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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bridge of Lubbock, Seeds of Hope Dinner

When Toni asked me if I would photograph her work's event dinner, The Seeds of Hope, which involved FOOD, of course I said yes! The Bridge of Lubbock was hosting the dinner to raise awareness (and money) for their organization. You can read more about them here. I don't know much about them, but I know they do good by God and the by community. It was interesting to see the people there, and to just see Toni. I mean, I'm glad we get the weekend, but a BIG chunk of that is working, so tonight was good.

I would discuss this more at great length, but I'm one =eyed winking right now! (Falling asleep)



LOVE and softball, and sofee shorts

I leave tomorrow for Abilene, Texas to photograph Kathleen and Reece's wedding. Toni is shooting with me this weekend and I'm almost ready for how sore my sides will be from laughing. She's like a workout, we have so much fun. But I'm torn. My family is going in a million different directions this weekend.

Kalyn is headed with her softball team to Synder for a practice game. They are in the playoffs and we are so proud of how she has played this year! WHEELS IS KICKING SOME BUTT! She's slapping good, running good, and was sliding good, well, at least until this week. I swear she's accident prone!

Yesterday, Hannah stepped on her elbow and while she had her in a base trap. It swelled up pretty nasty and was very sore. Ice helped as did Motrin, but then today? She came home with the hide tore off her left leg from practice sliding at the indoor facility. OUCH. I tried my hardest to nurse it, but geez...I can't even photograph it. She's doctored up and sleeping, but I HATE HATE HATE that I'm leaving her tomorrow. I'm just glad Grandma is a nurse. :)

Summer Zoe is playing with her basketball team, The Reaction. They have a tournament and she's so excited! She's loving this group of girls, and I must confess, me too. I'll miss her games as well.

Now in the heat of the Reece + Kathleen day? I won't even notice I'm not with my family. I swear, I'm addicted to LOVE and wedding photography is PERFECT for that! So, I'll be fine, but gosh! I love me some girl sports!!! If you see my girls this weekend, give them hugs! And if you see me this weekend, LET's DANCE!!!!

Oh, almost forgot. If you are another photographer reading my blog, and you were photographing tonight by McPherson's Winery, please please please dress nicer when photographing clients. I'm sure they could have been your family, but it didn't sound like it when I heard you talking to them. And you were dressed like you were cleaning your house. HELLO! I don't put on a dress and heels, but I try to wear something presentable that doesn't have my butt hanging out of my sofee shorts. I'm just sayin'.

Blane, Lubbock Cooper Senior 2010

No way! Tracy and Lori DO NOT have a kid graduating? NO WAY! But they do. They really do. Of course they still have one in diapers, so what does that tell you! YEAH! BUSY BEES!!! LOL

Blane is my definition of a good kid. Now Blane, if you are reading this, this does not mean you can go and ruin my good reputation I'm creating by bragging on you here! OK? DEAL? But he is, folks. He is a good kid. I've known him his ENTIRE life. Tracy and Lori got married the month before us and Kalyn, my oldest is 2 grades behind him, but they are just barely a year apart in age.

But back to the good kid part. And now that I'm thinking about the definition of a "good kid" in my book, anyway, most of my friends have good kids. Wow. We are doing something right peoples! And your parents are still cool, at least in the parent book. I'm sure when you guys are up late at the camp fire at our YEARLY Labor Day Warrior (search it above, i've blogged about it a time or two) you talk about how lame we are and complain about all the rules and regulations. HA, but even so, you have the wool pulled over my eyes, Mr. Kitten, because you are, you are a good kid in my book.

What I think makes up a good kid.

  • He doesn't stay out late drinking. Nope. Instead, he's crusing the aisle's at Walmart looking for cool hats and wild music.
  • He drives reasonably OK and plays cool tunes while he does. Of course, I don't listen to TX Rock nor that CD Swayze, that you had in your ride, but I liked what I heard and you didn't jam it so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. Bonus points in my book! Because this girl? Yeah, waaaaaaaaay too much loud music with Devin in that red pickup so my haring is shot. SHOT I tell you.
  • He loves his baby brother. He really does. He has pictures up around his room of him with Hayes and in fact, Hayes looks so much like Blane when Blane was little. I'm sure, when I'm not around, he refuses to change diapers and I did her him smack talk on Kash a time or two, but it's just for attitude so he doesn't seem like the sweet bro he really is. I can tell. He looks out for them and pitches in to help when he can.
  • He's smart and does his school work. 18th in your class, right Blane? JUST WOW! I'm so impressed! That's not as easy as it seems with a Mom who's a school teacher riding your booty, but you pulled it off! I'm proud. I really am. And I've never helped you even crack a book. But just to say, "I've known Blane forever and he's smart" is cool in my book.
  • He's sweet on girls. WHEW! You never know as kids grow up. They can go one way or the other, but the dude blushed when we talked about his girlfriend. Oh, golly! I can see why she likes him. Don't worry Blane, I won't divulge anything we discussed in the way of romance and woman. Because mainly, we didn't discuss it. HELLO! Too embarrassing. Not for me, of course, but for him. I let you off easy, dude. But next time? The romantic in me needs more details. Come on, I'm a wedding photographer and LIVE off romance!
  • He's very respectful and polite. He really is. He's always been. I've never heard him back talk to him mom or dad. And even though I'm sure he does because HELLO, he's a teenager, he doesn't do it in front of others. And he's friendly and very welcoming every time I shove a lens in his face. Very cool in my book. :)
I've talked enough. I have to get out the door and head to McPhearson's Winery for the Seeds of Hope Dinner tonight. I'll post pictures later. I plan on rockin' it VANITY FAIR STYLE with a bit of West Texas thrown in. LOL

Thanks, Blane. You were super sweet and I LOVE the Walmart hat. Please please take it to A+M, it will fit right in. LOL


Courtney + Bryan, a Tahoka, Texas WEDDING!

It's 4:30 AM and I'm typing this to let you know I'm normal. YES! I'm normal. But I was asleep and then remembered I never blogged Courtney and Bryan's wedding and HELLO! How could I forget! So, I scrambled out of bed and came in here to show everyone how wonderful my weekend was.

I loved this wedding!

No, there weren't fancy decorations and amazing food or tons of flowers or anything like that. Many of you know, I'm an emotional JUNKIE. I LOVE seeing people. I like watching them and reading their body language and just the relationships between us all and how we are entwined. It captivates me.

Courtney + Bryan are in love. And being at the wedding at watching them was just pure joy. It really was. From the ceremony and the music and the way everyone was involved, it was just a joyful expeirence! I cried when the unity candle song was sang, or when Stephanie, her sister prayed from her heart for a "blessed marriage" for the couple. There were just too many moments to share here, but it was such a celebration for a home town girl!

OH, and bonus! I got to give Jacob and Georgia hugs!!! They were there celebrating as well. If you want a fun blog to read with lots of wit in her writing, you need to check out Georgia's blog. So much fun!!!

Courtney and Bryan, I hope you are having a wonderful time in Jamaica and I wish you the BEST of WISHES for a wonderful life together!

Oh, almost forgot, there are more images on their sneak peek. CLICK HERE. Password is: stennettanderson.

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