Minnesota and North Dakota in Instagram photos

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Sorry, if you follow me on Instagram, these will be repeats. We took a ton of photos on our trip to pick up the Little Man (of course we did!) I’m still sorting through those. But until I get that done, here’s a peek at our adventures. And by “peek”, I mean more pictures than most people care to look at, ever.

The trends throughout most of these are- rain, open spaces, and general excitement to see each other. And also burgers, but that’s for a different post.

Three Times Twelve- August

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Our family photo for August, and the last we’ll have of all four of us this year.

Curious about Three Times Twelve? It’s pretty simple. Sometime in 2011 I ran across this blog from Tara Whitney. She wanted to photograph her whole family, once a month, for a whole year. (Since then I’ve found a couple other people doing something similar, but she’s the one I got the original idea from). So I decided to do that for our little family. You can find my other Three Times Twelve posts here.

Three Times Twelve- June and July

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We didn’t get a picture of us with Miss Kitty in June. Or possibly we did, but I can’t find it in the 5,644 photos we took that month. So June’s family photo is of Jason and I picking up Little Man at the airport. It’s a pretty tragic photo, but I love it. It shows the giddiness we all felt after seeing each other for the first time in a year.

July’s picture shows us all at the house. Pretty awesome in it’s normalcy. One of my favorites this summer.

Curious about Three Times Twelve? It’s pretty simple. Sometime in 2011 I ran across this blog from Tara Whitney. She wanted to photograph her whole family, once a month, for a whole year. (Since then I’ve found a couple other people doing something similar, but she’s the one I got the original idea from). So I decided to do that for our little family. You can find my other Three Times Twelve posts here.

Randomness

Here are some random pics from the past week or so.

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Shadow family.

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Swim date.

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Angry Birds Theater.

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Teeny helicopter.

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Trying out a Pinterest inspired ‘do.

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Our neighborhood ducklings are looking super cute. I wish they’d stop hanging out near the road though.

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Snuggly morning.

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Soccer.

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Really happy to get back to (somewhat) normal eating again.

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Wizarding 101.

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MK lovin’.

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Big stack of photos printed for Father’s Day.

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We bought this book in West Virginia and he had it finished by the time we got home.

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Banana milkshakes!

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Okay this wasn’t the actual Super Moon. I got my dates confused. But pretty cool anyway.

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Camera shy.

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Foosball.

Three Times Twelve- March, April, and May

I’ve been neglecting Three Times Twelve a bit this year. It’s more like Two Times Twelve sometimes.

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March, at Kennedy Space Center. Which I still haven’t blogged about….

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April, in New York. I clearly am in love with that sweater.

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May, back at home with Miss Kitty.

Curious about Three Times Twelve? It’s pretty simple. Sometime in 2011 I ran across this blog from Tara Whitney. She wanted to photograph her whole family, once a month, for a whole year. (Since then I’ve found a couple other people doing something similar, but she’s the one I got the original idea from). So I decided to do that for our little family. You can find my other Three Times Twelve posts here.

Three Times Twelve January and February

January’s family photo

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And I didn’t get one of all three of us in February, so here’s my favorite of just me and Jason.

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Curious about Three Times Twelve? It’s pretty simple. Sometime in 2011 I ran across this blog from Tara Whitney. She wanted to photograph her whole family, once a month, for a whole year. (Since then I’ve found a couple other people doing something similar, but she’s the one I got the original idea from). So I decided to do that for our little family. You can find my other Three Times Twelve posts here.

Remembering New Orleans Part 2

Here are some more photos from our 2009 trip to NOLA. See part one here.

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One thing that struck me about walking around the French Quarter was the many textures. Everything looked a little worn, but so charming. I took a lot of pictures of the sidewalks, doors, and the sides of buildings. Not interesting to anyone except me, but I loved all the textures.

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Yay Bourbon Street!

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Loved poking around all the tourist trap voodoo stores.

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I took a lot of religious studies classes in college, so it was fascinating seeing the juxtaposition of Catholic symbolism and voodoo icons.

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The way the streets are set up reminded me a lot of Palm Beach. You have the main streets, but you can duck through these ached alleyways and see courtyards with little shops or people’s homes.

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This is a real guy! All painted in silver, except for his socks. Okay, it might seem obvious from the photo, but it’s very disconcerting walking down the street and seeing “statues” move!

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By this point, we were ready for some refreshments and a rest. On to Cafe du Monde. And yes, the beignets really are as good as advertised!

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Some more walking around. Loved all the colors on the buildings.

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Then we went to the Saint Louis Cathedral. It was breathtaking!

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This was, unfortunately, the last of our pictures in New Orleans. The camera was dead, and our phones were on their last legs, so we needed to save batteries.

Pictures we didn’t get to take-

Having a blast drinking hurricanes.
Walking the streets at night.
The front of the Bug Museum.
The fabulous jambalaya and seasoned potatoes.

This makes me so sad, but gives us more incentive to go back there! We had the best visit. Jason’s dad is an excellent tour guide and his brother had us laughing the whole time. We couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Well except maybe more pictures…

Remembering New Orleans

Jason is home this week, so that means we’ve been watching a ton of Super Bowl coverage. The thing I love most is all the great NOLA shots between the commentary. I feel the pull of New Orleans like no other place we’ve visited.

Jason’s dad and brother live near New Orleans, so we knew we wanted to spend a day there during our visit in 2009. But first we had to get there.

We always take pictures at the state borders whenever we travel. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to have someone willing to take our pictures, but mostly we just snap each other.

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The next day, we met up with Jason’s dad and brother. I never got his brother’s permission to put up pics, so this post will be just me and Jason. (John, let me know if you read this!) We ate at the Broken Egg Cafe, which was delicious! You seriously cannot get a bad meal in Louisiana. That is my firm belief. Unfortunately this was before we started obsessively taking pictures of our meals, so you’ll just have to imagine my crawfish omelette.

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Driving into New Orleans.

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The Superdome.

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We walked around the Riverwalk Marketplace, a shopping center by the river.

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Then we took a ride on the ferry down the river.

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Such interestingly shaped buildings.

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I’ve realized that it’s impossible for me to narrow down my photos any further, so I’m going to split this into two posts. Tune in tomorrow for the rest 🙂

Photo Walk: Downtown Nashville

I love downtown Nashville. So. Much.

I’ve spent so many hours walking these streets. Visiting my dad at work. Waiting on busses. Shopping. Going to plays and the museum. Running errands. Running for busses. Running to pick up my sister from school. Running to grab breakfast before work. And yes, falling on my butt once or twice from all that running.

I could write a book full of all the memories I have of this place. But until then, I’ll share a few photos we took when we visited Nashville back in November. I’m so glad we got to spend some time, just the two of us, walking around one of my very favorite places.

We took these in the space of about half an hour on our last night in Nashville back in November. They’re a mix of iPhone and big camera photos that I ran through Instagram with the Hefe filter.

Driving over the bridge.
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This is new, I think.
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I love the mix of architectural styles.
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This is where my dad used to work. I would come here every day after school for years as a kid. As a grown-up I would meet him here for lunch (and sometimes a drink).
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Inside the Arcade.
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I sent off many packages to Jason from here while we were “courting”.
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The ubiquitous Printer’s Alley shot.
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The Batman Building.
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The stadium.
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I could not get enough pictures of the fall colors when we were in Tennessee. 
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Standing on the bridge has special memories for us. This is where Jason proposed.
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Nashville, you make my heart sing.

A year of Three Times Twelve

Twelve of my favorite photos of the year. Even though I look psycho in most of them. Love them!

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Curious about Three Times Twelve? It’s pretty simple. Sometime late last year I ran across this blog from Tara Whitney. She wanted to photograph her whole family, once a month, for a whole year. (Since then I’ve found a couple other people doing something similar, but she’s the one I got the original idea from). So I decided to do that for our little family. You can find my other Three Times Twelve posts here.