Tuesday, October 30, 2007

3 Months from Today

We will be leaving for Mexico, returning to the place we were married to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary! We can not wait :)
So in honor of that I thought I would share with you the pictures that I spent my morning staring at in disbelief that it was that long ago already!
Oh and my diet is not coming along so hot.....sorry honey I will not be looking like Jessica Alba on the beach! LOL
As many of you know these photos are courtesy of our amazing wedding photographer Jessica Claire!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Utopia Salon and Spa

Wow how life can change in just one blink of the eye. This last year has consisted of a few salon changes for me but this last week was the icing on the cake. When I went to school for Cosmetology I went because it was something I had always been interested in, I tried the four year college thing and my heart kept bringing me back to my original interest. So when I finally entered into the program I learned more than I thought I ever would, I learned that I was going to have the career I had always dreamed of and was going to love it. At graduation my instructor took me aside to give me a big hug while doing so she whispered in my ear and told me "You will do great things, dream big and you can achieve anything. Your talent is raw and that is rare. You can see your heart through your eyes when you are behind the chair."
I will never forget that! After school I was fortunate to work in a very busy, professional, fun salon where I gained a wonderful clientele base that I feel I deserve because I appreciate them and I am good at what I do because I love it. After 3 years there the time had come when I felt I wanted more so I went on to open my own salon with another stylist friend of mine. That was the highlight of my career. I could see myself there for a long time....my visions started small and remained that way until I knew it was time for greater things with the salon, it was moving in the right direction and I wanted to take the next step. However my partner and I had hit a bump in the road, our visions were no longer the same and I found out I was pregnant so I graciously stepped aside leaving our salon to her. I felt like all of my dreams were crashing down around me yet at the same time I knew I was doing the right thing, my heart and gut told me so. I don't regret that decision and I never will yet a small part of me felt like a failure, a let down, someone who had such a strong passion for what she was doing just let that all go?!!
Well I have that drive and passion back and I could not be more thrilled.....I have gone through alot of turmoil and changes but have finally found somewhere I call home. Somewhere I can go to work and laugh again, a professional environment where the ladies and I all share the same goal. Going there makes me smile and feel good about me! I am a true believer in the saying: "Everything happens for a reason" I now know my reason for all the heartache I have felt in the last year and the payoff is huge!
Enjoy my new home, these are just a few images....the pictures do not do it justice so if you are ever in need of a cut or color please call me at 715 3921700 because you have to see it in person, you too will love it! I know a shameless plug right? Had to :)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Apple Festival in Bayfield Wisconsin

Every year in October our family goes to Bayfield for their Apple Festival and it is a great time! The orchards are gorgeous and full of the most plump, shiny, delicious apples you have ever tasted in your life. This year the weather was chilly and foggy so we were not able to get pictures of the beautiful islands. Still the food was plenty and most everything had apples in it including delicious Caramel Apple Cheesecake that Mike and I chowed down on :) I wanted an Applebratwurst but the line was ridiculously long so I passed. We did however find short lines and had pizza, mini doughnuts, kettle corn, Indian tacos, chicken gyros, apple cider, and I topped my day off with yummy sangria.
We all left there with full bellies and 25 pounds of apples!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Packer Upset

I can not believe we played like that!!! What an upset, had we won that game the Pack would be sitting pretty right now, break my heart. However with 4 turnovers you can not win a football game.
As disheartening as that game was I must say there was still smiles and laughter at our house. The boys had a blast and Cainen must have laughed at Carson for a good hour. Carson and Meme (my mom) were playing catch with a Packer football and Cainen thought that was the most entertaining thing on earth!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Some sneak peeks for Staci

I hope you enjoy these Staci. Life has just been crazy......sorry I haven't gotten you the pics yet! I sure enjoyed our photog chat and it was great to see you and meet your family!
For those of you who do not know what I am talking about I will fill you in.
On the 22nd of Sept I had the pleasure of second shooting a wedding with my aunt. We shot the wedding of Staci's sister, Amber and Wayne. (Staci has a rockin blog...The Landis Family I have under Blogs I Visit. She has amazing pictures and adorable children) The wedding itself was an absolute blast!! The bride was gorgeous, the groom gave me a great, fun challenge for the day because he was not up for photos, the kids made me smile all day, and let's face it a wedding is just a great celebration of love! How can you not have a wonderful day?!
Here are just a few of my personal fav's.

I just LOVE these children, they kept me more than entertained! Absolutely gorgeous!

This should motivate me!

Our anniversary trip is booked for February and if this doesn't motivate me to lose some more of this baby weight, I don't know what will?!
We are staying at the gorgeous Ixchel Beach Hotel in Isla, we couldn't be more excited! So let the diet begin!! :)