The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh Deer!

This weekend on Saturday while I was at my meet, I had extremely good news from Ben... he got a deer! Not just a deer but the biggest he has ever shot! I am so proud of him especially since last weekend was so hard on him and he got back up and went out and redeemed himself and now I can definitely tell he is a little less stressed and more happy. I am so glad we will finally have some meat back in the freezer! It was a 5 point buck and his dad was with him and that made it extra special for Ben. It was really funny when I brought Reggie over with me to see it and him at his parents and Reggie quickly thought the deer was his and only his. He smelled it from head to toe then sat down next to it and wouldn't move. He even growled when Belle got too close and we literally had to drag him away. He would just sit there and look at the buck and stick his nose in the air daring anyone to come near him. He now believes he is an excellent tracker and every walk through the woods is his mission to find deer now haha. It was really really funny. Here are a few pics of my happy boys!




Gymnastics!


Yay!! Season has started again! We started meets a little earlier this year and we had our first meet for the YMCA this past weekend in Ludington. Only 4 girls went this time due to last soccer games of the season, but even so I was so excited to go and be there with them. They did really really well for the first meet and I am looking forward to the season. I am super sad I won't be able to make it to the November meet since I am shooting a wedding in Jackson. But I know they will do great and I am so proud of them and I love my job and seeing all the progress they make and to see them enjoy it as well. Sure it has been super stressful lately having to go to work every night when I barely see Ben anymore and there is just so much going on with photography work and other things in our lives that sometimes I don't want to be there. But usually by the end of the night it puts me in a better mood being around the girls and laughing with them. Sometimes I get frustrated and need a day or two off or sometimes a week and I need to remind myself its the Y and they are there to have fun more than learning gymnastics and some of them look forward to this every week. Here is a picture from our past meet this weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weddings, Deer and Pumpkins!

I know a crazy combination of a title for sure but that was truly what this weekend was. Ben and I traveled home on Friday night and had a wonderful evening spent with my family. Sure I was stuffing three senior albums and had a few errands to run but at least I could sit (not a computer) and talk to people.
Ben went out hunting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning he saw a big 7 point and was super excited but not a good enough shot. I was busy working my dear friend Shanna's wedding and was so excited to spend the day with her and be there on this very special occasion. The family has always been close to ours and they have been through more trials then anyone should endure and it was a bittersweet day for sure. Many tears would shed and this week as I have been going back through the pictures many more were cried just reliving the moments and seeing how beautiful and radiant she was. On Sunday Ben went out again and this time I got a call in the morning to come help him search for the deer. But over 3 hours later and following endless blood trails through dense shrubbery, muddy creeks, waist tall grass/swamp lands and even bringing Reggie out to help track the blood, we had no luck. It was extremely hard seeing Ben so turned up and upset because obviously a deer is suffering and at this point it should of survived since there was no luck finding it in a large area but still I know he desparately wanted to put meat in the freezer for us but beyond that his despair of a suffering deer was almost unbearable. I know it happens a lot and everyone will have it happen at least if not a few times but still I know every time will be very difficult on him. Which makes me love him even more because he has such a compassionate, caring heart and those are just a few of the many qualities of why I fell in love with him.
Sunday morning I had another shoot with a family and newborn I do quite often and I love every time we shoot together. After that Ben and I continued onto Grand Rapids where we met his entire family at our favorite orchard. It brought back so many memories for me because this time last year we were there shooting our wedding photos! Ahh I was just walking around re living it and it made me even happier :) This has been the most wonderful year and I fall more in love with Ben every day. We all had a fun time picking apples, cider and donuts, watching the kids play and of course riding the way too small for us cow train. Always a great time!
So far this week has been just as busy as last! It is definitely starting to take a toll on me and Ben and I are both extremely stressed out lately. We have a lot going on personally and work and school and its just wearing us out. I am looking forward to a few fun things we have coming up and just a chance to get away from all that stuff and take a break and enjoy each other even if it is just for a few hours. It is nothing between us, we are very good, just outside stuff, part of it wishing we could spend more time together.
Well for now thats it. I am definitely going to be posting more pics to facebook soon for photography work, but for now here is a few trips from this weekend.








Sunday, October 9, 2011

Photos, photos, photos= no sleep

This has definitely been a crazy busy photography week for sure! Monday I had a senior picture and I have been steadily editing senior pics and engagement photos all week, plus my wedding bookings for next year are scheduling fast. This weekend was a blur, I am pretty sure I was sleeping while awake through most of it. Thursday night I got out of work around 8:30 and arrived at home and ate dinner with Ben and was really stressed out on all the things I had to do that evening. It was a long night and I have been backed up on work and there were a few things I really needed to finish before this weekend so I wanted to get those done and I still needed to pack and load up all my equipment. I didn’t end up making it to bed till close to 2am and it wasn’t till well after when I finally fell asleep. So it was a tough time waking up at 6 to get ready to leave as I had to be in Spring Arbor before 10. I planned to leave a little earlier too (luckily I did) knowing I would hit Grand Rapids and Lansing between 8 and 9 rush hour plus construction. Friday I had a wedding in Jackson and then Saturday I had two senior picture boy shoots. Very fun and not as hard as the usual boys. We did farm and hunting shots, which of course I love doing! So excited to share some of those pictures but before I do I have a few projects that I am making myself finish first. So now onto Sunday, I had two family shoots today. Both friends that I know since I family pictures are not my thing and I don’t usually book them but I make the few exceptions. Todays shoots both went well with young boys and I will try to shares some of those this week as well. I am beyond tired and not looking forward to this week but I hope to make some progress on my editing and catch up work and hopefully some sleep as well. We have another busy weekend ahead and this time Ben will come back to Jackson with me and join me at the wedding as well squeeze in some hunting time in Jackson. So far no deer, but we are hoping it will be soon!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

1 year Married!

Here it is. Our 1 year anniversary, in some ways I can't believe that I am here. The girl who never wanted to get married. Who was content not having a guy around. On the hand it feels like its been years (in a good way) that Ben and I just naturally fit together and we don't have to work very hard at this marriage thing. I'm not just saying that either, I know a lot of friends or couples who say its challenging and they have to work at it everyday. Sure we have our disagreements and arguments but they rarely last long at all and I feel we talk through them and then just let things go. For me marriage is pretty easy, but having a guy like my husband by my side makes it that much easier. I couldn't be happier. I know things aren't the greatest for us right now with the unknown future ahead, but at least I know it will get better. Fingers crossed. My husband is wonderful and in the past year I have grown in love with him so much more and I know he feels the same. Our marriage is full of laughter and smiles. Just yesterday I was laughing so hard I couldn't stop at the silliest things. Its good. Without it, it wouldn't be the same. He is caring and sincere, honest and truthful. So many qualities I can't begin to describe. Honestly he is the man of my dreams. We have a wonderful, amazing life together.
Yesterday we went up to Traverse City for our anniversary and it was a beautiful day, warm and sunny and we walked around without a coat and it felt fabulous! We started out driving up through the Lelanau (spelling?) Peninsula and into Leland also known as FishTown. Its a quaint fishing village and we ate in a nice restaurant "The Cove" overlooking the river dam. We had an awesome river window view and we sat there watching the Salmon jump up the dam, trying to get up river for the winter. Ben loves doing that and it is quite entertaining. We even spied some river otters sneaking across the deck! Ben had the perch fish and chips and I had the whitefish, fish and chips. They both were delicious! After walking around for a bit we drove back into Traverse City to hit up some shops before the early Sunday closing times. We walked around there for a while and stopped on the river bridge and watched the fisherman and all the salmon and steelhead in the river. They were stacked up and it was quite entertaining for awhile. We then took a walk along the marina and old zoo, it was just so nice out and it was just a pleasure to just walk and look around. For dinner we went to our favorite restaurant there which is North Peak! SOOOO good! Not once have we ever been there and not liked anything! We had a wonderful dinner we split a bunch of stuff and ordered a hearth stone chicken pesto pizza, calamari and traverse city cherry glazed BBQ wings. Plus Apple Crumb pie for dessert :) So yummy! We even ran into a friend of mine and her husband so we chatted for awhile, she lives in Lansing so it was nice to see her!
All in all a wonderful day and I look forward to another amazing year with my husband!


We love stopping at this roadside pull of. The view is Magnificent!

Same spot as our honeymoon pic!


Ben watching the fish jump from our Restaurant view!

The view from the Cove


Waterfall!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Octobrrrr is here!

I thought I was doing good about posting this month then I realized that it is October 1st now and that my last post was on the 19th. oops! I feel like the past two weeks have flown by and it has been crazy busy with catching up on Senior Pics and a few weddings and lots of orders coming in. So I have been constantly working on pictures. LAst weekend I had an engagement picture on Friday then a friends wedding on Saturday. Which was amazing, she is so creative and every detail was vintage and unique. Loved it! There was even a beautiful double rainbow!
This weekend my Grandma and Parents came up for probably their last weekend to stay at the trailer before it closes up and last night we made a bunch of snacks and baked cookies and then we sat down and played some cards and it was really fun. Its nice to have people over in our house and have the fall decorations up and do some things. with Ben working on the weekends its hard having people to hang out with. Then tonight my parents friends came over as well and we had another night of the same thing. They brought their own snacks which was snicker doodles and monkey bread which were both super good. So it was really fun weekend.
Today was also opening day. For those of you who don't really know what that means (which would of been me before I met Ben) today is the first day you are officially allowed to hunt deer but only with a bow and arrow. Which Ben hunts with both bow and gun but until November 15th you can only use bow which he likes better anyways. We are both anxious for him to get a deer, I am beyond ready to stop eating slimy, greasy ground beef from the store and pay money for it. I did not like venison the times I have had it before this year. We had Ben's deer from last year ground up and also cut into steaks and it lasted us from November to April and it was way better. I can't really tell a difference in flavor a lot but as far as grease it is way healthier for you, half the time there is no grease to pour off. Plus the extra bonus of not having to buy any steaks, or ground beef for months. So I told Ben I expected two deer this year! I hope to sometime make it out with him this season, I am really looking forward to my first experience.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is our 1 year anniversary! Can't believe its been a year already, time flies and yet in some ways it feels like years and normal and easy for us. Definitely not a hard year or a big adjustment like people tell you. We truly blend together and compliment each other perfectly, but I do not want to talk about that right now, that will be a post all in itself! Have to wait to tell you about our day tomorrow and the memories we shared and the love that's grown.



Card nights with snacks



How do I choose a card when they all say good things about my husband?



Reggie is loving the car rides on these fall days!
(disregard the horrible picture quality!)



Lots of rainbows this fall. Beautiful!