Friday, November 23, 2012

Half a birthday weekend

 My niece J turned 10 in October. We have been chatting about her birthday weekend since this summer. Horseback riding was on the top of the wish list. But someone had to go and throw a wrench in the plans and decide to take on big projects like refinishing floors during the whole month of October.
 So we did some more chatting and Jordan decided to compromise. She would do a half birthday weekend that included helping me move and dog sit.
 I think the dog sitting part was not such a burden.
 They had to share the back seat on our trips back and forth between houses. I think Duece had fun too....kinda.

 After church on Sunday, we headed to the horse riding stables in my new home town.
 J kept saying "I hope I get a big horse."
 Well, she not only got a big horse, but the staff's favorite horse. She was sooooo excited.
I got the blind horse that could only follow her horse. But I didn't mind. I do not share J's love of horses.
On our way home from the stables, she said that this has been the best year of her life. She got to go to Walt Disney World and go horse back riding twice. She really loves horses!
But that was before we took Duece to get a bath. That might have dampened her thoughts on her half birthday weekend.
We are finishing the second half this weekend with C and Little J.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Duece"y" boy

I have had a few people ask me if my brother misses me yet or if I miss him yet.

I don't know if he misses me, but I bet this guy misses me lots. 

PS - my brother didn't like it when I called his dog Duecey. His name is just Duece, as in the number 2.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A wild adventure

 I was honored to be asked to photograph Amanda and Adam's wedding. 

Amanda is a dear friend of my "baby" cousin E. There is a group of 4 girls who have been close friends since grade school. They refer to themselves a CAKE. Amanda and Baby E are the vowels of the group.
Three out of the four were my 4-Hers. Amanda was the only one not in 4-H. But there were plenty of opportunities that I was around her and her family. Completely lovely family.

From the beginning, I knew that they wanted to have their wedding at the zoo. The location was a priority. I remember hearing her mom say that they were willing to save money on other things so that they could have the perfect location.

Throughout the summer, we prayed and prayed for rain. Then the day of the wedding, we prayed that the rain would stop.

The rain and sun played tag all day long. Thankfully, the buildings and gardens lended themselves to running in and out of the rain.
Did you see Adam in the back right corner of the photo above? Do you see Amanda's cute shy smile and slight turn of her head?
 This was the sequence of photos of the "First Look."

Not long after that photo was taken, I slipped down the stairs with my camera in my hand. I saved the camera and landed squarely on my tush. Maybe it was more like bounced on my tush. 

The humidity was at 110%. The guys were so good to leave their jackets on for some of pictures. And I never heard a word from the girls worrying about their hair. 

 I don't know if you could tell or not, but their umbrellas are each a different animal print. They matched their shoes. Even though it wasn't raining at that exact moment, the umbrellas had to get photographed.
 One of the benefits of the rain was that the animals were out and about. We got lots of photos with the giraffes and hippos and zebras. This one is my favorite of Adam protecting her from the lions.
 Amanda had done her research, the same as their engagement photos, and had some super cute pose ideas planned ahead of time.

 Adam even got in on the cute pose planning.
 This is my favorite. It is not the best quality photo, but it is of their first prayer as husband and wife. The most important thing.
They had all kinds of cute "wild" details throughout the reception.