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If you thought I might have been MIA for the last week, then you’re right, I was. Bill and I along with two of our favorite families went on a 5 night 6 day cruise to Mexico. I’m still catching up on oodles of missed work, but in the mean time, here is a peak at our vaca.
Five nights of sunsets like these.
I’m convinced that I could live on the water, its the place I feel closest to God.
A week ago today my baby brother graduated from high school.
That’s him waving, and that’s our father jumping a partition rope (which my husband was holding down for him) to congratulate him. I’m very proud of him and excited to see where life takes him from this point forward.
I love you baby brother. Thanks for surviving the torment of a big sister. Thanks for playing catch with me in the back yard. And thanks for being a silly kid. I love you and I will always squish your cheeks.
Bill lived in Myrtle Beach, SC for about 6 months while we were dating. I went to visit him for a few days in the Spring as well as meet his parents and grandmothers (yes I was very nervous). After he picked me up from the airport, and on the way to his parents’ house I saw this. Ok so several things…
#1 Someone has 1/2 Price Sweet Corn
#2 Someone else had free coffee (and I didn’t stop for some, which I still regret)
#3 Spider man is standing on the side of the road
“Why?” You may ask…my answer: I have no earthly idea. I did however laugh quite heartily.
Bill and I just had our second anniversary and since we never really went on a honey moon and we didn’t do much for our first anniversary (we had just purchased a house) we decided to do it big without braking the bank. Got a hotel downtown, took only public transportation (which I had never utilized in this city, more to come on that), planned awesome artistic and cultured outings, and truly adventured. Did I mention we never left Houston? Yeah. It was AWESOME!
Our anniversary gift to each other were a pair of Toms each, and a pair for two children. Toms were once on my Friday Flights list, but my awesome husband got a pair for me for Christmas and I dare say I’ve almost worn them out. Not only are they the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn but they give a pair to a kid in need for every pair you buy. Anywho, it was a great gift.
Now the public transport, Houston has a fairly limited rail system, however if you’re just traveling downtown and the surrounding areas its pretty great. To compensate for the lack of rails there is a very impressive bus system, which I knew little to nothing about before this trip. Well, I did know that if you’re driving you should pretty much avoid the busses at all costs. I was SO impressed with it all, busses and trains were all clean and it was insanely simple to navigate.
Husband pic! (and he says I never take pictures of him!!) We went to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (see the tiny orange sticker on his shirt). I know this museum like the back of my hand, I absolutely love it. They had an Impressionist exhibit (my favorite era of paintings) which we got discounted tickets on groupon for. It was wonderful.
Then it was Astros game time! Bill and I got to know each other while going to our college’s baseball games. We both just LOVE the game and everything that goes along with it, so it was only fitting that we go to a game over our anniversary weekend.
They’ve made some changes to the stadium since last year, the largest one…El Grande, the new scoreboard/monster HD TV. Its nuts.
Taco Bell sauce races. Love!
Seriously, look at his body, it looks broken! I am amazed. Ok so the next part of the game…There was this Padres fan sitting next to us and he started off just a tad toasted. He was a nice guy, chit chatted with us, pretty loud when it came to cheering, not in an annoying way, but in a funny way. So he killed about four more giant beers and ever so slowly drifted off into a deep comatose type drunken slumber. His friend (the guy laughing on the left side of the pic) was gone for a while at which point our entire section began to laugh hysterically and take pictures of him. As you can see here, several people posed with him. Quality entertainment (especially because the Astros were loosing).
Afterwards Bill offered to help the guy’s friend get drunk guy out of the stadium and to their car (I feel I must make note that the friend of the guy was very sober and fine to drive, had he not been I would have called them a cab). This was interesting, the drunk guy could not stand flat on his feet much less walk. Once outside the stadium the friend had to help stop a public urination episode. Then drunk guy, who remember can barely walk, gets mad that his friend won’t let him use the facilities outdoors shakes off the friend and Bill (who is stabilizing him from his back) and begins to run, full force mind you away from us in a perfect. straight. line. It was amazing. Then he stopped and danced around, clapping in the air for us. The friend thanked us profusely for helping him and they went on their way.
And that was day one of our anniversary weekend.
So I’ve been thinking back to those old team pictures (I played softball). They all seemed so posed and stuffy and none of them really captured my love of the game or my team. And thats when I came up with Artistic Sports Photography. My goal, to capture the passion and the drive and the fun of who these kids are at that age playing that sport on that team. I want it to be ALL about them. So two softball girls + one mom and I went down to the Astros Park (Minute Maid Park) for a photo shoot and here’s what happened.
Yes, thats me in the yellow shirt, my dad with the awesome ‘stache, my grandma paula and my grandfather. This photo is the epitome of my memories of their house. Grandpa Jim would cook, everyone except myself would drink wine, and he always had “pop” in short stumpy glass bottles for me. I have no idea what kind it was but it always came in fun flavors like cola, grape, or ginger ale. We always ate off of fun china. I see this photo and I can remember the smell of their house, like oak and fresh apples and fall. He always baked fresh bread. Its amazing how much of my own personality and interests relate to theirs. I miss these dinners, and I miss my grandfather.
SO as most of you know my background is in advertising and pr as well as fine art. Basically I’m a hodge podge of creative experience and interests. So when a company does something really cool with say a trade show booth or say…the launch of a new product I have to high five them. So to Miller’s I give a high five, even though you are not my printing company your booth design, phone charging station and Luxe lounge made my design radars tingle.
So you pass a bouncer and go up a large escalator. To your left is this delightful all white desert table. When prices and quality of food in the convention makes you want to just burn money, some decent sugary snacks (free ones I might add) are a welcomed addition to the experience. Miller’s also had an extensive list of speakers showcasing in their Luxe Lounge.
There was also a wall with little sticky notes for photographers to share what inspires them. I loved this!
After all that sugary goodness a bathroom break was necessary. In the stall was the above.
So what was the big release from Miller’s? It was the talk of the show and also a big release for my printer of choice White House. Meet die cut cards! GASP! Cheer! Exclaim! To put it lightly, I’m pumped. Annnnnnndddddd (drum roll) meet Diliberto Photo & Design’s newest new product! Here are 5 samples of the 50 new shapes available. I want an excuse to use the one on the top left, its my favorite, I’m thinking wedding invitation maybe? So my friends, get thinking, lets do party invitations, shower invitations, new address cards, personal stationary, christmas cards, thank you cards…with a photo or without we can design something awesome and completely personalized! Can you tell I’m excited?
I however have the flu. This is the first time in the last four days where I have been able to sit upright long enough to type or even formulate cohesive thought. There will be no photos in the post, unless you’d like to see a very messy living room (where I’ve been living for the last few days), a pile of empty tissue boxes, or the endless bags of used tissues. Yes, its gross, I know.
The flu sucks. Period. What sucks more is not having anyone to take care of you. Bill did the best he could, but he has the flu too (yes, we share everything) so we’ve taken turns taking care of each other. He really is the best. In the mean time we’ve watched everything we could possibly find interesting on hulu and have resorted to signing up for a free month of netflix. At the beginning of all this I suggested watching Lost from the beginning but he really wasn’t that into it.
Anyways, lots to share from Imaging USA. Pictures, etc. But first I must get better.