Archive for February, 2010

Last year we brought Brutus into our lives.  He was just 4 lbs, and as fluffy as a teddy bear.  We have always been a large dog family, but I decided I wanted to have a dog that didn’t shed.  Most of the varieties that I liked were little, so we took the plunge and brought our lil’ guy home.  I can tell you right away, there is a HUGE difference between a small dog and a big dog.  And although a couple of the differences are hard to handle some days, Brutus has won my heart.  Take a look at him when he was just a pup…

This is his “all grown up” picture, even though he’s only 9 or 10 months old.  So sophisticated.

So yes.  Brutus has won a place on my favorites lists.  And the best part of all?  I don’t have any hair on my clothes as I write this!  Mission accomplished!!


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Sometimes I wonder if the weather has a sense of humor.  Was it a joke that this weekend was as warm as any spring day?  I mean, it’s only Feburary!  I loved seeing all of my neighbors out in their yards, cultivating the lawns that have gone untouched for so long.  All of a sudden the chatter of children on their bikes was filling the streets.  Bright clothes and sunglasses came out from hiding.  And it was marvelous. 

I had to show you these hilarious pictures I took of Sammie, my cousin’s daughter.  It’s like she knows how cool she is with her totally pink sunglasses and her blue raspberry dum dum.

Yeah, she knows how to work the camera.  Next weekend I’ll have to find my own polka dot shades!

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I’m sure some of you are wondering why I haven’t posted a shoot for a week or two.  The answer is that most families have had their portraits done for Christmas, and all the Brides are waiting for good weather to get married.  I figured I’d take some of this down time to fill you in more on who I am.

So you need to know that I love television.  No, I’m not one of those girls that wastes my life in front of it, but I do like a good show.  Since this is the last season of Lost, we figured we should enjoy it with friends.  Jim and Kari have been joining Mike and I as we try and figure out what the heck is going on.   I mean, are we talking Purgatory?  Alternative Universes?   Who knows.  I mean truly, who knows?  I’m not even sure the writers know.  Yet we are unfettered!  We’re still having fun even if it’s a crazy story.

The best part about it is that you get to have snack food on Tuesday like it’s Friday night.  That’s what brings me to the purpose of our blog.  Cupcakes.  An Amber Paterson favorite.  And not just any cupcakes mind you, but Cupcake Royale.  Uh Huh.  That’s right.  That’s how we play at the Paterson house.  Well, maybe it’s more like at the Hammit-Caster house since Kari brought the goods.  Either way, you got to get yourself one of this lil’ babies.  These are Baby Cakes.  About 2 bites worth, but oh so good. 

That’s right, it DOES  do a booty good… maybe too good…

Do you see Kari’s shirt?  “Legalize Frostitution”.  Oh man, that’s what I want for my birthday this year.  Frostitiution.  (Can I say that?!)


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With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to give you a fun way to have pictures of your kiddos done.  I’m going to be setting up shop in a local pasture and will have either baby chicks or a bunny, as well as brightly colored Easter eggs.  I’m inviting all of you to do a mini shoot of your kids.  It will be about 30 minutes in front of the camera, with some great pictures to celebrate with.  They’ll make great little photo cards to send out to family and friends, as well as a cute way to remember this spring. 

WHEN: March 13, 2010

COST: $50 (cost includes sitting, one 5×7 of your choosing, a set of 4 wallets, and rights to one jpg for printing cards)

WHAT DO I DO NOW?  Send me an email to reserve your spot! 

I can’t wait to set this up with you guys!  It’s going to be a fun day!!!


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You may have noticed on my Facebook page earlier this week that I drove a complete circle around Washington this week.  Let me tell you, it’s not like driving a circle around Rhode Island.  I was in the car forever!!!  My fear was staying awake, so I decided to try two things.  One, listen to loud music-check.  Cold Play, Jimmy, OneRepublic, MC Hammer, Right Said Fred, they were all with me.  Oh, to be fair, I also listened to Matt Chandler for a few straight hours.  You need to check him out if you’ve never heard of him.  Two, engage my mind creatively.  Ok, now I know if my mom reads this she is going to die, but I decided to bring my Nikon Coolpix P6000.  He’s a little feller, but does a great job.  Anyway, what I decided to do was grab pictures of things I thought might be interesting as I was driving.  I  never took my eyes of the road (well, except when I was choosing shutter speed…yeah, I know mom.  I’m sorry) and grabbed some pics.  I thought for those of you that don’t live in Washington, it might be a fun way to see my state. 

I did not list this as part of my “staying awake routine” because this is decaf.  We all know how much good that does.  I am kinda into these Red cups that Starbucks has right now.  I’m not a “heart” girl, but I think I heart these.

Ah Eastern Washington, if you didn’t house my sister, I would wonder what we would do with your brown desert. (do you like how you can see my Google Maps in the window?)

This is my FAVORITE from the trip.  Don’t recognize it?  It’s the Gorge at George.  We over saturated it, but man does it look cool.  It might show up as a canvas in my living room.

The flat desert guarded by mountains has always been strange to me.  I love the contrast as you drive through them into a wasteland (ok, it’s not wasted.  Like I said, my sis lives there).

As you drive up to Canada for the Olympics, stop by and see Bellingham.  It’s such an interesting town.  Here’s the harbor there.  (I did get out to take this picture.  I couldn’t get a good view from the road.  My car was still running though.  Does that count?)

I love this old mural!  Could you imagine someone really looking at you like the kid in this picture is?  I would run.  For reals.  I’d be out of there.

This is the bridge in Kennewick.  Kinda cool, eh?

So, that was my week.  If you’re wondering, the best coffee I had was at Woods, which is a Lynden/Bellingham coffee shop.  I don’t think they have any down south, but if you’re up there, try ’em out!   Happy weekending!


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There are needs and there are wants.   I know what real needs are, but if I could live in a world where my favorite things were added to my “need” list, it would be fabulous! 

This is extremely hard for me to say, as I was  a tomboy growing up.  I love Mac.  Mac as in the makeup company.  There.  It’s out.  Judge me world, I don’t care!  I’m in love!  And it’s wonderful.  I try walking past every time, but I ALWAYS have to stop and see if there’s anything new.  The eye shadows are bright and colorful, the lipstick smells of creamy vanilla, it’s like they were able to package cupcakes in a tube.

There you have it.  That is a little piece of me for you to know.  Drink it in, because you know I do!


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No matter how misleading the title, I must tell you I really like Peyton Manning.  I think he’s hilarious.  Ever see him on SNL?  Yeah, that sealed the deal for me. And the commercials he does?  hilarious.

But our guy’s already got one ring on his finger, and the Saints needed some lovin’.  I admire Drew Brees and his teammates for how they’ve supported and the community of New Orléans.  After all the pain the city has gone through, it’s pretty awesome for them to go from no Superbowl wins to being the kings.  So congrats Saints! 

At half time me and the party’s kiddos went outside to mess around with the pig skin.   I know, crazy that I didn’t want to watch The Who, right?

This is the “Go Saints!’ face…

Shopping or football, who can decide?

Don’t knock him for grabbing the wrong ball for the day.  He looked good doing it.

“Two Forty two…HIKE!”

Aren’t these the coolest Nike shoes ever?  Why don’t they come in my size?

Congratulations again to the Saints, and great game Indy!


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