Birthday Invitation

I am working on creating a invitation to Isabell’s first birthday party. I have several mock ups, but I thought I would share this one with you. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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July 20, 2009 - 9:40 am

Jo - that’s cute, renee. isabell is so adorable!

The Arnold Family

While in Florida I had to get a few snap shots of the Arnold family. If you have visited my old blog then you are very familiar with this family. I have been taking Dawn’s pictures forever. I started taking family pictures of Dawn with her parents and sister. Now I am taking pictures of her own little family. How time flies! Dawn, Tim, and Izzy are super special to me. Not only are they my “bestest” friends, they are also family. I love them so much. Ok,ok. Enough of this emotional stuff. Please enjoy their images. 

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arnold-beach-12I really love the one above of iz! 

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arnold-beach-25 I love love this one! 

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I had to post this one below because it just makes me smile!

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July 20, 2009 - 4:57 pm

Dawn - Thanks for the speedy posting.. I couldn’t hardly wait to see them.

July 24, 2009 - 6:53 pm

Jenn Mejia - So so beautiful Renee!!

Florida Vacation

Last week Andy and I went on vacation in Florida with some dear friends of ours. Actually these people have been my friends since high school and I am so thankful that they are still apart of my life. We spent the week doing nothing! We just laid out by the pool, went to the beach, ate really good food, and enjoyed each others company. I of course put my camera to good use and did a photo session with each couple. I plan to post many pictures from vacation this week, but they are not quite edited yet. So until then allow me to introduce you to all my vacation buddies.

This is Donny and Rachel. One of my best memories with Donny was during track practice when we spelled the alphabet with giant foam blocks. Needless to say we didn’t get much practice in that day. Donny’s wife is super sweet and down to earth. I had so much fun with these guys on vacation!

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This is Rachel and Broc. Rachel and I met freshmen year when we both auditioned for the high school musical Grease. We love Rachel because she still has that dramatic flare!

Broc is great too! He has never met a stranger and I love that about him. 

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Dawn, Tim, and Izzy have been seen on my blog many times. Dawn and I have been friends forever. She loved my family so much that she married my cousin Tim who is more like a brother to me. So technically Isabell is my 2nd cousin, but I prefer to go by Aunt Nay Nay. I love this family!

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Last is a picture of Andy and I. We do not often get pictures taken together that are not at arms length. Tim took this shot and I must say he did a pretty good job. I keep telling his wife she needs to buy him a SLR.  He is pretty good at it. 

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July 19, 2009 - 9:44 pm

Dawn - Love the pics nay- Tim is pumped that his photo made it too 🙂 We will work on the cam, but first things first. You are so blessed with this talent. I enjoy, and am blessed to have you be a willing participant in the recording of our lives. Your pics are some of my most treasured items. thank you again. Love ya

July 20, 2009 - 9:45 am

Jo - Renee, you are so beautiful! Love the pic of you and Andy!

July 20, 2009 - 6:19 pm

Alysha Toney - Aww I love the pics and all the people in them!! Donny’s face on the first one cracks me up…it’s so him though!! You are so talented girl!!

Contest Results

Thanks so much everyone who participated in the comparison contest! I am putting everyone’s name in a hat and will select one winner. Check back tomorrow for the winner and the correct answers to the contest! 

So thankful: A word to our military members and families

I was taking some pictures the other night, just playing around with my camera, and I managed to snap this great one of Andy.

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I just had to post it because I thought it was so cute. Andy just recently got back from being deployed and seeing this picture just makes me realize how blessed and thankful I am. I am thankful that he is home safely and that God took care of both of us during his deployment. I am thankful for everyone who serves this country and is willing to leave the comfort of their home to fight for our freedom. I am thankful for those people who reach out to family members of deployed loved ones and do their best to take care of them and meet their needs. And I am thankful that God has blessed me with such an amazing husband who loves me unconditionally.

Thanks to all who serve in the military; soldiers,wives, husbands, children, extended family members and friends. I understand the commitment and sacrifice you all make.

God bless.

Contest: Play and Win!

So on Monday I got something in the mail that I have been wanting for so long: A NEW CAMERA! My old camera was starting to act up and I just didn’t trust that it would work when I needed it to. So after a long debate on which camera to buy I finally made the decision and bought the Canon 5d Mark II. I must admit that I am a little scared to leave the Nikon world, but I just couldn’t pass up all that this new Canon has to offer. I really can’t wait until I get to do a photo shoot with my new baby. 

Now the real question is…Is this camera that much better than my old one? That is where you come in. I have taken some random pictures with both my Nikon and my new Canon at the same exposures to test myself and you. I have not edited any of these pictures so that you would be able to see what the images look straight out of camera. Your job is try and decide which picture comes from the new camera. Are you up to the challenge?

How to play:

1. Leave a comment by clicking on the “comment” link at the bottom of this post.

2. Number your post 1-7. For each set of pictures list the letter of the image you think is the NEW camera. 

3. Hit submit and you are done! If you have never left a comment before I will have to approve it. Once that is done you will then see your post.

Those who correctly guess all the images will have their name put in a hat for a drawing. Winner will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks! 

Contest ends on Sunday at midnight. 

I will email the winner to get your contact info to send you your prize.

Have fun! 

Sample Image does not count. It is to help you with the contest. I am sure you can see why it does not count. 

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July 9, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Jenn Mejia - 1.a
2.a
3.b
4.b
5.a
6.a
7.b

Starbucks here i come!!!

July 9, 2009 - 6:07 pm

Jo - HERE GOES NOTHING…

1. A
2. A
3. A
4. B
5. A
6. B
7. B

…COME ON STARBUCKS!! 🙂

July 9, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Jaci Hardwick - 1.a
2.a
3.b
4.b
5.a
6.a
7.b

maybe?

July 9, 2009 - 6:54 pm

Brenda Toney - Wow with my monocvision contacts it was a challenge. My guesses are 1-a, 2-b, 3-a, 4-b, 5-b, 6-b, 7-a.
I hope that helps. Have a great time in Florida. I know my kids are really looking forward to it.
Brenda

July 9, 2009 - 7:15 pm

Valerie - Let’s see here: 1.B, 2.A, 3.B, 4.B, 5.A, 6.A, 7.B

July 9, 2009 - 7:23 pm

Lindsay Clinton - 1. A
2. A
3. B
4. B
5. B
6. A
7. A

Congrats on your purchase! Very exciting!

July 9, 2009 - 7:57 pm

Vicki - 1. a 2. a 3. b 4. b 5. a 6. a 7. b

July 9, 2009 - 9:58 pm

Veronica Henderson - 1.A 2.A 3.A 4.B 5.B 6.B 7.A Let me know if you need anything else.

July 10, 2009 - 12:06 am

Lisa Booe - 1.B, 2.A, 3.B, 4.A, 5.B, 6.A, 7.B

July 10, 2009 - 8:28 am

Ben Johnson - you can just give me the card now if you like: 1.A 2.B 3.A 4.B 5.A 6.B 7.A

July 10, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Allyssa - I thought this would be easier! Hopefully, I do your new camera justice! Congratulations on your new baby, I cannot wait to schedule a photo shoot with you. Allyssa
1)A
2)B
3)A
4)B
5)A
6)A
7)A

July 10, 2009 - 3:41 pm

dawn conaatser - 1-A 2-A 3-A 4-A 5-B 6-B 7-B GO FOR IT RENEE ! I HAVE THE CANON 30D MY FRIEND HAS THE 5D. OF COURSE I GOT THE CANON “AFTER” TIM AND DAWNS WEDDING. I LOVE THE CANON ..JUST DO IT ! CANT WAIT TO SEE PICTURES OF YOUR NEW BLESSING. CONGRATS. DAWN

July 11, 2009 - 12:50 am

ashlee - 1.A 2. A 3.B 4.B 5.B. 6.A 7.B What a fun little game, Renee! I want another one!

July 11, 2009 - 8:23 am

Cheryl Clements - 1)A 2)A 3)B 4)B 5)B 6)A 7)B Have fun in Florida. Love You.

July 11, 2009 - 9:11 pm

Alysha Toney - 1. A 2. A 3. B 4.B 5. B 6. B 7. B…Hope that helps!! Miss you dear!

July 12, 2009 - 8:17 am

Brenda Elliott - 1. a
2. b
3. a
4. b
5. a
6. b
7. b
oooooohhhh….I do like Starbucks! Hope to see you sometime??

July 12, 2009 - 7:18 pm

Allyssa - I am an idiot! I thought the photo with the Canon was the canon camera photos and the one with the Nikon was the nikon camera. It only took me 3 days to figure that out! Hahahaha!

July 17, 2009 - 7:22 pm

patty arnold - sorry i was to late to play….luv u aunt pat