EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME ADDITION was here in Texoma this week!
We went out today to see the Westbrook family get to see their new home which was built by the ABC show! It was so exciting!
Today was the final day when the homeowners come home and the host of the show, Ty says "MOVE THAT BUS!" It was really great!
Gene and Peggy Westbrook, the home owners have had some painful things happen to them and it was great that the city of Lawton, OK rallied around them and got this done for them. Gene was injured in Iraq and is now paralyzed and then shortly after that a car accident caused his 9 year-old son to be paralyzed too! His daughter also lost a kidney in the accident. Just heartbreaking. Read about it at www.extremeok.com
It makes my heart warm to see people rally around a family who have had hard times and help them up. If any family deserves it, its definetly this family.
I got to see the host Ty Pennington, and Ed Sanders, the british hunk of the show and also my awesome photographer friend GAIL NOGLE from Dallas was there!
It was really exciting to see how they film the show (and watch all the camera men working.)
It was great. At the end tonight, they had a camera on a giant boom arm and as the sunset the Westbrook family came outdoors and thanked and hugged everyone. It was so great standing next to the Army seargents in uniform and we all were clapping and cheering like crazy.
Ahh..... I can still smell the wood burning in the chimney and Taste the hot cocoa.
We just returned last night from our annual Winter Vacation. My son, husband and I go skiing every year. We had a great 6 1/2 days up in the snowy mountains of New Mexico. My husband and I have been going there since 1990, and Ive been going there since I was 13 years old!
My son is quite the snowboarder, in fact here is a video below of him going down one of the blue runs. He was carving the new powder and having a great time! The cabin that we stay at is the best! Its high in the mountains, with a breathtaking view. The best part was each night sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine watching the snow. HEAVEN. (here is my son one night, enjoying the view after a long day of skiing.)
I'm back and glad to be back and rested and relaxed. I have got lots of creative ideas for some of my sessions this week. Thanks for all your kind emails while I was gone (all 156 of them! LOL!)
(PS the Cabin is secldued in the trees, sleeps 12, has a 70-foot wrap around deck, hot tub, 4 bedroom, 3 full baths, dishwasher, fireplace, washer/dryer, and foosball table, plus.....a view to die for!)
Im a big animal lover and i enjoy watching all the birds in my yard in the summer. But this winter I thought, "Why not try to attract birds in the winter?" So i picked up these great hanging "socks" of thistle seed for Golden Finchs.
Golden Finchs are really cute little birds. They are smaller than sparrows and are so fun to watch.
You can get the seeds at Walmart for about $2 or $3. I hung one "sock" and waited a couple of days (the instructions say to be patient, it takes a while for the birds to feel safe.)
And sure enough one morning I looked out and there were 4 or 5 of them feeding on the sock!
I love to sit with a big steaming cup of cappicunio or coffee in the morning and watch them feed. Ive also seen a Blue jay and a redbird! I grabbed my camera this morning and got this shot. This is the 2nd one Ive placed outside, they ate most of the seed in about 2-3 weeks. They are inexpensive so I dont mind.
It's so fun to see the wildlife even in the cold of winter. Its snowing right now, and they are out there enjoying themselves.
This may sound hokey, but I believe God smiles when we he sees us taking care of his animals.
I know it makes me and my family smile too. Try it!
Hey Guys, I just wanted to tell you to check out my E-store. I have a connection with some companies and you can order items directly from my web site. There are DVDs, cameras, and lots of books. Lots of Photography related stuff and fun stuff. Do you see the link to the right of the page? It says My E-store at the top right side of the page------------------>
Youll be amazed at the prices. People ask me often what cameras I recommend both for Pro level and amatuer, so Ive listed my favorites there. I'll be adding more things as I get them myself.
Ill also be adding some pages for Pro photographers on my book i wrote and Dvds I am currently in the process of creating. (its taking us 9 months, but they will be worth it.!)
I first met Becky about 7 years ago when she came in for Senior Portraits. SHe also used to babysit for me and she also worked for me taking Santa Photos and Easter photos and she even dressed up as the Easter Bunny once for me. Shes a really wondeerful young lady. Im really proud that she chose me for her wedding. She comes from a fantastic family too! Love em!
I photographed her sisters wedding over 6 or 7 years ago and now its her turn!
Becky and Doug live in Austin and are planning a beautiful May wedding.
Today we created their engagement portraits and we had a wonderful time. I beleive that God creates a mate for all of us and Im certain that Doug is the man God made for Becky. He is so kind and sweet and the way he looks at Becky is with such love and tenderness.
Even though it wasso cold today their love kept them warm!
Today I got a very sweet card from Leslie and her fiance Adam.
I photographed Leslie a couple of years ago, for the first time and she is such a sweetheart. She and her fiance Adam came in for their engagement portraits recently. They picked up their portraits on Thursday and by Saturday I had a sweet card in the mail.
I truly do value my clients and it is so sweet when I hear from them like this. I keep each and every one and print out the emails I receive also. It really makes my day for people to realize how much I care about them and to return that love back to me.
The sweetest part was where they said... "and tell you what a Nice and Beautiful person you are". That really made my day.
Thank you Leslie and Adam, God Bless you both and your marriage,