It’s not too late to wish my mom the happiest birthday today! . Thanks mom for being such a beautiful role model; you are a shining light to all those around you. We are alike in so many ways (I'm forever grateful for my strong will and naturally toned arms ;)) but you also have many qualities I could only dream of. You are thoughtful and generous in ways I will never know how to live up to. You are the queen of gift-giving, the best bargain hunter, ultimate planner, hostess-with-the-mostest, and somehow you never miss a beat. You are attentive to those around you and remember even the littlest things - you know how to make people feel special and remembered. And your laugh is one of my favorite things in the whole world; I can always hear it in my head when I need a reason to smile. . You make me want to be the best me I can be, every day. I love you mom, happy birthday.
Growing up my mom always said that she was going to make a coffee table book filled with pictures of old doors. She asked me to take photos if I ever came across any. . So of course, now every time I travel I end up with handfuls of pictures like this one. If only doors could talk.. I often stop to think about when the door was built and who might have walked through it over the years. . Mom, you'll get your coffee table book someday.
So I NEVER thought I would say this.. but I'm going to try going gluten free. Bread has always been my second dessert, and mac & cheese is a staple in my weekly diet, but something has to give. . I have been paying close attention to my body lately and many of my symptoms seem to align with gluten sensitivity (that or I have 16 other things going on, which could also be entirely possible). But even at my healthiest - when I was working out 5 days a week, drinking gallons of water, and eating a super clean diet, something just wasn't right. I have always been the queen of Italian dinners, but Tim and I couldn't even go on a date without coming home in serious pain and rocking a belly that could have been mistaken for third trimester. It just didn't seem normal for my body to react that way to food, and so quickly after eating a normal sized meal. . After doing a lot of research and talking to others who have experienced similar things, I figure it can't hurt to try. I've cut back but haven't gone cold turkey yet - it's really hard! But Annie's gluten free macaroni is going to give Kraft a run for its money, and I found a delicious gluten free pancake recipe that had Tim coming back for seconds. So, there's hope that life will go on happily without wheat. . . Is anyone else out there gluten free? What has your experience been like? What are your favorite recipes, snacks, or tricks to baking GF?
Piers on Puget Sound. . . #tacoma #washington #canon1v #kodak #sunriseonthesound
Happy Saturday! . Today I’m feeling lots of feels, and reminiscing one of my very favorite shoots with the talented @laurasukowatey . . I was a dancer for half of my life (3 time state champ! 💕 #SLP) and photographed at competitions for 8 years; I miss it all the time. I've always found dance to be such a beautiful form of expression and I get immersed in the energy, so when I get moments like these I hold them close. @lainepalmplanning and I put together this creative project to get some emotions out on film. This bright clean space was the perfect backdrop to focus on nothing but light and form. . If any dancers out there want to collaborate on something sometime, shoot me a message. I'd love to find myself back in the studio again. . #pentax645 #shootfilm #fuji400 #dancer #shapeandform #dancersofinstagram #dancephotography
I will not be another flower Picked for my Beauty and left to die. I will be wild, Difficult to find, And impossible to forget. — Erin Van Vuren
The delicious Creperies were probably one of the best parts of France 👌🏻 Tim loved the “galettes” (savory buckwheat crepe filled with meats and cheeses), and I liked the sweet crepes with chocolate and powdered sugar 🙃 . . #canon1v #kodak #travelfrance #paris