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That was some kind of hiatus.

Hey, fans and friends. Sorry about that ridiculous break that I like to call a disorganized summer. Actually, I focused on spending more quality time with B and spent more time on the stream and playing outside. I can’t really apologize for that.
I left off promising to share some favorites from Hannah and Todd’s beautiful central Wisconsin wedding on June 22nd. ❤

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Absolutely, positively, stunning.

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Todd and Brian have been friends for quite some time- I believe they met in middle school, and they played in a rock band together when I first met Brian! I met Todd when he first came to college- we were in percussion studio together. It was so wonderful to spend this day with our friends.
Sadly, about a month after their wedding, a tornado destroyed much of their church. I’m so glad I captured her dress hanging in front of those beautiful windows- that entire wall collapsed in the storm.
Even though it rained on their wedding day, we were able to spend some time playing outside and truly celebrated this new beginning with Mr. and Mrs. Truesdale! 🙂
Another fantastic June project of mine is something I developed this past winter, that I’ve briefly mentioned in the past. When our Wisconsin State Council of Trout Unlimited asked me to take on the role of chair for their brand-new Women’s Initiatives committee, I agreed, even though I had no idea how to start. Among the many ideas that I had while brainstorming, I was thinking of how I could plant the seed in the minds of girls, so they would grow up informed and connected to the resource. The biggest source of girls in our country? Girl Scouts! There are 3.2 million Girl Scouts in our country, and almost a million of those are adult volunteers. That sounded like a perfect place to start, so I called up my long-time pom-squad girlfriend from junior high, Melissa, since she works for the Girl Scouts.
I started asking questions about water badges, and I contacted TU national’s staff to see what kind of youth resources that were available for me. To make a long story short, the TU staff (Bryan, Franklin, Rochelle) and I developed a curriculum for a three day event, and Stream Girls was born. We took the girls out to a stream for a guided stream walk, entomology, fly tying, casting, and fishing. I have big plans for the growth of this program, as it is a perfect opportunity to create a new generation of informed, educated female citizens… And they’re darn adorable. See for yourself.

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Up next? Kim and Brad’s beautiful Wausau wedding. A perfect transition from Stream Girls, Kim and I met 15 years ago in Brownies. Beautiful bride, fun wedding, delicious 2510 celebration cake, fabulous friends, and lots of laughter.

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Congratulations, friends. Love you.
Bear with me as I play catch up for the next week or so.

Miles this year: 327.85

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Ben and Katie, and Arizona shenanigans.

We flew down to Phoenix for the incredibly hot wedding of our college friends, Ben and Katie. 🙂
So many photos, so little time.

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A nice early flight.

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The wedding day!!

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Twins?

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We had a fantastic time at the wedding. Congratulations, Ben and Katie!!!!
Brian took me to the zoo while we were there. I love going to the zoo! Those animals are so fun to watch. 🙂

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It was 104 degrees at the zoo. That sno cone was the best flavored ice I’ve ever had! 🙂 we spent time in downtown Tempe and exploring the area, too.

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Hot weather running!

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It was a perfect vacation. We slept, relaxed, read, and swam a lot!
I came home to a lot of photo work. It is, after all, WEDDING SEASON! 🙂 I’ll share some photos from Hannah and Todd, then Kim and Brad, but first: a photo montage of summer in the Oberstadt household.

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Gardening…

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A couple batches of chive vinegar…

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Skating, of course…

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Stay tuned for our June and July weddings, some gorgeous family portraits, and all sorts of shenanigans from Lifest, including the 5K. 🙂

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Miles this year: 231.45

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Cute babies, a 15-miler, Paul and Nikki, and a trip to Chicago

What a fun week!
I started off last Tuesday with two fun photo shoots.
The lovely and adorable baby Halle…

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…and the fun staff over at Fehrman Orthodontics.

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I made, quite possibly, my favorite salad so far the year, too! 🙂 …and it was accompanied by juice with fish ice cubes!!!!

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Thursday’s 15 miler was a rough run. I started out with a hot quinoa breakfast. Quinoa, almond butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, a banana, and a drizzle of honey.

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I had a pretty nasty stomachache during most of the run, and didn’t fuel, so I started to feel pretty wiped out near the end. Alas, I pushed forward and returned home, red and ready for an ice bath.

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Thursday night involved a meeting with the DNR, discussing the individual components of their Environmental Impact Study (EIS) in Saratoga.

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The research that they do as a part of that EIS helps determine whether it is legal for them to permit the CAFO to move in. I feel bad for some of those DNR employees- many citizens seem to be mistaken and think that the DNR is there to protect the environment against all evil. The reality is that the DNR can only protect the environment according to the laws that we have in place. If the CAFO will not damage any of the resources enough that it will violate the laws we have in place, then the DNR is powerless to stop them.
On Friday morning, we said goodbye to our love seat. Our living room is now much more spacious. We used that space right away for packing our bags, and we headed down to northern Illinois for the beautiful wedding of Paul and Nikki. A big Americano + a safe driver = a happy Heidi.

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Paul and Nikki are a couple who are so in love that it shines through in all these photos. I’ll let the images speak for themselves…

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That one is of Paul with all the ladies from Adventure 212. That’s the club where I work out, and Paul was a (well-loved!) trainer before his recent move to Rochester.

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Congratulations, Paul and Nikki!
On Sunday morning, we packed all of our stuff back in the car and headed south to Chicago, to visit my aunt, Maureen.

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We stopped at my favorite store down there, Calumet, and looked through all their beautiful photo equipment.

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Maureen was competing in the Chicago Triathlon, and my little cousin, Michael, competed in a kids’ triathlon. They are too cute with their medals!

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We went to a late lunch at Burke’s to celebrate. My cousins, Brendan and Kevin, own that great place!

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Congratulations, Maureen and Michael! We headed home Sunday evening, in the rain.

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Stay tuned for info about this week’s pet portraits, senior portraits, and much more. 🙂

Miles this year: 437.45

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Hoopla’s launch, Chelsea and Jacob, old friends, grandparents, and fresh vegetables!

I’ve had a busy last few days. That kind of busy where I’m so happy that business is booming, but I’d love to go spend a few quality hours in my garden. Maybe next week 🙂
It started Thursday evening with the launch party for Hoopla. Hoopla is the new Central Wisconsin magazine that I shoot for. We had the party over at O’so Brewing, and I got the chance to meet the rest of the staff and writers.

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That’s my editor, Heather, and I 🙂

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There’s a bunch of us!

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There was also some pretty delicious cake.
The vegetables in my garden have finally been approaching ripeness. Tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, banana peppers, and jalapeños.

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I love walking out there to harvest food for our meals.
Here’s a funny and unrelated topic… I was telling Brian that I really need to clean out my purse because there’s a bunch of things that don’t belong in there…

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…mayflies, included. Haha.
Saturday brought the beautiful wedding of Chelsea and Jacob. I’ll never forget the beautiful engagement photos we took of this couple in Seattle last fall.
Their wedding was in Mosinee, and it was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, surrounded by green woods and beautiful flowers from Randy at Evolutions In Design. I love their flowers- always stunning.

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Jacob is a fly fishing guide, so parts of the wedding were fishing-themed- including the boutonnieres!

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The ring bearer even carried up the rings in a little tackle box. Sooooo cute.

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Congratulations, Chelsea and Jacob! We had a wonderful time with you on your gorgeous wedding day! 🙂
Sunday brought brewing beer with our friends, Joe and Mary. Joe writes a fabulous column in Hoopla called “Brew Supply” that covers home brewing, brewery reviews, and the politics of brewing. We would have loved hanging out over there anyway, but we got to call it “work” this time.

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A lot of the brewing process really involves waiting, a.k.a. drinking beer and playing games.

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Even the beer is happy! 😀

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I’ve been watching the Olympics every chance I get, so it’s been some late nights at our house. It makes that 8 am alarm clock seem so early. Self-employment problems, I know. 🙂
I had a car repair appointment on Monday morning, so I had to get my run in “early.” I like to call these types of runs “surprise runs,” since I’m already a mile in by the time I wake up and it’s like, “SURPRISE, we’re running!” I don’t do many of those early runs anymore, but they always remind me of the many miles I logged with my sole sisters, Kim and Nancy. Those ladies had me out running at 5 or 6 am!
Speaking of running- one of the many things that I love about living where I do is that I can run or bike almost anywhere. I love using the term running errands in a literal sense.

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I found a special message on my pharmacy run yesterday.

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Shameless photo of delicious food:

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I’ve had almost the same breakfast every day this week- eggs, avocado, fresh chives, and chopped spinach.
Yesterday was packed with three of my favorite ladies- shopping with my mom, coffee with Amy, and dinner and drinks with Nikki. Too many amazing women in such a short time period. Love you, ladies!

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After all that fun time, I stopped home to visit my grandparents. I love those two people soooo much! Grampie put on his “ears” (hearing assistance) so we could have a conversation. Since his hearing is so poor, we haven’t had a real conversation in a couple years, but we talked all about fishing and he told me some great stories.

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Grammie asked me about fishing, too. She said when I was little, I refused to eat fish because of their “cute little eyes and sad little faces.” Once my grandparents took me fishing up north, I stopped eating my favorite food- Schwan’s fish nuggets. I guess I have always had a soft spot in my heart for fish. 🙂

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I worked for the Almond Tree up in Mercer today. It was a rainy day up there, and I got stung by a hornet!

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I even found a heart-shaped nut.

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We met up with Kim and Mark to go over the details for their wedding this weekend… We can’t wait!!!
I’m off to enjoy more Olympics with my handsome man. See y’all soon! 🙂

Miles this year: 385.7

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From Robyn and Rodney to Kari and Davin, and everything in-between.

Hi, friends:
I’m back and boy, am I in business! I’ll start with last weekend’s beautiful wedding of our Chicago couple, Robyn and Rodney.

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Robyn wore incredible purple shoes!

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They had their flowers done by Inspired by Nature, LLC, and Fawn did a beautiful job.

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Rodney was overcome at the sight of his beautiful bride. 🙂

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We stopped at her parents’ home for some photos…

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…then headed to downtown Wausau!

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Their reception was at the Wausau Country Club, and the scenery was beautiful.

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I’ve known Robyn since junior high school- we graduated together. A few of the girls from the class of 2003 were there!

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Thanks for including us in your day, R & R. You two had a beautiful wedding and a fabulous party!
We wore ourselves out at the wedding, but turned right around on Sunday and headed to the Fremont area for the Oberstadt Family Reunion, complete with plant checkers…

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…picnic tables (and good food!)…

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…and official business. Think “does everyone approve the minutes” kind of official.

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I officially took over as next year’s president. I have to plan the whole shindig! The ceremonious passing of the binder:

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No Oberstadt party would be complete without farm cats!

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I miss my I-subscribe-to-Cat-Fancy-and-volunteer-at-cat-show days.
I started off the week with a bunch of flowering chives in the garden. I put them in a jar with white vinegar, and it turned into delicious chive vinegar.
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I went for my first real post-marathon run. A hot little 3.25er around my neighborhood. I noticed they’re doing a lot of work on the old Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia “house” next to the co-op. We had a lot of good times at a particular toga party in that house! There used to be a marimba on the second floor 🙂

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No aches + no pains = happy Heidi!

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I spent a lot of time painting and cleaning this week. I love that we’re in the stages of home remodeling where I can have fun! I fixed up the old mirror that came with the house.

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We also got the kitchen all painted and trim installed. Almost all of it, anyway. Yay!

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I picked a bunch of black raspberries and made cookies for small group, too. It was so hot, but I turned on the oven anyway.

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I rehearsed with Dale (hello, empty ballroom!)…

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…made a lot of salads and iced tea…

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…went on a pretty long bike ride (Kimmy, I was thinking about you a bunch!!)…

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…baked fresh black raspberry tarts…

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…and painted my fingernails for the fourth of July.

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My inlaws, Greg and Jayne, came in to town on Friday to celebrate a late Father’s Day. I made a delicious dinner and served those tarts. We went down to Riverfront Rendezvous to hear Here Come the Mummies. I had a ton of fun! 🙂
I finished that week of fun just in time to prep for Kari and Davin’s Waupaca wedding. We met these two in college, and they are an absolutely perfect couple.

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They had a little problem with the aisle runner, but that happens all the time! It got a good laugh out of everyone.

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The bride and groom are both musicians, and they had lots of musical friends and family there to help with the ceremony!

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It was a beautiful church on a beautiful day with a hot getaway car!

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Their reception was at Smiley’s in Plover. What a beautiful floral backdrop for these outdoor photos!

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Their cake was so good that I ate two pieces. 😀

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Congratulations, Kari and Davin! 🙂 We’re truly happy for you and wish you a lifetime of love.

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We spent Sunday at the lake for our annual 4th of July celebration, it was just a few days early.

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Mission lake is our spot, and I was accompanied by these two bathing beauties.

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The key to a good lake trip lies in what’s packed in the car. A cooler, fun noodles, and lawn chairs? Perfect.

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After a long day of swimming, reading, swimming, napping, swimming, and laying around, we headed up to my mom’s house for dinner.

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I love seeing family and friends, and I really love spending time with my Grammy and Grampie. Grampie loves ribs, and so does his twin, Sam (the Newfie).

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They’re like two peas in a pod. I skipped the ribs but had all sorts of delicious stuff! My mom made a green salad and my favorite fruit salad.

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I made my seventh annual flag cake…

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…but it turned into upside down cake on my plate. Whoops.

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Have I mentioned that I adore my Grampie? He wins the award for most precious person ever. <;;3

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We raced home from dinner to hop in our yaks- I love watching fireworks from the water. I apologize in advance for how poorly this photo represents the experience, but I love fireworks too much to tinker with the camera at a time like this:

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I started my day with cracking open my last bag of coffee. I haven’t had to buy coffee in six years! I guess I do miss Starbucks. This is the good stuff!

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It’s so hot in our home today that I have been tempering my photo work with bike rides to clear my head and get some air.

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See you later, friends…

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Miles this year: 364.25

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Strawberries, weddings, and bugs.

Hi, friends. 🙂
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. 🙂 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 fiancée, Hannah, works there, too. 🙂 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. 🙂
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! 🙂 I’m so proud. I didn’t know that when you can anything, the jars make little popping sounds when they seal! How cute. 🙂
I’m off to finish some photos before Brian comes home. I’m planning on logging a few miles tonight in the cooler weather. 🙂

Miles this year: 333.5

P.S. Here’s something to think about.

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How many photos can I shoot in one week?

I have had a wonderful reverse taper week. It was filled with relaxing workouts…

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…beautiful sunsets…

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…a visit with my grandparents (and a home-grown orchid!)…

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…new sandals to replace my worn out ones…

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…a graduation party for a friend (Congratulations, Jenna!!!)…

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…and so much more. I am suffering from a post- marathon cold, so I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, sitting in the sauna, and eating a lot of garlic. Sorry, Brian!
On Thursday, we headed out east of town with a few of my TU friends to check out the stream restoration projects that our chapter has in the works on the Tomorrow River. Our future president brought his little girl along for her first kayak ride. 🙂

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After that, we headed over to a little lake for some fishing. 🙂

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After that long day, Brian crashed pretty hard. My cold was bothering me, so we were both happy to be home.

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I logged a few slow miles this week, and one of the highlights was finding a little duck couple in my neighbor’s yard. 🙂

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Our weekend was filled with quite a bit of excitement. It started Friday night, with a Zumbathon. This was quite a fun gig! Check out the content of the dance party…

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I came home from that photo shoot and worked on packing my equipment for the Northwoods. We woke up Saturday morning, packed up the car, and headed to where the freeway ends.

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We had the incredible opportunity to shoot Kyt and Nick’s wedding up near the Michigan border. I’ve known Kyt for almost two decades, and it was wonderful to spend the day with her and see our friends all in one place!

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Their ceremony took place on a dock floating in the middle of the lake. 🙂

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…and they jumped in as the finale!

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Many congratulations to Kyt and Nick! It was wonderful to see your family again, and of course- our friends from Riverside Elementary, DCE Jr and Sr High, and UWSP. 🙂
Brian and I drove south to Minocqua to spend the night, and we enjoyed our Sunday together. I went for a run on the Hiawatha trail.

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Historical and beautiful- it was the perfect way to shake out on a vacation-y morning.

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After a quick shower and stop for coffee, we walked around downtown and stopped at a craft show at Torpe park. We bought candy at Dan’s…

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…gummy candy is my favorite! I especially love those “fruit” slices.
We went to lunch at an awesome BBQ joint.

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It’s one block off the main drag, and worth every penny. The food was good, the people were good, and the ambiance was awesome. I love anything served to me on butcher paper 🙂

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After that awesome meal, we headed out for a couple hours of paddling/fishing/swimming.

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Look, Mom… I can touch my head to my deck!

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Balancing on top of a kayak like mine is harder than it looks- right side up OR upside down!

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We got on the road just in time to catch some of the “returning home” traffic. We were in a hurry to get back for Mary and Joe’s engagement portraits! Brian and I went to college with Mary. She’s our DO sister! Congratulations, friends. 😀 I tried to capture a little of Joe’s personality in my shots. Can you tell?

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After a full day of fresh air, we crashed hard. I only woke up in the night to scratch my 863684894789354636793 mosquito bites. I must have had high blood sugar after all those gummy candies. Whoops.
I’ll have to fill you in on today later. 🙂 I had a lot of photo editing, cleaning and unpacking, router shopping, and some adorable family portraits. Whew! I’m off to bed.
.:heidi:.
PS: If you’re a Wisconsinite, please remember to vote tomorrow!

Miles this year: 328.2

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