Sunday, January 29, 2012

Family Time

One of the best things I ever did was purchase a membership to the Morton Arboretum.  Okay, well that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But, it was still a pretty darn good move!  After just 3 family visits, it has more than paid for itself. There is an awesome children's garden, which we visit a few times each year, great walking paths and amazing colors in the fall!  When we get a huge snowfall, it feels like you are wandering through a fairytale setting! And then, we get to attend cool events like the one this weekend.

Yesterday and today, the Arboretum had an event called Husky Heroes.  A film was shown several times throughout the day about the history of the Iditarod, followed by a series of photos from some of the recent races of the past couple of years. There were Huskies up for adoption and Huskies for the kids to pet.  Finally, a sledding demonstration was held in one of the open fields so we could all get a teeny tiny taste of what it looks like at the Iditarod. Though rather cold outside, i enjoyed every minute. Oh, and did I mention that my daughter loves Huskies?  I feel so lucky to have access to these unique events we get to do from time to time!

On our way to the demos - she stopped to play with the snow and her walking stick

A husky sledding demo

They were just beautiful - resting in the sun before their run

I did not know that Huskies came in more colors than just black and white

Look at those gorgeous eyes!  This is Murphy.

My daughter petting Murphy! She loved every second

Waiting for the "racing" to start

Here comes the first team...

Another team rounding the corner

And riding off into the sun... (note the pink booties!)

What a fun day and a great learning experience for all of us. While I don't think I'll ever head up to Alaska to watch the Iditarod, it was fun to get a small inkling of it here in our backyard.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Beginnings

There's something so powerful about those two words. New Beginnings. We just had one with the start of 2012. While life wasn't really any different on December 31, 2011 than it was on January 1, 2012, in my mind it's all a part of a fresh new start.  A good jumping off point for those things I've been wanting to do for awhile...

* I've started walking and running on my treadmill. Three days on, one day off.  So far so good.  I've now announced this publicly so perhaps that will help to keep me motivated.  :)  I'm also planning to run/walk my first 5K in April in honor/memory of one of my best friends, Sheryl Garrett, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer a little over a year ago.

*I will be working on a new, improved and updated website.  This upcoming May my business will be three years old. I have NO idea how that happened but it's true. So, time to freshen some things up a bit.  That will come with some new pricing, new print options and a few new policies.  Each year has brought wonderful new learnings that I want to put into practice.

*I ordered new business cards that I absolutely love. Check out if you need cards as well.

*I have a new Project 52 underway.  In 2010, I did my first 365 project where I took and posted a photo every day for the entire year. It was an incredible learning experience and I'm so happy I did it. I'm still not ready to take on another one though.  So, one photo a week sounds much more doable. I'm not following any sort of theme. I'm simply taking photos that move me or highlight something special for that week.

*I have a goal to go to be earlier this year - in generally.  While I am a night owl without a doubt, a bed time of midnight every night gets a bit old.

*Finally, I have GOT to be better about posting on this blog.  I can't believe a month has gone by already since my last post. You know how we all have things that we just aren't good at? Well, if I'm being honest, this is one of them.  Regardless, new year, new plans for posting more frequently. Comments help (hint, hint). It lets me know someone is reading my ramblings and encourages me to do more!

So, on that note, it's almost 10:30pm and I'm going to hit the hay. Below are my first three Project 52 images. More to come.

New Beginnings

There's nothing like a close girlfriend to share wine and laughter with!

My sweet, furry baby. I could not possibly love this kitty more than I already do!

Wishing you all the best in 2012!