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she turned two | minnesota milestone mini session

Nothing quite sums up two years old like the perfect belly button shot.

belly button

You might remember Miss J from our session last year. It was so much fun to see how much she’s grown AND all of the things that go with it.   For instance, she’s now into tutus and purses and chocolate.

birthday girl

And she still has that gorgeous head of curls!


And a shy [yet spunky] little personality to go with them.

silly girl 2

I had lots of fun with the new backdrops as well.


Especially, the chalkboard wall idea.

chalkboard backdrop

Which turned out exactly how I’d pictured it in my head! (Love it when that happens.)

Happy Birthday, Miss J!!!

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the problem with having a teen


The problem with having a teen is that I can no longer post whatever I want on the blog. Because he visits the blog and threatens to run away if I do.

So not like the good ol’ days when I could share whatever I wanted. Like the time he got caught decorating the bathroom floor with stickers, then ran into his room to hide.

caught in the acthiding in shame

Or the time he used a permanent marker to draw moustaches on his little brother, daycare friend, and himself.


Or the fact that he had a lovie named “Puppy Tag” that was never far from reach.

puppy tag

He would allow for no such storytelling now. Instead I need to stick with things that won’t tarnish his reputation. Nothing too cutesy, of course. Something like this would never fly today.


Granted, he no longer plays with Play-Doh and this type of thing doesn’t really happen nowadays. I’m just saying that if he did, I wouldn’t be able to blog about it.


Not only I’m I getting old, my kid is too!

tons of actionclose shot!

Playing basketball instead of Play-Doh, carrying around a retainer case instead of Puppy Tag.

so grown up

Before you know it, he’ll even be able to grow a real moustache.

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birthdays old & new


It’s my birthday today and early this morning I came across this sweet book.

my name is tina

Written by 8-year old me. It spoke of my siblings, playing Barbies, and a birthday celebration with my then BFF (Tanya).

all about tanya

Who, for the record, did NOT have brown hair. Nor did she live in a pink house.

the end

Keep in mind, I was only eight. Which means the book was written 36 years ago!

Holy smokes, I’m getting old.

in the looking glass

Tony and I also did some calculating and realized we are both approaching the very age my parents were when we began dating.

Holy smokes, I AM getting old!

I wasted much of my youth concerned about things that I could care less about now. So much time, just gone in the blink of an eye.  To put things in perspective, my eating disorder began at age 12 and lasted nine full years.] It would be waaaay too easy to get similarly caught up in the process of aging by focusing too much on outwardly appearance and imperfections. I am ever determined to continue embracing the person God made me to be instead of chasing after something I am not.

But man, am I getting old.

Lisa - February 27, 2012 - 5:35 pm


You are such a dear. And you are not getting old…you are just getting older! 🙂 You started your artistry when you were very young, and now look at what it has become! You are a very sweet and loving person, as well as a wonderful Mom, Wife and Friend! Love you!

Keep on being you…because that is how HE made you!


Tina - February 27, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Thank you for the rephrase, Lisa 🙂 I am simply amazed at fast the time flies. I’m sure it feels even more so because of my grandma’s death and the memories I’ve been revisiting. Love you, too!

Crystal Satnik - February 28, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Tina – you are the coolest 44 year old I know! 🙂

Tina - February 28, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Awwwwww, thanks Crystal! 🙂

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little things

We spent most of the weekend holed up in the basement after chucking original plans for my birthday itinerary day. None of us were really in the celebrating mood after hearing about my grandma. Instead we closed the blinds and snuggled up on the couch to watch many episodes of our favorite television series.

the weekend in pics

We kept our Convention Grill dinner plans and swung by El Burrito for a few treats as well. Low-key.  Reflective. Sifting through memories of Grandma.

Feeling a bit out-of-sorts today but this video gave me a much needed laugh.


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grandma passed away last night

selfie with grandma

My grandma lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last night. Thanks to all who have held her close in prayer.

amy - February 26, 2012 - 7:33 am

I’m sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Tina - February 26, 2012 - 11:57 am

Thank you, Amy…

Colleen Warmka - February 26, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Prayers for you and your family as you say goodbye to your beloved grandma!

Jodie McLagan - February 27, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Tina, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandma. Grandmas are so special! As you say ‘goodbye’ and celebrate her life, may you and your family find comfort through the story-telling and reminiscing. I’m sure there’s lots of great stories. Memories bring comfort & healing. The Lord brings peace and rest. Keeping you in my prayers during this time. Love, Jodie

PS Birthday blessings to you. As you celebrate Grandma’s life, celebrate your life. This is the day which the Lord hath made. Psalm 118:24

Tina - February 27, 2012 - 8:48 pm

I just opened your card, Jodie! Thank you so much for the sweet, uplifting words bother here and in my hand. You are such an encouragement!

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