Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Link-up: Halloween ...haunted house gone wrong

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Today, I'm joining in with the ladies to discuss all things Halloween.    Any topic about Hallowen... which leaves me open to so many posts. Why? Because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween.

I always say that Halloween & Easter are my two favorite holidays, which is kinda weird. Granted.  Hey - they both involve the dead coming back to life - right?  ... I'm trying here...

But today, I guess I'll share a funny Haunted House story in honor of Halloween.

First, I'm not a person who enjoys being scared.   I am someone who jumps if someone is standing in front of me, in plain view & I know is there... but if they say BOO! .. .I'll jump like I've been shot.

So I was always a prime target at Haunted Houses.

It's always fun when you go with friends & you stand in line waiting to get in, & of course, there are people walking around with knives & chain saws & your 'friends'... yes, 'friends'...  stand behind you & point to you to let these scary people know that this is the person you want to turn that chain saw on when they least expect it.

Thanks 'friends'

I don't even know why I'd go into these haunted houses.  Talk about anxiety ready to burst out of my pores.

But I'd do it... life must be full of experiences... & people need to laugh at someone for being the idiot that cries in haunted houses.

One year, a group of friends went into a Haunted House & all the usual things were happening.  Spiders & rats over our heads, people popping out of no where in complete dark.  Everything you would expect. 

I can spend so much time looking at these haunted house pictures

We come upon a room where the lights would be off & they would pop on & there would be a person across the room in a rocking chair.. the lights would pop off & then back on again & they would be standing right in front of your face...

Help me dear Lord...

But when the light popped off & then back on & the person ended up showing up right in front of a friend of mine - who was standing right in front of me - & me, being scared, was standing right behind him... like gripping onto him for dear life... & it scared him so much, he jerked backwards...

& his head hit me right on the bridge of my nose.

imagine the football being someone's head though

Ever hit the bridge of your nose?  Instant tears... instant pain.

I honestly thought my nose was broke it hurt so bad.

I swear it felt like it was instantly swelling up.

Combined with the tears in my eyes, my nose started running... I thought it was blood. 
You can't see when lights are popping on & off...

So here I am in the middle of this haunted house with tears streaming down my face - not from being scared any more, but because of pain.  & I'm thinking my nose is sideways & broken...

... I'm no longer scared... I'm ticked off...

Will Smith No

Let me give you a heads up about me.... if I'm mad & that level of ticked off, you better get out of my way.  I don't care if you have a chainsaw in your hands & I don't care if you have blood all over you.

I pushed everyone out of the way & marched to the front of the line & was screaming like a crazy lunatic to GET OUT OF MY WAY...

Not even joking...

I was walking through each room like I was a boss...

someone would jump out at me & I would scream, SHUT UP - GET OUT OF MY FACE BEFORE I PUNCH YOU!!!!

The end to get out of this haunted house, you had to go down a slide that took you to another room & eventually the exit.  As you can imagine, people are at the bottom waiting to scare you... when I came down that slide & people were there, I jumped up off of the slide & went all Real Housewives sort of crazy to get to the exit...

I can only imagine what the haunted house people were thinking...

I probably scared the beejeez out of them...

Needless to say, I never went back into a haunted house since then...

I think everyone is better off...

& now I know if I ever am scared in a situation... all you have to do is tick me off, or break my nose... & I'm turning into the biggest baddest action star ever

how I go through haunted houses now

Do you like Haunted Houses?
What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The weekend that had showed me I have weak arms...

OK... I have to start my post off with a shout out on how awful Monday can be. 

Not only is it dark & rainy... & for the first time this year, I'm wearing regular shoes instead of flip flops (the most depressing time of year)...I just got an email confirming our vacation.  Awesome right, except we can't go.  Ricky had to take off extra days for his injured leg & doesn't have the time now to go to Gatlinburg.  Our reservation will cost us & we don't even get to go enjoy it.

Needless to say, this is one of the top of the list of worst Mondays ever.

At least the weekend wasn't this bad...

Well, maybe...

Friday started off with me sick to my stomach.  I went to the grocery & was going to make supper but Ricky always says he doesn't want me to have to cook on Friday so he stopped & got some food.  It was so greasy... oh mercy... I was so nauseated the rest of the night.  I didn't even get to work out because I thought if I jump around, I'm going to hurl.  It ended up being a night of editing wedding pictures & trying to ignore my insides rejecting any ounce of grease.

Saturday morning had me in a knitting frenzy.  It was just a gloomy morning, no sun & over cast, so I just sat at the kitchen counter all morning finishing up my bundle of hats I made for my cousin's new baby & didn't really do much of anything for the first 2 hours of the day.

I then figured since it was cool & gloomy, that's perfect chili weather.  So I found a recipe on Pinterest for a vegetarian slow cooker chili & got it all together.  I always feel so grown up when I make things in my kitchen that involve actual directions.

I really need to cook more. I enjoy it when I do.

Once I got everything in the slow cooker, it was time for me to go to an engagement session. 

I had actually met the guy during another wedding I had done back earlier in the year & small world... his fiancĂ©?  Months previous, a friend of mine asked for me to pray for her nephew's girlfriend who was having health issues.  Her name was in my Bible for the longest time... & then after a hard struggle, she ended up being OK so I red-checked it in my Bible as an answered prayer. So when I saw her name as my contact & we were planning everything, my friend got in touch with me & said, "you know that's the girl you were praying for, right?".... Oh snap!  I didn't connect the two.  But that was so cool to actually meet this person I had prayed for for months!!!

... & what a cute couple they were...

This girl had it all planned out - beautiful outfits that coordinated - even cute little props for Save the Date cards.  The fall colors were perfection ... I can't wait to edit up this session. It's going to be one of my favorites, I can tell.

Fall wins every time for pictures.

I ended up spending the rest of the night editing wedding pictures & excited to dig into my chili.

Something about home made food cooking in the kitchen that smells like heaven.  Every time I would go outside with Harvey or have to go out to the garage & come back in?  Oh... I would just stand there & smell the air...

The chili turned out wonderful.  Made some rice pasta - which is fast becoming my favorite pasta... & if Ricky gives it a thumbs up, then I know its a success.

I ended up spending the rest of Saturday night watching Harry Potter on ABC Family... that last movie ... both part 1 & 2... I love it.  Hate it on TV though.  Why are commercials on every 7 minutes?  & why do they last 10 minutes?  So irritating...

Sunday was time for church & I was so excited to see a guest pastor.  This young man used to come to our church & he is just God-given-talented when it comes to delivering messages.  How he doesn't have his own church is beyond me.  So it was a blessing to have him speak at our church.

Our own youth class was fantastic.  My buddy Ryan gave the message.  I'll have to do a post on what he said ... it was so fantastic... the message was on worry.  Speak to my heart on this one.

I ended up getting my hands on Emerson, my Grandbuddy, & her momma had to go listen to an audition so I was able to rock this sweet baby to sleep for her nap.  Mercy - let me tell you - it ain't no joke to hold a 4 month old baby for an hour. My arms are still sore.  Who needs P90X when you have a baby around?

How I feel my arms should look after holding the baby

Note to self:  work more on biceps.

how my arm muscles really look

We ended up going out to lunch with our friends after church. I love that our lunches last for hours on end.  I could sit & talk with this family all day long.  They are so funny but full of great advice & just easy to hang with...

Ricky & I had to leave & do some errands... aka: Target trip... & then you blink & its night time.

I ended up not even turning on my computer all day Sunday.  I just cozied up with another knitting project & sunk in for my Once Upon a Time (Oh Hook, stay good... & handsome in your leather) & The Walking Dead (I am so thankful I am a vegetarian)...

Me watching The Walking Dead
... & yes, I wear a boa when I watch it...
Another weekend for the books...

& now my countdown to my vacation...the one to where I won't need a confirmation...


How was your weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites


I'm joining in with some of my favorite blog peeps this Friday to do some of my favorite things this week...
Favorite New Show:  Jane the Virgin
I thought it was so cute.  The idea, kinda quirky, but I think they pulled it off.  A girl who is saving herself for marriage goes for her annual exam, only to have the doctor get confused & the lady across the room was supposed to get inseminated... far fetch?  Sure... but its cute.  Reminds me of Ugly Betty.. & I adored Ugly Betty all the way to the last episode.
Favorite Food:  Spinach Nuggets
I bought these after seeing someone talk about them on a running/fitness blog & I had just seen them in the store.  She told me not to think twice about it - get them.  I did & oh my goodness.  Ricky even loves them.  We had them this week with rice pasta & marinara sauce... & Ricky stopped at the grocery last night just to pick up another package.  They almost taste like a spinach ravioli ... I need to see if Sam's Club sells these in bulk.
Favorite View:  Leaves Changing
Every day, driving home, I can see the difference in the leaves. It takes my breath away every day... every year.  I never tire of Fall.
Favorite Halloween Movie:  Hocus Pocus
I love this time of year when you can usually find Hocus Pocus on a channel somewhere. 
Favorite Funnies
Don’t Joke About Weight…
Our Generation Isn’t That Strong…

Anna Will Eventually Let It Go
Favorite Video of the Week:  Kevin & Grandma
(I'll always put up Kevin & his grandma....)

Linking up with the beautiful Amanda

Meet At The Barre

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

You won't be happy with more until you're happy with what you've got.
~Viki King

thankful 101614

1. Finished loom knitting a cowl that I've been working on for a bit. It's a smaller gauge loom & it took longer then expected. I really like the weight of it - its so warm.  I want to make another one - longer though, so it will come up over my head.  Projects always in my head.

2. Iced Coffee.... Monday, I literally was going on the day with 4 hours sleep. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it.  Thank goodness we have a McDonalds next door to my work... I made it through the day with even a pep in my step.

3. New yarn!  My aunt got in touch with me about making baby hats for my cousin.  That's all that had to be said - I was at Hobby Lobby 2 hours later.  She didn't want the baby pink & I love these colors - all different combs of them too.  I've been on baby hat craze all weekend.

4. I am loving my P90X3 ... it probably is my favorite program I have done so far. I really liked the T25... this one blows that away. 

5. Youth Kiddos... they always make my Sundays better.  Just talking with them, listening to them, hugging them.  I love these kids.

6. Variety!!! ... I can't believe my grocery store now has different flavors for sparkling water!  This is the same store that only carried 4 cartons of lemon & that's it... I would have to get in the store at the right time to snag those. & now - lots of cases.. in different flavors. I actually hugged Ricky who was standing next to me when I saw it.  Like I won the lottery or something.  #littlethingsinlife

7. Perfect Wedding... I love when a wedding goes so smoothly.  I honestly didn't even feel like I photographed a wedding. I feel like I just hung out with a sweet couple & their family for the day... I'm loving editing the pictures.  Happy just is the word for each picture

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Speak Life....

I was listening to the radio on the way home.

First, can I say I love Christian radio.  There are so many options now too. I can remember when you could only get 1 ... & it was static sounding... & forget trying to get it in if you were in the Downtown area where buildings were everywhere.

Now, its different... love having the options to flip through a few & hear nothing but God blessing music.

They were talking on there about the power of the mouth & of the tongue... words... how much they can heal, do damage, build up, break down...

Someone called in & said something I sort of not given much thought too.

She said, we are made in the image of God, & look at the power of God's words.  He created the world with them.  "And God said, "Let there be light"... "And God said, "Let there be expanse between water..."... over & over again, we see "And God said..."

The power of words...

We see all over the life of Jesus the power of words again.

Telling someone to stand up & walk to a person who had no use of their legs.
To tell someone to walk out from a grave who has been dead for a few days.
Yeah, those are powerful words...

& it is true.  We were created in God's image.

I forget the power of my words.

The effect they have on others, but mostly,, the effect they have on me.

Life has been tough lately.  & I seem to wake up & say, "What's today going to throw at me?"... & I get to work & say, "How miserable is today going to be?"... & I get home & work out & think, "Why am I bothering? This weight won't go away"...

Words... that are negative... spoken into my life...

I woke up this morning remembering what I heard on the radio yesterday.
They inspired me to go home & open my Bible & look up verses on words & the power of the tongue.

God had a lot to say about that...

& I'm going to start speaking life into my own days.

Being positive.
Expecting more.
Waiting for God to show up in every situation of my day.

We can be tough on ourselves... on others...
I challenge everyone today to speak positive things into your day... Speak life into yourself... & others

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Loving on TV:  The Walking Dead! ... I am so excited its back on.  I think I held my breath the first 15 minutes of the show.... & was reminded why I'm a vegetarian.

This scene was EVERYTHING!!!!!

Hearing:  Rain.  Heavy Rain.  Hitting my office window.  This just makes me tired & want to go home & put on sweat pants.

Reading:  Divergent.  FINALLY!  I have been putting this off because, why? I'm not sure.  I bought it & wanted to read it but the problem with a book freak is I'm constantly buying more books & it got put to the side.  But we rented the movie & I loved it so now I have to read all the books & see how this all ends.  Plus, I may have a crush on Four & I want to make sure he lives through it all... don't spoil anything for me. 

Missing:  Oh mercy, we're missing our Sydney girl.  We have her picture on our dresser with her collar around the frame & every day I will walk by it & say "Hey Sydney Girl" & rub the nose on the picture.  Probably makes me a tad insane.  I don't care.  We all miss her so much.

Trying New:  I crocheted my first flower last night for a baby hat.  YouTube can teach you pretty much anything, can't it?  I'm excited how it turn out for my first one.  I actually then made another one, but bigger & then sewed them together to make like a double flower.  Crochet involved moving my arm a lot, like knitting... & it hurt... so I can't do it for long, but for a flower?  Can totally do it.

Needing:  I need my room organized.  I mean NEED!  I need to redo the whole thing.  Like get new shelving, get a new desk... I need to spend a day on Pinterest & get some ideas.  Like I'm not on Pinterest all day anyways.

Looking Forward to:  I'm 1 week away from vacation.  Thank you Baby Jesus.

Happy About:  Leaves changing.  Every day, on my drive home, I see it more & more... & it just makes me smile. It's my favorite time of the year.

Anxious About:  I know there are reports everywhere about not being afraid of this Ebola thing... I'm sorry... I get more freaked out about it every day. My mom called me & told me there was something on PBS about professionals talking about it. She said it freaked her out.  I'm glad I didn't see it... I'd never leave my house again.

Loving on the Radio:  I can't get enough of the song by Colbie Caillat - Try ... I loved they did a dance with it on Dancing with the Stars last week.  It's a simple song, but I love the message of it.

What are you currently up to?

Monday, October 13, 2014

The weekend I got to shoot a perfect fall wedding....

It was another wedding weekend for me.

I was nervous going into this wedding just because the weather the whole week before was rain & yucky... & the weekend wasn't looking too good either.  But I woke up on Saturday & they said the rain would hold off all day long & it would come back on Sunday... (which didn't happen either)... so thank you Lord for a no-rain day.

Even better?  No sunshine.  An overcast day. As a photographer - that is perfection.  I always call it God's Light Box when the sky is like that.  No shadows to worry about.

I got up early & headed to meet the bride at the beauty shop & our day was started.  She honestly was the most precious bride.  Excited about every little thing about the day, and never stressed about a thing.

They had an afternoon wedding which meant the morning flies by getting all the pictures done & with an incredible bridal party, & an amazing assistant that works with me, we snagged all the pictures & had 40 minutes before the wedding to let everyone calm down (or get excited) & let the ceremony begin.

My beautiful bride

Some of my favorite parts of the day....

... the bride had a first look with her dad.  Oh my word!!!.... I don't think there was a dry eye in the room. It was so emotional.  Brooke had a gift for him too - it was a handkerchief that she had embroided for her dad that has a message on it.  Oh, the sweetness... I have a picture where her dad is just holding her.  Oh the feels.

... the bride & groom didn't want to do a first look but they wanted to talk to each other, so I got them behind a door to each other so she could give her soon to be husband a letter she wrote the night before.  I took their picture holding hands around the door & then told them I'd give them a few minutes alone.  As I was walking off, I heard the groom say he just wanted to pray with her... & began praying as I kept walking tearing up.. once again.

My reaction walking away

... the families.  Both the groom & brides sides were so amazingly nice.  So easy to work with.  The groom's mom wanted a family picture taken really quickly... with about 65 people in it. WHAT?  She said, it'll only take a minute. I was so doubtful this was going to be pulled off in a few minutes, but literally after the wedding, the family went back in a far door, & they gathered right up on the stage & BAM - picture done & BAM, they were all gone. I was impressed.

... An hour long Catholic ceremony, when you're taking pictures, goes by really really fast.  Time has no sense of real meaning when you are a wedding photographer.  It all goes by so fast.

... When the bride & groom did their first dance, you would have thought there was not another person on the face of the planet.  They were just holding each other so close, singing the song they picked to each other & had their eyes closed... Chasity & I always say you can tell a lot about a couple by their first dance.  This couple truly loves each other deeply.

... The bride & father dance... shut up... just shut up... the feels were back...

... It was so cute because the bride surprised her step father with a dance as well that had a song that has always been a joke between them.  It was Outkast "Hey Ya"... but it was a slowed down version perfect for a slow dance.  So cute & thoughtful she included him in the day.

... The little kids involved in the day... Chasity & I were talking about just taking them home with us.  They were so darn cute.  The groom's little brother, who was probably about 5 or 6... he honestly needs to be a child model.

... the kiddos were perfect going down the aisle too.  The flower girl, the bride's youngest sister, placed every flower petal perfectly down the aisle for her big sister.  I had a connection with this little girl because she is on her way down to Disney world right now to see the Princesses.  I told her to say hi to Belle for me since she was my best friend.  I kept asking her, Who are you going to see for me?... she totally remembered. Me & little girls can talk Princesses ALL DAY LONG.

... Chasity & I determined that pretty much every Best Man we've had this year, has been all sorts of crazy fun.  No joke. They have been the life of the party.  I always say its so important who people pick as their bridal party & the guys stepped it up this year.

Weddings On Instagram Vs. Weddings In Real Life

... One thing - probably not the best thing - I have never been so snubbed before at a wedding.  They had a videographer who was there to capture the wedding.  Every one I've ever worked with before has talked to me, we've discussed about not being in each other's day - its a team effort here.  Well, not so much this time.  Before the wedding, I had set up my tripod so when I come in with the bride, I can pop another camera on the tripod & be set... I went in right before the wedding to see this guy with his tripod standing on the side.  I went up & tried to introduce myself & let him know I would be coming in... he totally snubbed me. I mean turned away & wouldn't acknowledge me. WHAT???... at this point, they were starting to seat grandparents & I had to get back to the bride. 

I follow in with her & try to get my tripod & pull it to the center of the aisle & guess who blocks me?  Yep, Mr. Video Man. I mean, totally would NOT let me through!! I was dumb founded. I totally missed the dad handing the bride over to the groom. (That's why I have an awesome assistant, she got the pic - no worries)... it took me about 5 minutes to have to TEAR MY TRIPOD DOWN to get past the guy & have to set it back up.  He could have literally just scooted forward & I would have been set in 10 seconds. 

& then, he sat in the middle of the aisle the WHOLE TIME.  I kept trying to say Excuse me & move over a little... nope - he never one time acknowledged my presence.  I have never seen anything like this my whole life.  I think steam was getting ready to come out of my ears.  Luckily, when they did communion, the little church lady told him he would have to move over... BAM!~  Go Jesus lady!
A friend told me he was obviously worried about himself & not thinking of the bride & groom or he would have thought about the pictures they are going to have their whole lives.  Whatevs... I can make it look like I'm center thanks to editing... its just the point that RUDENESS AINT COOL!!!

FYI - I totally took out my phone & let him see I was taking a picture of his tripod for proof.  See his smirk?  Oh my gosh... this man!!!!

Besides that one little snafu, it really was such a smooth wedding, surrounded by amazing people.

I told my parents that I loved this couple so much.  They have tattoos on their bodies, they have gauges in their ears & people would probably look at them & think that they are too young for marriage, or they may not be taken seriously... but let me tell you, these two are precious, they are in love & they are amazing people. 

Brooke Book's photo.
Not my pic...  I snagged off of Facebook :)
they went afterwards to the place where they met & had someone take their picture
how cute is that!

We were so honored to get to be a part of their day & to capture it for them...

& I'm sorry.  Once I spend a day with a couple on their wedding day, I consider them friends for life.  So now, I get to watch & see what happens to them & where life takes them.

Now the editing begins.... the fun part...

I totally cried uploading the pics of the bride & her dad's first look... & swooned at the first dance pictures... & laughed at the groomsmen ....

It was another successful wedding...

Chasity & I after the wedding
What did you do this weekend?
Did you go to a wedding?
Did you make a new best friend?