Friday, June 28, 2013

Photography Friday: Megan & Ben Engaged

There are some warm feelings in my heart toward this session.  Jen and I traveled to Minneapolis to shoot it, where we would simply drive down a street, any street, and point out beautiful backdrops for photos.  Sometimes I miss me some metropolis, but that's another story for another time.  Anyway, we met Megan and Ben at Minnehaha Falls and who knew, in the middle of the city, was a breathtaking waterfall?  The couple was straight up adorable, Megan is just about the tiniest little thing you'll ever meet.  These two just laugh and giggle at one another.  I'm looking forward to shooting their wedding this Fall.

The second reason I remember this day fondly was because Jen and I hit up ikea on the way home.  It was quick and we were on a mission for something very specific but any chance to walk within the walls of ikea is a win for me.  I got paid to wolf down a $1 ice cream and visit one of my favorite places.

But the pictures, lets get on to the pictures.

I told you they were adorable.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Casey's Shower: You Know You're a Nerd When... Alternately Titled: The Urology Department Continues to Mass Populate the Earth

Our dear friends, Casey and Daniel, are expecting their first, a little boy, July 25th.  I'm secretly hoping the baby will wait one extra day and share a birthday with Lakin.  I couldn't be more thrilled to meet this little one.  He's a lucky guy, his momma is one of the best with kids.  That, and Casey and Daniel have enjoyed many meals out and the ease of being childless for far too long.  I cannot wait to hand their kid salt shakers at restaurants, tell him about the monsters in the sky who make thunder and encourage him to eat another cupcake after consuming way too many as it is.  All sweet things "Uncle Daniel" is guilty of doing for our little ones.

Casey loves herself some Harry Potter, I mean what self-respecting person doesn't?  HP for LIFE! In honor of her love for this magical tale of triumph we used it as a theme to plan her baby shower.  I have to say, this might be the most fun I've had planning a baby shower ever.  And you know I love me some baby showers!

Anyway, let's get on to the photos and details.

 Cake ball golden snitches with special ordered gold icing spray paint because my girl, Lindy, doesn't do anything halfway.
 Chocolate licorice wands
 The donut hole sorting hat.

 The full spread.

 Lindy had an impressive amount of decorations on hand thanks to her annual Halloween party.
 Ain't a baby shower without some veggies and dip.
Legit Butterbeer.  Novel, but not as tasty as I was dreaming of.  Beverage contains for real butter, cream soda and butterscotch topping.  Low cal.

 Brynn was a party animal.  She celebrated 2 months that day.

 Nolan rocks the HP glasses.

 Lakin ran like crazy with her buddy, Asher.  Those two entertained themselves the entire party.
 The entrance to the party: Platform 9 3/4.  This lasted all of 15 minutes before Lakin and Asher ripped it down.  This was to be expected.
 Casey and Bennett
 Marisa and Eli
 Rachel and Sam (also 2 months)

 Sophia and Ben chilled out together.  They texted before the party to coordinate their outfits.
 Ellen is a professional baby holder.  Also a closet HP fan.  She tore it up in the HP trivia game.  IMPRESSIVE.

 Courtnie is new to our Rochester Urology family.  We introduced her to the controlled chaos of all the babies and children and gave her a baby to hold the entire party.  We hope she continues to hang out with us.

 Mandy, our experienced Mom of the group, got Casey a certificate for a pedicure because she knows how important it is for mothers to take care of themselves.  She's got four kids of her own and started her career as momma with twins.  Fountain of wisdom!
 Kamber and Bennett bonded.

 Catherine and Sophia, who just celebrated her first birthday.
 Casey is such a cute pregnant woman.
Lindy picked up the perfect onesies for the party.  This baby is destined to love Harry Potter, just like his momma.

Casey will be an amazing mother.  It was so fun to shower her with love and gifts and we can't wait for Baby Yelfimov to make his way into the world.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

awkward phase

Allow me a tiny minute to sound off about crawling.  With Lakin, we couldn't wait for her to crawl.  She was a bit late to the game on this developmental milestone and I was always in a hurry for her to reach the next "baby thing" because I am competitive and somehow in my irrational, first time mom mind, I figured early crawling equaled early reader, great humanitarian, superior being...

Bennett has been crawling for all of a week and I'm straight up sick of it.  Crawling is an awful in-between phase that really cramps a mother's style.  Long gone are the days of plopping little boy down and giving him a few toys, trusting that when I get done curling my hair or cleaning the kitchen he'll be right where I left him.  Now he follows me around the house.  Little fingers run the length of the bathroom door each time I pee, desperately trying to figure out how to open it.

The bathroom is his favorite place to be.  If the door is open he makes a beeline.  All the hair and germs gross me out and so the bathroom is closed to those unable to walk.  I don't want to watch Bennett try to make out with the bathmat, and he will try, believe me.

Every piece of lint, every stray living room pillow feather, every tiny lost morsel from the earlier meal goes in his mouth.  It means I need to be even more on top of cleaning the house, but I don't have as much time to vacuum and sweep since I'm chasing, wrestling, and wrangling this little diaper-clad dude.

Yesterday morning I reheated the coffee four times before giving up.  Bennett knows where every outlet is upstairs, he's personally inspected every cord in the living room.  Who knows how much floor dirt he's consumed.  I'm exhausted.  THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

I remember from my rookie days with Lakin that the crawling leads to pulling up, which leads to cruising which leads to walking which leads to irritating things like climbing, pulling stuff down, and running.  Your days are now spent with a single objective: keep this kid alive.  Which I suppose has always been my objective?  But now it's a whole lot more challenging.

I know it's a phase.  This too, shall pass.  But seriously, crawling is not all it's cracked up to be.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photos by Lakin

Taken by the budding photographer. 

Photography Friday: Mike & Sara

Oh how I loved this wedding.  Mike and Sara were wed at the Mayowood Stone Barn.  Dreamy, you guys.  Seriously dreamy.  It was a beautiful day start to finish with tons of sweet emotion and memorable moments.  Doesn't Sara remind you of Coach Taylor's wife?  Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.  These two.  Love.  Love. Love.

Also I was able to shoot with Jen.  There was some fantastic dance bombing.  A little photo booth action, and some seriously creative work!  Jen, you are so fun to work with!

Forgive the haphazard ordering of these photos.  Blogger had it's own ideas about where the photos should go in this post and I am too lazy to change it.  That and I hear a small child calling for me.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chief Party: A Urology Tradition

Each year, a class of chief residents goes on to greener pastures.  They graduate and leave Mother Mayo for their grown up jobs, or, if they prefer to be punished a little while longer, an academic fellowship.  As a fun farewell, the outgoing class throws a big shindig as a final hurrah.  It's always a fun theme, serious costumes (minus a few jokesters, more on this soon) and an evening with plenty of material for legendary stories told to younger classes for years to come.  This year did not disappoint.

Theme: Pirate of the Perineum 

Oh, Urology humor, how tasteless you be.

Pirates, their wenches, swords, bandanas, missing teeth... all expected.  Chris and his classmates decide to think outside the box and prepare homemade parrot costumes.  In their spare time, read: until 11pm the evening before this gig.  Homemade costumes seem to be expected after last year's Ninja Turtle costumes.  Chris and his three male classmates like to come in group dress to this party.  Unsuspecting victims would get "tutrtled" thought out the night.  Picture being completely enclosed between four sweaty men in turtle costumes dancing frighteningly close.  Our four parrots caught a couple of dance victims this year too.

The birds were malting and paper feathers littered the dance floor by the end of the evening.

 Casey's costume might be my absolute favorite.
 I went as treasure.  It was a same day costume.  Aren't those always the best kind?
 Brian puts on the bird feathers for the first time.
 Alonso was the brains behind this concept.  He took things two steps further with a peg leg and an Angry Bird mask.  Surgeon by day, costume designer by night.
 Daniel seemed to love this.  I have WAY TOO MANY photos of him this evening, posing for the camera, embracing his inner parrot.
 Chris gets a little air.

 There's strength in numbers.
 Unconventional maternity photos.
 A colleague get's a little parrot love.

The class of residents the year behind us.  Went a little more traditional but pulled it off.  Points for baby Sam's pirate costume.