Thursday, May 21, 2015

34 Weeks

I figured I better get these up just in case this baby breaks the trend and comes early or on time.
I was in Cali shooting a wedding and used the last half a day as our "babymoon".
We stayed on a really cool old boat hotel, and spent the evening exploring and taking pictures.
It feels weird to post a whole blog post with yourself featured on it, but my husband did such an awesome job and I'm so excited about this baby, I just had to post some.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Little Intern the 3rd : 31 Weeks

Have I really not announced this pregnancy on here yet?
As you can see blogging hasn't been on the top of the priority list for a little while.
Anyways, yes, baby three is on the way! We are super excited! Often the first baby and pregnancy gets all the documentation but I'm doing my best to make sure we get pictures and such for all the babies that come.
Thank you to my husband for helping me document this special time!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Our Love Story : Part 7

I was traveling up to Northern Minnesota to visit some family. It's an eleven and a half hour drive one way. I was glad to get the front seat next to dad because I wanted to make sure he knew what was going on in 'the guy department'. My dad doesn't like surprises so I wanted to make sure he knew what had happened up to this point with Tim Porter and that according to my younger sister, Tim would be calling to ask about me sometime soon. I told dad what was up, he asked me 'so if Tim calls and asks to get to know you better you want me to say yes?' I said, I felt a peace about it, and I was willing to get to know him.

It was three weeks and two days since I had met Tim. (Remember what my sister Olivia said about the three week thing?!) I was sitting in my bed working on picture editing when my parents made their way into my room. I'm normally a very suspicious person and I love to know what's going on, but for some reason editing was keeping my mind busy and I didn't notice my parents kinda smirking and talking to each other. Finally my dad says, "well I just got a call from Tim Porter". Whaaaaat?! actually I don't think I said anything, my mouth was literally open as far as it could go and it didn't close for a few minutes. Dad had pretty much just listened to the voice-mail so mom didn't even know anything yet. She was jumping up and down excited. We all went to the living room to listen to the message he had left.
He told dad who he was and that he would like him to call him back at his convenience.
So dad called him back and got his voicemail. Way to keep the suspense growing guys.
Eventually they connected, Tim was able to tell dad that he had met me, really liked me, had been praying about marriage, wanted to get to know me better if that was ok. Or something like that.
Dad already knew I was open to the idea so he set up a time to meet with Tim as the preliminary 'father check' meeting. Does the fact that my dad wanted to meet him first bother me? Absolutely not. I always saw it as a form of protection and I value his wisdom as a family and also a man. I know he wants what's best for his daughters and he's also been married a lot longer than me.

We were going on our annual church camping trip to Lake Michigan. Dad had planned the meeting with Tim during that time. He was already off work and it was a little closer for Tim to drive.
It was day two of the trip I believe. Dad "had to go meet with someone for a few hours", dad's a pastor and a businessman so no one thought much of it. I was dying inside, I wished I could just be a fly on the wall. As he left I reminded him of my few "big" questions I wanted brought up.
Some of my best friends were on the camping trip, and of course, the normal conversations came up.
Life, marriage, who was getting married first. I was trying to change the subject because the last thing I wanted was a direct question aimed at me in regards to if anyone had asked yet or something just as awkward. I wanted to just blurt everything out so bad but held it in till things were actually happening.

Dad came back hours after he was supposed to. I was sitting at the campfire just waiting and waiting. This was  good thing or a bad thing. But most likely good.
He came back, and said they had a very good talk. They were having such a good time talking they went over by three hours. He liked Tim and at this point we were going to be getting together as families sometime in the future. His answers to my 'big' questions were satisfactory and everything was a go.
Ahhh! So crazy! But 'getting together in the future?' what did that mean?
They hadn't picked a time but maybe in a month or so. That wasn't sounding so great in my mind. How could we see him sooner than that? I had questions!!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Our Love Story : Part 6

As we drove through the back woods of Brown County Indiana my mind was spinning. We were following the van that I was pretty sure had my future family in law in it, and the jeep that had my future husband was right behind us.  If there was any time I wish I could be in more than one place at a time this was it. I wanted to know so badly what the other conversations happening in the other vehicles were. Did Tim's family know what was going on? Did he/they like me? Did they think I was a weird 'city girl'?
We finally made our way back to their cabin in the woods. A very lovely cabin I might add. Three stories, full porches front the back and large widows that let in lots of light.
We all made our way in and they got our beds set up really quick. I could tell everyone was tired and so was I, so we all decided to go to bed then.
After all, this was kinda awkward, and I didn't really feel like getting into a conversation with Tim at the moment.
The next morning after a good nights rest we got up and had breakfast with the family. I made sure to sit as far away from Tim as possible. The last thing I wanted was for him to think I was being extra friendly with him.
I noticed he ate extra fast and made sure to make his way over to where I was sitting as soon as the family picture book came out. I had heard of this happening when you were getting to know someone, but I was surprised and thought it was funny that it had come out so quickly. I started to think the family was in on what was happening and my suspicions where almost completely confirmed when after breakfast when Tim's dad took us on a tour and made sure to point out all the impressive things Tim had made in their home.
We made our way to the Porter's church which was being held at a friend's home because there was going to be a baptism in the creek afterwards.
I was very impressed with Tim's piano playing and impressed he was willing to be a part of the service like that. 
After the worship time we all made our way down to the creek and Tim and I both got out our 'big cameras' to document the event.
I felt like he was taking a lot of wide angle shots that I sitting on the bank were most likely in. 
After the baptism service we all made our way back to the gathering place for lunch. I was sitting on a large swing with my sister. We were talking quietly and secretly in our sisterly manner. I was telling her that I wasn't going to talk to him unless he started the conversation first. I wanted him to be the leader in this relationship, if that's what it was going to be. It wasn't too long and Tim made his way over to us. He used our cameras to break the ice and we fell easily into a conversation. I loved how he talked about his perspective on his recent trip to Africa. We talked about camera equipment, snakes and missions. It was time for lunch now. I made my way over to the table and dished up. I always looked to see how a guys handles a serving line, for some reason I always felt it showed his character. Does he let the women go first or just jump right in to help himself.
Well Tim was literally the last guy in line, I was impressed if I should had been or not. We didn't sit with each other, he sat with his guy friends, which I saw as another good sign.
Eventually it was time to go home. We had a long drive back to Chicago.
After saying goodbye to our hosts I got into the car. I noticed that Tim dropped everything to come say goodbye to us. As the door closed and we drove away I asked what my sisters and mom thought of him. Mom said she liked him, my eight year old sister said 'He's an eight, but once I get to know him he'll be an ten and a half.' and my sister right under me in age said 'give him three weeks, he's going to call dad'.

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This is a memory burned into my mind from this day. All the kids loved Tim and he was so good with them.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Be Brave Little One

I never intended to have both my children born in the same month. I like parties and like to spread them out through out the year, but God had a different plan. I think the boys will enjoy having parties together for awhile.
As soon as one party is over at our house I immediately start thinking about next year's theme. Of course I'll let the boys have more input as they get older and actually care, but for the first few years I'm having fun deciding it. This year's theme was Indian Pow Wow. I think it's the party I always wanted as a kid. I was pretty obsessed with Native American stuff back in the day.
I had such a busy Spring and Summer shooting weddings and I didn't let myself get into party stuff until there was a break. I knew how much I like all this theme and that I would tend to go overboard on it. But you better believe as soon as my busy wedding rush was over, the night after getting all my bride's their images, I was downstairs with my hot glue gun making a headdress.
I thought it would be lot easier to find stuff for this party, but turns out it's not a very common theme. Which I guess is fine, it forced me to make stuff and I was reassured that not everybody and their cousin was doing it on Pinterest.
Certain aspects are really in ie. antlers, arrows, Aztec patterns.. but yeah. Not necessarily the full Pow Wow thing.  My family were such good sports to actually dress up and play along with all my crazy game ideas. Thanks guys!
So enough talking, on to how to's and pictures.

Cookies - Bear Paw Cookies
 gf brownie mix with sliced almonds and sliced marshmallows on top.

Head Dress - Hobby Lobby feathers, leather, floral dept. feathers, elastic.

Teepee - Small trees, fabric, deer hide, leather straps.

Cake - White chocolate feathers on a yellow gf cake with chocolate frosting.

Outfits - Goodwill, dress-up stock, Kohls, leather

Children's Leather Moccasins - Nora Gray


Venison Stew
Veggie tray
gf Corn dogs

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