Noon O’Clock Shadow

December 27, 2010 § 7 Comments

In case you weren’t aware …..

my bathroom has recently become inhabited by a couple of very manly men.

Do not be fooled —

Five o-clock shadows are threatening to cover those rosy cheeks at any moment.

Now, thanks to their awesome holiday gift from their even more awesomer aunt ….

Our cheeks and chins will forever remain satisfactorily fuzz free.

Better shave again tomorrow though …. just to be safe :)

P.S.  Since publication, there has been some interest in where this toy shaving set was purchased.  For any others who were wondering but have not asked …. my sister has graciously informed me that she found the treasure at Target :)

 

Tidbits: A Few of my Favorite Things

December 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

Pottery Barn and Target.  Perhaps you’ve heard of them?

You have?  Good.

Perhaps then you know of this little trick:  Memorize Pottery Barn catalog … race to Target in search of cheaper replications.

Ah, yes.  I know this one well.  This is how I ended up with Target frames that are literally falling apart at the seams, while their Pottery Barn counterparts are still as perfect as the day they arrived.  Talk about having a brilliant plan backfire.  Lesson learned:  Choose quality when it counts. For me, photo frames (or photo anything) strictly falls in that category.  Favorite Numero Uno.

In my searching I’ve also come across other amazing sources for true quality.  The most recent of which is Guillermo Cuellar Pottery located in a quaint little town of Shafer, MN.  Love Love LOVE.  Check out their website at http://www.guillermopottery.com and their featured gallery at http://www.schallergallery.com (the photography is admittedly better on the second site.)  The story behind the man is an interesting tale, and the “old” pottery is made with beautiful style.  One stop at their showroom and I fell in love — I think you will too.

Another long time favorite is a phenomenal artist by the name of Michael Crouser — an incredible photographer that I have been fortunate enough to know, and who has provided me with invaluable advice and inspiration during my photographic journey.  With an impeccable talent for the interplay between light and darkness, his black and white images are timeless and astounding.  Find him and his work, which is available for purchase, at http://www.michaelcrouser.com (fyi …. the series he is working on now is phenomenal — keep an eye out for it in the future!)

Exquisite pottery …. incredible art …. why not follow it up with a party?  Allow me to introduce to you A Fine Fete Event Planning Services.  Based out of Minneapolis, MN this unique business specializes Weddings, Business-type vents, such as Grand Openings, Remodel Reveals, Customer Appreciation Events; and Private Parties like: in-home gourmet/catering, holiday parties … etc.  Owner Nadia Glynn stands out from the crowd with her genuine taste for taking “one graceful step outside of the box” to create a vision that is different, eye-catching, and perhaps never seen before.  Her focus is to take a client’s vision and make them come to life — a testament to her own experiences, and the desire to provide that amazing realization to her clients as well.  See her work at http://www.afinefeteevents.com and let her know that Kelsea sent you — as a recent addition to Nadia’s team, I would be thrilled to be your event photographer!  (Exciting, isn’t it?!)

Finally, I will end with a little shameless self promotion, and a book of the week tacked on at the end for good measure ;o)  I am saying farewell to 2010 with a 10% discount on all sessions booked before the end of the year, and scheduled before the end of February — shoot me an email for further details if you’re interested!  Also, like always, any clients who refer someone to me will receive a complimentary 8×10 print at their next session.  (Thank you!)  Last but not least …. the final piece to this patchwork posting …. a holiday Fun on Friday.  This week I have come across two Christmas books that will warm your heart and your spirits —  The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt and Tim Jonke and The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado and Liz Bonham.

I will be on holiday for the remainder of the week, but have a number of sessions scheduled for next week, which I will be eager to share with you.  Until then, have a wonderful holiday, and a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings!

Fast Forward.

December 17, 2010 § 3 Comments

Remember this tiny face?  (Yes, it still makes my heart skip a beat.)

Well, she’s been doing a little growin’….

A little smilin’……

All in just three short months.

One thing hasn’t changed though.

She is still the sweetest little soul you ever did meet.

See you in three more months Baby M!  :)

A Piece of Cake

December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Over the weekend three things happened:

  1. Approximately 22 inches of snow fell in one day, inspiring words like “snowmaggeddon” and grumblings about why this couldn’t have happened on a school day….
  2. The inflatable roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome collapsed under the weight of all that snow  (video is all over YouTube, for my fellow tech geeks out there,)
  3. I made a chocolate cake.

I’ll consent that the chocolate cake was the one event that the local news failed to report on, but it was big buzz at our house.  We had been held hostage by the blowing and drifting snow for two days (mind numbing, isn’t it? ;o) and the cabin fever was starting to set in, along with the “stop looking at me’s” and the “he/she started it’s,” so we decided to take all that unchanneled energy and put it to work with Betty Crocker. Why stop at just cake though…..when you could have the entire restaurant experience?  Perfecto!  So in the pot went the pasta, and out I sent the waiter to collect everyone’s orders (“Good evening sir.  Would you like the spaghetti with salad, or the salad with spaghetti?”) Down went the lights, and around the silverware rolled the napkins.  It was fancy…..with a quality of service that would rival even the likes of Olive Garden.

When noodle time was over, it was time for the cake.  Naturally I suggested it needed a few pieces of flair, and so unearthed the chocolate sprinkles and my Wilton decorating tips.  Jade requested that it be a birthday cake, so out came the long and spindly sparkler birthday candles that love to send ash everywhere.  It was then that we realized we were facing a problem ….. just whose birthday should this cake be credited towards?  Choosing one person over the others would throw the cake-birthday ratio desperately out of whack, which would undoubtedly result in disastrous consequences.  And so it was in this fashion that our little “Happy Family Cake” came to be born.

Stifling a giggle, I carried the cake (with a dangerously high number of madly sparking away candles) to the table while a chorus of “Happy Family To Us” rang throughout the room.  Morgan was seated in the middle with Jade and Liam on either side, and all three faces simply radiated excitement in the soft candle light — for this was a cake that not only celebrated one person, but all of them equally and simultaneously.  It was a moment for us.  After finishing our song we each took a turn making a wish for our family (Morgan’s fingers opted to get a head start on the frosting instead) and then together all blew the candles out.  (Which took a very entertaining length of time, considering the record setting number of candles there were :)

It was just what we needed.  The fighting had stopped, the smiles back on, and unity strong once again.  There isn’t a single photo to share with you from this evening, for as much as I was dying to sneak away to get the camera, I was dying even more to stay and not miss a single second of the moment that I knew would be over all too soon.  So while I now miss the would be photos…. I at least know that I am not missing any would be memories.  Which is ok.  (And besides …. who doesn’t love a reason to make another cake?)

Heroically the weekend was saved, and the kids returned to running wild again — only this time together and laughing instead of, well, not.  However, despite this salvation, we are still left with nearly two fresh feet of snow on the ground, a sidewalk with banks so high that to Morgan it must surely look like Daddy just parted the Red Sea, and a football team that now has more of an outdoor than indoor stadium.  What a mess.  I imagine that there are probably all sorts of “stop looking at me’s” and “he/she started it’s” circling around that table talk of business, don’t you think?

I know — maybe they should make a cake.

Moo Times Two {book of the week}

December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Our school just finished rockin’ a book fair and it was all kinds of awesome.  (Sorry, I’m kinda stuck on that saying today.  I’m not exactly sure why …. but we’ll just roll with it.)

To many of you, it’s no secret that I love the book Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type.  It’s quite possibly my most favorite children’s book ever.  So imagine my excitement when I spotted this gem…. Thump, Quack, Moo:  A wacky adventure by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. I’m sorry, but there’s only one copy left?  I’ll arm wrestle you for it.

Amazon.com: Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure (9781416916307): Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin: Books.

Duck is the star of this story, but the cows and chickens are still present, and are faithfully fulfilling their never ending duty of giving poor Farmer Brown grief.  Written in the same witty and delightfully quirky fashion as its predecessor, this book is sure to entertain young and old alike.  (I’d give Santa a strong “wink wink” on this one ;o)  Wink wink.

Finally, the Ho-Ho-Holiday Expo last Saturday was a wild success, and I would like to thank everyone who stopped out to say hello, and to enter the drawing for a free session.  I enjoyed meeting every one of you!

 

Happy Reading!

Teensy Tiny Turkey

December 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

While the rest of us were preparing to give thanks, someone else was preparing to give birth.

(See her here —>) Any Day Now … « Kay’s Corner.

And are we ever thankful that she did.

Could he be any more perfect?

I highly doubt it.

This session was done on location, and the warm colors of the family’s home were so very inspiring.  I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed getting out of the studio for a bit of “fresh air!”

Welcome to the world, Baby Atlas!

Naturally, I couldn’t resist his big sister, and snapped this little action sequence …

…And I’m still giggling.  What a softy I am when it comes to silly girls and sweet little boys.  I should have known that with these two, I never stood a chance ;o)

She’s Gone Country.

December 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

Rewind your mind back to when there wasn’t snow on the ground.  It might take some serious effort, but those memories of warmth and sunshine are around there somewhere.  Got it?  Good.

Now, remember when I said that we photographed a wedding, and then even threw in a few sneak peek photos for good measure?   Well today I am honored to share the story with you.  It is a story of love, a story of family — a story of staying true to your roots, and to what really matters in this life.  It is a story set in a beautiful field overlooking a breathtaking lake, on the land that a family works and lives on with love, faith, and a strong backbone.  A day that was filled to the brim with love and laughter, and a bride and groom that were filled with joy.

It was a day best told in pictures.

Many thanks Amy + Ben … not only for sharing your day with me, but for making me feel as welcome as any member of the family.  From the bottom of my heart, Congratulations.

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