We don’t get normal family weekends, which is fine, we knew that when we started being wedding photographers. But it can get tough to carve out time during the work week. Balancing family and work has been something we learn year by year, adjusting as we go. Our main focus is, of course, to keep a stable, happy life for our kids and marriage. We meet so many amazing families through our weddings and portrait sessions, and I grill them on how they parent (seriously) which has also helped us formulate our parenting structure and how we manage our life. Something that we have recently discovered is the impromptu outing. This can be tough for our type A personalities. John doesn’t like impromptu decisions very much, and I like making sure we’re efficient with our time. But we have learned to let that go and just enjoy.
Today, we had to scout a location for tomorrow’s wedding, so rather than go by myself I suggested we all go and explore. Of course, I did get the kids dressed awesomely cute (I can’t let go of my type A all the way…) but otherwise, we just went with the flow.
After exploring the site, we parked near Marquette in Minneapolis to get lunch from a food truck, which was a fun adventure all on its own. The Barrio tacos were delish and a sushi truck gave the kids a little pickled octopus (which they did not eat). Feeling a nice breeze and walking downtown on a summer day felt so luxurious!
We found ourselves near Gaviidae Commons, so went upstairs to Cocoa and Fig for some cake pops. Since I wanted to take a few pictures of the kids, we thought we’d get them sugared up.
My plan didn’t necessarily work…they didn’t want to smile, they wanted to eat…so John asked to hold onto their pops for a couple pictures…
…plenty of goofy…no smiles.
They burned out quickly…Lyra wouldn’t stay still and Cooper and Ainsley were SO OVER IT.
Which means it is time for jumping pictures, which then leads to the very last shot…
…awesome, real smiles.
Goodness, we love these kiddos! (now back to editing…)