they grow up so fast

My mom's side of the family is large. I have 27 cousins and eleven 2nd cousins. Things gets crazy, but we've had some pretty memorable moments over the years. My cousin Jesse is a senior this year--I can't believe it. They just seem to become young adults overnight. We took his photos in New Prague and I had a good time catching up with him while we walked around. He hopes to go to school for some type of cooking, but isn't completely sure exactly where he wanted to be in the kitchen. I wish him the best of luck and am super pumped for him to graduate and begin the next leg of his life. Congrats!


playing some more catch up

Yes, there is green grass in these photos. Quite sure I took these in August. Superub timing, huh? ;-) Michael does demo derby's in the summer and wanted to have some photos for mementos. They turned the last one into their Christmas card this year!!


a bit of Christmas cheer

I sit here now, listening to the chit-chat of the Cole women as sugary smells waft toward me from the kitchen. Yes, it is lefsa day. Reflecting over the past two days, I'm somewhat sad that it's all over. The wrapping of the gifts, the anticipation of seeing family and loved ones, the holiday cheer that seems to be positively contagious. All that remains is crinkled paper, abandoned amongst curly ribbons, empty toy boxes, lifeless tissue paper, rainbows of color pooled together and forgotten.

However, it was a terrific holiday. I got to spend time with both sides of my family (dad's and imediate. Cole's on Saturday!), see my nephew, and play games and share in the merriment with Nick's side. I love the holidays. Everything is relaxing and life is slow, as it should be.

I have quite a few updates to add in the next few weeks to come. I'm posting one of my favorite (I have many favorites this year!) gifts from my cousin. Not only is it hilarious, it's completely functional and very useful--for some unknown reason, mine just died last week.

What gives.

Here's wishing a very happy holiday season to you and yours. Thanks for checking out and supporting my blog. Keep posted for some interesting new advancements next month!!


Baby makes three...take three...

Yep, officially still my most favorite model. I have TONS to update, but I had to throw these in early. Tawna, Charlie and baby, with roughly a month till go time. Things are going well, they're both getting pretty excited--as are the rest of us! There will be more of the three of them, her tummy keeps growing, how could I possibly just stop now!? 


Valerie and Joey

Catching up! Finally getting these photos posted from Valerie and Joey's wedding in October! These two are obviously so in love, what a great wedding to end my 'season' with. Wish you both all the happiness in the world, congrats!


Can't believe it's not November!

Wow, where does the time go? I have so much to update, I just need to find the time between surprise vacations, attending class, contributing to projects, lining up (and finishing up!) photos for the holiday and keeping a life on the side! Stay tuned, I'll have more up soon. With any luck, it'll be sometime this weekend!

Have a safe holiday season!