Friday, February 15, 2019


for anyone who's been waiting
to see photos of 
eric and corinne's wedding 
which was jan. 26th in
the dominican republic
here you go.
: )

15 of us jetted down there and spent a week together
laying in beach chairs, eating delicious food every
20 minutes and having beverages delivered to our reclining chairs.

over the course of the week there were people in our
party that swam, snorkeled, took scuba diving lessons,
played beach volleyball and competed in olympic style games, paddle boarded to jamaica,
 painted wine bottles on the beach, went deep sea fishing,
got massages, got their hair braided like bo derek, got sunburned, got sea sick,
got married, went kayaking, took long walks on the beach, stayed up
till the wee hours, ordered copious amounts of room service after midnight,
 smoked cigars, drank dirty monkeys and laughed till we cried. all in all
it was a week i'll always think of with a smile on my face.

the kids hired a local photographer to capture their wedding, 
so these photos are just mostly mine, shooting
during the festivities with
both my phone and my camera.  
(they invited me to run down to the beach quick when they
were finished with their actual photographer and that was so 
much fun even though it was getting too dark for pictures.) 

the wedding site

this amazing, almost heart shaped cloud lit up the
sky right after their ceremony was done.


it was an absolutely wonderful day (and week) celebrating these two. 
*every day in a marriage isn't going to be magical, but if
there are mostly days where these two look at each other
the way they did on that day,
it will be a good life.

love and blessings,

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

trip of a lifetime

           we arrived home late last night from our son's wedding
 in the republica dominicana
(that's how the locals say it)
 and today i'm just soaking it all in.
 i have a ton of thoughts running through my head
about this amazing experience and i'm going to write some
of them down before i forget.

these are some of the things i learned in the last week~ about myself, the 
world and the people around me.


*i CAN drink water without lemon.

*I can even drink coffee, with enough cream and sugar in it.
"cafe' leche".

*more humidity makes my dry eyes feel better.

*I can totally get up early and stay up late for 6 days in a row.

*it feels reassuring to travel out of the country for the first time
with people who've done it.

*i felt safe being by myself in a foreign country at an all inclusive resort.

*dominicans are beautiful, happy people.

*it doesn't feel that weird to be so far away from home.

*it's been confirmed that i'm not a "foodie". chicken tenders anyone?

*i really can't swim, in fact i can't even stand in the ocean without getting hurt.

*documenting life with a camera is my passion.

*i'd like to learn more Spanish.

*i don't like it when my suitcase gets inspected.
(messed with, messed up, rifled through).

*you're never too old to wear a thong.

*it wasn't nearly as hot as i'd heard it was going to be.

*it is very damp/humid in the dominican.

*a dead cockroach on the floor of my room didn't scare me.
dead is the key word.

*I don't like the feeling in my gut when someone says "do you see
cole out there?" and I look out in the ocean, see a speck on the
horizon on a paddle board and then it disappears.

*it's a blast vacationing with new people in a new place. there's so much to learn.

*you will miss important family members that aren't with you.

*it makes me very happy to see my boys and husband having 
fun together.

*i am pretty content in a lawn chair by the ocean, my hubbie not so much.
(he likes to do all the things).

*i like the term "all inclusive", 
yes, i'll try allll the desserts and then eat more shrimp.

*my son has wonderful new family members and a father-in-law who's hilarious.

*naked skin looks better when it's tan.  #truth

*if you travel with a bunch of people you don't need as much reading material.

*bring more swim suits and less clothes.

*when you get back to MN you'll wish it was spring because who's 
going to see your glorious tan under your stocking cap, turtle neck and 
snowmobile pants?

*having your brother and sister-in-law on a trip magnifies the fun.

*you'll never be sorry you took so many pictures.

*men bond over cigars.  women do too.

*i'd pay someone to unpack, do my laundry and put away all 68 outfits.

*it's fun to meet new people.

*i prefer spray on sunscreen.

*ocean sand is so fine you may be finding it in your crevices for weeks.

*it's fun to say "eric & corinne" with rolling r's like the locals did.

*knowing that, seeing your son's face crack and the tears fall
 when he is saying his vows is an image you will never forget.

*as is watching your new daughter-in-law wipe her own and then
 tenderly wipe his from his cheek.

*realizing again, how truly remarkable it is to see two people
 find their true love in this great big world.


*eating a bowl of cereal with really cold milk when you get home
 tastes like about the best thing ever.

buenas noches amigos,
a tired, but very happy madre'

Monday, December 10, 2018

december beauty~

hi friends~

like i do most Decembers, i've got a 
 collection of photos I've found and saved that i'd
like to share with you.

pretty things.
happy things.

wintery, Christmas themed things.

who doesn't love vintage ornaments?

i made luminaries with a friend last year. it was fun and
easy and i'd encourage you to try it.

white, white and more white.
calming and beautiful.

 how cute is this cake?

 cotton balls make snowballs

 these red berries are called rosehips.
they are the seed pods that form on rosebushes
when they are done blooming.

 in case you haven't noticed, buffalo plaid is "in".
you can find it on gift wrap, pillows,
clothing, ornaments.
go get "yoself" some.

 i was 30+ years old before i learned reindeer 
really do exist.
*now i'm on the hunt for unicorns.

our house is decorated for Christmas and 
it makes me happy.
every year I decorate less and love it more.
I love real evergreen, white lights,
bottle brush trees and all things white.

one piece of advice i'd give you if you feel like
you aren't good at decorating is, that
just because something is in your Christmas totes,
doesn't mean you have to display it.
take out your very favorite things and don't overdo it.

if you get a few new things, give a few things away.

 I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my 
favorite things.