Normally, for beach days, we would go to Lake Michigan. It’s big, beautiful, and impressive. But it’s a long drive for us, so I figured we could try out our little tiny local lake. I was prepared for it to suck, to be honest. What could possibly out-do Lake Michigan?Read More
A little while back, we took the girls to the beach in Saugatuck for the morning (was supposed to be the day, but we’ll get to that a little later.)Read More
Photo people. Don’t avoid crazy light. Don’t feel pressured to have “perfect” flat light. You’ll miss all the best stuff.Read More
When I was a kid, the chorus of summer was a mix of “CLOSE THE DOOR!” and “TURN THE HOSE OFF!” because my parents were tired of paying to cool the outside and having ponds next to the foundation of the house. Needless to say, there was some peeing in bushes and drinking from the hose, both of which our neighbors probably scoffed at, but it makes for good stories later on. So when I found these water bottles, it jogged my memory, and I passed the torch, er…hose I mean, to Ana.Read More
I haven’t forgotten about the blog, hopefully you didn’t either. Sometimes life makes you take a short hiatus to focus on other things, in our case, MOVING! That’s right. We live in a new zip code, actually my childhood zip code, and we’re officially hunkering down for the foreseeable future. Which is good, because we were starting to feel a lot like nomads. We almost have a camel too if you squint your eyes pretty good at Eloise.
So much has happened in such a short amount of time. Our November was an explosion of insanity. I can’t wait to share it all, but for now, I’ll just tell you about our awesome snow day. Living in Michigan, a state known for it’s snowy weather, it’s not possible to stay inside all the time with a baby. Especially with a 6 (yeah, she’s 6 now!) year old. So we put Eleni in a fleece sleeper suit, then stuffed her in a furry bear suit, and played outside.
I love winter. Maybe because it presents less of a sunburn threat to my pasty skin. Maybe it’s because a good 85% of my wardrobe is magnificent sweaters and I love making all the warm foods. Maybe it’s because snow is the most magical in all the world.
I’ll give you an example of how much we love winter over here. Chris and I take our trips in the winter. We usually go to Traverse City for his birthday in December, which we sadly have to forgo this year, but we’ve hiked trails, climbed dunes, driven to Munising, climbed waterfalls, and visited National Forests in the winter. We do none of these in the summer. There are no bugs, no burns, and if we get too hot we just get a blast of winter air and we’re good!
So for us, winter is something we look forward to every year. What’s even cooler is watching my daughter run around in the snowy yard I ran around in as a kid. Seeing her build snow forts in the same exact spot my siblings and I built ours a good 15 years ago is something I didn’t know would excite me so much. I had an incredible childhood and being in the spot I have so many great memories makes me feel so much at peace. While we were outside I waved to the neighbors who have attended our high school open houses, mowed our lawn while my Dad was at basic training one summer long ago, and even the one who is our very own “that neighbor.” I know them all.
While everything is so much the same though, it’s about to be so new. I can’t wait to share Ana’s room with you, the same room I had all my childhood, in it’s new glory. Here’s a hint: dead bugs. But for now, here’s something that won’t ever change. Our snow excitement.
When I was younger, my friends and siblings and I would all go to the county fair we had in our hometown and it was like the epitome of childhood summer. Getting dusty, covered in sticky sugar from all the fair food, and riding rides until we couldn't do anything except sprawl out on a bench.
Luckily, Mothers Day fell on the last day of the Tulip Festival in Holland, MI so my special day request was to go there. It was Ana's first fair/carnival and it was awesome. To be able to relive one of my favorite things from childhood with my two favorite people was amazing. Chris and Ana had the most fun slamming into people on the bumper cars (surprise, surprise) and of course I got my elephant ear and lemonade.
We all rode the ferris wheel which used to be one of my favorites, but it's been so long since I've been up that high that I almost immediately regretted it.
Ana and I found her carnival costume at a thrift store two days before and we altered it to it her just for these photos. I've been trying to do more photo projects with her and this one was a blast. We can't wait to use this costume in more photos.
*All these photos can be clicked on to see them larger!*
Well, this isn't the first post I've made, but every class I've ever taken has made me tell everyone about myself, and it was always my favorite part to hear about everyone else. So, here's our little intro for you. I'm Aslyn (see red hair, and yes like the lion in those books) and the babe I married in Chris. Through birds and bees we created Wild Thing ( who shall remained Wild Thing for the sake of the internet.). We own a barber shop, Avenue Barber Shop, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We're basically the adult fiction book that comes after the Young Adult fiction work of when the crust punk meets the rebel cheerleader and they fall in love. Life has thrown us so many curveballs, but together we fought to get to where we are and we picked up some hilarious stories to share along the way. Chris probably won't be posting here often, so I'm just going to give you my top ten life things, and then when you're done reading about me you have to tell me about you. Okay, here we go.
Aslyn's Ten Life Things
I'm a very driven person. I (almost) always know what I want.
Spicy food is everything. Thai, Mexican, Indian, anything with hot peppers.
Wild thing is super head strong and we have a battle of the wills all day, every day. It's my own personal battle to be patient with her and guide her the best I can.
Tattoo's, piercings, punk/hardcore music, motorcycles. I've grown with and love what people refer to as the "alternative lifestyle." As a Lansing hardcore scene native, its where I learned friends are family and creativity goes beyond paper and paintbrush. (Fun fact: I started my photo career taking "show photos" for friends.)
I'm always down for an adventure and we sure have a lot of them. From hiking, to diners, to museums and beyond.
I'm a huuge booknerd. I have worked at libraries in the past (thumbs way up to PBTDL! The other one we'll just call The Library Who Must Not Be Named) so I'll be sharing my current reads no matter how far and in between they are.
Sewing is my therapy. Most of the time. Chris is tall and skinny so I end up taking shirts in that he orders too big or custom making them a lot. Just don't ask me about how much I hate putting pearl snaps on things.
Nothing's perfect. A huge goal I have is to impress upon you that pretty pictures aren't everything. We've faced battles we didn't know how we would ever overcome and I never candy-coat those struggles for anyone. They're vital to us and our lives and so are yours.
I don't do the Facebook. I started seeing that the platform was being used as a way to tear others down and I don't need negative shit in my life. I'm part of IG which I've loved since day one for being overwhelmingly supportive and positive and a great place for mom's to connect.
Winter is my jam. Living in Michigan, you have to either embrace the winter or always be pissed off and wish you lived somewhere else. I've embraced it. Being paler than Casper, I also don't stand as great of a chance of getting burned. So it's when we do a huge chunk of our outdoor activities.
That's more than enough about me. Check out these beautiful photos by Alycia, and tell me about you.
Yes, Wild Thing has fading blue hair. We'll talk about that later though.