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We haven’t done fireworks like this in my family in years. Mostly just what happens when a family grows up, I guess.

We had Otter Pops out.

We had dud fireworks.

We had the chairs lined up at the end of the drive way.

We had matches that wouldn’t work.

We had the bucket of water ready, you know…for just in case.

We had Dad watering the lawn for practically 30 minutes, to protect the lawn and house from stray fireworks, until we told him to stop it and come watch!!

We had my younger brother trying to light me on fire…okay, that may be a slight exaggeration. haha.

We had love.

We had laughter…a lot of laughter.

We had an amazing time.

I hope you had a memorable 4th of July as well.

Kristal is my cousin. She was the cousin I played with the most growing up. We had sleepovers, we played in the parks, we were published in the Review Journal together (do you remember that Kristal?), our families had 4th of July parties and spent a lot of time together. Just fun cousin stuff!

Before Kristal got engaged we had some Facebook conversations about her possible, maybe, kinda sorta near the point of engagement and I was pretty excited for that, so when she actually got engaged I was ecstatic for my cousin!

Stu is so laid back and go with the flow. When we sat down to talk about the wedding day he was so chill, I had poke fun a few times to make sure he was still kickin’! (: hahaha! He is such a nice guy and I am so happy he married myyyy cousin!

Here are a few shots of Stu and Kristal’s big day! My favorite unique detail had to be the “flowers”! Such a fun idea!


Workin’ it Kristal! (:

See, even with our difference, we can all get along! hahaha!

As always. Slideshow below…or here is a link with some of the awesome music that was played at the reception (a ton more shots in the slideshow)!



February 5, 2012 in About Me., My Family, Personal

In the back of my head there are always thoughts running around.

Did I call this person? Have I ordered that set of photos? I am thinking about the current wedding I’m editing, or the family session coming up this week, or the wedding I’m shooting in two weeks. Did I buy those tickets for that concert next month? Did I finish emailing this person or that person. I still need to work on that one thing for taxes. Oh wait, this week I also have that family obligation, so I need to change this in my schedule. I need to start prepping the spring campaign. I need to start working on the new set of business cards.

I’ve been called a “worrier” more than once in my life. hahaha!

One thing though, that I’m always thinking about, that is always able to make it’s way through the mess is, “how do I connect better with those that read my blog? How do I let my internet pals know what kind of person I am through my website, blog, Facebook, and basically any of the things that are my online persona?” I am a publicly private person. I don’t mean I let you all know publicly that I’m private, but I am not a completely open book. It’s a vulnerability that I have a hard time letting go of.

I try hard not to complain in a Facebook status. I will always try to mention moments of gratitude. I will occasionally post pictures of trips I’ve taken or me with my family on my blog (more on my old blog). There is still a privacy that I have. Which isn’t always a bad thing, in my opinion. But it still makes me feel like you have no idea who I am.

So here in an attempt to let you get to know me a little. I found this online. I thought the questions were random enough.

Were you named after anyone?
My paternal grandmother. A version of her name.

When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday. My mom can make me cry on a dime. I’m a ridiculously emotional person. hahaha! It was a good cry. She was saying she was proud of me. Who wouldn’t cry if your mom told you that, right?

Do you like your handwriting?
Yeah. I doodled the alphabet upper case, lower case in different writing until I found what writing I liked best.

What is your favorite lunch meat?

Do you have kids?
Nope. I have 3 nieces that I adore though.

If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Sure. I can be pretty awesome. hahahaha! Kidding. But yeah, sure I would be.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?
I don’t know. Do YOOOU use sarcasm a lot?

Do you still have your tonsils?
Nope. Got them out as a kid. I remember having to travel to St. George, UT (about an hour and a half from Vegas) to get them out. I am not sure why we went there to get it done though. I got a handmade Miss Piggy doll (my mom made for me) right before I the trip.

Would you bungee jump?
Uh, I’m not sure. If it was somewhere unique that I got to travel to, then probably yes.

What is your favorite cereal?
As an adult, Life or Apple Jacks. But I rarely eat cereal anymore. As a kid the big treat was Cookie Crisp.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Nope. I tie them once and make it loose enough to take on and off.

Do you think you are strong?
Emotionally, I’m a lot stronger as I get older. Physically, I get a lot weaker as I get older. But both can be improved on, for sure. (:

What is your favorite ice cream?
Thrifty brand mint ‘n’ chip and chocolate chip

What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their eyes and their smile/teeth

Red or Pink?
Neither. But I look better in pink than red.

What is the least favorite thing about yourself?
Oh geez, um…right off the bat, I think of my feet. hahaha! I have what you call luau feet. They are big and ugly. I hide them as much as possible.

Who do you miss the most?
My dog growing up, Pilikia (which is Hawaiian for trouble). She was a sweetheart.

What is the last thing you ate?
7 layer dip and chips.

What are you listening to right now?
The Super Bowl.

Favorite smells?
Wow, I gotta think about this. I am not sure. Cookies. Fresh bread. Basically food.

Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
My oldest sister, last night.

Mountain Hideway or Beach House?
Either. I love and dislike both for different reasons but they are about even on the scale.

Favorite sports to watch?
I love volleyball, grew up playing it. But I don’t get to watch it that much. So my next favorite is basketball. College more than NBA.

Hair color?

Eye color?
Brown/Green. Long story short, I had a police officer tell me I have hazel eyes. I’m pretty sure he was hitting on me.

Do you wear contacts?
Yep. I’ve been wearing them for over 15 years.

Favorite food?
Mexican. Italian comes in a close second.

Scary movies or happy endings?
I H-A-T-E being scared. Happy endings. I’ll even take lame cheesy ones over scary.

Last movie you watched?
The Ides of March (on dvd), Serious, Gosling and Clooney in the same movie…movie dream come true. (:

What color shirt are you wearing?

Summer or winter?
Spring. Which in Vegas lasts for about 3 weeks. But I’m not a cold person, so summer.

Hugs or kisses?
I’m a hugger.

Favorite dessert?
I’m an equal opportunity dessert eater. No favorites.

Strength training or cardio?
Cardio. I laugh when I’m in that kind of physical pain when I do strength training, which is embarrassing.

Computer or television?
How is that a fair comparison? I love tv, but I use a computer for work.

What book are you reading right now?
Mindy Kaling “Is Everyone Hangout Without Me?”

What is on your mouse pad?
I don’t use one.

Favorite sound?
My nieces laughing. I love laughter of all sorts, actually.

Rolling Stones or Beatles?

What is the farthest you’ve been from home?
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (I can’t wait to go further. I want to go to Italy really, really, really bad)

Do you have a special talent?
I can draw cartoons, not like a professional, but well enough to entertain kids.

What color is your car?

One of my goals this year is share more about myself on my blog. It will be a challenge for me. I will work on it. Call me out on it if it’s been a while since I’ve shared something about me! (:

The neighbors next door have grapevines that have been there for as long as I can remember. I see the leaves grow ever year, but I never see grapes. I figured it’s the weather. It is just so hot here in Vegas, it makes sense.


But then it happened, there were some grapes!!

My brother and I decided we need to try them. They were nice and warm from the sun. We decided if they weren’t good and going to die, we’d die at the same time. We popped them in our mouths, and well, they were grapes. I look over at my brother, he hadn’t bit down yet. So messed up. He left me to “die” alone!! So classic of a brother, right?!

I have been missing my nieces lately.


They live in different states. Two pretty close. One far away.


I was just thinking about them.


How different they are. They have such unique personalities.


I love them SO SO MUCH for all the same reason as much as for all different reasons.


I took this the last time they were together around January.


I can’t wait to hug them again soon. (: