The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Monday, September 19, 2011

The first of many

I'm sick already!? Really? Ugh! I can't even begin to count how many times I was sick last winter and here it is again starting already. The worse part is that Ben has been dealing with a sinus and Ear infection. He has been on antibiotics for like a week now and isn't feeling his best yet. So we are both a mess. Last night he would have a coughing fit then I would start and it just went back and forth, back and forth. I was really surprised we even got some sleep but taking a nighttime cold pill plus a Tylenol pm apparently knocks me out pretty good. I have slept like 11 hours the past few nights, my body has needed it I guess, but I am still exhausted during the day. I didn't go into work tonight either cuz no point in spreading it to all the kids and just tried to rest up for the rest of the week.
I did decided to make today a nice dinner for us. A fall roast for us to help us feel better and I was in the cooking mood but however did not have very much energy so it ended up being a crock pot meal with potatoes and carrots.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ready or Not Fall is here!

Hello Fall! I guess with all this cold weather its time to put the patriotic decorations away and bring out the autumn. Which I absolutely love doing! Ben and I bought a freezer this week (to hold all the venison this year) and so we rearranged the storage rooms and got out the fall stuff as well. So I posted a few crappy pictures below (because I took them on my phone, it was easier) of our fall house. It makes me happy with all the pumpkins and leaves everywhere. Ben and I both really love fall, for him because its hunting season and for me just the season with the apples, cider, pumpkins, hay rides, orchards all that just makes me happy. Also why we decided to get married in the fall, speaking of our 1 year anniversary is only 2 weeks away! I can't believe how fast this year has been. Definitely not hard at all, people tell you the first year is always the hardest and its a big adjustment and I really disagree. We both have been really happy and its been a breeze for the most part. This week we also saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky! Not a rainy sky either, it had been beautiful all day and out comes a rainbow. Love it!

Ben practicing with his Bow

Photo Whirlwind

So I meant to write this before this weekend since I am referencing my crazy weekend of photography last week. So lets begin with Friday I left at about 9 a.m. here in Muskegon and drove straight to Rives Junction (in between Lansing and Jackson) I had a newborn shoot there. Which if any of you have had newborns or done newborn photography you know it takes a few hours. Babies cry, are fussy need to eat, diaper changes, etc. So I was there for a little while but honestly the shoot was one of the best ever! Little Max didn't cry, didn't poop on anything and we got all that needed to be done. Awesome. So from there I went into downtown Jackson and had a Senior boy shoot. That went really well and he had the cutest crooked smile and was really photogenic. That finished at about 6:30 p.m. and then I went to hang out with my friend Breanna. Since we don't get to see each other that often whenever I am in town I will try to stop by. So it was a wonderful time catching up with her.
Now onto Saturday, I started at 11 a.m. at a bridesmaids house shooting them and the bride getting hair and makeup done. Then the wedding and pictures and continuing on to the reception till I left at about 10:30 p.m. So another super long day on Saturday. Loved the wedding though, the reception was full of dancers and I think I took more reception photos than I ever have before! Great time. For once I didn't have to get in the car and drive back to Muskegon either, I once again stayed at my parents. Ben and Reggie drove down for a few hours, Ben hauled some stuff for my parents and helped my dad fix his TV and then he came and helped me at the ceremony, which I felt super bad about because he had an ear infection and sinus infection and had just started his antibiotics so that hadn't completely kicked in yet and he was miserable. Once he drove back he had to go straight to work till 3 am. Poor guy. It just made me miss him that much more.
Sunday, lets see I started at 10:30 a.m. in Grass Lake (about 30min from SA) and had another Lumen Senior. I had Jake's sister years ago and loved her so I was really glad they asked me again. It was fun shooting in a few new locations and discovering different spots in small towns with character. Immediately following that I had the lovely Miss Haley Glinz. Whom I have known her Mom (my cell group leader) since they first moved here when Haley was a baby and her younger sister wasn't even born yet. So growing up throughout middle and high school I watched Haley grow up too. It makes me feel old shooting seniors who I used to babysit and knew since they were little! Haley is another dancer which we all know I love shooting dancers so it was a wonderful time again! After that and with random downpours in between (God had wonderful timing with the rain, whenever we drove it rained and whenever we stopped the rain stopped) I went on to shoot my 3rd senior of the day. Which I had already done the main shoot this was just a few more Jackson spots. So that didn't last too long but I discovered a new spot with her too. Love doing that!
After that super long weekend I had the long drive home but was so thankful to get there and finally spend some time with Ben. Crazy weekend for sure!

Senior Jake Swart

Senior Haley Glinz

Senior Richard Goldfarb

Wedding J0n and Stacy

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hello Septemeber!

I guess a new month is going to be here before we know it. Ben and I had a great holiday weekend. It was nice for me to not have any jobs and just kinda enjoy the last weekend of summer. Since with the weather change it may just be that, the last weekend of summer. I am sure we will be out to the beach or on the jetskit or boat a few more times, but I can't say it will be back in the 80s again. This week has gone so fast! I was look forward to it because I have a lot of senior work I need to catch up on and well now its half way done and I have a crazy busy weekend so there is no chance of having time to work this weekend. I leave for Jackson early Friday morning and I have a senior and a newborn shoot on Friday, Saturday a wedding and then two seniors on Sunday! Crazy eh? It will be long for sure, although I am excited about Ben coming down to help me with the wedding on Saturday. At least I will be able to see him and Reggie a little bit and it will be nice to have him help my parents with a few things around the house. Back to this week, we had a week off of work from the YMCA since we are in between sessions. So along with catching up on work and running errands, preparing for a new schedule, it has been very nice to spend more time with Ben. He is back in school Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and we are so excited it is the last semester! This morning I woke up at 7 a.m. when he did and made him a packed lunch and then sent him off and I got an early start in on my pictured editing. Then tonight I made a big dinner in the crockpot and I forgot how much I like cooking and preparing for him to come home to at night. We didn't get a chance to do that very often at all this summer since he worked every night. (I am going to go backwards in time again) Yesterday was a really fun day, Ben and I ran a lot of errands and then we went for a drive up to the woods to scout out for deer season. We took Reggie and had a nice walk and time together as a little family. I had homemade chili cooking in the crockpot and we got back and were a little chilled and it was the perfect thing to come home to on these new fall days. I am definitely going to miss that part of the evenings next week when I start back at work.
More seniors and editing has been non stop. I finished a wedding today and have about 4 more seniors to go to catch up. I am glad I am getting all this senior business though I have been enjoying it a lot (just not so much all the editing part since its so time consuming).
Ben and I decided to start working on our Christmas lists and buying presents early this year. Last year we got stuck at the end and ran out of money and I want to spread it out more this year so we aren't spending so much at the last minute, it totally kills ya! So I am excited all ready! Its easy to come up with a list for him, harder for me. I feel like I don't need anything thats not house stuff, or business stuff (which is super expensive). But I am having a really hard time thinking of things that i just want, not for the house or for work, that I could just enjoy.
Well Ben should be home any second and I need to get dinner ready!