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South Overland Park
Baby, kids, and family photographer
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Hello! Did you have beautiful weather like we did this weekend? I sure hope so because it was AWESOME! 1. We just had one of those weekends that was perfect! You know the kind I'm talking about? It was just such a great mix of outside time (lots of it!), family time, project time, meal prep. Basically, it was the perfect weekend. I loved it. My weekend started out Friday night at the school carnival. Since the hubby worked one of the stations, I left early (I'm basically over that kind of stuff) and headed to Home Depot. Now THAT... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! How was your weekend? It feels as if spring might be finally on her way. My fingers are crossed the 60* temperatures stick around awhile! 1. So yesterday morning I was sitting on the couch, barely awake, drinking my first cup of coffee when this picture floated across my screen: MY SISTER GOT ENGAGED!!!!!! I was floored! But in a good way. I am, well we all are all so excited for her and Jason and the kids. They have everything planned and we just have to get ourselves to Vail, CO on Aug 11th to watch them get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello from the Tundra. Seriously, I think the windchill was supposed to be 18* here today. That's just stupid. It's April 15th, not January 105th! Ugh. 1. We had another birthday in our household...#4 turned 9 years old today! She loved being the birthday girl all day and milked it for everything it was worth. For example, we had to run to Home Depot and she managed to walk out of there with a Kit Kat since, you know, it was her birthday. Sometimes I'm weak. Her requested dinner tonight was pasta with a naked sauce (butter/olive oil + garlic),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
I'm back after a one week hiatus. I feel like we have a lot to catch up on after two weeks. So let's go... 1. We celebrated a birthday in our family a week and a half ago. The hubby turned 45! His actual birthday was really hectic and busy with a swim meet, soccer game, and working the concession stand. So we waited until Saturday to take him out for dinner. We tried the Martin City Brewery and it was really fun! The atmosphere was great, the food good, and the beer great. I would recommend it if you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! Did you have a nice weekend? We had a nice weekend, albeit a cold one. I'm so ready for spring! 1. I finished reading Nightingale by Kristin Hannah about week and a half ago. (affiliate link) I really enjoyed the book. It didn't me more than 5 pages to be drawn into the story. Plus, I am a sucker for historical fiction so it is not surprising that I enjoyed reading this one. I will say it was a very easy read and I didn't have to think very hard. I read somewhere that the story of Isabelle is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Well, spring break is almost over. The girls have tomorrow off and they go back to school on Tuesday. Well, they're supposed to go back to school but the girls won't get home until Tuesday. Anyway, now that spring break is almost over it feels like we're in the home stretch of school. Two more months. I think I can handle it. 1. This week actually flew by even though it was spring break and we were in town for most of it. The girls really enjoyed each other's company for the most part which I LOVED! They baked a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! I'm here on Sunday night so all is well. 1. It feels strange to be home for spring break. It feels as if we are the only family still in town. I know that's an exaggeration, but it kind of feels like that a little bit. So I just have to remind myself that we had an early spring break. And we really had a blast on our ski trip so it's all good! As I said last week, the hubby and big girls are leaving on Thursday for CO. I know they will have a great trip and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! I'm back. I had a good reason to skip last night, though, so it's all good. 1. We celebrated a birthday last night. #1 turned 17 years old! I'm not even sure how that's possible?? I still feel like I'm about 35? Alas, I guess not. The math just doesn't work... Anyway, my sister and her family came over last night so there was a big, rowdy group all here to celebrate. I let my kids pick their birthday meal - anything goes - and #1 picked an Asian-themed meal. We had spring rolls with peanut sauce, short ribs,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! Did you have a nice weekend? We did but it went way too fast! 1. Last week the kids only had one day of school. ONE. UNO. UN. They were supposed to have three days - which was still unnecessary but I believe I talked about that last week. Anyway, due to "weather", school was cancelled both Wednesday and Thursday. Many of the schools around here that didn't already have Tuesday off like our kids had school cancelled that day. I understood. The roads were icy. Wednesday was a real head-scratcher as the roads were clear. Thursday was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hi. How was your week? Ours was good until we heard about the school shooting. I simply have no words... 1. We do not get all crazy up in here for Valentine's Day. Never have. In fact, I really only remember "celebrating" Valentine's Day once. In college. In 1995. That said, I do love any excuse I can find to eat in our dining room on the fancy china. And Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse. #1 missed dinner because she had swim, but the other three were home. They had sparkling grape juice - a favorite round here: The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
WHello! I'm back after taking a week off. We were in Colorado last hence the radio silence. 1. We had a fabulous week! While we would have loved to have gone skiing over spring break, we couldn't get our condo that week and we were tired of trading it out or selling the week and finding something else. After all, we bought the condo for the location and amenities and wanted to actually use it! So we decided to pull the little girls out of school Monday - Wednesday (they had Thursday and Friday off). We left the big girls... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! Did you have a nice weekend? Ours was fairly busy running around which is par for the course for us. So all good. 1. #3 had a belated birthday party last night. She was in Ohio the weekend of her actual birthday and then it was Thanksgiving and then it was Christmas season so this was really about the first weekend that we were available for a party. She had a blast, though, so it was all good! She invited four friends to join her for ice skating. (All of our girls LOVE to go ice skating!) Two of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Thanks, Karen! I told Cate we will not visit any schools until she gets accepted. The exception of course is if we are in the area or something similar. Only time will tell. Kids are fickle so who knows where she will end up but she has been stuck on Hawaii now for quite awhile!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2018 on Six on Sunday at Suzanne McGrath Photography
Hello! Did your weekend fly by as fast as ours did? Could someone please introduce a permanent 3-day weekend?! Anyway, let's get rolling... 1. It was a pretty darn busy weekend for us. We had 4 soccer/futsol games, a basketball practice and game, tennis lessons, a piano lesson, Boots and Bling, along with the usual errands and meal prep. Yesterday was especially brutal because the majority of our activities ALL took place yesterday! Not to mention the last soccer game didn't start until 11pm. And #3's two soccer games were both 30 - 40 minutes away. I almost used half... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
I'm not off to a very great start, am I? I totally missed blogging last night. At least I'm back today to make up for it! So let's begin... 1. We had a productive weekend around here. #1's shower is this close to being done. Tiled. To being done tiled. I special ordered two corner tiles and they sent the wrong ones. And we ran out of thinset before we to put down the threshold. But other than those three pieces, we're calling it done! And honestly, I don't mind the grouting as much because it's not as dirty as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
I can't believe I just typed 2018 - it still feels so strange. I'm excited for this new year. I think it's gonna be a good one! I feel like this post is going to be long since I have 3 weeks to cover. Quite a bit of what I'm going to write about will feel outdated but since this blog is a bit of a personal journal, I'm going to go back to before Christmas. Ready? Here goes! 1. I felt really good about our Advent calendar activities. I did a great job of mixing volunteer opportunities into the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
I feel like I should do "12 on Sunday" to make up for last week but (spoiler alert) that's probably not gonna happen! 1. I turned another year older on the 5th. My birthday was on a Tuesday this year but it was really a delightful day. My two girlfriends and I started out the day like any other Tuesday; with a short run. We ended up at Starbucks and warmed up with coffee and hot chocolate and time to chat. (It was REALLY, REALLY cold that morning!) It was such a nice way to start my day with two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Suzanne McGrath Photography
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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