This past week I had the opportunity to take a trip with my mom to visit our cousins and aunt out east in Maryland. I have had my bucket list to see the DC Cherry blossoms in spring for quite a few years. Unfortunately I missed the season, but it was a wonderful 5 days with them. We explored through Maryland, DC and Virginia during the trip. We don't often get this kind of time together due to living so far apart. We had so many great talks, laughs and made great memories just being together! We decided it needs to be a tradition of doing this "girls type weekend" more often. I walked away refreshed and somewhat ready for what spring/summer has in store for us with soccer and lacrosse around the clock at our house. Happy Spring to all of you! Take the time to just "be present" with your family.....
My youngest daughter will be performing in her school musical, Little Mermaid, Jr. this next week. The Kaleidoscope Academy 6th through 8th graders have been working so hard on this show. And all of the snow days we have been having have made it so hard for these kids and rehearsals! We are so excited to see her in her next role! It has been a bit since she has been able to take the stage and grateful that her new school has this program! She was so excited this past week as she came home and told us she was of the kids interviewed by NBC 26 for the musical. Needless to say we are so proud of her and the entire cast! If you are interested in coming and checking the show out you can purchase tickets here.
As part of an effort to give back to our school. I have been working on a fun photo booth that will be setup for before and after the show to raise money for our schools Theater/Art programs. Below is a sample of the green screen work we have been doing to get ready. If you are at the musical be sure to stop by the green screen and support the arts!
So I am trying something new this year. I struggle with the daily photos as sometimes life happens. And this year I am taking 1 picture a week with a different theme. My first week picture is here it is a self portrait. Everyone who knows me knows I prefer to be behind the camera. It is really hard for me to be in front of the camera. I feel uncomfortable there. I would rather be behind the camera making my client feel comfortable or making them laugh. So, here we go 2019. Let's rock this and make it an incredible year! #bfp2019 #foxvalleyphotographer
How can it be that my son is experiencing his first Homecoming. Or excuse me HOCO. We never called it that when I was a kid. I am sure my kids will be rolling their eyes at me for that one. It is interesting to me to watch as he goes through high school and how things change. Never would I have thought that he and 3 buddies would be going for pictures and dinner with 8 girls. Yes he was matching with a particular young lady, but they were not "dates". Is this really a thing? WHAT??? He is almost 6 feet tall and is growing into an amazing human being. I look forward to hearing all about it when he gets home. Yes I am waiting up for this one. Because this the 1st of many new firsts for our oldest....
Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that's when you're most beautiful. ~Zoe Kravitz
Sometimes with our youngest her personality comes out in her socks. She has soo many socks that we have gotten her, as well as, her Nama and her Uncle Jim. She will never be without socks let's put it that way. But she loves them!
I was out of town for work this past week which can always be hard on my family and me (even though they think it is like a vacation). It is the furthest thing from a vacation. I love being at my kids activities. They are only young once and I don't want to miss anything. I had to miss 3 of Jack's soccer games this past week, but was able to catch Meg play with her team on my way back into town. She really has changed this year. I think depending on the team you are on and what the communications is like between players it can make a huge difference. She is on a team that listens to her as the keeper. There is no negativity toward her or decisions she makes. And as a result her team trusts her. It is these things that teach her and my son so much about life and gives them skills that will last a lifetime...
In our backyard we have this glorious Saturn "Donut" Peach tree. It is a tree you wouldn't think we produce amazing fruit here in Wisconsin. But it does! Last year we had our off year with the tree where we did not have a lot of fruit. But this year it is clearly making up for that. Today my middle child picked a bunch of peaches and she made Peach Muffins. Our peaches are getting close to the end of their lives. So every day we are out there picking them for snacks. And after this weekend I am hoping we will be able to can whatever is leftover. If you have never had a peach like this you must must try them!
This past week I worked with 3 seniors. They were all so unique and amazing young adults! It is hard to believe that we are on the brink of another new school year! How can that be?? It left like only a few weeks ago that school finished.
Thinking of all the kids starting high school or moving to new schools. I feel like 2018-19 is going to be one amazing year for these seniors and my kids as well. Hard to believe that this morning started high school soccer tryouts for my son. WOAH!
Those who know us know that we love to be out in our RV camping. I have said it many times that I will be living out of the RV at some point when the kids get older. It is my happy place. I feel calm when I am sitting in the woods by a campfire. Love the smells and sounds. My daughters and I got to go to Boy Scout camp with my husband and son. We stayed in the family camp area. We explored alot and also relaxed alot. It was wonderful! Can't wait for our next adventure.