Sunday, October 28, 2012

baptism day

Dear Jacob, 

Today you got baptized. I want to start by telling you how proud I am of you for the decision you have made. You now have Jesus in your heart and nothing you ever do will make him leave you. You looked so grown up today up there in the baptism tub. It took everything I had not to cry on camera in front of all those people. I can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for your life. You are going to do great and wonderful things. I hope you know how special you are to me and that I am ever so thankful that God chose me to be your mommy. I could not ask for a better son. 

I love you with all my heart, 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ready for that getaway!

If you read my post last week about wanting to go on a mini vacation then you would know that I stalk the webcams in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There is just something about the place that makes me want to throw on some Uggs and curl up with a big ol' fluffy blanket and a good book. 

I would move there tomorrow if my husband would let me!

I am a fan of the warm weather and all, but it has to be in the right setting. You know, like a beach vacation or something. 

Just looking at these pictures makes me feel all chilly and in the mood for Fall. 

This is what town square looked like when I logged on to take a glimpse...

Beautiful! Doesn't this just make you happy to see that someone out there is getting this lovely weather.

So jealous! I would love to be outside with the boys building a snowman or making snow angels. 

I can keep dreaming. If this winter is anything like it was last year, and I pray it is, then we will have plenty of chances to make snowmen and snow angels!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

day date

The past few weeks my hubby and I have not got to spend a whole lot of time together with work and kids and all so he took the day off to spend with me since both the boys were at school. 

It was wonderful! 

You know, we didn't do anything super special or spend any money, but the day was everything a girl could hope for. The most exciting thing we did the whole day was vote! 

Yes, on our date day we went and early voted :)

And I got my shirt in from Victoria's Secret that I ordered for the wedding that I am shooting next weekend. I don't look as sexy as one of those models in this outfit, but I think I'm rockin' it pretty well! 
(If you have never tried Dr. Scholls Fast Flats, I highly recommend them! So comfortable!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

new mama-mobile

Back in August I was starting to get new car fever. Bad.

I was really wanting to downsize a little, but not too much. My Suburban was amazing and had lots of room, but it was way too big most of the time with just two kiddos. Plus, I have always wanted a Tahoe.

So while we were in Dallas for a Rangers game we went to a few car lots to look and see if we found anything that we just fell in love with. After 4 different car dealerships and lots of talking and praying we found the perfect one. We worked everything out and it took about a week to get all the paperwork complete and my new car delivered to me. I have never had a brand new car before so I still get pretty excited when I get in and smell that new leather smell.

This was Betty. She was a good car that was with us through a lot. 

This is my new mama mobile and I have named her Ethel. Yes, I realize she looks very similar to Betty, but what can I say, I have a thing for white cars :)

The captain chairs make it so much easier to get people in and out of the 3rd row!

I love it that when we are parked I can watch movies with the kids :) And I never get lost anymore!

Monday, October 22, 2012

pumpkiny fun

On Saturday since Mike was bow hunting I decided I would take the boys to the local pumpkin patch and farm. The last time I went was last year when Jake was in kindergarten, so I thought that it would be fun for the boys to run and play till they could't run and play anymore. 

And it was GREAT! 

Except for the fact that it was 90* outside! 

Maybe I'm just being difficult, but when I go to the pumpkin patch I want it to be cold. And if not cold at least a little chilly. Don't get me wrong it's nice to be outside and not freeze to death, but it would be nice to pick out pumpkins and not be dripping with sweat. 

No matter what the weather the boys had a blast and at the end of the day that is all that really matters!

Here are a few pictures from our day :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

testing... 1, 2... testing

Testing out a post from my new MacBook :)

I have been using Windows Live Writer, but now I am not sure what to use. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

i need of a decorator

The holidays are fast approaching and we will be staying home this year. in light of that, I want to have my family over for Christmas Eve and not have my house looking like a hott mess. The only problem is I need to get it in gear! I am such a procrastinator it’s not even funny.
The first thing people see if they walk in through the front door is the entryway. My teeny tiny entryway.
I painted my door a while back and recently bought a new entry table that I got at Hobby Lobby for $30!
My idea is to remove the picture frames from the wall and hang a mirror above the table to make the whole space appear bigger. Here are a few of my favorite ideas...
 entry3 entry1
The next area people see is the living room.
I have rearranged my living room a million times over the past couple of years and the best arrangement for its odd shape is the picture below to the left. It feels a lot more open that way. The bottom right picture shows you the huge wall across the back that I need to find something to do with.
 Living Room A h3
I really need to get that horrible paneling off my walls! Then I am going to paint them the same color as my kitchen :) Bar Harbor Beige. But maybe cut by 50% or so just to make it a little brighter.
I really want to replace my cowhide rug with a cute zebra rug :)
I found a couple that are actually pretty affordable.
Other than that I don’t have a clue what I want to do with my living room :(
Why does decorating have to be so hard???

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

bad choice

Not too long ago I ordered this duvet cover from Macy’s after weeks of searching and thought it was perfect for my room.
Boy was I wrong!
Who is the genius that thought black bedding in a house with a white dog was a good idea? Oh ya... ME!
Let me tell you that it is not! If you have a throw blanket, the little fuzzies get all over it. If your kid gets toothpaste on it, there is no getting it out and if your dog jumps on your bed who just so happens to have white fur, just give up and walk away.
I am again looking for a new duvet for my bed.
The hunt begins for new bedding.... again! *sigh*

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

dreaming of a small getaway

With Fall here and the temperatures still in the mid to high 80’s has me dreaming of being somewhere where there is actually Fall going on. One of my #1 places I want to visit is Jackson, Wyoming. They have webcams set up throughout town and the place just looks absolutly gorgeous!

The leaves are already changing colors and the temps are in the mid 50’s during the day.
Perfect weather for Fall!

Just looking at these pics makes me want to put on some old sweats and cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate next to a roaring fire while looking out at an amazing view of the mountains.

My poor Hubby hates the cold so I think I may have a hard time convincing him that we need to leave 80* weather for 40* and 50* weather.


Monday, October 15, 2012

shooting my 1st wedding

A couple of weeks back a friend of mine asked me to photograph her wedding that is the first weekend of November. At first I tried talking her out of it. Not because I am not confident in my ability to take great pictures, just because I have never photographed a wedding and those are their once in a lifetime moments that you can’t go back and do again. But after a couple hours of talking I agreed to do it.

Every photographer has a first wedding right? I am super excited to be able to help a friend out and get some great experience at the same time.

One thing that I wasn’t sure about was what to wear. I didn’t want to stand out, but I did want to be comfortable. It’s an evening wedding so I will be on my feet most of the day and night but couldn’t find anything that I thought would work. Then I decided to check out Victoria’s Secret and came across this outfit. I love it! It’s perfect for a low key wedding and I will blend in as much as a girl can with two cameras.


Monday, October 8, 2012

creating a cute shower curtain

I have been thinking about shower curtains lately and really want to change mine again.

I know. I know. I don’t know what my obsession is with shower curtains.

Is that even normal?

Here is what my shower curtain right now looks like...

shower curtain

The boys think it’s too girly for their/guest bathroom. And I really want to do something with turquoise, so it is going to be changed as soon as I can find something that I will actually keep up longer than a year.

Here are my ideas...

shower1n shower2 

Eh? Yay? Too girly? Okay for a guest bathroom?