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Happy Monday my friends! Joe and I just got back from a quick little San Fran/Sonoma anniversary getaway yesterday. We only had two full days to enjoy, so we made the most of it. I’m kind of impressed with how much we were able to accomplish in such little time. Let me walk you through our trip.

We were scheduled to arrive in San Fran on Thursday evening at 9:30 but our flight got delayed 3 hours which didn’t get us into town until almost 1am! We stayed the night at our good friends ADORABLE flat right by Golden Gate Park. We were off to bed by 2am and got a bright n’ early start Friday morning.

We were stoked to get to spend some time with the Anderson fam. Lily and Cole are growing up too fast!

After breakfast, we walked across the street to Golden Gate Park. Lily wanted to show us the cool carousel and other fun parts of the park.

During our stroll, we spotted a turtle sunning itself. I was amazed at all the vegetation right there in the middle of a big city!

The early afternoon was spend playing ‘grocery store’, followed by lunch in the Mission and hat shopping. SO fun!

The rest of the afternoon was spent checking out as many spots as possible; Pac Heights, the Lyon stairs, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown. We even got to see my friend Kelly who just moved to the city. Jackpot!

We stayed at the Galleria Park Hotel right in the heart of Union Square. It was adorable and such a great location! The weird thing was, our room was tucked away in the stairwell. Definitely the most unique location for a hotel room!

Friday night, another former AZ couple met us in the city and we had dinner. We were having so much fun catching up, I forgot to take any photos! Friday was definitely a jam-packed, AMAZING day.

Saturday morning we got up and walked to a cute little breakfast place called The Grove. The ambiance was totally my style and would definitely be my go-to spot if I lived in San Fran. The food was great too!

After we spent some time walking through Union Square, we picked up our rental car and headed to Sonoma. Over the bridge we go!

On our way, we stopped in Petaluma and had lunch at The Wild Goat Bistro. It was fantastic and absolutely adorable!

We arrived at Sonoma Square in the afternoon and did some wine tasting at Envolve Winery (Ben the Bachelor’s winery).

Then we headed to Jacuzzi Winery for more tastings. It was breathtakingly gorgeous!

We spent the rest of the day hanging in Sonoma and headed to bed early. We got up at 6am on Sunday and hit the road back to San Fran.

On our way back to the airport, I accidentally took us on a detour which ended up working in our favor. We had some extra time so we decided to climb the Lyon steps.

Then off to the airport we went and arrived back in AZ yesterday afternoon.

This trip was absolutely wonderful (although a little too short for my liking). I can’t WAIT for our next visit!

Happy Monday! xo, Stacy

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During my most recent trip back to WI, I got to do something that I rarely get to do: MY family photos!

In all the years that the Fritz family has been around, we have never had professional family photos. Unacceptable. We had to make this happen! So my sister-in-law (Emily Fritz Photography) and I teamed up to tackle this HUGE family photo task: my parents, my 5 siblings and their families.

I’ve always known that what I do is important, but doing this shoot reminded me of just how much. I cherish these images and can’t help but smile every time I look at them.

Let me introduce you to my amazing family…

Let’s start with the two that started it all, my adorable mom and dad :)

The first Fritz boy to come along was my brother Jeff. He recently married Rachel (my new sis-in-law!) and they brought little Skyler into the world just shy of a year ago.

Next was my brother: Dr. Jeremy Fritz. He’s a neurological chiropractor (aka a smarty pants!) and runs two Brain Balance centers . His gorgeous wife Emily is like a sister to me and was my partner in crime on this shoot. I just love these two!

Then there is my sweet sister Kris and her husband Jason. I love this girl more than words can say. At only 4’11’, I call her my ‘little big sister’. :)

My sister has three gorgeous kiddos; Ashley, Mitchell and April. Fun fact: they were actually my FIRST models when I started photography. Thanks for pushing through the heat. I owe my career to you ;)

Oh my brother Tom. As kids he used to wrestle me during commercial breaks and fight with me on which tv show to watch! Good ole’ brother/sister bickering! Tom is soft spoken and really sweet and he married an awesome, full of life girl Jen. Together they have two of the most adorable unique girls I have ever met, Calla and Olive. These girls warm my heart every time I’m around them and I just can’t get enough of them!

Where to start with my sister Sarah? She is my feisty, HILARIOUS, silly friend. We have so much fun together being goofy. We used to rock out to N’sync and BSB together, make up dances and overall be big dorks. To this day, I know I can count on her for a good laugh. She’s married to Alex, she has 5 kids, all of which she home schools AND she’s a nurse. Straight up superwoman.

My 12 nieces and nephews. Aren’t they cute?!

Enter in ‘the Original Fritzs’. These images make my heart sing. Thank you Emily for capturing them!

The Fritz men

Nothing better than skipping in the park with my favorite ladies!

Sister love!

This is my family. I’m one blessed lady :)

 

  • July 21, 2012 - 5:02 am

    Lucero Salinas - biutiful love it!

  • July 22, 2012 - 1:10 am

    Connie Smith Barr - Loved catching up with your family! Beautiful!

  • July 22, 2012 - 1:43 am

    Kristi Kokes - Wonderful! Beautiful family and great photographers!

  • July 23, 2012 - 12:42 am

    Michele LeValley Feltz - Thank you for sharing! What an absolutely beautiful family you and Kris share! Makes my heart sing!

  • July 23, 2012 - 12:45 am

    Jen Fritz - These are so fun! I love everyone’s. Everybody looks so good and is going to be so happy with them. We had a few great chuckles: finding Kaylee in the grandkids, seeing Joe in the family shot, and Tom doing your dad’s “cool baby” alongside him in the mens’ shot. These are just great!

  • July 23, 2012 - 1:12 am

    Jill Henson - Stacey – Thank you so much for sharing these picture for all to see. The Fritz family is looking happy and healthy!

  • July 23, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Stephanie Krystal Bentley - WOW! That’s impressive… Who took the last picture? I was most impressed with how much mitch grew…. he look like a little justin bieber! hehe….. and Ashley and Kaylee as welll… that is one big family. Way to go Neil and Diane…. Love you all fritz family!

  • July 23, 2012 - 9:53 pm

    Stacy Kokes - Best, I brought a tripod and set up the shot then did the self-timer and ran in at the last minute LOL!

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I was 10 years old when I became an aunt for the first time. I thought Kaylee was the cutest thing I’d ever seen! Her dark hair, blue eyes and cute-as-a-button face won anyone over in a heartbeat.

Now she is going to be a senior in high school…WOW!

What an honor it was when she asked me to take her senior portraits. I mean I like to think of myself as a cool, hip aunt but this confirmed that she thinks so too ;).

It’s hard for me to believe that Kaylee is going to be 17 next month. I mean really, where does the time go??!

I am so proud of the woman she is becoming; a creative, driven, beautiful, hilarious, warm, responsible woman.

I love you SO much, Kaylee. Thanks for letting me take your senior photos!!!

 xo, Auntie Stacy

  • July 19, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Emily Fritz - Kaylee you look beautiful! Great pictures!

  • July 19, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    Jen Fritz - These are beautiful! I bet she’s super excited with how they turned out.

  • July 19, 2012 - 11:51 pm

    Kaylee'Alice Cullen' Meyer - Aw thanks, Guys! They’re amazing! I love them. I’m super excited!

  • July 19, 2012 - 11:55 pm

    Amy Meyer - Oh My Stacy! I can not thank you enough, these turned out absolutely amazing! I had tears in my eyes when I saw them!

  • July 20, 2012 - 12:37 am

    Mindy Klein - Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  • July 20, 2012 - 1:02 am

    Suzanne Meyer Francione - like like like…..amazing!

  • July 20, 2012 - 1:29 am

    Cathy Schmidt Johnson - Amy she’s beautiful! Looks just like you!!

  • July 20, 2012 - 1:46 am

    Kathie Nelms - Great pics! Can’t believe ur a senior! U r soo beautiful!

  • July 20, 2012 - 2:14 am

    Linda Hirthe - Beautiful pictures…beautiful girl!

  • July 20, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Alicia Hess Kobishop - Great pictures! What a beautiful girl!

  • July 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Louise Bilodeau - Beautiful photos! Kaylee, you are very photogenic and!

  • July 20, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Lisa Lopez Simonds - Kaylee is so beautiful! She is fabulous and we are so grateful that she is watching Kendall this summer! :)

  • July 20, 2012 - 11:48 pm

    Linda Buske - wow! Kaylee you are so beautiful. I have so many favorites. Have a great senior year.

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Where has the time gone? Was it really 4 years ago that I was being woken up by my best friend and my mom jumping on my bed in anticipation of the day ahead? Was it really 4 years ago that my heart pounded like a freight train traveling through my chest as I waited for the doors to open and see my groom for the first time? Was it really 4 years ago that we tried so hard to hold back our laughter after Joe proclaimed “with this wing” instead of ‘with this ring’ during our ceremony? Was it really 4 years ago that I entered into this covenant commitment proclaiming that ours separate lives were no more; but rather we were one in Christ? WOW! The time sure has flown.

As I reflect on these past four years, my heart is so overjoyed by God’s faithfulness. I can honestly say that Joe and I are even more in love and stronger in our relationship with the Lord and with each other than we were 4 years ago when we started. Has every day been gumdrops and lollipops? Of course not. Marriage takes work. Lots of work. And boy am I grateful to have a husband who is willing to put in the time. More importantly than that, I know that he knows the One who is working through him and in him. Oh the joy and comfort we have in knowing that we are not in this alone, but instead we have our Creator and Sustainer as our constant guide and protector, who is for our marriage and for our joy!

As I think of all the ways that Joe has blessed me, one way that stands out to me the most is his humbleness. Now I don’t just mean that he lacks arrogance, rather I’m speaking of his humble spirit. It is not easy for any of us to admit that when we are wrong, or say the words “I need help”, but to me THOSE are the qualities of a truly great leader. Joe and I are two of the most stubborn people you will ever meet, so you can imagine what goes down when we have a disagreement ;). The thing I love about Joe is while he is strong in his opinions, he always considers mine as well. He isn’t afraid to turn to godly men and ask for help or advice. He isn’t too proud to ask God for His wisdom. He isn’t above admitting when he is wrong or saying “I’m sorry.” And for that I am truly grateful.

 I truly believe that the Lord has created roles in marriage; the husband is to lead and the wife is to submit. I know that many women find the idea of submitting to their husband as a negative or foreign idea. If we’re honest, I don’t think many people like to submit to anything, really. I can attest to this fact! I think what makes the difference is who it is were are to submit to. Ephesians 5:22-33 speaks of the roles that a husband and wife are to have. As I read about the kind of husband God calls a man to be in verses 25-33, I am thankful. What wife wouldn’t want to put her faith and trust in a husband that loves her ‘just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.’ A husband whose priority to this wife is to build her up in her faith and keep her ‘without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.’

Lord God, thank you for your beautiful picture of what a marriage is supposed to look like and thank you for giving me a husband with Ephesians 5:25-33 qualities. Thank you for opening up our hearts to you and for continually reminding us that our marriage and our lives are ultimately about you, Jesus. Help us to continue to grow in our love for you and our love for one another. Let us not look to our own understanding, but rest in the truth of your Word and live life daily serving you and those around us. Please give us the privilege of having a marriage that mirrors the relationship between you and your church; a marriage that is not just about us and our good, but about the message of the gospel. Let our marriage continue to be rich with your blessings and may you use it to spread the Gospel message to all those that need to hear it. We have a long way to go, but I know that you who began a good work in us will bring it to completion. All praise and honor be yours Lord. Amen!

Happy Anniversary to my humble leader, my cutest of cutes, my hubster, Joe! I love you SO much. Here’s to a lifetime of being sanctified together. We’ll have this thing down by the time Jesus comes back for sure ;)!

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I love, love, LOVE senior portrait sessions! Especially when I get to work with a sweet senior like Maquel.

This girl is going places! She has the looks, the smarts and the drive that will allow her to fly high. With her interest in pursuing exercise science (which was my major), we surely had a lot to talk about.

I can’t wait to see where life takes her!

xo, Stacy Kokes

We found this awesome meadow right by the lakefront. The light was KILLER! And Maquel? She straight up ROCKED it right out the gate :)

I don’t know many people who can pull of a up close n’ personal shot quite like this girl! Flawless!!

I’m swooning over this dreamy light and beautiful girl! Photographer’s dream right here :)

Showing off her cross country kicks

  • July 18, 2012 - 4:30 am

    Mackenzie Edinger - OMGGGG MAQUELLLLLL YOUR FREAKING GORGEOUSSSSSSS!

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