Thursday, May 27, 2010

Our Garden: What a Difference a Year Makes

A lot has been happening in our garden since this time last year. First, let's take a look back at how it looked in May of 2009.
Here we have the side of our garage. I had to plant some things in order to divert the eyes away from the peeling, chipping paint. Did it work? No...well a new garage is not in the budget right look at the pretty flowers.
Next up is the beginnings of our garden right after planting in May of last year. Notice the scraggly little grapevine in the back and the dirt pile to the left. It's not beautiful...I know this.

This was taken only a month later in June of 2009. The grapevine is perking up and the garden must have taken steroids while I was in California on vacation. It ended up being a very bountiful garden with peas, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, squash, zucchini, peppers, and massive amounts of weeds. Scary amounts...I almost shudder when I look at this photo and remember.

Flash forward to May of 2010. I knew that I would not survive another summer with that type of garden. I wanted something functional and beautiful...and I hope we've pulled that off. First we made beds using a lot of the old brick we had laying around from removing a chimney. We laid them out into 6 beds, each measuring 4 x 8 feet.

Then around the beds we laid almost 3000 lbs of pea gravel for walking paths. And holy cow, do you see the grapevine!! We are going to have some serious grapes this year!!

The addition of a nice little bistro table at the back makes for a relaxing spot to enjoy the morning newspaper.

Did you plant a garden this year? I'd love to see some different layouts.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jack D. - 5 Days Old

I was so excited when Jack's mom called me FROM THE HOSPITAL to schedule a newborn shoot for this little guy. I arrived at their house when he was just 5 days old to meet this handsome, head full of hair, little boy.
From the moment I arrived he was full-on crying and would only be consoled in the arms of mom or dad (I'm sure they didn't mind though). I still think I did a pretty good job of capturing some moments in between fits of crying. :)
Meet Jack.

Just look at those itty bitty widdle feetsies

A definite favorite :)
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Giveaway Winner: Business Cards

Sorry for the delay!

The winner of the business card giveaway from UPrinting is comment #4


Shazi - I'll be contacting you with details on how to collect your winnings!
Thanks for playing along everyone.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Goodness: UPrinting Giveaway

Sometimes Monday mornings could use a little excitement...and that is what this post is all about. Get excited because the lovelies at UPrinting have given me permission to host a giveaway! This is your chance to win
Here are the details:
Prize: 500 free business cards for 1 winner
Sizes: 2 x 3.5", 2 x 3", 2 x 2" (square card), or 1.5 x 3.5" (slim card)
Paper: 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock,
or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock
Specifications: Full color both sides; offset press; 3 business day printing
Shipping: Free UPS ground shipping
Eligibility: Limited to US residents only
To Win:
Leave a comment on this post: "What makes you smile on a Monday morning?" or just say hello! <------you may enter once a day until close of contest
(limit 4 entries per person)
Winner will be chosen on Thursday @ 3pm EST
Also, be sure to check out UPrinting's full line of printing services! I've got my eye on those canvas prints...oh the possibilites!
Thank you, UPrinting for such a great start to my Monday!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mia: First Communion

She stepped out of the van looking like a miniature bride-to-be. She was about to turn 8, have her first communion, and she was so pleased about her dress and veil. I was happy to have the opportunity to capture this special moment in photos for the family.

A quick outfit change