Thursday, September 18, 2008

Delicious Cake!!

Tonight we had our cake tasting...it was sooo much fun! We tasted our cakes and made our decisions about what flavors we would go with and what it would look like and then Matt and I just talked with the cake lady and her husband for about an hour and a half...they were so nice and just good people! They recommended a little pizza joint right down the road from them so we ate there. Yep, tonight we had our dessert before our dinner!

Over our Pizza we talked about how wonderful this whole process is and the nice people we have met. If you don't enjoy meeting with the vendors and reaping in their expertise and the love for what they do, you surely would miss alot.

We are blessed!!

Enjoy what is happening in your life right now because you will never get these moments back!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Full Week of Fun things

Last Tuesday, I met up with my fellow photographer friend RaLynn. RaLynn and I met about a year ago on a forum after the 35w bridge collapsed and everyone from MN on the forum was checking in. We thought we'd get together and just do some shooting together. She's got three kids and so we used them for our subjects...we had a lot of fun, but we definately did not have enough time before sun down.

Here is RaLynn, Bill, Alex, Hanna and Hayley...what a good looking family!


Alex...
Hanna...Hayley...
And Princess Hayley...
Thursday night, we had a shower for my friend Michelle from work at Khoury's Restaurant. It is always so much fun to get together with people from work...away from work!!
Check out this fantastic cake....

Michelle got some really nice gifts. This stork picture frame was so thoughtful and will be a keepsake! Great idea Mary!
Michelle and Grayson and Karmen and Addison..both boys were born on the same day!
Grayson has the most beautiful big eyes!

Yep, got me some squeezin time in. I could basically dedicate a day of the week to each baby that has been born to a friend this year. So many babies and more on the way!! Hmm...Emmy, Tanya, Jill, Doreen...is that it? (so sorry if I have forgotten anyone)
Matt left to go to Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois on Thursday. He was gone all weekend and me and kitty boy missed him alot, but we kept verrrry busy!
Friday night me, my dad, Eric, Brian, Lance and Juliana went to Merce Cunninghams Dance Company production of Ocean in the Rainbow Quarry in St. Cloud.
14 dancers....150 musicians....150 feet below ground...AMAZING! We were brought to the bottom of the quarry by buses. A round stage...surrounded by bleachers and atop the bleachers were the 150 orchestra players...this was like Super Surround Sound! For 90 minutes the dancers and musicians communicated something very beautiful and also seemed twisted at times. The music sometimes made me think I was in outerspace. The dancers held poses....forever. There was so much talent. The last ten minutes of the show, they lit up the sides of the Quarry...wow what an impact that was.
There were no accidents...everything was thought about and planned very carefully. Thank God for talented, inspiring people. They didn't alow cameras but if you click the link above you will see some pictures from the hired photographer!
On Saturday, me and my friend Teri went on a Parade of Homes tour. We started out in St. Paul and looked at some of the Condos on the River. Dang $549,000 for an apartment (basically), granted they were nice and most had wonderful views and you don't have to mow the lawn, but still!!
We went to 4 houses and 2 different condo buildings. My favorite house...the $1,300,000 house..ya know pocket change...this house had a very homey feel despite it's size. Looking at some of the other houses I thought they were too big and I didn't get a sense that a family that loved eachother could live there...does that even make sense? Well it makes sense to me!
A couple of the homes we went to had dedicated "Play Rooms"....and when I am a kid again...oh I mean when I have kids I want painting's like these.
Me and the Zebra
Teri with the Giraffe and Monkey...this little playroom also had built in shelves...great idea.

Teri and I then went to Ingredients. I had some yummy Shrimp fried rice and we each got a flight of wine. It is always fun to get together and chat over wine!
We then made our way to see Lynn and Jamie and Ava. I should've taken a picture of the nursery it is so cute, but anyway we hung out for a few hours. The little family is doing well.
Here is baby Ava...she is so sweet!

Sunday I met up with Amanda at Axels. I was supposed to have a senior shoot with TJ that day, but the weather did not cooperate...looking forward to his shoot next week!

Matt came home Sunday evening...had a wonderful time...the weather didn't cooperate for the drag racing but he said it was a great time. He met a lot of nice people and saw some cool cars! Monday we went to see Burn After Reading. It was good except we did not like the ending. It was full of great actors/actresses. Brad Pitt was quite the geek in it and that was funny.

Other exciting things...I applied for the marriage license and please keep it a secret but I gave Matt my last name...it is a surprise...I think he will be sooooo excited.....hahahaha...what if I did??

We booked our Honeymoon...sunny Jamaica here we come.

We are going to taste some cake on Thursday...yummy in my tummy here we come!


He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit.
Sir Walter Scott

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Good Times, Good Times

Let me tell you, the 1st Annual Dorisfest was a BLAST! We had so much fun. Friends an family gathered and enjoyed Chili Galore...4 Big Crocks! "Sidecar to Saturn" blessed us with their presence and awesome music. It rained...pooh...so we didn't get to take them in for as long as we would've liked, but that is nature. Some people had never heard them before and everyone I talked to LOVED their music. Thanks for coming and playing at Dorisfest!!

Okay before I go any further I have to apologize for not taking many pictures. There were so many people there that I rarely get to converse with and I was having a good time just hanging out. So I guess that is where the struggle is sometimes within me as a photographer. Do I enjoy in the memories or capture them...usually it is somewhere in the middle.

My soon to be in-laws....aren't they just cute. I love them, they are such welcoming people.

The sunset was beautiful that night...I don't think I got it at it's prime moment, but it is still pretty.
So after the rain came, some musicians moved inside.

Jake was rockin' out on a piece of wood...it was like he was in a real rock concert!!
Matt occasionally likes to make faces for the camera (BTW I love his playing. The first time I heard him play was not too far into our relationship, he was nervous and I was so in love. I thought "those are the hands that will hold my children someday" Yep, he got me then and still does)Thor...the Bass player for Sidecar...awesome!


Thats Bri on the drums and Lance in the background dancing or something!
Baby John enjoyed flirting with the girls

Sunday around noon my friend Lynn had baby Ava. I went to visit in the evening and Ava was all bundled up in about 10 blankets (so I didn't get to check out all her little parts) but she is just beautiful. I think she is definately a mix between Lynn and Jamie. I plan to go visit really soon to get some more pictures and get my fill of holding her!
I had a wonderful weekend away from work!

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wonderful Weekend

I had a really nice and busy weekend! Saturday was a beautiful day full of warm sunshine and love as Beth and Berent were united in marriage!

Beth and Berent

Beth was absolutely beautiful
Beth and her bridesmaids...the colors cam together so nice!

Beth, Berent and Leo...he so didn't want his picture taken. He is so cute with all his golden curls!
The wedding party...don't they look great!

Haha....I love me some fun poses Congratulations Beth and Berent...hope you have a wonderful time on your honeymoon!
On Sunday, it was off to the fair for new food, new ideas and great people watching! ( Had to take my little camera with instead of hauling the big one out)


An albino reticulated python, this thing was neat! Matt looooves to see unusual animals, and this definately was.

I never thought the day would come when I would eat Chocolate dipped Bacon...and enjoy it. This was a brilliant combination...delicious!

mmmm...then we had some homemade tator tots...hashbrowns with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and green onion...deep fried and on-a-stick of course!


We also at Pizza on-a-stick, a tomato stuffed with chicken salad, and blackened steak.

Later on Sunday we headed to Lance and Juliana's house and had some drinks and played cards. Brian and Matt rocked out on the guitars and we reeled in Matts birthday at midnight.

Monday, Labor Day...was Matts B-day and we celebrated with his parents and a couple of his siblings. Mama Peg made Spaghetti and meatballs...mmm mmm good!

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. ~Simone Signoret