Maura and Patrick are past clients of mine (whom I adore!), and I was so excited to get to see them during my recent trip to Florida. We took a few photographs of them to celebrate this exciting time in their lives. We were lucky to be able to take their photos in such a "magical" place ;)
Our family, along with my husband's family, recently got back from a Disney trip extravaganza. I wasn't sure what to expect, but ended up so impressed by the way Disney thinks of everything. Our kids were the youngest and they actually ended up each getting pretty (really) sick throughout the week. But despite the ups and downs, we made some super awesome memories. I realized the same survival rules apply at home or on vacation with toddlers. When they are fussy, put them in some form of water. Ice cream makes everyone feel better. A stroller can save the day (this little "shark" was hands down the MVP of the trip).
This was as close as we got to a decent family photo - sorry Dane.
Again the stoller wins MVP, they actually liked riding together. Best $30 given to Disney.
Maggie and John were married on a chilly but lovely sunshine and blue skies winter day. Their wedding was classy and sophisticated but also full of laughs. I love that these two are brilliant (both doctors), but they don't take themselves too seriously, and their connection is undeniable. One of my favorite details of their day was that they were married at the Basilica of St. Mary but the chose to do the ceremony in the back chapel where the choir sings. It was wonderfully grand and intimate at the same time. The reception was held at the elegant Minikahda Country Club in Minneapolis. And of course every detail was perfection thanks to the amazing Sarah Trotter of Lasting Impressions. Maggie and John, thank you for welcoming me into your lives, and for letting me capture your beautiful wedding day!
Kristin and Jason are expecting their first baby (girl!) and they are so ready and so excited. This is a peek into the world that their lucky little baby will be welcomed into. She may have some competition with Albie the dog, but I can tell their will be plenty of love to go around.
Jessica and Chase were married on a beautiful blue sky winter day. I love everything about winter weddings from the snowy backdrops, to fur coats and warm boots, to the intimate and cozy feeling everyone has once they are indoors. I have been looking forward to this day since I first met Jessica and Chase and especially after I took their Engagement Photos. They are the most genuine and lovely people, and you could see this reflection in their family and friends. They are both studying to be dentists (Jessica took her finals days before the wedding, and remained amazingly unfrazzled). I loved how they incorporated the cute "tooth" cookies and not to forget toothbrushes for all of the guests. Jessica and Chase, I was so honored to be able to capture this unforgettable time in your story!
Today my little buddy turned 4. I can't begin to sum up how fantastic (I think) he is. Here is a glimpse of his story from the past year. This is a scenario that makes sense to any parent... but appears so wrong :) This is what happens when you have a sister. That one might come back to haunt him. Ist day of Preschool. (Sniff) (Wall-E when he is "shut down")
It has been a busy year at the Sewell house, I wanted to share the latest project that we've been working on. I posted a long time ago about our 80's fabulous house that we bought and have been renovating since we took it over. We are always working on something for the house, but most of the time the projects are not very fun (tearing down wallpaper, replacing toilets etc). Finally we have been able to work on a project that we have had "vision" about since the beginning. We have this weird room under our garage that had lots of potential but needed TONS of work. Let me back up to give you a real visual, check out the space when we first saw it.... (yikes.) Not only did we have to "clean it up," we also wanted to make it more structural and open it up. All my husband could see was a basketball court. That is all he wanted, a basketball hoop. Nothing else. So there was about to be some compromise, but I could see the potential as well. First we needed to get these GIGANTIC beams into our room, and the fact that we got them into the house was a minor miracle.
Once they were in, we had to hand it over to the pros to get them in place. Then we (Brad) started the painting/cleanup process. Around this time I showed the room to my son and told him we were "fixing up the new playroom". He took one look at it and frowned and said "mommy, I thought it was going to be "rainbow colors". I knew I need to liven it up, so I came up with an idea that was inspired by a room I had been in at The Bachelor Farmer (an awesome restaurant in Minneapolis). The have a room called the Afghan room where they basically wallpapered the room entirely in afghan blankets. My husband thought I was crazy, so I knew I had to try it. First I arranged the blankets. Then I made friends with something called Super77 spray glue.
Brad still got his hoop. I'm not sure if this room is really for our kids, or just for us, I will let you decide.Finally we got to reveal it to the kids. Their expressions were priceless.
Mini ballers. Happy Dad.
And don't worry, the room will have much more than just one basketball hoop. There are super hero capes, and much more to come.
Stay tuned for more from the basketball court/afghan wall/Peter Pan playroom of our little renovator dreams!