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Two Oh Eleven

While the year 2011 didn’t have any monumentous occasions for our family of two, we did have lots of moments to celebrate with others! Here’s a glimpse into the celebrations: babies, marriages, bbq, and lots of travels!


The year started with a barbeque competition on New Years Day and later in the month we visited our friends Shane and Kyrene, who were about 3 months pregnant at the time!


This may not seem like a big deal, but I got my first SLR Digital camera and it rejuvenated my passion for photography! It became my goal for the year to really learn photography and how to use my camera! Within a few weeks, Jess from J. Rose Photography asked me to tag along with her on an engagement shoot.

Chase and Steph 2


My lovely cousin-in-law came to town so we hit the hot spots of Los Angeles with her (at least what we could do in the pouring rain), including Intelligentsia. I had never been there before but had heard so much high praise from my friend Kathleen about it that it was a must try! While I wasn’t a fan of the fellow smug guests, the coffee was pretty good!


Easter was in April this year and I got to design a looooot of stuff for my church! It was so much fun and such a variety of collateral to design! See more here.


And what would the year be without all of our adventures around the states in BBQ. Winnings were high for the Vegas competition, $125,000, to be exact, so of course the team went out to compete! It was the most the boys had competed against with over 100 competitors. And the boys did great!


My dad’s side of the family comes together every other year in a different part of the United States for the Anderson family reunion. This year, our reunion coincided with my cousin Katie’s wedding in Colorado! And I sure do love Colorado! And my cousin! And weddings! It was a great time! Here’s Katie and I on Mount Evans at 14,000 feet.


My best friend Joyce came to town from New York! I hadn’t seen her in over a year! So it was a blast to tour around southern California, and live life to the fullest!


Another BBQ competition, another trip to Colorado. But what did I say, I love Colorado! And it was so fun introducing Colorado to Lauren, who had never been there. And of course, we got caught in a major downpour!


I just love weddings! My friend Alisa wedded her beau this month in Pasadena! The wedding was a blast and I got to bring my friend Brittany as my date! Whoo!


Andy and I celebrated our birthdays with our third annual hotluck, but first the girls and I took a visit to Lemoore, CA to visit our friends BJ and Melissa and their six week old Josiah! It was also, sadly, our last David Crowder concert.


This month brought another trip up the 15 freeway to Utah! We got to spend Veteran’s weekend with an adorable 6 week old while visiting Andy’s family! I also took my first maternity portrait session!!


Two of my best friends got engaged within a week of each other, so as a close to one year, the year 2012 will be quite busy of bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings… and of course all those fabulous babies! But surprise!! One little babe, made it into 2011! Courtney and Andrew’s little Jameson was born at 3:15 on New Year’s Eve!

I believe in magic. I believe in the power of true love. I believe in fairy tales and happy endings. And I live to create stationery and art for the young at heart to allow my fellow dreamers to treasure all of life’s most wondrous moments!


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