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crossed another one off the list

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The Annual-Not-So-Annual Pub Crawl began several years ago as date night with my husband.

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In 2016 we added a couple of friends to the mix.

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And in 2017, a couple more…

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This year, we turned it into an event complete with swag bags and name tags w/safety lights!

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Our Annual-Not-So-Annual Pub Crawl is a fun way to connect with others while bringing business to local bars and restaurants. It was nearly a perfect 10k that included Death By Chocolate (Rudy’s Redeye Grill), Margaritas (Las Tortillas), Italian Cheese Bread/Cheese Fries (T.O.P.S. Restaurant & Bar), killer Colorado Bulldogs (Celt’s Pub) & more!

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Not to mention loads of laughter. Another one crossed off the Autumn Bucket List.:)

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dawson | minnesota high school senior photographer

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Dawson is another high school senior with ties to my son. Dawson, Lorenzo, and Nick were close friends in elementary school. When Dawson moved to Iowa in 2009 the boys ended up losing touch with each other.

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Then Dawson moved back to Minnesota and his momma and I reconnected. The boys attend different schools and are no longer friends but the sweet memories linger.

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Dawson is now a young man with thoughts of attending Iowa State University next year.

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He has grown so much I doubt I would have even recognized him on the street!

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We met for senior photos at the Mill City Ruins a few weeks ago and talked about the past, present, and future.

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Here are several more of my favorites from our time together in Minneapolis:

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Have a wonderful senior year, Dawson!

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holiday string art workshop | craft night (err… um… day)

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Winter Weekend Retreat attendees tackled this group project last year with beautiful results:

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If you are interested in creating your own work of nail art, I will be hosting this one-time workshop in my home on Saturday, November 17th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. The cost of the workshop is $12 and includes stained pine board, hanging hardware, felt dots, and pattern (attendees will bring their own string, nails, hammer, and optional needle-nose pliers – details to be provided with registration confirmation).

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I hope you can join me for this holiday DIY. Snacks and beverages (including egg nog chai lattes) will be on hand. There are seven FOUR spots still available, if you’re interested in reserving one let me know!

Jackie - October 3, 2018 - 9:25 pm

Me!!!!

Tina - October 4, 2018 - 10:08 am

I will save a spot for you, Jackie!

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brett | minnesota high school senior photographer

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Brett is a senior at Rosemount High School and one of the drum majors of our marching band.

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Needless to say, he is a busy young man. We met up a few weeks ago for a senior photo session at Minnehaha Falls.

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Here’s a peek at the rest of our time together:

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Have a great senior year, Brett!

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our someday future dream home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time in Red Wing over the last couple of months. I love the drive there. The open fields. Tony’s play list. Our conversations. My favorite thing however is this:

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Seeing our someday future dream home. We don’t really plan on moving but we do talk about our dreams – IF we did move, where would we go? The older we get, open and quiet spaces appeal to us more. Inviting our favorite people over for bonfires, dinner, games, and crafting. Sort of like we already do but in a setting that feels like a retreat. An escape.

I guess I’ve always wanted our home to at least feel that way. So while we may never actually own the very cool barn home above, our someday future dream home is very much worthy of continued pursuit. And when our oldest stopped by for a visit early this week, he affirmed this very thing for me after walking through the door.

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Ahhhh, it smells like home,” were the first words out of his mouth – pleasing this momma’s heart to no end.

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