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Jackson photowalk

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Michael was asked to speak at Spring Arbor University this past Thursday and Friday for a couple of Communication classes, so we decided to spend the weekend as a family in Michigan. I thought it would be good to meet up with some photographers and go on a photowalk while we were there. I ended up picking the coldest and dampest morning of our trip, but it was a fun time anyway.

Jackson has so much history and is just saturated with urban decay. We started at an old post office, followed by the Michigan Theater, which has been open since 1930. We continued through the alleys of downtown Jackson. Even though the sun wasn’t around, the clouds set the mood for these dramatic scenes. We had a small group of five people, but it was still nice to chat and learn about the history of the city. I really should plan more photowalks. They can be so therapeutic and a great way to exercise your eye.

We haven’t photographed a wedding in Jackson in a few years, but it was nice to remember some of our favorite spots and find new place to use for future clients.

I had wanted to take more pictures of the kids while we were there, but they were a little under the weather. I managed to get a few phone pictures of them in a good mood on the last day, but they weren’t being very cooperative. Silly kids.

posted on March 23, 2015 by karina

My fourth Stitch Fix

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I don’t think receiving a Stitch Fix will ever get old. I feel like a little kid when I get another box. I had forgotten I had one coming this month, so it was even more exciting when FedEx came. Even the kids were excited for me. At first glance I really liked every item in this box.

I like the Kualo Bow Back Knit Top (Papermoon). Elias kept calling me Zebra. I showed him the bow in the back but he didn’t let zebra thing go until I agreed with him. I’m keeping it anyway.

The Leicester Scoop Neck Sweater (RD Style) looks so comfy and casual. And it is! I pretty much live in workout clothes, but can’t really wear yoga pants and sweatshirts to meetings, so I love that I can wear this with my hair up in a bun with some skinny jeans or leggings when I meet friends for coffee.

I absolutely love this Filbert 3/4 sleeve popover blouse (41 Hawthorn) and I knew I was going to keep it before I even tried it on. It might be time I start incorporating white pieces to my wardrobe since the kids are growing up. However I still don’t think I will wear this shirt around them.

I don’t know the last time I wore a skirt. It was probably in college when I had to wear them for choir performances, but even then, it was a floor length skirt. I did request a skirt in my box so my stylist thought this Daisy Mini Skirt (Sugarlips) would go great with the grey blazer from my last Fix. She was right.

The Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan (Market & Spruce) was another piece I knew I wanted to keep from the moment I saw it. The length, the zipper, the pockets, the scoop neck were all winning factors. My stylist noticed it was similar to many things I had pinned on Pinterest which is awesome.

I am so happy that this box was a keeper, and I really like how my stylist is really getting to know my style. I am deciding to keep the whole box which will give me a 25% discount. Woohoo!

I’m so glad many of you have tried your own Stitch Fixes. I hope you guys are having a great time receiving your boxes too.

If anyone is interested, sign up and give it a try!

posted on March 6, 2015 by karina

Elena’s birthday weekend

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Elena is finally four. She has been anticipating her birthday all month long. Every day she would ask us if it was her birthday yet. She asked even if she was looking at the calendar and knew which day we were on, and which day was her birthday. She just wanted to make sure she didn’t miss it.

On her birthday, she had school and one of her teachers made a paper crown for her. She wore it all day. That evening we invited her best friend Eliza over to have dinner and cake with us.

We enjoyed a great morning at the Field Museum on Friday. Elena absolutely loved it. She had been asking to go for a while, and was excited it was actually happening. She really liked seeing the animals and the dinosaur bones.

Elena wanted a Peg + Cat party (it’s a show that she enjoys watching on PBS). I am not one to go all out on character-themed parties, but since this show is about math and she has been learning a lot from it, I thought, “why not?” It isn’t a super popular show, so I made all the decorations myself since I didn’t find directions on Pinterest or Etsy. I even hand made a dress and bought a hat for her to look like the main character, Peg. She was extremely excited and talked about it to everyone.

We had family over to celebrate. We are so grateful to everyone who was able to make Elena’s day special. In her eyes, it was the best 4th birthday ever.

posted on March 2, 2015 by karina