Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial day... for some people, it's probably just a 3-day weekend. a paid day off of work. another reason to BBQ and have a few drinks. or a reason to spend the day at the beach. But for alot of us, it's a day to remember the fallen. our family. our friends. strangers. Those that give their lives, so that we may live ours the way we love to, in the United States of America. I used to be somewhere in between...i enjoyed the day off, and I knew what the day meant. Not until December of 2007 did the holiday take on a whole new meaning. Sure, I knew my great granddad and my grandfather had both served their duties, but they made it out unharmed. But in December 2007, my cousin was killed in action, serving in Iraq. He was such a wonderful man and I looked forward to family get togethers when I knew he'd be there. He was an Eagle scout and a graduate of Texas A&M, and he believed so much in what he was doing in the Army. I was there to watch his plane come home. I'd never seen the patriot guard before. I was amazed at the outburst of patriotism and and honor they shared with us. I was asked to bring my camera with me to the funeral, and I'm so glad I did. I'll share one shot with you.


I still visit his facebook from time to time. and his guestbook. I'm so honored to call him family.


Jodi over at MCP Actions asked her fans to send in some patriotic images for Memorial Day. I sent in the one above and it's posted on her blog. The other entries are worth a look. God Bless our troops! Thank a soldier, and remember those who've given their lives for our freedom.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dear Maybelline,

Dear Maybelline - thank you for making a super spectacular new eyeliner!!!!

Veronika loves her gel eye liner from Bobbi Brown... but i wasnt about to spend that much money on eyeliner. I've seen a few people mention MAC's eyeliner also, but i just wasnt sure about it. All i knew was that my purminerals and revlon pencils just werent cutting it in this heat around here. I'm outside alot for work and play, and my eyeliner was just smearing all over the place under my eyes. It looked AWFUL. Anywho - I was reading a magazine on my way home from Vegas last month (blog about that shortly), and it was either Glamour or Cosmo (cause i found something i wanted to try in both of them), and i came across the ad for Maybelline's new EyeStudio gel eye liner. I of course bought it in black. And now i want it in all 4 colors. It goes on super easy and it also blends really well. I use one my Revlon Beyond Natural pencil (in buff) with it sometimes when i wear it alone. This stuff lasts and lasts... I have softball practice after work some days, and my whole face was drenched in sweat yesterday - but my eyeliner - was in. tact. Incredible. And it's only like $10. even better. I love it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm a Winner :)

Laurel from Go Against the Grain was having a facebook contest! When she hit 100 fans, she was giving away some freebies. Well, I was already a fan (yaaaay fellow graphics people!! :) ). She hit 100 and randomly selected a winner and holy smokes it was me! I dont win things a lot and I get excited easily. So I couldn't wait to see what was in the package. Check it out!


Laurel makes these straw flags (and cupcake ones too!), and lots of wedding map designs, and monograms, and all sorts of neat things. I'm a sucker for all things pink. and glittery. and with my intials. So I got a glittery R, little bags with a pink heart on them, and pink polka dot flags! One of my friends needs to get preggo and have a girl or something so i can use these. haha. Neh, ill find a use for em. I'm sure just sipping on the straw with the flag on it is enough to give me a nice little cheer up on a blah day :)

Now go check out Go Against the Grain on etsy, and see how talented and creative she is.

Thanks Laurel!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Well Hello There!

A month? Really? I havent posted for a month?! I dont even know where to start now. Life's been fun tho. Driving the cobra top down. Photoshoots. Softball. It's been alot of fun. I was just updating the photography blog and I've got lots of stuff scheduled to post over the next few days. Over the next month or two I've got a couple bridal sessions and engagement shoots and a wedding scheduled. This softball season is coming to an end but the next one is starting in June. And this weekend is the Pasadena Strawberry Festival! We're playing mud volleyball for the first time ever! It's going to be a good time. Also this weekend - our 1st wedding anniversary! We've got volleyball and softball games so im not sure what else we'll be able to squeeze in there, but I'll let you know later. I'll see if i can't update this thing a little more regularly ;)


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