Saturday, October 30, 2010


I just realized that I have been taking pictures of random stuff lately with the good intentions to blog, but I haven’t.  So now I’m just going to go through the pics on the camera and see what I need to blog about…..

This first picture is from one of our date nights recently.  I really can’t even remember what day or what we did!  Isn’t that horrible?!  Oh well… It’s been a crazy fast month!

It’s the very end of the month, and sadly I’m just now blogging about a birthday gift!  My bff, Lacey, made these cards and envelopes for me!  She is just too creative and talented.  I love them and can’t wait to put them to use.



These next pictures are from my friend, Rachel’s, birthday dinner.  We met up with a few other couples and celebrated over sushi.  Yummm…  Justin and I had been wanting to find a good sushi place here, and now we have! 


Rachel’s baby boy should be here sometime within the next week!  I’m very excited for her and her hubby, Josh.  I’m excited for myself too since I will get to hold him and take pics of his tiny little self :)


Justin’s parents came to Dallas for the weekend last weekend.  The weather was kinda gloomy and rainy, so we opted for indoor activities such as shopping and eating.  Alot of shopping and eating!  haha..  I didn’t take any pictures except for this one when we were riding to an amazing Italian restaurant called Maggiano’s.  It is now my fave!

This weekend is Halloween.  Justin is working as usual, and I’m hanging out at the house.  We went to some garage sales this morning and got some awesome deals!  Other than that, our weekend consisted of October Jam.  October Jam is an annual event where our church partners with the city of Irving to provide a fun and safe place for the people in Valley Ranch to bring their families.  Lots of games, food, blow ups, etc.  I took a bunch of pictures throughout the night while Justin volunteered at a booth, but here are just a few…




I just really really cannot believe that October is pretty much over.  The holidays will be here before we know it, and to be honest I’m not sure I’m ready for that!  I normally love the holiday season, but it can be so stressful at the same time.  So for now, I’m just gonna enjoy FALL!!!  <3  Best season ever!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

new stuff

I just posted some of my most recent images from a family session I did a couple weeks ago.


Click here to see more!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

apple pie

seriously… is it really halfway through october?!!!  i just cant believe it!  i am pretty happy about it though.  i LOVE fall.  it’s my very favorite season.  i wish it would stay fall all year. haha :)

i’ve been feeling pretty “fallish” lately i guess.  last night for dinner i made chicken pot pie and then apple pie for dessert.  apple pie definitely makes me think of fall…not sure why exactly.

anyway, i thought i would share the recipe i used.  this was my first time making apple pie, and it was easy and sooooo yummy.


instead of taking the time and effort to make the crust, i just used a pillsbury refrigerated one.  i would never know the difference anyway.  and to us, its the stuff in the middle that’s important.

ingredients for filling:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • a few dashes of lemon juice
  • 7-10 cut up apples

you just mix it all up and throw it inside the crust.  (it wasn’t in the recipe, but i added a few chunks of better on top for extra flavor!)  then you cover it with the top crust, pinch the edges together, and cut off any excess.  put four little slashes in the top with a knife.  brush some milk over the top and then sprinkle with sugar.  bake at 425 for about 30-40 minutes.  check halfway through and put foil over the top if it starts getting too brown.


i got the recipe here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Today reminds me of one of the best days of my life.. 08.08.08, my wedding day :)

One of my very best friends, Lacey (check out her blog), and I were talking about how we need to get back into blogging.  She updated today, so I told her I would too!

I never posted anything about my birthday, so I guess I can do that now.

My birthday was 10/2.  I turned 26 years old.  I can’t believe that I’m now really closer to 30 than 20.  I so do not feel my age.  If I just had to guess my age by how old I feel, I would say around 22.  The only reason I can come up with for this is because I still don’t have any children.  Growing up I always thought I’d have at least 2-3 kids by the time I turned 26.  Here I am…still no babies!  I am doing my best to remember every single day that it is in God’s hands and His timing is perfect.  I wouldn’t mind if anybody wanted to throw some prayers up for us though.  The sooner the better for me!  :)

Anyways….. back to my birthday!  Justin took off for the day, so I got to spend the entire day with him.  We did some shopping before going out to dinner with some friends.  Then my lovely friend, Jenna, made me a yummy birthday cookie cake.  We celebrated with the cake while watching a football game.  It was overall a pretty low key day, but it was wonderful!  I got lots of texts, calls, and facebook messages from friends and family.  I also got some wonderful gifts.

My favorite gift from my hubby was this necklace--


I had been keeping my eye on this necklace from The Vintage Pearl for a while now.  I wanted something small and simple that I can wear every day.  I also wanted it to be something I can add to as we have children.  Right now it has the pearl and the letter “j” for Justin.  As we have children, I will get more letters with their initials.  I think it will be something fun to do and will always have special meaning to me.

Besides my birthday, not a whole lot has been going on. 

My new job is going good.  Sometimes I can’t believe I’m getting paid to cuddle with and play with a sweet baby.  It seems too easy.  I don’t think I could ask for anything better right now.

I had a photoshoot with a family from church this weekend.  They are in the process of trying to adopt and needed and updated family portrait for their portfolio.  We had lots of fun getting some shots.  Hopefully I’ll have a few images to put up in the next few days!

What else….. the weather is awesome right now.  I wish with everything in me that it would stay like this all the time.  We just leave the windows open and feel the breeze and let the sunshine in.  I’ve been wanting to be outside more and more.  We have been going to some garage sales on the weekends.  It’s always fun to find such cheap treasures!  I found a cute little chair the other day for $5 that I’m gonna spray paint and use as a photography prop.

Guess that’s it for now!  I’m off to light a candle and enjoy the rest of this day….

Sunday, October 3, 2010

fun with the ladies

I was so excited to spend some time with Candice and Ava.  It had been a couple months, and I had been looking forward to our lunch date.  We met up at Chickfila around 1:00.  After we ate, we figured Ava could play while we talked.  Turns out Ava wanted Aunt Lissa to play too… so I ended up crawling up in the tubes and tunnels at Chickfila and sliding down the big slide several times.  Only for my Ava!  haha :)




As usual I could not believe how much bigger she had gotten in such a short amount of time.  I picked her up and her little feet were dangling down around my knees.  She now knows all of her colors, so we had fun pointing at random objects and quizzing her.  She is so smart and got them all right :)


She also has started working on numbers.  Here she is showing me “2”.


I just love my sissy and her baby girl SO much.  I cannot wait to see them again.