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 never understood what people really meant when they said a day was ‘a date they would never forget.’ I thought that was a weird thing to hold onto, out of everything wouldn’t you remember what happened? Why the date?’ But unfortunately, and I mean unfortunately in its true, woeful state, I understand. Sometimes events are so large, so bad, so complicated, that one single date wraps everything up in one, easier to encompass container.Read More
There are a group of people that exist, that spent their childhood in one of the sketchiest, but most iconic bar in Michigan. All bound by one thing; their love and support for their local music scene. These are two of them, and here are their engagement photos.Read More
It’s been since a Christmas or two ago since I’ve gone in and photographed the shop, so we combined the best of both worlds and did shop photos and Record Store Day 2k19 with our neighbors, the near and dear, Vertigo Music.Read More
Since this is Michigan, keep an eye out for my ‘Spring has LEFT the building’ post in a couple of weeks when it decides to snow…Read More
“How many pets do you have?!”
That’s a question we get a lot. We have a lot. They’re constantly expanding. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, Chris would have, but he recently started looking at frog vivariums and…Read More
Today is the summer day I've been waiting for! Those beautiful, mid Michigan summer days are glorious and I'mm completely over the heat. There's a reason I'm still in Michigan and not a southern state. So Chris, the brilliant, wonderful man he is, suggests spending an hour or so at the Meijer Gardens with coffee (peppermint tea for me to kick this cold) and letting Ana play in the Children's Garden.
To sit in the sun without drying out like a damn apricot and taking the morning relatively slow (for us) set the whole damn tone for the rest of the day. You know who hasn't been in a foul mood since 8am? ANA. (She literally wakes up angry and continues that pattern recently).
Probably my favorite highlight would have to be when Ana announced to the entirety of the gardens...
"IT'S A SNAKE! OH MY GOD IT'S A SNAKE! AAAAAAHHHH!"
Like she just discovered the largest python to ever be recorded and some other Mom, who's kids probably don't act like everything is a contest for best leading actresses at the Oscars, quickly intervened with a "Oh honey, it's okay it's just a garter snake!" and put out the epic panic Ana was about to work herself into. #parentsunite
This weekend is going to be one of our last hoorah's as we're about 4 week and 6 days from our due date and I'm just getting sore and slower as time moves on, so I'm trying to soak up enough peace this week to not be a crazy, frazzle ball this weekend.
When you were about to have a baby, did you do a last hoorah? What did you do?
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!*
So much has happened since this trip, but we never shared our adventure with you! A couple years ago, my grandparents decided to move to Munising, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula and run Angel Island View Inn on 16 Mile Lake. Since they move we make it a point to go visit them at least once a year. This past year we went up for Thanksgiving and Wild Things birthday and were lucky enough to see my brother who lives out in DC for a couple days. Chris and I are both adventurers at heart so we finally decided to head out to Kitch-Iti-Kipi out in Manistique and we had even more fun going along with the family. We also hit a couple of our favorite spots, the Christmas Antique Mall, Miners Castle, a couple of the Munising falls, and Marquette.
Since this is being posted so much later than I intended, it's been kind of a reflection for me. Time has flown so fast since we traveled up there. The barber shop has grown so much, we've come so far as a family, and there's so much new stuff on the horizon for us. Sometimes I wish things would just freeze because it never feels like we're in one spot long enough. I often feel like we are moved from one position to the next by life so fast, that I crave that peace and quiet that so many people post about on social media. Part of my personal journey has been accepting our journey. The pace of it, the challenges from it, and the fact it doesn't look like anyone else's journey. It's been a personal struggle. One I constantly pray over. I don't know how many times a day I take a deep breath, ask God to grant me inner peace so I can reflect it outwards, and let the flow push me along, but it's a heck of a lot.
So if you're feeling overwhelmed some days, like you just never stop moving. If you see other people post about their perfect bit of peace and get envious. If you just wish you could pause life for a moment, you're not the only one. That's life. Real life. And it's okay. I'm walking that path right along with you.