Monday, December 5, 2016


It seems a little late to be blogging about Thanksgiving, but I've had these pictures ready to go for some time so I might as well document it on the ol' blog. This year we went to my nephew's new house. He lives in a neighborhood where there are a lot of big, rich looking houses nearby so Riley now wants us to live in one of those. Not going to happen anytime soon, but fun to dream kiddo.

Thanksgiving involved a whole lotta hanging out, chatting, watching the Vikings lose, and watching the little kids color and run around the house. As usual, we had a family touch football game and at the end of the game Max walked away with the MVP award. My brother, Chuck, recently had his knee replaced, so he was reluctantly benched on the sideline. I, of course, took pictures from the sideline while Riley and her cousins ran around. I decided to not take many pictures this day, except for the football game so get ready to see a bunch of people running around in the snow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 4 on 4

Each month I join a group of talented women from Clickin Moms to create a 4 on 4 blog circle showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the last month, Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the post to follow the circle around.

This month I thought I would highlight another one of our park visits. As I've noted before, we are trying to visit all of the 35 playground in our city. I thought we were done this year, but we made it to one more park. The weather this November was amazing (it was the 2nd warmest on record). I think we are done with our visits this season, but the little bit of snow we got has all melted so who knows. Anything is possible.

I'll be doing a park wrap up later where I will show the actual playground from this park, but I wanted to highlight the surprise we didn't expect to see in this location. We were walking near the playground and I thought I heard ducks. I followed the noise and found this pond full of ducks. So many ducks! Apparently, they were loving the November weather as well.

Next up make sure to check out the talented Alexis Fischer!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Project 52 - Storymaking - Week 48


Over a month ago I signed up for a Storymaking photography course along with a few of my 'My Minnesota' blog circle photographer friends. I was looking forward to it because I far more connect to story telling in photography than portraiture. Plus, it was starting in November when it was cold and dark and I was sure I'd need inspiration.

It's only the second week, and it has been inspirational, but the thing is... it's dark. It's dark before work and after work and lately it's been dark and rainy in between morning dark and night dark. I didn't sign up as a full participant - only a study along so I don't feel as bad about not executing every exercise, but I am still getting a lot out of this class.

I've encountered a lot of moments that I thought would tell a great story, but I didn't have my camera on me. My camera has been used, but also a bit neglected recently. However, on Thanksgiving morning Riley decided to sit down with her Target ad and review all the items she wants for Christmas. Normally, I would take various pictures of her at different angles, but in the end decided that I would set up the tripod and get in the picture too. I mean, I'm part of the story too, but am rarely in the picture.

It wasn't the most exciting 'story', but fun to capture us on (or near) the couch reading the paper together. Jesse made a cameo, but didn't realize what was happening at first. I tried to get him on the couch with us, but he was headed out to run errands. He proceeded to place his hat over the camera before kissing me goodbye. Such a killjoy that one is.

Too bad I already created our Christmas card. Perhaps I can use this one for next year. ;)