Off to Hawaii!!

My husband and I are off to Hawaii in a few hours.  This will be the first time without the kids, EVER!!  We are going to the big island, so if you have any tips on good places to eat and sightsee, please feel free to leave a comment.  I leave you with a picture of my daughter that I took this afternoon in my backyard.  Have a great week, everyone!!

This is the Sonnet Gown by Eden’s Bouquet.

Fifty-two on Friday : [20] Broken

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.
For me they are the role model for being alive.” ~ Gilda Radner

Meet the newest member of our family, River.  He’s quite handsome, don’t you think?  My husband and I recently bought a house and we promised the kids that when we stopped renting, we would get a dog.  According to the Humane Society, “between three and four million cats and dogs are killed in the U.S. each year simply because they cannot find homes.”  For us, it was a no-brainer.  We did not care what breed it was, as a matter of fact, we preferred a mutt because they have would have a less chance of suffering from inherited health problems.  We really just wanted a medium sized-dog that we all could love.  We visited the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society several times with the kids and let them have the final decision (with our strong recommendation, lol) about which dog to choose.  He was about 11 old months when we got him.

In the beginning, River had such a broken spirit and I don’t blame him.  The first week, he didn’t make a sound, not even a peep.  I didn’t think River could bark at all.  Several days passed before he barked and I was shocked when I first heard him.  He just wanted to be held, all day and all night.  So, that’s what we did.  We took him to the vet and got his checkup and the doctor told us that he was still young and would warm up to us very soon.  Sure enough, by the second week, you could see his spirit being lifted.  It’s been about a month now, and he is  now “one of us”.  The kids play in the yard with River before and after school and my husband runs (or roller blades) with him every evening.  My kids LOVE him and I am convinced that he loves them too.  He never EVER barks at us and “talks” to us in his other voice.  I was not brought up with dogs, so this is all very new to me.  Puppy school has been a tad draining on my schedule, but only a couple of more weeks left, so I think I will survive.  I do have a lot more pictures to post, but my husband has been working overtime this week and I am beyond exhausted at the moment.  I promise I will do another doggy post in the next few weeks, ok?

Start your circle by visiting Melanie Pitcher | Memphis, TN Photographer to see how she and the other photographers went about interpreting “broken”.  It’s a hard one, this week, don’t you think?  Wait until next week, though, people, it is going to SO INTERESTING and FUN!!  Have a great weekend, y’all.

Fifty-two on Friday : [19] Album Cover

“Well, I hope that I don’t fall in love with you
‘Cause falling in love just makes me blue
When the music plays and you display your heart for me to see
I head a beer and now I hear you calling out for me
And, I hope that I don’t fall in love with you” ~ Tom Waits

This week’s assignment was to create an album cover for a song we liked. It wasn’t an easy week and when you are the person who suggested this idea (what in the world was I thinking?), you very well can’t back out, right? So, I have been thinking about this particular week’s theme for a few months now and my initial idea was to do a cover for George Michael’s “Praying for Time”, but I never got a decent idea in my head. LIKE NONE! ZERO! NADA!! (Please don’t be disappointed in me George Michael, if you ever ask, I will still deliver an awesome cover for you…)

So, I went about living my life and all that was on TV was stuff about the royal wedding. I don’t know about you guys, but YES, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. It was beautiful, was it not? Well, the wedding (or Prince William and Harry’s suits, if I am being honest) reminded me of one of my all time favorite movies, “The Prince & Me” (you weren’t expecting some deep Academy Award nominated movie here, now, were you?). There’s this scene at the beginning of the movie where they are just getting to know each other and have a love/hate thing going on. Well, Julia Stiles works at the college cafe and the prince gets a job there to get to know her better. After the restaurant closes, she puts money into a jukebox and dances to this song while wiping down the tables. The prince is totally falls for her and watches from afar and you can totally see the emotion in his eyes. It’s a chick flick, go rent the DVD this weekend if you haven’t seen it yet. In any case, the song that she dances to is called “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” sung by Marc Cohn. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. Here is the youtube video if you don’t know it.

I am so excited to see what photos & songs the other photographers chose!! Let’s head on over to the Pacific Northwest and see what Gretchen Davis|Portland, OR Photographer did for this week’s theme. Have a great weekend, everyone. Go rent the movie!!

Star Wars Session Featured…

I am so excited to have the Star Wars Photo Shoot featured on “Inspire Me Baby“. 
You all should check out the site, there are wonderful ideas throughout the blog. :)

Casting Call Update

The casting call for the May 22 Eden’s Bouquet Photo Shoot is now closed.

Those who were chosen will receive an email by this Wednesday.  Thank you all for participating.

Isabella is wearing the Sabra Gown by Eden’s Bouquet.