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found this amusing…

this is the order i read the Sunday paper in:   Lifestyle, Parade insert (*love this section! It’s like a short version of Reader’s Digest), Celebrate insert (engagement, wedding, birthday announcements in Nebraska), weekly ads, Comics (or ‘Funnies’ as my Dad calls them.)  And the rest of the paper (especially the sports section) goes into Ryan’s pile. I try to avoid news and current events. I’d much rather stay in my happy Stacy bubble. Drives. Ryan. Crazy.


Last Sunday on our way to Aurora for a little Christmas lunch with my Grandma I read the paper…. i thought this comic was pretty funny (maybe it’s just my random sense of humor?) so i clipped it out and put it on the fridge. Hope it makes you at least crack a smile today. : )

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interview with sheila

Sheila lives up the street…. I’m so thankful to have her in my life. when it’s nice weather (like today!  …..55 in december?!), we walk our circus (which includes sheila, myself, sheila’s baby bump, her baby Adam, her orbit baby stroller, their pug, and our dog Tyson). when the weather is less than good, we’ll go to breakfast at the Wigwam, make a shopping trip to Omaha, or do yoga in the living room.  she is amazingly kind, generous, cooks us good food, and has a great sense of humor. we’re two peas in a pod. and I thought it’d be fun to start featuring random interviews of the people in my life to mix it up on occasion. so here’s the first! enjoy!   sheila is also a blogger (forgot to add that to her list of jobs : ) visit it HERE.

STACY: What’s your favorite lounge place in your house?

SHEILA: My BED! I love to stay in bad and watch TV. Drives Andy bonkers.

STACY: Best thing you ever ate? ever.

SHEILA: Ma’s Farmhouse in Greenwich Village. We had a tasting menu—there was cream corn bisque, carrot puree, rare beef tenderloin, cheese plate…. the whole experience was a taste explosion!

STACY: Favorite photo of yourself?

SHEILA: My maternity photos when I was pregnant with Adam. I was HUGE! It was a very cool time.

Stacy: What photo in your own collection are you proudest of TAKING?

SHEILA: This picture of the ocean splashing over the rocks in Maui. Oct 2007

STACY: Farthest from home?

SHEILA: Maui for our honeymoon!

STACY: How many people have asked for your autograph?

SHEILA: Thousands! But I will say 300. After a show, little kids would come up with their paper. So cute.

STACY: Favorite song to sing?

SHEILA: “Over the Rainbow”  It’s a beautiful song. I do the Eva Cassidy version. I last performed it in November, actually.

STACY: If Adam could talk….what would he say RIGHT NOW?

SHEILA: “I don’t have time for this.”

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Crystal K.December 28, 2011 - 3:34 pm

What an enviable neighbor situation you two have going!

stacyDecember 28, 2011 - 5:26 pm

……and I think I wanna take up the piano again! She lets me peck at it whenever I want :)

SheilaDecember 28, 2011 - 9:12 pm

I think my piano misses you. Is it bad that I have to look up the word enviable? Thanks for post! Made my day!

MeganDecember 28, 2011 - 9:44 pm

What a sweet post!!! And I love the pictures! I’ve heard about you my dear, and you are very talented indeed!

WhitneyDecember 29, 2011 - 4:12 am

Adorable! Love this!

the farr children in the snow

hello!!  how was everyone’s weekend? fantastic, i hope!

we had a bit of a crazy week. last week, our plan was to head home to Beatrice, do a lot of work on our rental house and be finished well before Christmas activities started. but…. instead, I decided to come down with the stomach flu mid-week. I was green and barfing with 102.5 degree fever. : (    I was finally feeling better by Friday morning just in time to join Ry for a painting marathon. So that’s what we did Christmas Eve… painted 4 rooms at our duplex. We didn’t get everything done on our list, but painting was definitely the No. 1 task. FOUR Christmases in all. We were so tired when we got home last night that we just had popcorn and clementines for supper. oh……………. and diets start. today.

and for these pics! i’ve photographed these little guys a few times before… always a joy. giggly and smiling. : )

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ShelbyDecember 27, 2011 - 8:17 pm

Love me some Farr kiddos!! These are precious!!!!

Sheila DokulilDecember 27, 2011 - 9:09 pm

These are the cutest kids ever. Like magazine cute!

JessicaDecember 28, 2011 - 2:23 pm

They are soo cute! you did amazing Stacy!

WhitneyDecember 29, 2011 - 4:13 am

How adorable is this! Seriously. I think I need kids now! :)

stacyDecember 29, 2011 - 4:29 am

agreed, Whitney!! : )

merry Christmas [from SI photography!]

once there was a little baby named Lawson. he didn’t like sitting in buckets too well. he got angry. there were tears. but then he fell asleep and dreamt of sugar plums and peppermints. the rest is christmas magic.


hope you all have a very merry Christmas surrounded by LOVE, JOY, HEALTH, and PEACE. God bless you all! I will be out of town enjoying our family’s company until Tuesday. All emails will be answered when I return.

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SadieDecember 23, 2011 - 7:33 pm


You are truely amazing. It means the world to me that you capture such wonderful pictures of my little man. Thanks so much.

BeckyDecember 24, 2011 - 4:19 am


me at age four

i remember this day vividly. I was only four, but I remember this picture being taken. It was Summer… I was wearing this little sailor romper onesie. I think my mom got it at a garage sale and I always bypassed it in my closet and never had a desire to wear it because it had string on it. And string looked just way too complicated for me to put on by independant myself. But we were leaving for a trip… so I decided to try it on. Turned into my favorite outfit! And the sad thing was I went through a major growth spurt right after and only got to wear it one or two times. sad face.   But anyway… we were leaving on a trip and mom took this pic right before we left in our smurf blue T-bird. Arkansas was our designation and they packed me in the back seat with a drawing pad and colored pencils. We stayed at some time share thing and the whole trip was pretty boring as I remember, but I do remember me posing for this picture. weird. and that dumb hair cut. haha  people thought I was a boy until they saw my pierced ears.

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MonaDecember 23, 2011 - 12:02 am

Pretty then pretty now! Merry Merry Christmas my friend!

the pavelka family

such a beautiful day to have fun in the snow! and besides a wicked face plant, Keeley had fun, too.


….guess what’s playing on my 2nd monitor this morning while I edit? : )     ….give up?   Julie & Julia! Santa delivered!

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KristenDecember 29, 2011 - 4:27 pm

thank you stacy for doing a fabulous job caputing my little Keeley as she turned 1 year old!!!

our nest, dressed for Christmas

when I did our major purge last Labor Day, the majority of our holiday decor was included. I had about 17 totes of holiday decor… I know what you’re thinking.   ‘WHAT? HOW?!”  Hand-me-downs and gifts and accumulated items from the clearance shelf at Hobby Lobby. I’m a lot more mindful when I shop now. I paired it down to the basics…   a box for lights, a box for tree trimming, a box for misc. decor to scatter around the house, and a box of wrapping paper.  simple. i like it. and we did a real tree this year. smells SOOO good!! we even made a double date out of it with our neighbors because they needed their tree too! the more, the merrier.

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AmandaDecember 20, 2011 - 7:02 pm

I’m seriously so in love with your home! I don’t know that I will every get our new home to the place where I love it that much, haha. SO MUCH would have to be done.

ashley’s model shoot

creative title, i know. but i have my very first art exhibit coming up in january and thought i needed a nice themed pic for the center. my exhibit will be at the library where several meetings take place a week, i’m told. so, yes! i jumped on the opportunity when the very cute Rita asked me. i’ve been scurrying around looking for beautiful and chunky vintage frames to compliment my work and the largest frame i’ve found (got it for FREE off a porch after an estate sale) holds a 30×40 print. I thought a book-themed image of a beautiful lady would be the only option for the center focus of my display. I’m just lucky enough to have a pretty lady living a couple houses down. thanks, ashley, for freezing your hiney off for me! ….and hank, too. : )


wardrobe by: The Giving Tree  my new favorite place to shop! super unique and rad prices. : )  be there fan on FACEBOOK and see what’s on the racks now!

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MonaDecember 19, 2011 - 3:49 pm

I’ve told you once, but will tell you again that I love these! Can’t wait to see the exhibit!

SheilaDecember 19, 2011 - 6:44 pm

Goodness gracious these are beautiful. BEAUTIFUL!

Ashley ThomallaDecember 20, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Wow! These turned out great. I had lots of fun, despite the cold. Thanks for asking for my help on this :)

MeganDecember 21, 2011 - 3:55 am

Love the bright purple skirt against all the neutrals. Gorgeous work as always!

date night: the Boiler room [omaha]

Happy FRIDAY!  Just finished a very fun session of one of my favorite clients…   things didn’t go 100% to plan, but I’m pretty sure we made Christmas magic today. SO much better than my original plan. : )  Can’t wait to share!


Now for these pics… my goodness. where do i begin?  Ryan would say give me a steak and food I can identify any day. but with a lot of encouragement and an invitation from our friends Andy and Sheila, he agreed to dine at The Boiler Room. Fantastic dining experience. The night was cold and drizzly, but the atmosphere inside was warm and authentic and luxe. It’s set up like a loft… dining upstairs and the kitchen and bar in “the pit” below. to avoid looking like a tourist from mars, i didn’t snap a photo of that, but all the more reason to check it out for yourself! all their food is purchased locally from organic farms and their philosophy is straight from farm to table, keeping food whole and at it’s peak nutrition. delicious and interesting. pictured is what Ryan ate…. rabbit 2 ways for his first plate and chicken with cabbage (safe choice for his palette  haha).

here’s what i left with in my belly:

sliced baguette and farm fresh butter from Iowa

amish duck with shallot vinaigrette, roasted red beets, fresh radish and mixed greens

rare lamb served with fresh pesto, turnip puree, and shitake mushrooms

hazelnut chocolate torte with expresso gelato   **quite possibly the best desert i’ve ever eaten!!

washed down with burgundy wine


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