Do you think this is as beautiful as I do?!?! When we were at my cousin's house for Thanksgiving, I couldn't take my eyes off her hutch shelves. The antique canning jars from her Mom with the various spices and dried goods had me mesmerized! It was beautiful!! The mixture of sizes, colors, textures, and shapes blended beautifully together on the hutches she made and painted with her Dad.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking at this makes me want to paint or draw or create something! I'm incredibly rusty at everything beyond photography, but this makes me want to start doing something! I'm nervous...which seems silly because it'd just be creating for myself for the sake of creating art...but I still feel intimidated! But gosh I just want to create something!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What makes you ache to create?! . . . #masonjars #reallifeisbeautiful #calledtocreate #openshelves
I thought that maybe for today for #fridayintroductions I'd tel you things about winter that I do like (instead of always ragging on the cold)! - I like that the mosquitoes have gone away! -The excuse to wear my big fluffy scarves -Soups!!! -Having it be cold enough for a Starbucks white hot chocolate to even sound good (and man, with the juniper syrup in, it's good!!!) -Watching a gentle snowfall from inside my house (I'm not even going to pretend to be one of the outdoor girls that wants to experience a snowfall on the top of a mountain...I know, I need to just turn over my millennial card now. Here it is, you can have it!) -Planning our NM Christmas festivities! That's our favorite party of the year! -Alll the carbs! Yummmmmm! . What do you like about winter?! . . . #MeetMarquette #Wildernessmowers #notmywinter #happysnowman Photo by @dianairvingphotography
At nearly every session I joke that “Last one!” is never the last one. We photographers think it is and then we see something else and realize we want one final final shot. Well,apparently it’s that way with weddings too! I thought I had my last one a few months back, but shortly after it a dear friend texted that her son was engaged! And I knew THAT one would be my final one for the time being. Today we do their First Look and bridals in one of my favorite places and tomorrow they become husband and wife for time and all eternity!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you had one piece of advice for a couple just starting out, what advice would you give?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Me? To ignore the “don’t go to bed angry” rule. Get sleep!!! Don’t stay up late getting more sleepy and more dramatic! Go to bed, let sleep do it’s magic, and discuss in the morning. Half the time come morning I’m not mad anymore anyway. It’s magic! 🧙♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #brittleypresets #rockyouredits #lastoneforreals #marquettelaree #gilavalleywedding #marriageadvice
My motivation to go outside in winter is pretty minimal. Give me all the indoor snuggles in front of the pellet stove, frumpy pig slippers, mugs of cocoa, and ooey gooey sugar loaded carbs and I'm a happy winter girl! This cold weather is not my friend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And yes, I realize this sounds ridiculous from someone living in AZ who really has no idea what cold really is. But this is why I live in AZ. Anyone else a desert rat through and through or are you a magical winter unicorn?!
This week our Christmas Countdown House made its reappearance. But, unlike last year, this time I have a plan! Last year I thought I could just fill the drawers randomly each day and it'd be fine. I forgot most days, and the days I didn't forget it was just with random things I found around the house. It really wasn't all that exciting and didn't add any meaning to Christmas.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year I decided to change that and have been planning for a while. We wanted to center a lot of what we do to prepare for Christmas around the #LighttheWorld initiative by the @ldschurch. Their weekly themes of serving and loving others really helps to bring the focus of Christmas right to Christ. So everything we do revolves around that. The kids get small treats in the countdown drawers each day that tie somehow into serving others (Christmas mini muffin liners to help Mom make breakfast, a coloring book to share with each other, plate decorating supplies so we can decorate a plate and fill it with goodies for the neighbors, etc) so that it’s the fun of Christmas treats but with a purpose!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then I saw my friend @kendra_tierney's IG live about Straw for Baby Jesus and knew that was just the thing to do with our kids to really help bring home that serving others is showing Jesus that we love him. So we're adding that into our family Christmas this year as well!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sounds like a lot to coordinate? It was! But it's all lined out and I know exactly what we're doing each day (or what is planned and what we hope to get done), the treats that go in the boxes, and how to make this Christmas more meaningful and Christ centered!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've got a link in my profile that'll take you to a brand spankin' new blog post that lines out more in detail how this works AND it has a link to download the super easy spreadsheet I made to help plan and coordinate life events with acts of service with the countdown treats! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #christmascountdown #wildernessmowers #adventcalendar #christmastraditions