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…
Any ways! Spring seems to be here, for now. So we’ve been soaking it up and planning, and so much doing. We just finished the biggest wall in our kitchen, you can see that on Instagram, and now we’re getting ready to reconfigure some walls and install the rest of the kitchen pieces. We’re so excited! Beyond that? We’ve started seeds and yard cleanup, and are getting ready to make a new ‘official’ school corner.
And…I started taking on more photo work. Not weddings, but more portrait work that I LOVE doing. I was struggling with a way to not run two separate sites and send you guy all over hell and back to find everything, sooooooo….
I’M COMBINING THEM.
Thanks to amazing author and friend, Joanna Morey, I am not super nervous to mix work and personal. This is me. This is who I am, and that includes my work because I’m a photographer to the core. So you’re going to start seeing all my shoots on this same blog. On my sidebar, you can choose to just go to one category and I’ve gone back and recategorized everything for you all!
Spring means setting up goals, so here are 5 of mine! What are yours?
PRINT MY BACKLOGGED PHOTOS. I can’t wait to pick up my order of 4x6’s of all of these photos. If we go on a trip, like Shedd or the Carnival, I print photo books. But for photos like these, I just print 4x6’s. If they’re dark photos, I use my special printer so the photos don’t get muddy, but Meijer’s .33 per 4x6 is my jam for these snapshots. Them I throw them in a cool photo box and save them! I loved pulling out my parents photo boxes and looking through them all for hours, so I’m going to do the same for these two!
BUILD MY PLANTER BOXES. I wasn’t joking when I talked about an enormous garden. I may have gone a little crazy with my seed orders from Seed Savers and Floret. My basement workspace is so green right now. I need to get some untreated pine and get crackin’!
GET SCHOOL STUFF IN ONE SPOT. At the moment, Ana’s school stuff is all over the house because we keep doing house projects that force it to move. So I need to paint the walls of the school nook and get it all put together like we had it at the apartment in GR.
WORK ON PHOTO PROJECTS. I have lofty photo dreams. Which means a lot of organizing and working to put them all together and get them shot. The planning is one of my favorite parts, so I’m in the process of gathering all the pieces for two at the moment! Expect big things here soon…
GO FISHING MORE. Seriously. I’ve come to love going with Chris, and last summer we would go before he left for work, so I’m hoping we can start going together more. There are so many area’s around us where we can, I need to just get up in the morning, pack up breakfast and coffee, and go!
EXTRA: COOK MORE BREAKFAST. I am NOT a morning person. Which means I rarely make breakfast, BUT I LOVE IT. So I’m going to try to get up earlier, or prep the night before to make breakfast more. Dinner is almost always made at home, except for these past two weeks, so I need to get back on track! Drop any handy recipes you have in my inbox please!
ALL OF THESE PHOTOS CAN BE CLICKED ON TO BE ENLARGED!
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.