Friday Footnotes

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1. A Paper Forest

I am so behind in reading my favorite blogs so I am only just now seeing this Paper Forest by Kelli Anderson for Tiny Bop’s PLANTS! app. Kelli and her team created thousands of itsy bitsy paper objects to create a vignette of the forest to illustrate the life of plants…. it’s truly remarkable. Click through to see a wonderful and awe-inspiring behind the scenes video. My favorite parts are of course the variety of textures created with the paper like on the tree trunks, but also the way they used the various sizes of paper, like when the badger digs in the snow and bits of white paper pour up and out. I also loved the digital vignettes and the way they added a whole other layer of the roots system. Seriously A-Mazing!

2. Little Braver of the Woods Shirt

I feel like I feature something from Brave the Woods in each of my Friday posts lately… but their content is just too good not to share and re-share. This time though, I’m posting about some of their own illustration work being produced on t-shirts. I think I’ll need one for each little nephew! More info here and more info to come once these are produced!

3. New Logo for SAM

sam at SAMWhen I got my first chance to go to Seattle back in 2008, I just had to visit the Seattle Art Museum, or the SAM. Because, well, my name is Sam. I never actually made it into the actual museum but I perused the gift shop and stalked the entrance taking photo by each place SAM was written. And now the SAM has just revamped their branding with an all new logo. See a full post on the identity change in this opinion post on Brand New.

4. Little Free Library

Last week, my friend Kathleen, posted about the Little Free Library, a “a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place.” Well now that just sounds divine… I looked them up in our area right away and since we basically live in a giant hole of nothingness, the nearest Little Free Library is 30 miles away… Anyway, this is just such a cool idea! Hope to find one soon and get to leave my own book while taking another!

5. The Brand New Club 33

Just last spring, we had the honor to have lunch at Disneyland’s historically mysterious Club 33 restaurant in New Orleans’ Square. I am still so thankful for the experience, but now all the more so with these drastic changes that have just been revealed to the public. With a brand new entrance, renovated dining rooms, and a brand new jazz club expansion, it’s almost an entirely new attraction. See all the changes for yourself in this photo tour on MiceChat.

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1. Modern Art Museum Wedding: Kathleen + Allan

I’m still just so darn excited for my friend Kathleen that her wedding was featured on the wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes. A site a post from frequently here and check on a regular basis! So amazing. If you missed my post about it earlier this week, please go check it out!

2. How to Draw an Ampersand

A few times now I’ve been requested to letter an ampersand (the “&” symbol) for a design in my Etsy shop. For being my favorite character out there, you’d think I would be an expert in crafting this little symbol… but it’s so much harder than it looks! I actually had to Google it this past week in an attempt to get it right! So in case you also struggle with this funny little character, here’s a great resource!

3. Mary Blair Style Sheets

I’ve loved Mary Blair’s work for so many years now (see previous posts) and I get so excited when others post about her work too! In such a fun collaboration, I saw Mary Blair featured in Style Sheets on the House That Lars Built blog!

Style Sheets is a monthly collaboration where Jessica Williams, a Brooklyn interior designer, illustrator Michelle Christensen, and I re-imagine the interior of one of our favorite icons.

4. It’s a Small World – The Animated Show

Oh and speaking of Mary Blair, there’s a new tv series coming to the Disney Channel that is heavily inspired and influenced by her style. Of course, this makes sense as the show is inspired by the Disneyland attraction its a small world, a ride that Blair had immense impact on. You can see 10 short episodes here. Thanks Rachel for showing this to me!

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5. A Guide To American Football Video

And let’s end with another video shall we…. I have to say, I learned quite a lot watching this very well illustrated and animated video. Probably learned more in those few minutes than I ever have about football actually. So thanks Fraser Davidson! Found via DKNG Studios.

Kathleen and Allan’s Wedding Featured on Green Wedding Shoes

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Photo by Caleb John Hill.

A few months ago, Kathleen called me and shared the news that her wedding would be published on Green Wedding Shoes… and then after what felt like forever, it was posted today! Click here to read the post.

What a cool nod to the bride and groom, and a giant pat on the back, for such a fabulous wedding!

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You can see the paper goods I was credited for in the post by visiting:

Wedding photography and the engagement session images used in the invitations are by Caleb John Hill.

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Kathleen and Allan’s Retro yet Modern Wedding Invitation featuring Caleb John Hill Photography

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Back in December when we first got to see down with our bestie as she told us about her engagement and the beginnings of wedding planning, she said, “I really like this for our invitations… Did you hear me Sam? This!” And then she stared at me with her big blue eyes. Okay okay Kathleen, I get the hint. Of course I will design your wedding invtiations!

And I could not have been more honored when this girl asked me [in her very special way.] Because she has some serious style and an eye for design!

So all that to say I was nervous!

After going through a few concepts, from an illustrated full color background look to a geometric modern take… Kathleen decided on this retro yet modern and very clean look. And on top of that, she ordered these gold envelopes!

Now that her [amazing] wedding photos are starting to make their way around the Internet, I wanted to show how her simple and modern wedding invitations came out, along with a few of my favorite wedding photos.

Wedding photography and the engagement session images used in the invitations are by Caleb John Hill.

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They used sittinginatree.co to collect their RSVPs, so a simple business card was included in a coin envelope to get the site and password out to guests.

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Now for the wedding photos, these are just a few of the many amazing photos from Caleb John Hill, see his blog post here.

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I loved Kathleen’s attention to detail… Since the wedding was held at the Riverside Art Museum, she had a table set up full of smaller cakes on cake stands to resemble Wayne Thiebaud’s “Cakes” (see photo of the oil painting here). It came out so so cool! One of my favorite parts of the decorations.

And of course, the buttons. Oh how I love these… She had their portrait illustrated by lilimandrill on Etsy. It turned out so so good!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember seeing me toting the Wheelers around the Northeast as it was [still is actually] attached to my camera bag.

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And of course, let’s not forget the mad dancing skills of Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler. Can’t have a wedding post without this glorious action shot.

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Thank you again for having me design your wedding invitations! Love you Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler!!

Another Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (July & August)

I really thought life couldn’t be crazier than it was last year, but this year has seriously been insane! I am so blessed with the work that I have been doing and get to do, but I am ever so thankful for these babies and being the matron of honor to my best friend bride to be, Amie! Oh and I guess I am thankful for BBQ too. 😉

Babies!

My little baby section is just growing and growing and growing!!

Jameson

Oh how I missed this sweet boy… having not seen him since his first birthday (!!!), he had all sorts of new tricks to show me including knowing how to say Sam. So so sweet!

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Owen

Oh little Owen, this kid just cracks me up! And every time I watch this video I want to laugh and cry at the same time. That laugh is just hysterically contagious!

And then just last week, I was looking after the boys for just a short amount of time and when I set Owen down, he just stood up and starting walking. I was in shock to see him walking around so much without holding on to anything! So proud of their little guy! (for some reason the walking video is only showing up sometimes 🙁 so I’ll just post a cute photo of the two of us to make up for it 🙂 )

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Grayson

I saw little G off and on over the months but each time was just too short of a time… I did manage to snag a few photos of him at our girls dinner a few weeks ago. His mama sure has him trained to pose for the camera… I would say these photos go…

“What do you think you are doing?”
“Oh, a camera! Here let me pose for you like my mommy taught me to”
“Would you like to see my belly button, I know just where it is!”

Or something like that…

And that “What are you doing?” totally reminds me of a face his mom gives me all the time too. 🙂 jk jk

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Evelyn

I know I just shared photos of this little blue eyed babe last week so I don’t have much more to say, but here is another photo of this gorgeous little lady and those giant blue eyes of hers!

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Amelia

I love that Rachel has moved back closer to me! It’s been a joy to watch Amelia grow over these last couple months with visits every couple of weeks. But after having gone about a month with no visit, seeing her for her 3 month photos was quite a shock to the little chunk she has become! Her mother had quite a few affectionate nicknames ranging from her little pot sticker to Buddha belly. 🙂

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Jedidiah

Our newest family member, Jedidiah made his entrance into this world on June 30… (funnily enough Miss Amelia, Jedi, and the next baby Gage were all due within 3 days of each other but all made their appearances over a month’s time). Anyway, we got to meet Jedi just last week while him and his family were down visiting the many beaches of southern California.

He truly is a sweet sweet baby, all smiles. 🙂

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Gage

This little guy… he is such a fighter! He was born with “transposition of the great arteries” and has had quite a few surgeries thus far in his short little life including open heart surgery! I finally got to meet him just two weeks ago and of course fell in love right away! You can see so many more photos of him and learn his story here… and as our pastor’s son, you can hear their testimony here from Pastor Josh’s first Sunday back at church last month.

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Molly

The day after we returned from our trip, we celebrated Miss Molly’s soon to be arrival with a baby shower for her mama. Jess did such a great job on the shower! You can see her post here, and mine here. It’s hard to believe that in my next post in two months, she will be here!! 🙂

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Brides

Amie

I spent the majority of the month of July getting ready for Amie’s bridal shower… which turned out to be exactly what I hoped it to be… it was a [hot] beautiful day showering Amie with love and presents. And since our bestie and my fellow bridesmaid was in from New York we ran as many wedding “errands” as possible in the days after the shower. From picking up our bridesmaid dresses and shoes to assembling the wedding invitations. And of course, Amie’s wedding dress fitting. Can not wait for you to see her in that gorgeous white dress! Pretty much the most beautiful dress I’ve ever did see!

This photo is just the first of many from her bridal shower. It was the first time all 6 bridesmaids were together with our bride, and a very happy moment! I promise to be posting a TON more photos in the coming weeks!

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Kathleen

Welp, Kathleen is now a Mrs! We celebrated at the Riverside Art Museum during the last weekend of July and then spent the night dancing on the rooftop! Okay… we didn’t dance because we had to catch our flight to Maine, but you get the point! She had the most fabulous details that I just adored, especially her cake table! I hope to share their photographer’s photos along with the invitations I helped her design soon! And of course, in mid-July we celebrated with a good old bachelorette party which you can read more about here.

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Caitlin

This gorgeous girl is getting married in just a few short weeks! And her bachelorette party is just next week! It was a short engagement but it still went by so much faster than I imagined! I am so excited for Jarred and Caitlin’s wedding, it is going to be such a good time!

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BBQ

I actually haven’t even been to a BBQ competition since the team competed in Temecula in June. That’s just crazy to think, but it’s been nice 🙂 haha

Anyway, the boys competed have just competed in 3 of their 4 back to back comps… starting in Huntington Beach on August 17 (same day as Amie’s shower!), then they took the 10 hour drive up to Wendover, Nevada and then this past weekend they competed in Mesquite, Nevada (their 4th time competing there—and they did an amazing job!!). I’ll wait to share Mesquite until next time but if you’d like to know more on their past two competitions, click here for Huntington Beach or here for Wendover.

Remember way back, when I mentioned Andy filmed a spot for a television show as a member of a focus group? Well his episode of Supermarket Superstars airs just next week on September 12, at 10:30 p.m. on Lifetime! After finally getting to watch a few episodes, we know his part will be super short, if they even show him at all, but I am definitely looking forward to my husband’s television premiere!

Follow past and upcoming Babies, Brides and BBQ here!

Kathleen’s Bachelorette Weekend Away, Bachelorette Parties Our Way

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To say that I love my friends would be an understatement. What I truly mean is that having a solid group of Christian girls means that our friendship goes deeper, more like sisters. Being a Christian means that your fellow Christian friends can be so so very different from each other in personality, likes, and dislikes but our foundation is on Christ and that alone can unite us as better than friends.

And this very special group of girls and I have transformed the normal “bachelorette party” from a night on the town to a weekend away celebrating the bride to be in all the things she likes to do. It usually means planning a weekend in a city an hour-ish away, going on mini adventures centered around what that special girl would want to do on a dream weekend.

For our friend Kathleen, that meant coffee, craft shows, and good food. And while Kathleen and my styles can be polar opposites, that weekend sounded like it was planned for me too. Aaaalll that to say, I was quite excited for our girls weekend!

Here’s just a few photos of the bride celebrating the weekend away with her girlfriends with just one week to go to the BIG day!

First up we stopped by Intelligentsia, one of Kathleen’s favorite coffee shops. After having gone there twice already, I was so excited to finally be there with her.

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Next up on the list was shopping at the Renegade Craft Fair (I blogged a poster DKNG designed for their San Fran fair last summer!), a show Kathleen and I have tried to make it to a few times over the years. We were pumped to be there. Yes, pumped.

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Dinner was held at a hip little restaurant in Santa Ana… where we filled up on *garlic* truffle fries and shrimp cajun pasta.

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Then the next day we started off again with coffee and *amazing* donuts in Newport at Sidecar.

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And ended the trip with shopping in Downtown Fullerton, from antique shops to The Buffalo Exchange to the amazing Oh Hello Friend shop.

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After looking back at all these photos, Kathleen, I must apologize for my apparent papparazzi like photo taking… but girl you are beautiful and I cannot wait to see you walking down the aisle in just five days time!

Kathleen’s Travel Cafe, Breakfast and Coffee Bridal Shower

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Oh man have I been excited to post about Kathleen’s amazing shower. Down to the smallest detail, I loved every little bit of it!

And it was quite a combination of decorations starting with quite a few DIYs, Amie’s upcoming wedding (thanks again Amie!), my travel themed living room, the Rooftop BBQ trailer (recognize that chalkboard above?), and even a potato sack from Lauren’s Central Park shower (see that “coffee bean” sack above?)!

Let’s start with the invitation though, shall we? While driving home from the hospital on the day Parker was born, Lauren (Kathleen’s wonderful matron of honor) and I were brainstorming about shower decoration possibilities. We had long ago settled on a travel cafe theme and with the spark of the idea of a muffin and coffee mug sitting on top of a suitcase, the invitation came to be.

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Funnily enough, when talking with the bride about her wedding invitations, we went with the tall and slender business size for those as well!

And speaking of the bride… look how beautiful she looked the day of her shower!

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Okay, back to the details of the shower. Our bride, loves to travel. She studied abroad in both Jerusalem and Germany while traveling to Ireland and a few other European countries as well. And not only does she love travel, she is fueled by coffee. Literally.

The shower was held at our church office. It really was the perfect location, not only does it have a coffee bar, but it is also beautifully decorated with travel inspired elements and worked great as a cafe!

We served up Kathleen’s favorite coffee brand, Intelligentsia. As well as DeJongs chocolate milk, a local dairy favorite, and a variety of juices.

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Lauren even had the idea to create custom labels for our to-go cups! And I was happy to oblige with a custom graphic that said “Love is Brewing” that we also applied to the potato sack turned coffee bean bag as seen in that first photo.

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Coffee Bean Favors and Mug Guest Book

For our favors, we stocked up on quite a few pounds of chocolate covered coffee beans from none other than Winco! That was a fun shopping trip for Lauren and me! 🙂

We then bagged them and attached a tag with a clothespin, looking somewhat like a bag of coffee beans from the store.

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On our entry table, we also had the counting jar for the first game of the day. Count the coffee beans, I think the grand total was 1,800?!

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Our guest book were two mugs that were signed with a permanent marker and then baked to last the bride through many a cup of coffee. Thanks to one of Kathleen’s favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, for the idea!

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Waffle and Breakfast Bar

Breakfast was served to include a variety of quiches, muffins, and fruit; as well as a waffle bar with more toppings than your stomach could ever want!

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Succulent Centerpieces

Our centerpieces were another genius idea of Lauren’s, a succulent potted in a giant colored mug sitting atop a stack of books! We used these mug planters as game prizes… and I even made it home with two as well

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Donut Cake!

This was probably my favorite table of the day! We used one of my suitcases, opened up, displaying a cake stand atop a stack of books, piled high with a bakers dozen of donuts! The table also included some globes, photos of the happy couple, and of course some more succulent filled mugs.

You may even recognize that cake stand from Grayson’s party! It’s sure come in handy, thanks Jamie!

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And our last set up from the shower was the backdrop for the bride to open her presents.

We used Jessica’s photo backdrop equipment to hang Jamie’s yellow blanket. Then we made a few banners, a fringe banner (DIY link here) and a chevron pendant banner (chevron ribbon can be found at Hobby Lobby along with the stencils).

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Unique Bridal Shower Game: Pin the Beard on the Groom!

And of course we had a very Kathleen-ish game. Her fiance has quite the infamous beard, one of the qualities in a man Kathleen had always hoped and dreamed of.

So of course we had to play “Pin the Beard on Allan” game. More thanks to A Beautiful Mess on the engineer prints at Staples!

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Invitation Details

Here are some additional close ups of the invitation which is for sale in my Etsy shop! I just adore how it came out, from the striped edge to the pops of yellow!

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Another Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (May & June)

I really thought life couldn’t be crazier than it was last year, but this year has seriously been insane! I am so blessed with the work that I have been doing and get to do, but I am ever so thankful for these babies and being the matron of honor to my best friend bride to be, Amie! Oh and I guess I am thankful for BBQ too. 😉

Babies!

My little baby section is just growing and growing and growing!!

Owen

This is the Chunk as we all affectionately call Owen. He has just been growing and growing, and getting so tall! I love having them as our neighbors, seeing him each week has just been the biggest blessing for Andy and me. And having him “wow us” with walking into our arms on the last day of June, couldn’t get better than that! 🙂

This first photo is from our BBQ pool party we had in May, look at that chunk. Adorable! And then next photo is at Owen’s big brother Eli’s 5th birthday party this past weekend. I love how this photo sums up his personality and the way we think of Owen, belly out and guns blaring all with a smile on his face. 🙂

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Grayson

I can’t believe this little guy turned 1 last month!! It feels like just yesterday that he was born… he has the sweetest little personality, with so much curiosity and sparkle in his eyes. Oh and his little grin… he’s gonna be a heartbreaker! See more from his party in this post from 2 weeks ago.

The second photo is also from Eli’s birthday party, Grayson just loved the water! He’s just such a happy kid!

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Evelyn

Oh this pretty little miss was definitely worth the wait! She was born last October to my dear cousin Katie. And since their little family lives in Colorado, we had yet to meet this happy little lady. I think we all scrambled to get as much cuddle time in as possible during our one afternoon together and I am looking forward to so much more of Evie in Maine later this month even though there I will have to share with twenty other people! I’ll be just as happy snapping as many photos of this pretty little one anyway!

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Parker

At the beginning of May, we took some newborn photos of Parker, and even some with his big brother Hudson. He’s just so darling, and so alert!  See more here.

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Amelia

This blog was busy these past few months showing you another set of Rachel’s maternity photos and the baby shower. While she wasn’t expected to make her arrival until next month, Miss Amelia made her debut a few weeks early on June 8! I am excited to show more photos from her one week photo shoot with her Auntie Sammi.

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Molly

Miss Molly has been growing away, and her mama just glows with excitement for her arrival. We just finished up her baby shower invitations for the shower this August. Oh my, I just can’t wait to see all the girly fun gifts she will open! Here’s a photo of the little mama and the birthday boy, Grayson, last month.

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Brides

Amie

Wedding planning has been in a small lull… but the bridal shower planning is full steam ahead! My office is bursting at the seams full of branches and glassware for the upcoming cherry blossom festival themed shower! I asked Amie not to peek while she was here last night—the wedding invitation process has officially begun as well! Oh, and the birthday girl celebrated her big 27th birthday—she now shares her birthday with Rachel’s Amelia! And the two birthday buddies even got to have a cuddle session on their now shared birthday!

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Kathleen

How gorgeous was this lady at her shower! I just can’t wait to show you the photos from the festivities—but the rest will have to wait until next week! Oh, and her bachelorette party and wedding are just weeks away! I am so so so excited!!!! 🙂 I’ll give you a sneak peek at the wedding invitations we designed together too!

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BBQ

BBQ somewhat slowed down, only 2 BBQ competitions in 2 months… not too shabby… plus a couple catering jobs. The husband just won’t stop! The TV show he filmed a small part for starts this month too! He’s part of a focus group on a food related show coming out on Lifetime, but his episode probably won’t air until September… I’ll keep you posted.

Long Beach

Last year Long Beach was the craziest BBQ competition, in regards to vending, that we had ever been a part of. Double lines, 50 people deep, nonstop until we sold out of food. This year we came prepared to vend vend vend—we sold the same amount of food as the big guys who have been on national BBQ shows and were able to keep our line down. We were mighty proud of ourselves by the end of the day and then the boys were still able to compete at their finest by winning a second in pork and a 10th in chicken out of 55 teams. Read Rooftop’s blog on the event here.

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Pechanga

Pechanga was a great event! We only planned to sell our leftover food so we didn’t feel the usual rush and stress. We even had a 3 hour break before awards! Then during awards the boys were called in 3 of the 4 categories, taking home 8th in chicken, 9th in pork, and a FIRST in brisket. I don’t know if I have ever seen Andy happier than getting that first place call! See Rooftop’s post here.

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Follow past and upcoming Babies, Brides and BBQ here!

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (December 2012)

The final Babies, Brides, and BBQ post of 2012… December was a good month. A good good month. Spent so much time with family and friends as Christmas drew near. Andy and I are truly blessed by the people we have in our lives, really truly blessed.

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Jameson

Jameson’s parents asked me to take their family photos for their Christmas card! It was my first baby photo shoot so I was pretty nervous. Good thing J-mo is such a stud! December was also his first birthday, he was a  New Year’s baby! Stay tuned next month for photos of his crazy creative Winter Onederland birthday party!

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Owen!!

I knew I would love having Joey, Jamie and little Eli as neighbors, but that was a few months before Owen even existed! And now I just love love love having them as neighbors, getting to watch this little chunker grow up. He has started the one arm army crawl just like his brother did, and it is just the cutest!

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Grayson!!

Grasyson’s mommy allowed me to be the first ever outside of the family babysitter! So of course we watched a little Peter Pan and then had a mini photo shoot. At 7 months old, Grayson has the best expressions. I have never seen a baby smile as much as this guy does. And isn’t the way he sits up just the cutest? I love his little legs!

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Brides

So as of the Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends, I have two new brides to add to my blog as the 2012 brides have got themselves all married and such.

Lauren & Brittany

But before we officially say goodbye to Mrs. Wagoner and Mrs. Totah, here’s a sneak peek of their bridal scrapbooks my mom and I made them… more details and photos of those later. 🙂

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Kathleen

Oh this girl and her man… they started dating at the end of last summer. I think everyone, including myself, knew Mr. Allan was going to be “the one” right away. They are so so perfect for each other! Ugh, so happy! You can follow Kathleen’s wedding over on her blog as well as read their proposal story!

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And one extra for Kathleen, this was our first girl’s night after she got engaged so she got to see the babies and had her wedding planning notebook in hand, needlesss to say I just love this photo!!

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Amie

Knowing Amie since we were in Kindergarten makes anything I have to say on her wedding really really hard. Too many words, too many stories, too many moments in time that leave me breathless. Simply put, Amie is my best friend who has stuck by me through some pretty hard times, and of course some many wonderful times including being my maid of honor in my own wedding. And now it’s her turn, AND I AM SO EXCITED!! It was just last weekend that Matt proposed but we have already been pinning away for a year so lots has happened in just one week… including dress shopping and designing the engagement party invites oh and she asked me to be her matron of honor! Eeeek! I’ll save all that for the next edition of “Babies, Brides, and BBQ!”

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BBQ

New Years in Lake Elsinore

Just this past Monday and Tuesday the boys competed in their last of 2012 and first of 2013 BBQ competition. Their best win was just yesterday with a second in brisket… here’s to an even better season in 2013!

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See my post from January/February, March, April & May, June & July, August & September, and October & November.