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May was a super busy month…I don’t think I realized how busy it was going to be, and all of a sudden it was here. Mother’s Day & my birthday were so super special – the boys went to Homewood and picked out a spring blooming tree for the yard. (not too big – we have a super small yard) Owen also picked out a cupcake at Whole Foods with a tree on it. #lovehim. Between Charleston – our family portraits & the Pinkle Toes Workshop Reunion, Mother’s Day, my birthday, a broken bone, Harrison in and out of the emergency room with 105 and 105 temps and two Coastal Sessions, it’s been a busy month!
What I learned in May….
1. How much effort goes into a family session. We had our family portraits planned for this month, and it was so great for me to remember what it’s like to be a client. So much thought goes into every session and all the little details.I have soooo much to say about the portraits (You can see them on Michele’s blog here and I’m also going to blog them soon) Love, love, love, love, love them! Big thanks to Little Apple Styles for help with picking out wardrobe for our session, and my friend Brooke for convincing me to buy a bright Blue and Coralish pink dress at the anthro birthday party. It’s a lot brighter than what I normally buy, and I love it! Ericka did such a great job coordinating THREE boys with pink!
Thank you Michele of Pinkle Toes Photography for this photo (and sooooo many more I love!)
2. How much I would love Pure Barre. So I’ve been doing workout videos at home for the past several months and have really loved them. During the Pinkle Toes Workshop Reunion in Charleston this month, Michele asked us if we wanted to try a barre class. I lovved it. I definitely couldn’t do all of it, and still can’t, but I really love going to the classes. I’m still sore pretty much every time I go, but it’s such a great workout.
3. How easy it is for a little one’s bone to break. So, we have our first broken bone, and I’m still kind of in shock about it. Kids jump off beds onto their heads, climb trees, jump over things, topple all over the place and do not break a bone. Owen was barely chasing his cousin around the kitchen and fell right on to his collarbone. (I also learned if you think you might have a broken bone – just go straight to the orthopedic urgent care. We went to the one on Durant.)
4. My little boy is growing up. Ok I’m not going to cry right now, but I did cry at his preschool graduation. He was “Most Enthusiastic Learner” and said he wanted to be a “Future Chef.” Poor thing had to wear his cap and gown with only one arm through because of his broken bone. Overall he has had the best atittude about everything, thank goodness.
I only had a few minutes after his graduation to snap a few pictures of him in his cap and gown.
5. How much fun it is to get together with a small group of other photographers. The last reunion in NY was a lot of fun but definitely a bigger group. I didn’t know anyone at this Reunion, and it was so much fun to make new friends – we laughed so so much. And going anywhere with photographers is just tedious because we all stop everywhere to take a few photos (which can turn into 100) We did so many fun things in Charleston – ate AMAZING food, went on a food tour, saw where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married (Boone Hall Plantation, also where The Notebook was filmed) carriage tour, Rainbow Row, ate Belgian Gelato, photographed a maternity session on the beach, spent hours on the porch chatting, got up at sunrise to photograph the Folly Beach Lighthouse (only photographers get up this early) spent forever in a field of wildflowers at Boone Hall…. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but we squeezed a lot into a few days. Thankful for new friends and also getting to meet a lot of photographers not too far from me – Wilmington, Greensboro, Charlotte, and South Carolina.
6. How much I have loved this stroller for trips out shopping. Owen was playing with some of the toys they had out at this point, but usually he’s standing or sitting playing a game, and it has been my favorite stroller for going anywhere with the two of them. (Still love my double bob craigslist find for the outdoors)
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Um, how is it already May? I really can’t believe it. April just flew by, and the “April Showers bring May Flowers” saying was so true this month. (And it’s still pouring as I’m typing this.) I can’t believe all the rescheduling and moving around we’ve had to do with the rain. It even rained at the very end of our Limited Edition Client Event. And if you missed this client event, we will be having another one soon! Make sure you’re on the e-mail list so you are up to date on all of the fun events coming soon!
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One of my goals for April included working in the garden. And this year, I’ve had such a big helper. He really wanted a watering can and had so much fun running back and forth to get water to help me while we planted. We have gotten a little bit done, but we still need to work on our pots. I planted these Iris bulbs several years ago when I wanted to have at least one thing blooming in our yard at all times. You can see the peonies right in front of my Irises will be blooming soon, and then it will be hydrangea season (yay! my favorite!) The purple Irises are called Queen Dorothy, and why I ordered them. My grandma Dorothy (this post is mostly about her) was a gardener and just loved plants. I loved that her sunroom was just full of plants at all times.
I love gardening. If you have seen our yard, you know that it is super small so not a lot of room for flowers, but I manage to cram a few in. One year I managed to plant 200 tulip bulbs. I have no idea where I put all of them, but they were gorgeous in the spring. One year I was digging and a ton of baby snakes just ran out of one of the bushes (scary!) so now I am a little bit more terrified when I’m outside planting.
This book has been by far one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given. When I was ten years old, my grandmother passed away on Christmas Day. (Harrison being born on this day is just so special to me.) Even though I was ten, I still have such dear memories with her. I know how deeply I was loved by her – so many memories of her taking us to feed the ducks, the Moravian love feast on Christmas Eve, Sunday lunches at her house, listening to her record player, all kinds of yummy Christmas food, her and Paw Paw singing hymns in the car…I was blessed that she lived only a few minutes away, and when she was sick, my dad took my brother and I to see her every morning before school. That year I was really into wearing hats to school. Not just any hats, like super fancy dress up hats that you would buy in the accessory section at Belks. My grandmother bought me a few that year, and I wore them every single day to school.
When I got married, I got this gift – something she had made for me when she was sick. A collection of all of her recipes, whether hand written or articles from newspapers. There was no google then, and she wanted to make sure I had all the information I needed to be able to cook..not just any recipes, but her recipes. (yes, I’m crying as I’m typing) Sine she wouldn’t be here to teach me, she knew I would have them.The love and thought that was put into this book is such a treasure. There are some funny newspaper articles, some recipes a friend had scribbled down at a party and given to her, and ones written in her own handwriting. I feel so blessed to have these and that she loved me enough to take the time to compile them.
Goals for May:
1. Bake three or more of Grandma’s recipes for my boys.
2. Plan and schedule more date nights. I loved that we got an evening out in April to go running, see a movie, and dinner.
3. Pick out which books I’m going to read this month. I’m still looking for a great fiction book. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know!
4. Finish article for the Vend Raleigh blog
5. Plant some pretty flowers in our pots in the garden with Owen.
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I love this image with the Raleigh skyline. This has been one of those bucket list images I have wanted of our family. (I am always dreaming up family photo ideas but it can be difficult to actually plan them.) Kelly’s flight got in at 5:55 PM so I was worried we weren’t going to make it downtown before it got dark. And we were really going to be thrown off if it was a dark, cloudy day. Thank goodness there were no delays in her flight and I was able to pick her up and we made it downtown with plenty of light to spare. Michael was also able to get there with all the traffic he has to fight daily. There are so many sweet images that Kelly took, and I can’t wait to share all of them!
Goals for April:
1. Create a Bucket List for spring. (Already working on a pinterest board here)
2. Send more care packages to friends. A good friend planned a lunch date with me recently and made me realize I need to be more intentional with friendships. We are all so busy with life, kids, and work, and I need to take more time to be a good friend.
3. Walk on the greenway more. I REALLY love the greenway, but after all the stories I’ve heard, I just am not ok with going by myself with the kids. If there’s anyone else that would like to meet to walk, please let me know. I’d love to organize some sort of group around 10 A.M. A few different friends and I have walked when we’ve both happened to be available and how encouraging it is to walk with a friend, get fresh air and some exercise.
4. Garden plan for this year. I would love to plant a little bit – not anything huge and not vegetables…just some pretty annuals or perennials. Before we had little ones, I use to plant a lot more and I do love gardening. The last frost date is around April 15th I think so you want to wait until after then to plant. I have planted earlier before and had to put a sheet over my plants if there was a frost warning. There are a lot of articles out there about how gardening makes you happier like this one.
5. Continue to work on decluttering. I have been amazed and how different our house has been since Jan 1. We have changed complete rooms around and decluttered so much so I want to continue to work on that this month and to plan small projects for each month.
What are your goals for April?
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beautiful tree in my neighbor’s yard
Who else was in shock about the second snowstorm this past week? I really had no idea, was thinking I was taking Owen to preschool Tuesday morning, and wow, snow was everywhere! I usually love being able to be out and about, get my lists checked off, complete all the tasks that I need to do for the day, but I will say, the snow “vacation” this week was nice. I didn’t know how much I needed the rest of being stuck in the house – doing laundry, building a snowman, making cookies. I did squeeze in a run to the grocery store before the second round of snow came. (and it’s still on the ground!) I tend to look at the weather because it’s important to my job, but it usually changes so fast, I have no idea what to think. Did you see the forecasted 70 degrees for Wednesday? Amazing! There is so much that I want to work on and accomplish this month before the weather is warm and we are spending our days outside again.
1. Running. I’ve been focusing so much on distance and through all my reading, it looks like intervals is the better way for me to go. So, for March, I’m going to switch to intervals instead of focusing so much on distance. I have a tried a few days so far, and it is tough, but I like the idea of using a plan and will see what I think of it.
2. Continue plans on the 2015 Limited Edition Spring Minis. The amazing stylist for the event and I had a planning meeting at Starbucks last night, and I am SOOO excited. It’s going to be so much fun, and if you signed up, stay tuned for more information soon! You can also add your name to the waiting list here. I still can’t believe how fast these sold out – even with adding a few extra spots.
3. One thing I want to work on more is having a little bit more of a schedule to our days. We do follow a nap schedule and, as you know, when you have little ones, your days mostly revolve around that. I’ve also tried adding a reading time in the afternoons after we go to the gym. Owen reads a book and I read my own book.. while enjoying some decaf coffee.(Harrison crawls around, gets in Owen’s chair and laughs at us the whole time…see it here)
4. Reading. This is one of those I keep coming back to. With the pouring snow and days at home, I have had so much more time to read and it is definitely a goal of mine to read more this month. I’ve ordered a few books. (Just finished this one) and would love to know some favorites you have read lately.
5. Finish planning out client events and get everything organized for a few mentoring sessions in March/April. I will be offering mentoring to other photographers and will be putting more information on my website soon. If you’re interested in more information before then – send me an e-mail. (email@example.com)
6. Continue working on a new home office – planning what I need to put in the almost empty room. (Picking out a desk, storage, etc.) We have rearranged our home so much in the past few months, decluttered so much, but it is still an ongoing process.
7. Research more houseplants to add around the house – which are your favorites?
I will be watching the weather this week, and if anyone hears anything about another possible snow/ice storm, let me know!
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I love February (though I miss the warm weather) The winter has inspired us to do a lot of different projects around the house. I’m kind of amazed at all that we’ve accomplished since mid December. There are still a lot of things left to do but I’m just amazed at the progress we’ve made in changing a few different rooms around, decluttering toys and closets, etc. Since we aren’t spending our afternoons at the park, there is more time for folding laundry (yay!) and organizing cabinets. (yay! hahahaha)
February is also special to me because it’s my mama’s birthday – she was born on Valentine’s Day. I was born on Monther’s Day (it fell on May 8th the year I was born) and Harrison was born Christmas morning so a lot of holiday birthdays around here!
Oh, and I just had to share these pretty heart shaped flowers that have been brightening up our house (we got some white and pink ones but they also had red – so pretty!) Cyclamen have heart shaped flowers and I just love them around the house in February. We also keep our shells from last summer on the shelf (Owen painted a few, too!) Cannot wait for all the Coastal sessions planned this year! (All holiday weekends have been sold out but if you are planning a trip and would like a session at Holden – contact me for more info!)
A few things to wrap up in February –
* 2014 Image of the Year – Did you see Round Two voting started today? Stop by and vote once a day!
* The First Free Client Event of 2014 – Monday I got to see some sweet smiling faces and looking forward to so many clients on Saturday! I also need to start finalizing all of the other surprises for 2015 clients for the rest of the year – so excited!!!!
Goals for February
* Finish and order my mama’s birthday present
* Finish planning client events for 2015
* I met my goal of 4 miles for January..thinking my running goal for February might be to make it to 5 miles by the end of the month.
* Order our own family 2014 album
* Wrap up the image of the year and announce the finalists!
* Finish painting a prop (and figuring out how I did not paint it right…anyone an expert on glaze and chalk paint?)