Phew, where has the time gone?

It has been 5 years and 11 days since I have blogged.  Wow, where does the time go?

Quite a few things have changed in those five years.  2011 was the last “good” year for myself and my family for a while.  In 2012 we lost my Father, in 2013 we lost my Grammy and in 2014 we lost my big Brother.  Phew, HUGE life changes!  We started getting back on track in 2015, when my Sister married her sweetheart, Jeff.  The year of wedding planning and especially the wedding day, September 6, 2015, was a TON of fun!

The other big news in 2015, Ric and I announced we were going to be parents.  That was HUGE.  Then a few months later, we celebrated our TEN year anniversary.  Again, where does the time go?.

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Wanna know more about Baby Seelen?  Well, TODAY, January 25, 2016, today was/is our due date.  Seems as though the little Nugget, which is what we have called him since we found out, would like to continue cooking for a little while longer.  I think he is going to wait to surprise us, and make his grand entrance when HE is ready.  haha

There have been so many things that I have loved about being pregnant and with preparing for Nugget to get here, but one of my favorites is his nursery.  I just LOVE how it all fell together, and even if it was at the very last minute.  (The final touches were put on yesterday morning!  I would say we are about 90% done.  Still waiting on a shelf option or a “reading corner” option.  We have a few things in the making.

I introduce to you, Nugget’s Dr. Seuss Nursery!  (A few pics at least.)
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I will post a few more photos when it is 100% complete. =D

Oh, but I can’t forget the “before” picture. The guest room turned Nursery! =D


I will of course update when Nugget gets here, and I’m sure will have LOTS of photos to share in the very near future, and you know, for the rest of his life.  He is going to LOVE the camera!  😉


HI! I’m alive!

It has been one year and two days since I blogged.
WOW, time flies when you’re having fun!

Last year was a busy year, especially September and October. This year will be no different! To say I was busy is an understatement. I’m still trying to catch up on 2010 editing. In 2010 I shot 9 weddings, I second shot 4 weddings and I had 33 misc. sessions that I shot. I already have 12 (possibly 13) weddings booked for 2011. I have to say, that EXCITES ME!!!!! Not to mention the 3 that I already have booked for 2012. The photography business is treating me well.

Ric is still searcing for a permanent teaching job. Seems as if teaching jobs are pretty scarce in the world today. 😦 He is still substitute teaching though. Last Summer he got a permanent Summer School teaching job, teaching Civics. He LOVED it! I enjoyed seeing a smile on his face each and every day, knowing that he had his own class, was able to do his own lesson plans, etc. My favorite story from his Summer of teaching is the fact that he had the principal’s daughter in his class. After the class was over, Ric received an amazing letter from said principal. The gist of it was telling him how his daughter hated Civics/History/Etc., UNTIL she took Ric’s class. That is all she would talk about every day and she really was getting into it, because of her awesome teacher! YES. . .these schools don’t know what they’re missing! Mr. Awesome Rocks!

Our favorite thing from 2010 is our 5th Anniversary Cruise. Our amazing parents went in halves to send us on a Caribbean Cruise. HELL YEAH!!! We left out of Port Canaveral (near Orlando). We went to Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Two of these islands were islands that we visited on our Honeymoon Cruise (St. Thomas and St. Maarten). The trip was awesome. Our last day on our trip we spent at Disney World. We did an anniversary photo shoot with a great Orlando (now Ohio) photographer, who also got us in to Disney World free, because he is also a “cast member”. HELL YEAH x 2!!!

Here is one of my favorite pictures. Who can resist Mickey Mouse ice cream when at Disney World?! Yes, we’re silly, but we LOVE to laugh!! =D

Last year I promised that I would try to “visit” more. . .I’m not making that promise this year. . . I know I’m not going to be able to keep it! (Sorry!) Visit later.. ..hopefully there will be something new to read!

Life Post

I have been CRAZY busy with photography related stuff lately. Don’t really have time for that thing we call life really. With shoots on the weekend, full-time job during the week and photo editing in the evenings. . .I just can’t find time to enjoy life right now. ONE OF THESE DAYS, when I can do the photography thing full-time, I will be able to enjoy life more, HOPEFULLY!

I turned 31 on 9/28. You will never guess what my awesome, caring, loving hubby surprised me with. I walk in the house, and there is a card “from the cat”, and it was signed by “Elvis” and “the new guy”. . .he told me to go into the bedroom, and I walk in and there sits this CUTE little guy, who was only 3 months old. SUCH a cutie!!!! That evening we went to my parents’ house for dinner, and took Elvis and SIMBA along. Elvis hated Simba pretty bad. He didn’t stop hissing at him the whole time we were there. It has gotten a little better since then, they play better now, but Elvis still gets annoyed with Simba and hisses at him occasionally.

Isn’t he cute?!?!

The weekend before Halloween we had our annual Halloween Party/Scavenger Hunt. It was our smallest group this year, but we still had a TON of fun! There were so many other parties going on the same day, and others out of town, so we were missing some of our regulars. 😦 Oh well, still lots of fun had by all!

I was ready for a hair change, so on Halloween went to my friend Felicia at The Best Litt.le Hair to have my hair cut. I went out on a limb for this one. I got it cut shorter than ever, it is slightly longer on one side than the other (on purpose), and I added some color to it. Not tooooo much, but just a little. Oh, and it isn’t any normal color either, it is PINK!!! For the first few days, every time I got a glimpse of my hair, especially the pink part, I would giggle and smile. haha It sucks that these bold colors fade so fast. . .it is pretty faded right now – kind of like a light pink, but I still LOVE it!

Halloween was a great time spent in Highland with my parents and Grandma, as well as my BFF Colleen and her family. This was the first year that I have actually ever Trick-or-Treated in my parents’ neighborhood, even though I have lived there since the age of 8. Every year we would go to Gma’s, even the past few years as adults, so we wouldn’t be in our own neighborhood. Since Gma moved into an apartment, we decided to just go to Mom and Dad’s, and my BFF and her family came there, and we Trick-or-Treated in their neighborhood. It has turned into a tradition for my BFF and her family come to Highland, have dinner with us and then we go Trick-or-Treating with them (they have 3 kiddos). It is always so fun. Watching them go from house to house, seeing their excited faces, etc. I just need to say that, they are the most caring and loving children. They are always more worried about getting every one else’s favorite candy before even getting something for themselves. Sav knew that my Mom’s favorite was Banana Laffy Taffy, so she kept her eye open for that, and luckly at the 2nd or 3rd house she got one and was SOOO excited and couldn’t wait to give it to my Mom. It was the sweetest thing ever! After we get back to the house, they dump their stuff out, see all the candy they got and then pass it out to everyone, including my parents, Gma, Ric and I, etc. They are SUCH caring children!!! I ❤ them!

Friday morning we woke up to a call from Ric's Mom, letting us know that Ric's Grandfather passed away. He had found out a few months ago that he had lung cancer. RIP Papa!! Ric's Grandmother isn't doing well either, so please take a minute to say a little prayer for her! She is such a SWEET lady!!

In November Ric and I went to Graffton and walked on the trails and took some pictures. We had a great time, but because of fiddling around that afternoon, we got there kind of late, and didn’t have much time to walk the trails, because of it getting dark earlier. It was such a GORGEOUS day though! For our first anniversary Ric had made reservations there for us to go horseback riding, and then two years ago we went there to walk the trails with some friends of ours. I love going there, the view is absolutely gorgeous!! The drive there is kind of long (about an hour), but the view during the drive is definitely worth it!

For August and September Ric volunteer assistant coached a PeeWee Football team (for Mascou.tah). I can hardly explain the feeling I get when I see his smiling face while he is talking about all his kids, his excitement and happiness when he comes home from practices and games, etc. He just LOVES doing this so much, and loves his kids so much!! I was only able to make it to one game that season, because of all the sessions/weddings I had, and unfortunately was their last game. It wasn’t a very good game to go to, because the opposing team was playing “dirty”, but it was still great to see him out there with “his kids” and the way he interacts with them. He is going to be such a great teacher (and Daddy some day)!!! It is obvious, considering the nickname his classes that he subs for has given him. . .”Mr. Awesome”. (He is pretty awesome!!)

On November 12th Ric and I celebrated our 4th Anniversary. We spent it low key by having dinner with my parents and dessert at no other than, COLDSTONE! 😀 (My favorite!)

December came and went, and man did it fly by!!! This year I stayed in IL for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Ric went to Viriginia on the 20th. I flew out to VA on the 26th, and spent time with him and his family. On Dec. 30th we took a bus to New York so that we could ring in the new year in Times Square. We were home on January 4th and now life is slowly, but surely, going back to normal.

One of these days, I will come back and write a story about our trip to New York and being in Times Square for New Years. It was AWESOME! 😀


I haven’t been around to write lately, but I wanted to take the time out to come and thank all veterans, as well as all those who are fighting/have fought for our Country!


Hmmmmmmmmm. . .

In case you are wondering where the heck I have been. . .this might answer that for ya! 🙂

I <3 Faces – Pink Week

I ❤ pink. . .so I had to participate this week. 🙂

This picture was taken by me at my cousin Courtney’s wedding, 5/23/09. I just love the way it turned out. The glow, the smiling faces, etc. 🙂

Life’s Crazy ~ Need a Breath!

I haven’t been around for a while. Things are CRAZY CRAZY around here! I apologize in advance that this entry is going to be all mumble jumble. Deal with it! 🙂

It seems as though my whole FAVORITE season of Fall has been swept away with things to do. Going here, going there, going everywhere. I’m missing out on the great season. But, in an attempt to be more positive in life, thanks to my Sister-in-Law who put a whole new light on things, “Thank you for reminding me that I’m actually doing something I love!” (Most of the time. . .when it ISN’T M-F 9-5.)

I can’t wait until the day that I don’t have to have this full-time job. I have said that for a few years now. I’m finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Though, I do get frustrated on a daily basis. WHY can’t I just quit my job and do this full-time? WHY can’t I get my name out there more? WHY are there people that started AFTER me that are getting more clients than me (or so it seems)? WHY are there people who refer other people to certain people and not me? WHY are there people out there in the same field as me who started around the same time as me (or others in general), who just don’t feel like helping out. WHY when I ask their advice, do they pretend like they are better than someone? WHY are there so many darn photographers in the area I’m in? WHY did I pick a profession that is SO hard to get into (so it seems sometimes)? WHY can’t some lovely school hire my Husband, who SO BADLY wants to be teaching? WHY are there teachers out there who lie and cheat the system, yet they still get to teach, when there are people (like my Husband) who would be SO good at teaching? (Tenure is an evil thing sometimes.) GEESH. There are more whys, but we’ll stop there! Remember, I’m TRYING to be more positive!

Anyway. . .
This past weekend Ric and I went to VA to visit his Parents, two of his Siblings, and his Grandparents. We had a great time hanging out with them. The first day we spent most of the day with his Grandmother, who is in a rehab center after hip surgery.

Saturday after going to one of Amanda’s Weight Watchers meetings (what an AWESOME leader she is), Amanda, Ric and I went to King’s Dominion. We had a great time, and a LOT of laughs.

(Picture stolen from King’s Dominion website.)

On Sunday, Mom S., Timmy, Amanda, Ric and I went to the Renaissance Festival in Maryland. It was so much fun, and we had a great time!

(Picture stolen from Renn Fest website.)

On Monday we went to say goodbye to Ric’s Gma and headed home. We got home later in the evening.

If I ever get a few minutes, I will come back and make an entry dedicated to our trip, including pictures, but who knows how long that will be. 🙂

Now I feel SOOOO behind. I have three weddings, one maternity and one family shoot to edit. I have another wedding this coming Saturday and three family shoots this coming Sunday. AHHH. . .breathe!!!!

As Amanda would say. . .”Thank you for . . .”
. . .reminding me that I’m alive! 😀

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