Archive for the ‘Inspirational’ Category

An Interview with a Young Artist

June 9, 2010

Two weekends ago Alex and I made a trip to Arizona to visit his grandparents.  It was a blast! These two are so fun to hang out with.

We also met up with his uncle Tony and cousins.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed a trip to Canyon Lake.

We also stopped off for lunch in Tortilla flats at a funny little bar and grill that was papered with dollar bills and had saddle seats at the bar.

One thing I truly enjoyed about our time with talking with little Alyssa.

Alyssa loves photography and has a pretty good eye for it. So, I let her have a go with my camera and thought you all might enjoy some of her photos:

Me: Alyssa, how old are you?

Alyssa: 5.

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Alyssa: A veterinarian. And I want to work at Safeway… like my mom and brother.

Me: What kind of veterinarian do you want to be?  A dog and cat vet or a farm animal vet?

Alyssa: Probably just dogs.

Me: Well, what about turtles and snakes and rats?


Me: What’s your favorite color?

Alyssa: Red.

Me: That’s Alex’s favorite color too.

Alyssa: It is?

Me: Yup.

Alyssa: Oh.

Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen (wait, are there any guys that read this blog?)… hope you enjoyed our little chat with Alyssa and some of her work.

Cute ain’t she?

Happy Wednesday!!

Diana’s Graduation Dinner

June 3, 2010

Hello and Happy Thursday!

You may remember Diana’s graduation photos that I had the privilege of taking… whelp, this past Thursday we got to celebrate her graduation in style.  I booked the Cheesecake Factory, made a banner, set up some candle center pieces, had a custom cake, balloons, and a great time!

Congratulations Diana!  We’re all so proud and excited for what this next chapter in your life holds.  May God bless you through it all!!

Mac Convert: A Commentary

May 11, 2010

We are all aware of the mutiny that can happen when one begins to compare PCs and Macs.  Any devoted Mac lover has made it their purpose  to seek out all PC lovers and convert them in to Mac users.  And when one steps over to the Mac side it’s something to brag about.

The following “comment-ary” follows one such “conversion”.

Begin scene:

“Better than I expected!” – Justin


Alexander Lopez
Another convert! HUZZAH!
Jonna Isaac
Alert the presses! I’m calling Jobs immediately. It’s over Beasley, you’re on the mac train now.
Lenny Esposito
Reminds me of a “Friends” episode:

Phoebe: I can’t believe you caved.

Ross: What?

Phoebe: You just abandoned your whole belief system! I mean, before, I didn’t agree with you, but at least I respected you. How, how, how are you going to go into work tomorrow? How, how are you going to face the other science guys? How, how are you going to face yourself?

Jonna Isaac
Lenny, you do realize you just compared devoted PC users to atheists who believe in evolution, while the idea of enjoying a mac is compared to belief that there is a God? Yeah, that just happened.
Christie Obst Merrill
Nice one Jonna. So true.
Lenny Esposito
Actually, I merely pointed out that an analog existed in the series of events in the episode and the series of events here. It would not follow that any truth claim can be inferred simply because parallel set of circumstances exists. Conclusions about the truth or falsity of a proposition must be derived from the supporting premises of the proposition itself.

The passage in Luke 16:1-8 is a good example of a passage where this type of mistake is often made. Jesus, using the analogy of an unjust steward preparing for his coming dismissal is not to be understood as an endorsement to cheat others who may fire you; He is simply using an illustration emphasizing that even as the steward, who is evil, sees the importance of planning for his future needs. So how much more should the righteous man plan for his future life in the Kingdom?

Alexander Lopez
Allow me to sum up what Lenny is saying… “Blah blah (analog or analogy?) blah blah blah Lenny compares what he said to what Jesus said blah blah…” and for the last part I may need clarification as I am unsure if Lenny just called Justin an evil or a righteous man?
Lenny Esposito
Alex: Every cultist I’ve ever met has similarly dismissed a reasonable presentation in order to justify their own views.
Jonna Isaac
Alex, I can’t believe you joined a cult and allowed them to teach you how to make jokes on facebook. How could you?!
Lenny Esposito
The cult of Jobs is powerful and its minions are many.
Alexander Lopez
Lenny, let me remind you that this whole conversation stemmed from your secular quotation of a television show that given your spot on recollection of it’s material leads me to believe that you are just as much into a cult of “Friends” that I am in a cult of so called “Jobs”.
Justin Beasley
For the record, the quote above was pieced together from what I actually said. There was a single feature which I said was better than I expected. Therefore I regret (well…) to inform all parties that there has NOT been a conversion. I am merely a victim of the liberal media. The end.
Christie Obst Merrill
How dare you compare me to the liberal media, Justin! I am neither liberal, nor the media. The end.
Jonna Isaac
This entire thread should be in The National Museum of Misrepresentation and also in The National Museum of PC Users who slip and reveal their true, but deeply hidden love of Macintosh.
Brendan Stark
not all pc users are terrorists, but most terrorists use pcs… wait, what’s the discussion here? I’m confused.
End Scene.
Happy Tuesday!

The Graduate

April 26, 2010

Meet Diana.

Diana went to school.

While in school, Diana found a passion for interior design.

So Diana studied.

and practiced.

Now, Diana is graduating.

And hopeful all that studying,

and practing,

will give Diana the confidence

to go for a job interview

and totally nail it!

I think she’s got the stuff.

Go get ’em, girl!

I’ve Never… Recovered a Lamp Shade

March 25, 2010

Okay, I know it might not be very exciting, but like I said… start small and work my way up to something big.  I’m starting to remember why I’m passionate about crafting and thrifting.  It’s so freeing and accomplishing.

For me anyway, creation stems from necessity and I really needed some new lampshades.  I have these old faded ones from IKEA (we got them right after we got married – 2 years ago), and they needed a little punch of Anthropologie, without the price tag.

I set out to turn these dingy, old, green lamps shades into some ruffly anthropologiesque ones.  Here’s a bit of the process.

This part was a total pain!  I even broke the lamp shade a little.  Oops.

I had about 7 strips of ruffle total.  I wanted to do 5, but I measured wrong. Oh, well… that’s what this is about right?

Ah, finally placing the ruffle on.  I almost forgot the whole thing and just made an awesome skirt, but I knew I needed to finish it!


The whole process took about 3 hours, but it was a lesson in trial and error.  It was extremely fun and I love the finished product. Check out how awesome it looks on my bed side table?

Check back for next week’s “I’ve Never…

Ruffles and Stuff

March 16, 2010

Meet Disney

She’s a pastor’s wife with a passion for crafting and I’m pretty much addicted to her blog

She’s full of great tutorials and inspiration.  Like this one:

You should add her blog to your reader.  I’m just saying…

Get inspired!

Coming Home…

March 2, 2010

This past weekend, I went a girl’s road trip with my buddy Jonna to meet our friend Creswell.  While I was gone, thoughts of my husband having all his boys over to play video games into all hours of the night, make a huge mess in the house, maybe even break something were always in the back of my mind.

By the end of the weekend, I was ready to go home and see my wonderful husband, but I worried what lay ahead – I figured as soon as I got home I would have to clean the house and unpack. 

Quite the contrary.

When I arrived home, the house smelled like Anthropologie (if you know me, then you know the magnitude of that).  The house was pristine and polished, the dishes were put away and another load was running, the yard was mowed, the bathroom was spotless and the bed was made.

But that’s not all folks…

While I was away, my husband went through my entire closet and sorted all my clothes by color.  He bought me new hangers, bins for my delicates, sorted out my pants, skirts, sweaters, and shoes.

It was a thing of beauty.

This totally made me cry. There’s just something about organization.

Gets me every time.

He was even able to sort through his own clothes and make himself up a closet.

The best part was that we wasn’t prideful about it.  He just truly wanted to show me that he loves me and he missed me.

You all need to get yourself a man like mine.

Foto Friday

February 26, 2010

This week’s photo is brought to you by The Wedding Chicks.  This wouldn’t only make a fabulous bridal shower party, but a great tea party, birthday party, house-warming. You name it.

I’m not dropping any hints or anything… I swear.

Romantic Neutrals

February 25, 2010


I’m all finished with my finals.  No homework for a whole 5 days! And to celebrate I might just have to head over to Anthropolgie so I can drool over their new Romantic Collection.

I’m completely in love.  Does that make me a bad person?

Check out more of my favorites over at AnthroLove.

Alex Creswell Does it With Style

February 15, 2010

My dear friend, Alex Creswell  is an amazing photographer.   Have I told you that?  Oh, I have?  Many times…  well get ready for some more!

She’s in her last semester at Cal Poly getting her degree in photography.  She’s also had the amazing privilege to work with Cameron Ingalls this past year.  From what I hear he’s been an amazing boss, a total inspiration for her, and it shows.

Check out her latest shoot, here.