Tuesday, November 30, 2010

my wish list.

I was forced to make a wish list for the holiday season this past weekend, and I thought I would share a few. It's nice to get all the craziness of wants and must-haves out of my head and into my blog. Do we share any must-haves?

{1.blackbird shoot from the hip camera 2.the carrie diaries 3.sylvia plath poetry 4. lomography sprocket rocket 5.cute bookends 6.coraline dvd 7.nine dvd 8.book of unnecessary quotation marks 9.florence + the machine vinyl 10.she + him volume 2 vinyl 11.adele 19 vinyl 12.coralie bickford-smith penguin classics collection}

Friday, November 26, 2010

cloudy with a chance of stuffing.

Happy day after Thanksgiving! I hope everyone stuffed their bellies like I did. I had a different holiday this year. With my parents out of town, I spent most of the day with Chad's family and then attempted to make my traditional family dinner. To go along with the Honeybaked ham my parents sent us, I attempted to make cute little portions of my mom's sweet potato casserole, stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce. I'm actually quite surprised at how close I got to the yummy original taste. Although the stuffing was a little dry, I put way too many marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole (I thought it was going to explode in the oven) and we had no turkey, it all turned out OK for our first Thanksgiving dinner just the two of us. Plus we topped it all off with a bottle of wine which fixes anything, right?

I was excited for the leftovers today, but it just didn't taste the same. Maybe there's just something about mom and dad sending you home with five huge containers full of holiday carbs. Or maybe I can't cook as well as I thought I could.

We ended the day snuggling up on the couch, watching "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Love that movie! If you've never seen it and still appreciate awesome animated movies like you did as a kid, then go buy it right now. Don't bother renting it. "Flint you have a call. Flint you have a call." xo.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

the american ninja.

This past Sunday, Chad and my parents and I drove to Chattanooga to visit with my grandmother and her new boyfriend. And if you remember my previous post about them - yes, he totally has a shirt pocket full of pens. My mom can find a Japanese steakhouse within any 50 mile radius, so I got to stuff my face full of hibachi. Yum.

Anyway, we had the most hilarious cook-in-front-of-you hibachi chef. His name was JR (Japanese Redneck). He had a southern accent and told INS jokes the whole time he was cooking. He let Chad try the spin-the-egg-on-the-spatula trick and Chad totally rocked it. That's when he called Chad an American ninja. I loved his new nickname so much that I made him get behind the grill and do a karate pose.

I love catching the elders off guard. So cute.

What's with back lit photos in Asian restaurants? They're the perfect opportunity to pretend a giant bird is flying toward you.

Gamama's name is Jane. This is her boyfriend, Richard. We like to call them Dick and Jane. How cute is that!  And he's goofy to top it off. Love it.

Happy 24-hours-before-my-four-day-weekend Day!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

like fall but not really.

I'm so ready to bust out the outerwear, tights and scarves. As of now, I only get to do this about once a week. We're averaging around the mid 70s during the day here in peachy Georgia. Tank tops on Thanksgiving? No thanks. I don't enjoy watching the leaves fall to the ground while wearing flip flops. Come on, weather. You have three days to get it together. Sigh.


Friday, November 19, 2010

sugar and spice and everything nice.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to do a mother-daughter shoot with my old friend, Marybeth. Little Natalie was so full of energy and smiles, I absolutely loved photographing her! Unfortunately, the rain cut our little picnic short, but I got some super cute shots. And since I've been MIA with blogging this past week, I'm going to share a bunch! Natalie brought along her tea set and a blanket - cutest mother and daughter ever! Thank you MBS and Natalie for letting me capture your little moments. xo


Thursday, November 18, 2010

winning tastes so good.

I don't know how I went from blogging once a day to once every three to four days. I work too much and I've been sleepy lately. Probably because it gets dark so early now. But this I had to share.

This past Tuesday, my work had a chili competition. So, of course, I entered Chad's firehouse chili. The cook-off was way more serious than I expected. There were score cards, tasting cups and even a professional chili judge. There were about 15 entries, and the whole office tasted and voted. I won by one vote! And I never win anything. I even got the professional chili judge's vote.  So I was pretty psyched to say the least. And the prize? A Tasmanian devil winter hat. Haha.

The winning chili!!

Awesome chili photos by Tammy!! xo

Sunday, November 14, 2010

all the astronauts.

I took some pictures yesterday with my parents and somehow ended up being the model. We were out by 7am and all the fog made me feel like I was on another planet, just like all the astronauts.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

dishes are done.

Our drinking glasses never get clean on the top rack of our dishwasher. And even though our china is dishwasher safe and shatter resistant, I just feel better hand washing it. So I made a 'dish rules' sign for the kitchen, leaving Chad and I with no excuse for breaking any of the new rules. Cups go on bottom, big stuff goes on top and no china. Ok, I'm done talking about dishes. Look at my cute rules sign!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

that's what stoves are for.

Chad and I spent this past Saturday 
at an adorable wedding.
It ended with a campfire and roasting marshmallows.
It took less than a week for me to start craving them again, but we have no fireplace in our apartment. It turns out an electric stove does the trick! Just put your marshmallow on a stick. Hey, it rhymes!
Turn the burner on high.
Put some oven mits on (or burn your finger hair like I did). And hold your marshmallow a few inches above the burner, while slowly turning the stick. Your marshmallow will catch on fire if it gets too close or held still for too long. Believe me.
Then voila! Perfectly toasty marshmallow!

Chow down!

Monday, November 8, 2010

i'll eat you up, i love you so.

Gutter Butter update! Just a few months ago little Gutter Butter was only 0.8lb and filthy from the rough Atlanta streets. Now he's a five pound snuggly fur ball running around our apartment chasing Nona like a crazy cat. He has orange Conan hair and likes to lick fingers with his sandpapery tongue before giving little love bites. We love him!