Monthly Archives: August 2006

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Another long week. I did manage to squeeze in a few scrapbook pages using Heather’s new Boys Will Be Boys kit.

Z is for …

• journaling reads:
Zach said his favorite animal at the Zoo was the Zebra ’cause it started with a Z like his name.

Binder Park Zoo

• journaling reads:
A fun day at the zoo with Mom and the kids. Jake was gone in Canada for the week so we decided to do something. They loved it! Chloe was so into all the animals. She wanted to see everything. And Zach especially liked the zebras and ostriches. My babes are getting so big and I know I need to spend lots and lots of time with them when they are this age so they will look back someday and remember all the fun times.


• journaling reads:
loopy. loony. forgetful. out there. whatever you want to call it. that’s me. today. just about every day lately. i missed a meeting the other day. totally slipped my mind. forgot about letting a friend borrow my camera. disappointed in myself. hate letting people down. letting myself down. gotta get my act together.
Please Lord, clear away the clutter and give me CLARITY

Working today. Wedding tomorrow. Then I get a couple weeks off until the next wedding. Time for catching up and taking a little time for myself. And so excited that I was just asked to shoot the wedding of some friends in February at Frederik Meijer Gardens. It’s going to be so beautiful.

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend. Enjoy life. Love ya. •K

fun stuff

a couple recent digital scrapbook pages I made – both using kits from Heather Ann Designs, of course. Click the pictures to see a bigger version.

some fun self portraits I took while Jen and I were up north at Tahquamenon and Munising for my birthday weekend. made using one of Heather’s Quick Fill templates. Super easy!

a letter to Chloe about my love of letter writing. this was made with the new Friends Forever kit. totally fun colors and patterns.

Other fun things:
Snakes on a Plane – I have no desire to see this movie, but this fun marketing strategy they have is hilarious! I’ve sent several already. Good way to get the word out for their movie even though I probably won’t go see it. Whoever thought of this was ingenious. “This is Samuel L Jackson. Go see Snakes ON A PLANE. Don’t make me hurt you!” LOL!

our anniversary – next weekend marks 11 years of marriage for us. hard to believe that much time has passed. so much has happened. we have decided to spend some time in downtown GR. we will stay at the Amway, where we spent our wedding night, and then explore the town a bit and just hang out. a relaxing weekend … sounds good to me. my first weekend off in 5 weeks.

friends, old and new, near and far – I am so very thankful for those who volunteered to help me at the wedding this past weekend. You guys are awesome! Christy came with me and it was so fun to meet her and have her there to help me. She also took some pictures throughout the day and I must say she’s got a natural eye for this. I looked through her pics last night and there are some amazing shots! So thankful for her help! And thanks Lindsey for volunteering to come with me this weekend. You rock! :)

Laguna Beach

Just finished up season 2 on DVD. Drama. drama. drama. Totally sucks you in. And I’m constantly complaining about how “reality” TV has taken over and how everyone is hooked on this crap. Guilty as charged. :)

Have a happy rest of the week!

the longest week

This week is just dragging on and on and on. Jake has been gone since Saturday on a wilderness canoe trip in Canada with some guys from church. He gets back tomorrow evening and I’m counting the minutes.

Maybe it’s just because I know he’s always here and can help with the kids and always bends over backwards to make me happy by running errands and such for me. I’m totally spoiled and I know it. So when he’s gone, I realize how much I depend on him and how really helpful he is around here. I miss him. Plus, it’s stinkin’ lonely around here without his craziness to liven up the place. The kids miss their daddy. I’m not a very playful person and he always plays with them and they love it. So Friday just can’t get here quick enough.

Our week so far:

Monday, mom and I took the kids to Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. Hadn’t been there in a couple years and the kids had a blast. Zach loved the zebras (because they start with the same letter as his name) and the ostriches. Chloe loved everything. I like Binder Park’s Wild Africa. They’ve got giraffes and zebras and monkeys. I like that. But the rest of the zoo really doesn’t have a huge variety of animals. I guess since we’ve been to the Toledo zoo more in the last couple years where they have elephants and hippos and such, this zoo just seemed tiny to me. But the kids didn’t mind and that’s what’s most important. They loved seeing the crazy 150 year old alligator snapping turtle called “Crunch” that was on display. That thing was funky looking. Anyway, check out the pics to the left. :)

Tuesday and Wednesday, Heidi and I worked while my mom and Jake’s mom took turns watching the kids. Didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted. Lots of resizing of photos and uploading and things like that – the tedious things that take a lot of time. So I’m still trying to catch up on a few weddings and hopefully I can finish them tomorrow when my mom watches the kids again.

Today, the kids were being a bit crazy so we hopped in the car, put in “Shrek 2″ in their little portable DVD player, got some McD’s and took a drive. I needed it to clear my head. I can’t stand being cooped up in the house all the time.

So … that’s pretty much our oh-so-exciting week so far. Another wedding on Saturday. A fun one! :)

Adios for now!

pictures pictures pictures

I’ve probably posted some of these before but I felt like sharing kids pics today. I finally went through this year’s pictures thus far and chose a few to order prints of. These are just a few.

my girl


love those eyes

a favorite taken by Heidi

my babers ready for the snow

thursday thoughts

This is my life right now. Weddings.

Heidi took these pictures of me at various times over the past year. Like the bottom one of me hiding in the bushes paparazzi style? haha! :)

Anyway, I’ve decided to limit the number of weddings I book for next year so I won’t feel like I do right now. Like I’m missing out on time with my kids and my husband. Zach will be starting first grade in only a month and he will be gone every day. I am feeling like I’ve missed pretty much this whole summer.

So … mom and I are talking about going and doing some things with them this week. Perhaps the zoo. They will love that! And they’ll love doing something with mommy since they’ve pretty much seen Jake and their grandparents way more than they have me this summer. That’s depressing.

The end of this year’s weddings is not yet in sight. I’ve got 3 more months until I get a break. Actually longer than that since I’ll still be working on the editing far into November.

I’m not complaining about my job. I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing and I’m thankful. I just want to spend more time with my kids. That was the point of being a stay-at-home mom. I guess things have turned out a little different than I thought they would. I know that happens sometimes. Life isn’t always as you plan it. I wouldn’t have planned that Jake would lose his job and be going back to school right now. But I know that the unexpected can be a blessing, too. I didn’t plan a career in photography. Unexpected blessing!

I feel like I’m rambling a bit. I miss my blog, though. Need to post more often.

Tonight, Jake and I are going on a date. We’re seeing “Lady in the Water” and then eating at the new Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro. Had lunch there a couple times already – very tasty. It will be nice to have an evening together.

Need to get ready now!

Have a great weekend! Heidi and I are off to a wedding tomorrow night. As usual. :)

By the way, the photo booth frame on the left is from Heather’s new Friends Forever kit! I love it and can’t wait to play with it soon and make some fun pages. That’s another thing I miss … scrapbooking.

I barely have time to breathe! :P

AJAXed with AWP