After such a crazy summer it was nice to get out of town and spend some time with family again. This year was our turn to head down to Manchester for the feast. While I missed my fam, it was so great to see everybody in Jason's family!

BJ and Sandi got a new puppy who stole the show…little Juniper. 

She was at first a little scared and then super interested in what Maddie and Tobi were up to. Maddie, having helped us raise Tobi was great with the pup, but Tobi who is essentially an 85 lb. baby was a little "touchy." Especially when she got near his sensitive toes.

He was actually pretty scared of her. It was a lesson in teaching both the puppy boundaries and the dog not to be rude.

But with this kind of treatment, it's no wonder that he's spoiled.
Maddie, who runs a little hot, turned out to be a good door-sock.
And yes, our fascination with frying things finally took over Thanksgiving. Now that we have our own frying pot, it was time to cook the bird Texas-style. Jason's little MacGuyver move did the trick in keeping he and BJ from getting splashed with boiling oil.

It was deelicious. And we had a great time. Nothing better than good friends and good family!

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My mullet

Ah, the good ole' days. My former softball coach, Tim Smith, from…jeez I can't even remember, I think it was fourth grade… dropped this off at the studio today. Apparently the rec department has been cleaning out some closets and has dug up more than a few old photos.

Yup, I sported a mullet back then. I can't wait to send this to Kate, one of my best friends who was actually just over yesterday for a visit while she's home from Seattle. Kate is just finishing her PhD in chemistry (super smarty pants) and goes back after Thanksgiving to defend. So proud of her… I think playing softball was really when we became friends so funny timing that this photo should pop up. We seemed to have different opinions about tucked vs. untucked.

I don't remember too much about the team, but I vaguely recall being some kind of champions?! Of course we were…
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St. Albans Fog

On my way home last night, it was super foggy so I just had to stop to take some pics. This one's straight out of the camera. I'll post more later.
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It has been a while since I last posted, mostly because I'm still trying to catch my breath from the crazy summer I just had. But wedding season was officially over for the year a couple of weeks ago so I'm starting to get caught up.

I have a TON of senior photos to share from this fall. I'm excited to show you some of my favorites. …And engagement photos from some of my happy couples gettin' hitched next summer.

In recent developments, I left my job at the St. Albans Messenger not long ago. After a 5.5 year stint it was just time to move on and really focus on what I want to do. It's been a weird adjustment and I have NO IDEA what's going on in the news! I'm definitely happy with the decision and soo ready for this next phase of my life. But it really struck home when I was recently asked who my employer was and I had to say "self-employed"!!!

And I'm also engaged myself now and planning my own wedding for next summer at the same time that I'm booking dates for other couples! Another strange adjustment to be on this side of the fence, but it's such a happy time! And no, I do not know who my wedding photographer will be. Sheesh…I feel like Adam Sandler (you know, the Wedding Singer?)

So soon I promise I will post some pics!
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