Monthly Archives: October 2006

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an uneventful weekend


well … uneventful compared to the past 6 months. I am going through a bit of wedding withdrawals, I think. I had a nightmare last night that I was late for a wedding and when I got there I was distracted and couldn’t seem to get the shots. Every time I would see something happening, I couldn’t lift my camera in time to shoot the moment. It was awful. :P

Seriously, I do feel like I should be shooting something this weekend. It’s been months since I’ve had more than one weekend off and to know that I have a few months off is a strange feeling.

So, our day yesterday consisted of me getting groceries and Jake cleaning the living room and rearranging the furniture. I went out and bought one of these (on sale and with a rebate – woohoo!) and I wanted to put it in the corner of the living room so I can use while the kids watch TV. It fits great, but, oh my word, it’s hard. I did it last night and again this morning and my legs were throbbing after 1 minute. :( I got so busy this year that I pretty much let any idea of fitness or eating right fly out the window. I’m determined to get in shape now. I know it will help me feel better about myself and give me tons more energy. I already feel better for making the decision to do it.

Our Sunday started off with me cleaning Zach’s eye so he could open it. He’s got pink eye again and this time it got all crusty and he couldn’t open his eye this morning. He was really brave and didn’t freak out about it ’cause I told him before he went to bed that this might happen. Already, the medicine is making it better. I just wish he would stop getting it. His poor eye looks so puffy and red. :( But, just as last time, it is accompanied by a cold, which is what the dr. told us before. Poor kid. If his eye isn’t cleared up a little more by tomorrow then he will probably have to miss one day of school. I hope he doesn’t have to miss. I hate keeping him home when he’s perfectly fine other than that puffy eye. But I know how people freak out about pink eye. I wouldn’t want another mom to send her child to school if their eye was still all puffy and red and gooey. gross.

We’re getting excited to take the kids out on Tuesday eve for Halloween. Zach is dressing like Darth Vader and Chloe will be a fairy princess. Her costume is so cute. It has these pretty wings and a little crown of flowers to wear on her head. She’s so excited to play in that costume, but we haven’t let her touch it yet. It would be destroyed if we had. She is not gentle with her toys.

This picture of us was taken by Heidi a couple weeks ago. It’s not the one I’m using for our Christmas card this year so I thought I’d share.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

ONE NIGHT with THE KING

Mom and I went to the theater this afternoon to see the new movie “One Night with the King”. It is based on the Biblical story of Esther and it was awesome! I LOVE when people take true stories from the Bible and play them out on the big screen. Before we went, I sat down and read through the book of Esther to refresh my memory and see how close they stayed to the story. They did an amazing job. Check out their website HERE for showtimes near you and scroll down to the bottom of this post to view the trailer. :)

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

chugging along


I still can’t believe that we got so much snow last week. Here is a picture of Chloe peeking out at the snow in the morning and a couple taken out the window at the same time. That was just the beginning. It got worse from then on. The heavy snow caused all sorts of trouble around here. Downed tree branches. Huge power surges that blew out all the surge protectors in our house, fried one to almost the point of setting on fire. You can see black burn marks on the plug holes and it smelled so hot that I thought for sure something was on fire. And the two things that were plugged into that one (the playstation 2 and the subwoofer that went with our speaker system) both got fried. We took them to my brother, who owns an electronics repair shop – ROTHHAAR ELECTRONICS REPAIR in Hastings (had to put in a little plug for him). He may be able to repair the PS2 for us. The boys are crossing their fingers. Thankfully, my computers were fine. I was soooo worried and had to wait several hours until the power would stay on without surging. When I finally felt it was safe, I checked them out and they were still going strong. Electricity scares me. When we lived in Germany, we were putting up Christmas lights on our tree and had them plugged into an extension cord. Well, it was an old cord and part of the plug part came off so the prongs were stuck down inside. I, like an idiot, grabbed them to pull them out and I immediately felt 220 volts of power surge through my arm. I dropped it and started crying, partly because it scared the crap out of me and partly because I felt like such an idiot for not unplugging the other end of the cord first. duh.

The wedding last weekend was really nice. Lakeside Inn is a cool place. I went and covered the rehearsal dinner and they put us up in the inn for the night, had a big breakfast buffet in the morning and then the wedding. It would have been better if I hadn’t come down with a bad cold on Friday night. I was pretty much miserable, but I pushed through it. And I couldn’t rest on Sunday either because I had an engagement shoot and a fun family shoot with Heidi. By the end of the weekend, I was totally exhausted. I’m still tired and trying to get over the cold. All I want to do is sleep, but I have tons of editing to do. So I’m fighting it and doing what needs to be done. I think I’ll just hibernate for the winter. That would be nice.

One more wedding. Three more photo sessions. Then I’m done. I’m not taking on anything else for this year. I seriously need to think about myself, my family, my home and take this much needed break. Can’t wait to clean my house. Never thought I’d say that. LOL!!! Fall always puts me in the mood to clean up the house and decorate with cute fall things like candles and pumpkins. And soon it will be time to get out the Christmas tree. yikes!

Oh, and CONGRATS to my sis-in-law, Heather, on her new “baby” – a 2003 Honda CRV. We match!!!!!

a really cool wedding

Just posted some pictures on my photo blog from last weekend’s wedding. It was Heidi’s last wedding of the year and it was an awesome one to end on! We went to Reem’s (the bride) house in the morning and Summer was there to do her hair. Summer is so nice. I took some maternity and family pictures for her last year. It was nice to just relax with them and chat while we took pictures. That’s always a sign that the day will go well. A relaxed bride is definitely a good thing and Reem was very calm all day. :) The highlights of the day for me were the trolley ride from the church to Aquinas college for posed pictures, driving golf carts around with the couple (my first time driving one of those things so that was fun) to take some pictures at different spots on the golf course where their reception was held, the overall vibe of the guests – full of energy, clapping and dancing – loved the music, lots of music from the Middle east, where Reem’s family came from, the belly dancers – a little taste of Reem’s heritage, just how great Reem and Greg were to me and Heidi all day. They made sure we were taken care of, fed and seated at the reception, were just really wonderful people. It’s these kinds of weddings that really make me love what I do. I mean, I’ve never really done a terrible wedding. The people I’ve worked with have been awesome. But once in a while you just have a wedding where everything goes perfectly and this was one of those!

So, I have 2 more for this year. I can’t believe that it’s almost over already even though I’ve been counting down the weddings. Just a few family shoots and an engagement shoot for my very dear friend, Erinn, who just recently got engaged and I get to shoot their wedding next June! Woohoooooo! :) After that, I am done shooting events this year and I am in serious need of a vacation.

And this has nothing to do with weddings, but it’s supposed to snow here for the next couple days. Snow? Really? Already? That’s all I’ll say about that right now. :P

time with chloe

Having a good day today with my girl.

Lately, I have realized just how much I missed this summer making myself too busy with weddings. This was a choice I made. To spend time cooped up in my office all year while Jake and the kids went and did things and enjoyed life. Not that I don’t enjoy being a photographer, not at all. But it’s a big commitment, especially when you have kids. I sometimes spent 12 hours sitting in the office and barely even ate all day. Very bad. I did not take good care of myself at all.

And I neglected my kids. I see how they’ve grown and changed. Zach is getting more and more confident and so smart. Chloe is craving my attention lately and I just wasn’t giving it to her.

Today, after watching one of her favorite cartoons, Charlie & Lola, on the Disney channel, she started pouting and whining that it was over. She loves that show. So, I looked it up online and we spent some time watching the webisodes and playing the games. She giggled and giggled and it made me really happy. We even ventured out to WalMart and the grocery store together. She was helpful for the most part, but toward the end started giving me a little 3 year old attitude.

It’s been a good day. It’s Jake’s day to take Zach to school and pick him up and he even let me sleep in a little this morning before they left.

We LOVED Lost last night. We’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. What a creepy group the “others” are. crazy. We also checked out the new show The Nine, which aired right after Lost. It was really good. The concept seemed really interesting – nine people are taken hostage during a bank robbery and they begin the show with how they all ended up at the bank and then skip to when the ordeal finally ends 50+ hours later. So I’m sure they’ll reveal more and more as the series goes on about what actually happened inside the bank and how this has affected each of the people. I like it. Plus, it has some great actors in it. Chi McBride – loved him on Boston Public. Scott Wolf – Party of 5, I miss that show.

More shows we are enjoying:
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – love this!!!!
Heroes – this one is really cool
Amazing Race
Survivor
The New Adventures of Old Christine

I also just received more Grey’s Anatomy through Netflix today. I’m so excited. I’m always one season behind. I rent them when they come out for sale and I can never start watching the new season until I’ve finished with the last one so I always have to wait until the next year to see them. Ah well … at least I never have to watch commercials. :)

Enjoy your day!!!!

coffee and a muffin

My husband is the best husband in the whole world. He just came home with a mocha and a muffin for me. It was like the greatest gift ever.

After a long weekend, I was feeling very down last night and he held me while I cried and recited some verses to me that really made me feel better. I wanted to share those this morning.

Matthew 6:25-27
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I am a worrier. I let things get to me so much sometimes that I make myself physically sick. Last night, I was feeling sick and as soon as Jake recited these verses to me the flood gates opened. Sometimes you just have to let it out and let it go, which most of you know I suck at. I hold things very close to me and have a terrible time letting God take care of me. When that’s all I need to do, just let go, curl up on His lap and let Him hold me and take it all away. It’s hard. Life is hard sometimes. But I do believe that God will never give me anything I can’t handle if I trust Him. And I do.

Hope you are all well this morning. God loves you so much. I hope these verses have given you a little encouragement today. Don’t worry, let God take care of things.

AJAXed with AWP