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{listography} My first…

my first piercing: my ears – age 7

my first tattoo: lower back butterfly – sophomore year of college with Amanda E.

my first drink: half of a wine cooler – sophomore year of high school in Erin P.’s basement

my first car: 1996 – green ’94 Dodge Shadow ES with a moonroof

my first time living alone: freshman year of college – Studebaker Dorm Ball State University with Heather K.

my first apartment: sophomore year of college – apartment on Linden Ave with Heather K. and Amanda E.

my first job: summer before junior year of high school – Columbian Park Ride Operator

my first surgery: gallbladder removal – March 2004

my first child: Chasen – November 2003

my first college major: graphic design

my first hometown: Frankton, Indiana – birth to 8 years

my first kiss: David S. – 2nd grade recess

my first boyfriend: my babysitter’s son, Jeremy S. – preschool

my first “real” boyfriend: Brian W. – sophomore year of high school

my first “real” kiss: Brian D. – summer before 8th grade

my first art award: Scholastic Gold Key Award  and museum show at Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC – junior year of high school

my first plane ride: as a tiny infant to Florida to meet my Grandparents

my first time at a bar: Dill Street Bar in Muncie, IN – 21st birthday

my first concert: Stone Temple Pilots – sophomore year of high school

my first vacation without parents: Spring Break freshman year of college – Panama City, Florida with Amanda E. and Heather K.

my first kiss with Alex: in his dorm room on the futon – October 1998

my first move out of the state: Cincinnati, Ohio with Alex – after college graduation

my first (and only) wedding: June 10, 2000 – to Alex

my first “real” job out of college: graphic designer at Infinity Headwear, Bentonville AR – 2002-2003

my first time as a mom of 2: Kyan – November 2006

my first vacation as a married couple: honeymoon to Walt DisneyWorld – June 2000

my first time buying a car: red 2000 Dodge Durango – 2002

my first speeding ticket: driving home from my aunt’s house with Karla R. – junior year of high school

my first long-term crush: Brian D. – 7th grade through high school

my first pair of designer jeans: True Religions – 2008

my first 5k: walked/jogged in 45 min at Race for the Cure – Fayetteville, AR 2002

my first {rented} house as an adult: Pickadilly St Bentonville, AR – 2002

my first {owned} house as an adult:  Pickerington, OH – 2003

my first time out of the country: Cancun, Mexico – January 2006

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{listography} The ABC’s of me

A – Autism. This wouldn’t have graced my list until a year ago when Chasen was diagnosed…and now my life kinda revolves around it.

B – Blonde. Yes, I change my hair color constantly but I am and always will be blonde…

C – Creative. In every aspect of my life I strive to be creative. Photography, fashion, cooking, interior design, everything.

D – Dedicated. If I tell you I will do something, you can be assured that I will follow through. I can’t stand flighty people who can’t keep their promises. If I make plans with you, I will be there. If I tell you I will do it, I will.

E – Ever-changing. I change my hair because I get bored…not because I am trying to “find myself” or “better myself” or because “I am not happy with myself”. I do it because its a hobby. I do it because I love change. I do it because I love to look back and see all my different looks. I love to be ever-changing…it’s me.

F – Family. There is nothing in this world more important to me than family. I would do anything for my family…and friends that are like family.

G – God. I will openly admit that I am not the most “Godly type” out there but God is and always has been a big part of my life. I grew up going to church, then spent a couple years in high school and college questioning my beliefs, then changed my tune when I was in a really bad place in life at 19…and God sent an angel into my life to help save me. I thank God for sending that  angel (his name is Alex) everyday…and thank him for all the amazing things he has done in my life to date.

H – Hypochondriac. If I find a bump on my arm, I’m convinced I have a tumor. When I feel a little flutter, I think I am having a heart attack. I search for everything on WebMD and diagnose myself. I’m quite often sure there is something wrong with me…and it is usually something rare and unlikely.

I –

J – Juggler. No, not literally…I juggle a lot on a daily basis; 2 kids (one with autism), a husband, a business, church, family, community stuff, etc.

K – Kids. I love them. Always have. I loved to babysit as a child and thought about becoming a teacher. Now I work with children and babies everyday and can’t imagine doing anything else. My own kiddos give me a run for my money on a daily basis (and are likely causing some gray hair; not that you will ever see it) but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

L – Live music. I am one of those people who will go to *just about* any concert and enjoy myself. There is just something about seeing music live that just makes it so much better. I have seen so many bands in concert that I would NEVER listen to on CD but thoroughly enjoyed live.

M – Messy. I am notoriously messy. My closet (aka a whole room) looks like a tornado came through…all the time.

N – Nail polish. I LOVE nail polish. I kinda have an obsession. I (along with Jac) most likely have every color imaginable but yet, we still continue to find more we “just have to have!”

O – Opinionated. Yes, I ALWAYS have an opinion…and I will tell you my opinion. ALWAYS. Whether you like it or not.

P – Photography. Not only am I a photographer for my career…I am always taking photos…of everything…and everyone.

Q – Quitter. Yes, I admit it. I have quit many things in life. T-ball, dance, running (several times), scrapbooking, Avon, graphic design, etc. BUT…there are many things I will NEVER quit…and that’s what matters.

R – Reading. I love to read and always have (as long as it isn’t too boring like mythology or theoretical stuff we had to read in Honors English). I have a stack of 6 books next to my bed that I am currently reading or planning on reading next.

S – Shopping. I love it. Doesn’t really matter what I am shopping for…I love it all…except groceries. That I despise.

T – Television. I’m not sure how people live without it. I love my TV and will not give it up…ever.

U – Unpredictable. I really would have classified this more as spontaneous but my ‘s’ was taken with ‘shopping’. I’m not big on planning things. I am more apt to just randomly decide to go out and “buy a treadmill” or “take a trip to Chicago” or “chop my hair off” or “get a tattoo” on the spur of the moment. Life’s more fun when you just jump without looking!

V – Vacation. I know everyone loves vacation time but I love VACATIONS. I love to travel… getaway… experience new places. I don’t understand people who chose to just stay at home and take “vacation time” to work on their house or catch up on to-do lists. To me, vacation should be a vacation…an adventure…a memory.

W – Wino. Yep, I love my wine. It’s funny because a few years ago I would have said I hated wine and now it tops my list of favorite drinks. Red wine to be specific…but white is good too.

X – XXXIII. Really, there are NO words that start with an X….so there…I am 33. ;-P

Y – YOU. Since this is a list of things about me or important to me…and you are reading my blog…YOU are important to me. (okay, really I couldn’t come up with anything that was a ‘y’ word so I went with this…get over it!)

Z – Zany. Okay, so Z was hard to come up with but I am a bit zany, I guess.

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{listography} I love/hate it when people…

  1. Compliment me on my hair – yes, I know it is different…
  2. Say hi when I pass them on the street – why do we all have to be so grumpy?
  3. Ask if I have lost weight – usually my answer is no but its nice to know you think I look…better.
  4. Ask me for style advice – I would be happy to help.
  5. Randomly text me to say hi – makes me know you are thinking of me.
  6. Comment on my blog – hint hint.
  7. Hold the door open for me when we are exiting a store – its a sweet gesture.
  8. Bring me a sweet treat in the middle of the day – who doesn’t like that?
  9. Send an email after they receive their prints just to tell me how much they love them – its good to know you did a great job.
  10. Offer to watch my kids for a bit so Alex and I can spend some time together – every marriage needs that.
  11. Comment on how we are such a cute family – we try.
  12. Say they are proud of me and all that I have done – I’m pretty proud of myself, too.


  1. Walk by the studio and stare – just keep walking.
  2. Drive with their turn signal on – how do you not hear the clicking?
  3. Look at my autistic child like he is an alien – yes he may not act like a “normal” kid but he is amazing.
  4. Ask me what they should do with their hair – I don’t know…
  5. Say “Man you are tall!” – thanks, captain obvious.
  6. Type really loudly on the keyboard – drives me nuts.
  7. Drink/swallow loudly – the worst sound in the world!
  8. Offer to carry things for me – I can carry my own stuff.
  9. Ask me about my camera – its not the camera that takes the amazing photos…its me who makes them.
  10. Just assume that since I am a photog, that I would love to pose the whole family for a snapshot – not  what I do.
  11. Ask me “How are you doing?” with that ‘i feel sorry for you cause your kid is autistic’ look – we are good, thanks.
  12. Invite us to go out with zero notice and then get upset when we say no – we have kids…and need to secure a sitter.
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Listography: Major Landmarks/ Interesting Places I Have Visited

We LOVE to travel and travel often. Its one of the many things I have picked up from my parents. They travel all the time (in fact, they just got home from their annual 3 week trip to Mexico…jealous!) and we hope to be able to do that as we get older, too. For now, we have to settle for small weekend trips, our annual “summer trip” without the kids, roadtrips with very few plans, etc. As I am currently pining a trip to someplace warm, it got me thinking of all the various places we have traveled already. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that Hocking Hills and Amish Country are both in Ohio…not far from my home and aren’t really “major landmarks”. However, they are special places that have been the destination of some amazing weekend getaways…so they are being included. As are the trips to the ever popular Disney because…well…I LOVE Disney! 🙂

Niagara Falls – New York

Walt Disney World – Orlando, FL

Mount Rushmore – South Dakota

Yellowstone National Park (hiked to the top of a mountain) – Wyoming

Cancun, Mexico (on the beach)

St Louis Arch – Missouri

Salem, Mass

Hammond Museum/ Castle – Gloucester, MA

Hocking Hills, Ohio

The Badlands National Park – South Dakota

Pacific Coast – outside Portland, Oregon

Old Faithful Geyser – Wyoming

The Columbia River, Washington

VooDoo Donuts – Portland, Oregon

Mammoth Hot Springs – Montana

The Alamo – San Antonio, TX

Put-In-Bay, Ohio

Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

Mission Beach – San Diego, CA

Amish Country, Ohio

The Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, PA

Other places that I don’t have photos handy:

  • World Trade Center – Towers
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Sears Tower
  • Washington Monument
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • Los Angeles
  • Hoover Dam
  • Times Square

What would your list look like? How many of these places have you been to as well?

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Listography: Things I love

  • flip-flops (I know they are not “fashionable” but I love ’em)
  • Starbucks
  • reality tv shows (but NOT dating shows!)
  • shopping the clearance racks at Target
  • Diet Coke from McDonalds
  • nights in the hot tub with the hubby
  • margaritas on the beach in Cancun
  • sugary cereal at night
  • chic clicks that make me miss that “falling in love feeling”
  • thrift shopping with my besties
  • changing my hair constantly
  • sappy romantic books with a strong female lead
  • singing the Dixie Chicks at the top of my lungs
  • that 3:00 slap happy hour at the studio
  • red wine in my glass named Nancy
  • my little green Kia Soul
  • freshly painted toenails
  • those first few sunny, 75 degree days in the Spring
  • the look on my kids faces on Christmas morning
  • silly traditions with my family
  • summer weekends at my parents’ house…being lazy by the pool
  • having a tan

What are some of your favorite things?

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Listography: Bands You’ve Seen Live in Concert

  • No Doubt
  • Lit
  • The Cranberries
  • MxPx
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Black Eyed Peas (pre-Fergie)
  • Kate Voegel
  • Live
  • Angel Taylor
  • Counting Crows
  • Dot Dot Dot
  • Meatloaf
  • Big Time Rush
  • House of Heroes
  • Family Force Five
  • Showbread
  • Lynard Sknard
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Hyland
  • We Are Leo
  • Mike Maines and the Branches
  • Switchfoot
  • Anberlin

I know there are more but this is all that is coming to mind right now. Do you know of any I may have missed? What does YOUR list look like?

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Listography: The Things You’re Glad You Did

  • Ignored all of our friends who thought we were crazy to get married at 21
  • Moved to Arkansas (even though I hated living there…we got a kid out of it)
  • Okay’d Alex’s interview with A&F even though we were both “anti-establishment kids” and couldn’t stand A&F
  • Moved to Columbus
  • Started my own business
  • Took the leap to open the studio storefront
  • Gave birth to two amazing children
  • Found a great church and amazing friends at EVC
  • Hired Jackie as a nanny 4 years ago (and got an amazing friend, assistant, and new family member)
  • Apologized to Amanda, who I fired from our wedding back in 2000 and felt terrible about until a couple years ago
  • Had an autistic son
  • Insisted on testing the boys even though no one believed there could be “problems”
  • Learned to ignore what other people think and just be myself
  • Took the position as the cover photog for Columbus Parent Magazine several years ago…it lead to so many great things

What things are you glad YOU have done in your life?


Listography: Things You Think Everyone Should Do if Money wasn’t an Issue

  • own a couture gown
  • take a month to explore Europe
  • take a week to drive across the USA from East Coast to West Coast…off interstates!
  • hire a personal trainer
  • have a photog follow you for a day to document “a day in the life of”
  • donate money to your favorite charity
  • have a 4 course meal at a 5 star restaurant
  • surprise your family with a vacation
  • go skydiving
  • scuba dive in the Caribbean
  • spend $10K in one store
  • buy a brand new car…in cash
  • pass out $100 bills to the homeless in your area
  • rent a yacht for the weekend and explore the seas
  • live on a deserted island for a month
  • take a safari in Africa
  • walk into Tiffany’s and buy your favorite piece
  • buy a couple pairs of designer jeans that fit perfectly
  • own a pair of Christian Louboutin heels
  • drink a bottle of expensive champagne

What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?

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Listography: my bucket list

I am a list person. I truly love making lists. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am constantly making lists of everything. I feel like if you write it down, you will make it happen. So…I thought I would sit down and make a “bucket list”. I’m sure I have forgotten a ton of stuff that I really want to do so I will continue adding to this list but its a good start. Do you have a “bucket list”? What’s on yours?

This year:

  1. Go on at least one date night a month with the hubby.
  2. Keep active on the blog…and not quit after a couple months.
  3. Drink more water.
  4. Run a 5k.
  5. Have a photography show in a gallery (or maybe at my studio).
  6. Take a girls’ weekend somewhere fun.
  7. Get published in another magazine.
  8. Take another family vacation.
  9. Donate blood.
  10. Get another tattoo (or three).
  11. Lose 40lbs.
  12. Attend more networking events.
  13. Go to a strip club. Nope, never been to one.

Before I turn 40:

  1. Spend two weeks in Europe seeing the sights with Alex.
  2. Expand the business  – with a new studio and a small group of employees.
  3. Move into a new, bigger, nicer house.
  4. Publish my first photography book.
  5. Photograph a destination wedding.
  6. Take a road trip from the East Coast to the West Coast with the hubby.
  7. Attend a bachelorette party. Believe it or not, I have never been to one.

Before I die:

  1. Go on a missions trip to photograph other cultures.
  2. Attend New York Fashion Week.
  3. Photograph an A list celebrity (or their child).
  4. See my boys succeed in whatever it is they decide to do.