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Irish Fest

Every year we take a trip in August to Milwaukee, WI for the traditional Irish Festival.  We wave goodbye to our dogs and cats (sitting home with a cool pet sitter) and hit the road for a 6 hour drive to visit family.  I personally am not at all Irish (German, French-Canadian) but my husband and his family are, and let’s face it, everyone is Irish at Irish Fest (& on St. Patty’s Day).  We wear green, snag our traditional picnic tables by Lake Michigan, eat baked potatoes and Bridies, buy Irish themed gifts, and chase the kids around till our legs ache.  Its a crazy, busy, very loud weekend.  And while personally I’d rather hide in my basement away from all.the.people (exactly why I avoid the MN State Fair), my husband’s family loves the time together and we all have fun in our own way.  I usually make sure we at least stop by the Irish Dogs area to pet some Irish Terriers, Irish Setters, Skye Blue Terriers, and other allotment of Irish canines (this is me, dog-petter-extraordinaire after all).

In typical 2 year old fashion, Everett refused to eat all day, got over tired, and even sported a little sunburn as he’s allergic to sun tan lotions and I am still trying to figure out one he can wear. But, there is also a beautiful walk on the Island next to the Fair Grounds where Everett took his afternoon nap in the stroller to the sound of waves and the bright sunshine.  Ah peace and a sleeping toddler!

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Before we went home, we had some requests for a formal photo of Everett.  So I looked over at the dining room table light and thought, sure, why not?  So we took a formal, posed shot for Grandma.  As much fun as we had, however, I am SO GLAD TO BE HOME.  Guess I’m too much of a homebody, or maybe its just that traveling with a 2 year old is ridiculously frustrating?  Yeah, let’s go with that.

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Chloe’s Pet Focus & Family Session

I love pet focused sessions, especially when they become the family photos for the year!  Insert Chloe.  Chloe is a very special yellow lab mix who obviously has all of her humans’ heart strings in tow (brother, sister, brother-in-law, and definitely Mom).  A party’s not a party at their house without Chloe!  Dog’s bring so much joy not only to their owner’s lives, but to family photos as well.   Chloe was so excited for her shoot that it took her a good 20 minutes to calm down, but we had plenty of time, and look how fun these turned out!

Sometimes when dogs are just being dogs, all I can do is laugh.  They play the clown so well.  Since we were at a public park Chloe was leashed the entire time for safety, despite what it appears (love that Photoshop magic trick).  Chloe also loves her human brother Michael a ton – you can see them exchanging doggy kisses below.  What you can’t see was all the wrestling happening off camera too!  Brothers are brothers.

There are so many ways to incorporate your dog into family photos, whether they are the main attraction (like Chloe here) or an integrated part of the family dynamic.  I am so glad I  captured these family photos while Chloe is a part of their family.  I also have a secret hope to see one of these photos show up on this client’s Christmas card this year (hint hint!).

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I came across this photo of my family today while putting in a print order of personal images (you know how I love to print photos, just having it actually in your hand, hanging in your house is such a joy!) – its from the beginning of the summer and had somehow gotten lost amid the shuffle.  I guess I am in shock that the beginning of the summer feels so long ago – its just not fair.  Bright blue skies and green leaves on trees are my favorite – and yes, this is how blue the sky was that day!  So beautiful!

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This was the first time my husband had tried a “true” kid-toss (ie the first time I had actually told him to go ahead and toss our son in the air) and I have to say, he’s learning quickly!  Now to just achieve more height before the kid is suddenly as tall as he is…hmmm.  I just hope the weather holds out for more of this fun!  How about you?  Do you know someone with mad kid-tossing skills or a dad-in-kid-tossing-training?

 

 

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Our bedroom refresh and it only took 3 years…

I have a confession – I have hated my bedroom for 3 years.  3 Years of laying in bed in the mornings, or when sick in bed, or just before I fell asleep at night hating it.  There were so many problems including not enough storage, too many dog crates (is 3 too many?), too tall a bed, and an obnoxious foot board.  It felt small, cluttered, and cramped.  I would ponder the layout, plan the projects, shop for bed frames, and hash and re-hash the wall color.  I picked a paint color when we first moved in and decided it was too gold/warm.  I picked a new paint color when we rearranged closets before Everett was born and it was too blue.  My husband flat out refused to repaint.  So I avoided photographing in that room because I didn’t like how it looked, I didn’t like how it didn’t fit my style anymore, and I especially didn’t like how dark and blue tinged it was.   But last week we put in a new window and it was the best excuse ever to do a complete bedroom refresh!

Everett likes it too, as you can see.  My husband even built our bed frame from scratch (which I love and is exactly to our specifications).   I really hope if you are hating your space for whatever reason, you do refresh it.   And once you do, its an even better excuse to celebrate by getting some new in-home photos taken in your fabulous new space!  Sadly my Instagram is being taken over by photos of my son, pets, etc. in my bedroom, but hopefully soon I will be able to move past this obsession to other rooms.  In the meantime – enjoy the white!!!

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He’s Turning Two!

I can’t believe how fast times flies – next week my son is turning two!  Two!  How did that happen?  I can’t help but feel his world is full of possibilities and as he grows, his world grows too.  The backyard is now his zone (whereas last year it was his bedroom), complete with sandbox, green grass to run, and lawn games afoot!  It was a year of climbing everything, first stitches, learning so many words especially “no!,” long naps, a big boy bed, trips to the park, and even a bike!  But – what will his world look like next year?  Where will he go, what will he do?  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for him next (and how many shoe sizes we are going to jump this year!!!  Seriously, why do I even buy him shoes?)  And on that note, I think its time for a weekend family photography session to commemorate the occasion – keep your eyes posted on the blog for our “official” 2 year portrait photos!

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