Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vintage Spice

I just wanted to share some exciting news. . . the debut of my new photography business--
Vintage Spice Photography.
Although my website is still in the process of being published, I have a temporary blog site that you can check out.
It's pretty makeshift, but at least you can see some of my work. It's exciting and I'm having a lot of fun with it. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Atlanta-(check out my 2 posts in 3 days!)

As most of you know, last weekend we took a trip to visit Nathan's eldest brother, Logan, and his wife, Paula. They just had a little girl in September, Lydia, and also recently purchased a home. We had to go and check it out.
This is Beckett wanting to go to GA to visit :)

It was so much fun to just be together, and we also took the opportunity to be touristy and see some of the sights of Atlanta. Paula and Logan gave us the perfect combination of relaxation and entertainment. Friday night we spent rocking out at some friends' house, playing Rock Band all night. Beckett was a great little 'groupie'. We ate lots of yummy food and appreciated the generosity and hospitality of Greg and Melissa. On Saturday we went to Coke World and The Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. Nathan loved tasting all the Coke products from around the world and Beckett enjoyed seeing all of the fish and whales (Beluga whales, in fact). That was one of the highlights for me too.
I am pointing at a drink called 'Stoney' that is found in Tanzania. I was thinking of you, Dillon :)
Beckett pointing the fish
We at the the yummiest place called 'The Varsity'. It went down in Nathan's book of Great's cause of their amazing Chocolate milkshakes.

Sunday was very relaxing and we spent the evening at Paula's parents house playing games. It was fun to be in their home and remember the time we've spent there. Good times.
Beckett and Lydia enjoyed each other immensely. Whenever we'd drive somewhere, they'd be giggling at one another in the back seat. It was hilarious. We can tell they're going to be the best of friends :)
Lydia is the sweetest girl and I think she approved of me as an Aunt. She was full of sweet smiles for me and she even let me take some pictures of her. Here is just one for your viewing pleasure.
We left Monday morning, and well...the rest is history, but we had such a great time and can't wait to see you guys again!
Beckett got so sick of our trip home, he stormed the cockpit and took over. If not for him, we may have never made it back to LA.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sitting on a plane for 12 hours with a small child isn't my idea of fun...

And we weren't even on our way home from some distant destination. Let me explain.

LAX to Atlanta (direct flight)= 3 hours 47 minutes.
Atlanta to Dallas to Austin back to Dallas to LAX= 11 hours 23 minutes
All the fun we had together while sitting on the full planes entertaining Beckett who slept a total of 30 minutes the entire day=priceless.

I knew it wasn't going to be pretty when we got the airport to check in and Beckett had leaked out of his diaper so bad that he went the rest of our day pants-less. Yeah... we're classy like that.

So we got to our descent to Dallas and flew around for 45 minutes because of thunderstorms. We used up so much gas in the inturum that we ended up flying to Austin to refuel and then sat on the Tarmac there for 2 hours. We then flew back to Dallas. Our layover there had long since departed, but Nathan had called and gotten us on the last and final flight to LA which departed at 6:20. We landed at 6:35. I was seriously distraught. We were going to have to spend the night in the Dallas airport. However, we got to the departure gate to find that the next flight had been delayed and was leaving 10 minutes later. Wonderful, except that we didn't have seats together. Great.
So we get on the plane and this nice woman agrees to trade us seats, and so we sit down, the plane leaves...we're on the runway...and suddenly 'our voice from the cockpit' comes on and tells us we're returning to the gate. So we turn around. However, we were in a larger plane and since not all of the gates cater to that size we had to wait for a gate to open. Meanwhile they wouldn't tell us why we had turned around or what was happening. Finally we get to the gate and see two police officers come on board and take a very questionable looking woman off the plane. At this point we think we're in for a pretty good story. We then wait for another 30 minutes for them to gather her things, and then we are told the story. Turns out some woman changes planes at the last minute and thinks that her dog changes as well. When she finds out that it's on a different plane, she freaks out and threatens the airline stewardess. Lame. So, some lady doesn't take her meds, and we all suffer because of it. Anyway- we started at 2 pm Atlanta time and landed in LA almost 12 hours later. It was brutal and I'm never traveling again. You try and entertain a 14 month old little boy in a 2 foot radius for half of a day and let me know how you feel. Blah.

What's really incredible, though, is that even with all the trouble, the trip was still absolutely worth it. We had such a great time in Atlanta with Logan, Paula, Lydia, and their family and friends, that we would happily do it all over again.

*I promise to post pictures and info about our amazing weekend in Atlanta. I decided to give you the bad news before the good.*