"Pictures on the bed?"

November 14, 2015
Yes, Andrew. Have you not seen ANY of the pictures that I've taken of Chelsea, Alexa, or of me in the past year or two? Besides, it's called lifestyle photography. People take family pictures on their beds all the time. Plus, it's where we get a lot of great, natural light.

Alright, alright. I gotta give Andrew a little break. We have taken about a million family photos in the past six months. I guess he's entitled to some resistance. It's just that I've finally gotten around to making some photo placement decisions in our house and I want current, matching photos. It is SUCH a relief to finally have some plans about my walls that I'm really excited about!

What I love about lifestyle photography is that it captures people as they really are in their natural habitat! These photos are 100% my family. Chelsea is wearing her gray sweater turned inside-out because she wanted to wear a "zebra" shirt.

I posted a bunch of these photos to my personal instagram yesterday and wrote some mushy-gushy stuff about them. Here's what I said about Chelsea:

"I posted on Facebook asking how to approach a "choice-giving situation" when the toddler often won't choose. After posting this, I received a lot of great feedback, but also felt a little silly because although Chelsea and I struggle with this, she is an AMAZING little girl and I honestly feel like I don't have much to complain about. Chelsea is beautiful inside and out. She loves to help, pretend to be different animals, and tell stories at bed time. She is so strong and talented and totally forgiving. Anyone who knows Chelsea is lucky!"

Alexa has always been very photogenic. And kind of a cheese ball. Getting a cute scrunchy-nosed smile from her is not hard. I do have to admit that the bow on her head isn't exactly a lifestyle natural for Alexa, but, ya know...

Here's what I said about Alexa on instagram:

"What can I say about Alexa? She is so smart. She loves people and is so talkative! At the store the other day, she would not stop yelling 'hi' at a stranger until he realized she was talking to him. She loves to follow Chelsea around, but can play independently, too. She is hypnotized into sleep by the song, 'I know that my Savior Loves Me.' She loves dogs and has a little bit of an attitude. She makes us laugh every day and we couldn't be happier to have her in our family!"

The picture on the right makes me laugh because of all the captions you can assign Andrew's face! I told everyone to, in this picture, look at Mommy's tummy, so the caption I assign is "Alien."

These girls are crazy, dramatic, emotional, and down right hilarious sometimes.

Here's what I said about these sweet sisters:

"They yell at each other, chase each other, laugh at each other, hit each other, take toys from each other, play games together, help each other, and love each other. Everything that sisters do best! Every morning they wake up, they're the first people they want to see. Chelsea insists on getting Alexa out of bed and if I happen to get there first, Alexa asks, 'Where's Chelsea?' These girls are lucky to have each other as sisters."

Keep up with me and the fam by following @suesnews_cl on Instagram and Susan Stange Design on Facebook.

Halloween 2015

November 10, 2015
Halloween was a blast this year! I decided to make a Halloween photo booth on my garage which was super fun, but unfortunately, had little use by fellow trick-or-treaters. Oh well! We used it!

We also had our favorite Aunt Debbie come by for pizza and trick-or-treating! It was so fun to have Debbie with us this year! She carried Alexa practically the entire time from house to house to collect candy in her cute little bag and Chelsea made sure to say "Trick-or-Treat" and "Thank you" at every door. Both little girls got quite the haul that they were only too willing to share (really!) The only thing I was disappointed in was the lack of Butterfingers. Oh well. better luck next year!

Alexa was petting the pumpkin and Chelsea thought she was hilarious riding her broomstick backwards.

This picture was before all the candy, so you can understand why the kids faces are vacant of smiles at this point.
Striped background - wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby
Pink Streamers - Hobby Lobby
Broomstick - tutorial here
Witch skirt, cape, and hat - tutorials here, here, and here

Hope you had a fabulous Halloween!

Sunday Goal-Setting

November 8, 2015
The primary purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint's welfare program is "to set up, insofar as it might be possible, a system under which the curse of idleness would be done away with, the evils of a dole abolished, and independence, industry, thrift, and self-respect be once more established amongst our people." - Heber J. Grant, Oct 1936

Our lesson in church today was all about temporal and spiritual welfare. Whereas my spiritual welfare is something that I actively work on every day, my preparedness with temporal welfare is a bit lacking. That's why when I got home from church today, I decided that this week, my goal is to use some of my food storage to make bread.


There are a lot of ways that I know I could improve myself when it comes to preparedness. In fact, there are so many that I decided it would be helpful if I made myself a list! My list consists of building up our food storage, learning how to garden and prepare for one this spring, learn how to cook with food storage, learn how to can, learn basic first aid and gather supplies, learn how to light a fire, create a fire escape plan from our house for me and my family, and some financial goals that I'll decline to share. ;)

When Andrew and I visited his Oma in Texas, she told me a little bit about her experience as a small child being forced out of her home, going from being raised with a "silver spoon," to nothing. She then said to me, "You don't know how good you have it." I try to remember what she said. Tragedies and calamities can happen to anyone anywhere. I want to be prepared so that when any come my way, me and my family can provide for ourselves and anyone else who may need the help.

I'll let you know how the bread making goes. Wish me luck!

Oh, and here's a picture from this week. #kids

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