Family Friday | Run Laughlin Half Marathon

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Happy Friday!  We all have lots of different interests and hobbies.  What are some of yours? For me, one of these is running.  I may not be the fastest or the best runner, but running is something that I enjoy doing and make it a priority in my life.  I run about 3 days a week and I love signing up for races! My favorite distance is the half marathon.  I wasn't always a runner, though and the idea of running 13.1 miles was a joke! But,  I actually started running about 5 years ago and have been at it ever since.  Earlier this month I ran my 12th half marathon, the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, and it was super exciting too because this was Jason's 2nd half marathon and I was looking forward to running together for part of the race and and seeing him cross that finish line! 

We took off on Friday afternoon to Laughlin, NV, which is about 1.5 hrs away from Vegas and we stayed at the Tropicana Laughlin, which was offering rooms at a special rate for runners, woohoo!  We were running the race with a few other friends, so it was nice to have a carb loading dinner all together.  The race went really well.  If you're interested you can read all about that on my personal lifestyle blog HERE.  After the race, we had our obligatory free beer, grabbed some In N Out (protein style for me) and headed back home to meet up with our kiddos! 

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It was a quick trip but we enjoyed the long drive together chatting without distractions and just enjoying each other's company.  Plus, it was so nice to run my last race of the year with Jason, my #1 supporter!  He always goes along with all my crazy ideas, like planning family vacations and long "romantic" getaways around my half marathon schedule! He is really my biggest supporter so, it felt so great to be at the finish line cheering him on, just like he does for me!  I am so grateful to have him cheering me on, not just at races, but in life.  XO 

Who's your biggest supporter? The person who truly believes in all your crazy endeavors and will always have your back? 

Family Friday | Downtown Las Vegas Family Portraits

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For the past 5 years, I have been photographing Hollie and her amazing kids (well, Bryden isn't a kid anymore!) Let me tell ya, it never gets old! I absolutely love seeing little M get sassier each year.  This year, Hollie wanted to capture a bit more of an urban vibe, so we chose the colorful walls of downtown Las Vegas for our backdrop.  I think the family's outfit choices of black with the pop of pink went really well with the overall look Hollie was going for and I can't wait to see how she uses these for her new gallery wall! 

Yearly family photos are such a beautiful tradition.  Not only do you get fresh new photos for holiday cards, but they are a such a fun way to wrap up the year!  These photos will be cherished throughout the years and serve as visual reminders to your memories.  

Hollie: thanks again for letting me share in this tradition with you and your family! Love ya! 


If you'd like to start a new tradition of your own or if it's just been way too long since you had your last family photos taken, let's chat soon and make some pretty pictures together! I still have a few openings left for family photos this year and I'd love to photograph yours! Email me at jessie@theemerics to get on the calendar!  XO - Jessie


Family Friday | 50th Wedding Anniversary

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We celebrated my parents' 50th wedding anniversary this past Sunday and although our family may have recently gone through and is still currently going through some rough times, it was a day to celebrate.  It was a day to not only honor the love of two people but a time to look back on their legacy and reminisce on all their accomplishments, their travels, their hard work and determination.  It was a time to look back and really see all the lives they've touched and all the people who've shaped their lives and who's lives they've help shape too.  Fifty years of marriage is no small feat. Yes, they've had their ups and downs but they've always chosen to take on this roller coaster together! 

Our evening consisted of an early family dinner at Texas de Brazil and then when we were all stuffed beyond measure, we went to my sister's house for cake and champagne! Ok, I was the only drinking the champagne, but I'm ok with that! And in case you were wondering, my parents had Crown on the rocks and my sister chose her signature vodka tonic.  My kiddos dedicated and performed the song, La Bamba, for their grandparents.  Diego played guitar and Elysse sang the song.  They'd been practicing off and on for weeks and they did such a good job! Afterwards, we played them a slideshow my sister and I worked on all week! Going through 50 years of photos and trying to narrow them down, was hard.  In the end, we created what we thought was a pretty good trip down memory lane! We ended our evening with a little bit of kareoke, because is it even a party without some off key sing-alongs! 


Cake + Strawberries: Peridot Sweets | Florals: GJune Trades