Archive for December, 2008

Chris and Amber’s Engagement Part 2

December 29, 2008

Here are my favorite photos from the day:

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Chris and Amber’s Engagement part 1

December 28, 2008

Chris and Amber got engaged today! It’s was beautiful and exactly what Chris and Amber wanted. I was the photographer for the day and here are a few shots I took.  There are 600 more I need to go through so… keep an eye out! you can also check up on Chris and Amber at:


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WOTD: Intervention

December 22, 2008

This word of the day is brought to you by none other than Michael Scott from the Office. (taken from

“An intervention. It’s sort of hard to describe, but really its– it’s a coming together… it’s a surprise party for people who are– who have addictions. And you get in their face and you scream at them and you make them feel really badly about themselves. And then they stop.”


December 19, 2008

Here are a few of my favorite Anthropologie ornaments this year (which all happen to be on sale):


Got Milk?

December 18, 2008

Milk officials created the contest to recognize moms who go above and beyond to provide their families with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

From May through the end of September, the Milk Mustache Mobile toured 75 cities. In June, it visited Riverside, where contest officials got to meet some of the Hasemeyer children.  This family is well known in Riverside and truly an inspiration to many.  I went to school with the biological Hasemeyers: Krista, Stevie, and Joel.  Though biology is no requirement to be apart of their loving family.  They have 11 kids total only three of which are biological.  This amazing family is run by Eric and Jaci Hasemeyer who extend their hearts to children in need physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  They have adopted 8 children so far and they all live together in their warm home in Riverside. 

The Hasemeyer kids “mom-inated” their mother for the National Got Milk contest and WON! they had a GOT MILK? Spread done at their house with the WHOLE family and a year supply of milk!

Here are a few pictures from their photoshoot (photos courtesy of the Press Enterprise)


It’s Christmas Time Again Charlie Brown

December 17, 2008

“Getting into the Christmas Spirit” is what people call it I guess.  You string lights, buy gifts, put up trees, make cookies.  But that’s not really the “Christmas Spirit” is it?  There’s an air about Christmas, something that makes all the decorating and cookie making mean something.  Christmas brings out the best in people (mostly).  We reach new heights within ourseleves.  We become compassionate, humble, friendly, self sacrificing.  Why can’t we be like this all year round?  I’ve been pondering this for a couple days now, but last night I received some inspiration I had to share with you.   After helping the in-laws decorate for Christmas we all sat and watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  I’ve seen this movie short before, but everytime it comes to the part where Linus says the passage from Luke in the Bible on stage in response to Charlie Brown’s furious question, “ISN’T THERE ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT?!?!” I cry. and here’s why…

Linus kindly responds, “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. (lights please) And there were in the same country, shephards abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them.  The glory of the Lord shown round about them.  And they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘fear not! for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For unto you in born in the city of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this should be a sign unto you: you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of heavently hosts prasing God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highests. And on earth, peace and good will towards men… that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”

Can we just think about this for a second? Our Father in heaven, God… came as a BABY (the weakest form of man) to live a human life, devoid of sin in atonement of our inperfect lives!  That is what christmas is all about. 


CAS Christmas Celebration

December 16, 2008

Today was our Christmas Party for the College of Arts and Sciences. I took a spin off the HARVEST Communications Department Christmas Party and used recycled paper as part of our decoration.  I did my own little spin on it and thought I’d share some pictures with you:cas-christmas-celebration-004cas-christmas-celebration-005cas-christmas-celebration-003cas-christmas-celebration-001

Well guys… did I pull it off okay?

Lopez Family Christmas Card

December 12, 2008

It being our first Christmas together as a married couple Alex and I would really like to do a Christmas Card.  Alex has come up with some pretty amazing ideas but I’m thinking I’m going to go with Alena’s:


aw yeah.

Can it be done?

December 11, 2008

Can this amazing ANTHROPOLOGIE outfit be affordable for the everyday average-joe?

picture-9That price INCLUDES the belt and shoes.

So, let’s see…

#1 – a shirt. well, I have a shirt I got from Target about 6 months ago from the clearance rack for about 6 bucks, that works

#2 – a vest. I have a vest I got from Target 3 months ago, Creswell has the same one… hmmmm.

#3 – a skirt.  well, nothing really compares to this anthropologie skirt, but I have a skirt from Ann Taylor that Alex bought some odd years ago that could work.

#4 – a belt.  Again Target. this was probably the biggest expense.  I think it was 18 dollars. kind of alot for a belt.

#5 – shoes.  I found these boots are a thrift store for $2.95. yeah

#6 – completing the outfit with dark grey tights and my grandmother’s broach.

Tell me what you think? Did I pull it off?


it’s beginning to look…

December 10, 2008

A lot like CHRISTMAS!  This is my most favorite time of the year.  Alex and I actually really wanted to get married in December of last year.  In fact he almost proposed to me in the December of 2006, but I had kind of guessed he would so to throw me off he waited about 6 months later… meany.

Anyway.  It’s finally beginning! We’re celebrating our first Christmas together this year and we’re so excited to “deck the halls.” We don’t have a tree yet, but we’re getting my parent’s old one.  Creswell, Megan, and Jason are coming to visit this weekend and we’re going to be putting up the tree, making cookies, and drinking hot chocolate!  More pictures to come after the weekend, but here’s what we’ve started so far: