Sunday, August 14, 2011

Indiana trip

So for the first time we went to visit Justin's parents in Indiana!  Two of his sisters and their families were there too so it was a big party!  We had a great time and I have a new love for the east! It was beautiful with massive green trees and rolling hills.  I loved it!  We did lots while we were there! Justin and I spent an afternoon in Shipshewana, an Amish town, and looked through their fun shops and markets.  They have amazing furniture! We also got to go to a Josh Groban concert!!  It was in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Justin's brother had tickets but ended up not being able to go so we were the lucky ones to get to go! :)  He was so fun, and entertaining and Justin came away with a new appreciation for Josh Groban.  We went to Kirtland the day before we left as well.  I've never been so it was a new and awesome experience!  Now it's back to life in Idaho Falls!! :)

Some of the nieces and nephews outside the Kirtland Temple

Outside the Kirtland Temple

Olivia, Kelsey, and TJ tried forever to get up on that rock

So back in June Kade, Justin and I packed the Honda as full as possible and started a verrrrrrry looooonng road trip.  We drove 12 hours from Idaho Falls to Aurora and stayed the night, then we got up the next morning and drove another 16 hours to Table Rock Lake in Missouri! I thought the drive would never end.  But we made it, and we stayed for a week!  It was a blast! There were tons of us there and we just played and played and played on the water! I mostly just got pictures of people on the water and not too much else, so here are a few.  Oh and I finally was able to get up on the surf board and throw in the rope!! Soooo fun!


It is true! I finally graduated from BYU-Idaho in April!  It feels awesome, yet so strange to be done with school.  These are a few photos from graduation day with my family and amazing friends! Thanks so much for coming all this way to celebrate such a special day with me!  As for a post-school update, I am working as a photographer and co-owner of Vintage Road Photographers in Idaho Falls.  Hattie and Erika and I decided to take this plunge and work together on starting up this new company.  It's lots of work but I'm able to do what I love! We have been very busy so far and just recently book our 40th wedding!  Yay!  So, although we didn't think we'd stay too long after we were both done with school, Justin and I feel very blessed to have the work we have here and will probably stay put for a little longer than planned, but who knows where life will take us next! :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Life Update!!

Ok, so I know it's been forever since I've updated this thing... Let's just say this semester was insane!  I had a full schedule of classes, I was working a part time job on campus, and I was doing my internship with Hattie Bates Photography.  I was busy.  But it was a great semester and I got through it ok.  This Christmas break has been so great for me to recoup and get ready for my last semester of college!  So anyways, I decided I would make one big post and give you the run down of what we've been up to for the past couple months.

For Thanksgiving this year we met up with my family in Layton, Utah for the weekend.  We had dinner with lots of my mom's family and then we got to go see the lights on Temple Square.  It was a lot of fun to get to be with family.

For Christmas we stayed home and just had a little Christmas with the two of us.  It was very different for me.  Especially since it was our first Christmas married.  But it was nice and we had a good time. 
This is us on Christmas eve carrying over my family's tradition of opening up a gift before we go to bed.  It's always pjs!  P.S.  Justin had to have bears on his pjs so i ended up making them because he couldn't find any he liked! lol He's a goof!

Christmas day we went over to the Osborn's house for dinner.  It was a great time.  We had a wonderful dinner and then played some crazy games on the wii.  It was a blast.  It was also a special evening because they had invited a good friend of theirs over that is from Mexico.  Thor had a really strong desire to share his testimony with him and give him a spanish Book of Mormon.  So, I got the privilege to translate for him.  It was a very neat experience and what a wonderful gift to get on Christmas day.  Missionary experiences do still happen in Rexburg, Idaho!  Thanks Osborns!

This semester I took a watercolor class.  I was terrified in the beginning because my experiences with other painting classes haven't been the greatest.  But I actually discovered that I kinda liked watercolor painting.  I am no master but I think I did ok.  So here are some of the paintings I did.

This is one of the first ones we did.  The whole class painted the same thing.  I think it took us at least two weeks to get through it. But I was proud of it for being my first watercolor painting.

This is actually an emulation piece.  We had to pick a watercolor artist that we liked and try to paint one of their pieces just like they painted it.  This is a painting of Carthage Jail, the original was painted by Roland Lee.  It was tough to get it close to his but it was fun to do.

This was one of my favorites to paint!  It is one of our wedding pictures! I did it in black and white and I was pretty excited with how it turned out.

There are still a few more that I'd like to put up here but I haven't taken pictures of them yet.  So I'll get those up later.

Ok, moving on.  So like I said before, I did my internship with Hattie Bates.  She is amazing.  I learned so much while working from her!  She has been a great mentor and an awesome friend.  We had some good times this semester!  So I just thought I'd show you a few of the images that I took while working with Hattie.  There's so much but I'll only through in a few.

These are some pictures from a few weddings that I helped Hattie with.

And these are some newborn pictures I did for some good friends of ours.  Hattie helped me do them in her studio!

Ok, so besides doing photography with Hattie I also had a few gigs of my own this semester.  So here's a sneak peak at some of those. P.S. I'm currently working on getting a photography website or blog set up so there will be more to see when that happens!

So, that is a small but still somewhat lengthy update!  I hope I didn't bore you!  And hopefully I'll stay more current from now on! We'll see. :)