I don’t have a lot of words to describe yesterday in Kansas City. Both because it was awesome, and because now I’m exhausted! It was so surreal and wonderful, celebrating the Royals World Series win with over 800,000 people downtown! I am so happy I was able to take the kids and that Trent and I could experience this with them. I have a feeling they will remember this day for the rest of their lives. I know we will! There is something so incredible about cheering for a group of guys who really love the game they get paid to play, and seeing them be so grateful to the community was inspiring. Thanks to everyone who made this day happen! It’s a good time to be living in KC!
It’s a fun time to be living in Kansas City! While I didn’t grow up here, I am a Kansan by birth and that means I am, of course, a big Kansas City Royals fan. I’ve written about the Royals a few times on this blog, even sharing tips for a good time at the stadium when they weren’t a very good team! It’s been pretty incredible to watch our whole area come together around this group of fun, passionate guys who love the game they get to play under the stadium lights. I’m also excited to be seeing our city so prominently featured in national news, with most of it focusing on how awesome this place is and how lovely the people are who live here. Sometimes I can get a hankering to live somewhere else…somewhere more trendy and exciting. But I always end up back here. It’s home. I moved here when I was 21-years-old, fresh out of college. I had my babies here and I married my husband here. I bought my first home here. I started this blog here.
Kansas City is like that cool friend you met when you were younger. It’s flashy at first, especially for someone who had never lived in a big city. But as time goes on, you start to think maybe there is something bigger and better out there. You stray and make new friends, but something about the old ones always draw you back in. And Kansas City is the old friend, who you maybe haven’t called in a while, but when you get together for coffee, you laugh more than you have in weeks. It’s comfortable, it’s friendly, it’s fiesty…it’s home.
Watching our hometown team win the World Series has been such a great thing for our community. On Halloween (photos coming soon, I promise!) we walked from door-to-door, and it was incredible to see so many people outside watching Game 4 in their driveways on big screens. Everyone was happy and having an awesome time. Even though the Royals were losing most of that game, there were smiles on everyone’s faces. This team is the embodiment of everything I love about the people of Kansas City…they have fun, they never give up, and they are good sportsman. And those traits are contagious! There is something incredible about watching your kids look up to a group of athletes with these qualities and know they are taking that in and will remember it for the rest of their lives. It’s such a fun time to be a kid in Kansas City. I’m grateful my two are getting to experience this and it will be a vivid memory from their childhoods.
Thank you Kansas City Royals, for reminding me of why I love this place. Thank you for bringing us together to cheer and laugh and cry and scream together. Thank you for not giving up. We are so lucky to have you as the ambassadors of our little city!
One of my favorite things to do each fall is visit Cider Hill Apple Orchard with the kids. October has been completely nuts this year, with my work, the kids school schedule and extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, this has meant we have missed some of the traditions we usually love to do each fall. But I straight up REFUSED to miss out on apple picking! So one day after school, the kids and I headed out to the orchard and were lucky enough to grab the last of the harvest. Since it was a weekday, they didn’t have all the activities they usually host during the weekends, like apple cider donuts and treats, but having the quiet orchard all to ourselves was more than worth the trip. I ended up making an awesome apple pie out of our pickings, and the kids were excited to much on apples they had picked for about a week.
I’m glad that even with our busy schedule, we made this activity happen. We’re so lucky to live in a city where you can enjoy the best aspects of an urban atmosphere along with afternoons like this one out in the sunshine.
I have such fun news to share! I am now a volunteer photographer with the KC Pet Project! This past weekend I completed my training and shot some trial images as a second shooter to the main photographer. It was a beautiful experience, and I was so humbled by the hard work everyone is doing at KC Pet Project.
KC Pet Project is the largest no-kill animal shelter in the Kansas City area, and they care for over 9,000 animals a year. Earlier this year, my sweet daughter decided instead of birthday gifts to have her friends and family bring toys and food for the animals at KC Pet Project, which we then donated to the shelter. After that incredible experience, I was told about the partnership between local photographers and the KC Pet Project, where you can volunteer your time and talent to help get the word out about these deserving animals. I will be a part of the team that takes photos of the animals, hopefully showing their personalities and warm spirits (which can be difficult to see when they are in a shelter kennel), helping to round up interest online, and ultimately, getting the animal adopted.
This opportunity is so fulfilling, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this incredible team of creatives who are using their talent to help these sweet pets. I’ll definitely be posting more images soon, and keep your eye on both my own Facebook and Instagram pages, along with the KC Pet Project, for more information on how to adopt a shelter pet!
I was so honored and grateful to be asked to photograph the beautiful and talented Sloan! Sloan is a gorgeous dancer, and wanted to do a dance photo session that had an urban vibe. A few years ago we did a fun dance session on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, but this time around we wanted to do something a little different. We headed to one of my favorite parts of Kansas City, the Crossroads District (home of tons of amazing galleries, artists, designers and studios), and the resulting images combine her beauty and our city’s grit in order to create a series that is simply magic!
Sloan is a dancer with Jody Phillips Dance Company and also is a member of the national Tremaine Performance Company. Full disclosure, she also happens to be my niece and I’m crazy proud of her! How someone related to me (the clumsiest person in the universe) ended up so graceful is beyond me! She is so fun to watch, and there is nothing more fulfilling than witnessing someone doing something they love.
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