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Kansas Thanksgiving

Last October, my brother, Preston, became engaged to our soon-to-be sister-in-law, Jill (see photos here). Since my family lives on the east coast and Jill's in Kansas, the bride's family was kind enough to host us at their home for Thanksgiving so our families could meet before the wedding in June.

The Sornsons are awesome! From the moment we arrived at their place in Wichita, they made us feel comfortable and at home. They love to laugh and spend time together as a family, and we had loads of fun playing Apples to Apples, touring a Christmas light display at Botanica (a local botanical garden), and enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving feast. It was wonderful visiting and getting to know each other better, and we left confident that Preston is marrying into a wonderful family.

Enjoy this smattering of images from our trip!

Gina - March 5, 2011 - 21:43

I am so obsessed with the last picture with the blue lights. Sooo beautiful! ^_^

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The McCarthy Family

The McCarthy family will always hold a special place in my heart for being the gracious and patient "test subjects" for our very first portrait session. They are easygoing and so fun to work with, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph their family again this year.

Their daughter, Cate, is still cute as a button and growing up so quickly! And you can't tell from these pictures, but they will have another addition to their family in the spring!

Enjoy the images, and Happy Thanksgiving! :]

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Powderpuff Football 2010

After last year's painful travesty, Stritch '13 (then M1s, now M2s) vowed to clean up the Powderpuff game the next year...and they actually did! Three unbiased, paid referees officiated this year's game, and although they made some controversial calls on both sides (okay...some might say they were fairly incompetent), their presence alone was an indication of the intent to play clean and fair this year for the first time in the game's history. Ultimately, the M2s found that it is much more difficult to win when you decide not to cheat. ;]

The first half was scoreless, but the entire second half was a nail-biter. The Gladiators (M2s) scored an early touchdown, but missed their extra point -- then the Young Bloods (M1s) returned the next kickoff for a touchdown...with their extra point! The Young Bloods remained up one point for the majority of the half until the Gladiators scored a late touchdown. Young Bloods answered with a second touchdown of their own...or so they thought. Amidst their excitement and celebration, they failed to notice that the ref had thrown a penalty flag for a false start just before the play began, and it was called back.

It was clear that the two teams were very evenly matched, but the pressure was on the M2s to win, and they pulled it off.

Final score -- Gladiators: 12 -- Young Bloods: 7

Despite the disappointing refereeing, a good time was had by all, and no one was seriously injured. Thanks to both teams for playing a spirited and entertaining game -- I had a blast photographing it (and I'm sure many others did as well judging by the number of SLRs on the sidelines). Hopefully Stritch '14 will carry on the clean Powderpuff tradition next year!

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Powderpuff 2010 Pregame

Each year it is a Powderpuff tradition for the M2s to engage in some gentle intimidation tactics against the M1s, and part of that tradition is decorating the atrium and anatomy lab the night before the game. Unfortunately, a couple of M1 party poopers discovered the lab decorations early in the morning and tore them all down before anyone else got a chance to see them. So, if you missed out, here's what it looked like.

Click here for more images if you don't object to pictures of an anatomy lab (with completely covered cadavers) being decorated with balloons and streamers
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