November 30, 2009

a fantabulous give-away!

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a new high.

On the scale, that is.

Ugh! I am so annoyed at myself! Yes, things have been crazy busy here lately. But that's still not a good excuse. I guess I am back on the wagon (as much as I can be for the holidays). The number I saw this morning was...large. I knew something was going on when I saw pictures of myself from Thanksgiving. Fat cheeks, anyone!?

So, here I am. Counting my breakfast calories and thinking about where to work out this morning. I. am. so. excited.

November 29, 2009

melt my heart!

A shot from today's photo shoot. This makes me so happy :)

November 27, 2009

a really great thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving 2009 had to have been one of the best Thanksgivings of all time. Certain things were missing (my family), but despite their absence due to Dad's illness, I was blessed in so many other ways yesterday.

Morning: Woke up really early and went to Benton to have Thanksgiving breakfast with Aaron's extended family. Eggs, homemade biscuits and gravy, bacon, OJ, coffee, hash brown casserole. AMAZING. We chatted for a while afterward and then headed on our way to our Thanksgiving lunch.

Afternoon: Lunch at the squadron. Our commander and his wife were so gracious to open the squadron up to people who might otherwise not have had a Thanksgiving. One of the guys up there fried a turkey and OMG. It was my first fried-turkey-experience and lemme tell ya: I was not disappointed. The little ones played in a separate room and the adults shared good food and conversation. Sort of like what happened that evening.

Evening: Thanksgiving dinner at the Ochoa's. Their house is BEAUTIFUL and they had a spread like you wouldn't believe. I just realized that Aaron and I sound like the biggest moochers of all time. Rest assured, I brought goodies to each and every event, ok? We sat down for a beautiful (and healthy) dinner. The adults drank wine while the babies cooed and commenced being generally cute and wonderful. I got to hold a brand-new baby girl for most of the night and she fell asleep in my arms. *Sigh.

Thanksgiving 2009 was definitely a hit. Unfortunately, I received some very sad news last night that a childhood friend of mine had passed away on Wednesday. This was yet another reminder to love while you can and soak up every, single moment. I thought about all the wonderful people who surrounded us yesterday and was overwhelmed with how blessed I am. Despite the sad news of my friend's passing and parents who have been in a hospital for over 6 months, life is still good. It just is.

November 24, 2009

just had to share!

No, this is not my belly (although mine looks like this after I eat pasta). These are some pictures I took of our friends, the Lorenzini's. Baby Vincent (Vinny) is due next month and The Beast (my new camera) did not disappoint. What do you think?

P.S. Please don't be offended by the "inappropriate" use of the American flag. Daddy is a pilot and has been deployed many, many times. My vision was to create something strong and proud, not to "desecrate" the American flag. K? ;)







November 23, 2009

still alive.

My blogging has been piss poor lately. I've just been so busy!

Things with Backflip are going incredibly well, so well, in fact, that I need a break! Business is good. Marketing works, y'all!

Not sure what our plans are for Thanksgiving. Is it really this week?!! We'd like to go visit with Aaron's family in Benton (about an hour away from here), but if that doesn't work out, our wonderful squadron commander's family is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at the squadron. How nice are they!? They are the best commanders we could ask for and really go out of their way to create a sense of family among us. It's just nice.

Other than Backflip and coffee shop, life is pretty much the same around here. Aaron starts IP school very soon, we're going to Vegas in a few weeks for a fast and furious weekend get-a-way, Daddy is still in the hospital (he got pneumonia in one lung, but it seems to be on the mend now), and Mom is still hanging in there.

Keep checking the Backflip site for new photos. There are lots of them! I am super excited because I've shot at new locations. I like the Old Mill and all, but it gets pretty repetitive.

That's all for now. Got another photo shoot in less than an hour! Ahhhhh!!!

November 19, 2009

go check out backflip's first wedding!

Please take a look (and comment if you're in the mood).

Thanks!


November 15, 2009

oh yeah...one little thing...

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I got an amazing new camera! Husband bought me the Canon 7D and wowwowowowowowowowow...it is amazing!

Take a look at some of the images we took this morning, just farting around with it (I have only gone to page 25 in the manual).

Blurred backgrounds!


Super sharp details and rich colors!


Hallelujah, manual focus!



I am one lucky girl and I cannot WAIT for my next photo shoot to use this beast!

better!

I'm better now. That last post was super depressing. Sorry.

I am readying myself for another booth tomorrow and Tuesday, so I can't make this long. I don't have much to say except that everything is better. It just is. At least for now :)

November 12, 2009

what do bonnie raitt, rihanna, and miranda lambert all have in common?

They sing songs about how I feel, that's what.

Y'all, I have hit a funk.

It's just one of those seasons, ya know? A valley. A dark and scary valley.

Reasons? There are lots, but here are a few off the top of my head:
  • Daddy. He's still sick. Mom is trying to get him home, but he won't be able to come home without the ventilator. Sigh. I try to live my life and enjoy it, but as I told Aaron, I feel like this is always in the back of my mind (of course it is) and the "happy" just doesn't feel as happy as it should knowing the situation back home.
  • Aaron. Something's off. You married people know what I mean. It's one of those weird stages. I feel like I'm always annoying him; he's always tired because work is super crazy. It's no one's fault, really. Just one of those marital lulls. It'll pass as it always done. I just kinda miss him.
  • Anne Pressly. Her killer was found guilty on all counts yesterday. This is a very, very good thing, but with it comes an array of gut-wrenching thoughts and feelings about the whole thing. My heart aches for my friends who were very close to her and her family. I'm glad justice was served, but it doesn't bring her back. The whole thing just makes me want to vomit.
  • The News. I can't even watch it anymore. If it's not some sensational news about a boy in a balloon or Jon and Kate, it's depressing news. I'm just tired of hearing about it.
  • Friends. Most of my besties have moved. I feel like everyone is moving forward with their lives, while I am stagnant. I am ready for my next adventure. And yet it doesn't seem like we're going anywhere any time soon. I miss my friends. I miss girl time. I miss laughing and talking about husbands. I feel very lonely.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain. This is a fabulous book, but man...it's rough to read. I feel very connected to Enzo (the dog, who is also the narrator) in a really funny way. This is a sad story and although I want to finish it, I am finding it very difficult to read without crying.
  • Camera. Aaron is buying me a super fancy amazing camera this weekend. And as much as I am excited, I am also uneasy about it. I feel humbled by his generosity and am having a hard time accepting the fact that he thinks I am good enough to deserve it.
  • The Dentist. I have to go tomorrow. And I don't want to. I experience so much anxiety over going to the dentist. I would rather go to the gyno. I mean, it's bad. I shake and cry and can't eat. Ugh.
I just want to hop into the car and drive away to somewhere beautiful and not think about all these things. But I can't.

I remember asking my Dad when I was little: "Daddy, what's harder? Being a kid, or being a grown-up?" He replied, "Definitely being a grown-up." I thought he was crazy. Grown-ups didn't have homework to do and curfews and mean teachers. But truer words have never been spoken: It's tough being all grown up.

Oh, to be able to fly away.

November 8, 2009

booth success!

I am totally drained, but yesterday was a huge success! Unfortunately, I remembered that I needed to take a picture of my booth halfway through breaking it down...maybe next time?

A lot of people expressed an interest in booking a session and I got a lot of lovely compliments on my work *blush*

57 people entered the drawing to win a free photo session and about 80% of those people indicated that they were interested in a booking a session. WOW!

My website got a hit today and someone wanted to book! How cool it's going to be taking photos of strangers! I've never done that before ;)

My friend Lana and I are thinking of doing another fair in about a week or so. If we do, I will be SURE to take photos this time! I am overwhelmed with things to do now, but am happy about its success.

Oh, and big news: Wonderful Hubby is going to buy me a new, fancy shmancy camera. I feel that I've absolutely outgrown the one I've been using. I cannot wait to start using the one I've got my eye on...I am so blessed, y'all.

November 6, 2009

backflip booth!

I am going to have my very first booth tomorrow at the Holiday Bazaar! I am so super excited and really hoping this will generate lots of business. Wish me luck! Oh, and I'll take pictures :)

November 5, 2009

wish i wrote this...

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio:

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8.. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..

13.. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

30.. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

36. Your children get only one childhood.

37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd

grab ours back.

40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

41. The best is yet to come.

42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

43. Yield.

44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift..

halloween, a re-cap.

My, oh, my was Halloween a bust. I prepared all the fun, festive food (see below) and rented The Shining, Interview with a Vampire, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ghostbusters - all in an effort to entertain my husband (and myself). My plan totally flopped.

The food turned out lovely (see below), but Aaron fell asleep during the very first movie, The Shining. I mean, seriously. I had no watch the little boy/Tony say "red rum" a million times all by myself! This was the first time I'd seen that movie, by the way. So...Halloween wasn't all that great. At least I tried, right?! Oh well, better luck next year!

Crunch Corn - this was yummy!

Mummy Dogs - so cute! Aaron loved them!

Eerie Eyeballs that look nothing like eyeballs because Walmart only had skinny carrots. These were delicious, by the way. Just carrots, cream cheese, and black olives.

Worms n Dirt, which didn't even get eaten because Husband was passed out on the couch. Lame.


 
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