Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jungle Shower

I have been quietly planning my sister's jungle-themed baby shower for a while now and I am pretty excited that it is nearly here!  There is still so much to do but here is a small sneak into what is coming this weekend!

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Today was the first Saturday I have had off in months!  It felt terrific!  I woke up at 8:30 and began my mission- clean the house.  Unfortunately, I lost my momentum after I stopped to go get my nails done with Kaylie.  But, I did have an extra long massage in the chair and I do like that my toes are looking much better. I did accomplish some photo editing this afternoon and I have been stopping from time to time to fold laundry.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Today was the 6th-7th grade field trip to Homer Lake.  I had a pretty great afternoon and I really loved it!  I got to go hiking, play volleyball and play frisbee.

When I got home, I was pretty tired and I wanted to take a nap.  But, Cooper had other plans, he wanted to go on a long walk.  So, we compromised and we got to play with the neighbor dog.  After Cooper was thoroughly covered in dog slobber, I decided to give him a bath and a hair cut.  I actually just paid $45 to get it done professionally just three weeks ago. I was super bummed when I picked him up because it didn't hardly look like they touched him.  So, I took a whack at him and he is looking much better.


Just a tiny bit of the hair that I trimmed off

After- so handsome!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday- 8th grade Commencement

Thursday was a busy day as I got to help Mr. Mikeworth take 8th grade graduation pictures during the day. I went home after school in time to walk Cooper, take a short nap, eat dinner and turn back around again to celebrate my eighth graders graduation!  I even came home and edited pictures for an hour or two afterwards. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. One more week!

Monday, May 13, 2013

VG flood

My parents basement flooded earlier last month. They lost a lot in the basement. Chris and I weren't available to help them much, but we did get a chance to make it down last weekend and help with the cleanup efforts. More to come about this later.

Teacher appreciation week

I don't expect anything from my students but it was quite nice when I found that 4th graders had made me this sign! Too funny!

Making friends

This is Rocky. We met him today and Cooper has decided they are new best friends!!

I took today off work so I could spend pretty much the entire day editing photos from my Vineyard Mother's Day session.  It was a productive day.  I basically got all the pictures done.  Also, I got to have my first massage.  I didn't really care for it much.  It was completely pulling me out of my personal space comfort zone.  It was relaxing but I spent most of the hour with a "to-do" list racing through my mind.  Maybe, I'll have better luck next time. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Today, I got to celebrate Mother's Day by giving out free family portraits to about 100 families in my church.  I had a really good time meeting so many people in such a short time (5 hours).

In the afternoon, Chris and I got some much-needed yard work done and then I began cooking.  I made pulled pork, pasta salad and bought many delicious sides for dinner.  We had everyone over at our place around 6 and we ate, played, dressed up the kids, set up my studio again, took some 10 month pictures, and watched "How to Train Your Dragon".  I'd say it was about the most perfect day!

Also, if you want to see my portraits go to...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Teresa's ISU Graduation

Teresa graduated today from ISU with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She is now looking for a teaching job in the K-3 age range so of course, I've been keeping my ears listening for new opportunities.

We had a really nice-sized group show up for her celebration! Here are just a few pics from the day!

ISU Grads 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Surprise guests

Jessi, Jeff, & Elli paid me a surprise visit. They even brought my dinner! It was so cool to see my little niece getting around so well. She continues to be the happiest baby I've ever met!