Tuesday, October 13, 2009

10 things.

10 Random things - (We snuck out yesterday for a 5 minute photo shoot.)

1. Did you know you can make your own pumpkin spice latte at home? Put a dash of ground cloves and a healthy helping (maybe a tablespoon?) of pumpkin pie spice in your coffee filter with your coffee. It flavors it while it brews. Then pour it into your cup with a lot of milk, sweetener, and vanilla creamer. I swear you can't tell the difference! It's way less fat and calories than the coffee shop version. And you can have like 3 or 4... you know, if you wanted.



2. If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you probably already saw this. But I got a new camera last night! Well, it's not actually in my hands yet, I have to wait for it to be shipped. But seriously. I cried a little happy tear. I love photography. And business is going well, so I couldn't be more thrilled!!



3. We had a yardsale last weekend. One lady was talking to me face to face, then reached around and patted me on the butt. 3 times. And I just stood there. What would you have done?! It wasn't the walk-by-and-accidentally-touch-the-tush kind of thing. It was an intentional reach around and pat, pat, pat. Ummmm, okay. The Man died laughing when I told him.

4. I mentioned that my kids wigged out at the shoe store the other day. Well later that day we went to the mall. I swear these kids acted like they'd never been on an escalator before. They were all spread leg like Buddy The Elf. Crazy.



5. I tried Sun Crystals, that new sweetener. It's pretty good! It doesn't taste as strange as Splenda or the pink kind. But it does have a little plant taste to it. Odd, but it'll do. It's the best sweetener I've used so far.



6. Also at our yardsale last weekend: A lady was making small talk with me. She asked, "Are you a teacher?" Me, "No, I'm a jewelry designer and photographer."
Lady, "Are you SAVED?" Me, "Yep."
Lady, "Hallelujeh!"
And about 5 minutes later I saw her walking to her car with a stack of books she didn't pay for. She just stole them!
I'm a freak magnet, I tell ya.

7. The Man finally installed a new toilet upstairs. Our's has been broken for like 6 months. I never thought I'd get so excited about a toilet, but woooo-hoooo!!! No more trips downstairs to potty in the middle of the night!



8. Did I mention I got a new camera? Just thought I'd toss that out there again. I'm giddy.

9. I totally scored at the Dollar Tree. I went in just to kill a few minutes before the kids got out of school. And I walked out with a big ol' bag of stuff! Sometimes they have pure junk, this time they had lots of goodies.



10. I'll be in Springfield, Missouri this Saturday if you'd like to book a photo session! Christmas card photos? Family pics? Kids, siblings, babies? Just email me for details.

49 comments:

Felt on the Fly said...

Those are some great pictures, and super sweet faces! Some of those expressions are priceless...nice touch with the striped scarves.

Thanks for sharing! (pat pat pat -heheheheheeee) and ewwwww.

alyssa said...

oooh! i wish we had a sunflower field like that!! beautiful!!

Wendy said...
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Wendy said...

Hey, it wasn't weird. I wasn't groping. It was just a few pats. Don't you watch football? I was just expressing my appreciation for the good job you were doing. What kind of world is this when you can't reach around and pat a friend's butt without her going all cuckoo on you? Fine. I won't pat your butt anymore. I'll just goose you next time.

amy said...

i love the elf! i could watch it over & over & over & over... you get the drift! ;) i can't believe you had 2 crazy ladies at your yardsale. wierd. don't send them my way...i'm having one this weekend! ha!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Good luck with the new camera.....I am trying to decide what to do also.

Thinking about going back to Nikon.
Hey, Ashton seems to like it! So, it can't be all that bad???

Kerrie - Silly Frilly Kids said...

Oooh, thank you for the coffee tips - would you believe the Starbucks out here does not sell Pumpkin/harvest coffee to take home!?
Wow, what a friendly customer - I'd say LMBO but... you know... probably best not to mention butts right now. :-D

Love the Decor! said...

You crack me up!! :)
So glad your business is going well and I love that you got a new camera. Have a blessed day!

Trasie Bressler said...

Love the pictures......Love that you got a new camera.....Love that I am not the only person in the world that attracts every freak of nature! That is absolutely hysterical and the fact that you didn't knock the person out that was patting your butt proves you are a much better person than I ever thought about being........

Have a great day!

Natalie said...

You are too cute and cool! I love the scarfs the kiddos are wearing, so adorable =)

Sara said...

i want a new camera!

i think, you should bring your kids to disneyland, with your new camera.
and then you can take pictures of my kids when you are here...

it could be a business expense, right?

Mindy M. Harris said...

I LOVE the last pic!!!

Kelly said...

Great pictures! I am jealous of your new camera. I can't wait to see the pictures you capture! And thanks for the coffee tip. Now I have to go get some pumpkin pie spice.

Shore Debris said...

Such stunning pictures!

Going to try to make my own pumpkin latte this afternoon :) Thanks for the tips!

Whimsical Creations said...

Congrats on the new purchase!! What did you buy? LOVE the sunflower photos!! Wish you lived in Buffalo, I would love shots of my family for Christmas.

You are sooo funny! I think I shall try that sweetener and the pumpkin latte.

Freak magnet! LOL! ;P

Kori said...

your posts always make me giggle! GREAT PICS LOVE THEM!

Julie said...

Very cute pictures! And I too was SO excited after adding pumpkin pie spice to my coffee this weekend. I thought it tasted WONDERFUL and realized I didn't need to go to Starbucks to get Pumpkin Spice lattes. However, your method is probably better than just dumping some in after the coffee is brewed. I'll have to try it. Thanks!

Robin in Benton said...

Love the pictures! Where are the sunflowers at??? So what is your new camera? I have a digital Rebel that I love but the past year haven't found (or made ) the time to shoot much - need to change that!!!!

PamperingBeki said...

The sunflowers are just outside of our little town. I can give you directions if you email me. :)
I couldn't believe I found some that were not dead yet!

The new camera I got is a Canon T1i. I've been dying to get it for months.

John and Elisa Seaba said...

LOL the ladies at the yard sale...how awkward, but it made for a good laugh :) Love the pics of the kids!

The Sieberts said...

what kind of camera did you get?

Princess Caitlin said...

YAY FOR THE CAMERA!!! **happydance with Beki**

These posts make me wish I knew you in person so I could hang out with you and your kids. ^.^

They've all grown so much just since I started following your blog! love the stripey scarves :D

Jennifer Juniper said...

The one about the lady patting you on the bum cracked me up! I probably would have stood there too. What on earth?

Congrats on the new camera :)

Jaime said...

Yay for new camera!!!

Odd, weird and slightly disturbing yard sale attendees you had there...I have no idea what I would have done either...

And, have I told you your kiddos are adorable?! They are. And that last pic of the Baby...he looks so not little anymore! Tell him to stop that, k?! :)

rentz said...

Thanks for the laughs. Very much needed on this dreary day. You do attract the...interesting people, don't you? What does that say about me, I wonder?

Beth Ann said...

There was a lady in my hometown that if she told you God Bless You (at the store, garage sales, etc) it was an indication that she stole something!

paperhill said...

what darling kids! great photos love all those sunflowers :) hope all is well!

ArtSnark said...

Great photos!

Should have hired lady #3 to Pat down your customers - could've stopped lady#6 in her tracks! Maybe she wanted to make sure you were saved so you'd forgive her transgression - LOL

A.Love said...

those flowers are amazing!!

Sylvia C. said...

great post! (and great comments~!) Your readers are almost as funny as you!
;)
Your baby is getting SO big!
Does that mean it's time for another?
;)

best,
Sylvia

Joyce Joneschiet said...

I found your blog through your mom. My husband Mark is a friend of hers from high school.
What a lovely blog and such great pictures! My camera was recently stolen and I miss it terribly but I'm excited that you're getting a new one!
I will definitely try the coffee tip.
Thanks! Come on over to my blog sometime.

Jesse said...

Okay can I say I am a wee bit jealous that you are getting a new camera. Although I think that just may be my christmas present this year. YAY for both of us. Love the photos of the kiddies!

And you totally have me cracking up! Maybe the chick thought you had a cute rear end. LOL! Love this post, too funny!

spadazzle said...

I love the sunflower pictures!

Martha said...

Love your pictures...your kiddos are just beautiful...and your stories about your garage sale...still laughing...congrats on your camera:)

the wild raspberry said...

loved the list...and #6...how weird is that?! wow.
what a beautiful backdrop for photos~they are gorgeous.
i'll be in st louis on saturday...opposite sides of missouri...just thought that was amusing for some reason.

Snowcatcher said...

Your old camera did a fine job, but this new one rocks! Oh, my goodness, your sunflowers are so gorgeous! Ours have all tipped over, dried up and turned brown, thanks to the snow and cold. It's so wonderful to see them still radiating warmth elsewhere! (gorgeous shots of the kids, by the way...)

Laura said...

oh, you loved the pat pat pat...dont pretend you didn't....

Lisa K. of XSBaggage and Co. said...

Random comments:
1. I'm totally going to try your Pumpkin Spice Latte idea.
2. Your kids are adorable. But we already knew that. :D
3. Their scarves are perfect.
4. FYI: As a 'seasoned' yard-saler', the whole yard-sale thing brings out ALL kinds of people!
5. What's up w/ the butt patting??
6. I also say: Hallelujeh! to being saved!!
7. Yay yay yay for a new camera!! Lucky you!
8. That's all I have.

Ruth said...

soooooo beautiful!! your kids are really gorgeous... you totally need more ;) and, dear beki, you would be stark raving bonkers to even consider swapping out of a place this stunning - so quit it!! (YAY NEW CAMERA!!)

jody said...

love the scarves, the coffee idea and pictures.
jody

Jesse said...

Hey girl! Wanted to let you know I gave you a blog award!

Rachel said...

She stole the books AFTER she found out you love Jesus? Ohmygosh! Seriously crazy...and funny. Found your blog via Farmgirl Paints. :) Have a great time with your new camera. You have great shots already!

The Perfect Trio said...

She was probably asking if you love Jesus to see if she could get away with stealing those books...Jesus wouldn't have run after her, he would have said a prayer! :o)

You are so stinkin' funny...really! We have GOT to meet! DH leaves for Afganastan in January. I am totally coming your way!

Christina said...

First, I would like to say that in light of your yard sale incident that I think it's really funny that the first comment was left by "Felt on the Fly"-it takes on a new meaning. Oh my goodness...I might never have another yard sale if I were you!
Have fun with your new camera...that's so exciting!!
Your pics here are GREAT!

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Thanks for the tip on the Pumpkin Spice coffee, I'm going to ruffle through my spice drawer just as soon as I finish typing this.

Oh, and I am digging the thick striped scarves.

The Flying Bee said...

Laughing so hard right now....

Anyway, these are great pics. I want to take pics like this so bad! Hubby said I could get a new camera...but, what should I get? Any suggestions??? Now, your kids are so cute, love the scarves, so great! I don't even know what to say about the butt pat and crazy shoplifter lady...yikes!

BTW, having my first giveaway! Come check it out if you get a chance.

Adrienne

YaYa's Funhouse said...

Oh, I SO wish we were closer so that you could photograph our twins. Your work is awesome. What camera are you getting? Let us see the new pics ASAP.
WHOOO HOOOO....

Anonymous said...

HAHAhahahaHAHAHAhahahahaHAhaHAhaHaHaHAHA

OMG... whoo...

Cute kids... where'd you rent them from??

love,
The Brother

Replica Vertu said...

These pics are looking very beautiful. I really like the sunflower fields behind the children. Its very charming.