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In the last month, I’ve flown over 8,000 miles, taken up two new sports (muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu!), got a spanky new tattoo, finished my first real knitting project, and spring finally came to Maine after a long, cold winter! While I did a less-than-stellar job at documenting ALL of it as I went along, I thought I’d share a few bits and pieces…

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Have you ever heard of a holz hausen? It’s a method for stacking firewood in a beehive shape. We were intrigued after admiring the cylindrical stacks of a home we pass all summer long on our way to the farmer’s market. After googling our little brains out, we {and by “we” of course, you do realize I mean “Justin” right?} got started!

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In the midst of our holz hausen intrigues, I ran off and got a lovely new tattoo! Scott at Sanctuary Tattoo in Portland did an absolutely phenomenal job bringing to life my convoluted vision…he is a true artist in every sense! I’m ridiculously in love with it, if that’s not weird to admit out loud?

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And then I made not one, but TWO trips to Texas…there was family and work and play involved, and my brother and I snuck off one afternoon for a quick beer at the famous Floores Country Store

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No trip to Texas would be complete without at least some of my Mom’s menagerie making an appearance…you know how I love the fur-babies!

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I maintain that there is not a THING wrong with the classic white wine spritzer…especially not when it’s 90+ degrees outside!

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My mom snagged this shot of my brother, Mat, and I!

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I got off the plane from Texas to discover that while I was away, the wasteland of mud that was the Maine I’d left behind and gone through a transformation, bursting forth with life and color! I was delighted, also, to find that the many families of chipmunks that we harbor (c’mon…how can anyone resist those adorable cheeks!?!?!?) had left a few of the tulip bulbs I’d purchased at last fall’s Common Ground Fair uneaten! Huzzah!

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Don’t you love that yellow-green that happens in spring? SO bright!!!!

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Gratuitious shot of a favorite nook in our house…this image serves no purpose whatsoever.

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Between trips, Justin and I participated in the Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms!We both have longer races coming up later in the year and this event had distances that worked perfectly with where we are in our training schedules! I ran the 10k on Saturday and Justin ran the 25k on Sunday. What a fantastic event! Seriously, if you are into this kind of thing, check out next year’s race, you won’t be sorry!

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While I was doing the 10k, there was also the “canicross 5k” where people could bring their dogs along for the run! I was so glad Justin snagged some shots of the dogs…HILARIOUS!!!! Please note the absence of a certain fluffy orange and white dog…we would definitely end up carrying her for the last 4.5k and, well, that just gets embarrassing.

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Our efforts were rewarded with water bottles…

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…and BEER! Yay for races that give you beer as an incentive!

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Justin’s training partner, Kevin, was doing this race as well, so he had a partner in crime to get into trouble with over the course of his 16 mi or so! Don’t you love how shaggy his hair is? I love it…it gets totally crazy sometimes which makes me super jealous, and it just fits Justin’s sense of humor so well. He keeps playing with the idea of shaving the top so that it’s an extreme mullet and then walking around downtown Portland asking strangers for directions…don’t think he won’t do it folks, simply for his own amusement.

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And what on earth would be the point of all that running if not ICE CREAM?!?!? Tis the season….

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In other news, we recently decided we needed a living room on our back deck. The warm months here are fleeting and we are initiating a plan of “sneaky fun” this year wherein we squeeze extra joy and fun into every moment possible (such as doing non-computer work on the deck in the sunshine rather than holed up inside my office!)…we think this is a brilliant plan and have purchased new patio furniture to prove it.

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Speaking of orange and white fluffy dogs…enjoy the fluff while it’s there…someone’s getting her summer shave next week!

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Aaaaand, we finish where we started…this time with the completed holz hausen! {It turns out, as we later discovered, that it’s actually NOT the best way to season wood, so we’ve added another cord stacked in the traditional manner, in case you were considering building one of these beauties yourself!}

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Good times, y’all!

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  • MeredithJune 5, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    Look at you two on your deck – so cute! I also love the photo of you in the car before the race! And the nook photo!ReplyCancel

When a forecast of torrential rains looked as though it might derail our plans for Brea and Blaine’s engagement session, Brea took charge and made arrangements for us to shoot at Hidden Pond, where I’m super excited to photograph their wedding next month! We did some brainstorming and had our revised vision in place, only to be gifted with parting clouds and an afternoon of clear skies and shining sun! We had a ball running around the fabulous property and stopping for a cold beer and warm fire in the absolutely stunning restaurant, Earth! These two are just too adorable for words and I can’t wait for their big day in just a few short weeks!!

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Thank you both so much for a great afternoon!!

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  • […] meeting up with Brea and Blaine for their engagement session, I was so excited for their wedding at Hidden Pond in Kennebunk, Maine! Their earnest admiration […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Brea and Blaine were married on Saturday at the GORGEOUS Hidden Pond. Despite a questionable forecast, the day was just beautiful…though that might just have been Brea’s radiance blinding me! I’ll save my gushing, but seriously…awesome. […]ReplyCancel

I met up with Jacqui and Ian in downtown Portland recently and we had an absolute ball wandering the Old Port before heading down to the Eastern Promenade to finish up by the water! Easygoing and quick to laugh, these two fit together so well and are just plain FUN to be around!! I can’t wait for their Damariscotta wedding next month!!!

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Thanks so much, Jacqui & Ian!!

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