September 2011

what do a bunch of (wild) 13-year-old boys at a (wild) bat mitzvah look like when the DJ plays a much-loved (wild) dance song?



(this post was intended to honor labor day, but we were relaxing at the cabin all weekend….oops!)

arden LOVES helping me with chores: wiping off surfaces, cleaning windows, folding laundry, etc.  it’s just some of the evidence of her nurturing, thoughtful personality.  i’m trying to really soak up these sweet memories before the days arrive when she whines about chores, and i have to beg (or pay) her to help!  one chore that she’s helped with since she started walking at 14 months is unloading the silverware from the dishwasher.  on this particular morning, as i went about my unloading routine, she said, “no, mommy. i do it by myself.”  she gently pushed me out of the room, so i grabbed the camera and snickered as she toiled away.

the sweetest part was that after the spoon fell on her toe (and we all know how surprisingly painful that can be!) she insisted on finishing the job.  that’s my litte over-achiever!

thanks, arden, for….umm….helping?

i posted emily and adam’s wedding photos and then realized, i never posted any of their engagement pics!  here are some sweet ones from our fun november afternoon touring around the small town of dupo, illinois:

the sun was shining and a nice, crisp coolness had begun to sift through the air.  we happened upon an adorable installation of scarecrows, apparently made by schoolchildren and hung along the railroad fence.  it doesn’t get more small-town-in-autumn than that!

emily was worried there weren’t going to be any special or sentimental spots for us to shoot, since she didn’t grow up in dupo and she and adam didn’t court there.  i told her not to worry because i can find backdrops anywhere, no matter how small, old or industrial.  when we saw this crumbly, vacant building, i said, ‘look at that beautiful wood grain!’  emily realized i wasn’t kidding.  🙂   


at the end of our shoot, emily and adam agreed to get a little itchy when we discovered these glorious yellow leaves.  i mean, when both of you have perfectly golden blonde hair, how can you just walk by a blanket of leaves this brilliant?

congrats again, you two!