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Iowa State Fair | Iowa City Photographer

As the summer comes to an end I am a bit sad. This summer was the Best summer I have ever had. I had an unbelievable amount of fun with my boys. From Adventureland, camping, fireworks, museums, sleepovers, late nights, ice cream, shopping, park visits, water parks, nature, hiking, swimming and picnics..we did it all. For our last weekend we stopped off at our state fair and the boys had so much fun! It was a perfect end to the summer, although I am not ready to say good bye to it..

Here are a couple of my favorites and my Life in Loud image for the week.


Life in Loud Week 51

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Getting Ready for Summer!

We are sooo ready for summer! This weekend we got some great weather and of course we had to get out the hose to have some water fun!


“There’s a bond that brothers know, and it gets stronger as they grow. A love that time and miles can’t come betweenWe disagree but in the end there will never be two closer friends And brotherly love is something we all need” ~Keith Whitley


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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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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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Life in Loud | Week18

See you later 2013, I have learned so much and hope to learn even more in 2014!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman


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Life in Loud Week 17

This weeks theme is about my kiddos.

I have been SO busy this past year, especially this fall. The other night my youngest Owen said to me “Mom can you pleasssse take some time off work so you can spend more time with me and Aiden?” Needless to say my heart melted a bit. It has become a lot more apparent that my work because I have been so busy (which I am extremely blessed and grateful for) but after 76 sessions and 9 weddings this year, my work has come first and my family has been put on the back burner as second. It has gotten me thinking a lot about 2014 and some changes I really want to make. I will pace myself and learn that is ok to say no once and awhile. I am only going to take limited sessions and weddings each month and plan on setting better “working hours” While you work from home it hard to shut off work but I am really going to try to set specific times for work and home time. I hope my clients that I love and appreciate so much will be understanding of this in 2014 because I want to continue to capture wonderful moments for Everyone! 🙂

It feels really great to take some time for myself and my family this holiday break and I am really looking forward to having a blast with the boys. To kick off our break we went out in some snow and had some fun and of Course took some cute photos! Enjoy!! xoxo

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” ~Bill Watterson


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Thank you so much for checking out my post.. Now hop over to see Paige’s entry at Sweet Magnolia Photography!!