a Photo a Day | May 13 – 19

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MONDAY  I started my Portrait Study this week.  I had 5 models come to the studio and I have 5 more to go!  This shot in particular is a goof shot while I nailed my levels down.

TUESDAY  Frozen Custard with Kaitlyn

WEDNESDAY  Portrait Study – Day 3.  However, the project won’t be with smiles so, again, this was a goof shot while I nailed down my levels.

THURSDAY  Portrait Study – Day 4.  Again, no smiles in the final product, a girl can’t give away all her secrets before they’re ready to be told!  I suppose you’ll have to come to the Portrait Study opening to see what I actually put together 🙂

FRIDAY  Little League Fundraiser in Hinsdale, IL (my job was to get the minglers)

SATURDAY  Barreto Family (full blog post coming soon)

SUNDAY  Citizen Way at Christ Community Church (full blog post coming soon)

Citizen Way at Cup O’ Joy

Music Photography

Cup O’ Joy, Green Bay, WI

Citizen Way held their second CD release party at Cup O’ Joy in Green Bay, Wisconsin last week.  Their first one was held at Judson University the day of the release and their third one, for the Chicagoland area, will be held tomorrow at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville.  If you don’t have the album yet you need to buy it (CLICK HERE if you’re on the hunt).

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for these guys as they rose in popularity insanely fast.  They just got of a national tour with Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, and MIKESCHAIR.  For the summer they get to spend a little more time at home with “one offs” beckoning them out for a show here and a festival there.

Anyway, back to last week, Citizen Way piled in their new van and made out for Green Bay.  The venue piled over with people!  This is was the first show they performed their whole album and boy did they knock it out of the park!  Such a cool venue with such sweet and loving people.

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a Photo a Day | Apr 29 – May 5

 

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MONDAY  rain, rain on my pavement

TUESDAY  working late and my view from my office

WEDNESDAY  new green in a landscape

THURSDAY  new buds, our old garage

FRIDAY  Hannah Gugenator sings pretty songs at Folk Night (more Folk Night images below)

SATURDAY  rain makes my garden happy

SUNDAY  spring colors

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FOLK NIGHT EXTRAS!!!!

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Remaking Home | Music Room

Remaking Home | Blog Post 2 / 5

The “music room” as I call it, or Josh’s office, was the last room I finished.  So, naturally it is the second room I feature 😉  I figure I have to save the studio for last, it is sort of the capstone of the whole ordeal after all!

I puzzled over the music room for months.  When I started the project in October I did my first rearrange of the house which left the music room in a state of disarray.  It was the room that got everything I didn’t know what to do with.  Several rearranges and three different paint jobs later I finally came up with the set up below.

I set out to make the music room a place where Josh could do his work, play keys, play drums, and listen to records.

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Light Blue:  Old Pickup Blue (Benjamin Moore)

Orange:  Custom color (Sherwin Williams)

The Stuff…

Desk:  Calhoun family heirloom (Josh’s grandpa made it)

Record frames:  Urban Outfitters

Guitar:  hand-me-down from my mom

Hamper:  T. J. Maxx

Rustic wooden frames:  Hobby Lobby

Rug:  Urban Outfitters

Remaking Home blog posts to come…

  1. the studio
  2. a summary (including the kitchen and bathroom)
  3. before and after pictures

Other Remaking Home blog posts…

Remaking Home | Living Room

Miss Independent is Back

I have seen Josh for about five whole days in the last month and a half or so.  For this Redeemed Tour Citizen Way started up in our neck of the woods then headed down south, all the way west, up to Washington and over to Montana and then, finally, one month later I picked him up at a McDonald’s off the freeway in MN.  He had gone a total of around 8094 miles and 128 hours of driving for 19 shows at 19 different venues in 12 different states in 31 days and only slept 2 – 5 hours per night.  Josh and Ben Blascoe split all those miles and all those hours in the driver’s seat of their 15 passenger van.

Screen shot 2013-03-14 at 9.48.10 AMThis map shows the first 31 days of the tour, February 1 – March 4.

Needless to say, after all those miles with high energy and sold out shows in so many cities and states Josh was in need of some serious sleep.  Instead, he meets me in Minnesota to sing for my Grandma’s memorial service.  For him this meant sacrificing his big need for rest and pouring any remaining energy into loving on me, working on memorial service details, and entertaining my extended family.  And he did it all with such grace and love.  He is incredible.

If you haven’t guessed, marriage for us is different.

Because of all our time apart and weeks spent fending for myself I have found that I have reconnected with the little Miss Independent from my teenage years.  While Josh is gone I adopt a different lifestyle; I work all morning, around 1 or 2 I take a break or a nap, I get back to work, and come evening I read a book until I’m sleepy.  I mix it up with the occasional hang with a friend, a walk with the dogs, a home project, or some knitting.  It’s seems to be a very healthy pattern.  Instead of powering through 8 – 10 hours of work every day I put in 4 or 5, take a break so I can power back up and get excited and inspired, then I work the remaining 4 to 5 hours.

I also have a whole manner of affairs to tend to on my own.  Because of these little items I have to work on I have been finding that at the end of every day I feel very accomplished.  By sweeping, doing the dishes, buying groceries, juicing, getting the oil changed, shoveling the driveway, clipping the dog’s nails, or paying bills I can feel like I’ve been productive even if I’ve only been working on editing the same wedding for three days straight.

Then Josh comes home and we try to squeeze in as much togetherness as my work load can afford.  It’s a confusing back and forth because on one had I’m left to fend for myself and on the other hand I suddenly have someone around 24/7.  Talk about some whiplash.  We’re still navigating how to go between these two extremes in the ways that are easiest and most beneficial for both of us.  For the rest of this Redeemed Tour the art of this back-and-forth will be put to the test.  According to the schedule Josh is gone 4 – 5 days at a time then he’s home for 2 – 3.  As for today and the rest of this week I am Miss Independent, then come Monday I am a Mrs again for a couple of days 😉