2 years....

Wow. It's been over 2 years since I have "blogged". Today has been a day of reflection and planning.... prepare yourself. 

First, and foremost, we had a baby! She is the best thing that's ever even considered happening to me. Parenting is the most humbling experience, and I am so thankful for the journey. 

One of the big "changes" from my previous post was that my Dad, who had Alzheimer's was going into a nursing home in two weeks. Well 2 and a half years later, he has just passed away. He was an incredible man. Watching him slip away over time was an eye opening experience. Our family has never been one to take things for granted, but once Alzheimer's hit, that had a whole new meaning. We knew time was going to get the best of him, and eventually time took its toll on his brain and his body and it was time for him to go. The first thing most people think about when they think of Alzheimer's is their loved one not knowing who they are. Luckily, that didn't really happen with Dad. He still lit up and got a big smile with "that twinkle" in his eye, as he often talked about to us, his students, and his players, when we came to visit. The last smile I got was on January 5th, my 30th birthday, and he passed away 23 days later. Although Alzheimer's decided it was time for him to go, we were so lucky that he knew us all that time, even if he couldn't verbalize it. I think that sort of comforts me with dealing with him being gone. 

Another change is that I have a studio space now! Watch out, your girl has gone big time! It is a little rough around the edges, which honestly is kind of fitting for me. It's been a lot of work getting it to where we want it, but I am so thankful to share it with a friend/colleague/business partner of mine. We bounce ideas off of each other really well. Our kids also play super well together there while we work on it. (Mom life, these things are important!) I really enjoy having a place to call my own and somewhere to shoot when its cold outside. This winter has been more fun than ever! Although I didn't anticipate the challenges it has brought about, I am loving facing them and working around them and hopefully improving every day! That's what life is all about, after all! 

I suppose those three things have been what has kept me from blogging. Every year I am shooting more than ever. What's that quote, "find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life"? That about sums it up. Add a toddler in the mix and you kind of lose time to do a lot of things, at least until they take a nap! Busy is a good thing and I am forever grateful for the things that are keeping me that way. 

Now to get back to "planning" while the wheels are still turning!