Friday, December 19, 2014

Family Portraits

December is here and I am getting last minute requests to photograph family portraits for the fast approaching holidays and new year. I couldn't be more pleased with my first family. They are such a beautiful family.

 A fun "BOO" aka jump out of the bushes and scare me picture. The boys LOVED it!

For the love of trees!

Leaf discoveries!

 It's a big one!

Get ready!!!

It's raining leaves!

Ok, I know this isn't exactly a family portrait however I couldn't NOT take this natural heart picture!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bells Will Be Ringing

I am getting married! Little miss "independent" has met her match it seems. The Love of my life and I are beginning a journey together and I couldn't imagine not being by his side. I am so excited. He's a sneaky one that Ben of mine and he certainly didn't let me down with this surprise.

He took me for a weekend away to Natchitoches LA, about a week before the Christmas light festival...and the same week that a freezing cold front decided to show it's frosty effects. 

It couldn't have been more perfect really. The cold kept the majority of people indoors allowing a perfect private moment along the waterfront all to ourselves, sipping wine out of a travel coffee mug and trying not to let the freezing cold iron bench overwhelm our senses. Luckily the cold didn't freeze Ben's ability to get down on one knee and cause me to lose it a bit...I turned into an overwhelmed blubbering lady complete with joy filled tears who somehow managed to whisper out my consent.

I am going to be taking his crazy (but crazy awesome!) of a thought is that? When I have spent my lifetime defining my birth name... And now I get to spend the rest of my life on a new journey of self discovery! My word for 2014 was ADVENTURE...and it hasn't let me down.

The fact that these were the two Scripture verses for the day is pretty incredible.

Needless to say I have been in a bit of a daze...I find myself looking at my ring often and it's GREAT! Let's be real here, that's how it is SUPPOSED to be! I mean come on look at this ring!

To close, not only am I beginning to start seeing heart shapes in interesting places (heart in an apple fritter anyone? Oh yes, I totally went into major loveydovey cheese factor...isn't great?)

but I am thanking God every chance I get for putting this Benjamin into my life. I don't deserve you hon but I will give you my best. Thank you for opening my heart and I love you with all of it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chocolate banana oat treats

I can tell it's Autumn because I have been feeling a growing need to get my bake on...that and the cravings for chai spiced hot beverages and just about anything pumpkin flavored which have hit me full force. But can I just say for the record, what in the heck happened to summer??? Fall is upon us and Halloween is TOMORROW!!! Yikes!

As the weather begins to lower my need to increase the temperature in my kitchen is justified...Lately I have found myself very motivated to try some of the recipes that I have been finding on Pinterest! Yes, I am a fan of Pinterest, and you don't need to judge me because I am totally judging myself enough for the both of us....Anyway, I began to get a little annoyed with myself in that I don't want to just dream about experiencing the things that I pin...instead I am actually attempting to do them...especially when it comes to the mouthwatering recipes that I have come across!

One occurrence that I am extremely annoyed by is letting food go to waste... food being thrown away is literally money going down the drain...or in this case being thrown in the garbage. There is no excuse for this waste and because of this, I am often trying to find recipes that help to get rid of fresh produce before they get past their prime...

In this case I needed to get rid of some bananas and wanted a wholesome and healthier sweet treat.

I found and followed the recipe from The Simple Veganista that would allow me to avoid flour, additional sugars/sweeteners, eggs (since I was out and didn't feel like going to the store) and bananas. I am delighted to say that it is such a simple, quick and easy recipe!

 You will need the following 4 ingredients...yes you heard me right, only FOUR ingredients!

2-3 ripe bananas (the riper the better!)
1 Cup of rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of dark chocolate baking chips
Optional: 1-2 tsp vanilla!

 Mix all ingredients into a bowl, then place about 1 1/2 ish Tbsp sized dollop on your cookie sheets. They won't spread out when baking so make sure you press them down a bit and shape them with your spoons.
 Yum!!! They already look good enough to eat!

 Ready for the oven! Bake them for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

 The perfect snack for a hard working student!

 A little almond milk to go along with it and his tummy was a happy camper. These would be perfect for breakfast too...if I could get them to last that long!

Nom nom!
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Happy snacking!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

W.O.W Garage 23, Leesville LA

I was fortunate enough to be able to cheer on and support my sister in person as she participated in her first Women Only Wod (W.O.W) fundraiser at Garage 23.

We arrived early enough where I got to check out the gym before they prepped the space for the WOD (Workout Of the Day) event.

Some of her Fort Polk ladies, coming to support her and cheer her on!

A few more lady participant friends.

Prepping for her WOD...wrist wraps and taping up.

I feel so blessed to have been able to capture this moment for my sister.

 She is such a strong woman in so many ways and I am so inspired by her various levels of strength. These pictures obviously show the amount of time she reserves to taking care of herself physically.

Hydration station

Quality vs quantity. She kept amazing form throughout these sets.

Don't forget, this is supposed to be FUN!

How she manages to look so angelic and serene while sweating up a storm is beyond me!
She is definitely out of this world!


Kettleball overhead swings! Yikes.

Remind me not to challenge her to an arm wrestling match!

Keeping a good attitude despite the physical pain.

I love this girl!

Digging deep! Last set Shawna!

Three sets of 6 different moves and as many reps of each move in a certain amount of time (2 minutes I believe) ...

Yay!!! And you're done! You survived and thrived!

That is one tough circuit...but she is one tough cookie!

 My beautiful sister, still smiling and on her feet...I'm pretty sure they would have had to wheel me out of there on a gurney, complete with oxygen mask and chest compressions! You are such a motivation and inspiration for me!