October 31, 2011

Memory Lane: Fall Festivals past

For a creative mind like mine, Fall Festival (a halloween alternative at church) always presented me with the opportunity to become someone else for a day, and even better - create a whole cast of characters to join me in the adventure. 

I would spend weeks prior to the night shopping, painting, cutting and pasting back together until I saw my vision come to fruition. I really enjoyed the challenge of taking everyday things and repurposing them as costume elements. I'm not sure if it was fortunately (or unfortunately as we sometimes looked just plain CRAZY) but my friends would agree to to buy into my crazy and Disney inspired ideas so I would do my best to make it as cool as possible. That usually meant that I didn't sleep the night before but always, in the end, it was worth it. Each year grew in complexity and I can only attribute it to God that I kept my sanity.

While my mass production costume days are behind me (at least until I have kids, I'm sure), I have no regrets for all the time and energy I put into these crazy ideas. I have some really awesome memories from the past few years. And was actually able to make some closer friends through the madness.

And for all my friends are who are groaning and mortified that these photos have surfaced, don't worry...I won't ever make you do it again. :)

 The Incredibles! (2007).

 Alice in Wonderland! (2008).

 Toy Story! (2009).
{I didn't have anything to do with my nephew's costume but I loved having him at church with us that night!}

Have fun tonight and be safe!

October 27, 2011

Life in the Yay Area: Returning to Santa Cruz




The tail end of summer, unplanned trip to Santa Cruz, twilight on the Boardwalk, fried food and funnel cakes, bonfire and bonding moments... Definitely unforgettable. 

October 24, 2011

can't fight this feeling

You know what A REALLY good feeling is? 

When you can't stop looking at a photo. Especially one that you took. 
Oh yes, and being love. Also a really good feeling. :)

October 20, 2011

the hope is love. (part II)

The reason why the flowers smell sweet
The reason why the birds sing
The reason why the wind shines
The reason why the moon revolves
The reason why I convey my love to you like this
It’s all so you can love someone someday
The hope is LOVE LOVE LOVE

Maddie Charis has made her debut in the world (I am more than eager to meet her) about a month ago....but looking at these portraits of her dear mum and dad are holding me over until I see her face to face. And I hear that she was blessed with her mama's face. 

While I knew that they were waiting for her excitedly from day one, I'm sure it can't compare with actually being with her. With the love and tenderness that Mike & Jen have always had with each other (especially this evening) I praise God for not only giving her life (which is no small thing), but for giving her a really loving family to call her own. 

I'll see you soon, my dear. 

October 19, 2011

The Little Prince {Jayden's 1 Year Portraits}

Happy One Year, Jayden!
No longer a drooly, roly poly baby, but truly a loveable little man.
{It's amazing how time flies....he was just six months old the last time I spent the day with the Cuevas family!}