winter…

okay. i’m about to be really open and honest about my feelings. are you ready? are you sure??? here goes… i am SO tired of the winter. i’m tired of being cooped up in our house. i’m tired of dreary days. i’m tired of snow. i’m tired of the sun setting at 4 p.m. i’m tired of the cold. i think there comes a time every winter that i long for sunny, hot, long days. today is one of those days. winter has been here long enough and it can go away now!

i’m finished with my complaining now. i hope that you enjoyed it!! in an effort to see some sunshine, i just looked through some photos i took of our trip to Hawaii two years ago! We went with our families as kind of a post wedding getaway for all of us. and it was much needed! but i didnt get a lot of photos (unfortunately). we’ll be going back again, so i did not think it was THAT big of a deal…but now i wish that i had taken my camera with me on every adventure!

hawaii 5i did happen to capture a couple of photos, so that’s nice i guess.

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hawaii 4if you’re ever in Kona, you NEED to go to the Fish Hopper. Yum… David and I went for my birthday date (yes… i spent my birthday in hawaii!).

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i hope you enjoyed this little hawaiian tour. it’s nice to look back at warmer times and know that they are coming again. here’s to springtime being right around that corner…

life this week…

today is the first saturday in forever that i have gotten to sleep in (and by sleep in i mean i woke up at 7:45). we have friends and family in town for the weekend, so we’re all just hanging out, playing with puppies and watching babies explore. on that note, i havent been super busy with instagraming this week, but here are the few that i DID get around to taking…

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happy friday…

i have to be honest… i had some wonderful ideas of a fun post today, but i have a terrible headache and i ‘m tired because i had to wake up at 4:45 this morning to go to work, and all i really want to do is go someplace warm and get out of the cold. i’m tired of the cold. but i know that in 6 months i’m going to be tired of the heat. so, there’s that. so to make your day more happy, here’s a picture i took of a street musician in New Orleans.

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have a good friday y’all!

p.s. the pigeon in the photo makes me so happy…

couple photos…

a while back, david and i had some couple photos done. since we didn’t have engagement photos (we were only engaged for 4 months…and i had mono the whole time), we asked our friend Jess to take some for us. She’s amazing and was building her portfolio so she did them for free! we loved how they turned out, so i thought i would give a few quick tips for fun and memorable photo shoots…

1. wear something timeless…

when we were getting ready for this shoot, David and i asked each other this important question: “will we be embarrassed by our outfits when our grandkids find these photos in 30 years?!?!”. we decided to wear pieces that were either thrifted or that were fairly simple and classic in order to create a timeless look. argyle, flannel, blazers, handmade scarves and collared dresses have been around for decades…and will probably continue to be in style for a long time.

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2. choose meaningful locations…

we decided to take photos on location at some of our favorite places. we went to our favorite coffeeshop in Minneapolis, spyhouse coffee shop, and a waterfall that we went to when we decided we liked each other. it was so fun, and looking at these photos brings back wonderful memories us.

photos photos73. be friends with your photographer…

it is super important that you’re comfortable when taking pictures. i dont know many people (including myself) who love being in front of the camera, but i do know that if you trust your photographer and you can relax, magic seems to happen. we were lucky enough to be great friends with Jess (she was in our wedding!), so that helped a lot. if you dont have a friend who is good with a camera,  sit down and talk with your photographer and tell him/her a bit of your story, then just enjoy the day!

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i hope this was helpful! and i hope you enjoyed these fun photos!

saturday…

i love days like today. big breakfast. old friends. record stores. relaxing. it has been a good day. we have an old friend in town this weekend, so now we’re sitting around, enjoying the feeling of bellies full of mexican food, watching a movie. i wish every day could be like this. full of things i love.

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next week lent begins. i love practicing lent. it’s like a fresh start. a reboot almost. for me it puts my life into perspective. i am a part of something bigger than myself.

saturday 2in other news… david looooooves comic books right now.

saturday 3and this is probably the last time i will be eating yummy big breakfast for a while…we gotta start getting trim again.

okay…thats enough for right now. how was your saturday? how do you like spending a day off?

snow day.

there was a time, not too long ago, that snow was a magical thing to me. i’m from the south, so when the smallest amount of snow hit the ground, everything shut down, children stayed home from school, mommas made hot cocoa and helped their little ones build snowmen. it was a special day when the snow came. but now i live in the north…and it’s been snowing a lot here lately. and by a lot i mean a LOT. i think i’ve forgotten the mystery of the snow. it’s common place. it’s normal. it’s everyday. today i’m looking forward to the spring: cookouts, being outdoors…hopefully shedding my winter skin (and by skin i mean these extra winter lbs…yikes!), bike rides… it’s just a few months away. and to celebrate the coming change of the season, here’s a look back at last spring…

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life this week…

so i’ve decided to challenge myself this year and post at least once a week! i take a lot of photos with instagram (you should follow me: mrsbeccajohnson), so every week i’m going to do a post called Life This Week… to show you a bit of whats going on in my life. since moving to the great state of Wisconsin, i have been a horrible blogger. and for that, i apologize! here’s to some creativity and stability…

this week 1

[new sweater]

this week 2

[snow day]

this week 3

[cutie pants]

this week 4

[red bull]

this week 5

this week 6

[friends]

this week 7

[sunday meeting]

this week 9

[morning sun]

this week 10

[essentials]

this week 11

[comfort]