Baby Connor | NewbornJune 20, 2012

I don’t know how I’ve been so lucky to work with all these sweet newborns! I did this session for Baby Lane and then the door opened for more opportunities. For all of this, I’m so grateful.

Baby sessions help me balance the craziness of weddings, and I’ve really enjoyed the quiet calm and warmth that goes along with each of these newborns. This little guy was no exception. Connor wasn’t so sure what we were doing with him, but he put up with me and my camera and allowed me to capture some really sweet moments. Moments that will go by in a flash.

Thank you, thank you Justeen and Bob for allowing me into your home to capture a piece of your life.

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To see more from Baby Connor’s session, click here to view a SLIDESHOW or watch it here:

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101 in 1001: #40 Attend a national gymnastics event.June 15, 2012

I walked into the arena and memories rushed back. The feel of grips against my calloused hands, the sound of the beam squeaking as I jumped and landed, the smell of chalk as I prepared the bars just the way I like them. It was all there in that place, and I felt like a 14-year-old girl again.

I absolutely adore gymnastics. There’s something so addicting about the sport that just never leaves you. For me it’s the combination of power, grace, focus, and complete and utter strength. Ah! Gives me chills.

Since I’ve taken a hiatus from coaching for the last year, I’ve been craving gymnastics. And since the Olympics are coming SO soon, I knew this was the perfect year to try and attend a national, elite-level gymnastics meet (on my 101 list!). Enter Visa National Championships, the precursor to the Olympic Trials.

Anna, one of my coaching friends, and I traveled to St. Louis this past weekend, which was like a mini vacay in and of itself. We got to tour the arch, attend a baseball game, check out an awesome breakfast spot and, duh, spend an entire day watching gymnastics. That’s perfection right there.

Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that you couldn’t take a DSLR camera into the meets, so my little iPhone camera had to do the trick for the day. Sad.

Visa National Gymnastics Championships

Oh you guys. If you’re a gymnastics junkie right about the time the Olympics roll around, you’re going to have a good time watching these athletes … both women and men. And don’t forget to catch the Olympic Trials in a couple weeks! Should be exciting.

Here’s a little of our time in STL.

We were so excited about gymnastics that we did some gymnastics in front of the arch. Slightly dorky, yes, but that’s how I roll.

The view from the teeeeeeny, tiny windows in the top of the arch (top) and the view from the stadium. St. Louis is a cool city!

Then we went to this Portland-esque restaurant for breakfast. Check out Plush if you’re ever in STL. Right near Saint Louis University. I had buckwheat pancakes with blue cornmeal, granola and cranberries, and Anna had porridge with custard and berries. YUM.

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Baby Connor | Newborn Sneak PeekJune 12, 2012

Couldn’t resist posting just this one for now. So, so sweet.

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Thoughts: Doing BetterJune 8, 2012

That’s an ambiguous thought isn’t it? Doing better. No matter how much I work at being better in any sort of way, there’s always an opportunity to kick it up a notch. Always. Which can be kind of daunting because how do you ever decide that you’re doing enough? Maybe the point is to keep striving while realizing that you need to forgive yourself every now and then. That sounds easy!

A couple months ago, I blogged on my schedule. Now, keep in mind that schedule is an ideal one. These days, what with working a full-time communications job, being in the really busy photography season and trying to keep up with my personal life, I laugh at the me that wrote that post. I seem like I have it all together. No big deal. Right now I feel like I can barely keep my head above water, and I’m about to live out of a suitcase for a week and half (more on that later!). Daunting to say the least.

So, with the amount of stress I’ve been feeling lately, it was kind of a relief to read this simple post by Nancy Ray. It said to me, no, you’re not perfect but you can strive every day to live the life you want to live. Sometimes you’ll fail, but most of the time, if you keep your priorities in check, you’ll do really, really good. In that spirit …

I will do better at:

Staying on a consistent sleep schedule
Reading a little every day
Getting outside
Stepping away from the computer to have real conversations
Making real food for dinner at least twice a week
Having a date night with Nathan every week
Cleaning and organizing my work space each day
Eating natural foods
Working out consistently
Living in the moment
Giving thanks
Making our bed each morning
Working smarter
Staying connected to family and friends
Writing letters
Staying up to date on the admin side of the business
Giving back
Truly caring about others

I will give up:

Staying in front of the computer/working all day
Being selfish
Saying I’m too busy
Being stressed
Complaining
Being fearful
Checking Facebook 27 times a day
Forgetting to eat meals
Making excuses
Letting my Inbox get out of control

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