Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here's a list of my favorite REALITY and EDUCATIONAL SHOWS that I TIVO and watch religiously!
Ive learned so much from these shows.
1. HGTV To learn any type of home remodeling, dyi projects, decorating etc. My favorite show on that chanel is Designed to Sell, with Lisa LaPorta and Clive.
To learn anything about being a better person, mom, more spiritual, more in touch with your self. Finances, health, beauty, etc. OPRAH. http://wwwoprah.com/
3. Fixing Dinner
Everything you need to know about getting a delicious meal on the table every evening and how to be more organized and faster doing it! I LOVE THIS SHOW! Ive been watching it for over a year and that Host Sandy Richard is my domestic hero.
4. Suze Orman
To learn about money, retirement, debt, investing and how to be smarter financially in all ways. Suze is the GURU and shes my financial heroine. Ive bought every books shes written since her first. Shes why I have an IRA and every other choice Ive made the past 6 7 years. http://www.suzeorman.com/
5. Dr. Phil
Yes I like him so what? I'm tired of taking heat about him. Hes the Uncle I wish I had. He's the voice of common sense in this world. This is how people used to be, before the 80s hit and everyone stopped being responsible for their own actions. I am like him and proud of it. He tells people the truth and sometimes the truth hurts. We need his straight talking no nonsense type of wisdom and I have learned so much from him. My favorite quote of his, "So how's your way been working so far?" http://www.drphil.com/
6. 10 years Younger
This show is amazing. There are women who have let their jobs and children take priority over themselves and they are down in the dumps about their appearance. They send them to the Dentist, Dermatologist, hair Stylist and make up artist and teach them how to dress and its amazing what a little spit and polish can do for any lady or man for that matter. Love love love it! On the TLC Chanel. http://tlc.discovery.com/guides/fashion/10-years-younger/10-years-younger.html
7. What Not to Wear
Stacy and Clinton are honest and brutal at times, but they always know what they are doing and people are always better off for it. Again I like people who tell the truth, and know what they are talking about and help others. I have learned some things from this show on how to dress for my body type and figure. Love it! http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/whatnottowear/whatnottowear.html
8. American Idol
Boy not everyone can sing and some people are tone deaf, and again SIMON tells them Like it is.
And for those who do have talent the Sky's the limit. Never miss it. On FOX Tues & Weds at 7 CST. http://www.americanidol.com/
9. The Biggest Loser
Hard work, sweat, determination are what gets these couch potatoes up and at 'em and this show changes lives. Its always the same story, Stop crying, stop pouting and get up and do it! Work hard and good things happen. HARD WORK PAYS OFF. Jillian reminds me of my high school Track Coach Mrs. Jennings. No kidding. And I loved her.
10. Super Nanny and Nanny 911
OMG! I cant believe what Brats these kids are? I cant believe what weaklings their parents are? The recipe for a bad kid is Inconsistent parenting. Where one parent is too soft and one is the Bad Guy and they arnt consistent with their kids always equals a brat.
That's how these kids become bad kids. But once the parents are respectful of each other and join forces (United we stand, Divided we fall I always say.) and lovingly set boundaries and teach their kids consequences then the kids straighten up and are happier and well behaved.
I Never MISS THIS SHOW and I think Every Parent should watch it. I messed up my first kid by being too nice, but I learned and my 2Nd child, and he is a Great Kid because we do these principals in this show. Those nannies do know human behavior and how to change it. I love nanny Stella and Debbie, those 2 are my favorites. Comes on ABC Family at different times. http://abcfamily.go.com/abcfamily/path/section_Shows+nanny911/page_Detail
11. Wife Swap (ABC)
This show is really entertaining to me. Its where 2 families who are usually opposites, have the mothers move in for 10 days in the opposite homes. So you usually have for example one mother who is Strict, a Clean Freak, organized and very orderly, go live with a bunch of slobs in Mississippi who have a pet Hog in the house and haven't bathed their 4 dogs in 5 years.
The reason I like it is because the women always do grow and change somewhat and learn that maybe their ways are a little too extreme. It shows them how the other half lives. I would love to actually be on this show, but they would never pick me because I'm too middle of the road. You have to be an extreme person for them to choose you and I'm both easy going and organized and both clean and sometimes can let things be "lived in."
But wow, is it always entertaining. And I love that they really do Learn something . ABC -Fridays at 7 pm CST. http://abc.go.com/primetime/wifeswap/index?pn=index
12. Giada De Laurentiis
Okay now Off to the Gym! D.D.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Its a tear jerker but so worth hearing and so inspiring and uplifting.
Always remember that God understands and run to him. Share it with others okay?
Hugs Dixie Heres the link.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We watched movies and he had some friends over. I made Quesedillas, and Brownies and a wonderful Beef stew and it was fun to be silly and just play.
I also worked in between cooking and baking and clowning around with him.
If you haven't seen these movies then I recommend them. We watched them on Pay Per View.
"You dont Mess with the Zohan" see preview here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmMXk0bA8gk So funny with Adam Sandler, but then thats my type of wierd sense of humour.
"Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Nick Nolte. Heres the cliphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pxOzSpUXtg
I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED!
and the best for last.... "Reno 911 in Miami" (RATED R Not suitable for children! ) but my 16 year old loved it! It was so funny I was ROTFLMAO!) Priceless!!!!! My favorite by far! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPkPe55BGPo
These movies are guaranteed to make you smile. I just never saw them at the Theatre this year, and glad I got to see them the past 2 days.
Schools are closed again tomorrow, so Im not sure whether we will open late or half a day after lunch or what yet, but we will let our clients with appointments know something early!
Well Jack Frost has frozen North Texas last night and this morning I got a call from the schools automated system saying the school was canceled. I went back to bed and my son got up on his own and was taking a shower when I got to tell him its a SNOW DAY!
He immediately turned off the shower and jumped back in bed!
Now he's lying under the electric blanket next to the fire place watching movies and eating pancakes. S P O I L E D. (that I made a face on with Kiwi for eyes and banana mouth.)
The thing is, he missed school yesterday, hes had a double ear infection for over a week and missed 2 days last week and missed yesterday too, so he just gets one more day to heal up.
I called my employees and told them to stay home and off the roads. Nothing is worth getting out in this in my opinion. Ive had several wrecks before on ice and in snow and its just not worth hurting yourself, others or your car.
We will be open regular hours tomorrow. I just saw a big fat Robin sitting in my front yard and he looked so sad, so I just put out some apples and raisins for him. (or her)
Ill be finishing up some more work, in fact I expect this week several orders to arrive, including The Steinbergers, Horton, Anderson, Woods, Wells, Matlock, Gordon-Smith and Watts. Hopefully beroe Friday we will aslo have Fritzsch, Kopals orders arrive too, but not for sure.
Hope you guys stay safe and don't get out unless you have to! It's going to be an adventure skating to the mail box today! Whhheeeeeeee! Too bad we cant make snowballs!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I cant say enough about the Burk Booster Club program last year. Julie Garcia is the go to girl!
She worked circles around all of us and was an amazing President!
She really has been a life saver the past two years. We love her.
Heres the link, If anyone wants to order some, I am offering them at a super reduced price and donating the remainder to the Booster Club. Email me for prices. Super Duper discounted!
Heres the link
http://www.millersalbums.com/?event=26286W55 It was a fun night!
All you have to do is type in your email and name and thats it!
Also, its fun to see them as a slideshow, so just click on the link that says View Slideshow, they are larger and you can see all the fun that way.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Oh and lots of other things that I will tell you later! But I decided to make some cupcakes for my family this weekend.
They were so good, and we still have a lot left. So I shared some with my staff today. If you come by this week, I'll give you one! Ive got tons of them! I'm making a batch of Devils food ones tomorrow.I may start having them in the studio every day. So come and get one or two!
Here a cupcake place I love. SPRINKLES! The first time I went Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) I found them and now they have several locations including Dallas and Houston! http://www.sprinklescupcakes.com/about/food_philosophy.html They have the best cupcakes! But of course locally here I love Margies Sweet Shop. I love this time of the year because our studio is a little bit slower and I can do a lot of cooking for my family.
I made the most incredible meals this weekend! I think i spent most of the weekend and Monday too in the Kitchen.
But I'm still happy to schedule photo shoots, Just not the usual 9 per week that I usually do. So give us a call if you are in need of an appointment. We've got lots of openings this month.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I live for those moments. I had a few of them this weekend, while in Colorado standing there looking at the massive gi-normous snow covered mountains. Its not that Ive never seen them before. I've been to Colorado at least 4 or 5 times. (I even lived there for a very short time when I was ababy, but my mom missed Texas, so they moved back.)
But this time reflecting on the past year and the happy times and the sad times and the painful times, etc.
I just stood there looking at the snow covered mountains and I just felt so close to God. Like he was there. He created all that beauty. He created that woodpecker who was pecking on the aspen tree in front of me. He created that deep blue sky that almost looks fake, it was so blue.
He created those millions of pine trees. He created the sparkling snow, that sparkled like there were millions of tiny diamonds all over it.
The smell of someones fireplace, the deep woody smell of the wood burning in the distance and the insulating effect of the snow. Where it is so quiet, you can hear a pin drop.
Total silence but the woodpecker and a hawk or was in an eagle screeching way up in the sky.
Nothing else but the rhythm of your own breathing.
This is what I live for. And one of the best ways to is to experience things through your children.
I love to watch my sons face and eyes when hes really happy. It sort of doubles my happiness.
I hope you all get to have those moments where you just feel pure joy.
Think about those times in your life. It could be anywhere. It could be something as simple as petting your dog or listening to music. Or taking a bubble bath. Or it could be standing on a mountain. Or walking on the beach. Or watching a bird fly.
Or watching your child doing something. Or as simple as listening to a song with your eyes closed.
Sometimes those feelings only last about 5 seconds but they are so big. They can erase a lot of pain, that you may have had in the past.
I hope you can have one of those moments every day. Thats my wish for all of you. :-)
It's got a nice jacuzzi and beautiful rooms and my husband booked the Big Round room you see in this photo. The Inn keeper Isabella is awesome and she made us a delicious breakfast and we got to play with her poodle (the big kind) named Sage.
I was so excited to see a Woodpecker right in front of me on the Aspen trees one morning! He was so cute!
He went down runs that were double blacks! I dont know where he gets his energy! He snowboarded all day long until the lifts closed!
He said he did fall a few times when he was way up top where it was double black runs and he said NO ONE WAS AROUND up there. I guess no one is crazy enough to go up there but him! haha.
Oh and that is where my CELL PHONE IS NOW. Lying at the top of one of the mountains at Breckenridge Colorado.
Friday, January 09, 2009
These are really popluar here at the studio. They are "story-telling" composites. Each one is custom made by me. They are popular for Seniors and Children.
We call them "STORYBOARDS" and they are 20x10 inches in size. Sometimes we have frames and then sometimes, we tell you where you can get yours framed here in town. To see it better, just click on the image once. Have a good Friday!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
If you love Dogs like I do, then you'll love the photography of Ron Schmidt. Ron graduated from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography and worked for various photographers in New York City, but his true love is dogs.
Check out his work. Its so amazing. It will make you smile for sure!
http://www.ronschmidtphoto.com You can also purchase his prints through http://www.GrandinRoad.com
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you!
Monday, January 05, 2009
Here's who I am in a nutshell (or so Ive been told)
Friendly (like my dog, I like everyone!)
Sunday, January 04, 2009
We're making a lot of changes here, keeping the things that work and adding some new things etc.
We'll be going to Colorado Springs later this week to see some 2 friends and then onto Breckenridge for some skiing. Its going to be a really busy week for me. Have a warm Sunday! Its so chilly this morning! Got to get my son up for Church now, that sleepy head!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
1. hearing a new song that touches me.
2. coming home on the day that my housekeeper has been here (and I hadn't remembered until I walked in and saw everything so neat and tidy.)
3. finding a bird nest with babies in it in my yard.
4. rain storms in the summer and the rainbow that follows them.
5. the feeling of sand between my toes. (like on a beach.)
6. the smell of Coppertone suntan lotion.
7. Serving a delicious meal that I cooked for my family and the satisfaction on their faces.
8. watching my customers cry when they see their photos for the first time.
9. taking off on a plane and also the jiggly feeling of landing and the plane slowing down. (I just love it for some reason??)
10. grinding my own coffee beans and sniffing them deeply before making coffee in the morning.
11. my husband surprising me and making coffee for me while Im still asleep.
12. My dog smiling at me and wagging her tail at me.
13. floating on an air mattress in my pool staring at the drifting clouds (or any pool really.)
14. going to a new country for the first time or a new city.
15. making friends with children whom I dont know and making them laugh.
16. my grandsons eyes looking up at me.
17. my dad singing songs and his laugh.
18. my mothers soft voice saying "goodnight shug"
19, hearing songs from my teenage years and even younger that take me back in time.
2o. My sons big bear hugs.
21. My husbands green eyes and soft hands. (does that count as 2 things?)
22. The satisfaction of kicking off my shoes in my car and driving home after photographing a long wedding.
23. watching "THAT 70's SHOW"
24. My microwavable heat pad
25. Getting HAPPY EMAILS FROM ANYONE.
26. Football games in person, not on TV
27. Getting massages
28. Breakfast at IHOP
29. Watching snow fall
30. Escaping on a trip to the mountains in the winter or a beach in the summer.
31. swimming with DOLPHINS! (ive done it twice and its out of this world!)
32. Finding one of my photograpy articles in a magazine and seeing my words and photos in print!
33. Singing into the Broom handle (like its a microphone) to an Aerosmith or AC/DC song.
34. Finding money in the dryer (bills not change)
35. Having my car Detailed by a pro and picking it up. (It seems my car even DRIVES better!)
36. Getting a Thank you Card in the mail from a Client.
37. Hearing from my family or friends.
38. My friend Francie and all our crazy memories.
39. Camping with my husband and son.
40. Roasting marshmallows and staring into the fire.
41. Mexican food.
42. Making elderly people smile.
43. Remembering a joke and telling it right and getting a laugh.
44. Teaching anyone anything. especially teaching Photography and seeing their eyes light up when they "get it."
45. Inspiring people (and especially when they cry because they are so happy and moved.)
46. Snuggling up in bed in fresh clean sheets at night after taking a hot bath and drifting off to La La Land.
47. Singing Christmas Carols in church with my family.
48. Getting a good report from the Dentist Gyno, Mamogram lady, etc..!
49. My kids doing good things.
50. Knowing my savior Jesus Christ and his love for me!
Wow, I could easily write 50 more things! Including the awesome feeling of scuba diving in the ocean! Flying with my Pilot husband in a plane and doing lots of "push overs" and getting butterflies in my stomach. Bunjee jumping, Watching funny movies with my son, big belly laughs that make me have stomach cramps and start coughing I laugh so hard, watching Americas Funiest videos (its corny but I always laugh so hard!) Making home made ice cream, and getting ice cream anywhere period! etc etc etc....
I dont want to write the 50 things that bug me tonight because Im too happy to think about them right now.
I hope you'll take a look here.
Then after lunch my son and I went to the mall to do a little clothing shopping (We are going on a ski trip to Colorado, just the 3 of us this month.) Then we took my truck "Lucille" to the car wash and gave her a good bath. For those who don't know, shes my 1951 Chevy Truck. The main thing I was looking forward to was I had scheduled a family portrait photo session with the awesome photographer Devon! http://www.devonjimagery.com/
We met her this afternoon and we had such a great time. Shes so much fun and makes you feel really relaxed. The first time I met her, I felt like I had known her all my life. Shes got an artists soul and her degree is in art. I know a lot of photographers ( And I mean a LOT) and some have the eye and some dont. DEVON DEFINETLY DOES, so of course I had to choose her for our family portraits!
Then afterwards we went out for Mexican food, and then curled up by the fireplace and watched TV. It was a great day. Thanks Devon! It was awesome! B the way Devon does beautiful wedding photography too! I dont recommend many photographers (I'm very selective and picky) but her work ROCKS!
Friday, January 02, 2009
Send me a New Years Photo for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate towards any future photo shoot in 2009!! T he image must show you at a NEW YEARS Party or have something relevant to NEW YEARS! Lets see those photos!!!
Email them to PDixie@sw.rr.com
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I wanted to post this, Ive had this for many many years, and I love sharing it with others. This is something that I believe and something that means a lot to me. Its the Photographers Prayer. Have a good day everyone and don't forget to eat your Black eyed peas!
The Photographers Prayer
Oh God, as I bring my subject into focus and prepare to make each portrait, never let me forget that I'm creating treasures for some family, a keepsake for loved ones. Make me sensitive to the qualities and virtues of others, that I may draw out into the light the beautiful radiant belongings of their hearts.
Help me to be an artist, collecting the beauty of every soul, the glow of youth, the gentleness, the laughter or tears of each life that is precious in Thy sight. Deeper than a means of livelihood, give me the perspective to see my photographer's art as a service to others, making life richer and more memorable.
And, dear Lord, between the lights and shadows, the ups and downs and the rolling years, keep me from getting out of focus or off center, so that my life and work may be framed with dignity and colored with contentment.
-AMEN Author Unknown