The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Thursday, June 28, 2012

All about the Boys

June 16th
Last weekend or two weekends ago I should say we went back down to Jackson for my cousin David's early birthday party. I say early because it isn't till the end of July I think and they are having twins very soon. So before the chaos comes they wanted to celebrate the big 3-0 early. It was a nice time to get the extended family together other then holidays. Ben had a lot of fun with my cousins boys and they were hunting in the ponds for fish and having water bottle fights. They actually found a catfish laying on a bed of eggs, which was really cool!
Here are some adorable pictures I caught of them in their fish finding moments :)


 How cute are these? 


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oh Deer!

So lately the deer have been around like crazy. Which is really nice. I spotted two deer a few months ago in the field across from our house and I ran and got my camera and snapped a few pics. I posted those on facebook. I showed Ben and he said those are bucks, see their spike antlers? And I didn't even notice that they were bucks till we were home looking at the pictures. Now periodically I see them around and have grabbed my camera. The other day I went out on the deck and saw a flicker in the field, I had a gut instinct that it was them so I ran out there and there was 3 this time and I followed them around for like half an hour. I got some great pics again and seeing as it was late afternoon my lighting was pretty good in the woods.  On Fathers day, Ben and I came home from meeting my parents and we caught two different bucks red handed, in our lawn eating all my flowers! Seriously right up by our window! I had my camera with me then and jumped out and snapped a few before they took off. This was evening but it was still pretty light out. But once we looked at the pictures sure enough you could tell it was two different bucks then the young ones we normally see around. So we are excited over here to be keeping our eye on a few different herds of bucks. It definitely makes Ben antsy for hunting season already. Here are some pics I took of the young bucks we see a lot and also the older ones eating our flowers :)


 I Love this one of him eating

 Think its funny with his mouth open

 Love this stance!
 Even though its not a face shot I love the eating on the branch and long curve of the neck.


 I think he was itching his nose
 I didn't edit this one but do you see them up by our flowers? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Back in the Lake


6-17-12
So Reggie has been a little injured for the past few weeks. He somehow sprained his shoulder when I was home in Jackson and the following week he was limping a lot and acting really weird so in we went to the vet and sure enough he had a fever. So he was on pain meds and some amoxicillin for a few weeks. Even though he was feeling better we wanted to take it slow and barely walked him and just made him take it easy. Well Ben said if he made it to last weekend then we would take him swimming. So Sunday we went down to the lake and Reggie had his first swim of the season. He didn't last very long seeing as how he was on bed rest basically for like a month so his stamina didn't last very long. But he had a blast and we are happy that he didn't over do it and is still feeling pretty good.







Hot Rod!

So the Hot Rod tour came to town and Ben and I got to see some of the cars but we had a very busy weekend and didn't make it down to the actual tour even though we both wanted to go downtown to see all the sweet cars/ But last weekend was the Taste of Muskegon and so we went down there with my dad and cousin Max and got to sample the area food and we found a really good new restaurant and Ben and I are looking forward to trying it out sometime. I had caramelized apples on a pulled pork sandwich. Sounds totally weird but it was surprisingly really really good.  We also got to check out some of the hot cars there and my dad was loving the oldies, jazz music. All in all a pleasant and well worth it 2 hours. Here are some pics of the cars.




Happy Birthday William!

William our nephew had his birthday on June 11th and so his birthday party was at a park pavilion and the family got together to celebrate with food and presents. Ben and I got him a spiderman shooting spiderweb glove thing haha not sure how to describe it but it shot silly string out of the palm of your hand. Of course all he did was run around and shoot Morgan his sister and mom, uncle Michael and a few others haha. At the end of the night Ben gave them a ride around the parking lot on the bike and their smiles mean they loved it! Here are a few pics.



Summer already?

Wow I feel like my last few posts have been far in between and also the titles seem to be repetitive as far as playing catch up. I need to be better and hopefully with May behind us it will be easier to do just that. For those of you who have known me for the past few years May is CRAZY! To say the least, its full of dance, dance more dance and then some weddings thrown in. Remind me next year to not take on so many May weddings! Let's see the second to last weekend in April I did the Studio 55 dance studio pictures and had 3 weeks to get those sorted, edited, ordered and packaged before the Academy of the Arts dance studio pics were taken the second week in May. Now I am down in Jackson for 4 days of shooting dance pics for about 5 hours everyday. So since then I have been busy sorting, editing, ordering and just finished packaging all those kids.  Then this up coming weekend is recital weekend and there are 4 shows total so I am down in Jackson handing out pictures during the shows and taking pics of the performances. So once this weekend is over I can usually take a deep breath and relax a little.  
 Here is a link to see all the dance pictures from this year: 
http://suziekingsley.smugmug.com/Academy-of-the-Arts/Expressions-of-Art-2012


Also this month I had two weddings I shot one in Muskegon and one in Ludington and then we also attended two weddings and had rehearsals and bachelor/bachelorette parties on top of it. So basically our weekends were jam packed. It was nice being able to spend time with friends but also in the back of my head I am always thinking about the pictures and making sure I get things done to be less stressed.  Since Ben's new job and change of schedule he is on first shift but doesn't usually get home till about 7 on average and since I work nights at the Y and don't usually get home till 8 or 9 then its a little crazy finding time to spend together during the week since he goes to bed shortly after I am home. This past month though I am taking that hour or two after work and time spent with him has been editing and more computer work, so its been different not basically seeing each other till weekends (which are busy).  I know that kind of schedule can be normal for a lot of couples or when I have explained it they say "Oh thats us all the time, its no big deal, you don't need to see each other that often" well for us it is a big deal and very important to us to spend time together every day. I miss my husband when I don't see him and it is very hard only spending sometimes an hour together a day. Thats not normal for us nor would I ever want it to be, its important to spend time together for me.  Ben and I are both so looking forward to summer nights when I switch to work during the mornings and not evenings so that when he gets home from work we have more time to spend together and cook together and eat and walk and many other things. Sure some days it may not be that much of extra time but I know we will cherish it and can't wait for next week! I miss making a meal and having it ready when my husband comes home. Of course we spend most of the summer grilling out but its just being there at night when he comes home is so much better. 

So I am not sure when I actually started this post but I am continuing it now oh about 3 weeks later. I started it and had to run to work so I just saved the draft and here I am again much much later.  Anyways I have a few posts to update and I know I wanted to add some photos to the posts so here is the finishing part of this post. I think I was waiting to add that we had a momentous event last month or I should say the end of April but Ben graduated!! He is so happy to be done and over with school and have a grown up job as he says it. He did start this new job a few months ago but he had to finish up the one class but now it is official with the diploma and all. So another stepping stone in our lives has happened.  Of course those loans will start to kick in now but I guess thats pretty normal and I have to learn to accept that. Although we are both the kind of people who don't like having debt or making payments on anything other than a house or rent and bills. So we are going to have to learn to adjust to new budgets and being even more "Adult" like because well its a part of life. So here we go!