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Suzanne
South Overland Park
Baby, kids, and family photographer
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Hello! Did you have the amazing weather we had this weekend, too? It was glorious! Although to be honest, I would not be mad if we got a little snow right now, either! Anyway, let's get going... 1. The Christmas countdown has officially begun in our household. Ralph, our elf, does not come until December 1st. The waiting until Friday was PURE TORTURE for #4. She was ready for his arrival all last week as she heard kids at school talking about their elf. But we held out and true to form, he did not show up until Friday morning,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Welcome. Did you have a nice Thanksgiving weekend? We sure did! 1. As in years past, a big group of us started the day with the Thanksgiving Day 5k. In all my years participating in that event, this year was by far the most beautiful weather. It was almost perfect! 2. We hosted both our families again this year and there were 17 of us at dinner: I got smarter this year. I had serving dishes for everything so we could easily pass around the food. Last year some of the food was still in the pan from the oven... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Can you believe it's the week of Thanksgiving?! Damn, the older I get, the faster time flies! 1. We celebrated another birthday in our household this week. #3 officially turned 11 years old on Wednesday! Man, I love that kid. True to form, my little carnivore selected steak, roasted asparagus, and risotto for her birthday dinner. Of course we ate in the dining room and the kids enjoyed sparkling grape juice. Since her real birthday gift was a flight to Ohio, she had opened two Squishies on her special day. She was thrilled! At 11, Caroline is... Sweet. Still. She... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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I'm here! I feel like we have a LOT to catch up on since it's been three weeks since last we "talked". So I'm just going to get going. Who knows if this will be Six or Sixteen on Sunday?! 1. Two weekends ago I was in Columbia, MO for #1's swim meet. We didn't roll in until almost 9pm Sunday night so it was way too late for me to blog. Plus, I was exhausted. I'm not sure how many years #1 has been attending that swim swim meet, but it's definitely one of my favorites! I love the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so! 1. We (or actually I) have installed a new rule at the dinner table. If someone burps or farts, they have to drop and give me 20 push-ups. Or, 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups. (Because push-ups are HARD, man.) I love this game! The last two nights I have caught #1 burping at the table. At first she refused to follow my rule. But then I reminded her that I was the one who paid out allowances and I could withhold such allowance if my rules were not followed. She... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello and Happy Sunday! I don't know about you, but I have Sunday Night Anxiety. I'm not ready for the week to start. I need one more day. Oh well. I can't make time stand still. 1. We had a great weekend! Friday night started off with a bang on the soccer fields. #2 had a game... I do enjoy watching the girls play under the lights. I just wish this game had been at the fields close to our house. We didn't get home until almost 9pm. While the girls technically tied the game, they should have won. They... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! Did you all have the beautiful weather we had this weekend? I hope so because it was gorgeous here! 1. I received my Butcher Box order a week and a half ago. So far we have had three meals using the meat and so far so good! Our first box was $149 and included all this: I feel like that is a pretty great value for high quality, grass-fed meat. The box included: 2 6oz filt mignon (my FAVORITE!) 2 10oz New York Strip 2 1lb bricks of ground beef 2 10oz boneless ribeyes 3 1lb boneless, skinless chicken... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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It's October! You know what that means, right? The beginning of the holiday season. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and finally New Years. Wow! I can hardly believe it. 1. We decorated for Halloween today. (Well, actually, #4 and I started yesterday.) I failed to take pictures today because it was such a whirlwind but I'll snap some this next week. It looks very similar to past years because the kids like to keep things the same. Tradition and all. It's all good, though! The younger three live for this stuff, especially #4. I love their enthusiasm, though. It's simply... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! I'm feeling good because it's Sunday and I'm here. I'm winning! Let's get started... 1. I started a new job last week! Yep, just 10 months after I started my last new job I've already moved on. I definitely enjoyed my time in the crop insurance industry but after a few months I knew it would not be a long term play. Rather than do nothing, I became proactive and started looking for a better long-term fit. And you know what? I think I've found it! My new title is Pricing Manager in the Consumer segment at CenturyLink. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! So I totally tried to blog last Sunday night but Typepad was down. OH well, we can get caught up now. Grab a seat because this one might be long; after all, I've been gone for three weeks! 1. I missed blogging over Labor Day weekend because we were down in Arkansas. We got lucky and had fabulous weather the entire weekend! We did all the usual stuff: Farmer's market on Saturday morning, shopping at Elysian, boating, tubing, skiing, wakeboarding, and kayaking. We even managed a bonfire one night which meant s'mores. Man, I love s'mores. They have to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! Did you have a good weekend? We did! So let's get started... 1. Both our soccer girls had games on Friday night. While it was logistically challenging (game at 5pm on Friday which means the kids have to be there - Wyandotte - by 4:30pm, which means you leaving the house by 4pm is difficult for working parents), it was awesome to have both games done before the weekend really even started! That meant we had zero activities to attend yesterday or today and it was AWESOME! I'll take two games on Friday night anytime to give me a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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If you read my last blog post, you know what this is about. It's that time of year again! Picture Time! I absolutely love taking pictures of kids and families. It's so much fun and I truly get so much joy out of it. That's why I'm offering photo sessions for the third year in a row! For $200 you get everything - the session itself and a minimum of 35 images - all hand edited -available to you on a jump drive. You are then free to do with those images as you wish. (Although I'd recommend a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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We made it. The kids transitioned back to school like champs. None of us were ready but we all knew we couldn't do anything to stop it. They made it three full days last week so props to the girls! Let's get rolling... 1. I took the day off work last Monday and spent it with the girls. We started out by heading downtown for brunch at You Say Tomato. It was an adorable, very eclectic little restaurant on the corner of 28th and Holmes. My only complaint was the crazy strong smell - I think it was sausage? And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Donna, I really would NOT install any Morningstar product if I were you. They call it "bamboo" but I believe it's really more like glue with a little bamboo. (I had an attorney contact me as they were contemplating a class action lawsuit because of the glue used in the production.) It scratches so easily and you said you have pets. Honestly, I'd stay away from anything that is not truly a hardwood that is installed and then sanded and stained. My $0.02. Good luck with your decision.
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Hello! I hope you had the beautiful weather we did this weekend. Loved it! 1. I am so sad school starts this week. I'm not ready. I'm never ready. I just LOVE summer with my girls. But, sadly, there is nothing I can do about it. So, rather than mope around, I cleaned. And I asked all the other people who live here to clean as well. In fact, we did more than just clean. We DEEP CLEANED. It felt like I was nesting! I went through every drawer and cabinet on the main floor. Everything is now organized and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! I'm back after taking off last week. So let's get caught up, shall we? 1. Two weekends ago we headed to my mom's house in AR. We also managed to talk the hubby's parents into joining us down there. We had a lovely weekend full of the farmer's market, shopping, and boating! In fact, the big girls and I had an awesome time shopping at our favorite boutique, Elysian, while at the Farmer's Market in Bentonville. We each walked away with a couple items and couldn't have been more happy. (I found a pair of jeans for $25 that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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I made it! I'm here. We had a fabulous trip to Lake Okoboji and made it back with time to hang out at the pool with the kids today. Perfect! 1. Remember last week how I told you half my garden was destroyed? Well, I went to a nursery and the woman I talked to there suggested I pick out seeds and try planting crops that way. I figured I had nothing to lose so I bought these and planted them last Tuesday night: I still need to go out there tonight and see if anything has popped up. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! I think this is the second Sunday in a row now? Anyway, the streak my end next week so let's celebrate it for now... 1. I am sure you can tell by how much I've written that I am loving my garden this year. That is still true. However, half of it is gone. It's so sad! Some dumb vine borer killed my zucchini AND my pumpkin plants. I hate that pest. I think my zucchini got it last year as well. And I even planted it in a different bed with freshly delivered soil. I blame the soil.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Happy Sunday! I'm back after a one week hiatus for the 4th of July. Let's chat up, shall we? 1. Remember how I talked about #2 getting her learners permit? Well, it's official. She passed the test! In fact, we went out driving today. Man, I forgot how hard it is to teach a teenager to drive! I'm confident she'll get there but it's always a bit rocky at first. I mean, slowing down, putting on the blinker, judging the angle, making the turn - all in about 2 split seconds is HARD. At least we survived until the next... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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I finally made it back to blogging on a Sunday. WooHoo! Did you get to experience the beautiful weather we did?! I hope so because it was fantastic. 1. The hubby's parents and brother came for a visit this weekend. It was fun to have them down on such a low-key, beautiful weather weekend. Friday night we laid low by getting Papa Murphy's pizza and heading down to the pool for awhile. Grandma Rori got in the pool so the girls loved that! (Of course #1 was missing since she had invitation to hang out with a friend. We let... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! I'm here. On Monday Tuesday. It's all good! Seriously, I started this post last night but then we had a driving crisis (who will drive the Littles to swimming) and I had to address it with the world. It was great. But not really. Anyway, let's get on with this, shall? 1. Well, #2 turned 14 years old last Thursday. Today I took her out to the licensing bureau to take her written test only to be told they were at capacity and we would have to come back. Yes, I had a place in line via the online... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! I made it! I don't really have an excuse for last night other than I was knee-deep in laundry. Tons and tons of laundry! This post is going to be a bit picture-heavy so don't say you haven't been warned. Here goes... 1. As you know, #1 is in Spain. We get some messages and pictures but it's been pretty hit or miss. I don't blame her, though. I think she is having too much fun to think about keeping us updated every single night. (Although I wouldn't complain if she did!) Suffice it to say, she's having a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! I'm back after a one week hiatus. I thought I might post a Make-Up Monday last week but it's SUMMER! So yeah, that didn't happen. So let's catch up, shall we? 1. Cars. Let's about them... I am not a car person. I could really care less what I drive as long as it gets me from Point A to Point B. Truly. I think I would feel stupid driving a super nice car anyway so it's all good. Well, the hubby's car was a hunk of metal, a real piece of junk. Seriously. I can't even list everything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello. It's summer! It's summer! It's summer! OK, so maybe not officially, but unofficially it has begun because the girls are done with school. I'm so happy!!! But enough exclamation marks; let's get the show on the road. 1. When it was cold and crappy weather the hubby and I were the only ones to take Winston for a walk. Now that the weather has been pretty much perfect lately, the girls like to join us. It's always a different combination but it's always enjoyable. The little girls love to ride their new bikes, although sometimes #3 rides her penny... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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Hello! Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there - whatever format you come by the title! I hope you had the beautiful weather we had today. It was simply amazing. Let's get the show on the road, shall we? 1. This is the last week of school! I can hardly believe I just typed that sentence. But it's true. I am so excited so you can only imagine how the girls feel! The little girls will just have an easy, fun week. The big girls each have a slew of tests but they are still pumped to be... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography