Pelican Lake 2015

It’s that time of year again!  Time for the ‘annual lake visit’ post where everybody reading this blog falls asleep looking at variations of the same photos I’ve posted every year regarding this trip.  People smiling!  People doing water sports!  People drinking!

Look, I get it.  You know that people go to the lake and it’s really fun.  You don’t need to see photos of it year after year.  However, the simplest way for me to get said pictures in front of the faces of the people who care, is to post them here.

So deal.  : )

Also, there are babies this year!  And TWO dogs instead of one!  And people smiling!

The first day there deserves no photos because it was dark, rainy, windy and overall shitty.  I don’t want to talk about it.

Luckily, Miss Charlotte showed up with her parents and brought smiles and sunshine our way.  2015Pelican-2IMG_2060_2

Day two was much better as the sun came out and we got out on the water for a bit. 2015Pelican-32015Pelican-1 2015Pelican-52015Pelican-62015Pelican-7Have you ever seen anything cuter IN. YOUR. LIFE????  Look at those chunky legs.  : )

We made the routine trip to Zorbaz for terrible food and average drinks where we met up with the last piece of our amazing puzzle who had just arrived from Minneapolis.  The Strub Family!  We like them because they bring Miss Ellery.2015Pelican-10


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2015Pelican-112015Pelican-82015Pelican-122015Pelican-152015Pelican-132015Pelican-142015Pelican-182015Pelican-162015Pelican-172015Pelican-19As you can see, Charlotte got passed around quite a bit.  Poor girl never got a break from us.  : )

That evening, Jon and I gave Ellery her birthday present to celebrate her 2nd birthday.  I think Jon ALMOST had more fun picking it out than Ellery did playing with it…almost.2015Pelican-20 2015Pelican-21 2015Pelican-22 2015Pelican-23 2015Pelican-24 2015Pelican-25 2015Pelican-26Push a button and it drives.  What more could a two year old want!?2015Pelican-27 2015Pelican-28 This night was SO beautiful.  Jon, Michael, Jessica and I drove four wheelers up through shanty town to lay in the grass and stare at the insane sky full of stars.  There aren’t many places I’ve ever been that you can see stars like you can in MN on a clear night.  It was great.2015Pelican-29The following day was pretty crappy weather as well, but when the sun peeked out for a brief moment we made the most of it.2015Pelican-37 2015Pelican-36 2015Pelican-34 2015Pelican-33 2015Pelican-39 2015Pelican-31 2015Pelican-32 2015Pelican-302015Pelican-382015Pelican-412015Pelican-402015Pelican-512015Pelican-53These three (soon to be four) were so sweet cruising the sandbar that I had to snag some shots.2015Pelican-42 2015Pelican-43 2015Pelican-44 2015Pelican-45 2015Pelican-46 2015Pelican-47 2015Pelican-48 2015Pelican-492015Pelican-502015Pelican-522015Pelican-572015Pelican-582015Pelican-562015Pelican-552015Pelican-542015Pelican-642015Pelican-592015Pelican-602015Pelican-612015Pelican-622015Pelican-632015Pelican-65I just love these photos of a beautiful momma with her almost two year old.  2015Pelican-66The wheels almost came off on Saturday when the weather took an ugly turn.  Not to be defeated, we chose gun shooting and beer pong to keep our spirits  up.  2015Pelican-692015Pelican-722015Pelican-732015Pelican-742015Pelican-702015Pelican-712015Pelican-762015Pelican-782015Pelican-79Everyone looks all cute shooting the BB gun.  Below, you’ll find out why I’m never in any photos. Because THIS is what happens when I hand my camera over.  : )2015Pelican-802015Pelican-812015Pelican-82Not to let weather get the best of us (but mostly because of the beer pong) we jumped into the ocean like lake before dinner at Spanky’s.  It was a wonderful way to cap off the weekend, both the freezing lake jump AND the dinner.   : )2015Pelican-832015Pelican-842015Pelican-852015Pelican-862015Pelican-882015Pelican-87On Sunday Ellery celebrated her 2nd birthday with singing, world famous cormorant cinnamon rolls and a bunch of old people.  It was awesome!IMG_2132_2IMG_2125_2Before heading to the cabin, I asked Jon (knowing already what my answer would be) what he was looking forward to the most.  He said ‘it’s going to be good for my head, to slow down a bit’.  I said I felt similar, that it was going to be good for my heart, to spend that time with these people.

It was.  IMG_2121_2


Denver Zoo with the Gadient Family!

GadientVisit-23A few weekends ago Jon’s lifelong friend Brittany and her three littles made an overnight pitstop in Denver on their way to Idaho.  After a good nights sleep we all loaded up to head for the Denver Zoo.  We had beautiful weather and it was a fun challenge to chase these three munchkins all over the place trying to snag some photos.  Hope you enjoy!GadientVisit-8GadientVisit-9GadientVisit-10GadientVisit-31Mashup1GadientVisit-14GadientVisit-21I have a tough time at Zoo’s (I feel so sad for the animals) but it IS pretty majestic to see elephants this close.  The new elephant exhibit at the Denver Zoo is pretty remarkable.GadientVisit-22GadientVisit-18GadientVisit-19GadientVisit-66GadientVisit-68GadientVisit-12GadientVisit-13These photos make me want to hold onto summer as long as humanely possible!GadientVisit-16GadientVisit-17GadientVisit-20GadientVisit-15Mashup2GadientVisit-24GadientVisit-28GadientVisit-27GadientVisit-26I think Ben and Max liked this truck more than the animals…of course.  : )GadientVisit-30GadientVisit-34GadientVisit-39So glad these two were able to get together!  Too much time had passed since the last time.GadientVisit-37GadientVisit-38GadientVisit-42GadientVisit-40GadientVisit-41GadientVisit-53The beautiful carousel was a pretty big highlight…at least for me anyway, photographers can’t often resist such incredible colors. GadientVisit-44GadientVisit-50GadientVisit-45Mashup3GadientVisit-48GadientVisit-52I just LOVE the missing tooth.  She’s such a sweet girl.GadientVisit-49The biggest challenge of my day was getting Momma and all three of her nuggets in one ‘happy and smiling’ photo.  To be totally honest, I like the ‘un-perfect’ ones better anyway.  GadientVisit-54GadientVisit-55GadientVisit-57GadientVisit-59Mashup4GadientVisit-61You’ve done a great job Brittany and you have the sweetest kids EVER!  Thanks for looking us up on your way through.  GadientVisit-62

Easter in Minnesota 2015




Meet baby Hudson.

Jon and I flew home over Easter weekend to meet my baby brother Sawyer’s new baby and our families first grandchild.  It was great, and yet weird.  Sawyer will forever be seven to me.  Now, instead of being seven, he and his girlfriend Kirsten have an infant.

The weirdness quickly wore off because it turns out our new reality is SUPER cute.

A few of us spent the day watching Hudson so mama could go take a break and get her hair done.  I took a few photos of him, his cute tiny things, and his adorable nursery.


We only pissed him off once, and it was because THESE two couldn’t figure out a swaddle to save their lives.  ;  )

Hudson-19Once we got him all settled in I took advantage of some window light to show off his itty bitty ears, his pretty eyes and his long lean limbs.

A couple days later we all celebrated Easter in Ada.  We dyed eggs all day prior and only ended up with this many.Hudson-25Worth it because they were WORKS OF ART I say.  As were the nests made of sugar.
Hudson-32Hudson-24Hudson-26Yep.  A chick in a floral crown.  WE WIN!Hudson-27Mashup5Hudson-23Hudson-29Hudson-44Hudson-34Hudson-36Hudson-30Mashup7Hudson-37Hudson-38Hudson-39Hudson-47Hudson-45Hudson-48Hudson-46Hudson-51Mashup6Hudson-52Hudson-53Hudson-56Hudson-59Hudson-63Hudson-55Hudson-54Hudson-62As you can see, nothing interesting happened the entire day.  All we did was hold Hudson.


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Since Sawyer and Kirsten were all gussied up, we took advantage of some afternoon light and snapped some family photos.  Keep scrolling if you’d like to see them.  Happy Tuesday!


A Weekend in SF


Hello strangers.

Walk with me as I stroll down memory lane to my latest trip to San Francisco.

As everyone in the world knows, San Francisco is a hideous place.  I hardly took any photos.



My first morning there we hustled to Starbucks, hopped in a car, and continued to hustle our buns in order to catch our ferry to brunch.


Doesn’t everyone ferry to brunch?

Anyway.  My friend Erin has lived in SF for a few years and my OTHER friend Ryan just recently joined her there.  They live right down the hall from each other.  LITERALLY!  My FOMO (fear of missing out) had never been higher.  I am happy to report that we didn’t skip a beat in becoming conjoined triplets for the weekend.





SanFran-8I swear we were triplets.  I just don’t have proof.  SOMEBODY had to take the exquisite photos. SanFran-10SanFran-9You may have noticed the subtle fact that the girls are in workout clothes.  Well, this is because the plan for the day was an alcohol free brunch to be followed by a 3+ hour hike.

About 3 mimosas in we bailed on that and decided to call our chauffeur (E’s boyfriend Stanley) and have him charter us to Napa.

Way. Better. Idea.


Why was this a way better idea you ask?

Aside from the complete and total obvious (the wine) …it’s because of the light.

There is nothing…NOTHING…like California light.

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Alas, I had priorities consisting of laughing, bonding, and wine drinking.  The light would have to wait.

SanFran-27SanFran-28SanFran-30SanFran-26SanFran-31Napa-1SanFran-20The three of us are natural ‘seekers of the sun’ if you will.  So we sought the sun right into an incredibly thick and green patch of grass.  We didn’t leave until the sun did.  I love these photos so much and have to thank Stanley for capturing them.
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This day was perfect.

SanFran-36 SanFran-34 SanFran-35 SanFran-37 SanFran-38The rest of the weekend was spent recovering (too much wine) replacing E’s broken iPhone (too much wine) and of course, eating all the food (with more wine).  My last night there, we enjoyed a chilly sunset on the water and made plans for our next adventure.  SanFran-39 SanFran-42SanFran-41SanFran-40 See ya next time SF.  SanFran-43


Here are some fun iPhone shots as well.

unnamed-6Pretty wall at the SF airport!

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unnamed-1Ferrying to brunch!

unnamed-5Casualty of brunch.  : )

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Riverfront Park Engagement

I spent my entire Saturday morning last weekend looking out the window every five minutes.  Why?  Because Steven and Sarah had scheduled their engagement photos for that afternoon and the weather was TERRIBLE all morning.  Dark, stormy and insanely windy.  I drove to Riverfront Park and right before the lovebirds arrived, the skies cleared and the sun came out.  It turned into a stereotypically beautiful fall day in Denver.  It was amazing!

This pair is made up of a Denver Native (which is very rare) and a North Dakota transplant (Sarah) whose family hails from my hometown of Ada, MN.  Her Aunt Kathy is perhaps my FAVORITE blog follower (besides my mom of course) and it is thanks to her that I got to spend the day with her lovely niece and soon to be husband.  I’ve posted some of my favorites and am nervous to hear if aunt Kathy approves or not.   : )
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Family Photos in Boulder

Mallon-Nuefeld-99Tis the season for family photos!

I got to take a day trip to the ALWAYS beautiful Boulder Colorado to meet up with this favorite family of mine.  We have had an insanely beautiful fall in Colorado this year and this Saturday morning was no different.  Warm sunshine and happy kids make for an easy day for this photographer.

These were some of my favorites from the day.  Mallon-Nuefeld-2Mallon-Nuefeld-4Mallon-Nuefeld-6Mallon-Nuefeld-93Mallon-Nuefeld-94Mallon-Nuefeld-7Mallon-Nuefeld-11Mallon-Nuefeld-105Mallon-Nuefeld-108Mallon-Nuefeld-109Mallon-Nuefeld-125Mallon-Nuefeld-55Mallon-Nuefeld-53Mallon-Nuefeld-135Mallon-Nuefeld-138Mallon-Nuefeld-144Mallon-Nuefeld-146Mallon-Nuefeld-31Mallon-Nuefeld-25Mallon-Nuefeld-27Mallon-Nuefeld-132Mallon-Nuefeld-19Mallon-Nuefeld-20Mallon-Nuefeld-21Mallon-Nuefeld-129Mallon-Nuefeld-91Mallon-Nuefeld-89Mallon-Nuefeld-87Mallon-Nuefeld-83Mallon-Nuefeld-96