Sometimes I like to take blogging breaks, but I always come back. :)
First of all, here's a delicious lunch that we made recently. I found the recipe on Pinterest.
These are spinach, feta, pesto, and avocado grilled cheese sandwiches.
This is a link to the recipe, if you are interested.
And you can follow me on Pinterest, if you'd like. I post useful resources for photographers and web designers.
What's else is new? Well, let me tell you in the convenient form of a bullet list. With photos.
- We started a landscaping project. I don't think we will finish it in time for winter, but I'll get some photos and information posted soon. I think it's going to look pretty nice.
- We got our photos taken! Yes, for the first time since high school yearbook photos, Rob and I had a professional photographer (who happens to be an awesome blogger friend too) snap some pics of our cheesy faces. I'll be adding some of those pics soon too, but here's one of my favorites:
That photo was taken at the lake near our house, so even the location has personal significance.
- Speaking of photography... my photography hobby officially crept into part time job territory. I'll be honest - I'm not working toward doing photography as a full time job. So right now, I am only doing photo shoots with good friends or family, as my schedule permits. This makes it a lot more fun and less business-like (for me). This summer, I had one baby shoot (with another one scheduled), three engagement shoots, two weddings, and took headshots for 14 people. Oh, and I even did some photos for a commercial property business! This is all in addition to my non-photography full time job, so it's been very busy. But it's also very exciting. Even more exciting is the fact that Rob has joined me as second shooter. He's getting really good too. I'll post a lot more photos from these shoots in the near future, but here's a few examples:
Here's two that I took on the most recent shoot, a week or two ago:
and then one by second shooter Rob. He is known for his non-conventional compositions, and I absolutely love what he comes up with. It's always unexpected.
See? He's good. But I also happen to think he has a good teacher. ;)
Here's a collage that I made of Rob and I shooting:
As always, you can click any photo in a blog post to see a larger view.
- In September, we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. In honor of the occasion, I booked us an extended weekend at an island resort in Wisconsin. It was gorgeous, laid back, and relaxing. Here's a few photos from that:
- Rob also planned an anniversary date. He took me horseback riding. It was great.
- A few years ago, people started giving me old cameras. Every one of these was given to me. I am getting a decent collection.
but I also still love my Canon pocket cameras. So they get their own pic too.
- Speaking of point and shoot (do you like my awkward transitions?), I took this with one recently. I was traveling for work. Feel free to guess what state I'm in at the time of this photo.
- Murphy has been working on his Elvis impression. I know he has a lot of fans in the blogosphere, so I better share this pic:
- Oh yeah, and there's this. Rob and I have been biking regularly, and he also bought a second canoe. Per usual, he got an insanely good deal on craigslist. Why do we need two canoes, you ask? Well one is a tougher material and can be used in rocky rivers, whereas the other is super lightweight and therefore fragile, more suited for lakes or for travel in deeper rivers with less rocks. If you canoe as often as we do during the warmer months, it does make a difference. Now we can go canoeing with friends too.
When we put everything on the car, it becomes the Adventure Mobile. Rob is in the process of turning it into even more of an adventure mobile, so stay tuned for that.
So that's just some of what's been happening around the Chateau. If you've read this far, I guess I will also share that it's been a tough year for me and my family. I lost two close family members in the same week back in May, and that has been hard. The situation has made me very reflective, and I've rethought a lot of things. I don't like to get very personal on this site. But it does explain, in part, my blogging absence. It's still hard, but lately there's been more good days than bad, and that's definitely progress. I saw this tulip in my neighbor's yard a few months ago, and it reminds me, in a comforting way, of one of the people I lost:
So anyway, I'm/we're back, and happy to be journaling our day-to-day lives again. I've said before that having this blog is really beneficial for us, and we enjoy it as a creative outlet as well as a personal reference. It's fun to look back, and it encourages us to look forward as well. If I've learned anything this year, it's that preserving memories and recording lives is important.
Finally... if anyone still reads this, I would really appreciate either a comment below or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know. It means a great deal to know that people visit this site, and it really is a motivator for me.
That's all for now. Over and out.