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  • Hey there! I'm Carrie and I'm so happy you found me!
    I'm the world's luckiest mom to the most beautiful little girl.
    I have a hard working husband that I'm thankful for every single day.
    I've been a professional photographer for 10 years.
    I love where I live and what I do!

Friday
This flashback goes wayyyyyyyy back.  As in my original logo and only my second wedding.  I loved the pure emotion of this moment and it’s remained one of my favorites through the years.  The bridesmaids made a circle around the bride and said a prayer for the future Mr. and Mrs. and as tears streamed down her face, it became the first time (of many) as a wedding photographer that I cried behind the camera.  I’ve continued to document moments like these through the years the same way, from afar.  It’s important to me that memories like these stay as personal as possible and for me, that means that my camera will continue to keep a comfortable distance.

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Thursday
This post should actually be titled “things I love” or even better “things I love to do with those I love”……but that’s a bit long winded!  My daughter Lillian is turning 11 in a couple of months and I can’t even begin to tell you how quickly time has flown.  I think that when you only have one, you become more aware when you glance back at your old photos (darn you Facebook memories for making me cry on a daily basis).  We never planned on having just one.  While pregnant with Lillian, we bought a table with 6 chairs.  I always envisioned having at least 3 kids.  Sadly, my body had other plans and we decided what a gift we had been given.  Lillian is the perfect mix of myself and my husband.  She has his spunk and my caring demeanor.  She sticks up for what she believes in, but has the biggest heart around.  I’ve been told since her pre-school days what a kind kid she is and I’m not ashamed to admit that she makes me proud.

What I do have a  hard time admitting is that she’s growing up.  When she started spending more and more time in her bedroom alone, I felt the tables turning.  She listens to a lot of music, is always making some sort of craft (heaven help me with her recent love affair of making mounds and mounds of slime) and can often be found talking to herself (you do what you gotta do when you’re an only child).  When she came to me a couple of months ago and casually brought up that one of our favorite bands was touring, I brushed it off.  Bring a 10 year old to a concert that wasn’t a teeny bopper band?  I had my doubts.  It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I randomly decided to look up the ticket prices- only $35 each for seats (I knew general admission was out of the question).  My first concert was New Kids on the Block.  My mom had passed away by that point and when that memory came to my mind, I knew that I wanted to have that memory with her.  I knew that we’d be able to sing the songs together and I knew that her first concert would be a memory that she’d always remember.  So this past weekend, I got to do something fun with someone I love a whole lot (along with a pretty awesome husband who took a half day from work to drive us to the Mohegan Sun in CT and waited for us to get out since it was a mommy/daughter date)…..

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Bonus points that she actually took a selfie with me.  I need to work on her concert confidence……also known as the ability to sing out loud really loudy and be able to get up and dance, but since it was her first concert, I’ll cut her some slack!

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The next day, we decided to head to Mystic Seaport.  The weather was beyond horrible, but the plus side is that there were hardly any people there and we got to take our time (although we were running from building to building each time).  We even headed to Mystic Pizza for a late lunch.  I think Dan was skeptical when I told him about it (he’s never seen the movie) and I probably was a little bit as well.  But the pizza seriously is THAT GOOD.  I think that Rosalie’s Pizza in Bar Harbor, ME will always be our favorite (both for taste and sentimental reasons), but this scored a solid second best so I’d highly recommend it!

 

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Wednesday
It’s that time of the year where I realize I need to start getting back into shape to get ready for wedding season!  I was a pretty active runner for awhile, but last winter was a rough one for me and I never quite got back on the wagon and now I feel like I’m ready to get back at it.  My daughter participates in  Girls on the Run which helps promote not only an active lifestyle, but also helps build confidence which I love.  She’s been doing it for the past few years and this will be her last year at the elementary school (crocodile tears from this mama).  Yesterday I decided that I needed to get back at it.  I usually run at our town’s recreation park since it has a nice loop and it isn’t a boring run since it goes along the Battenkill River.  Max loves going as well once the park officially opens as well since he likes to visit with the park maintenance guys who always call out for him and give him a treat.  Yesterday though, I made the decision to try running on River Road.  Lesson learned.  Mud season and running on a dirt road means that you AND your dog will come home a muddy mess……

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Whenever I start back up with running each Spring, I typically start out by using the Couch to 5K program and I might start using it again, but I think that I’m going to try out just running more than the program has you start off with.  I’m going to stop allowing my asthma (athletic induced) get in the way.  And I’m going to make sure that Max gets to point (he’s a bird dog) at all of the furry animals he sees along the way!!  Happy running!!

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