Happy Snow Day! (Also, it's almost April?!)

This snow came out of NOWHERE. Seriously... no mention of 6-8 inches of snow anywhere! (In my interactions, anyway.) But, I'm not complaining. :) I love snow and we have had hardly any snow days this year! At least none that really lasted more than a day or so. I am glad old man winter showed his face one last time before spring really kicks in! Love! I snuck outside during Sunday's nap time yesterday and grabbed a few quick shots of the snow while standing in our front yard. And let me tell you... I've never missed my 100mm macro lens as much as I have these past few weeks! Snow, spring blossoms (and in the same week... only in Virginia!), and newborn sessions galore! How beautiful these images would have been with such fine detail. It's okay, though. I am excited to have one in my bag as wedding season kicks in in a few weeks. For now, I'm making do with what I've got. :)

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from yesterday:

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Equipment used for this session:  canon 5d mark ii // canon 70-200mm f/2.8l lens

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My favorite iPhone apps + springtime!

Happy first day of Spring!!! As I type this, the sun is streaming through the windows and the sky is a sweet light blue. I am so excited about spring this year. Sunday is loving any chance she has to be outdoors, which means I'll probably be outside more this year than I have since I was a young child! Being outdoors is so good for the soul! I'm really looking forward to the next few months. <3 However, this also means being away from my computer. Which, as we all know, is a good thing... in moderation, of course. I run my business on my computer so I need some good desk time on a very regular basis. However, I am really grateful for my iPhone and all of the great apps I have that help me run a business and household all while getting fresh air at the same time!

Here are a few of my favorite apps right now:

Feedly - As a long time fan of Google Reader, it took me a few months to finally make the full leap to Feedly. I used it on my phone for a while before I finally gave in and started using it on my computer as well. Google is my go-to for work (google hangouts are used for meetings, email for correspondence, and the calendar to basically manage my entire life). The big kicker was that having the google feel to my RSS reader gave me justification to read blogs while working. The feedly platform is designed to look like a magazine - so when I open it I feel like I’m taking a quick break from work (which also helps me keep it short!). I am loving it!

Evernote - I can access my evernote stash on my phone, my laptop, my ipad, and anyone else’s computer if needed. This app has helped streamline my productivity, allowing me to easily categorize client correspondence, grocery lists, and rough draft blog posts. My whole life, organized and categorized with just a click of a button. Anything and everything goes into Evernote and stays there for safe keeping. It’s like my life journal, without secrets.  :)

Buffer - You all can thank BufferApp for diluting my tweets and facebook status updates. I try to spend a minimal chunk of time daily on social media sites (what is a “minimal amount of time,” anyway?), but I also really enjoy sharing the good stuff I find with you. Problem is, I find most of the good stuff in the same 30 minute time frame. Buffer let’s me, well, buffer the status messages and links so that they are shared throughout the day versus all together at 5:45 in the morning. If you are a small business owner, BufferApp is a must-have!

Daily Goals - I just downloaded this app recently. It lets you create 8 daily goals and keeps track of your completion habits over time. I like the idea of a few daily goals because they all seem achievable. Having just a few small tasks to aim to complete every day is both challenging and productive at the same time. Love!

PicTapGo - A brand new photography app that I am LOVING. There are a variety of filters to suit every style and the best part is you can change the intensity of each filter on your pictures (finally! An app that let's me edit a bit more naturally!). As if that's not nice enough, the app remembers the filter recipes you use and makes it faster and easier to edit each image. It's a paid app - but it's worth every penny!

Wisdom Hunters - There are a ton of great Bible devotional apps out there. I love Wisdom Hunters for a couple of reasons. It offers a new devotional reading daily, they actually have a twitter blurb so I can share encouragement with others, as well. And I especially love how deeply it discusses spiritual warfare. I believe this is a real, serious thing happening at all times and I love the gentle reminders to be aware and to protect myself through prayer and reading scripture. Love!

And then of course I use these popular apps just as often as the ones above: Twitter, Facebook, Mailbox, Instagram, Amazon Kindle, Pinterest, Tapatalk, and Vine! (As you can see, I have downloaded Google+ and never use it... :))

What are some of your favorite iphone apps??

Life with Sunday | #gratituesday

Last weekend, something big happened. Sunday woke up only about an hour after I put her to bed. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does our routine usually looks like this:

If her cries are whimpery, pitiful “I’m really too tired to be awake” cries, we let her cry for a minute or so. But if she doesn’t fall back to sleep quickly, I will go into her room and pick her up. In the past, I have sat down in the glider and nursed her back to sleep. In recent weeks, I’ve picked her up and just held her for a little bit until she is barely asleep and then laid her back down.

But I always pick her up.

Until last Saturday night. She woke up and threw out a few whimpery cries, but I knew it would be easier if I just went in and coaxed her back to sleep. When I opened the door I found her sitting up in bed, usually a sign of a larger task ahead. I gently said “Sweet girl, what happened? Can you lay back down?” I patted her little pillow and repeated myself. “Sweetie, will you lay back down?”

And you guys, she did. She did!

She laid back down and I covered her with her blanket and rubbed her back for about 30 seconds. And that was that.

It’s small little moments like these that force me to recognize that she is growing up, and she’s never going to stop growing. No matter how much I LOVE this age and how badly I just want her to stay small forever, she is going to keep changing. It makes me sad, yet so excited. Oh, motherhood. Such a pickle you put my emotions in.

So, today, I am using this Gratituesday to express my gratefulness for life with our precious girl. It is good, so good. I know moments are fleeting and you never know how many days you have with each other. Let it be known that our days with Sunday have been the best days of our lives.

Here are a few snapshots of life with Sunday lately.

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Equipment used for these images: canon 5d mark ii // canon 50mm f/1.2 lens