Monday, March 21, 2011
No big trips... Alex went to her grandparents for some one on one spoiling time, i mean, quality time. :) Brent and I tried to have a couple nice dinner dates while we were childless, but he was battling strep for Spring Break, so although they were still a rare, nice treat, he wasnt exactly able to enjoy them 100%. We did find time to fit in a couple of relaxed dinners with some good friends that we hadnt spent time with in a while, along with a little family horseback riding on an absolutely gorgeous sunny day... so that was some really nice quality family time tucked in there. Fortunately, or unfortunately, however you'd like to look at it... Brent and I did work like dogs for a couple of days while Alex was away at her grandparents... I had tons of orders to catch up on and he had tons of appointments and office work to catch up on since he's been out of town so much lately... but we were able to do it without the guilt of feeling like we were neglecting our child on Spring Break... so we were grateful for that too.
But needless to say, Im pretty sure is going to be slow moving... its 9:24am already and Im still not upstairs sewing yet... 5 orders still to complete... but no matter how tired I am right now... I am still grateful for that week of flexible schedules! So I will shuffle back over to the coffee pot, fill'r up, and get my tooshie upstairs and back behind that sewing machine once again... because... by golly... even all droopy eyed, I am still so very grateful that all this hard work is paying off and things have finally kicked into 2nd gear with this biz... I am excited.. and even a bit nervous... on where this business is heading... but I finally feel like its heading "somewhere"... and thats such a GREAT feeling! :)
I raise my coffee cup to y'all... now lets go tackle those to-do lists! ;)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
So this year was no different. It did start out a little rough though... found out my husband had volleyball practice that evening... "Wha?!!" "On Valentine's?!" Ok, so typically, that would not be a huge deal, we would just celebrate another night... no biggie! But! Daddio has been out of town a TON lately, so our "family time" has been far and few inbetween. So after being sprung the news of practice that night... I didnt get mad, I totally understood that we all have responsibilities that we commit to, and sometimes it works out not-so-conveniently. But, none the less, it still made me "sad". Well, the tentative hubby that he is, tapped into that... and gave me my first Valentine gift of the day... he cancelled practice. :) Now, this might not seem like a big deal... but this guys doesnt even cancel practice when schools are closed for snow! He takes this gig very serious! And for me, usually, I would not be happy about something like that... knowing it may have messed other people's schedules up... but in this particular case... on this particular day... I was just happy to know our family would be spending a nice evening together at home.
So the evening was filled with simple pleasures... the grilling master creating some of his finest work under some rare warm sunshine weather, fabulous dinner with all of us sitting around the table, chit-chatting with family without ANY distractions (no tv, no phones, no computers!), this simple little gift of a framed photo for daddio, old swing music turned up on the tv music channel... and then came my 2nd highlight of the night... Alex and I swing dancing (ok, "attempting" to swing dance) in the family room for the last 30 minutes of the night... giggling at one another as we tried to twist and turn one another while never getting the timing just right... such sweet and simple little pleasures... probably some of the happiest 30 minutes of my life! :) I hope it was a day filled with special moments for all of you too! XOXOXOXO
Monday, February 14, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
So a wonderful friend was lovely enough to check with her inlaws to see if we could take some pics on their farm for our last photoshoot... they were much obliged and welcomed us with open arms onto their property. So we meander inside the gate, put down our props, and start taking pics as the girls run around having fun. So we were about 5 minutes in to the festivities when a big herd of cattle come strolling around from the barn so see who's broken into their field. So we did a little of the whole "Shew! Shew!" with some arm wafts... must I say? Yea, didnt work! So we start backing up all the props as they were strolling up closer and closer... a bit beyond our comfort. Just as we went in to get our last "load", their curiosity peeked and by golly, they were going to check it out! So our poor antique school desk and guitar were left to weather the snorts and sniffs! :} So we stood back as we watched then nudge and lick our lovely little posessions... yelling "No! No! No! Don't LICK it!!! Shew! Shew cow!" Now, keep in mind... watching the bull to the left staring at us... we said this while tucked behind a giant pile of concrete blocks! Lesson of the day: When you're trying to get that real down-to-earth setting for your photos, with the farm & cows in the background... you might want to have the farmer put up a gate between you and the cattle BEFORE you start clicking! Just sayin'.... ;)
A huge thanks to some wonderful friends... Katie & Donna... not to mention Katie's inlaws... for helping create this wonderful & hillariously entertaining afternoon! :)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Until then, Ill try to keep pacing myself... so that I dont calapse along the way or forget that my family friends still exist... I would have never gotten to this point had it not been for each one of them. I think back on the encouragement I was given as a teenager when I first realized what I wanted to do... everyone from my mom, to my highschool art teacher, to some of my friends, some of my instructors in college, some of my best (and even worst) colleagues... it all helped me get to this point. I am very grateful for each one of them... and the experiences that the Good Lord layed along my path. I hope I can pay it forward and be one of those people that helps someone else along their path... offering some sort of encouragement that will lay the foundation for their path/paths/dreams in life... it was such a precious gift to me... I can only imagine it would be a precious gift to someone else too.
Time to close up shop for a few hours... to dream of a 3-day nap... and try and to recharge and start all over to prepare the 2nd release in March... YEEEEEEEHAAAAAWWWWW!!!! Happy Monday to you my friends! :)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
So, another sneak peak pic of what is to come tomorrow, Feb.7th... my 1st Early Spring 2011 release...again, Im so grateful for all of my beautiful models!!!!!!!!! :)