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My Life Monday | Taste the Rainbow

“Taste the Rainbow.”  We all know that slogan well.  At the end of this post I share a little take-away I got from this slogan, but in a more personal way.  But first……

Trivia Crack – seriously, the game is named appropriately.  I don’t know what it’s like to be on crack, but since being introduced to this game app, I’ve been hooked!  My oldest two have since followed suit as well.

It’s the one game I don’t mind them playing.  I’ve been learning by playing it as well.  What I don’t like is the waiting…..waiting for someone else to take their turn.  Patience, grasshopper.  Bah!!

If you’re unfamiliar with this game, basicly, the object is to collect 6 characters, each representing a category;  the categories being:  geography, science, history, sports, art, and entertainment – before your opponent does.

There are 25 rounds and within each round you and your opponent have a turn.  You spin the wheel, get a random category and you can answer from the category or spin again if you have spin to use (which you earn).  You continue to spin and answer questions until you either answer incorrectly (at that point it’s your opponents turn) or until you answer three in a row correctly, then you get the chance to earn a crown (or character from a category you choose that you have not yet won).  You can also choose to challenge your opponent in a “draw” of sorts, where you both answer the same questions in a certain amount of time and as the challenger, if you get more correct, you choose which character, belonging to your opponent, you want to steal.

It’s a game of luck, strategy and smarts.  Certainly if you retain a lot of information and can answer more correctly, you have an upper-hand.  However, you may not be very good at challenges, so it can be a game of strategy too….as well as when to use tokens (that you earn) to skip a question, add more time, or just use a spin to hopefully get a category you know more about.

I think it’s a great game for kids and mine are certainly enjoying it!  My son has it on his kindle and my daughter has it on her “generic” tablet that uses the jellybean operating system.  So, since it’s an app, I’m guessing you can put it on most devices.  A great way to pass the time while waiting at the doctor’s office or friendly competition to have with family/friends!

Not too much has been happening in our world….which is fine with me.  I love quiet.  I love when not much is going on.  I took our girls to bingo Friday night, where Alexandra won a little cash.  Yesterday, we took the kids rollerskating in Herreid.  It’s seriously the cheapest and best entertainment around here for the winter.  Afterwards, they were treated to strawberry malts.

You just can’t do much else, as a family, for $2 per person anymore.  What a blessing it is, that the couple running the facility gives every single Sunday through March, their time to their community.  I wonder if they really know what they are giving kids and families in the area?  They certainly aren’t doing it for the money.  Today, I just give my gratitude to them and the joy they bring to so many faces every Sunday and throughout the year, where people can rent the facility for birthday parties.

I have to share a random joy moment today as well, as referenced at the beginning of today’s post.  I entered, via text, a Super Bowl prize pack giveaway from Skittles.  Although I didn’t win the grand prize or even the runner-up prize, I did win the final prize – a free bag of skittles. ;)

A reminder, that on the cloudy, cold days – we can always find joy in the little things…skating days, strawberry malts, lazy Sundays….ya just gotta taste the rainbow!  Sure, I’ll have to wait 8-10 weeks to receive my coupon to actually get the free skittles….just fitting as this very morning I read a passage about how God put a rainbow in the sky as a reminder that there will be no more world-destroying floods.  Kinda ironic that I win a bag of skittles today too.  Don’t ya think?

There’s always hope…..for a rainbow in the sky.

“Joy exists only in self-acceptance.  Seek perfect acceptance, not a perfect life.”

- Unknown

 

My Life Monday | A lesson-filled weekend

Happy President’s Day!  Everyone have a good Valentine’s weekend?  It’s also a long weekend, with the kiddos at home today due to President’s Day.  I got interrupted during my shower today with the girls coming in and tattling on one another.  A family member recently asked if our kids always fight like cats and dogs.  They seem very well-behaved in public, but don’t be fooled.  At home, it’s often a battle between strong personalities and they all do have strong personalities…meaning, none of them will back down from a fight.  I think I may move to the tree-house once we have teenagers.

A lesson in compassion…

It was a busy weekend that taught me a few things.  First of all, I had the pleasure of photographing the coronation at the Strasburg Care Center this past Friday.  And I left there feeling as though I need to do something more.  Over the years, through high school and adulthood, I had worked as a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes, as well has home health.  Fast-forward several years to Friday, as I stood there listening to the backgrounds of each of the contestants, I found myself feeling a greater appreciation for them, as humans – longing for connection and understanding.  I saw one of them wipe away a tear and it deeply saddened me.

The experience sure made me think.  I drove home in silence contemplating what it is I could do.  I then thought of my mom and her love of reading the newspaper and how sad it would make her to not be able to read the paper anymore.  And in all honestly, I’m not sure how much longer she will be able to as she has cataracts and just is not taking the initiative to do something about it.  I also enjoy reading the paper and it’s such a simple thing we take for granted.  Imagine though, not being able to read anymore because you can’t see.  Ultimately, you use a lot of your independence not being able to see as well.  Then I realized that I could do that for residents of the Strasburg Care Center.  So, reading to the residents is something I’m going to check into doing, if even just once a month.

A lesson in money…

Money….a hot topic that will either upset, sadden, excite, inspire…you name it.  People love money.  People hate money.  People don’t like to talk about their relationship with money.  And yes, it is a relationship.  At least, that’s how I view it.

Usually, about this time of year, I start to hang my head in shame as I prepare for our tax appointment.  This year, hubby said to schedule it for Valentine’s Day.  He’s such a romantic!  lol!  Anyway, that meant I had exactly a week to get several months of bookkeeping caught up.  Every year I tell myself I’m going to be better prepared than the last.  Every year, that never happens.  And every year, I’m usually quite frazzled and somewhat jaded of the previous year’s progress, or lack there of.  Until recently, my relationship to money was like a one-night stand – there one moment, gone the next.  I’ve since tweaked my relationship to money and my view of it and honestly, things have shifted for me.

Having any kind of business is hard.  Truly the hardest thing I’ve ever done, aside from parenthood – no joke…and they’re honestly pretty neck-in-neck as to which is the most emotion-filled.  lol!  Anyway, what I learned this year from last, is that it’s not about how much money you make, but rather how much you don’t spend.  I actually grossed less but made more.  I actually worked far less, but gained so much more in other areas of my life.  Why do I share such intimate details of my money matters?  Because I’m sure you’re sitting there reading this and thinking about your own tax appointment coming up.  Maybe feeling frazzled and maybe even looking at your upcoming appointment like it’s the “walk of shame” as I always did.  In all honesty, I’m more proud of last year than all the past years put together.  I may have made much less, but I gained more than I ever imagined – that’s for another post.  When you think about your previous year, be proud of the hard work and effort.  Be proud that you’re providing….regardless of how much it says in that little box.  And really take heart to any struggles you may have experienced, as an opportunity to learn and grow.

A lesson on the mat…

This really wasn’t my lesson as much as it was my son’s lesson.  The kids had their first wrestling tournament in Mobridge yesterday.  Needless to say, Xavier got schooled on the mat and I’m thankful for it.  He had some tough matches with some kids he’d never previously wrestled and he was challenged.  He has talked about this one move this kid did on him several times since and he’s just amazed what this kid did.  He said he was looking for him after they got their trophy’s because he wanted to find him and ask him how he did it, he was so impressed.  lol!  But really, he grew as a wrestler over the weekend, I think.  Also, Alexandra got schooled, then she got her game face on and it was a night and day difference with her next match and she ended up taking second.  Alexandra is entertaining to watch – she cries when she wins, she cries when she loses, and she even starts to cry before the match even starts.  That girl….I can so wait for her first broken heart.  Oh vey…..

Jozlyn ended up taking first place.  They didn’t combine boys and girls, as is most often done, so there weren’t any girls in her weight class to wrestle.  I’m not sure who made that decision, but I know the girls that wrestle for Junior, their coach, sure wouldn’t have been intimidated to do so.  So, it was a bummer we didn’t get to see Jozlyn wrestle….soon enough.  Zeeland boys’ points were used towards South Border Mustangs and as a team they took 2nd only by 2 points.  Great first tournament!  The bottom right is their weight, for those that don’t know….I should really feed my kids some protein shakes.  Seriously though, I do feed them. ;)

ND pee-wee wrestling

Well, I hope this post finds you well and that your week ahead is a wonderful one!

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost,

the spirit laughs

for what it has found.”

- Anonymous

 

My Life Monday | Opportunity Knocks

I remember blogging about how I couldn’t wait for spring.  Now, I think I find myself saying more often how quickly it feels like spring is coming.  Maybe it’s because I feel like there’s so much I feel like I need to get done in all areas of life and business.  I don’t feel stress though, more so anxiousness.  I’m anxious to see what the next six months bring.

A few things have come into my life recently and it was only until I really was open to them.  If you’ve been reading my newsletters or my blog, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been beating around the bush.  And I have….and will for just a while longer.  If tax season wouldn’t have reared its ugly head, I could be working on my “other thing.”  Instead, for Valentine’s Day my sweetie is taking me to get our taxes done.  We’re big on the romance, can’t you tell?  Maybe I’ll get lunch outta the deal.  lol!  I’m not mad – I think it’s funny.  That’s just how we roll.

Anyway, I will say though that my writing has finally paid off and later this month I will have a blog post and another snippet published on a well-known women’s entrepreneur blog!  To say I am stoked about it is an understatement!  And the content surrounding the feature is very raw for me to share.

Another opportunity recently came my way in the form of additional income that is very flexible with hours, which is very important and necessary for me.  I have gotten to learn new things and will continue to learn and really just look at it as an opportunity.

For me, 2015 has started as the year of opportunity.  Everywhere I go and everyone I meet is an opportunity to learn something new, create another connection, develop on an idea, grow as an individual, share what I know, etc..  When I have been given an opportunity this year, so far, I have taken it – to give and to take.  As a result, I have felt more fulfilled than I have in a long time.  I can’t explain it now and eventually I will but if you were to get anything from today’s post – take this:  everywhere you go, everyone you meet…is an opportunity.  And I don’t mean to take advantage of – but an opportunity to create, make, do, feel, be, serve – for the better and with the right intentions.

This will be cut short today – I have a hot Valentine tax deadline date to meet!  Say that 10x fast! lol!  In the meantime, I’m feeling the love so thought I would share some love too.  E-news subscribers got first dibs, when I shared these specials in this month’s e-news that went out (interested in being in the know and learn some tips/tricks on a hodge-podge of topics? – sign up HERE).  If you’re interested in being on the ball this year with booking your HS Senior or family Christmas cards, I’d love to hear from you!  Deadline to book is FEBRUARY 28TH!

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“Develop interest in life as you see it;

in people, things, literature, music – 

the world is so rich, simply throbbing 

with rich treasures, beautiful souls and

interesting people.  Forget yourself.

- Henry Miller

My Life Monday | Letting Go…

Letting go…..

It is not always an easy thing to do – to let go.

Let go of anger, frustration, hurt, stress, false “truths,” emotional baggage, etc..

When you let go, it leaves room for you to expand.  Expansion of your heart, your love, mind, ideas…..

I’ve been working on a personal project and I am excited to share it once it’s ready.  It is a product of, me personally, letting go and expanding.

In the meantime, let this post help you recognize an area of your life where you’re not “letting go.”  I will ask you then:  what is the best thing that could happen if you did?

I’m going to close this post with the fact my baby is turning 6 tomorrow.  Thats just plain crazy to me.

Have a wonderful week!

My Life Monday | My Favorite Muffin Recipe

Two weeks left and then we head into February.  And with this beautiful weather, I have gotten the itch for spring.  Flip-flops, anyone?  I so can’t wait for bonfires, warm sunsets, the smell of fresh-cut grass, and seeing birds frolic in the ponds of water that collect in our driveway.

Sigh…..

Oh, snap;  back to reality!  I really can’t complain though.  We’ve been pretty fortunate with a mild winter this year.  Sure, we’ve had some really cold snaps;  however, these warmer days sprinkled in-between have made up for it.  I’ll take all that I can get, despite the fact our entire town turns into a mud mess.  lol!  Let’s just say the dog has been getting a lot more baths lately!  What a beautiful sight though, even in the middle of winter.

nd winter sunset

Quick re-cap of my last two weeks.  Hubby and I had gone to his company’s Christmas party earlier this month.  We rarely get to the movies and as a Christmas gift, he added on a night’s stay to the hotel we were staying at for the Christmas party, dinner out, and a movie.  So, it was something we were both looking forward to, as we also rarely get away alone.  Well, we had decided to see “Take 3.”  We would have preferred “American Sniper” but ti wasn’t out yet.  Anyway, with 15 minutes left in the movie, the smoke alarms went off.  Everyone in our movie stayed seated, including us, as the movie kept playing.  I think we were all thinking the same thing – some kid playing a prank.  Well, it didn’t take too long and a worker came in and told us we needed to get out.  Well, we go out and everyone, from our movie and others, are just standing in the commons area.  No one is actually instructed to actually exit the building.  I’m not sure what their procedure is for this type of thing, but I’m pretty sure it was revisited after this incident.  Supposedly, someone asked and apparently someone did supposedly smell something.  But that area of the mall itself was never shut down, so who knows!?  Needless to say, we missed just the very end of the movie, received a ticket to come back for a free movie in the future, and ended the experience with a fire truck self-us. :)  One for the memory books, that’s for sure!

me and hubby

I just wanted to share this sweet gesture from my family.  While my family came over New Year’s to celebrate our Christmas, I took family pictures for everyone and finally got some of my siblings and I with our mom.  I received this in the mail not long ago and what a nice surprise.  :)  Once I get the images all finished, I think I will add them to the session I did previously with my mom.  I’m so.behind.on.blogging. Oh vey!

Maurices is my store – my sister knows me so well.  I can always walk in there knowing I’ll find something that fits me just right and that I will love.  Actually, on mine and my hubby’s trip out of town, I went into Maurices and got a “Stay Calm and Drink Wine” shirt for $6!  Woohoo!

wonderful family gesture

Also, not long ago I came across this recipe on Pinterest.  It’s a weight watcher’s recipe and these little muffins sure pack a lot of goodness for only about 100 calories each.  My son LOVES them.  I think this will be my go-to snack for wrestling tourneys and practice for the kids.  Easiest recipe ever – just a cake mix (dry, not prepared) and a can of pumpkin and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar!  You can vary this too, by using a chocolate cake mix, add in some mini chocolate chips, or use carrot cake mix and throw in some raisins.  You can read about this recipe HERE.

weight watchers pumpkin muffins

Well, that about catches up what’s been going on in our neck of the woods.  Oh, and wrestling practice started.  Excited to watch all three of our kiddos this year.  Jozlyn was so excited to start, she was using my exercise bands as a jump-rope, saying she was working on getting in shape for wrestling.  That girl is a card!  :)

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

“The threads of friendship embroider our lives with patterns of joy.”

My Life Monday | a torch of joy

Hello, and welcome to another edition of My Life Monday.  This past week is kind of a blur.  That happens a lot though, since I often have to look back on the calendar to see what all went on, in preparation for these Monday blog posts.  My memory just isn’t as sharp as it used to be!  lol!

One day that will stick with myself and many, from this past week, is January 10th, 2015.  A dear friend texted me, while my husband and I were out of town, asking if we had heard the news about Tom Scherr.  And in dumb-founded shock, I sat there staring at that text, reading it over again in disbelief.  All I could think of the rest of the day, were the loved ones he left behind – much too soon.

I’m really at a loss for words.  One thing I know though, is there will be a lot of people showing up for Tom.  To me, he was the type of guy that commanded attention when he walked into a room.  But not in a self-centered, egotistical way – very much the opposite.  He commanded to share his joy with the room;  to shake and exchange words with someone on every table as he walked by.  And as I shared with his daughter Emily, on Facebook, he always made me think to myself “I bet he is the funnest dad and grandpa.”  I can’t hold back my own tears as I write that because, what a blessing he was – WHO he was, to those he loved and those around him.  It makes me think of all the memories and laughter I missed out on with my own father.  To have those moments of joy with someone, those are the moments you cherish.

The pursuit of happiness…

When you ask people what they truly want in life, many will reply with “to be happy.”  People seek happiness in all walks of life, in all social classes, in all age brackets, and in all ethnicities.  There are likely thousands of books out there on the topic.

Some people look for joy/happiness their entire lives but never truly find it.  Then there are those that find it (or, more importantly, choose to create it) and make it a life’s mission to share it – to share their joy.  I don’t know if that was a conscious choice Tom made, but I think it is pretty safe to say it was one thing he did and did well.  A life’s purpose well-served, in my opinion, intended or not.  And I would add, that that characteristic about Tom, is something we all should strive to possess.  Young and old, and everyone in-between benefited from his presence and will miss the smile/laugh he would bring to every conversation.  Imagine a world full of more Tom’s all over the place.  There wouldn’t be a corner of life where you couldn’t get a good laugh, a smile or a solid handshake.

So, as the day approaches (this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.), where we must say goodbye, let’s continue to carry Tom’s torch of joy and strive to make 2015 a year where we create more of it in our own lives.

I had intended to share more in this post from our weekend getaway, but as has happened before, when we lost someone in our community too soon, it just doesn’t feel right.  So, I will close with this very fitting quote from my calendar, on the day Tom went to be with our Lord.  My thoughts and prayers to all those near and dear to Tom’s heart.  I have no doubt Tom made sure you know who you are.

“The sound of laughter has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the universe.”

- Sir Peter Ustinov

My Life Monday | Welcome, 2015

A new year is upon us and I hope yours has started on the right foot.  Mine started with my family, who had traveled here to celebrate Christmas.

We had a great visit and I’m so glad I started preparing in advance.  All of my baking had been done, most of the meals I made were quick, easy, and also new – utilizing crock pots and the electric skillet for most meals.  I got most of the recipes from Pinterest and the only bomb recipe was the crock pot mashed potatoes.  The recipe lacked flavor and I just overall wasn’t impressed.  They were super-easy to prepare, but they seriously became “stick-to-your-ribs” potatoes!  lol!

The big Pinterest winners, in my book, were this apple streusel recipe with homemade caramel sauce and this ham, apple and sweet potato dish.  I loved the sweet potato dish so much, I’ve already made it a second time, after my family left.  It’s a meal chock-full of goodness and a perfect blend of flavors, in my opinion.

While family was here, I also photographed everyone.  We haven’t made the time for family photos in several years and so this past Friday, my family learned all the posing tricks for their camera selfies  (lol!) and I’m pretty sure my brother will never forget “chin forward and down.”  It was a great afternoon!  We had planned on one large family group photo, when my husband was here and not working;  however, the weather didn’t really cooperate for that as we wanted to go outdoors.  So, this summer we will do this all over again outdoors. :)

Here are a few outtakes from our family photo shoot.  This is what happens when I leave the room and my brother-in-law has my camera.  Getting on my blog is also what happens when the photographer is related.  lol!  Seriously – we are this nutty and maybe some of us just tish obnoxious (not naming any names – KenDrick, my brother…the one “twerking” it).  ha!  We definitely had a lot of laughs – great memories!  And yes, I still had hair left.  And yes, it is 10x harder photographing your own family. lol!

outtakes from family studio session

I would like to close with a quote (if you’ve read my blog long enough, you know I LOVE quotes) and with a thought on my heart today.

My wish for you, is that you decide to make 2015 your year to shine, in whatever capacity that fulfills you.  Make one goal – take one thing you’ve always wanted to learn, do, see, create, design, invent, give love to, embrace, mend, visit, write about, share, reconnect to, rediscover…..it’s likely the one thing that creeps up in your thoughts out of nowhere and you find yourself saying…”gosh, I’ve always wanted to do that….maybe someday.”  Then start with a plan to make that happen.  Do one thing today that will give you momentum;  make a call, draft a letter, transfer $50 into savings towards your one thing, spend 30 minutes researching, tell someone about your one thing – just one step.  The world needs more people shining.  And yes, even you, the one reading these words.  And I too, am doing this with you. :)

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”

– Elbert Hubbard

My Life Monday | What’s on Your 2015 List?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by love and laughter!

Is anyone else feeling like this Christmas hasn’t really felt like Christmas?  It seemed to have come and gone so fast.

We celebrated with Tony’s family over Christmas and will be celebrating Christmas with my family over New Year’s.  And conveniently, I’ve gotten the nesting urge and have been organizing practically every room and closet in the entire house, as well as getting some deep-cleaning done.  Seriously, this kinda thing rarely happens, so I must take advantage of it when the energy seems to come out of nowhere.  lol!

Today and tomorrow I’m finishing up business tasks before family arrives Wednesday.  Before I know it, it will be 2015, and before I know it, I’ll be talking about 2016.

I caught myself, in the middle of my organizing spree, pausing to look through Xavier’s scrapbook.  Where, oh where, do the years go?  Two minutes later I saw Alexandra’s scrapbook, not even started.  Xavier’s scrapbook also abruptly ends Halloween 2006, just 10 days before Alexandra was born.  Funny how that works.  Any kids after the first get jipped, don’t they?  Oy vey….starting is always the hardest, isn’t it?  I’m pretty sure finishing all three was on my “get done goal” list for 2014.  I guess we’ll move that on to 2015.

What do you have on your goal list for 2015?

Do you want to get healthy?  Lose X amount of weight?

Do you want to be promoted at your work?

Do you plan to finally get that credit card/loan paid off?

We all relate to goals like this.  We all want to feel the accomplishment that comes along when we cross them off our list.

But how do you feel when you don’t?  Absolutely terrible and like a failure, I imagine.  I know.  I’ve been there.

Why do some people seem to just accomplish what they aim to do?

Is it a personality trait?  Is it luck?  Is it who they know?

I think all those things can make the results happen more rapidly;  however, it comes down to one thing, in my opinion.  The “why” of what you want to accomplish, do, create, finish, etc., has to be strong enough to see you through to the end.  And how you associate the steps you need to take, one by one, to get to the big picture end goal also makes all the difference.

If you look at all the things in front of you that need to take place before you reach your final destination and end up feeling anxious, overwhelmed and tired – before you even get started, you will never acquire the momentum you need to even start.

It takes a strong why, a plan and just starting to set things in motion.

I have really simplified my goals for the coming year.  I really don’t have to-do’s, but rather statements of intention.

I plan to dive more deeply into this (and much more) when my new blog launches in early 2015.  The cat’s outta the bag! :)  I felt it was time, after several years of creating these “My Life Monday” posts, that I needed a personal space on the world wide web to share more of what’s on my heart (<—— that’s a clue as to the name of my upcoming website).  I didn’t get the courage to do so until, honestly, very recently.  And too, it took several weeks for me to even come up with a domain that 1. resonated with me and 2.  was available.

I hope that whatever is on your list for 2015, that it resonates so deeply with you, that you have no choice but to attain it.  Feel it, declare it, own it, and claim it.

In closing, here are a few photos from my family’s Christmas.  Scroll through, as I share some gift ideas that were a hit with family.

And my husband knows me so well.  He had remembered a few things I had mentioned or knew I would like (like a huge Sam’s Club container of raisonettes), but then surprised me with an overnight getaway with dinner and a movie.  Getting away is very rare for us and he knew exactly what I wanted and needed.  I am so very lucky.

My hubby in the first photo is holding a mug I had designed in Photoshop.  It has highlight photos from 2014.  And please know, that if you’ve had a session with me, if you’re looking for something special, I can probably design it, create it, or find it for you. :)  Father’s Day will be here before we know it!

The middle photo is our kids holding their new game, “Bugs in the Kitchen.”  It’s a little spendy for a game (found it for $25 on Amazon), but the kids had played it before and we knew they loved it.  Even for parents, it’s a fun strategy (with a little luck, too – depending on where the battery-operated bug goes) game and it doesn’t take forever either.  It can have up to 4 players.  And lastly, my humongous Reese’s peanut butter cups.  No wonder I have a treadmill on my wish list! ha!  Whomever is the genius though, that put chocolate and peanut butter together, I could kiss ‘em!

Christmas 2014

 Wishing you a wonderful rest of 2014 and a safe and memorable start to 2015!  Cheers!!!

 

 

 

My Life Monday | One more minute

One more minute, each and every day – that is what we will get from here on out.  I love December 21st because every day that follows it means one more minute of daylight gets added.  And that, for me, is worth celebrating!  Woohoo!

Sure helps when you look out the window today and its snowing and we’re in a winter weather advisory.

This post is going to be short and sweet today.  If you’re like me, you’re feeling like you have a million and one things on your brain and that the time flies faster than you can say “snufolufogus.”  Did you catch that Sesame Street reference?  lol!

This past week was filled with more baking, the school concert, and the church program.  Also, I decided to re-arrange, throw, and make a curtain.  Oh, and also learned a lick on the guitar!  I found a great You Tube video creator, that gives some very easy-to-follow instructions.

Also, I can’t forget to mention that I got to photograph a very adorable 6-month old.  Her mom and I planned and schemed but Nora had plans of her own.  And ya know, things worked out perfectly.  Being able to work on the fly, and having the trust of my clients, is what really makes my creative juices flow.  I can’t wait to share more from Nora’s session.  Culling her images down to the best has been the hard part.  I literally filled an entire card on this session – how could I not, with a sweet face such as this?  Definitely more to come from this session!

6 month old studio portrait with banner

Well, that’s all for now – I have a consultation this evening, so off I go to get something cookin';  likely something unhealthy and fast because me and the oven need a break from each other.  Update – we’re having cheese ravioli and a ring of sausage made from local sausage maker, Frank from the Zeeland Grocery Store.  Frank, by far, makes the best sausage!!

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas week.  Rejoice, our Savior’s birth! :)

Nora | Newborn Studio Pictures

Sweet Nora is on my baby plan.  What’s a baby plan?  It’s a session option that includes three sessions:  newborn, 6 months (sitting), and 12 months (standing).  I also include some goodies and discounts.  I like offering the baby plan because I get to watch wee ones grow and photograph their first year, which, to a sleep-deprived parent, seems to go so very fast.

I absolutely love her name.  I kinda like the uncommon, un-traditional, and different things in life.  As luck would have it, most clients that come to me, do too!  Nora’s mama, Terisa, is no different.  And I’m excited for Nora’s 6-month session tomorrow.  That is such a fun, fun age!  Everything is an experience and their eyes are so full of wonder.  That’s the age where they just start learning how the world works.  Which yields many games of got-it, dropped-it!  lol!

Nora was a very wide-awake newborn.  I think Terisa and I were both in awe of how she just never seemed to tire completely.  And as a photographer, a newborn can sometimes decide to run the show.  There is information I provide in order to make the session as successful as possible;  however, ultimately, those 10 tiny fingers and toes, just might decide otherwise.  And so it went…..Nora’s mostly wide-awake newborn session….little stinker!  Fortunately, she wasn’t spending the entire time in distress;  quite the opposite, actually.  She was content and just very wide awake, taking everything in.  I anticipate a very adventurous, laugh-filled session tomorrow.  :D

But first, let me share some images from her newborn session.

I would have loved to have photos like these with my littles.

mother and newborn studio pictures

clothed newborn pictures newborn posing

I could caption this next one!  ha!  “Neener, neener, I’m no longer awake!!” :D

newborn Christmas inspiration

5×7 birth announcement printed on premium press paper

newborn announcement design

Know someone expecting?  A gift certificate to VLV Photography, LLC is a wonderful gift!  I also can create a newborn registry for the mommy-to-be! :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone! :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

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