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My youngest turned 4 in January and I usually try to do my kids’ birthday photos as close to their birthday as possible but I was sick of all of her photos being indoors or in snow so I waited until there was a bit of color in our world.

I also try to make sure that their pictures reflect them and what they love and are into.  Since she started ballet this year I asked her if maybe she’d like to do her pictures this year in one of her ballet tutus.  To this I received an excited “YES!” followed by, “Can I wear my orange and pink tutu?!”

How could I say no?

Thankfully my orange and pink lovin’ ballerina happened to get a pink and orange umbrella for her birthday this year, because it was a rainy day and the umbrella made for some cute pictures!

Luckily there was a break in the rain and we were able to wrap the umbrella up…

… and trade the rain boots in for her ballet slippers!

Dressed in her favorite tutu and ballet slippers she played and giggled and I captured what is the pure blissfulness and adorableness of my little ballerina at play…

I love her little foot kicked up in this picture!

A successful play time and some great photos of my little ballerina!

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I can’t believe it’s already been 10 months since I took this sweet little girl’s newborn pictures!

Newborn Photo

10 months older and even more beautiful!

Vintage Lady In Pearls!

We then switched from Vintage Beauty In Pearls to Vintage Bathing Beauty!

One of my favorite photos from this shoot…a big smile for her mama standing off camera!

The bar of soap proved to be a bit distracting to sweet Savannah but it made for some adorable photos!

Yes, that bar of soap was irresistibly fun…and apparently tasty too!

Beautiful Savannah…love those baby cheeks!

And my favorite picture with the bar of soap…the sneaky reach with a face that says, “Oops I got caught!”

Happy 10 months beautiful girl!

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Okay, okay I know I’ve been horrible about posting but seriously it’s been crazy busy.  I know, I know there are a lot of other bloggers out there who are crazy busy too, but I guess I’m just a slacker, haha:-)

A lot has happened since last I posted, A LOT, and it’s left me wondering about Life Exquisite and its future and where its going to go.  Not to mention, my own future and that of my families…but before I get to far ahead of myself lets start from here…

Summer has ended and the kids started back up with school on September 3rd…

Gabrielle and Miranda are still in public school…

…but as I mentioned at the end of the school year last year Pierce has decided to homeschool and Elizabeth is starting preschool from home!

Even though homeschooling keeps me busier and my house a bit more messy then I’d like I’m loving having my boy at home with me.  I wish the girls were here every day too, though I think I may go crazy teaching them all, haha.  But, maybe someday, they do seem to be a bit jealous of all the fun things we do:-)

Even though I haven’t been posting I have managed to get pictures of some of my outfits.  And since you saw what my kids wore on their first day of school I’ll show you what I wore too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I start with my hair down each day but by mid day when I’m doing craft/art time with my kids or running around outside for our “recess” I end up tossing my hair up in a messy bun.  Luckily my hubby is commuting now and doesn’t have to see me in my messy bun on a daily basis.

Say what?  My husbands commuting?!

Yep, that’s the change in the wind I mentioned in the title.  My husband has taken a new job in Minnesota and it wont be too much longer before the kids and I, still wearing our cheeseheads of course, head to The Land Of A Thousand Lakes to join him.  Our goal is the beginning of November before Mother Nature sends her beautiful blanket of snow to make driving and moving conditions less than enjoyable.

So it is not just homeschooling and keeping house that has kept me from posting but also I’ve begun to clear out stuff we don’t want to bring with us and pack things away we don’t need for now.  It’s all kept me very busy thus keeping me away.  It’s also left me wondering just what I’ll do with Life Exquisite in the future.  My hopes are to keep it going but it has gotten very busy, moving/packing aside, and I keep thinking with all this newness my family may need as much of me as possible and distractions, even a small one like a blog, may be too much for now.

I have thought of turning it into more of a personal blog for my family and friends to keep up with the goings on of our new life in MN but they can easily do that through FB also.

I’m really not sue yet, so stay tuned.  Who knows what will happen.  For now I’m excited to share with you our fun things we did for homeschool today on this beautiful fall day which also happens to be…

Johnny Appleseed Day!!!

We kicked off our school morning with an apple hunt!  I don’t have any apple trees so I hid some apples in and around our willow tree for my youngers to find!

Then we headed inside to make apple butter from out harvest!  They helped with the whole process from cutting the apples (with butter knives), to adding the sugars and spices and then stirring it all together in the crockpot!  It was my sons idea to wear pots on their heads like Johnny Appleseed did:-)

All this morning our curriculum was Johnny Appleseed themed with ideas I got from Pinterest like

this and this.  I also got a couple apple themed curriculums from teacherspayteachers.com like this and this.

Here’s how our Johnny Appleseed Craft turned out (We combined this with this, because I liked them having their names on the pot.)…

I even made them an apple themed lunch!  I was planning to just serve them apple slices and apple juice with sandwiches but when my daughter requested pancakes for lunch I couldn’t resist making these!

And before nap and rest time we concluded our Johnny Appleseed unit watching a movie my teachers showed me every year in elementary school and I loved watching it every year!

(Click image to bring you to youtube video.)

So much is happening, the kids miss their dad, I miss my hubby, but luckily we get to see him on the weekends still!  All in it’s been busy but fun.  And today, Johnny Appleseed Day, was super fun!!!

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Wednesday night my daughter and I went to her school and took her 11 year pictures…All I can say is that when I look at these pictures of my 11 1/2 year old my sentiments match that of old Tevye from Fiddler On The Roof and the song, “Is This The Little Girl I Carried” chorused through my head as I edited these photos.  How is it that my baby girl has grown up so fast?!  

She’s no longer a little baby snuggling her blankie and little lambie pie.  She’s a young lady who’s grown very beautiful and of whom her daddy and I are very proud!

Love those beautiful blue eyes!

She made the purse that is featured in both the top picture and the picture below last year in 5th grade out of an old pair of pants for a school project where they were supposed to recycle something!  She did AWESOME!  Recycling at it’s finest!

Gabrielle is going into 6th grade next year so we took her picture next to the 6 on the track!

And because our team is the Rails we had to include the train behind the big 6th grader…

Just because she’s getting older doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy playing still, so we got some pictures on the middle school jungle gym and this is where I captured my favorite pictures…

And as usual I’ve saved my very favorite for last!

Such a beautiful little girl!

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A week and a half ago I had the privilege of photographing this precious little week and a half old baby girl and had so much fun kissing and loving on her the whole time!  Don’t freak out, I wont make it a common practice to kiss and love on all my baby clients but this little cutie is the daughter of my first cousin, Dustin, and his wife, Tina, so I could do that with this little cutie!

Tina had made Savannah a beautiful blanket and wanted to be sure to capture Savannah with her blanket…

Love her dimples in this first picture!

Savannah showed us that she’s all girl and loves to be surrounded by tulle and play dress up already…

And like any girl is oh so pretty in pink!!!

 Love this sweet little baby yawn with big out stretched arms!

I saved my favorite for last!  I absolute LOVE this smile that I captured!  It is just too ADORABLE!!!

I sure do love this new little cousin of mine!  And have been so excited to show her off to all of you!

Congratulations, Dustin and Tina, she is so sweet and beautiful!

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(Blouse – Francesca’s, Skinnies – Old Navy – Eau Claire, Earrings – Claire’sNecklace & Chevron Bangles – Urban Peach Boutique, Shoes – Gift)

Sorry I’ve been absent this week, I’ve been off in Minnesota having fun with my kids at my grandpa and grandma’s!  While I was out we had such a great week going to Como Zoo & The Children’s Museum, visiting local parks and other fun outings.  We ate lots of good food and best of all we were able to spend time with Grandpa and Grandma!  It was a super, super fun week!

But I am back home to computer and internet and I have one of my favorite outfits of the summer to share with you!  The blouse is definitely my favorite this year, it’s been worn many, many times and on most slightly cool days that have called for a pair of jeans I have worn this very outfit!  It’s bright and fun and I LOVE it!

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(Tee – Revamped by Me, Tank similar – C/O Old Navy – Eau Claire, Shorts – American Eagle, Sandals – Maurices, Earrings – Charlotte RusseNecklace – Urban Peach Boutique)

It’s been extremely hot here.  Well maybe not so hot but extremely muggy and on Monday it left me wanting to wear something loose, baggy and comfy that wasn’t too dressy.  I have loose and baggy shirts but most of them are silky, blousey type shirts, which are my fave, but on Monday, I wanted a cute t-shirt that was loose and baggy yet still chic.

Looking around and feeling discontent with what I saw in my closet I decided to just make something myself!  I took an old t-shirt that has been siting in a bag in my closet for quite a while and was still wearing its tags.  Yep, it’s never been worn.  The reason it’s never been worn is because I bought it in a large because at the time I bought it I thought it would be really comfy to have this huge oversized t-shirt for camping, but even for camping I am just not a t-shirt kind of gal.  I like even my basic tees to have some design and cuteness.  Yeah, I’m a bit silly that way.  Call me crazy!

Any-who… It sat in my closet unworn until I had this wonderful epiphany on Monday to turn it into this cute little shirt with a slightly cropped front and extended back!  I also love the tied sleeves, though I’ll admit that is not my own idea.  However, I still feel I get bragging rights for this idea as a whole and can’t wait to pair it with my black maxi skirt.  Maybe I’ll do that for church on Sunday!

I’m thinking of blogging a tutorial on how to make this shirt.  If you are interested in learning how all you have to do is like this post. 5 likes and you’ll get a tutorial on Friday!!!

 I happen to have bought a second large tee in turquoise at the same time and am pretty sure I’ll be making that an extended back cropped tee also!

*Hooking up with The Pleated Poppy @

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