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Even though 2011 was kind of tough, and what I thought to be uneventful…going back through photos of the year brought back memories of tons of events that happened and memories that will last forever.  Babies, baby showers, weddings, parties…one celebration after the next. That’s a good year.

PS, did the llama make you laugh? 🙂


Michigan Pt. 2

Part 1 here.

In the middle of our Michigan trip, we took a little 2-day adventure, just that two of us.  We kicked it off by driving from Flint to Grand Rapids.  Wow, I had NO clue that GR was such a cool little City.  It was probably the size of our town, but super nice with a GREAT downtown.  I loved that everything was old looking, but super clean and renovated feeling.

The majority of our day was spent checking out the Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The garden areas were pretty freaking neat.  Most of it was indoors, temperature controlled areas per the plant habitats.  It was cold and windy outside, but the desert plant area was hot and humid, the jungle plant area was humid and misty.

Those are some of my favorites from the outdoor sculpture areas.   There were tons of areas, and paths to take; we could have really stayed there all day wandering area finding new things.  I highly recommend if you’re  close, or even not close, to check it out.  The indoor sculpture gallery was really neat as well, but no photos were allowed.

The rest of our time spent in Grand Rapids was checking out a few beer spots, but that’s a whole separate post 🙂

Michigan Pt. 1

Sunday we arrived back home from a 10-day trip to Michigan to visit with Chris’ family.  We hadn’t been back there to visit in 2 years, which is a lot of time to not see your family!  I didn’t want to leave and I’m already wanting to go back.  Just for the scenery alone.  Flying back over California into LA, I was thinking “dang, it’s SO ugly here”.  It is. I don’t really get why tons of people live here, but that’s just me. (Uh yeah, what am I still doing here by the way? hah).

Enough of that. Here’s some pretty fall shots from our trip.  I’ll share the 2nd most fun part of our trip in a another post. And that would be, all of our beer and food tasting 😉

Oh! One important thing before the other photos…we planned a meetup with Lauryn, who’ve I’ve been blog-following for years!  I love my bloggy friends 🙂  We went to Union Woodshop for dinner, which was pretty much my dream place.  They serve beer in mason jars AND the decor was pretty dang rad. If you’re in Michigan you should definitely check it out, it was delicious.  Thanks Lauryn for an awesome time!!!

Deer!  I was so excited I got a good shot of the deer, we had to be super sneaky walking around to find them.

I love how this cell phone pic turned out:

Are you drooling yet? Gah, sooo beautiful!

At Night

A few evenings ago some friends and I were downtown for a bit and decided to bust out our cameras.  I really never have time to just mess around with my camera, and it’s always fun with someone else.

Let me tell you, it was hot. We felt like were dying after about 10 minutes, and even with the sun was gone.  We rode an elevator to the top of a parking garage and these were our views.

Oddly enough, I think the last may be my favorite 🙂


After a nice weekend up in the mountains (so, SO nice), we came back yesterday to the extreme heat.  During summer since it’s so hot, I try to get a lot of stuff done inside the house, even though the heat, in general, makes me feel super lazy.  I decided to ignore the tired/lazy part of my brain and get one little task done that I’ve been meaning to do for a while, which was this:

There used to be a shelf here with some random deer things and decorations, but I didn’t really like it there because it’s kind of tight coming out of the hallwayand I have managed to run into it/bump my head more than a few times – so I’m going to move it in the kitchen.   I love the look of random frames with random photos all clustered together, and I added a few little things I embroidered a few months back that have been sitting in my craft room.  So far, I really like this wall and will probably add a few more little photos 🙂

Day 13 & Some Cookies

Today’s photo challenge was kind of weird: A photo edit that you like.   So I interpreted as my favorite ways to edit my photos. And that would be 1) My favorite Lightroom preset, and 2) washi tape strips!  Here’s an example:

I almost always quickly edit all my photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (I’m no fancy pants). I have a bunch of “presets” I can use to quickly click and edit photos, but my most used/favorite edit is called “Afternoon Delight“, which adds a touch of goldenness/rustic-ness to photos, which I love. Oh and washi tape strips from Pugly Pixel are my favorite ways to add text to photos 🙂

Anyways, some other things I wanted to share….some lovely friends of mine got married this weekend, aren’t they cute? Adrien (da man) has been a friend since I was in high school, and his new wife, Jen, and I have become friends since they started dating.

I helped them with some wedding stuffs, Jen did a ton of DIY and I was happy to share ideas and thoughts. But I also helped put together a cookie bar for them. Here were the results!

Since I only have one little cake stand, I decided it would be best/cheapest to just make some more. I picked up a set of white dishes at Goodwill ($10 for maybe 18-ish plates) and some glass candlestick holders from Goodwill and the dollar store.  Glued em together and voila!  I spent less than $20 and made 3 stands with 2-3 plates on each and could have made a few more 🙂  And if you’re wondering, I made chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, and chocolate salted caramel cookies.  We also had milk at the table. Perfection!

New Momma

My friend Danielle and I like to pull our cameras out every so often and go on random photography missions. Today we messed around with our cameras a bit and took photos of my longtime friend who is due with her first child at the end of August.  Our first choices of photo spots didn’t work out but I think we managed to get a few good shots. I am definitely not used to doing portraits, but it was fun!

Here’s a few of my favs.

Such a pretty momma! And for fun….