Happy Birthday to ME!I am 28! Holy Cow! Some day… I am going to wish I was ONLY 28… today is not that day!However… It isn’t as bad as I thought it would be! I’m not laying in bed eating ding-dongs and watching re-runs of sappy girly movies…Today I am celebrating! Today is MY day…and it took all of my amazing clients and unbelievable friends to convince me that today was a day I needed to set aside for myself! We’ll see how that works! Sometimes I feel as if I am addicted to editing and checking email 24/7!Anyway…. I feel like I’ve been celebrating for a week! Julie took me to dinner in California… My mom took me to dinner in Houston…. My roommate grilled burgers and Shannon & Jonathan came over last night! And my dad is coming into town today for another Birthday Lunch!! (I have threatened every waiter/waitress with ZERO tip if they sing Happy Birthday FYI…and it works… thank goodness!) I wish I could share these with you in person!!
I stayed with a very dear friend of mine… Julie (and her amazing family), while I was in California last week. I will be posting some FABULOUS pictures of her soon by the way!
Julie and I walked to the new Trader Joe’s that was just built in her neighborhood… and I was blown away by the quality, the customer service, the food, the samples… all of it!So I planted my Italian roots & made Bruschetta while they were gone to a meeting Wednesday night! When they came home to a garlic infested home…they knew something was going on!SURPRISE! haha Their kitchen still smells like garlic. I promise!Yummy-to-my-tummy!For those of you brave enough to try this at home… Recipe is below!:
Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
Feta Cheese (with herbs)
(measure by taste)
Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
Bruschetta: I used the little cherry tomatoes and cut them into fours… or smaller. Mince the garlic, chop the Kalamati olives, and fresh basil… pour it into a bowl with the tomatoes. Add the feta cheese and the olive oil..and Voila! (It is better the 2nd day… after it sits for a while!)
Bread: Slice bread horizontally so the pieces are long and somewhat thin. I drizzled olive oil in a plate with minced garlic and dipped one side of the bread in it and placed it on a cooking sheet (olive oil side up!) I put it in the a 350° oven on BROIL… Watch it closely… and remove when toasted to a light brown on the surface!
I also made this amazing salad…but it was all pre-bagged… and delicious! So I can’t take credit for it… Spinach, raspberry vinaigrette, blue cheese crumbles, dried cranberries, & candied pecans. Yes, please!
When Stephanie and Walter shared their incredible love story with me… I was so intrigued! I wish you could have heard them tell it. (My text to Stephanie…”I’m trying to type your love story but I can’t tell it as good as the two of you can! Boo!) haha …. I assure you I will not do it justice but I will try!
For those of you who are lucky enough to find the love of your life…once… Stephanie & Walter found it twice! For two years they were high school sweethearts. She has loved him since she was 15 years old… he was 17. They went their separate ways after graduation…lived separate lives… started separate families… remained friends for a few years but always thought about each other… Twenty years later they found each other and after lots of conversations (on this very beach where we met up for their shoot) Stephanie and Walter got married! I observed them as they were looking at each other and retelling their story… There was so much love and passion… I could hear it a thousand times… I kid you not!Their love is fresh… and exciting!….and from the glances between them… the way they spoke to each other, and the way they laughed together… it always will be. In Stephanie’s words.. “He treats me like a princess.” And I can attest… he certainly does! Their love won’t ever get old!I hope someday I can be as lucky!
Stephanie, Walter, Brittany, Matthew, Ryan, & Maddie…. Thank you so, so much for allowing me to capture these moments for you! They are so sweet! There is an undeniable love in your family… and I feel lucky to have been apart of it… even if it was for just a day! I immediately felt a warm connection to all of you! You are wonderful!
Here are my favorites! Stephanie… you wanted lots of clouds! I hope you are not disappointed!I did a happy dance in my car on the way to the beach because YOU wanted clouds…and God painted the sky!
**A little note to Brittany… who severely burned her foot after stepping on hot coals that some crazy person threw in the sand!! (If you are BBQ’ing at the beach… and you decide to throw your hot coals in the sand…PLEASE douse repeatedly with water so innocent people with beautiful feet don’t get hurt! K? Thanks!)You were SUCH a good sport! These pictures will not be soon forgotten! Bart… Thank you for helping Brittany hobble from place to place! You win the “boyfriend of the year” award! haha I don’t have an award…but if I did… You’d win it!You guys are great!**
As we were leaving I saw this! A beautiful sunset to wrap up the night!
I am currently in Orange County… spending time with a bunch of amazing and talented photographers…and I am having a blast!! Here are some headshots for a few of these fabulous photographers!
In Order: Fran, Tina, Katie, Katie, Lisa, Andrea, Tina, Meegan!Hope you guys love’em!These were my personal favs!