January 27, 2020

Coffee Talk Mondays

Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels at home, surrounded by rural living and the raw beauty of nature. I genuinely love what I do, and feel so passionate to share the enthusiasm and joy of these celebrations with you!

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How is it Monday already? Because Alex just started a new two-week rotation today with a very early wake-up call of 4 a.m. (instead of our typical 5:30 a.m.) I decided to sleep in until 6 a.m. Ironically, I feel even more tired! Maybe I got too much sleep considering we went to bed at 9 a.m.? If this doesn’t make me sound like a Floridian or an old person, I don’t know what does… HA! I have a feeling that today will involve a lot of caffeine! So how appropriate is today’s Coffee Talk? šŸ™‚

COFFEE TALK

MOCHA MOMENTS
THE SWEETER MEMORIES FROM THIS PAST WEEK

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WALKS WITH OLLIE

My daily routine gives Ollie and me 30-minutes of walking around the neighborhood together in the morning and afternoon. Before my routine, I didn’t feel like I could enjoy that time with him because I had it as a “chore” in my mind until I made room in my schedule. Now I look forward to our daily walks (unless it’s raining), and I find it hilarious that he’s known as the “pinecone pup” in our neighborhood. HAHA! The kids flock to him and absolutely adore him. šŸ™‚ I have to say that in the right photo, he was pretty proud of himself for finding the king of all pinecones!

2
PENSACOLA ADVENTURES

Now that I’m home with my boys, we had a Saturday off and decided to do a little adventuring down the road in Pensacola! We enjoyed a nice walk with Ollie around the charming neighborhoods close to downtown before checking out a big book sale at the library. You cannot beat $1 books! In Pensacola, there are a lot of great lunch spots, but while Alex worked at the Pensacola hospital last year for a couple of weeks, he indulged in the most delicious pizza called Sky’s Pizza Pie. So guess what we got? Haha! Oh my goodness, it was SO good! We walked off some calories with Ollie around the Naval Live Oaks National Park. šŸ™‚

3
HOME SWEET HOME

Guys. It’s so sooooo nice being home and know that I’m not leaving for a while! <3 As anyone knows, I LOVE working, but I also love my boys. This year, I’m hoping for a little more control of my schedule so I’m not leaving them as often as I did in 2019. I love our pup snuggles!!!

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WEEKEND FESTIVITIES

Wine, mimosas, and girl talk! I value the friendships I’ve gained in my short time here in Florida, and I’m so grateful for each of them!! Especially when late-night talks have me on fire talking about business! šŸ™‚ I love chatting business and bouncing/brainstorming ideas. Although Ollie had a way of intervening. HA!

ESPRESSO MOMENTS
THE BITTER MEMORIES FROM THIS PAST WEEK

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THE IMPORTANCE OF LEASHING YOUR PET

I guess this is the first time I’ve lived in an area where people aren’t so concerned about having their dogs on a leash. Unfortunately, just in the past five months, I witnessed two HORRIBLE dog attacks, one of them this past week. One little dog on a leash with their owner and a large unleashed dog viciously attacking the smaller dog. So much so where the big dog picked up the small dog in its mouth and violently whipped it back and forth while puncturing wounds. The helpless squeals were upsetting, and I cannot help but feel so strongly how important it is to leash your pup. I don’t know if either pup survived the attack, but I hate the thought of Ollie being threatened while I walk him around our neighborhood. 

In fact, a few months ago, I was walking him around a cul-de-sac when out of nowhere, a large dog started running at us while growling and barking. I yelled at the dog while it circled us. Fortunately, it ran off and I’m SO glad because I’m not sure what I would have done if it tried to attack. These experiences make me hold on to Ollie even tighter and not take him for granted. <3 I’m so grateful to have the sweetest dog!!! 

When I think about leashing Ollie, not only am I able to protect him if a vicious dog runs up to us (I’m going to locate some mace to hook on his leash), but I’m also protecting him from running up to a potentially dangerous dog. He loves people and dogs, but he doesn’t know stranger danger. So it’s important from both perspectives. šŸ™‚

Happy Monday, everyone!!

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