Monday, September 28, 2009

love this!

Lisa Leonard Designs Jewelry GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

my thoughts exactly...

As much as I converse with sages and heroes,they have very little of my love and admiration.I long for rural and domestic scene,for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.

-John Adams

{he and his wife are definitely two of my favorite historical figures... if you don't know much about him, you should}

Monday, September 14, 2009


Benson and I decided that 18 credit hours, a CNA class, a growing photography business, work and church callings just weren't keeping us busy enough so we decided to find something to take up all of the spare time we have*

So what did we choose?

A kitchen re-model.

Let me tell you, it needs it. Bad.

Just look... {and don't judge}

Here are th official "before" shots.

Pretty huh?**


Let me tell you... white tile floors are like the prettiest.things.ever.

Really! Want your kitchen to ALWAYS look immaculate? Get white tile floors.
{sadly those aren't going anywhere yet, and no we didn't choose them}


One of the first things that had to go when we moved in were the terrible knobs that used to be on the cabinets. I wont miss the holes they left behind anymore than I miss the twisted rope knobs.


See that wall space between the cabinets and the ceiling? I hate it. So does Benson. He came up with, what we think is, a genius plan to cover that area. Hopefully it turns out like we want it to.

ahhh... our countertops.

The guy who came to measure for the replacements said he has NEVER seen these. He's been doing countertops for something like 15 years. They are that old! The stains are probably that old too. Dealing with something messy you know is yours is one thing... dealing with the mess of people who lived there before you? A whole different ball game. I'll be very glad to see these go.

I didn't realize until too late how blurry this picture was but I had to show you that they are, quite literally, falling apart.


All white walls don't float your boat? Me neiter. That will be changing soon.


This is one small area where the kick board (the little wood trim at the bottom) is still attached.


here is another area where we just peeled off... see all that grossness behind it? yuck. good thing we didn't know that was there all along. The sides of the cabinets aren't even real wood - they're just laminate pieces.

The sink is another item marked for replacement. I forgot to get pictures of it before we tore it out. I don't have the heart to post a picture of it anyway. Just thinking of it makes me squeamish.

So what all are we doing? Well...

The cabinets are getting a GOOD clean and a coat of paint (lacquer to be exact).

They will be green. (Yes as in the color of grass, avacados and kermit). We're also replacing the trim, putting in real wood sides (it's currently laminate) and adding a moulding shelf above the cabinets.

The walls will get a fresh coat of paint - mustard yellow paint.

After that we'll slap on a new sink and some countertops and call it a day (or week, or maybe even month)

We've gotten a little further along than this so I'll post updated pictures shortly and hopefully "after" pictures soon thereafter.

Having a handy husband comes in, well... handy.



Saturday, September 12, 2009

teeth and things

Benson is one of the toughest people I know.
He is not one to complain about pain or discomfort at all.
Me on the other hand? I'm a complete wimp when it comes to pain.
When I was told that I needed my wisdom teeth taken out, I was a bit nervous...until I talked to Benson.

You see, when he had his wisdom teeth taken out, things weren't pretty.
He had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia which caused a lot of disorientation and pain.
He describes it as the worst pain he has felt.

Needless to say after that conversation I was a little more freaked out than I was at first. I talked to many other people, with both good experiences and bad but no matter what else I heard, his story stuck with me the most since I know that he can handle more pain then I can.

Well after much anticipation the day came and went.
The verdict?
I am tougher than Benson*.

I had zero problems, minimal pain and almost no swelling.
I wasn't even weird coming off of the anesthesia.

The worst part about it is I can't eat real food.
Hopefully I'll get over that soon, because I have been craving something besides pudding or mashed bananas and I have all those birthday coupons to use!

*no not really...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me

I'm honestly not a big birthday person, but who can resist a day of free food?

I know I sure can't.

I spent my morning signing up for various email clubs that send you free things on your birthday...

among my (free) goods are:
$30 at Benihana
Free Chocolate Fondue (for two) at the Melting Pot
1 Dozen free Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Free dinner at Joe's BBQ

The best part? Benson's birthday is next week - so we pretty much get double.

Hope you all have a great night - I'll probably have some funny pictures to post this weekend since I have my wisdom teeth taken out tomorrow! (ack!)


Thursday, September 3, 2009

love weddings

I was able to take some bridals for a high school friend's wedding last weekend - I've only edited about 10 minutes into the shoot and I already have multiple "favorites" - I really should get more edited before I put up a "sneak peek" but I just can't wait!




isn't our temple pretty?

Look out for more of these two on the photoblog - there's lots more good ones!

Mesa Arizona Wedding Photographer