Strawberries, weddings, and bugs.

Hi, friends. πŸ™‚
Taper week is once again upon us.
This weekend was a busy one! On Friday, I met with a new client to discuss details about a photo gig. I’ll post more once I have everything set in stone- but here’s a preview of my new subjects…

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Brian and I wanted to celebrate my newest gig opportunity, so we went to Matsu Ya. I love sushi!

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We headed out to New London Friday night. Since our Saturday wedding was in the Fox Cities, we took the pups to my mother-in-law’s to run to their heart’s content! Abbie has recently taken up sleeping on our shoes. Brian’s nasty work boots and my well-worn Chacos?

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Brian woke up early with me and we went for a little run on Saturday morning. My hamstrings have been incredibly painfully tight for the last few days. I was hoping a short run and good stretch would help.

(For the record, it only helped a little bit. I’m currently trying not to panic.)

On the way to the salon, my car rolled across the big 140,000.

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I made my last car payment this month, too… So that probably means my car is going to start falling apart. :-/
We had a wonderfully warm and sunny day for Katie and Ryan’s wedding. πŸ™‚ Here’s a quick recap of the day through our lenses…

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Congratulations, Katie and Ryan! We had so much fun with you!
Sunday brought an amazing day. We went to Appleton to go to church at Appleton Alliance with Jean, then we ran some errands. I got some pink and lime green maribou! I’ve got some flies that are just waiting to be tied with that pretty stuff. I also picked up a book for small group- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. After errands, we went strawberry picking! I haven’t been berry picking in 10 years or so. The last time I went, my mom and I made a storyboard from berry picking through cleaning and making strawberry jam. I kept thinking about how fun it was! We went to a place near Appleton that Brian’s family has been going for years- and I found Todd!

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I didn’t know he worked there. What an awesome surprise! His fiancΓ©e, Hannah, works there, too. πŸ™‚ Here is our berry picking extravaganza…

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“Strawberry fields forever…”

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Thanks, Cuff Farms… We were the last people out picking for the afternoon. πŸ™‚
Packing up the car was quite an extravaganza- with all of our photo gear, overnight bags, and the dogs… Our trunk was packed to the gills!

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We also discovered that we must have been driving through some pretty buggy areas- my rack is covered!!

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Monday brought unpacking, photo editing (SO MANY PHOTOS!), and processing some of those berries. I made my first ever batch of strawberry jam by myself!

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I wasn’t sure if it would turn out because I didn’t use as much sugar as the recipe calls for- but it’s perfect. Seriously delicious! πŸ™‚ I’m so proud. I didn’t know that when you can anything, the jars make little popping sounds when they seal! How cute. πŸ™‚
I’m off to finish some photos before Brian comes home. I’m planning on logging a few miles tonight in the cooler weather. πŸ™‚

Miles this year: 333.5

P.S. Here’s something to think about.

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