Refreshed & the Number 14

I’m back as promised. It wasn’t a long hiatus but I spent the last few days in Savannah, Georgia with friends. You know your vacation is great when you take very few photos. Instead I laughed, ate a lot, drank a little and enjoyed being away. We even boarded the dogs at their favorite resort (and when I say resort I mean it because it’s just as nice as our own hotels) so we wouldn’t have 6:45am wake-ups every day. I admit I missed them but I love how much they miss me and are happy to see me when we return. But even better, we are back and today is our 14th wedding anniversary! Before we left I decided to pay for professional photos of us because although I do a decent job I wanted something that wasn’t so posed and captured our little family including the dogs. My former student has her own photography business, Amira Maxwell Photography and she let me know when she would be back in the DC area so we could schedule a date. She didn’t disappoint.

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Photo courtesy of Amira Maxwell Photography

We met her early on Sunday morning at the National Harbor since we live in Maryland and go to the harbor often. We also wanted a nice outdoor location for the dogs. It was a beautiful morning, with few people out and the Capital Wheel as our backdrop.

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Photo courtesy of Amira Maxwell Photography

Knowing Amira’s photography style I knew I wanted us to wear color so I put on my Saddle Shoulder Tee and picked out a very colorful shirt for my husband. I love how he goes along with whatever I suggest. And on the dogs, I bought them new harnesses and leashes from Learned Stitchworks. Unfortunately it was a cool 59 degrees that morning so I had to put a t-shirt on Jellybean or she would’ve just buried herself in my armpit.

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Photo courtesy of Amira Maxwell Photography

I’m so glad I decided to get photos taken. It’s nice to have pictures of us through someone else’s lens.

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Photo courtesy of  Amira Maxwell Photography

And if you’re interested in booking Amira or seeing the rest of our photos you can check them out on her website and see the rest of our pics here.

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Weekend Update: Mother’s Day 2017

How do the weekends fly by so quickly and the week days seem to drag on forever?
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It’s Monday but I’m going on vacation soon so I’m not really mad that this week is starting. It just gets me closer to going away for some rest and relaxation. It was Mother’s Day weekend and I hope you all had a great weekend being celebrated or celebrating your own mother. We started our Sunday off taking family photos with the dogs. One of my former students started her own photography business and she travels for work and let me know she was going to be in DC and available to take family pics for me. I was so excited. It was a bit cooler in the morning so I had to put a shirt on Jellybean (she was still shivering a bit) but it warmed up, Cher was a ham in front of the camera and hopefully we got some great shots. I wore my Saddle Shoulder Striped tee and found a colorful plaid button-up for the husband to wear.
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Add in new harnesses and leashes for the girls and a backdrop of the National Harbor and the Capital Wheel and I’m pretty sure we’ve got some great pics.
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My Sunday evening was spent with my family. My sisters and I talked about going out to dinner for Mother’s Day and just weren’t too enthused so I volunteered to cook and they brought the wine and my Mom along. We had a lovely meal and a lot of laughs. Pretty great for a Mother’s Day in my book. How was your weekend? How did you celebrate?

This Snow Day

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Um…this is how I felt when I got the 4:30am call when I found out we had a snow day yesterday.
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These are the eyes I gave my husband to make him take his liberal leave from work instead of going in after a 3 hour delay.
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This is the progress I made on my Find Your Fade shawl, I’ve got one more color left!
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This is the froggy raincoat that was delivered that I made Jellybean try on to amuse me.
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This was just a really good day.