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summing things up {august}

august

Our St. Cloud getaway.  Health issues.  Doctor appointments and surgery scheduled.  A very princess birthday party.  Munchkin sleepover and the Easy Bake Oven.

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Zucchini Bread.  PUMPKIN STUFF IS OUT!  Four senior sessions.  Cooking ahead for fall (i.e. freezer meals).  Purchased tickets to Paris!  Hired a photographer for family photos in Paris.  Movie Night with friends.  Band camp performance at St. John’s University.  Crafts Direct.  My last Princess/Superhero Session.  Hanging at the pool.  Visiting the new splash pad in town and running into this dear friend:

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Exciting future plans overshadowed by worry and fear.  Swept up in details, trying to work out details, feeling overwhelmed by details.

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Overall a distracted month.  Gonna practice some deep breathing here in September.

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if:table {august 2014}

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As I mentioned earlier this month (click HERE for details), I made the decision to leave my Wednesday morning bible study.  A decision not taken lightly, especially when it means I will no longer be leading this lovely group of women:

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So I thought a little gathering was in order.  And introducing them to ‘my new thing’ seemed the perfect way to do just that!  The August IF:Table was comprised of ladies from my former small group.

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Not only did we feast on Honey-Dijon Chicken, Recipe Girl’s Three-Berry Salad with Sugared Almonds, Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread, and Berry Slab Pie – we laughed until we cried, talked about the possibility of meeting over Jennie Allen’s book Restless, shared stories, and simply enjoyed being in each other’s company for two hours.

And I very much look forward to doing it again (perhaps even with a new face or two!) as we venture into the cooler months.

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andrew | minnesota high school senior photographer

I had the pleasure of working with this St. Paul Academy senior earlier this week.

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His mom and I have known each other for several years and it seems like only yesterday we were sharing stories of our young boys.

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Who are not so young anymore.

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As we made our way around the location, I learned that Andrew is somewhat of an artist.

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When Andrew spoke about the creative process he seemed to come alive.

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Which was so very cool.  Here are several more of my favorites from our time together:

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Have a great senior year, Andrew!

Laurie Chuinard - August 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm

These pictures are beautiful Tina!
You have such an incredible Talent!
Laurie

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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1.  I have been on a mission to find a cute lightweight (yet dependable) camera bag for our trip to Paris.  [My current bag alone weighs 2-1/2 pounds.]  This week I stumbled upon custom designed leather camera bags by Porteen Gear.

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And had a blast virtually designing all sorts of bags.  The medium bag weighs in at 1-1/2 pounds (the small, a teeny tiny 1 pounder).  My only problem is choosing just one!!!

2.  With my recently imposed lift restriction, I am also in the market for a new vacuum cleaner.  Many were steering me towards Dyson but I couldn’t find even one upright vacuum cleaner that weighed less than 10 pounds.

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I finally settled on an Oreck, weighing in at only 8 pounds!  Click HERE for details.  (Never, ever would have guessed I’d be excited about purchasing a vacuum cleaner.)

3.  Just ordered this Wonderland of Whimsy Bracelet because I adore the following quote:  I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

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Click HERE for details.

4.  This Polka Dot Lint Roller.

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Click HERE for details.

5. Love, love, love this raglan sweater:

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Click HERE for details.

Happy Friday!

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