Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Things I Love . . .12 - 16

The things I Love:  12
I love photography. Yes, you know this.  It all started when my niece got engaged fourish years ago and my brother had just bought a nice camera.  I said "Hey, can I try and take your engagements and if they suck, at least it was free and you can try again with someone else."  They turned out pretty good, so I asked if I could try to do her bridals too.  Those were so fun and turned out pretty good too.  So the next year we bought ourselves a camera and Nate got in on the action too.   We have been doing little photo shoots for friends and family ever since.  The thing I love the most is the post processing. Making the images we took look amazing.  I love portrait photography the most.  Individuals, couples, kids.  It's been fun to find a new hobby and develop a new talent that incorporates other talents I have as well.  I love being able to capture those faces that people love, and love trying to give people photos they love of themselves, because who doesn't want a picture of themselves that they actually like? 

The things I Love:  13
Movies I love.   Here are some random movies that I've always loved watching. 
Pride and Prejudice with Collin Firth
Emma with Gwenyth Paltrow
Slipper and the Rose
Thoroughly Modern Millie
If The Shoe Fits
Big Trouble in Little China (I told you it was random)
The Chipmunk Adventure
I'm sure there's more but that'll do.

The things I Love:  14
I love my Landon.  He's my sweetheart. I love that he's always good for a hug and a kiss when I need one. I love that he loves school and loves his friends and his brother.  I love that he always says thank you in his prayers that he got to spend time with his family.  I love when he comes in my bedroom in the morning and gives me a hug and says "hi mama."  I love the way his eyes crinkle up and the small smile he gives that says I love you. 

The things I Love:  15
I love my sweet baby Sawyer.  He's such a sweet little stinker.  I love his little attitude, his laugh, oh I love that laugh.  I love his smile and his sparkly eyes. I love that he runs up when I'm leaving and gives me a hug and kiss (after pulling out his binkie).  I love kissing his sweet squishy cheeks.  I love when he wraps his arms around my neck and says "my mama."  I love that he's so tough when he gets hurt.  I love that he finally loves nursery and that when daddy asks "who are you going to color a picture for today" he says "Mom" (sorry Daddy).

The things I Love:  16
I love Nate.  Today we celebrated our 9th anniversary. I love that he gave me a card for Valentine's and one for our anniversary too.  I love that he got me white tulips. I love that he got me my favorite treat: cadbury creme eggs.  I love that even after 9 years and two kids he still thinks I'm hot.  I love that he helps me be a better wife and mother and housekeeper and cook.  I love that he's such a great dad and so sweet with our boys.  I love his sense of humor, his singing, his hugs and kisses.  I love his sweet smile that still takes my breath away.  I love you Nathan!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Last Minute Valentine Idea

Here it is from Grosgrain.

You totally want to do it don't you?!
I don't know if it's quick "last minute" but if Landon likes it we might do it "last minute" cause we'd have to get pics printed tomorrow. Or maybe we'll just do it for grandparents or save it for next year. We'll see.

The Things I Love . . . 4 thru 11

Okay so I'm a lot behind in my loving of things and blogging.
Here goes some catching up - hope you have a minute.

The Things I Love:  4  I love pottery barn.  I know, it's completely out of my price range and I'll probably never actually shop there but I love getting their free catalogs and getting great decorating ideas from them.  Here are some fav's of late: 

I love this room! The windows, the white,
the cool plant hangers on the walls
(I'd like to find something like that).

I love how they always have these huge branches of blossoms in containers.
I love them.
I love the idea of the sectioned picture above the couch.  I'd like to do this with a picture of some sort in our house, maybe above our tv. I just need to find or take the perfect picture. Any ideas?

The Things I Love:  5
I love Masaman Curry from the restaurant formerly known as Thai Chili Garden.  Mmmm, I could eat it every day.  I don't even mind when it's spicy.  (I don't love spicy foods, if it's gonna be spicy the flavor has to be worth the spiciness - this is!)

The Things I Love:  6
Since we're already talking about food, I love cheesecake.  Seriously, I love it. It's got to be the nice heavy textured REAL cheesecake. None of this fake, wanna be crap with cheesecake flavoring.  I really love Key Lime Cheesecake from, of course, The Cheesecake Factory.  (Remember when we bought one Wendi?)

The Things I Love:  7
I love to read.  Every since I can remember I've loved to read.  I'd rather read than almost anything else, of course I don't but, there are times when I get completely absorbed in a book and don't want to do anything else (my family loves that), I just want to finish my book! I read for entertainment, the pure enjoyment of escaping into another world for a short time.  I have always loved fantasy.  Lately I've been reading a lot of Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction. Here are some books I've read, if you're interested, on Goodreads.

The Things I Love:  8
In case you don't already know, I love crafty/creative things.  I go through my phases. I've done cards, scrapbooking, jewelry, crocheting, painting ceramics, embroidery, you name it and I've probably tried it or at least thought about it.  Right now my creative outlet is digital. It's so immediately gratifying and costs less. :)  I also am venturing into re-purposing clothes, if only I could finish one. I also decided to make my own scripture cover recently.  It isn't perfect (the flap ended up being a little short), but I like it.  The flower was super easy and turned out so cute.  I love the embelishing part of things. :) And the best part was I made it all out of scraps I had in my fabric bag.  Free is awesome.

The Things I Love:  9
I love tulips.  I'm not a rose kinda girl. I love tulips. They're simple, come in so many colors, come up in the spring. I just love them, they make me happy.  (no, this is not a hint for Valentine's, or our anniversary)

The Things I Love:  10
I love to sing.  Sadly I haven't been singing much for a while and so I kinda suck now.  I need to fix that.  Now that church is a little later I might venture to sing in sacrament meeting. Wanna play for me Wendi? :) Oh yeah, I need to find a song too. Any requests/suggestions?  Maybe I should break down and go to ward choir...hmm. I'll think about it.  After all that, I really do love to sing and the music I listen to reflects that.  Anything I can belt along with has me as a fan. :) Heard this song by Jesse Clark Funk over Christmas and loved it, want to sing it.  She has such a cool voice.

The Things I Love:  Day 11
Okay, so now that I'm caught up (and yes it was a little difficult) I can do today.  I love dress season.  I didn't realize there was a dress season till last year, but it is my favorite.  It's spring and summer in case you're wondering.  There are so many cute fun dresses out there right now.  Sadly a lot of them end up being too short or sleeveless, but that's where shrugs and cardigans come in right? As for the short problem, I found some extender slips on etsy, or you can make your own, or just sew an extension right onto your dress/skirt. (If you know anyone who sells slip extenders let me know!) I need to do that to one of mine.  I also have an old dress I'd like to update too (I'll be sure and take pictures when I get around to it). 

 I'm totally in love with the ruffles on the end dress. Maybe the dress I update will have those...

 Isn't that vogue dress such a cute summer dress? So comfy looking - make it from a knit and you're set.  I might just have to sew me a dress. I need to learn to love sewing again, heck I'd settle for liking sewing again. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I saw this on a blog I follow and just had to share. Isn't that just too funny and creative? Who'd a thought. 
From Make it and Love it's MINI SERIES with 'Our Best Bites': Serving up Kids Food!

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Things I Love . . .

The Things I Love:  Day 3
I really love my job.  I think this is the first job I've had that I really truly enjoy.  I actually like going to work. I love the ladies I work with and being able to chat with them and help other ladies find clothes they love that make them feel good about themselves, it's just fun. I love it.

The Things I Love:  Day 4
I love Adobe and the awesome programs they create, especially photoshop and light room which let me recover pictures like this:  (these were my first ventures into photography for my niece and I was finally able to edit them recently and make them look 100 times better)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Things I Love . . .

I decided for this month of loOoove to do a daily post about something I love.  I've been needing something more positive in my life with this horrid freezing weather and the winter doldrums setting in.  So I thought it would help me to focus on one thing I love each day of the month, plus it would get me blogging and thinking more.  I forgot to start it yesterday, so here are the first two days of loOooove.  :)

The Things I Love:  Day 1
I love that almost every day when I drop Landon off for school, Sawyer reminds him to give him a hug and a kiss.  Landon forgot yesterday and Sawyer was so sad.  This morning Sawyer reminded Landon and even asked for second hugs and said "I love you too Lanon" (not a type-o, that's how Sawyer says it). Brotherly Love.  Sawyer even does it for me often when I go to work.  I tell them bye and Sawyer comes running saying "kiss" or "hug" he then pulls that silly binkie right out and delivers.  What a sweet boy.

The Things I Love:  Day 2

I love eyes.  I know that sounds weird, but I love people's eyes, the variety of colors, the expressions they make and they way they sparkle or crinkle up.  I think that's what I focus on when I take pictures.  Eyes say so much about people.  Here are some examples:
I love this face of Landon's, mainly because those eyes are saying "I love you mom"

I love Sawyer's eyes.  It's been fun to watch them change color. They started grey and then the centers started changing to brown and then they were all brown. Now they seem to be getting more amber in the center.  Who knows what they'll end up like, maybe hazel/green like Nate's and mine.

I took a couple shots of my friends baby, Calloway, when they were over the other day.  He has amazing eyes, especially when he smiles, they just light up even more. He was a little scared of the camera, so I couldn't get a full on smile out of him.