Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For the Love of Fall

She wanted a fall wedding. Always dreamed of that day. The cooler temps, the colors changing, an aisle lined with pumpkins & mums.

Her day finally arrived and it was her dream come true. The temps were predicted to be in the low 70s, and partly sunny
It was all she could do not to run down the path to her awaiting groom.
So she headed down the aisle with grandpa towards her awaiting prince.....

.....leaving the golden slippers behind.

Her fairytale wedding is bound to have a very happy ending!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Morning Coffee

I'm back. Have you missed me?

I've been extremely busy photographing seniors and a wedding and also school, always school. I just can't seem to get into a routine this fall. But I haven't given up, I just keep swimming....swimming....swimming.

I wish. 

Fall has finally arrived it seems, and the temps are much cooler & the days are much shorter.
The colors are starting to turn and the apples & pumpkins are ready for picking.

Two weeks ago today, Dream Boy flew out to Seattle and spent 2 days helping the kiddo's pack up. He & S2 spent 3 days in a car, with a dog, traveling across the expanse of the northern region, moving them back to the Mitten.  D2 stayed behind to finish out the season with her current job and will be making the trek here in about 2 weeks with her dad-d-o in her car. Poor girl is living in their apartment with bare bones survival mode housing. But soon the 2, or shall I say 3, will be reunited and not have to spend that much time apart again......hopefully ever.

So yes, this mama has her chick-a-dee's back into a region that is drivable in a day & able to spend time with them more. This mama has a happy heart.

The night that Dream Boy & S2 arrived back home, we spent about an hour together before heading over to S&D1's home for a "big" reveal party!! Yep, in case you've missed the news, we're going to be grammi & poppi next March! So we gathered with family for pizza and then they cut the cake..........
.....and he's a thumb sucker!!!

We are over the moon with excitement about this new blessing that will soon be added to our lives. It is so surreal to us right now, not quite seeming real, but yet very real when I look at momma's baby belly.

While Dream Boy was crossing the country we celebrated 36 years of marriage and he surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of sunshine - delivering it to me at school.
It brought such joy to my heart when they were brought into my classroom. Then to hear my students reaction was even more priceless. A few of my girls were standing next to my desk when I opened the card and both went, "awwww, it's so sweet!  I want to get married and live happily ever after for 36 years too." 

So last weekend we spent the day in Detroit with S2 unloading his car, and exploring the area around their new living quarters. It is a big adjustment for them to be back here, but slowly they are getting there. It will all come into place once our daughter-in-law is back here with him though. She was so excited the day we found this apartment and the area that it's in, so when they are reunited - it will become their happy place together, I'm sure.

I ended up coming down mid-week with the bad cold that is going around school. I am still fighting it & ready, so ready, for the battle to end. I muddled through this weekend, resting when I could, but spending all of Saturday outside on a beautiful fall day, with 2 Taylor's. I had 2 senior shoots, one in the morning & one in the afternoon - each a Taylor - different schools.
One was into climbing trees & playing her guitar, and the other was into reaching for the sky via the rooftop of a parking structure. Both are all about their senior year, having fun, loving life and moving forward with their future plans.

Sunday we went to church in the morning, and then after having breakfast to celebrate a sweet girl's birthday, we headed home. Dream Boy jumped on his bike and I headed out to the patio to sit in the sunshine for about a 1/2 hour before taking off on another senior session.

So between school and clicking away with Lucy, life is crazy busy and I'm a very thankful & grateful lady.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Once Upon A Time....

...........in a land of Dutch people, I met a boy.

We went on our 1st date on October 6, 1978.

For me, it was love on the 1st date - and I knew without a doubt that I would marry him.

Him? Not fully convinced. But within a few months, he had fallen as well.

Thirty six years ago today I awoke to a soft rain after spending the night on the couch in my parents living room. Struggling to sleep the night before due to the slippery, velvety, wildly flowered couch I was sleeping on, the chatter of my mom & our Wisconsin family in the kitchen next to me and the excitement of finally getting to marry the guy of my dreams!

I had a 7am hair appointment with my 2 best friends from my childhood and then a church to get to as our wedding was at 11:30 that Saturday morning. Why I felt the need to have my hairdresser do my "bobbed" haircut I don't know, but I guess it was an excuse to feel special? All it took was a wash, blow dry & curling it under for it to look as it did on any other day that I did it myself. But the memory remains and it is part of my wedding day revelry.

Today, my Dream Boy is in Seattle. As far west and away from the Mitten as could possibly be. But, he is helping the 2nd son pack up their apartment to bring them back to the Mitten by the end of the week. Our D2 will be staying on to finish out the season with her current job & will be joining S2 by the end of the month. 

My DIL & I spent last Tuesday together in Detroit looking for a place for them to live once they move back. After a very long day and many, many apartments & rental houses later and lots of driving and checking out the area, we successfully found a place that they will call home for the next year at least. It is close to the lake and in a community that seems to be very family oriented. 

But back to this day - and the celebration of having spent 36 years married to a man that has been my rock through thick & thin.

We have faced many, many trials and triumphs through our life and I can't imagine my life with anyone else. He is my quiet strength. He is my voice of reason and the one who can make me laugh until I snort and then almost pass out because I start to hyperventilate.

He has loved me as unconditionally as any human possibly can - through it all he has been my strongest supporter, my biggest cheerleader and the greatest example to me & our family of what a Godly man is.

Dream Boy - near or far, the miles cannot separate us from each other as the connection we have with each other has grown so strong in our life together. Thank you for who you are and who we've become.

I am so looking forward to another 36+ years with you. Hey - your aunt & uncle did it, why can't we???

I love you.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Morning Coffee

What a wonderful weekend I had! But then again, I enjoy every weekend.

My birthday was on Friday and that just started everything off with such a positive note! I had one student bring me a birthday cake, a former student who shares the same birthday with me brought me a cheesecake, another student brought me a Milky Way and 3 classes sang happy birthday to me! At the end of the day during announcements one more of my students asked to announce the birthdays so she could announce mine!

Dream Boy gave me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet and then brought flowers home to me. We waited for our oldest son to get out of work, then picked he & our daughter-in-law for dinner. Our friends and one of their son's met us and we enjoyed an evening feasting on Chinese!  The waiter surprised me with a strawberry smoothie after dinner and a box of green tea to take home. 

Saturday started out rainy & gray, so we hung around the house. I finally brought out the domestic diva in me and did some much needed cleaning as it was the perfect day to clean. Dream Boy went out later in the afternoon to mow while I took a little siesta on the couch after editing pictures for over 2 hours. 

I woke up to the sound of my texting chirp and was delighted to see our friends inviting us over for a little get together. Their oldest son & daughter-in-law are expecting their 2nd child in February and were doing a reveal party - so we headed into town to join in on the fun! They have a little girl who is about 1 1/2 years old now, and everyone was so excited to see that the water turned blue and they are expecting a little boy!

Sunday we headed off to church, picking up one of my graduated students and one of my current seniors on the way. I love that they want to join us each week & I pray for their hearts to be opened to the message that Pastor Steve shares each week.

We got home & Dream Boy was heading off on a bike ride & I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful day & get another kayaking excursion in. Never know how many days we have left like this, so I texted my little sister to see if she wanted to play along? She has been talking about kayaking & asking lots of questions because they've been looking at getting some kayaks for them & the girls.  She happened to be free, so she came on out around 3pm, right after Dream Boy got home from his bike ride. So he helped load the kayaks up & took us down to the river and off we paddled!

It was a beautiful day - the temps were so comfortable and sky was so blue. We saw lots & lots of turtles and bunches of frogs jumping in front of us. What a great afternoon. 

Now - to get my big sister over here for a paddle adventure soon! 

So I've headed back to school today. It's homecoming week and I took over Student Council as advisor, once again.  Gonna be a long week - all the festivities on Friday night - parade, game, and dance.  Then on Saturday I am shooting an outdoor wedding. 

I'm gonna need Sunday to recover, I can tell already!

Have a great week everyone!