happy first day of spring!

so i woke up today feeling icky. runny nose, scratchy throat… it’s so not fun. i think all of my adventures have finally caught up with me. hooray! so today i’m going to take some medicine and relax. it’s kind of fun the first day being sick…you can relax and rest and you have an excuse! but after that, i’m over it. happy first day of spring to me!

it’s still snowy outside here in wisconsin. theres still 6 foot high snow drifts in my friends yards and right now it’s 9 degrees out. and i THINK it’s supposed to snow again tomorrow.  on days like this, i like to dream about how wonderful spring and summer are going to be. i’m hoping for bike rides, pool parties, zoo trips, picnics…oh there is so much to do once the snow melts! but for now, i’m going to sit here and look at some photos of a place that IS warm: mississippi. i had so much fun down south last week. so many hugs from my niece, coffee with my parents, chats with friends…it was the perfect escape from the snowy north.


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tuesday…

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so i’m back from my travels. there’s nothing like going away for some days, and there’s nothing in the world like coming home. i’m trying to figure out life now without a job to go to and what it means to live life out of a new space. i feel like there are so many wonderful projects to do around here, and i cant wait to share some with you…

life this…week.

so, i’m back in the snowy north. it was so nice to be down south and have a chance to thaw out for a week. now today, i’m packing my bags again to head to Minneapolis for a couple of days away with my sweet husband. i have so much to share with you when i get back!! but for now, here’s a few photos from the past few weeks…

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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!

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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…

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.

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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!

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 lately has seemed pretty hectic. we’ve had meetings, i’ve had to be at work at 6 am, and i feel like my brain is always going with ideas and goals that i feel like i will never meet. i’m ready for spring. but i’m choosing to enjoy the winter. the snow is beautiful (despite the frigid temperatures). i’m learning to find peace in the midst of the chaos…