Jul 242013
Our trip to Virginia and to the Shenandoah Mountains

The trip from Atlanta, GA to Richmond, VA was shorter then Houston, to Atlanta. I have been to the Shenandoah mountains back in 2006 but have always wanted to go back and Joel had never been before so we thought this was the perfect time to go. We both have seen mountains before but we never get tired of seeing the beautiful views. Here are some of our favorite photos and make sure you check out the vlog to see more of these beautiful mountains. Enjoy! 🙂

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Jul 242013
Our Trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

We recently took a trip to visit some of Joel’s family in Virginia. We decided to make a road trip out of it and rented a car so we wouldn’t have to put the miles on mine. We requested a compact car so it would get good gas mileage and the only one they had available was this cute little Fiat. The first day we drove from Houston, TX to Atlanta, GA. It is about 12 hours of driving plus getting gas and food and loosing an hour when you cross over from Central to Eastern time. We didn’t take many pictures on the drive over there, but had a fair amount of video for the vlog. We arrived in Atlanta late in the evening and got a hotel by the airport because it got better reviews then other places we looked up. This allowed us to get some cool pictures of landing airplanes but did not allow us to get much sleep.   The next day we went to the Georgia Aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in the world and was built in 2005,They have a show called “Dolphin Tales” which they added only a few months ago. My favorite exhibit by far was the Ocean Voyager. It is the largest single fish tank in the world. They have Whale Sharks and Giant Manta Rays with many other beautiful fish. When I walked into that room I was blown away at the size of the tank. The photos and video don’t do it justice. You have to go see it in person. It is so beautiful and relaxing you could sit there all day and not get tired off looking at it. Here are some of our favorite pictures from the other exhibits. The Aquarium was amazing and we are going to go visit there again! For dinner we went to The Vortex Bar and Grill. I found out about this place from Man vs Food from the Travel Channel. I love that show and that channel! I’m not alone in this right? Anyway, they have crazy burgers and I got The Blue ‘Shroom and it was delicious!! If you are ever in Atlanta you should definitely stop by and grab a burger. Have you ever been to The Georgia Aquarium or to The Vortex? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Oct 242012
Many Faces of Max and Gabe

This last week Joel and I visited my sister, brother in law and two nephews in Dallas to celebrate Max’s 2nd and Gabe’s 1st birthdays. They are growing up SO fast! They in the “babbling” phase and will repeat a little of what you say. Max can sometimes put a few words together and Gabe mostly makes funny baby noises. We could only stay one day but they are so cute that I had to take some pictures before we left. It was really great seeing everyone and I can’t wait to see them again soon! 🙂 Here’s Max! And Gabe! Bed head. Sitting in the toy box like he owns the place. They are TOO cute! I just can’t get enough! “Scrunchy face!” Lady killer face! I couldn’t resist the eyelashes shot. GOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Take one bite, put it on the table, take one bite, put it on the table… Joel’s brother Ira was in town for Guard drill and dropped by to say “Hi”. Piano lessons. Bed time, good night.

Sep 192012
Handmade Bridal Jewelry

My mom has made jewelry for years now and has recently started to make wedding jewelry. I’m super excited to share some of her most recent work that I had the opportunity to photograph! Enjoy! 🙂 The necklace below can be worn with the ear rings photographed with it or the ones to the right.

Sep 132012
Camping at Huntsville State Park

Joel and I took a trip with Heather and EJ to Huntsville State Park a few weeks ago. We wanted to go camping with them since we photographed their engagement session and wedding. I love going to Huntsville because one of my favorite things to do is canoe and they rent them there during the summer months. Heather and EJ rented a canoe for the day and Joel and I rented one over night. Canoeing is always so peaceful and my favorite part about it at this park is being able to canoe through the Lilly Pads. They were huge, some being the size of car tires. I really want to take a photo of a frog sitting on a Lilly pad, like in a cartoon. That would be so cute! While making our way through the Lilly pads there were these tiny bugs that would glide along the surface of the water like they were on glass. Also, plenty of colorful butterflies and lots of bright iridescent blue and green dragonflies which were so magical. The dragonflies would land right next to you and just look at you before darting away. The weather was nice but after canoeing for a few hours we were pretty hot and to cool off we took a dip in the lake. They have a designated area you can swim in and there are to many people there to get eaten by alligators (hopefully). While swimming we saw rain clouds in the distance so we left the swimming area and we got back to camp just in time to cover our tents and fire wood before the rain. I didn’t mind the rain for 2 reasons: it didn’t last long and it kept us nice and cool. Since Joel and I got our canoe over night we just had to take it out on the water after dark. The moon was out so we could see just enough to get around. It was such a beautiful cool night (because of the rain earlier that day) with the moon and all the stars out on the peaceful lake. Until… we noticed the pair of bright orange eyes protruding just above the water in the path to get back to our campsite! As we got closer the orange eyes quietly swam away. We got out of the canoe as fast as possible and got a safe […]

Aug 152012
11 Random Things About Me

1. I’m a little afraid of the dark, especially when I’m alone. 2. I get cold easily. 68°F is sweater weather. 3. I love to listen to loud music and sing in my car. 4. I drive fast. Especially when listening to loud music. 5. I like maraschino cherries WAY more than I should. Way, way more than I should. 6. I like to go camping but I don’t like bugs. That is when Off is my best friend. 7. I have a strange fascination with twins. I don’t know if I would want to have twins though. My sister has two (non twin) boys and that is hard enough. 8. I think it would be awesome to meet conjoined twins someday. 9. I talk to the TV sometimes and yell at the TV sometimes. “NO DON’T GO DOWN THAT HALLWAY, THE ZOMBIES ARE THERE!” 10. I eat weird gluten free snacks with Joel, like toasted corn tortillas and peanut butter. It might not sound good but it is. 11. I didn’t get a Pinterest account until a few weeks ago and now I’m addicted. It’s the best site EVER! 🙂

Jul 102012
Our Travels to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The jet engines were roaring and the body scanners were humming at Houston’s busy Bush Intercontinental airport as we embarked on our trip to Philadelphia, PA. This was the first time Joel and I had flown together (only road trips before) and we could hardly wait to see what the city of brotherly love had in store for us. As for why we were going to Philly, see the post about my brother Chris and Michelle’s engagement session. (Congratulations again Chris and Michelle!) The flight up there was smooth and uneventful, unlike the ride back but I will get to that later. When we arrived it was warm and sunny which over the next few days turned to rainy and gloomy and then finally cool and refreshing. June in Houston is often the first two but never the last one, so it was a nice change of pace. We arrived a day before the rest of my family so that first day there we got to go exploring! It was my first time on a train and a subway. Suburban Station under downtown Philly was huge, it was four or five stories of underground train platforms, gift shops and restaurants. We got the chance to take a tour of Independence Hall and when we walked in I felt like I was taking a trip back in time. It was really cool to be in the room that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. We were there with a bunch of 4th graders but they seemed to enjoy it and we all learned a lot. They were pretty smart kids. We wanted to see the Liberty Bell until we saw the long line of people. We didn’t feel like standing in line for an hour so we just looked at the bell through the window. Next time we go we will get there nice and early so we can see it and skip the lines. This is one of the first Supreme Court buildings that is located next to Independence Hall. While in Philly I HAD to have a authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich. Michelle was nice enough to drive through downtown Philadelphia on the way to the airport. She showed us around a bit more and we stopped at a street cart to get a Cheese Steak. The best ones come from the street carts because they […]

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Apr 272012

I saw this video because one of my friends shared it on Facebook. It reminded me to live my life to the fullest, to take risks and to enjoy every day I have. When I’m at the end of my life I want to know I did everything I could to make it count. What are you going to do to make it count? I LOVE the video even though it doesn’t have a very good preview photo.

Apr 172012
SXSW - Austin Texas

Joel and I went to the music festival portion of South by Southwest aka SXSW or simply “South by” (sxsw.com) in Austin, TX and we had an awesome time! We visited my cousins who showed me around town and got us into VIP areas. Shout out to Keegan and Quinn! During SX the whole city is a big party and downtown is especially crazy. I don’t remember everywhere we went but a few of the venues were: Mohawk (912 Red River Street, Austin, TX, mohawkaustin.com) Chuggin’ Monkey (219 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, thechugginmonkey.com) where we saw Culture Cry Wolf and friends (www.culturecrywolf.com) from Minneapolis who sounded great and really knew how to work the crowd. Also a few other random bars and clubs in downtown that I can’t remember the names of. It was crazy but a lot of fun and I can’t wait until next year! The Aftermath!