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  • Hello Friend…

    and welcome to the blog! I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with Rusty, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just the two of us - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with your cup of tea and begin reading. Enjoy, friends! (Latest posts on the right!) --->

Well, it’s official! I’ve graduated from college and am now working at home. I can tell you right now, if you would have told me just 1 year and 2 months ago that I would be a photographer with a growing business, I would have said you were nuts. I probably would have even laughed. I had NEVER thought of “doing” photography. It literally happened by chance that I would fall in love with it. Or did it happen by fate? Because really, everything that happens is supposed to happen (some may argue with me on this and that’s ok!) so I guess God knew I was going to be sitting at home with a furry little child curled on my lap while blogging about my new adventure as a photographer. (If my cousin, Ashley, ever reads this I’m sure she’s going to be having a field day with grammatical errors…) So here we go!

It’s Tuesday (I’m actually surprised I knew that – now that I’m home my days seem to blend together) and I’m on Day 2 of my dream job. As of right now I’m working in our living room on our table that conveniently pulls up so I don’t have to crouch over and break my back while sitting on the couch. I have my water, laptop, phone, and tons of paperwork already. It’s tax season which means that instead of someone unknown pulling together documents for taxes, I am now my own boss and I am scrambling around getting everything ready for taxes. I can already say that I do not relish this task. O well. There is also an annoying bell that keeps ringing. No, it’s not in my ears. We trained Rusty when we first got him to hit a bell that is hanging from our dining room doors whenever he has to go outside. Although it has helped in him not going to the bathroom everywhere, it is one of the most annoying sounds ever and he uses it to his advantage and rings it whenever he is bored now. There are stairs going from our living room to our dining room so I probably climb 500 steps a day. Bless his little heart, he’s probably just trying to get me to work out more. :)

I’ll be honest, it’s a little frightening exposing myself to the world by blogging. However, (and this may sound totally creepy but I swear, I’m not a creeper!) I literally STUDY other photographer’s blogs daily. Yes, studying blogs is part of my new agenda when working from home…at least until wedding season starts in just two weeks…then I’ll be working my butt off on many other things. So, anyways, like I said I study blogs. It’s amazing how much I have learned just from reading blogs. Every day I check out my favorite blogs:

Lauryn Galloway – She is someone I recently started following and she is awesome. She’s artsy, quirky, and I just love reading her stuff. Also, she takes great photos! :)

Janelle Elise – LOVE her photos. She’s from Minnesota, too, so maybe I’m extra biased but I love her work. Crisp, clean photos every time.

Katelyn James – She is my absolute FAVORITE. She blogs about everything – her newlywed life, her ADORABLE dog Bokeh, her new house, decorating, of course photography, how to run a business, etc. She’s amazing. I love reading her blog because it reminds me somewhat of myself. She started her business when she was 20 and in college. In just a few short years it has literally BOOMED (not saying mine has BOOMED yet…but it will. I have high hopes :)). She holds workshops, mentoring sessions, everything! She writes about her life together with her husband and adorable puppy (he’s part poodle, just like my little Rusty :)) and is so down to Earth that I imagine tons of people (including myself) feel like they know her on a personal level. She is one of the reasons why I want to write more on this blog and let you all in on my life.

I can’t promise you it will be exciting or drama filled,  but I’m hoping you will begin to feel like you know me and that I’m just like all of you – trying to make something of myself in this crazy world.

  • Tracey PorrecaJanuary 9, 2013 - 3:19 am

    I didn’t know you were interested in Alaska – come on up and I’ll be your tour guide when you get here! And thanks for the shout out – I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whoever wrote that song was dead-on. (I just “googled” to see who wrote that song. It was written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle – fun fact of the day!) I look forward to Christmas as soon as December 26th (my big sister’s birthday!) of each year rolls around. I celebrate Christmas in July with the air conditioning turned on high, curtains draped, blankets galore, “Elf” and “The Santa Claus” in my DVD player, and a hot cup of cocoa in my hands.

Christmas is full of traditions in my family. On Christmas Eve, my mom’s side gets together at my mom and dad’s house. Tradition used to be that we would have our big, Italian, sit-down dinner loaded with pasta, meatballs, salads, breads, etc. It was Heaven. However, we have started a new tradition of each adult bringing an appetizer. We’re going on year two (or three?) of this tradition and so far, it’s not too bad. My uncle and aunt surprised us all by bringing our traditional pasta dinner in a crockpot – Christmas Eve just wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without the Italian cooking.

After everyone has settled down with their food, there is usually a lot of talking going on as well as a lot of laughter. I love my family. On a side note, often times I hear of people not getting along with their family or always having something bad to say about each other – I’m so thankful that I was born into such a wonderful family who get along and look forward to seeing each other…

Santa shortly arrives (this year Paul played Santa – we assumed the children wouldn’t notice if Uncle Paul was missing versus their Daddy or Grandpa were missing), gifts are opened and everyone goes home happy, well fed, and full of Christmas spirit. This year, my mom and dad started a new tradition of displaying a slideshow of photos from every Christmas dating back to when my mom and her brothers were very young. We all loved looking at photos of our Christmases and of family members that we miss such as my brother and his wife and children. They have not been home for Christmas in a few years – they were missed so much this year as they are every year. They live in New York which makes the holidays a bittersweet time for our family. But, they are with us in spirit and my brother, sister, and I will remind each other of funny and meaningful childhood memories we had during the Christmas season via text, picture messages (we send bits and pieces of Christmas cartoons we used to watch growing up when we watch them now…weird, I know), and phone calls.

Christmas Day is surprisingly somewhat boring for our family. We each stay home and do our own thing. However, this year, since Paul and I finally had our own house for Christmas, and I finally had a large kitchen to cook in (large compared to our old apartment’s), I invited my mom and dad over for a seafood lunch. Lobster tails, crab legs, stuffed clams, and broccoli were on the menu and it turned out amazing! Mom and Dad have never eaten crab legs so us pros had to teach them. If you’ve ever eaten crab legs without a cracker, you can understand the excitement you get when you pull out an intact, large piece of crab meat. Bliss! Dinner was just the two of us that night and naturally we had pasta. It really was a wonderful Christmas. :)

Now that you know a little about what my family and I do at Christmas, enjoy the photos I managed to take between eating, drinking my favorite wine, and enjoying my family’s company. I hope each and every one of you had a very merry Christmas!

I’m a little late in my postings. With college graduation only a few steps away, my workload has been crushing down on me and therefore leaves me with less time to focus on my photos. With that said, I love sharing photos of my family and giving people a little glimpse of our life. Thanksgiving this year was typical to most Thanksgivings; Paul and I go to Ma and Dad’s and watch them during the final steps of the dinner preparation.There is usually a point where it gets pretty stressful – when Ma is trying out a new gravy recipe because last year’s didn’t work out so well. I am quite happy to say that this year’s was a success! Everything turned out beautiful and tasted amazing!

My sister and her family come over after they are at her in-laws’ dinner and enjoys pies with us. This year Ma made “homemade” pies (pie filling and frozen crust :)). Another success!

In a nutshell, this is what we do. I love our little holiday traditions, however tiny they may be, and love spending time with my wonderful family.