Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oklahoma Sunshine

It's been an amazing few days so far. Nothing but sunshine here in Oklahoma which makes me happy because A. It's tornado alley and I hate storms and B. I need to get my tan on since I am so pasty white. Seriously, the magnitude of how white I am is not okay.

Yesterday I was able to go to a ranch where my friend has her horse and take pictures. I think they came out pretty good. There are some shots that I am dying to upload, but I first want to touch them up a little bit in Photoshop. A little touch up never hurted anything right? I'll be sure to post them though as soon as I'm done.

I also took pictures today, but more so of architecture. I'm obsessed with architecture.  If I could travel around taking pictures of it and blog about my travels and pictures for the rest of my life, I would be forever content. Clearly I must be dreaming though. I will dream on.

Well tomorrow is a new day full of lots of adventures. Me and my brother are heading to see Hangover 2 (so excited!) and then we're having a BBQ later on in the day. I want to wish a very happy (& safe) Memorial Day.  Hopefully it's day that we all can look back on loved ones that have passed and remember the good times that we've had with them. A special thank you to our military: thank you for your sacrifice and what you do for our country every day. I am so thankful for you!

What are your plans for Memorial Day?

Friday, May 27, 2011

I Love Nights Like Tonight!

Sipping on a White Chocolate Chai Tea Latte in Oklahoma on a beautiful summer night. Loving life. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Battle Wounds & Making Progress

The past couple of days have been quite dangerous for me! I worked pretty much open to close on Monday and Tuesday and I have battle wounds to prove it {really, I do!}.

On Monday, while I was arranging some hangers at work, I proceeded to head butt the counter leaving a bruise right below my eye brow. Then while in the backroom at work, I somehow managed to headbutt a hard container that left a bruise, bump, and cut above my right eye brow. Both hurt! Again, battle wounds!

Although it wasn't very fun working almost open to close both days, it was nice to see the hours that I racked up. I'm leaving to visit my brother in Oklahoma today so my work was trying to give me the most hours possible before we left {thanks!}.

My little vacation to see my brother isn't all play. I booked a job through my uncles work and tomorrow morning I will be taking pictures at a museum that they designed {graphic design company}. I'm kind of nervous, but I made sure to print a lot of material on tips to shooting in low lighting so I'll be reading that during the eight hour drive {I know you are jealous of that...oh and I'm not the only one going so don't worry - I won't read and drive!}.

I also have another photo shoot of my friend who I'll be taking pictures of while she is on her horse. I am so excited for these! The ideas for the shoot are just flowing through my brain. You will have to check them out at my photo blog once I get back!

Well, I have a lot I need to get done in the next few hours. I hope you all have a fabulous week and hopefully I will be able to write a couple times while I'm gone! Much love!

Monday, May 23, 2011

YOU (yes you) Continue to Amaze Me

It's been amazing going back and reading all of your blogs. I still have more to go, but I'm 3/4 of the way of catching up. My fingers are numb, but your stories have made it well worth it. Do you all know how beautiful and strong you all are? If you don't, you should.

You continue to amaze me with your ability to express the hurt and lonliness you're feeling while mourning the loss of your husband and the strength you find each day to continue on.

You amaze me with your stories of surviving such horrible acts that have been done to you and your courage to take a stand and speak out.

You amaze me by showing off how great you are at doing probably the hardest job... being a mother. I hope that I will be able to this job as great as you.

And you amaze me at how strong your being while kicking the deployments butt. We all know there are hard days and you're able to admit them. We all know there are good days and your able to celebrate them.

So here's to you fellow bloggers for being some of the most amazing women I know.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Chapters and Beginnings

It’s been a year of new beginnings for me. A lot has changed and I have many new chapters coming up soon. It is all sort of scary, but exciting at the same time. For the first time in a long while, I feel like my life is actually moving. I think back a couple years and I can’t say much that I’ve accomplished. I’ve stayed in college and have received good grades, but starting a career is something completely different. I’m just happy to be able to really begin my photography life.

The past couple of days I’ve been taking the first few steps. I started a photography blog where I’ll be posting pictures as photo shoots happen. I figured it’s a great way to not only see how I’ve improved over time, but also a great way for customers to see my work. If you’d like to follow my new blog, please check it out here. I would love all of your support right now.

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to read blogs and actually comment back. Off to change that right now. Until next time!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A New Family

In the past two weeks, I noticed that a little family moved by our house. Two robins made a nest under the deck in my backyard and today I realized that they had babies! Based on how big the baby robins are, they must have had them a little while ago because they're already pretty big. I couldn't resist myself when it came to taking a picture. They're just too cute!

I want to keep the birdie!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Semester Done {Check}!

Today was a beautiful day. I worked this morning, but got off at a decent time so I was able to get right into my swimsuit to catch some sun rays before the sun went down. It was nice to just lay there for a little bit and relax. I must do that more often. My goal this summer is to take advantage of every nice day {that is if I'm not working all day}. I just feel like the past few summers I've cooped myself up inside all summer and that's just not what I want. It's not what life is about. Besides, being outside will give me time to take some nature pictures.

Like a lot of other bloggers, I just finished up my classes this past week. I feel like a million bricks were lifted off of my shoulders.  I can finally just breathe. It's so nice to know that I don't have to study for a test or read any more twenty page chapters in a textbook. Yuck.

Well, tomorrow is a new day and I need sleep so I don't miss out on it. Good night blog life. Sweet dreams!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Coupon[ing]

With Mister's deployment around the corner [yuck] and money low in my pocket [again, yuck], I decided to give something a try... couponing [can't believe I just said that]! I was watching the show Extreme Couponing on TLC and it just amazes me how much people can save. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm NOT going to get that extreme with it by any means, but I think actually taking the time to look for coupons for things I know I need is smart. I went on Target and I looked through their coupons and they actually have stuff for what I buy. How crazy is that?

My plan is that I want to get good enough where I can buy a lot for cheap so that I can send it to Mister and he can share with his platoon. Why not start now right? Yup, it's decided!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Modern Military

I was contacted a few days ago  by Megan, a clothing designer, who runs a military-inspired online store called Modern Military.  Being a fiance of a Marine, I've come across a lot of these military support stores. I'm always on the lookout for cute Marine t-shirts, but I often find ones that I just couldn't see myself wearing on a day to day basis. This is the exact reason why Megan actually started Modern Military. Her husband was in the Air Force and after looking for cute military supportive clothes, but not finding any she liked, she decided to start her own line [how awesome is that!].

The thing that really stood out to me about Modern Military is how simple yet adorable the clothes are. Check out these cute t-shirts that would be great for this summer to match with some shorts or capris.


In the Coast Guard? Don't worry - Coast Guard inspired clothing is coming soon!
Modern Military was recently launched and new items will be added soon including a mens and children line so make sure you check back regularly to see Megan's new designs. She also has a blog so be sure to follow her. I think we can all agree that we love meeting new bloggers :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Big Day for the Mister!

Mister got promoted to Corporal today! I'm so excited for him. He's worked so hard for this. I can't tell you the amount of times he was suppose to be promoted, but got screwed over and wasn't able to. The day is actually here though and I'm so happy for him!

YAY BABY!
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