has lost none.



This dog does not know how to chill


I was so happy to be back home hanging by the fire with Blake ๐Ÿ™‚ That is a great weekend in my book.

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Hannah - I’m missing those warmer temps now! The first two pictures crack me up. My husband is always throwing something on the fire to start it. Boys are so weird.

Gorgeous picture of Eva. Love it!


Thursday Austin and I left for a quick trip to the University of Chicago to take a look at the University and meet the cross country coach, who wants Austin to run for them.

The first night he met up with the team for their team dinner and then he met me back at the hotel.


The next day we took a tour of the campus. It was gorgeous with lots of old cool buildings. It was a little chilly but not too bad. After the tour and meeting with the coach we took an Uber into downtown.

First stop the Bean.



After that we went to get some traditional Chicago Pizza. And talk about his choices for school and what where his head was at. He also has been accepted at Ohio State in the honors program and has been offered a scholarship.


Next we hit the Chicago museum of Art. We wandered around there for a couple hours and then we went to the Skywatch and watched the sun go down.




It was very cool to be up so high and see the entire city. We were exhausted after walking all over the city and crashed back at our hotel and went to bed early. Austin said it was super helpful to visit. We will see what he decides….

All images shot with iphone or small samsung.

Gretchen P - Good Luck to Austin! He has some hard decisions facing him! He will be great no matter where he goes! Chicago is a great city!

Hannah - What an awesome quick get away with just Austin. I bet you loved that! It’s hard to find that time at this age…of course I might be a tad bit over the top emotional this year. We cleaned out the toy room and I burst into tears seeing all of Dmitry’s toys. Mama is a sucker.

Winter Funk

So it happens every year, I know it and expect it. And I try to plan for it.

I hate it. Living in the north is probably not good for me long term.

But we were lucky to get some warm days in December


Eva got this new swing for Christmas but Christmas Eve was so warm we had to pull it out early


I haven’t picked up my big camera in weeks and it makes me sad. The kids have been sick and it makes for long days.


I’m in a funk. No doubt about it.


I dream of warm air and beachy scenes


Holding on tight and hoping the tides turn soon


Hannah - I’m sorry you are having the blues. Mine has been pretty easy this year. I think it lasted less than a week! I just prayed it away ๐Ÿ™‚ This past weekend was beautiful and sunny…I hope it was at your house too! I missed two days in January…that’s not too bad.

2 degrees

That’s what it was when I woke up this morning. It is now 6 degrees.

I do not want to leave my house.

It’s that time of year I start dreaming of warmer lands.


And my fave place


And look- I found a house for sale. ๐Ÿ™‚


This house is PERFECT


dream home for sure!!



Weather forecast for Watersound is 61 degrees today. And sunny


A little bit different than 6


I sent it to Andy- you know just in case he wants to quit his job and live at the beach


I’m still waiting for his answer


This would be an ideal photography studio!!


In case you want to buy it for me you can find it here.

Jenny - I freaking love this house–beautiful!

Susan - Guess I should have bought that winning lotto ticket, huh?

Hannah - Dude. That house!!! I could live there…it’d be hard…but I’d suffer through ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tiffany - Yep…I’m in, let’s buy it! We can live at the beach with the kids and the guys can visit on weekends!

Adios 2015

This year flew by. I mean I just don’t get how fast it went.

And I was a bad blogger.


I have so many pics that didn’t make it to the blog. Like this session with Austin and his girlfriend Taylor


It’s hard to get Austin in front of the camera so I had to get his gf to help


They weren’t terribly excited about the whole ordeal but I think in the end they were happy I forced them to do it


And now it is New Years Eve


I am planning another 365, and taking the biz up a notch


I have spent the last few months stressed out about college for Austin and torn about the idea of him moving far away. It just seems so surreal that we are already at this point. Really taking in his last year at home.

I am ready for the new year, and we will be spending it at home in front of the fire like we do every year. ๐Ÿ™‚


Happy New Years Everyone!!

Susan - Well, nice to see the kids – they look great – and the scooter does too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hannah - I was a bad blogger too…even though mine is private, the kids ask me all the time to update it. They like reading it…and that’s who I’m doing it for so I spent a good chunk of time over the weekend putting up some posts. I thought I had really made some headway, until I realized how far behind i was ๐Ÿ™

At least we are still trying right? That’s more than a lot can say.

I love the couple shoot, and I’m sure they do too…now ๐Ÿ™‚

Hannah - PS: I’ve shot every day…but only uploaded the first day. I’m just setting a monthly goal for now…not all 365.