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This weekend we took to Midway for some pictures with Shutter Lush by Paige Jackman. First of all, Paige is an absolute doll and we had so much fun getting to know her and hearing her story. She’s a newly-wed, just like us! It was fun to swap our “So how did you meet your husband?” stories as well as simply get to know her. She is such a darling person and we highly recommend getting any photos done by her. Paige knows exactly what she is doing. I love the warm feel her photos have and she plays with light so beautifully. We seriously could not have had a more wonderful time.

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We drove up the lane to the farm and almost got stuck, there was sooooo much snow! I’ve never seen so much snow up there! The fields were covered and everything was frozen. It was crazy beautiful but we were all wondering how these pictures were going to work. Luckily, Paige is an absolute genius and we wound or way down the lane finding perfect little spots to shoot. We eventually ventured into the horse coral for some pictures with Trent’s horse, Britches. There was snow up to my shins and Paige was climbing all over the place. To say it was a simple photo shoot is an understatement…

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Britches thinks we’re crazy…

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There was snow in my boots and my toes were frozen but it was totally worth it. Trent was such a good sport running around with us and he is always fun to take pictures with. I am so in love with this boy…it’s ridiculous. (P.s. It’s his birthday this Thursday and boy do I have a celebration planned…stay tuned for the details)

Photography: shutterlush.com

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Live and Learn

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Trent took me on a date last week and boy was it an adventure. It had just snowed the day before and T planned for us to go on a snowmobile journey. I’m not as good as Trent on a snowmobile but I’m slowly getting better so we thought it would be fun.

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The day couldn’t have been more gorgeous. There was powder everywhere, the sun was out and we were having so much fun. We stuck around the farm for a bit, Trent tried to teach me some tricks (I struggled) and then we took the back trails up to Cascade Springs. We saw a mama moose and a ton of deer, it was absolutely amazing. As we neared our destination, I was starting to get tired, which Trent knows is never a good idea. We turned onto a road that was completely covered with snow making it a steep slant and I started to freak out just a bit. I’ll spare you the gory details but let’s just say that I was crying, Trent was trying to make sure we didn’t die and we ended up driving back on one snowmobile instead of two because the other one got seriously stuck.

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As I was riding back with T, I began thinking about life. Sometimes life is glorious, every moment full of sunshine, gorgeous views and laughter, but in the next moment you’re stuck on the side of a mountain tears streaming down your face and completely frustrated.  Both moments can teach you something about yourself but most often, it’s the harder times that teach you the most. I was again reminded just how lucky I am to have Trent. He handled everything so well. He had to go up the next day to rescue the stuck snowmobile and I’m pretty sure he came home with hypothermia or something. He always knows what to do in a scary situation and I am always so impressed. Sitting on the back of that snowmobile, riding home close to sunset, I was again reminded that life is fragile and can change at any moment. Thankfully we have each other to hold on to.

Adventurous date turned into a serious life lesson. Who would have thought? 😉

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2016

2016

What a year.

2016 has been one of the best years of my life. I got engaged, married the love of my life, moved three times, traveled many different places and met so many wonderful people. I feel so blessed when I look back and think about all the wonderful things that have happened these last 12 months. Along with the good, however, has come the growing pains that are associated with life. I’ve had my fair share of meltdown moments, frustrated times and just hard days.

I once heard someone define the word joy as as a state of happiness that exists even with the heartaches of life. This year has been Joy. There were most definitely the hard times but those hard times made the good times that much better. 2016 is one for the books.

2017

On to the new.

The idea of a new year always brings a feeling of hope and excitement. The year is ours to create and who knows what lies in store. This year I plan to think less of me, to be present and to find the light and good in the world.

Happy New Year!

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