Archives for the month of: July, 2011

Last week I met up with an adorable couple to take some photos all around St. Louis! Michelle and Jeffrey are engaged (!!) and they let me shoot some engagement photos for them.  I haven’t been able to sit down and process all of them yet…but I wanted to share a few of my early favorites!

They are such a sweet, in-love couple & all that love was easy to capture!

As were Michelle’s incredible blue eyes – Michelle you are gorgeous!

Such a fun couple! I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of the photos & I promise I’ll share them as soon as they’re done!

Every once a while I run across a website that makes me think….Duh! Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?

Recently I have been obsessed with a new website (well it’s not new…but I just recently found it).  And it is AWESOME. Completely. Let me tell you a little about how it works!

Pinterest is a website that lets you collect, bookmark, and organize anything on the internet and then share it with others.

Think of it like virtual bulletin boards.  You can take any image from any website and tack it up  to your bulletin board with a quick line about what it is, why you like it, or what you are planning to do with it.  You can create as many bulletin boards as you want.  I have one for photos that I find inspiring, one for things that make me laugh, one for DIY projects I like, one for recipes I want to try, one for clothes I’d like to buy, one for gardens and flowers I love…and the list goes on. 

A screen shot of my pinterest boards

 The best part….once you tag an image to a board it remembers where you found it.  So anytime you want to go back to the original website for the directions, recipe, designer name, or to purchase something you just click on the picture and it takes you there.  Genius! I’m planning to use it to make virtual shopping lists for Christmas and birthdays. You could also tack up fun activities you want to do with your kids.  Ideas for parties, dream vacation destinations, or the latest book you want to read. You could use it to put up pictures of local places you want to visit or to help plan your wedding!  You can literally pin any image on the internet and it will always retain the source you found it from!

When you click on a pin it enlarges it and then you can click back to where you found it!

Before I found this website I had a word document where I’d save pictures I found inspiring, but then a week/month/year later I couldn’t remember where they came from!  It was frustrating.  And there was no good way to organize my word document.  I was living in the stone ages! Pinterest is the best!

A shot of my “photo love” board

And if that’s not reason enough to join….

You can make your board public so others can find things you liked and so you can see what others are finding all over the internet.  You can search by category or keyword or follow other people’s boards so that you can see what they are adding to their boards.  If you like something you see you can “repin” it to one of your own boards with one easy click!

A shot of my DIY board

I have found lots of great ideas, products, ect from other people’s boards.

Pinterest can be used for so many different things and its a great way to mark things you love and find new things (and waste lots of your time 🙂  The one catch is that you need an “invite” to join since the website is still in its beta testing phase – but existing members can send out as many invites as they want so if this sparks your interest let me know and I”ll send an invite right away.

P.S. Pinterest does not know that I exist (duh! Who does?), I do not get compensated, or a bonus from you joining, I just really, really like it & wanted to share!

Gardening, plants, flowers, digging in the dirt … I love it all. There is just something exciting to me about planting a tiny little seed and watching it grow and grow and grow until it is blooming!  It was a major bummer to be away from my gardens at home for the last year but while I was away I managed to go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to get my gardening fix.  I went with Joel when he was visiting one weekend and he even enjoyed it!  The Botanical Gardens in Birmingham was more forest-like than others I’ve been too but it was lovely! Great weather, great light, a great weekend.

Please excuse my extreme pastiness! This was from early, early this Spring…and I hadn’t yet seen any sun.  Wow am I bright shade of white!

I took these photos over a month ago but I am just now getting around to editing & posting them.  Might have something to do with my computer being boxed up for the past few weeks. Once I got home I wanted to set my computer up right away and spend  my time looking at these two cuties, but it was on the bottom of a pile of boxes. I figured that was better anyway because I wouldn’t have gotten anything accomplished with these two grinning at me from the computer screen.   They are two of my favorite people & two of my favorites to photograph!

It’s official…I completed my residency and am finished with my year away from home. It’s sooo good to be back home, even though right now I’m surrounded by boxes & unpacking has started to take over my life. But all that time spent elbow-deep in moving boxes has given me time to reflect on my year in the south.  I moved down there to expand my professional knowledge.  To get more experience, improve my skills, and to learn to treat patients the best I can.  But in reality I learned so much more than just about medicine.

I learned all about proper manners.  Now don’t get me wrong…my mama raised me right! She taught me to be kind and polite but being simply polite is nothing like the manners I learned in the South. I learned my yes mam’s and no mam’s, yes sir’s and no sir’s.  I learned to smile and greet every person I pass and to ask how their day is going.  Now that I’m back home the smiling and greeting isn’t received quite as well as it was in Alabama…but it still makes me feel good.

I learned about Bear Bryant, Cam Newton, Toomer’s Corner, and the Crimson Tide (and NO I am not picking a side!!)  I learned just how serious college football can be (& that sometimes you just shouldn’t pick a side)!

I learned to like new foods.  Yup, I learned to love field peas, “Southern” cornbread, barbecue and grits.

I learned all sorts of new catch-phrases to match my new accent.  “Hey ya’ll”  “She’s gonna bless you out” “Just mash this button” “I’m gonna fix me a plate” “Go on and get me a buggy”.

I learned all about good people and how to treat strangers like family. I have always been lucky to have a friendly family and great friends.  I have always been surrounded by a group of people who were kind and caring and wonderful. People who go out of their way to help others and would work all day to help someone else out…but nothing compares to kindness of the people I met in Alabama.  I was new to town, new to the state, out-of-place, and nervous as all heck.  I had up and packed up everything I owned, left my family, left my friends, left my man and moved 500 miles away.  But those people took me in like I was family. They didn’t hesitate or skip a beat. I was invited to family gatherings, holiday meals, picnics, birthday parties, concerts, and family dinners.  And it wasn’t them “just being nice” or inviting me but secretly hoping I wouldn’t come. It was genuine kindness extended to a complete stranger. I don’t even think they realize how rare that really is.  And they will never know just how special they are to me or what kind of impression that has left on me forever. Their love and kindness reached me at a time when I needed it most.

I will miss my new-found Alabama family & I hope they know that I learned much more than a new accent and about football this year. I learned what it means to really be kind, honest, and sweet as tea. I’ll miss ya’ll!