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Audrey Turns One!

Posted by: Maggie

A few weeks ago, I had a date to take one year portraits of Audrey for our friends Kristy and Andrew. Because they are amazingly cool, they asked to do the portraits at the Santa Barbara Zoo! And because they are such amazingly nice friends they invited Josh and Eleanor to join us AND made us lunch at their place!

The girls had a little play time together before lunch.

Right now their two year difference is a big deal.

Eleanor just thinks Audrey is an adorable baby and Audrey thinks Eleanor is a hilarious big kid.

But in a few years I know they will be the best of friends.

You can check out Audrey’s One Year Portraits over at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography!

2010 Resolutions in Review

Posted by: Maggie

Ok, so I meant to write this post about three weeks ago, but January has just blown by before I knew it. I apologize for being so behind on posting. I’ve been terribly busy ramping up both of my business ventures for the New Year. But I’ll try to get back to regular posting starting this week.

I want to start out 2011 by reviewing my resolutions from 2010. You may remember that last January I decided to get serious about my resolutions and dedicated a post to each. I’ll link to those below in case you want to go back and read them.

1. Lose 10 pounds

Success! I actually lost about 15 pounds and gained a lot of muscle! But ummmmm I have a terrible confession to make. I gained it back since November. Yep, I gain weight so easily that when I decided to not be so strict about what I ate and neglected the gym the weight went right back on! Oooops! Oh, well, I don’t feel too bad about it. Just annoyed to have to do the work all over again. I bet you can guess what will be on my list of resolutions for 2011!

2. Get Serious About Photography

Hell yes! I may have quit my daily photo projects sometime in February, but I sure did master my skills, rediscovered my style (I may write a post on this some day, I have so much to say about it), and got my business up and running. And I definitely surpassed my goal of one session a month!

3. Spend More Alone Time with My Husband

I’m pretty sure I succeeded with this one. If I remember correctly we did have at least one date night a month throughout the year. I think we need to work a little more on this though. You may see yet another repeat for 2011’s list.

4. See Friends Twice a Month

I did pretty okay on this one. The year started strong. I saw friends a lot over the first half of the year, but when my work situation changed in July I just got busy and tired and and visits with friends got fewer and farther between. This definitely had a detrimental effect on me. I need my friends. I just need that outlet to relax and laugh and not be taking care of a kid or a husband for an evening. Can you see 2011’s list forming?

5. Be A Better Friend

Wow, I really, truly failed at this one. This was the busiest year of my life. Even worse than my first year of law school. And I let that get in the way of keeping this resolution. I didn’t return phone calls or emails, I didn’t send the weekly email that I intended. I didn’t see those friends that I haven’t seen in forever. And I feel horribly about it. So, all I can think to do is quote myself from last year and try harder this year:

“I want to apologize to my friends for not being a better friend to each of you. I love you all so much, you don’t even know, you can’t even imagine how often I really do think about you and miss you and want to see you and laugh with you. You each bring something special and important to my life and my life wouldn’t be the same without you! I love you! Sorry I don’t always show it!”

6. Get Happier

This one is a really tough one. And it needs it’s own post. For now I’ll say that I succeeded, after a very difficult year, and not in the way I thought I would. Maybe we’ll talk about it tomorrow. We’ll see.

Overall, I think I was pretty successful. It was a very busy, very tiring year and I think that I made a very good effort. Although, I know I can do better. After all, that’s what new years are for, right?

Holiday Baking Party 2010

Posted by: Maggie

We decided to continue the tradition we started last year, of having a holiday baking party with our best friends Amy & Andrew and Betsy & Justin (Justin wasn’t able to attend last year or this year, but I have faith that he’ll show up one of these years). Just some laughs, food, drinks and baking my favorite holiday cookie-chewy chocolate gingerbread!

I made us cider smashes! My new favorite Bourbon drink! It’s bourbon, sparkling cider and fresh lemon juice-very tasty! And oh so pretty with a slice of apple for garnish!

It was switched from a late night to dinner time party semi-last minute so we opted for some yummy frozen pizzas!

Betsy brought a crudité platter and Amy & Andrew brought a big salad!

I realize that I didn’t get any pictures of Josh or of Betsy. Sorry guys! I think I was a tad too tipsy to remember to take very many photos and apparently to get my camera settings right. All of my photos ended up a little blurred. Ooops!

Thanks for coming friends! I had a great time!

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