Day in the Life : Behind the Scenes

Last week was crazy, and I mean that in the best of ways! Lately my life has been full…so full of good and lovely and wonderful things, both in work and in my personal life, and while it’s amazing, it’s also a bit exhausting. Sometimes, as I’m running from task to task, I find myself getting anxious and I lose sight of how incredible this little life of mine is these days. My kids are finally old enough to be much more independent, I’ve started my own business, what used to be a hobby is now my JOB, and I have the flexibility to have the life I’ve dreamed of…and yet I can get stuck in the hectic busy-ness of it all. I know this is just a phase of life, and I won’t always feel this crazed, but it’s easy to get lost in the list of things to do and the little amount of time I have to do it all.

Day in the Life on Instagram with @crazy_bananas

So last Wednesday I looked at my calendar and decided I needed to find something to be grateful for every, single hour. I had a huge day scheduled. It was April Fools Day, I was hosting Tate’s school Easter party, I had my first newborn photo session of the year, and we had both piano and soccer after school. In between I had deadlines and daily work I needed to get done. I was overwhelmed with all of it, but I had an idea that I thought would help.

Day in the Life on Instagram with @crazy_bananas

I’m a huge fan of Instagram, so I decided it would be fun to do a “Day in the Life” series, where I would post a picture every hour of what was happening in my day. I started when I got up in the morning, and went until my head hit the pillow that night. I posted a photo as Tate exchanged plastic eggs with his buddies and as I arranged a sweet baby in a prop for our session. I shared as I helped Lulu with piano and as I edited late at night when the rest of the house was asleep. I wanted to share my day, but this project was also a bit self-serving. You see, I know the arguments against sharing photos of the “good stuff” on social media. I get it. It’s not realistic to think that every great photo of a beautiful kid smiling in the sunshine is indicative of someone’s entire life. Of course there are bad moments and tantrums in the grocery store. But I decided a while ago to try and focus on the good things in my life, and posting about those happy moments on social media (especially in photos) helps me cultivate gratitude and joy. So, for me, sharing the good moments doesn’t feel inauthentic. It feels like an act of thankfulness.

Day in the Life on Instagram with @crazy_bananas

I shared my day on Instagram under the hashtag #dayinthelifeofmeg, and found the whole experience to be uplifting. It helped me take a crazy day and turn it into a series of beautiful moments. There is a lot of calm amidst the crazy! I also loved being able to share a bit of what my life looks like as a work-at-home mom and freelancer. I think there is a misconception that freelancers spend most of their time in coffee shops, leisurely writing their memoirs or something…and that couldn’t be further from the truth in my case! I work very hard so that I can be flexible and be with my family when they need me. It’s certainly not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

The 2015 Spring Break Epic Roadtrip


This year we had no big plans for Spring Break, but I knew I wanted to do “something.” While I love stay-cations, the kids and I were feeling a little restless, so we decided to pack up the minivan and hit the road. We spent seven days driving over 1200 miles from Kansas City to Denver, with a few stops along the way. We spent a few days in Western Kansas at my sister-in-law’s farm and a few days with our good friends who moved to Denver from Kansas City a few years back. Our girls were best buds before they moved, and it was so fun to see them immediately reconnect like no time had passed at all. We were marveling at how similar the girls were, from the way they walked to their mannerisms, and I’m so glad we decided to visit and give them time to be together. Stopping at the farm along the way was the perfect break between hours in the van, and gave us a change to run around in the fresh air, take a ride on a sprayer, and play with a brand new puppy. I’d say it was a perfect break and one we’ll be remembering for quite some time. Thanks to the Coleman’s and the Coberly’s for their hospitality and letting us crash in their homes and interrupt their schedules!









NYC + KC : Love

nyc+kc love

Another month has passed, which means it’s been another month of NYC + KC! I’m still loving this project so much. My best friend (who lives in New York City) and I (in Kansas City) are posting a photo each day of something in our little universe, and every month we have a new theme (if you want to learn more about the NYC + KC project, click here). I must admit, I did miss a day in February…I just got caught up and totally forgot to post. I knew it would happen eventually, but I’m all about progress, not perfection, so I’m okay with it. I uploaded my image the next day after a little nudging text from Theresa, my partner in this exercise. February’s theme was love, and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing to be doing a project where every day you find something you love to take a photo of and share with the world! It makes for a pretty beautiful month! Some of our favorite images of love from February are below, and wow, it was hard to pick just a few to share. There was lots to love!

nyc+kc love

Be sure to follow along with the NYC + KC Project on Instagram at @nycpluskc! And if you want to play along, we’d love to have you. Thanks to everyone who joined in last month. The theme for March is “happy,” so share those happy images and use the hashtag #nycpluskc so we can see them!

The Weekly Glimpse : February 5, 2015

I Love You Cookie

It’s been one of those weeks, you guys. My kids have been off school a few days recently, and I’m still figuring out how to schedule my new business and work with my life. Last week it was 70 degrees and sunny…

Tate Hike 3

But this week it’s been freezing and snowy. I think it’s giving us all whiplash.

Tate Snow

This past weekend I had a bought of what I can only call depression. I felt like getting out of my PJs was an insurmountable task, and I was on the brink of tears all day long. The weather doesn’t usually affect me like that, but I think the back and forth is harder than the long winters I’m used to. Today the snow is melting and the sun is out, and I’m feeling much better.

Tate Nap Lulu Guitar

Tate Foos 2

I spent most of January starting up my business and handling the back end of things, but February is for learning. And loving, of course. I’m immersing myself in new photography techniques, classes and tutorials, along with writing, writing, writing…and writing some more. My days are hectic and wild, but I’m still feeling as full of joy as I was a month ago, so I must be doing something right.

Cars in the Kitchen

Tate Naps

I hope we all have a restful weekend to recharge and fill up our tanks! Next week I have some fun news to share, and it will be nuts again. But a little good-crazy is what makes my heart go pitter patter!



I feel like we’ve entered a new stage of parenting, the one where the kids fight constantly and treat each other like crap much of the time. It’s a frustrating thing as a parent, because I want my kids to be friends, but I also realize this is just part of growing up. I remember so clearly just despising my younger brother and not wanting him anywhere near me. So, I mean, I get it. But damn, it hurts! When they are cruel to each other, I want to sit them down and shake them and remind them that they are the only two people in the whole world that will ever understand growing up in our weird little family. I want them to have each others backs and know that they are each others teammate. I want them to think twice before saying “I hate you!”

They will learn, I know that. And there are moments when I realize the lessons I’m trying to teach are getting through somehow. Lately it’s right before bed. That’s the one time of day it seems like they realize they are stronger as a unit. My calls of “5 minutes until lights out” are met with giggles from homemade tents. Lucy offers to read Tate a book and he shows her how he can dive off his bed into his blanket fort. Snuggles and laughter and silliness permeate the house, until I have to get stern and demand that everyone get into bed. It’s me against them, in this bedtime battle, but at least they are together. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. Them against the world.

Before bed they usually ask for a song, and it’s almost always “Moon River.”

Two drifters, off to the see world. There’s such a lot of world to see…

“That’s us!” Lucy says to her little brother.







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