July 25, 2014

Just Like Daddy





Looking back through these photos the other day, I realized something.

Our first baby is not a baby anymore.

He's a kid.

And his world is us, turning more into caring only about being with Daddy.

Which is great! It's the way it's supposed to be.

It's just reminding me to take it all in a little bit more, while also cherishing this new stage with him.

Because it's all fleeting. 


July 24, 2014

Photography Inspiration: Favorite photography blogs

Alie Edwards

I think as a photographer, you should always be learning.  One of the ways I do that is follow a lot of different photography blogs. 

I follow different blogs for different reasons, some to get tips and tricks, some to get ideas, and some to just be inspired. 

Here's a few of the photographers and their blogs I love to read:


I found out about Chookoolonks when I read Elevate the Everyday.  I love how simple her blog is for one, but her words and thought process behind her photography is so fun to see. 




I really can't remember how I found Lacey Meyers' blog.  A couple things I love about her photography style... it's real life. And it's not over edited... just a little bit to enhance the scene. 



With Little Red Vikings, I was drawn to how she captures the details in her photos.  They're not the "normal photos" of kids and people, but really creative ways to show what she's seeing at the moment. 



I really love how Parikha Mehta Photography captures the life going on around.  But the thing that keeps drawing me in is the way these photos are edited. I love how dramatic they are. 



And also, Ashley Ann, because she's awesome. Not only is she a great photographer, but this blog has so much more to offer. Just on the photography side though, I get so much inspiration on how to capture our normal lives, that sometimes seem a little dull or boring, and how to really see the beauty of it. 

What are some of your favorite places to get inspiration?

July 23, 2014

Kitchen Re-do Update: Cast your vote.


Remember that blue checkered wallpaper? Gone!

Some friends of ours let me borrow their wallpaper remover, and oh my gosh, that process was so fast! 

It left the wallpaper glue up, and I was not about to spend more time steaming it off, so I just sanded it down and decided to try a coat of paint and see what happened. 

You totally can't see the glue pattern!  Love it when a short cut works out. 

So now the walls are a almost white-but blue color, and the island is a light blue.  We decided to change out the hardware while we're at it too. 

Before I finish, all the bottom cabinets will be the blue color, the top cabinets will have a fresh coat of white, and all the hardware will be the new nickel. 




Here's where you come in...

I have a couple ideas for this wall... where those embroidery hoops are now.  I don't like how they look anymore... the dark blue doesn't seem to "match" as well as it did before.

First idea... the word "eat."

Sweet Pickins

Or a chalkboard sign...

The Learner Observer

I snagged an old window already just in case that's the way the voting went. And probably if I don't use it in the kitchen it will go somewhere else.

So what's your vote? "Eat" or "Old Window Chalkboard?"

I'm also hanging out over at Oh Simple Thoughts today... come say hi!