Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I want candy.

We are about to head out for some trick-or-treating around the 'hood. This year I managed to throw together a costume for Bella since she never wants to be anything easy commercially popular. She came up with Lion tamer. Uh, sure. When I did a quick search online I found a ton of lion tamer costumes...if you are a 45 year old wanna-be hooker. So I headed to Jo-Anns and pulled out the old sewing machine.

 My Mom came over to help me make a template for the vest {thanks MOM}. A few hours later and a few burns from the hot-glue gun and wa-la...the cutest little lion tamer :)
We hope everyone has a safe & fun time tonight...and hopefully I'm not the only parent who enforces the candy tax...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

34 years

Today is my 34th big fanfare, just a few of my favorite things and spending time with my family. Our trip to the mountains was even better than I was hoping for (posts coming) and we celebrated my birthday all weekend so to have a low-key birth{day} was absolutely perfect! I did have two wonderful surprises show up at my door today. My sweet friend Maria, of Love & Sugar Kisses, dropped by with made from scratch Macaroons!!! I could have cried I was so excited! Lemon, Vanilla and Coffee Mocha...I couldn't love this woman any more. She had never made them before and watched a YouTube on how to bake them. There is no end to this lady's talents.
And yes, they were as delicious as they look (and no, I didn't eat all of them...yet)!

My second surprise showed up in the hands of my sweet never gets old.

My thirties have been wonderful and I really look forward to all of the new surprises this life has in store for me in the years to come.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My insta-week

  1. took the kiddos to Latitude 30, skee-ball will always be my favorite
  2. couldn't pass up this toaster from Target...Bella never can find her name on those silly key chains at Disney World so I figure having your name on a toaster is at least 10x cooler
  3. my new Kate Spade macbook cover came in the mail, better than Christmas morning
  4. he now wants to be called MR. Finnigan
  5. had an awesome vintage photo shoot at a private could eat off the floors
  6. my go to food when I'm on the run, they aren't seasonal snobs like Starbucks, Taco Bell offers a caramel apple empanada all year long!
The hubby and I are heading out in the morning to northern Georgia to {hopefully} see some fall foliage.  Camera batteries are charging :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Growing my waistline by reading.

I totally admit it, I fall into the category of being a Francophile. I didn't realize there were so many of us out there but every time I bring up my love for Paris to a friend, I usually hear how much everyone else also dreams of traveling to Paris on a daily basis. Like it is a magical land of mystery and beauty. I'm not sure when or why my obsession started. It wasn't when I was a kid, I never thought about traveling far when I was young. In fact, my first plane ride was when I got engaged to my husband, we flew from Florida to Indiana so I could meet his parents. I think it might have started because my hubby has traveled all over the world and when we got married I used to look at all of his pictures and think about how amazing it must be to actually see all of the places we read about in our history books. We finally decided to make the long trip in 2002 right after my son was born. To say it was overwhelming would be an understatement. I'm not sure that I could even comprehend at the time how different it was over there than it is living in our relatively young country. The sights, sounds, smells were so surreal.

That trip served only to fuel my love of Paris, as well as traveling in general. Each year after I would try to figure out a way we could save enough money to go back. We saved up and made it back one more time in 2006 after my daughter was born.

There are some awesome blogs out there just dedicated to show their love of Paris. I followed the very talented Oh Happy Day! as she moved to Paris for a year, while I strategized how I could somehow get my husband to transfer over there for work (yeah, not going to happen). I tend to pin every picture I see of Paris while I'm browsing the endless images of Pinterest. I buy every book I see about the city of lights. Anthropology must make a killing on people just like me as they seem to have a new book on Paris every time I go in there! 

I recently stumbled on this new book when browsing for a new read on Paris. I can't recommend it enough. It is more than just a taste-testing of all things sweet in Paris. Her journey while working in Paris is something that I can only dream about but her honesty with how life really is being an outsider in the city she loves is completely refreshing and brings a reality to this fantasy we all have in our minds about Paris. It doesn't stop her from loving Paris even more and it only made me want to pack my bags and leave today!
Since I can't just pack my bags today, I settled for the next best thing...searching my city for some of the sweet treats she talks about in the book. First up, the famous french macaroon! I have only found 3 places in my entire city that sells them...and out of the 3, only one that makes them fresh on location. Yesterday I stopped in to Luli's Cupcakes as soon as they flipped the sign from closed to open. I ordered one of each, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, pistachio, coconut and lemon.

The strawberry and lemon were the winners of our little taste test but really, there were no losers.

I've decided to make it my mission to search out all of the macaroons in the North Florida area. It's gonna be a tough job but I think I'm up to the challenge. I dare you to read Paris, My Sweet and not have a longing for these little pieces of Paris.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hello from the Sunshine State!

Hello out there! I feel like I just moved into a new home. I have a clean slate, a place to design from scratch. This blog is my new outlet to the world outside of my business. Don't get me wrong, I love my photography business with all of my heart but I decided I needed a place of my own too. Deciding to start a personal blog about my family was an easy decision, the hard part is deciding what I wanted to focus on. I am obsessed with quite a few things besides photography. Party planning, traveling, eating and every once in a while, shopping. We are trying our hardest to raise two amazing kids who share my desire to think creatively and my husband's (the engineer) way of thinking practically. He attempts to keep us grounded while I am attempting to fill the hot air balloon full of helium.

 So there might be a few direction changes, testing out new paint colors so to speak, but I can't wait to share all of those things that I daydream about and some of the sights I see along the way. Hello cyber-space, can't wait to meet you.