FAMILY SESSION: Christmas can come now

My very last Family Fall Session of 2017!!!

Because we are soooo close to the holiday season, I'm just sharing "kid pics" for this blog post so that I don't ruin the family pic surprise for Christmas cards! 

I think the thing that struck me most about the gallery of images was the HAPPY...

I look at these pictures and think, "these kiddos are HAPPY!" Isn't that what we all want for our children?  outside of healthy, intelligent, wise, respectful and all the other things too...we love when our kids are content and happy...

Everyone can look at a camera and stretch their mouth into a smile, but it takes sincerity and genuineness to get the giggles and the laugh...it takes the playful banter to bring out of the goofy and FUN!

It's been a fantastic Fall 2017...I've met up with some of my sweet, loyal families and I've had the privilege of meeting new ones too..

Merry Christmas to you all! 











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FAMILY SESSION: Trees & laughter

I only did a handful of Christmas Tree Farm sessions this year...they are a special treat!

I love the feel of Christmas, the evidence of life in the Midwest...the smell of the pine, the field of green...

It was such a pleasure meeting this little family of 4...the boys were full of smiles and goofiness enough to keep us giggling, even through the chill of the November weather!

I want to wish all my sweet clients a beautiful Christmas season...it is experiences like these pictured here that make my "job" worthwhile!












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Chicago 2017

My little Family of 5 decided to take advantage of the long Thanksgiving weekend and take a little jaunt over to Chicago!  

It was glorious, adventurous, hilarious and exhausting all at the same time!

We experienced our first "uber" ride, walked over 20 miles over the course of the 3 days, ate some REALLY great food, tilted out over the city at what seemed like a thousand floors in the sky, watched dolphins twirl in the air, skated on ice, laughed until we ached, reenacted prehistoric times and basically had a BLAST together!

Here are just a few pictures from our time.  Due to the virus I picked up on Thanksgiving day, we opted for mostly iphone pictures, as my energy level was spent focusing completely on family (heading to the doc tomorrow if ear hasn't popped by the morning..high pain tolerance pushed me through)  

We saved up for the CityPass so that we could enjoy as many parts of the city as possible.  Favorites included the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum and we loved the SkyDeck! 

And, we couldn't leave the city without ice skating at Millenium Park. 

The whole family is rather tuckered out, but we wouldn't trade it for the world.  We have a gazillion "inside jokes" that we've taken away from the weekend, as well as memories that will last a lifetime...

I can't wait to add this little vacay into our Family yearbook for 2017!  

Day 1 was spent walking down Michigan Ave and taking in the sights and sounds of the city.  My girls and I aren't huge shoppers, so although we liked going into the unique shops and such, we rather enjoyed the window displays of Macys! We ate a late lunch/early dinner at Giordanos to avoid the crowds on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and we are so glad that we did...we were seated immediately and were able to enjoy a peaceful & delicious dinner...This was only possible after our early ice cream treat at Ghiradellis a couple hours before. We then walked over to Millenium park to view the Bean before heading over to the Macy window displays.

Day 2 started at the Shedd Aquarium, followed by the Adler Planetarium next door and a quick uber ride to do the 360 Chicago.  We had an incredible meal at the Weber Grill where E experienced her very first steak dinner before heading back to the hotel to swim, ice our feet and relax.

Day 3 began at the Field Museum (ubered there) followed by the Sky Deck and then ice skating at Millenium park before take a quick Starbucks break prior to jumping on the train to head back to the Midway. 

It was a jampacked weekend and one we will never forget! 



Saturday was the "BIG GAME" so of course my buckeyes sported their allegiance :) 











It had been a long while since we had been to the Shedd...and it was actually one of my favorite excursions.  With the City Pass you get to see the Dolphin show and a 4D movie...which was a super fun experience all around. 


 I thoroughly enjoyed the Field Museum too...Our eldest took the opportunity to "act out" as many prehistoric animals as possible...I won't post those pictures here, but you can be sure they will be added to our "yearbook" if you are ever visiting our home and want to see ;) 




We like to bring our own Sherpa along to carry all.the.things


Sporting awesome weiner hats! 




We did the tilt in the 360 Chicago as well, but to be honest, we enjoyed the SkyDeck much more...so if you are trying to decide between one or the other, our vote would be the SkyDeck. 




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SENIOR SESSION: Doug Class of 2018

Doug was my last Senior Guy Session for this season. 

I really enjoy these sessions, partly because I loved teaching the boys in my classrooms (back in the day) and because I don't have the pleasure of having sons... it's fun to hang out with the guys once in awhile. 

The icing on the cake was when I discovered that he is a Chelsea fan (British Soccer League) Oh my...I guarantee my husband would welcome him to our home with open arms! 

Doug is kind, thoughtful and easy going...which made our time together most enjoyable! 

He'll probably hate me for this, but scroll to the end to see a side by side of whom he reminded me...it totally gives away my age (or perhaps the fact that I'm even older but had younger siblings)...This happens every once in awhile...I see someone and they remind me of some doppleganger movie star...unfortunately, it's usually from the late 80s, early 90s...yikes...not the best comparison for the class of 2018...hopefully he will forgive me...

Congrats Doug!  I hope you have a fabulous Senior year!

















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