Guys. It’s almost Thanksgiving. So, it’s practically already Christmas.
Which means it’s time for holiday family photos!
I love Christmas cards, and I especially love when Christmas cards have a family photo. It’s oh, so lovely.
And this family is just the loveliest.
I have a lot of things flying around in this head of mine. So, as I begin this post I can only hope that one thing comes out at a time.
I bought the most amazing home two years ago.
And not because it was everything I’ve ever wanted in a home or that it was a great investment (ha!) or that it was the perfect location or so on.
More, because it was mine. And I bought it by myself. And it allowed me to bring Charley into my life. And I bought it in the town I moved to for my first career. A town where I made my first adult friends. And it was exactly what I needed at the moment. It taught me so much.
Now, I’m moving out and moving on. And I want to process this moment in the way that
it deserves I feel I need to.
Not sure how I got so lucky to witness so many beautiful weddings this summer.
I filmed a second wedding last week in Custer State Park at the beautiful Sylvan Lake in South Dakota. Mackenzie and Jessie were surrounded by a gorgeous mountain view, lots of family and friends and so much love.
Well it’s been a minute.
I feel like I’ve been all over the dang place lately. And soon I’ll be starting a new job in a new place. And that stresses me out a tad. I have a house to sell, in a terrible market. And need to find a new place to live. Lots to figure out.
However, when I look at footage from my dear friends’ wedding, that stress dissipates.
Oh the mountain. Oh the mountain in summertime right before the sun sets.
It’s rather magical.
And the perfect place and perfect time for a summertime family photoshoot with the most adorable little girl and her loving parents.
I don’t know where my days go. I feel so busy. All the time. But doing what?
I went up on the mountain the other day for a hike with Charley (my pup), and I realized how little time I’ve spent up there compared to last summer.
Last summer I had a 7-5+ job. I went to the gym everyday. And I would find ways to sneak out of work early (which just means on time in the oil field world) to grab my pup and head up to the mountain. (more…)
Last weekend my friend Candice and I drove to Minnesota to visit our friend Amy, who recently moved to Rochester.
There are so many places in the US that should be on my travel bucket list but I just don’t know about them, yet. Rochester is one of those places. It’s about an hour from Minneapolis. It has the small-town feel with the big-city perks (think amazing restaurants, lots to do, etc). (more…)
One of my very favorite things about summer is Caprese salad.
The smell of ripe tomatoes in the summer is just intoxicating. Fresh basil from my garden is the bees freaking knees. And add in mozzarella? Come on. Heaven.
And for the first time ever, I have a thriving basil plant. Ask my college roommates how many times my basil plant blew off our balcony…
To make sure I use up every last leaf of my basil plant this summer I’ve been making mini caprese salads with a balsamic dipping sauce. It’s super easy and super delicious.
There is so many amazing things about this meal. I don’t even know where to start.
- My friends gave me a ton of walleye they caught in North Dakota. I used this walleye to make the best beer battered fish tacos I’ve ever had (and I’m from San Diego, so obviously that’s saying something. Also, I’m a giant food snob if you didn’t already know)
- Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs and it’s to die for in this tomatillo and cilantro salsa.
- Please try this beer batter recipe. For the sake of humanity, please try this and just savor the heck out of it.