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Playing “secret garden” with my best friend was one of my favorite games as a kid.  It seems like any book we read or movie we watched we’d end up playing out.  Good thing they didn’t have Gladiator then!  Anyway, we’d pick these hidden away little places and then try and put together a retreat.  The key was to never let our little sisters know where our garden was.  The funny thing is that they would play secret garden too, and it was equally as important to be hidden. With stealth in mind, we would pick out plants that would hopefully grow in our locations.  Honestly, I don’t remember if we ended up planting anything, or just planning.  Either way, it was a good game.

I’ve never lost my love for quiet gardens.  The nature, the art, the fragrance.  Lovely.  This year we were able to set aside a little budget so I could start a patio garden.  Just like when I was a kid, I have great ideas of what I want it to look like, I just lack the finances to make it happen.   Oh well, I have a great imagination.  And you got to start somewhere, right!  By the time I’m 80, it is going to look amazing.

Oh, and I love this!  We just got a new path leading to our front door!  The scotch moss is to fill in the cracks between the slate.

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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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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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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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I believe that it had to be the coldest day of the year, or maybe even of all time.  Who really knows.  It was fridged, that’s all I knew for sure.  It was also the day of the Mitchell’s Christmas shoot, and little Emma was just a couple months old.  If you ever want to see a shoot done in a big hurry, put your family in freezing weather and have them take their coats off for a picture.  That will get you in and out quick.  And even though we were all in pain, we still got some great glimpses into this precious family’s life.

Don’t you just love the smile on this beauty?!

If you know the Mitchell’s, you know that Jesse is a ham.  I think that Samantha must have gotten the silly gene too. 

This is one of my favorites.  You can see how much Tammie loves her girls in this shot!

This was when Samantha decided to make her big escape to the car.  Inwardly, I think we all were wishing we were in the car.  Actually, I think we were wishing that there was a Barista waiting for us with a mocha made with craft and care to our personal likings.  When you’re cold, every one should have a barista to wait on them.   

This was shot afer the great escape, hence no smile from child number one.  That’s ok though.  She had done a great job!  And actually, I really like this picture.  There is something hilarious to me when kids have that blank expression.  Someone needs to find her barista.

And this is baby Emma.  She was such a doll!

It was wonderful working with you Mitchells!  You are always a joy!  Let’s just do Christmas pictures in July next year (In Hawaii.  With Baristas.)

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I promise, it’s not the rain, but I am hopping a plan to SoCal today though for the rest of the week.  Just thought I’d give you all a heads up so you didn’t think I was MIA.   When I get back, I’m going to have a few new fun things on my blog.  Chiefly, Amber’s “Favorite things”.  Yes, you will all be able to see where my money and calories go when I am unsupervised.  😮

Oh yeah, and GO SAINTS!!!!  Well, and go Colts.  I’m so torn, I love them both!!!

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