Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
You captured every moment of that special day...and all the special touches...like using her gown and the spa robes as a background. And each page tells a story! I know it will be something that they will treasure FOREVER!
I can't wait to see the album in person. We are probably going to go to their house on the 17th of January to have our Christmas...so I will get a chance to see it then.
Thank you doesn't seem like enough. Dixie you are THE BEST photographer around. And one of the reasons that you are the BEST is because you really CARE about your clients. It is not JUST a job to you. It is your LIFE! And it shows with every photo that you take. Thanks again for sharing that special day with us.
We love you!
Many of you asked, why is the one bird brown and the others blue?
The reason I took this shot, was I saw the sun was setting and it was almost all the way down, and just a little bit of light was still skimming across the ground and there was this one patch of light.
Since I was a little girl I always see the "meaning" of things and the analogies of life. (I dont know why, I think I learned it from my mom.)
To me this image respresents that there are very few of us "in the light" the others are in the cold and dark. This one bird chose to stand in the light, which made him shine and his true colors show. The other birds look gray and dark, but they arnt. they are the same color as this one. Its just that this one chose to stand and walk in the light. Which makes him different and makes him stand out. In more ways than one. I admit, I see myself this way to a degree. Okay enough psychology 101 today. Thanks for your comments. Maybe I will add a scripture to it and order a copy of it for my home. (Its funny my home is mostly gold/brown and blue. just like this image?
Monday, December 29, 2008
My favorite Comedian is coming to town. GEORGE LOPEZ! Its his Tall Dark and Chicano Tour
I just love him, hes the best. My family and I watch him almost every night (he comes on at 9 and 9:30 pm) every evening. I love his type of humour and think hes the funniest guy on TV! I wish his show was still in production. I love it! (and the rest of the cast too, including his mom BENNIE)
You can get your tickets through the MPEC at this site. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase Im excited I got good seats! Call them at 716-5555
The date is February 20Th, 8 PM. You can bet I'll be ROTFLMAO! (Laughing Hard)
I always thought I'd have to go to Dallas to see him, so this is nice.
Now if I could just get a back stage pass and get to meet him for a minute..... A girl can dream cant she???
Heres the Trailor to his hillarious Movie (hes the voice of one of the Dogs in his movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTh41nyJfaU
Sunday, December 28, 2008
1 pound boneless chicken breasts without skin, Cut into 1-inch pieces
(Or a whole chicken cut into parts with skin on. (legs, breasts, thighs, wings if desired)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 rib celery, sliced
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste pepper, to taste
1 can (about 15 ounces) stewed tomatoes with juices
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or Stock if desired)
2 cups sliced potatoes (small gold potatoes)
Preparation: Heat oil in a large skillet (or dutch oven) over medium heat. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and oregano. Saute chicken in olive oil, or canola oil, until browned.
Add remaining ingredients to skillet and simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender. Taste and adjust seasonings (If cooking whole chicken with bones, then cook and simmer for a couple of hours for maximum tenderness. .Serves 4.6
Here's the link to the Contessas Chicken Bouillabaisse recipe. I'm gonna try it another time!
So here's the link, You can drag the pages or you can simply just click on each corner to turn the pages. I'm probably blowing the surprise, but I cant help myself! Hugs! Dixie
Email me for the link, Ive temporaily taken it down. Pdixie@sw.rr.com
Friday, December 26, 2008
We had a great Christmas, and we got to spend it with Bruce's parents. This has been our family tradition for years. They even flew to Japan when Scott was only 6 weeks old for his first Christmas. We had a great time, we went to the Christmas Eve services at our church and then went and saw Christmas lights. Then we came home and enjoyed the evening. We had a very nice Christmas day too. Here are some photos from the day.
My mother in law brought lots of wonderful cookies, fudge and pies! She always outdoes herself!
This necklace was a gift from my husband! I think its beautiful!
I like what it says in the packaging.
"Let his light shine through you."
This year has been very unusual. I'm so thankful that both my mother came through a very serious surgery and is doing great! And my father in law had heart surgery and hes doing really well too. We had a lot of ups and downs and it seems our faith was challenged numerous times this year. But as the scripture says " "And I will strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name they will walk," declares the LORD." -Zechariah 10:12
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I am sorry that a few peoples photos did not make it in today. Our lab was operating at 24 hours a day and full production to get them all out.
I just checked online and we have a wedding album and moms book a 4 orders that are still up in Missouri. I don't know if the airlines had anything to do with it, but I feel bad.
We managed to get tons of others out though, and I'm so thankful for that. But for those who didn't, I'm going to send you something special between Christmas and new years.
Thanks for understanding, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we appreciate you.
PS we close today at 12 noon and will be back into the studio on Tuesday.
You have to see this. Just endure the little short commercial that THE TODAY SHOW puts before it. Its worth seeing!
Monday, December 22, 2008
For $530,000, the giftee gets an end-of-season celebration in one of the end zones at Texas Stadium, The Dallas Morning News reports.
According to the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book
— To honor battles won and heroes lost over 38 glorious years, you can put 530 square yards of sporting history into your own backyard: An entire Cowboys Texas Stadium end zone. Exclusive package also includes the VIP treatment for the last regular season Cowboys game in Texas Stadium.
Your crew gets pre-game photos in your zone with Jerry Jones, a luxury suite for the game, and a once-in-a-lifetime post-game tailgate party on your soon-to be new backyard (with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, no less). There’s also autographed memorabilia from Cowboy legends, and a VIP package to attend the opening of the new stadium in 2009.
The perfect gift for envious buds? A framed 26″ x 36″ collage with a touchable section of the other end zone for their very own! (It’s a limited edition of 380, to celebrate 38 seasons at Texas Stadium.) To check out this years Neiman Marcus Christmas book go here! http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/sitelets/christmasbook/christmasbook.jhtml?icid=promo1&ecid=NMSGTMNeiman_Marcus_Christmas_Book
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Seeing the Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys last night at the Farewell game at Texas Stadium and seeing Tony Dorsett got me to reminiscing about a photo shoot I did a few years ago.
I got to photograph Mr. Dorsett for a national advertisement for a drink that he endorsed. It was so much fun meeting him, and we had about 45 minutes after he filmed his TV commercial to take some stills for the ad. Then I asked him to put the drink down and let me take a couple of him without the drink in his hand. It was so much fun and we even got some shots of us on the Star on the 50 yard line too. He was/is a great guy and never complained about anything.
(and I shot it with my big Medium Format Bronica GS1 and tripod. That weighed a ton!)
After the shoot, as I was leaving, I found myself in the locker room! It was fun to look around, but I couldn't find Troy Aikmans locker anywhere! But I found Chad Hennings and some others. Then a security guard came in and before I knew it, he took a few photos of me standing in Hennings locker. He could tell I was a fan and he didnt mind at all. Ill miss that stadium. Heres a link to some of the photos of last nights Farewell Ceremony. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/photos?gameId=281220006 (Oh and I've met Bob Lilly before too! He was a neighbor of my Uncle Toms in Graham for years.)
Well, that was annoying, but Id rather be safe than sorry. (back in my reporter days, I smuggled my camera and telephoto lens into all sorts of events where no cameras were allowed. Like concerts and all sorts of places. Thats why my photos landed on the front page so many times!)
The FAREWELL CEREMONY WAS AMAZING!!!!! Fireworks and all the greats! You can read about it here.http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/122108dnmetceremony.82b78b4f.html
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
They found out today that the DNA is a match and it is her. How could this happen? Why would a mom do that to her own child? I know that they don't know who did it, but isn't it odd how cold and strange her mom acted after she was gone? I mean she went on a shopping spree afterwards and didn't even report her missing for a month, (with stolen checks) and went out to clubs.
I read a book recently called "The Sociopath Next Door." and it talks about how there are some people who just don't feel empathy and only care about doing what they want.
Usually they have a bad relationship with their mothers when they are little. So they don't develop a heart to feel others pain. Sometimes its just genetic. The book states that " Such people often have a superficial charm, which they exercise ruthlessly in order to get what they want."
I just recently had a woman do something very mean to me, and I just could not understand how anyone could be that way. That book explains it! I would guess that Casey Anthony's this way too. Experts think that about 4% of the population has this type of twisted mind.Its hard to understand. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here. Just wanted you to know about the book and that everyone should get a copy of it, it might explain someone you know in your own life.
Here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Sociopath-Next-Door-Martha-Stout/dp/076791581X
Heres more from the book.
We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse.
One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. They live to dominate and thrill to win.
Heres more http://www.cix.co.uk/~klockstone/spath.htm
so here goes.
How to Make a Paper Snowflake or a Snowflake Card.
Make simple snowflakes from paper. You can tape these snowflakes to a window for a nice winter decoration or paste them onto a piece of folded construction paper for a great winter card.
Optional: A protractor
Optional: Glitter or glitter glue
For a card: A piece of colored construction paper and glue
Real snowflakes all have six sides, so the first part of this project involves folding a piece of paper into sixths.
Fold a piece of paper in half.
Fold over one side, then the other, to make two 60 degree folds. You can do this by eye, or you can use a protractor. This is a good exercise in geometry and measuring angles.
Cut off the edges of the paper in an arc - this makes a circle (if you were to unfold the paper).
Cut a lot of the paper away.
Unfold your snowflake carefully.
Optional: Decorate your snowflake with glitter or glitter glue.
Glue your snowflake onto a folded piece of construction paper for a great winter card. Or tape them to your windows at home.
Simple but fun!
You can go to this site to see some diagrams. Or you can make a DIGITAL SNOWFLAKE ONLINE by going to this site. http://www.popularfront.com/snowdays/
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My husband Graduated high school in that stadium and Ive seen many good games there.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Ive written about this cartoon before, Its for photographers. Its a Duck who is a photographer and the things that happen to a photographer.
I thought this one was cute.
Click on it to see it larger. Im working really hard trying to get all the orders out for Christmas!
Its going to be a long night, but Im happy to do it.