Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Graces . . .

022 : 365

1. New friends :)
2. Brother's who are always willing to lend a hand
3. My continued state of employment (for now at least!)
4. Joe and Aaron making progress on their movie
5. Flip flops in all seasons

And an old favorite of Abby:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Graces and pics . . .

021 : 365

1. Washing my hair after leaving the relaxer in for four days! :P
2. Mom's who meet you with debit card in hand to buy a new phone after your's dies an untimely death :P
3. Three more work days
4. Snowboarding on Friday :)
5. Suki and Natasha and all of their antics :)

And a few more of my favorite pics from my couple session last weekend:

Sunday Graces . . .

**Post edited Monday to include photo caption below :)

020 : 365

1. Finally caught up on my personal pics!
2. Shopping with Katie :)
3. A fairly relaxing weekend
4. Four day work week coming up :)
5. Playdate with Tate tomorrow!

And some pics - two of Abby's favorite things to play with - phones and remotes :P

Replacing your phone after your niece plays with it: $450
How stinking cute she looks "talking" on it: priceless!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Saturday's Graces . . .

019 : 365

1. Lazy Saturday mornings in bed :)
2. The park with one of my favorite girls!
3. Sharing french fries with Abby :)
4. Funny movies
5. Two more days till I can wash my hair!

I watched Abby for a couple hours tonight and of course took a ton of pics - here are two of my favorites of her with her chair - Grandma and Papa bought it for her for Christmas and she just loves it!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday Graces :)

018 : 365

1. Booking another wedding today :)
2. Finishing up another session tonight :)
3. Dinner with my parents, Joe and Josh
4. Moving my class for tomorrow so I can sleep in :)
5. Seeing my nieces this weekend!!

And a pic from last weekend - I love how Abby watches tv - totally zoned out and holding her feet - super cute :)

On a serious note - I am praying for baby Stellan - please visit his mama's blog and join me in praying that this beautiful baby gets better soon!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Grace in the small things . . .

017 : 365

1. Parmesan Goldfish crackers - yummmm!!!
2. Grey's Anatomy tonight!!
3. The picture of Grandpa and Abby to the left of my computer that I look at a million times a day - sometimes it makes me cry and sometimes it makes me smile - either way I am grateful that I have it.
4. Texting with Joe while he's in San Diego
5. Realizing that it's Thursday and not Wednesday like I've been thinking all day :P Closer to the weekend then I thought!!

And some pics - these are old but I LOVE them - I took them while I had the girls at the lake - I used to let Abby suck on the bottom of an unopened soda can when she was teething but the first one looks like she drank it and is saying "mmmm good" and the other looks like she's about to sneak a drink - soooo cute :P

Yesterday's Graces and some pics . . .

I forgot to post my graces for yesterday but first some pics from a super fun couple session last Saturday - I just started working on these so I've only looked at a few but here are a couple I like so far:

And my graces for Wednesday:

016 : 365

1. 18 days till lattes!!
2. Booking an engagement session and wedding :)
3. Curling up on the couch with Joe and a movie (and the cats! :P)
4. Megan learning the recorder :P
5. Getting my hair straightened tomorrow!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday Graces . . .

I just got home from shooting an event as a favor for a friend - it wasn't a paid gig - wasn't even a portfolio builder due to confidentiality issues but it was a lot of fun and it was a real feel-good event. It showed me that some people, when given the opportunity to turn their life around, will not only take it but they will take it and run with it. And that your past does not necessarily dictate your future. Anyhow - enough lecture - on to the graces:

015 : 365

1. Fun filled, feel-good evenings :)
2. Second chances
3. Free second shooters (thanks Joe!) :P
4. A backlog of photos to edit (means business is booming :P)
5. Super funny videos on Facebook

And a couple pictures of Abby from the weekend - I found her and Megan listening to their ipod on Grandma's bed, then Abby wanted to listen to it by herself and then she apparently decided it was a phone :P

Some more pics coming up!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Graces :)

I won't have time to get online later so I'll blog my graces for today now :)

014 : 365

1. Permanent (well as in till it grows out) hair relaxers :) Getting mine Thursday :)
2. Declining debt balances
3. Responses to gigs I applied for :)
4. Evenings spent hanging out with Joe :)
5. Flexible work schedules

And a pic - me with my first digital SLR which I gave to my dad after I got my 40 and 5Ds but I loved it for the year I used it :)

Joe's friend Aaron took the pic while we were hiking on the beach in La Jolla - it's me taking a pic of Joe :)

Weekend Graces :)

A little behind on the graces - I had a super busy weekend including three shoots (to be blogged soon), two movies, dinner out with my mom, Grandma and Joe, some fun with my little friend Tate, a Princess House party and my nieces :) So here are the weekends graces:

012 : 365

1. Another shoot with an old classmate/softball teammate :)
2. SPF 15 chapstick
3. My Sedu Pro Ceramic straighting iron that tames my wild hair :P
4. Abby always wanting to be pushed in her baby doll's stroller - wheels buckling and all :P
5. Leaving Target with everything I came for and nothing else :P (I normally walk around and by wayyyy more than I came for and forget something I needed)

013 : 365

1. Credit to buy Princess House products :)
2. Falling asleep on the couch with Joe :)
3. A super fun blustery shoot with a friend and her beautiful family
4. No laundry all weekend :P
5. Watching Megan and Joe "Gameboy" at the table all night

And a pic:

Megan with said Gameboy (playing with her friend Mia - one of my favorite little models!)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday's Graces

011 : 365

1. Trips to my favorite store - Target :)
2. Movies that are better than you thought they'd be
3. Getting a great start on my 101 things - bought a 1000 piece puzzle today and saw a movie I would never see normally
4. A shoot with some beautiful girls today and catching up with an old high school classmate/softball teammate:)
5. Surprise visits from mom - WITH FOOD :)

And a pic - the beautiful girls from number 4 - more to come :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Joe's 101 Things in 1,001 Days

Looks like we are going to be very busy - Joe created his own 101 Things to do in 1,001 days list :) Here it is:


1. Have at least half of my debt paid off
2. Lose 15 lbs. and keep them off
3. Have a video & photography website with Kristen
4. Finish 2 screenplays (0/2)
5. Write and finish 2 songs (0/2)
6. Clean and organize my garage
7. Go on a cruise
8. Begin production on a film as a producer, writer, and/or director
9. Own a Mac Book Pro
10. Help someone achieve something they think is impossible
11. Help a non-profit serve meals on a holyday
12. Have flowers on the table for 2 months straight for Kristen
13. Wash my car
14. Call my mom twice a week at least twice a month
15. Call my mom once a week twice a month
16. Go to church at least once every other month
17. Give up a bad habit (bad habit TBD)
18. Ride my bike at least twice a week
19. Do something really nice for Kristen that nobody has ever done for her or anybody she knows and I’ve never done for anyone
20. Spend 3 entire days with Kristen without anything electronic (0/3)
21. Go on a snowboarding trip
22. Attend a worldwide sports event (World Cup, Olympics, etc)
23. Learn to roller blade
24. Watch an opera (The Marriage of Figaro preferably)
25. Go to 4 classical music concerts (at least one of Mozart) (0/4)
26. Go to a World Series game
27. Go to an L.A. Galaxy game
28. Go to an NBA game
29. Go to the beach at least 5 times with Kristen each summer (0/15)
30. Help a child build something special
31. Kiss Kristen every day for no reason (2/1001)
32. Go to Asia
33. Hike at least once a month
34. Watch Citizen Cane, Casablanca and Amadeus again
35. Go to New York
36. Do something I’ve never done
37. Finish the entire New Super Mario Bros. game, collect all the stars and find all the secret exits
38. Do something outdoors with Kristen at least twice a month
39. Go to a Bon Jovi concert
40. Attend the taping of a TV show
41. Buy something for Kristen just because
42. Go to Canada
43. Watch a movie with Kristen at the Cemetery in Los Angeles
44. Feed a homeless person
45. Buy a movie ticket for a stranger
46. Have a game night once a month (0/34)
47. Go snorkeling
48. Go to Africa
49. Go to a country music concert with Kristen
50. Take piano lessons
51. Get rid of all the clothes I don’t use anymore
52. Teach Kristen how to cook one dish
53. Learn from Kristen how to cook one dish
54. Participate in a benefit concert
55. Not say anything negative for an entire day
56. Go to Disneyland
57. Got to Disney’s California Adventure
58. Go to Mammoth, Lake Tahoe or a similar mountain
59. Go to Las Vegas
60. Go ice skating
61. Purge my laptop of crap I don’t need or want anymore
62. Watch all three Matrix films
63. Ride a bike from San Francisco to San Juan in Mexico
64. Go to 3 wine tastings (0/3)
65. Take a road trip
66. Call a friend I haven’t talked to in at least 5 years
67. Go 4 for 4 in a softball game
68. Pitch an entire softball game
69. Email pictures from softball games to the players
70. Not complain about anything for an entire day
71. Go to a water park
72. Rescue an animal
73. Work harder than I have lately
74. Drink healthier drinks
75. Buy a Starbucks or Coffee Bean coffee for a stranger
76. Give Natasha and Suki a bath
77. Ride a roller coaster I haven’t riden
78. Sleep more than 8 hours one day
79. Help a relative with a problem
80. Finish this list
81. Visit my family at least twice (0/2)
82. Play outfield an entire softball game
83. Finish decorating our apartment
84. Fix the frame for my FISTS poster
85. Learn Logic Pro
86. Audit York Entertainment
87. Re-do my taxes for the last 3 years -Sorry Kristen 
88. Get a full physical exam
89. Complete the “Couch to 5K” with Kristen
90. Help Megan finish her New Super Mario Bros game
91. Show Megan at least 5 tricks on the game - see 90 (0/5)
92. Work with Deb at least 5 days (0/5)
93. Update www.quickjampictures.com
94. Finish the videography website
95. Re-master and or re-record 3 of Big MF’s songs
96. Watch the footage of the “Changes” video
97. Pray everyday
98. Give $10 to charity for every one of these not completed
99. Propose to Kristen (hopefully once she reads this she wont take it for granted ;) )
100. Marry Kristen (see note above)
101. Make a baby with Kristen (MAKE, didn’t say HAVE, yet)

I especially like the last three :) Luckily some of ours overlap which should help us complete all of them :)

And here's my graces for the day since tonight is "no internet night" :P

010 : 365

1. Thursdays that are my Fridays :)
2. Three photoshoots in one weekend :)
3. 7-layer dip :)
4. Being all caught up at work!!
5. Making an amazon wish list of all the camera goodies I want to buy or receive as presents (hint hint :P)

And a pic - an old favorite of mine - my mommy, Megan and I :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grace in the Small Things . . .

009 : 365

1. That I share my home and my life with the greatest guy ever :)
2. The new book and sudoku I bought tonight to start in on my 101 things :)
3. Girls night with my mom on Saturday
4. Princess House parties!!
5. Awesome photography workshops

And a pic:

my cousin Breyanna - ain't she cute?? :P

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Grace in the small things . . .

008 : 365

1. Conversations with 3 year olds :)
2. Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper :)
3. Frosted Mini Wheats - lunch AND dinner tonight :P
4. Word of mouth advertising
5. Favors from old friends :)

And a pic - my dad and one of his princesses :)

101 Things to do in 1,001 Days Project :)

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Completion date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My list:

1. Pay off all debt except student loans and regular monthlies (i.e. cell, insurance)
2. Lose 20 pounds and keep it off :)
3. Exercise three days a week
4. Eat healthier
5. Go somewhere outside of the US (besides Mexico)
6. Go to Stagecoach in 2010 and 2011
7. Fill my empty walls with pictures
8. Read 100 books (0/100)
9. Go to church at least one Sunday a month (0/34)
10. Complete the 365 Day Project in 2010
11. Buy a Canon 5D Mark II
12. Master Photoshop
13. Try ten new restaurants (0/10)
14. Learn to cook five meals (0/5)
15. Spend a whole day at a spa :)
16. Go on a road trip!
17. Learn to snowboard
18. Take the GMAT
19. Get accepted to and begin a Master’s program
20. Pass the CPA exam
21. Obtain my CPA license
22. Take a cooking class
23. Watch 5 movies that I would normally not care for (i.e. sci fi, fantasy) and try to appreciate them (0/5)
24. Go to New York
25. Save $1,000 – those who know me know this is a difficult task :P
26. Save my change for the duration of the project and put it in savings at the completion
27. Purge my ipod of all songs I don’t like anymore
28. Back-up all pics and clean out computer
29. Make a photo book of Abby’s first year – BEFORE her second year is over :P
30. Go to a King’s game with Joe
31. Explore a nearby town – i.e. Venice, Hollywood etc
32. Buy at least ten grown up items of clothing (my mom thinks I dress like a teenager :P) (0/10)
33. Send flowers to someone for no reason
34. Read the Bible from cover to cover
35. Go roller-skating (not blading!)
36. Make 5 new friends (0/5)
37. Rekindle an old friendship I haven’t kept up
38. Open a Roth IRA – contribute at least $500 a year
39. Contribute enough to my 401K to get the max company match for an entire year (0/26 paychecks)
40. Build up my photography business enough to have to work only part-time in the corporate world
41. Go to Cape Cod
42. Have a complete physical exam (haven’t had one in at least five years!)
43. Take my Grandma Paula to a broadway show
44. Complete the Couch to 5K with Joe
45. Send 101 cards to friends/family for occasions other than Christmas or birthdays (0/101)
46. Rewatch ALL episodes of Everwood – such a feel-good show!
47. Complete another half-marathon – this time without feeling like I’m going to die for a week after :P
48. Visit Danielle (my pen pal since I was eight!!) I met her on a family vacation and we have written since then – I have only seen her in person once since then :)
49. Take my nieces to Disneyland
50. Take my nieces to Sea World
51. Do one thing for Joe each week to SHOW him that I love him (0/143)
52. Take family pics with my whole family – parents, brothers, sis in law and nieces
53. Make a “Joe and I” scrapbook
54. Try Yoga
55. Take a kickboxing class
56. Pierce my left ear so it matches my right :)
57. Do one free photoshoot a month for family/friend or stranger (0/34)
58. Learn how to bake my mom’s banana bread
59. Be part of a Girl Scout troop again – as a volunteer, leader, etc
60. Go to see the Price Is Right in person!
61. Enter one of my photos in a contest
62. Put $100 on red (my $100 Josh! :P)
63. Blog each thing as I complete it with at least one pic
64. Do 101 sudoku (0/101)
65. Tip 100% to someone that deserves it
66. Take a photo of 100 different people – make photo book with results
67. Visit 5 small towns in CA – at least 100 miles from home (0/5)
68. Go to sleep by 11 PM every night for one week (0/7)
69. Put together a 1000 piece or more jigsaw puzzle
70. Buy a new 35mm camera
71. Watch 100 movies released before today that I have never seen (0/100)
72. Make a birthday cake from scratch
73. Take pictures with Joe in a photo booth
74. Have a facial – never had one before!
75. Attend a Sunday night family dinner at my parent’s WITHOUT my camera
76. Go ice skating with Joe
77. Get back to my almost fluent in Spanish status before Christmas 2009 visit to Mexico
78. Learn a new song on the piano – I took ten plus years of lessons and haven’t played a song from start to finish in at least three years!
79. Have my car maintenanced
80. Finish Christmas shopping by December 1st leaving December to enjoy decorating, wrapping, and holiday parties (0/3)
81. Print and frame 5 pics of Joe and I (0/5)
82. Attend at least 3 photography workshops by my favorite photogs (0/3)
83. No internet one night a week for the duration of the project (0/143)
84. Attend a ballet
85. Visit a museum
86. Find a charity I am passionate about and support it whole-heartedly
87. Read 10 of these : (0/10)
88. Go seven consecutive days without complaining about anything (0/7)
89. Complete a 26 Things Project
90. Go to San Francisco
91. Attend a wedding without my camera :)
92. Bring my lunch to work (and actually eat it) 100 times over course of project (0/100)
93. Leave my phone at home for a whole day out with Joe
94. Preferably (no pressure Joe :P) get married or at least engaged :)
95. If above happens get pregnant in 2011 :)
96. Put $5 in my savings account for each of these completed
97. Donate $10 to charity for every item not completed
98. Throw a party for someone
99. Write letters to my loved ones telling them why I love them
100. Pay for the car behind me at a drive thru
101. Write new 101 things in 1001 list!

So there you have it folks - I will be blogging my progress so check back often to see how I'm doing :)

And a pic - Joe and I at the beach (photo by Anna at Ohana Images )

Monday, March 16, 2009

Almost caught up . . .

I've been working on catching up on my personal pics the last couple days - I just finished my niece's 9th birthday pics - she had a Build A Bear party with her friends on a Friday after school and then Sunday night we had pie at my house to celebrate her birthday and my grandpa's:

And a pic of Abby that I love - she likes to look at herself in my mom's mirror - she's making a funny face in this one :)

Grace in the small things:

007 : 365

1. Busy billing days that make the hours fly by at work :)
2. Venti Chai Lattes w/soy from Starbucks
3. 28 days left of Lent before I can have number 2 :)
4. Working on my laptop at the table with Joe next to me working on his laptop :P
5. A full fridge from our trip to the market tonight :)

William's birthday coming up next - trying to get caught up before my two shoots this weekend!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Grace in the small things . . .

006 : 365

1. Family dinners :)
2. Family dinners with company from out of state :)
3. Fun afternoons with Tate!!
4. Our first piece of mail addressed to BOTH Joe and I at our new address (a St. Patrick's Day card from my Grandma :P)
5. Pictures to help recall memories - we watched the slideshow I made for Grandpa's service tonight since my cousin Joe had never seen it :(

And a pic - Abby reading a book with her Great-Grandma (my dad's mom):

No time to post yesterday . . .

So here are Saturday's:

Grace in the Small Things

005 : 365

1. 26 years with my Grandpa Stan and a million memories of him to keep him alive in my heart always.
2. Nights out with old friends - Happy Birthday Manda!!
3. Shopping with my sister in law and niece
4. Sleeping in :)
5. Four day work weeks :)

And my pic:

Abby on her motorcycle I got her for Christmas last year - she loves it!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Grace in the small things . . .

004 : 365

1. Going to dinner with my parents for no reason :)
2. It's Friday!!
3. Fresh, clean laundry :)
4. A day to catch up and relax tomorrow before a night out with friends :)
5. A busy day at work since that means I'm still employed for the time being :P

And a pic - this is the look Megan gives me whenever I try to take her picture now :P I can't believe how grown up she's getting :(

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Some pics and grace . . .

Last Sunday I met up with my friend Anna who is a fabulous photographer and owner of Ohana Images and her boys at the Korean Bell park in San Pedro to kapture some fun memories. They had a blast rolling down the hill, making wishes, and blowing grass and I had a blast kapturing it all! Take a look at a few of my favorites:

And now for todays grace in the small things . . .

003 : 365

1. That my sister in law was first and still is also my friend - we have known each other 22 years!
2. Talking to my mom via email daily - I miss seeing her everyday!!
3. Talking to my dad via text :P - I miss seeing him everyday too :(
4. Visits from Joe's best friend Aaron who is on his way from San Diego :)
5. Grey's Anatomy is on tonight - the only tv show I look forward to now that Everwood is gone :(

More pics and grace coming up tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grace in the small things . . .

002 : 365

1. My new card reader and cardrecovery which are currently recovering a ton of pics I accidently deleted last night - luckily they were not a clients!!
2. My beautiful nieces Megan and Abigail who bring me so much joy and laughter
3. Eating fairly healthy today - Joe made a wonderful salad for dinner
4. My quickly growing photography business - I can't believe how fast my client base has built up thanks to referrals from family and friends - thanks guys!!
5. My fabulous photographer friends - especially Gina and Carey who are always willing to help me out, share their secrets and give advice

And because no post is complete without a pic - here's a recent one of Abby that I love :)

I'm way behind on my personal pics - soon to come: Meggie's birthday, William's 30th birthday and my friend Anna (Ohana Images) and her adorable boys!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I told you I had the most amazing boyfriend ever . . .

Again for no reason . . . and this time my favorite color :)

These are actually a great start to something new I'm going to do on my blog - Grace in the Small Things. Basically I'm going to list five things per day that I am grateful for - either something from that day or from my life as a whole. Piece of cake right?? Try it today :)

001 : 365 Days

1. My sweet, gorgeous, loving, generous, thoughtful, funny boyfriend
2. Flowers for no reason :)
3. Coming home to the above :)
4. Catching Natasha when she escaped out the door tonight (otherwise number one wouldn't have been so loving anymore :P)
5. My beautiful new home

Most of you know I moved a couple months ago and it has been a stretch financially for me - plus about a week after I moved my company announced that it will be doing massive layoffs in a few months so now I am in danger of losing my job as well. That said it has been difficult to remember all of the little things in my life that I am grateful for - I think this will be a wonderful activity to refresh my memory :)

And some pics coming up next :)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Beachy pics :)

Sunday I met up with three pretty ladies at the beach in Palos Verdes to have some fun. After hiking down a pretty steep hill we made it to the beach and played in the sand for awhile before huffing and puffing back up the hill (me at least!) :P Here are some of my favorites so far:

The rest of your gallery will be up shortly - thanks for your patience!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A few more park pics . . .

I just finished up editing this session and wanted to share a few more of my favorites - what a little cutie!!

Fun beach session coming up next!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Fun at the park - sneak peek!!

Saturday I met up at the park with the cutest little 15 month old. We spend the afternoon going down the slide, blowing bubbles and having lots of fun. Thanks mom for allowing me to kapture a few memories of your little cutie :)

Here is a few of my favorites so far:

The rest of your gallery will be done in a few days - I'll be in touch!