If we're friends (and I hope we are!), you already know that cocktail hour is a big deal for us. For Ed and me, happy hour is more than just drinks. It's a state of mind. It's almost always a daily Mon-Fri thing, so it's inherently tied to the work day. But it represents the end of the work day. It's a time to gather with friends and revel in relaxation, if only for an hour. It means that we survived another daily grind, and now it's time to let go of the stress, shake it off, and prepare ourselves to kick butt yet again tomorrow. We believe that everyone deserves an hour a day to rest and unwind.
Every year, Ed and I take an adults-only couples' trip with our best friends. We accidentally started this tradition with a quick weekend getaway to Nashville, but we've put more thought into it in the years that followed. This year was our fifth annual trip. We decided on Charleston for our destination, and Ed and I were so excited to finally get a chance to tour this city together.
I've been wanting to do a Behind the Scenes post like this for years! Finally, last year I actually got organized enough to make it happen. Ever wonder what Ed and I are really like on wedding days? I've assembled a collection from last year that will probably give you a good idea. Keep scrolling for a few laughs!
I am a huge reader. I have been my whole life. In elementary school, I was the kid who preferred reading to running around on the playground. In middle and high school, I always had a book in my backpack. I would read in my room after homework. Before bed. I was even the nerdy kid who voluntarily did the summer reading program at the local library. Things haven't changed much since becoming an adult. It's still the only way I can get my brain to turn off before bed! I don't have as much time for reading as I did when I was a kid, but I still find time every day.
Wanna know what Ed and I are doing for Valentine's Day this year? Absolutely nothing. Not because we've been married for over 20 years. Not because we forgot to make reservations. And not because we don't love each other. We just think Valentine's Day is stupid. If you know me, this is not new to you. I've been saying it for years. Love should not be reserved for one day a year. Love is too precious! It should happen every day. So instead, we celebrate our love and marriage throughout the year. Today, we're sharing a few of the ways we make sure our marriage is a top priority!
Happy New Year! I realize that January is nearly over, but I consider the entire month of January to still be the start of the New Year. I mean, we haven't even gotten to experience 11/12 of it yet! This year, I have decided that I'm doing New Year's goals instead of New Year's resolutions. "Resolution" is almost a dirty word these days! So instead, I have written down a list of personal goals and business goals for this year. An actual written-down list. To keep me accountable. And on track. I hope.
Have you seen the Greatest Showman yet? We're kind of obsessed around here. The first time Alex saw it, he said, "well, I've just seen the greatest movie in existence." That pretty much sums it up! We have a family full of performers, so the movie holds an extra special place in our hearts. We're gearing up for our dance competition season, starting this weekend. So I thought it would be a good time to post some photos of my greatest showmen!
Things in our lives are never spaced out. They happen all at once, all the time. I've grown used to it, and I'm completely okay with the patterns of our busy family. So it came as no surprise that our biggest dance competition of the year also fell on PROM weekend!
It's officially dance competition season! If you don't know, we have TWO professional dancers in our house. Our youngest daughter, Jessie, has been dancing for almost 10 years, and our son, Alex, is following closely in his sister's footsteps! Dance competitions are a big part of our lives. We even schedule weddings around them. This past weekend was one of our first ones, and we got lucky enough to be able to take photos!
One of the best things I ever learned while becoming a photographer, and to this day, one of my favorite lines to recite, is that the best camera you could ever have is the one you have with you. Such great advice for any photographer! Hell, great advice for anyone. Also, it could not have been more true for our latest trip to New Orleans, especially since we forgot to pack our cameras.