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Photo Friday #32 & #33 September 4, 2009

Filed under: adventure,beauty,plus a little extra...,to see — plusalittleextra @ 1:42 pm
We just got back from an awesome trip to Ireland, Germany and The Netherlands. One of the best pieces of advice we got before we got married was to make lots of good memories in the first few years (and before kids) so that when you have difficult times you can always look back on those memories and remember good times.
So we’ve taken that to heart and have really tried to be intentional about doing fun dates, weekend trips, leading a missions trip together, and now this, a real vacation!!
We decided on Ireland because both of us had always wanted to go there! We knew we would be going to The Netherlands (to discover my roots, haha) to visit my great aunt and uncle so since we had to fly to mainland Europe anyway we figured we’d sqeeze one more spot in…so we flew to Berlin for a few days before going to visit the fam.


I’ll post some more pics with some stories soon (plus i posted a bunch on facebook), but for now, here are a few teasers:

The cliffs of Moher (pronounced Moore) – we were literally on the edge, if you look closely, you can see the tiny people in the distance to give you some perspective on how big these things are! It was kind of scary walking along here, but exhilerating all the same!

Our favorite place in Ireland was this city called Doolin (also where the cliffs are), we watched this glorious sunset the night we were there and just wondered at God’s creation 🙂

Anyway, stay tuned…more to come!


Photo Friday #29 & #30 August 7, 2009

Filed under: beauty,friendship,plus a little extra...,to see — plusalittleextra @ 3:30 pm
Baby time! A couple months ago, we were going to have dinner with our friends the Rose family. A couple hours before dinner we all decided that it would be great to have an impromptu infant session with their newborn. She is such a cutie. So to make up for being a week late with photo Friday, here are 3 of my favorites from the shoot. I’ll post more on my flickr when I get a chance…actually I haven’t been good about posting any of our photography stuff on here. We’re working on a new blog actually so when we get that up and running we’ll probably put more of the photo stuff on there.


So here’s a family photo with everyone (she wasn’t too happy about this one):

Here she is when she had woken up for a bit, such a pretty little girl:

And the token baby’s feet in daddy’s hands… the toes are so little!!

Well, enjoy and if you’re looking for baby photography or families, portraits, etc…, we’re doing that now along with our video business so send people our way!


Photo Friday #27 July 18, 2009

Filed under: beauty,home,plus a little extra...,to see — plusalittleextra @ 4:30 pm
I have a very special photo Friday for you today 🙂 The gentleman and I have been working on our house which has included making decisions about art and decorating. While that is fun, sometimes it can be frustrating with how expensive some art is. We saw a piece we liked a while back and really wanted it but really didn’t want to spend that kind of money on it. My mom mentioned that she knew this awesome senior (he just graduated in June) at her school who is super talented. We asked him if he’d be interested in doing a piece for our house and he was all over it! This guy is talented!! He has really blessed us with a beautiful piece of art for our house 🙂 Believe it or not, this is the first actual painting he’s done! He also used some sticks to paint some of it which I think is really cool. I really wish him the best in college and in his life.
Thanks Abraham for this wonderful art you’ve created for us!

Photo Friday #14 and #15 April 19, 2009

Filed under: beauty,family,friendship,plus a little extra...,story,to celebrate,to see — plusalittleextra @ 1:20 am
I’ve been so busy…it’s pretty bad that I have to keep loading my once a week blog into two. Oh well.


So here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to, in photo Friday form:

The gentleman and I went up to Santa Barbara (where we managed to not take a single picture) to hang out with some friends. It was lovely! On the way back down we stopped in Orange County for my cousin’s wedding. I was one of the bridesmaids. I was pretty worried about wearing yellow but I think it turned out to be a “good” yellow, hah. Her wedding was beautiful! Then we stayed up there at Rachel and Matt’s house. It was a lot of fun seeing their new place and hanging out. They made delicious delicious food and even had Easter eggs for us Sunday morning 🙂 We managed to not take a single picture there either!! What is the world coming to?? We also got to experience their cute new dogs, one of them is farty. Farty dogs are pretty funny, gross but funny. Anyway, that’s what we did for spring break.


Here are Shannon, Diann and I at the wedding:


Another thing that I’ve been up to lately is going to the Wild Animal Park. I’ve been there 3 times in the last month for different Special Ed. field trips. It was a lot of fun hanging out with the kids and watching their experiences with animals. Being in speech I NEVER get to go on field trips so this was pretty cool for me.
The last time we went we actually saw a cheetah walk right by us. Apparently they are really docile animals and they walk them through the park in the mornings because the guests like it! It was so awesome!! I think the very best part though is right after we saw the cheetah, we walked by a little pond with a duck in it. One of the kids started jumping up and down screaming “duck, duck, duck, and water!!!”. We were laughing so hard, the kid JUST saw a cheetah walk by and he’s excited about a duck, oh and water. oh man.

I happened to have my camera out so here’s the cheetah:

2 days and counting until we are homeowners 🙂

Photo Friday #12 March 28, 2009

Filed under: beauty,home,plus a little extra...,story,to see — plusalittleextra @ 2:18 am
We have this plant in the backyard. We had no idea what it was for the longest time until one day we saw something on the ground. I couldn’t see what it was from inside so I went out and there were peaches everywhere! Good ones too! We actually couldn’t eat them fast enough there were so many. They were there for like 3 or 4 days, and then they were gone. It was really weird.

So I went outside the other day and saw this same plant looking like this. I don’t know if these are two plants just growing in the same spot or what but I’d say that this is the most interesting plant ever. It doesn’t do anything for a long time and then it sprouts up out of nowhere. Anyway, I thought it was pretty, hence the picture.


new loves… February 16, 2009

Filed under: beauty,love,plus a little extra...,to see — plusalittleextra @ 5:36 am

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d mention a few things I’ve discovered that I like this weekend 🙂

1. Idyllwild in winter – I’ve been there before in the spring but we went there this weekend and it was awesome! (more to come on this topic – above picture is from there)

2. Knee deep snow – very very fun to play in as long as a hot shower is near

3. The new Fray CD – The gentleman bought it for me for Valentine’s Day, it’s pretty freaking awesome!

4. Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos – I think I might even like these better than flamin’ hot cheetos

5. Seeing movie stars in public – Kind of makes me feel excited but then feel dumb for feeling excited but then excited that I snuck a picture. (See this coming photo Friday for details)

Happy Valentine’s weekend – hope it was happy!


Photo Friday #6 February 13, 2009

Filed under: beauty,business,plus a little extra...,to see,to watch — plusalittleextra @ 10:09 pm


I try to mostly keep the business and personal blogs what they are, but I do want to say I’m pretty excited about how our highlight video turned out 🙂 Also, I’ve been doing some updates on that blog but we’re starting over again…The gentleman”s working on a new look for the blog so stay tuned for that!!!

Happy Valentine’s weekend, hope it’s happy.


Photo a day – 1 September 17, 2008

Filed under: beauty,home,love,plus a little extra...,story,to see — plusalittleextra @ 2:16 pm
So, here goes:


This is a more recent photo of some flowers I cut from my very own dahlia plant. I love dahlias and the gentleman bought me this plant about 4 months ago. Now, the months are very important because I have a black thumb. I get it from my mom…she’s killed ever plant/flower she’s ever gotten unless my dad planted it. He has a green thumb on the other hand and is practically Martha Stuart with his garden in the backyard (of course my mom gets all the compliments for it since she’s a female so she MUST have a garden)
Anyway, I’m very proud to say that I’ve kept this plant alive for about 4 months. Jared has probably given me about 5 or 6 potted flowers since we’ve been together and they have all sadly perished except for this one. Not only has it survived this long, but it grew flowers consistently for a couple months and I was able to cut them and put fresh flowers in my house! So, I don’t know if the survival of this plant is because I’m finally learning how to take care of plants or because this dahlia will survive through whatever I do (or not do) to it. Either way, it gives me hope and though it may seem like a small acheivement, it’s a big one to me 🙂 Someday, when I have my own house (not rented I mean) I would love to have a garden including flowers and vegetables and herbs. I’ve been trying to be intentional about what I eat lately and having fresh veges right there in my backyard would help I think. Well, we’ll see!