Monday, October 31, 2011

the best night of the year

Would be Halloween of course.  I'm completely biased {having an October birthday does that to a person} but it's always been my fav.
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These would be the brownies I sent the husband with for his work party.  I made them from scratch, not because I have this amazing recipe or anything {baking isn't really my forte}, but because I completely forgot about it and I usually have cocoa/sugar/flour around.  When I asked him how they were, he told me they were "too rich," which isn't really an insult because my husband doesn't like dessert.  I don't get it and it can't be explained, but I think "too rich" actually means "absolutely delicious."  So there you go.

the kids
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the grown-ups
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the night
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Until next year...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

jewel

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So here it is, our daughter's costume in all it's homemade glory. She watched Rio, had to be Jewel, and I think it turned out pretty fantastic.

This was another first for me, and a somewhat sentimental one at that since my mom always made our costumes growing up. I really enjoyed the puzzle of making something like this from scratch and I couldn't help but think about my mom during the process. I had several "what would mom do" moments as I finally learned how to sew {sort of}, nursed some hot glue gun burns, and played with R.I.T. dye. Oh the joys.

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And, after some coercing, begging, pleading, etc. I got her to wear her mask for all but 3.5 seconds. That still counts, right?
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his television debut

The husband went and got himself on the 10 o'clock news last night. Click here if you'd like to watch. I think he did swell.

Monday, October 24, 2011

30

I turned 30 today.

I once thought this would be a monumental and slightly depressing day. It was nothing of the sort. In fact, it only dawned on me a few days ago that I would be turning 30. "Refreshingly normal" is how I would describe the day I left my twenties behind.

I usually hate goodbyes, they always make me cry. But saying goodbye to my twenties was really quite nice. They served me well, but I don't miss them. I made plenty of mistakes, of which I learned from {that's the important part, right?}. I began a career I'm still in love with. Doubled the amount of people who call me family. And I married Mr. Rogers who is as delicious as they come {but you already knew that}.

This isn't a post about how perfect my life is, because it's far from it. My husband has an x wife for heavens sake {enough said}. But it is about how happy I am these days. I'm just really, really, happy. I can't wait to see what my thirties has in store for me. I can't wait to just keep on living and learning and growing. Life just seems ridiculously exciting to me right now. Not quite Christmas morning exciting, but pretty darn close.

I'm happy with who I am. I love the people in my life. And I love my life.

Monday, October 17, 2011

on the side

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I've officially got myself a little side business. If you're curious, you can check out my photography blog here.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

sort of scary...but mostly wonderful

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I'm of the school of thought that it is quite healthy and good for the ol' soul to do something that scares the pants right off ya every now and again. Apparently I got the itch, because I did something scary...I photographed my first wedding {oh my}.

This is how it played out. I was waiting in this little room {made especially for photographers} for my very happy couple to arrive and I'm surrounded by the other photographers who are also waiting for their couples. Well, these aren't the nice lot of photographers I hoped I'd run into--they're all business, no smiles. And they have equipment, lot's of it. I've got a camera and three lenses thank you very much, but they've got camera holsters with two cameras dangling from their hips and gobs of other stuff, and again, they don't smile. Something like, what have I gotten myself into? is crossing my mind. But then they leave with their happy couples and mine finally arrives. My bride, who is also officially now my sister-in-law is looking amazing, and I casually express my concern to her, in which she looks right into my eyes and responds:

"Amanda, we hired you because we wanted you."

Did I mention I LOVE my new sister-in-law? The Rogers boys really know how to pick 'em.

That was all I needed. A good old pep talk from the bride herself. And you know what, we rocked it. Holster boys don't hold a candle to what the Rogers clan can produce. I promise. We were watching, and they made their couples do silly things, ridiculous things for pictures. Not us. We're classy.

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P.S. I will soon have my photography blog up and running so you can look at more pictures from this day. Not only was this an amazing experience for me in the photography department, but I was even more in love with the husband at the end of the day. Nothing like seeing newlyweds make-out like every five seconds to keep the ol' flame alive.