Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Summer Soiree

I have been looking for an excuse to throw a fun little outdoor party all summer and finally decided to just do it before the weather wouldn't allow it. (Loren's parents graciously let us use their backyard and take over their kitchen). It was the perfect night with good friends, food, and atmosphere, the only thing missing was the Hacketts :(

the set up

place cards

a mix of Ginger Ale, Perrier, pickle and olive jars for our flower vases (I save any cute bottle or jar and use them for vases all the time)

tissue pom-poms (homemade), string lights from Target

baby food jar tea light lanterns I made last year

some of the boys playing bocce ball

the girls: me (in a skirt I made this summer), Emily, Courtnie, Kristin, Cami, and Amy

the boys: Tad, Loren, Jake, Hans, Jeff and Brad

the whole gang

a perfect evening!
(hopefully an annual happening)

On the menu was: lemon pasta, green salad (thanks Rossis), corn on the cob (thanks Hubrichs), cheesy bread sticks (thanks Hopkins), Grandpa Shaw's orange mint punch, and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert (thanks Cannons).

Also, someone decided it would be a good idea to recreate this awkward family picture.
I don't really have any words for this.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Try not to be jealous...

of my ridiculously huge camera.

I guess I should have checked the dimensions while I was ordering it because I was not expecting to pull this out of the box! I think I laughed for 20 minutes. I knew it would have to be big enough to spit these out, I just underestimated it's hugeness. A friend said I would pretty much be walking around with a printer hanging off my neck :)

It is a fun camera though, here are some pictures I took with it in California a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas

I know this is a little late, but how could I resist this gem of a picture I found of my dad while visiting for Christmas. Love it. Love him.
There is not enough that can be said about being surrounded by family and friends. We love them all and are very blessed to have them in our lives.
Hope you had a Merry one, we sure did.

Friday, October 9, 2009


It was so much fun to have my mom with me for the week in Tuscany! We had such a great time. We stayed at a 1,700 acre working farmhouse, the food was amazing. The countryside was beautiful but I was a little disappointed that they had just tilled all of the fields, so we weren't able to see as many rolling green Tuscan hillsides. It was still amazing though, I think my mom caught the travel bug on this trip...who could blame her :)

Me in Florence

San Gimignano from afar

Me and my mom

a little church I can't remember the name of

Tuscan sunrise

Cathedral in Siena

tower on the Piazza del Campo in Siena (we climbed to the top!)

starting the climb up the tower

the stairway

view from the top!

Cyprus trees at dawn at the farmhouse

tree on a hill at the farmhouse

me and my mom

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Can't believe it's over already

So, my boss does photography workshops in Italy every year and I was lucky enough to get to go and help out with it this year. We were there for two weeks, one week on the Italian Riviera two days in Florence and a second week in Tuscany. Loren spent the first week with me and my mom came over for the second week. We had a blast getting to know new people and visiting different cities every day. We would do short photography classes in the morning and then spend the rest of the day traveling to surrounding areas seeing little villages, monasteries, beaches. Here are some pictures from the first week. I'll post more from the second week later to split it up.

view from our hotel in Camogli

eating gelato

at the port in Camogli waiting for a boat

the beach at San Fruttuoso Monastary

swimming in the mediterranean on the Cinque Terre

one of the towns on the Cinque Terre

umbrellas on the beach

more umbrellas, love them

another view of the Cinque Terre

pretty clouds and ocean

Vernazza at night

pier at Portofino

Portofino boat

at the lighthouse in Portofino

more pictures to come from Tuscany, Ciao!