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.

Babies!

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.

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (October & November)

Well the weddings have come and gone as the babies have just grown and grown and grown… and somehow throw in a couple BBQ competitions all in 6 weeks time—oh and a week of those six was spent in Washington! And Hello Thanksgiving!

Babies!

Jameson

I just love this little guy! I’ve loved every stage of his life but it just keeps getting better and better, more fun and more fun for this Auntie! I mean, look at that face! 🙂 Plus this past weekend we took some Christmas portraits of the Baker family, excited to post those next month!

Owen!!

These last two months have definitely held lots of Owen moments. You know those babies that you just want to kiss them all over, well Owen’s little chubs just bring out all the kisses, from everyone not just this crazy auntie! While the guys were out celebrating Kellen’s bachelor party, Lauren and I got to watch the boys and I was just so excited to get that opportunity! I even got Owen to sleep, once, after 90 minutes of rocking. And Owen made it to his first BBQ competition! Now that was fun!

Grayson!!

Last time, I said that Grayson still seemed so little and he still does! But I think it’s just because he’s the youngest of the bunch! This boy, oh let me tell you, well his mommy said it best, if you ever get the chance to meet Grayson:

He would probably smile at you with his eyes.
I think you would fall in love with him immediately.

And it’s totally true! This little guy’s grin is just priceless! On another note, Grayson was dedicated at our church last month, the service brought tears to my eyes just remembering the trials the Williams’ family had to endure to finally be blessed by this baby. A reminder that life is a gift, and truly a miracle.

And I can not forget to show you the adorable best friends all dressed up in their Halloween costumes!! You may have seen this already as my Photo of the Day but I just had to share it again!

Brides

As these two girls became the Mrs. to their Misters, we danced the nights away, rejoicing over their new lives together as one….

Lauren

Lauren’s wedding was so so much fun! We danced and danced and danced, but only after the sweetest ceremony! Of course, the groom had to be blocking my view of my own husband during the ceremony, but I guess it really was about the Wagoners anyway! Since the wedding, we’ve already had quite a few nights over at their new home, watching The Walking Dead and sharing dinners <– not at the same time of course, who can eat while watching that show anyway?!

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Brittany

We started the month of October with Brittany’s bachelorette party held in downtown San Diego. Lunch at Seaport Village followed by a night out in the Gaslamp District.

And then four weeks later, we all gathered together again to celebrate Mr. & Mrs. Totah, a beautiful and FABULOUS wedding in San Clemente! So so happy for Brittany!

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Thankfully, there were just two competitions these past couple months, one in Southern California and the other in Laughlin, Nevada.

Santa Anita

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After not getting the best of scores at the Santa Anita competition, Rooftop placed 8th overall at the Nevada State Championships with three walks (chicken, pork, and brisket). This was such a fun weekend as us girls didn’t have to sample out food but just hang out and play cards. A wonderful and relaxing break after the craziness of the last couple months.

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

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (August & September)

This is the last post before the October and November weddings, eeeek!!!!

Babies!

Jameson

Jameson totally crashed Brittany’s first bridal shower but it’s okay, we got to have a little photo shoot with him on the grass. Oh and then he came to our annual hotluck (his mama Courtney was pregnant with him at last years!). And I got to feed him his dinner and oh my was that so fun! He just loves to eat, it was cracking me up! Plus my grandpa asked to hold him and Jmo was so entranced by his glasses, so so cute! He really just keeps getting cuter and cuter and just has the best personality!

Owen!!

Oh this baby…. he just fills our hearts with joy at each and every glance when he gives you this big gummy grin! 🙂

Grayson!!

Little Grayson still seems so so little. Planning Lauren’s bridal shower gave me lots of opportunities to snuggle and cuddle this little fella. Can’t help that my heart just keeps growing and growing while loving these little men!

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The last two months was filled with 5 bridal showers, one wedding invitation designed and mailed out to 150 families, and then one bachelorette party! whoop whoop!

Lauren

During Labor Day weekend, Lauren, my mom, and I got all the invites assembled and ready to send out while we were in Mesquite for a BBQ competition! Let me just say, I love love love how they came out! I’ll post more about them in a few weeks but here’s a sneak peek of their RSVP postcard, photo by me.

Lauren’s first shower was for her family at her aunt’s house with a gorgeous view of Lake Elsinore!

Her other shower was thrown by me and her bridesmaids with the theme of “picnic in Central Park.” It was such a great shower, I’ll be posting fully about it next week.

Then this past weekend we had her bachelorette party in Palm Springs with a picnic on the way in Idyllwild.

Brittany

This beautiful bride to be had three showers, the first of which was hosted by her maid of honor and sister Torrie, with some help from me. Check out the full post.

Then her godmother Cindy threw a shower for her family.

And finally, just this past weekend, her aunts threw a couples shower so Eric got to share the joy of a bridal (groom) shower!

BBQ

I almost felt like we’ve had a break from BBQ but really I just haven’t been able to go to most of them but I was at Westminster and at Mesquite until I had to leave early for Brittany’s second shower. Click on the photos to link to the Rooftop site for results, I know you’re all curious! 🙂

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Telluride, Colorado

So jealous I could not be there for the Colorado competition!

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

Brittany’s Lavender and Lace Bridal Shower

Brittany’s maid of honor, and sister, Torrie—with a little help from me and our moms—hosted the most beautiful bridal shower. Every small detail was attended to.

One item I was able to really help with was the invitations. As soon as Torrie thought up the theme, “Lavender and Lace,” I had the vision of an etched illustration of a small bouquet of lavender tied together with lace. I enlisted my good friend Rachel to illustrate my idea for me and it came out so perfect, exactly what I pictured! Rachel, thank you thank you thank you!

And of course, the centerpieces incorporated white lace and a variety of white flowers, set in mason jars. All designed by Torrie.

You couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from the bride!

Each guest received a lavender sachet for their panty drawer too, the perfect favor for a lingerie shower!

Torrie and I each made a dessert, white chocolate cake pops and cupcakes made with Prosecco.

Amazing job, Torrie! Thanks for allowing me to help your vision come to life!

And of course, a big thanks to our moms/Tutu aunties who made sure Torrie, the mother of the bride, and myself could sit back and enjoy the shower—making sure everything ran flawlessly without us.

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (June & July)

This is a lighter post of the series but it’s truly the calm before the super fun storm coming up!

Babies!

Jameson

Little Jameson has been growing and growing and growing. It’s been almost two months since I have seen him but when I did get in a visit he got to show me all his new tricks like eating baby food from a spoon and bouncing in his bouncer. Oh I miss him, Mama Courtney!!!

Owen!!

Baby Owen has been chunking up before our very eyes. All I want to do is kiss those cheeks!! I am so thankful for how much time we spend with the Chapins and their boys. Owen and I got to spend a few special “first time with Sam” moments together all in one night, I got to feed, burp, and put him to sleep, and then he peed and spit up all over me! It’s love for sure!

Grayson!!

Oh and this baby. He’s still the smallest of course but there’s evidence of a second chin coming in! Not only did I get the chance to feed him too, we even got to have a slumber party with all the cuddling I wanted! Plus Jessica and I worked on his birth announcements and their family photos! Yay yay yay!

Brides

Things are coming together for the brides. A lot of the big stuff has been taken care of and the details are working themselves out.

I finally (!!) ordered my bridesmaid dress for Lauren’s wedding, it’s going to be in peacock and I just love it! It’s definitely a dress that I can wear again and again. And the wedding invitation design process has begun! Whoo!

So remember Brittany’s bridesmaid dress I mentioned last time, well we ended up with a completely different dress from a totally different store, The Dresser, in Fullerton! And no more purple, it’s all about taupe.

Plus, our dresses do this…. 🙂

Our first bride and bridesmaid celebration for Brittany just happened too, in the Sierras just two weekends ago! And it was a blast!! Click here for more on that…

BBQ

My last BBQ update was on 6 competitions in two months… this one is about: ZERO! Crazy! But what a niiiiiice break it has been! The boys have still been cooking though. They even catered our church’s 4th of July party by cooking a WHOLE HOG! Let’s say Crazy, again!

Andy also created this video on how to cook a tri tip… it’s proven a quick effective/yummy way!

And that’s all until next time! August is pretty packed full of events so I am sure it will get a post all its own!

See my post from January/February, March, and April & May.

Brittany’s Fairy Weekend in the Sequoias at Camp Nelson

What a whirlwind of a weekend! Just last night we got back from Camp Nelson in the Sequoia National Forest. We were celebrating our dear friend Brittany’s upcoming nuptials with our dear mommies. Every fall, our moms go up to Camp Nelson for an official Girls Weekend. No kids, just the moms. But to celebrate the bride, our moms treated us to a first class weekend away. They pampered us in every way and cooked the most amazing food! Brittany was given special gifts, like the world’s most amazing fairy garden terrarium filled with miniature memories from all of us. And of course, the fairy that lives at the cabin continuously left us gifts, waiting on the doorstep of her little tree cottage—gifts like bridesmaids pins, fairy tattoos, and bubbles. Seriously this weekend was amazing. Our moms are just so amazing and it was just the start of celebrating my very special friend Brittany! These next three months are just going to be so much fun!

Here are just a handful of photos along with an extra special montage video of Brittany’s Fairy Weekend!

Bridesmaids!

Claire and Torrie at Dome Rock.

Our amazing mothers.

The Fairy House

Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride, Bride to Be!

Brittany’s very special Fairy Garden / terrarium

Remember Eli’s birthday video, this was also created with iMovie. And was pretty much complete before leaving the mountains, I love my iPhone!

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (April & May)

I really should have split this post up month by month but here’s two months of babies, brides, and BBQ!

Babies!

Jameson

Bath time fun with J at 3 months.

Amelia

Maybe the last visit with the little miss before the Logue’s move to San Diego. So sad for us but so happy for them and the work they are doing!

Owen!!

Little Owen arrived Monday, April 9! Little Eli just loves to show off “his baby” to anyone and everyone. They are just the cutest little brothers ever! The little photo collage are all from the night Owen was born, the next black and white photo is Owen at 10 days old settled in at home.

Grayson!!

Little Grayson arrived six weeks after his best friend Owen. This first photo is Grayson at about 14 hours old (the first time I saw him) then at 4 days old. Such love for this long awaited little guy!

Brides

Things are coming together for the brides. A lot of the big stuff has been taken care of and the details are working themselves out.

Lauren and I finished up her Save the Dates… Her and Kellen are BIG baseball fans and after taking engagement photos with Lindsay Chavez at Angels Stadium, we designed the Save the Date to resemble a baseball ticket. I’ll be posting more about these later.

Brittany and her maids went bridesmaid dress shopping last week… after going in for a short champagne colored dress we may end up with a floor length purple dress! Either way, I am gonna look goooood! haha ;o)

BBQ

In these last two months we have had 6 BBQ competitions… but the first of these was blogged last month (Vegas!). I am not going to bore you with too many details so go ahead and click on each image if you want to know more about the competition (it’ll link to the Rooftop blog).

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No matter the size of that trophy, Rooftop is sure proud of getting a fifth in chicken! That is one hard category!

Sam’s Club

The guys got their first RGC (reserve grand champion aka 2nd place)… it was so so exciting!

Stagecoach

Three days of music and barbeque. I had to show this picture since I am usually taking them, thanks Dad!

Long Beach

This was an exhausting competition! Our TWO lines from 11 am until we sold out about 4:30 pm were each 40 people deep!

Scottsdale

Take note of their name on the jumbo tron during the awards! Soooooo cool!

See my post from January/February and March.

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ (March)

I totally planned to only post this every two months but March was just overflowing with babies, brides, and BBQ! Between baby showers, bridal birthdays, engagement parties, plus barbeque competitions and the launch of two more barbeque products… well, no wonder I am exhausted!

Babies!

Visits with Jameson (9 weeks) and Amelia (almost 5 weeks).

Our friends Jessica and Jamie each had their showers. They are just five weeks a part so it is so fun seeing them experience this together, and even more exciting to anticipate their boys growing up together!

Jess and our church threw Jamie’s shower, a theme of woodland creatures to match Owen’s nursery. Read Jess’ post (with more photos) here.

This was by far the most entertaining baby shower game I have ever seen! Each girl is blind folded and given a set of clothespins. Whoever can pin the most on the other wins. I am glad I can laugh at their pain because it was so so funny!

Here is both Jamie and Jessica, well more Owen and Grayson!

Just a week later was Jessica’s shower. Jamie and Trisha hosted this one and I must thank them for getting Jess’ favorite cupcakes from Truly Madly Sweetly… oooooh so so good! I was really excited for Jess’ shower, just like everyone else, including Jess, just because it has been a long time coming! I am tearing up now thinking about it, but after everything she has been through, this baby is such a blessing straight from God. So thankful for our little miracle, Grayson!

The theme of Jess’ shower also matches the nursery, navy blue and white with elephants. More photos on Jess’ blog here.

I was just a bit excited!

Jess provided her own favors for the shower… each candle tag says:

Hi Family and Friends,
Just want to thank you for helping mommy and daddy to welcome me into the world! On the day you hear my mommy is in labor, light the candle and say a prayer for me, my mommy, and daddy.
Thank you all and I can’t wait to meet you!!
Lots of love, Grayson

And of course a group shot of the girls toward the end of the shower… oh how I love them. I already blogged about this wonderful moment here.

I also designed the invites and some other paper goods for the actual showers and hope to blog about those soon!

Brides

Bride time has slowed down a bit but Lauren and I, with my mom, still made it down to the Vintage Marketplace for wedding decor ideas.

Later that same day, Andy and I attended Brittany and Eric’s Anchorman themed engagement party!

BBQ

BBQ is really getting into full swing! The second weekend of March was our competition in Santa Anita. Rooftop BBQ took their first ever 1st place trophy plaque in ribs! What a night! It was also Jamie’s husband Joey’s first time competing with the team too.

Then just this past weekend was our Vegas competition against 100 of the biggest teams in America. It was a tough competition but the boys beat their scores from last year pulling a 23rd and 26th in chicken and ribs. There was also a smaller, celebrity cook off that Andy took part in. His celebrity team mates were the wrestlers, the Hardy Brothers. It was so cool to see Andy in a Iron Chef like environment with camera crews, judges, and secret ingredients. All I have to say is that Andy was a lot nicer to their cooking goof offs than he is with me in the kitchen!

See my post from January and March.

The Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ

I have officially declared 2012 as the Year of Babies, Brides, and BBQ. There are at least four babies of close friends (okay… one came early and made it in 2011) and I’ve lost count of the others; three close friends getting married this year, two of which I am a bridesmaid in the wedding (whoo!); and I definitely lost count of all the adventures of BBQ that are coming up this year. But as I originally wanted this blog to be more design related, it’s definitely morphed into a personal journal of life. So at least for this year, I am going to recount the tales of these babies, brides, and BBQ every couple months. Got it? Good! Here’s to January and February!

Babies!

Baby Jameson made it just in time for New Years! Born at 3:15 on December 31. I fell in love in an instant!

One of Jameson’s many girlfriends is Miss Amelia! She was born February 15! I am so looking forward to meeting her in the coming weeks.

Then, in these next few months we will be welcoming baby Owen and his best friend Grayson! So so freaking excited to meet these little guys!

Brides

Here’s to another year of double bridesmaid time! In October, Lauren will be getting married in a camping, rustic themed wedding and just a few weeks later, Brittany will be getting married in a gold and purple rustic elegance themed wedding! It’s funny to see their wedding come to life in two very different ways! I got to go dress shopping with them both—Lauren even bought hers that same day! We also went garage sale shopping for Lauren’s wedding, collecting wooden crates and all things “vintage camping” related—and some board games for the reception! Then I got to take Brittany and her fiance Eric’s engagement photos, celebrate their engagement at a party in Dana Pointe, and spend a day with the ladies at a bridal expo!

BBQ

And lastly, barbeque. Andy has been going full throttle to continue launching his BBQ sauce to the masses. It’s in our local farmer’s market-like store, Tom’s Farms, but also in countless other online BBQ stores. Not only is his sauce being sold like crazy—their BBQ competition team, Rooftop Barbeque, won second place for their chili verde at their January competition in Havasu. THEN they filmed an audition tape to get on the third season of BBQ pitmasters! AND THEN they are in the running for the best BBQ sauce on About.com, after already winning Scott Robert’s best BBQ sauce. He’s such a busy guy and I am one proud wifey!

Brittany and Eric’s Engagement Portraits, Costa Mesa, California

In December, one of my best friends—since second grade—got engaged! Brittany has been known as my laughing buddy because when we get together that’s all that happens! She just makes me laugh and her laugh is infectious in the best of ways. Her bubbly personality brings everyone in as if you’ve been friends forever. And that’s how she makes you feel, even strangers. And she sure knows how to have a good time! That’s a guarantee when spending time with my P*A (stands for pineapple, don’t ask).

Four years ago she met Eric. Eric in so many ways is Brittany’s perfect guy. After so many years of Brittany making all of us smile, now he makes Brittany laugh and smile—all the time. So if you know Brittany, and thought she was so happy before, wait until you see Mrs. Totah-to-be. You can’t help but smile—the whole time! Your cheeks will hurt! In a good way! ha! I am so so so excited for their wedding this November! I am so excited for all the dancing during the reception, but most excited to be stand up with Brittany as one of her bridesmaids as she becomes Eric’s wife! Ah!!

This is too much blabbing… on to the pictures! Within walking distance from Brittany’s apartment are two shopping and dining areas called The Camp and The Lab. They are the coolest centers I have ever seen. They have not left any space without any decoration. I coined the term modern industrial—at least I thought I did, is that a real thing? Anyway, I stopped by there on my way to Brittany’s and my mind was overflowing with ideas! I had such a blast wandering around and capturing their relationship… without further ado, the future Mr. and Mrs. Totah!

As I was testing the light for the following photo, these three men walked by us. I was not paying attention to them but after they were gone Eric said that the guy on the far right was Kurt Russel! What a surprise!

The Camp has succulents EVERYWHERE! I just adore them and had to take a ring shot in one of them!

These next two are my absolute favorites!!

Then we drove down to Newport Beach to savor the sunset.

Wishing you all the best this year! Ahh! So excited!! And Happy Valentine’s Day you two!

P.S. When we were talking about the shoot, Brittany asked for one photo of Eric with blue eyes so he’ll look Italian and her with green, just because she’s always wanted green eyes. So here’s a bonus photo for you!