Traversing girl Jewelry

Y’all need to check out my friend Ashlyn’s jewelry website! You won’t be disappointed. She makes custom necklaces, bolos, rings & bracelets.

TraversingGirlJewelry.com

She’s a Wyoming native, but has called many places home. Her bright & wild spirit shines through these pieces, you’ll definitely want a piece for your collection.

She was actually the winner of a giveaway I did last fall & she was finally in town to cash in on it. We did a little mini product shoot. It was so good to see you Ashlyn! I love this necklace!

Husband— hint hint

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Hello Spring!

If you are from here in Montana, you know that spring time doesn't always mean flowers & blooms. That our rain is more like sleet, and that we sometimes need a winter coat in the a.m. but just a light sweater by afternoon. 

This Robin bird doesn't seem to mind either way. He hops around in the snow just as joyfully as he would the grass. He knows there are worms to be found & I like to think that the snow makes for a more interesting hunt. We could all learn something from him, and all spring birds really. Patience, endurance, gratitude.

This particular robin has been coming into our yard for a few weeks now, I know it's him because of the way he plays with our cat. Such a brave little birdie. My husband and I could watch him tease her for hours, it is quite entertaining. Purcilla, (our cat) is quite the hunter herself, so it is very impressive that she hasn't managed to get him.

I'm hoping to start taking more time to go sit outside and study birds. To observe them and their peaceful, beautiful lifestyle. I've always been fascinated by them, constantly mad at myself for not having my camera on me when I see a hawk on a fence post, or an eagle in it's nest. I think telling you all about this desire of mine will help me motivate & remind me to get out there and do it! I will of course capture some of these creatures with my Canon to share with you all.

Please, follow me on Instagram if you don't already, and help hold me accountable for the idea!  @Grand.Oak.Imagery

Have an amazing day!

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Balance.

It truly is an art in itself.

I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately with the erratic Montana spring weather & the day to day juggle of family & friendships. Yesterday my husband took my two smallest kiddos and I up to our river property on a random whim... it turns out, I needed it more than I even knew.

Being next to the water listening to the geese flying home for the summer was music to my ears. My happy place.

Maeson, (my 5yo) and I, practiced our patience & serenity by building a couple of these rock cairns. He surprised me at how easily he was able to make himself focus. He is normally wild and full of energy that I didn't know existed, unable to sit still for even a second... but when he was given the chance to find balance with his stones, he became a completely different boy. It was beautiful to see him find his calm.

I'm looking forward to many more of these memories, and can't wait to share some of them with you! 

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My hometown

Anaconda, Mt

Population 9,298

Founded by Marcus Daily, in 1883, Anaconda was a popular copper mining town. Montana wasn't even a state back then! Mr. Daily wanted to name the town Copperopolis, but the name was taken already--thank goodness!

If you are ever in the area, you should definitely stop by this little charmer. I want to give you an insider/outsiders guide to the town. You'll want to stay at the Trade Wind Motel, the owners and staff there are amazing & there are mini fridges in their rooms, I believe it's only $80 per night!  Or, if you are wanting to be pampered a bit, go out to Fairmont hot springs... but be prepared to set aside an entire day to just spend out there! They have golf, mini golf, swimming, a slide & a petting zoo!

While you're in town, be sure to check out the historic Washoe theater, that's it on the left. The entire building is a standing piece of art, inside & out. Also, you'll never meet a kinder, more sincere man that Jerry Lussy. He has been the owner there ever since I can remember. He is there to greet you at every showing with a smile on his face, and hasn't changed his prices in ten years. Plus, there is a balcony.

If you're there in the winter, bring your ice skates. If you don't have any, go to Sven's bicycles, they rent them out. Right across the street from the Washoe is the town commons, they freeze it all for skating and decorate the tree, it's magical. Going there is one of my very favorite childhood memories.

Just a half a block up is the Hurst free Library. It is Amazing! Go there.

Washoe Park is beautiful too, plus it has a duck pond, and a fish hatchery.

If you're hungry, there are a few new places in town and a couple of Anaconda classics you'll have to check out. La Casa Tuscana, Barclay's, O'bellas & Donivans are some of my favorites! If you're in the mood for pizza or have children with you, check out the Haufbra. Be sure to ask for some of Pete's peppers!! All of these restaurants are family owned & very original.

I try to go "home" at least a few times a year. My  parents no longer live there, but a couple of my closest friends do & I always love revisiting the past. I have a lot of wonderful memories in this little town, including my husbands marriage proposal.

That's all I have time for now, it's time to put my children in their beds & kick my feet up for the night. Thanks for the read!

Historic Washoe Theater

The birthday girl

 Today my oldest daughter turned seven. I've been her mamma for six of those years, and am in complete shock that it all went by so quickly. This photo was taken of her first thing in the morning on her fifth birthday, I love the shadows, the light, her giant cereal bowl. So much has changed in two short years. She recently asked to cut her hair, she chose an above the shoulder bob, very sophisticated. She is funny, bright, and full of sass. I can't imagine my life without her sweet hugs & kind words.

I love you Miss Marie! Happy Birthday. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It is my sincerest hope that you all enjoy this Thanksgiving to your fullest! 

It's often easy to forget all the things we have in our lives to be thankful for. This holiday is a good day to reflect on our blessings and spend time with ones you love, if possible.  If you are one of the many that find the holiday season to be less than happy, know you are not alone. Also, know that going out and giving to others is also a wonderful way to spend the day. It will leave your heart full and a smile on your face. There are plenty of ways to spread hope in your community. Talk with your local food bank to see how you can help today. A hot meal and good company are sometimes the only thing we need to warm our souls, and the souls of others.

No matter how you spend this Thanksgiving weekend, aim to make it your best yet. 

Cheers! 

 

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People helping people

Fundraisers & mini sessions were made for one another! Especially during this time of year. I mean, it feels good to help others out any day, but it feels extra magical during the holiday season. There is no better time to come together and help a local family. Medical bills are insane & not something any family should have to worry about, during the holiday season or ever. 

If you live in the Bozeman area, call today &  book your mini! I still have slots open for both days.

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Hello November

I opened my door to my surprise, finding winter

reflecting in my eyes.

Beauty, wonder, magic, frost, 

In your days I could get lost.

Hello November, welcome home.

I hope you like your little poem.

My four year old helped me write this. We love winter in this house. Hot cocoa, hot tea, lots of cuddly family time & fun in the snow. These last few days I can't help but feel extremely thankful for my many blessings, but I guess that is what November is for. It reminds us what we have to be thankful for. 

Happy November y'all! May we be grateful this month and always, for the little things in our lives. 

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Be inspired.

There is this girl that I've known for almost my entire life. She is smart, funny, and highly motivated. Whenever I am around her, I can't help but want to be my most creative self. She pushes me in all the right directions, without even trying. It's people like her that I strive to spend time with. A while back, she asked me to collaborate with her on an inspiring project & I finally got to go through all of the photos that we put together that day... the results? Amazing. Fun. Inspirational. I couldn't be more excited for her journey she has set out for herself, or more proud to call her my friend. Also, I love the way our little project shoot turned out! 

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These are a few of my favorite things.

My dad gave me this old camera case. It's leather, and worn, but the zipper works & it's sturdy. The perfect combination of cool and functional. I love it, it shows how much he really knows & loves me. 

This ring on the other hand, is from my incredible husband. 

On Halloween, when we were just teenagers, we shared our first kiss; right in front of my parents house. Eight years later, on Halloween, he drove me an hour and a half back to our hometown for a long walk around our old neighborhood, only to end up in front of that house. It's window panes still needing a fresh coat of paint, and the lilac bush still resting along the fence, with the moon shining through it.

After telling me all the reasons he is thankful to have me in his life, he told me to look up.  As I gazed into the night sky at all the millions of stars, he said he loved me from the furthest one, all the way down to this ring. 

I love a good romance, a fairy-tale ending, or beginning. Wedding photography for me is all about the romance. 

Favorite things.

Favorite things.

There's no place like home.

     I had the chance to spend the night with my parents last night, finally. It seems like I haven't seen them in forever! Life seems to have a way to make the hour drive between us seem more like 1,000 miles.

     Their home is a 1920's original in Butte, America. They bought it when it was a crumbling down shack and they have come so far with making it their own. Sure it still needs painted, and a couple of other cosmetic adjustments, but it is cozy and stylish and so full of history! Also, my mom and dad are there, so it's full of love and inspiration. 

     My parents have traveled quite a bit, and still do. They have all sorts of neat treasures hanging around their house, and I love them all! Each one with its own story. Not your usual tourist finds either, like snow globes or shot glasses. This nifty piece floated up on the beach while they were staying in Ocean Shores, WA this past year. Paired with the old white paint awaiting a new color, I couldn't help but take a photo of it. 

Lost at sea.

Lost at sea.

My Best friend's wedding.

I was blessed with the opportunity to be her maid of honor. It was difficult to not chase her around with my camera all day, but I managed. What a beautiful day. Here is my speech, I'm not the greatest public speaker, but I think it went well enough.

"I'd like to make a toast to the bride & groom.

Kala & I have been friends for 18 years. Side by side, she and I have endured tragedies, and witnessed miracles, all while being each others rock. She is so strong, and so full of love. A dreamer with deep roots. She's your rock now Sam, and you are hers. I know the two of you will weather any storm, appreciate every rainbow, and soak up the sun whenever you can; and I know you'll do it with style & grace. 

Let's wish them joy, patience, and a lifetime of love!

To the Mr & Mrs!"

Taking a moment. 

Taking a moment.