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Life in Loud | Week 22 Embrace the Mess

Today was one of those days. The pilot light in the water heater went out, school was cancelled yet again due to the cold, I was out of my favorite coffee, I was tired and the boys were bouncing off the walls. I can’t even remember the last time the temp was above zero and we were able to go outside and play. While I was cleaning in the kitchen today I hear this crash as I turn I see Aiden (my oldest) sprint to his room and Owen (my youngest) frantically covering up something on the couch. Now I know it will be something important for them to be reacting like this and I walk over the couch and pulling back the blankets to find my Instax mini 8 camera I got at Christmas with the end of the lens popped off. My gut reaction was to yell but instead I just cried a little (like I said it had been one of those days) Both boys immediately rushed to my side, hugging me and apologizing. I quickly tried to google how to fix it but couldn’t find anything. So I put the camera away and figured I would try to fix it later. I prepared snack for the boys and got their leap pads out so that I could hop in the shower.

After my shower I come out to hear the boys giggling and find them on top of the dining table covered in flour, coconut and chocolate chips. Thinking at this point I may loose my mommy mind and they say “Mom we felt so bad about your camera, we want to bake you a cake to make you feel better” Then they jumped down from the table Covered in flour and get two presets they managed to cover in wrapping paper scrapes and said “And we wanted to give you these”.  I opened the first gift from Aiden and it was his neat little kid camera and opening Owen’s it was his blanket (aka “silky”) that he is never without. They thought all these things would make me feel better.

At that moment I totally realized I have some pretty flipping awesome kiddos. They were completely willing, at least for the moment, to give up their most favorite things to me so that I could feel better. Accidents will happen, things will break, messes will be made and tears will be shed. But we are family and we love each other so very much and it shows. No matter the bad day they bring so much love and laughter to my life and I hope to be the best mom Everyday I can be to them!

So embracing the mess they had made, I let them to continue to play with their concoction on the table. While I played too, trying their “cakes” and even tossing a little flour around.

P.S. I messed around with my instax camera later this evening and managed to fix it! So hooray for what started as a not so great day turned out ok!

Enjoy! xoxo

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Tara & Jake Are Married! | Iowa City, Iowa

Tara and Jake are seriously the sweetest two people ever! I had a blast with them doing their engagement session and was thrilled to photograph their wedding!

I seriously have So many pictures I absolutely love from their wedding but I just picked a few of my favorites to show you. These two are so in love and so wonderful together! Tara and Jake I wish you guys a Life time of happiness 🙂 Can’t wait to see you again!!

Enjoy!! xoxo

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Life in Loud | Week 21

So this week I got some inspiration from my fellow Life in Louder’s about having thr courage to take my “big” camera out in public and not be bothered by the strange looks I might get. For my first time I busted it out in Target, when Owen and I had to grab a few things. It was late in the evening so he wasn’t really feeling it.. Target or the fact that I had my camera with me. 😉 But I am pleased with the results and I think I am hooked! 😉

So here are a couple Enjoy! xoxo

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Life in Loud | Story Book World

So the boys and I have been cooped up in the house for days due to the Brutal cold and we have been getting pretty creative with what we do with our time 😉

We busted out the video camera and the boys have been recreating their favorite story books. So of course I had to whip out my camera and take some pics of them having fun with our project. I Will be adding to this blog post because we have been working on more! 🙂

“I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am.” ~Dr. Seuss

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“There were all the colors in the world and the color kittens had made them.”

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