my summer in pictures.

I decided that my last post of the summer should be a little recap of my summer.   Meetings start tomorrow, school starts in a week, and today is my last day of summer.... in a manner of speaking.  i shot this recap completely on my phone.    enjoy..... i know i did.

 stayed up late... usually too late


planned on building a deck (haven't yet) 


 went to a few concerts...... this is from weezer (great show)


went to MASC (see here) and admired these duckcakes that pam made. 


went to milwaukee with some friends for a bachelor party..... congrats seth (left)

 this is vladimir putin, on a horse.... inside joke.

 on our milwaukee trip we saw a father son star trek pair.   nice.


i also found a souvenir jersey for my jesus bobblehead.


i taught summerschool and watched some world cup.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


i went to plenty of royals games. 



 celebrated fourth of july....and ate PLENTY of good food.


helped pam find a new couch


witnessed some awkward toilet situations


 brenna got settled in to her new locale 


found this at Target.   weird. 


did plenty of yard work with only few casualties  


 saw seth and angie get hitched


'played' plenty of foursquare


suffered thru the heatwave (noticed the bottom left number)


 went to memphis and had even more good food.   above and below. 


 pam and i found a HUGE rocking chair.

 it rained for about a month straight..... which has been forgotten due to the terrible heat.

 enjoyed some more good food and have been trying to do so with some better decisions.

moved pam to Liberty!

 pam's new apartment.

another concert (old 97s) 

more royals games

survived a stick-up by Pam's mom.   (in retrospect, those may have been fakes)

 more heat.

got my backyard  looking much better.... there was once quite a brush pile.  still need to rig up a shed door.


the end.


Tomorrow starts year 5 of teaching for me.   I am sure that there will be another update when students come and the year actually starts.... but for now I just needed to say, "so long, sweet summer." 

a true update

After catching up on some of my favorite blogs this evening I decided it was time for an ACTUAL update.  

I did a solid month (noticed I picked the shortest one) of blog posts every day to try and recommit to something that has always felt good to me. Photography is another of those but it has been so crappy out for so long.... ugh.   I enjoyed the month but found myself forcing up posts that probably wouldn't have gone up otherwise.  That's okay, but I am ready for some real content now. 

I just finished reading Josh Solar's blog (probably my favorite KC photographer) update from last week about Fear.   It was pretty gutsy..... which is something I usually am not online.  I am pretty measured and that is usually a good thing.  I think some of that restraint comes naturally from being a teacher and some of it has to do with the fact that I do my best not to post anything that I wouldn’t want my grandma, a student, a co-worker..... well ANYONE to read.  That sometimes leads me not to post things with much depth.... which we all need a bit of now and again.  So here is what is actually new with me.... in categories:

School:  My job as a teacher is fantastic.  I have the great students this semester and feel like I have been more prepared than ever before which is a aspect of my teaching that I have to work especially hard at.  Student Council (a sub category of school) just finished elections and looks like it will be great again next year... and this year still has plenty more action left.

Photography:  My other goal for February was to get a Facebook Fan Page for my photography put up.    I got it launched late late at night on February 28th.... maybe it wasn’t technically still Feb. but I don’t really count a day as over until you have gone to sleep.   This page has been great to get the word out a bit and has even drummed up some business in just under a week.   I already have over 500 fans which kinda blows me away, actually.   The weather is turning back to good again and I am ready to start spending some quality time behind a camera.  It really is a good place to be.  I even have a REALLY big gig in just about 6 weeks (featured in the 'family' section of this post)

Family: big photo gig:  BRENNA IS GETTING MARRIED (that is my sister) and I will be photographing the wedding.  This wasn't our original plan but I am very glad/excited that it is now the plan.   The wedding is really the biggest news currently in the Tholen family.  

a quick Tholen shout out:   MASH Handmade  -   check this place out.  It is my cousin and aunt's shop.

Pam:  where do I begin... this gal is pretty fantastic and every time I get to spend time around her I find more and more that I like about her and that we have in common.  It is pretty great. 

Health: I have been getting to the gym more lately and will be trying my best to keep this up.  Eating better needs to be my next big goal.  For someone who is usually at least marginally successful when I set my mind to something I wish I would just set my mind to this.... less talk; more do....  I teach a class called Nutrition and Wellness for goodness sake.   yikes.

House:  Pam and I had some folks over this weekend and it was pretty great.   It was also nice to get it looking the best it ever has because of this gathering.   It is really starting to feel like a home and I am still a HUGE fan of its location.  I could walk to a royals game if I wanted to.   awesome.

Friends: It is a weird deal being in your 20s and having a job and bills and a social life.  I know people have been doing it forever but I have not.   So it is new to me.  I have had a great month of seeing many of my friends and continuing with some new traditions as well. 


That’s probably enough for now.   Enjoy this weather.

moving is tiring

i don't have any photos to share just yet but wanted to update ya'll.   This week i will get all finished up with my last senior shoot (previewed in my last post - skateboard intensive) and maybe do another shoot if the weather stays nice.  I just got a new lens and i think it is going to be fantastic for portrait shooting.   It is a Canon L lens which is their real high end stuff.   woo!

i have been in the process of moving in and unpacking for a little over a week now.  Owning a home is pretty great so far.  The possibilities of it all are just sort of exciting.   I am hoping to have all my boxes unpacked this week and maybe have a little housewarming event soon.   pictures will also be up soon as we.

i am very excited about this new kitchen and am hoping that it will lead to much use.      

this is a pretty scattered post but i am trying to get back in the grove a bit with it all.      wondering when our first one of these will be:

buying a house!

hey everybody.... big news in this guy's world.

I have been on the hunt for a house for a month or so and it seems like it is taking all my spare time.  The end result will be pretty sweet it seems like.    I am officially buying my first house.   I put in an offer after looking at  a bunch of places and then accepted the seller's counter offer.    My paperwork is now completed and i have an upcoming appraisal sometime and an inspection on Wednesday.   It sure is looking like this is really going to happen!

For those of you from the kc area, my new place is near the intersection of 40 & Sterling right near I-70..... pretty close to Cool Crest or V's or Dixon's Chili..... and very close to the stadiums!

here are a couple pictures.   this first one is just of the house...... i am leaving those flags up.    the second picture is just of an awesome tree that is in the front yard.

My new house!

Tree and yard of my née place

I am not sure if i can call this "my house" yet but every day that is getting closer and closer to the truth!


Hope all is well in your world.