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I'm an Okie native, but currently an Arkansan. Newlywed. Hairstylist. Lover of all things creative. Pinterest and blog addict. Wanna-be photographer and wedding planner. Jesus follower. I love meeting new people and I'd love for you to stay a while, read a lot, and follow along. I love discovering new blogs so leave me a comment and I'm thrilled you're here!


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Busy Bee!

Same story, different day....super busy and trying to keep my head above water...that's my excuse again for my lack of blogging. So far it's been a fun and busy summer. We are constantly going and doing. Our to-do list seems never ending. I'm thankful for that though.

I got to take a fun little weekend getaway last weekend to the Fayetteville area. I was photographing my college friend's wedding. It was a beautiful and sweet wedding. It was super fun for me because I stayed one night with one of my best friend's and her family. We got to do some shopping together before I headed to the wedding. My mom was a savior and drove almost 4 hours to be my "photography assistant". She never actually took a picture, but she seriously saved my life. She kept me on schedule, carried all my equipment, let me boss her around like crazy, handed me things when I needed them, and kept me sane. I couldn't have done it without her. We got to catch up while working at the reception and I would totally hire her again to be my assistant. After the wedding, we headed to my aunt and uncle's house and stayed with them for the next two nights. My cousin, Blondell met us there. We went shopping at the cutest antique/flea market store, had lunch with my college friend and her boys, sat on the patio at Jose's and listened to a live band and sipped on swirls, and had lunch on the lake the following day before heading home. It was the perfect relaxing and fun to catch up with everyone. I loved every minute of it!

A few pics from the wedding. 

 Daisies & Olives....the cutest store ever. If you're ever in the Prairie Grove, AR area, you must go.
 Dinner at Jose's.
Lunch with these cuties.

The only negative thing about the weekend was I dropped my favorite lens at the wedding and it fell pretty hard on solid ground and broke. Thankfully, I had a back up camera so it didn't mess anything up. I had to buy a new lens this week because I had upcoming photo sessions. I'm so excited though because I bought an upgraded lens and it's amazing how much better it is. I'm so excited about it. I was playing with it the night I got it and took this picture of our sweet pup.
He always lays just like this with his paw bent back and his favorite "ducky" never leaves his sight. It is so funny because he will not get in his bed until he finds his ducky and brings it to bed with him. It is too cute. 

This weekend we just hung out at home and played outside in the water. Saturday I floated the river for the first time with my friend, Jana. We rented kayaks and it was so much fun. I can't believe I've lived here an entire year and have never floated the river. I see many more float trips in my near future. It was so relaxing and we even got caught in a storm. We had to dock our kayaks and get off the river twice, but we did enjoying a little kayaking in the rain which felt wonderful. Today I went to the lake with my friend, her mom, and her little boy. We just laid out on rafts and soaked up the sun. My idea of a perfect weekend. Aaron has been working hard helping his friend out in the hay field while I stay busy with editing. He has got quite the farmer's tan going on. I'm pretty jealous about it. 

We've got lots of exciting vacations and weekend trips coming up in the near future. One is with my immediate family and my dad's side of the family, one with my in-laws, and one with my high school best friends and their husbands. Stay tuned for pictures and posts about those trips. I can't wait. 

We will also be celebrating one whole year of marriage this time next week. So crazy how fast time flies. 

Hope you are all having a fun summer so far!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Productivity Makes Me Happy!!

I had a very productive weekend. Although, I would have rather been outside doing something fun all weekend, I got a lot accomplished and that always makes me happy. I've been working full time so I don't have all my weekly spare time to get chores, errands, editing, and other projects done. It's been a while since I've worked 5 days a week and I just now realized how spoiled I've been for the last few months. Although, I'm not complaining because I'm thankful for a full time job.

This weekend I...
-Went grocery shopping. I decided I'm going to test out the whole meal planning on the weekend and having a menu for Mon-Sun. We'll see how it goes. I'm not a cook and I don't enjoy being in the kitchen so we'll see if I can muster up the energy to cook every night. Wish me luck.
I went ahead and decided to reward myself while grocery shopping. I was in the mood for some gelato and I discovered these guys. I thought the packaging was enticing and the flavors were making my mouth water so I bought them. It is probably the most expensive little pint of ice cream I've ever bought, but totally worth every penny. You have to try them...they are absolutely amazing. Your mouth will thank me later, or it might curse me because you will never want your freezer to be without these again.  They are vegetarian, gluten free, HFCS free, and hormone free. You can find them at Wal-Mart.

-Closed up shop and moved out of my craft booth. I just don't have time for it anymore and I haven't added anything new to it since Christmas so I decided it was time to be done with it. I am having a garage sale this Saturday (I promise this weekend I really am having one) and I'm selling everything that was in my booth for cheap so please come buy it all. I WILL NOT take it back into my house if it doesn't sell.

-Did a photo shoot for this cutie and I edited a newborn session that I've been needing to edit forever ago. I feel so much better now that it's finally done.
How great is his "duck face"? I love it! His dad was tickling his nose with a leaf and he made this face over and over again. So stinkin' cute. 
I really despise editing is the absolute last thing I want to do everyday when I get home from work and it takes me a long time to convince myself to sit in front of a computer all evening and edit, but then I start editing pictures like the ones I'm currently working on below and I remember why I love doing what I do. Because these precious moments are what life is all about and I'm so glad I get to capture those moments for people that I love oh so dearly.

-I cleaned the house, washed and folded every last piece of laundry, washed the outside and inside of my car, took Samson on multiple walks, and met with a friend to plan her daughter's 1st birthday pictures.
Can't clean house without lighting a candle. This is my current favorite from Bath & Body Works....Provence Garden. It smells amazing.

-We also managed to squeeze in a fun date night to dinner & a movie. We don't go to the movies very often, but I love it when we do. We saw the movie Neighbors. It was sooo bad, but a little funny. One of those where you feel terrible for laughing at it. Or one of the ones you don't go see with your parents.
Love him! It's June and that means we will be celebrating our 1st anniversary this month in New Mexico. So excited....I am in desperate need for a vacation.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Sorry for a totally random blog post, but I thought I'd write a post while I was on a productive kick. Tomorrow I will be back under my rock editing away. I've got three more sessions to edit, a wedding to take this month, and two more 1st birthday pictures to take all before our trip. If I don't update my blog for a while, you'll know why ;)