Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Music to my eyes.

This is a delightful band I've had the fortune of recently discovering since our move to the Central Coast of California. I was spoiled back home with a great local music scene and it's been pretty lacking here but finding these lovelies is hopefully leading me on the right track!

Can't find this girl on itunes but I LOVE her hair, her "buhbuhbuhbuhms" and her moves!

This video is from Eisley's old album but the new one is out and I highly recommend it as well!

Lovies and Love notes,


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Family Portraits with Katina Patriquin Part II


So here you have it, the second (and by no means the final) round of pictures taken by the lovely and talented Katina Patriquin! She is stellar beyond words, though words like STELLAR are definitely still applicable!













Lovies and Neverland,


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Scrabble and Tea and Photography.


Good afternoon lovelies!

It's been raining a lot lately so we've been spending time indoors,
playing Scrabble,
watching Singing In the Rain,
visiting with various friends from out of town that have crashed on our air mattress,
(not something I've ever really done, other than bread, I just cook and never bake...till now!)
(revisiting The Screwtape Letters as well as The Betsy-Tacy Books)
and The Mr. has been doing some tinkering with the camera, trying new things.
These pictures are apparently a result of that.
I still don't know what he did differently (on a technical level) but I know that he's doing something right, his eye is developing as well. Other than "lower the camera honey, you're too tall" (6'2" to my 5'3") I'm not giving him too much direction on the pictures he's been taking lately. He makes me look so much better than I do on a regular basis!!!
Lately I've been lazy when it comes to fashion, weight gain and the cold have made me quite uninspired in the clothing department and I've been "letting myself go" a bit. Ahahah! BUT NO MORE!!!! Back to bike riding (as soon as the weather lets up!!! Aaaaaaannnnddd......






The Mr. bought me an unlimited month of classes for my birthday at a studio a couple blocks away from our house and it's been so nice to be back to practicing with instruction. It's been a couple years since I've been able to just be a student, till we moved I was teaching at least 5 classes a week but never had the time or the means to keep attending or learning anything other than on my own. Having a trained eye watching you and correcting your alignment and bad habits makes such a difference! I'm on two days now and plan on going every single day for at least one class, trying to soak up as much as I can before my month is up. I feel a little sore but in the best ways, not beat up, not abused, not injured, just a delightful awareness of where everything is...if that makes sense. Le siggghhhh!

Anyhoo, it's been a gloriously, blustery day and we are cozy in our second floor apartment, listening to the wind buffeting the walls, drinking tea, eating home-made muffins, and puttering around the house. Hope you all are finding yourself as aware of your blessings as I am finding mine these days.

God is good in the midst of the chaos of the world. That never changes.

Lovies and leaky roofs,


Monday, March 21, 2011

Family Portraits with Katina Patriquin!











We recently had the opportunity to meet Ms. Katina Patriquin for a lovely photo session. I literally cried when she sent me to finished photos. I cannot say enough about how talented this woman is and how wonderful she was to work with. She made us feel so comfortable, there was no awkwardness (other than what's just normal for me because I am a huge nerd) with her. We had so much fun and really hope that if there is anyone in the San Luis Obispo area that is looking for a photographer they will get in touch with her! She is from AZ but apparently has the opportunity to come here every couple months so I strongly urge you to check her out here!

Katina, I am forever grateful for what you've done for us. Thank you so very, very much!

There will be more photos coming soon but I've already taken too long to get these up so I figure just put up what I have for now and I'll get more up soon (she sent us 310!!! It's so hard to decide what to put up!!!) just wait till you see the Peter Pan pictures!!!!

Lovies and Lazy Rain Days,


Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Little Sis Got Married!!!

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This set of pictures is from the photographer (who also happens to be The Mr.'s brother check out his website here)

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It was lovely! The day went off without a single hitch. My mum and sister's and The Kidlet's Cousin drove over the night before and came to our house, my older sis sewed some last minute stuff onto our dresses and my little sis painted her nails and we ate food and pretty much just hung out. Being as it was a small wedding there really wasn't anything to do. My older sis and mum and The Cousin went back to their room but my little sis stayed and watched movies with me and we made ice cream and just killed time, she was afraid she'd get back to the room and be wide awake whilst everyone else was sleeping. The ice cream helped make her sleepy.

In the morning The Mr was gone working at the Farmer's Market so we all drove over to see him and look at flowers, we found the most beautiful bouquets for the wedding quickly acquired them, took them back to the house we were getting ready in (2 blocks from the amphitheater) then went for a walk to get coffee and croissants and kill more time.

When we got back I started working on the bouquet and we lounged around some more. Seriously, it was a day full of just visiting and mostly down time. Sooooo restful and lovely!

When the bouquet was done I left and went home to get ready. The plan was to walk to the amphitheater for the wedding, small short ceremony then walk 1 block away to a lovely little restaurant on the same creek that the amphitheater was on. My little sis didn't want to worry about decorations, a cake, dancing, any of that, but just a sweet simply ceremony and time with our close family. I knew she would be ok without it but I also knew how excited she would be if I snuck some decorations into the restaurant so before I got dressed I went to an abandoned house next door to ours and filled a bunch of my canning jars with clover. The Mr. took them and several boxes of empty jars to the restaurant and got everything set up. We filled the empty jars with tea lights and put the clover everywhere.....

After I got dressed and did my hair I ran back to the house where everyone was preparing at which point The Mr.'s brother had arrived and started taking pictures. We got some lovely shots of us sisters together then the older sis and I walked ahead to the amphitheater. The wedding started a little late but turned out to be a huge blessing as the nearby mission started it's call to Mass and the bells were soooo loud it drowned everything out and we wouldn't have heard the ceremony. Plus it was a lovely way to start the wedding. My older sis, her husband, The Mr. and myself all had instruments and instead of a processional we just stood up at the front and when it was time to start we played 192 Days by Eisley
We only sang the first verse and chorus for her walking in. Then they exchanged vows, made their covenants to each other and when they were announced husband and wife we started back up on the second verse and finished the song as they left.
More pictures, then we walked over to the reception. It was lovely and perfect and simply but gorgeous. She was thrilled with the candles and clover and we put an ipod and dock behind their table and had a playlist of Eisley, Coldplay, Yann Teirsen, Sufjan Stevens, She&Him, etc. She was surprised and blissfully happy. I'm so glad we did it, I was afraid I might be stepping on toes but it ended up being perfect, it was just stuff she didn't want to have to worry about and we saved her the worry but gave her exactly what she wanted! She looked beautiful in candlelight!!!

So there you have it. I'm sure there will be more pictures later!

Lovies and Love Everlasting!