Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dear Friend: Audrey

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Indianapolis, IN

I was so excited to work with one of my best friends a few weeks ago. I'm truly blessed to be surrounded with such genuine, fun, compassionate people. Audrey is no exception. She's a kindergarten teacher, truly dedicated to enriching the lives of our future generations. Reading is a passion of hers as well. Every time we chat, she's just finished a book and started a new one. (Thanks for introducing me to the Twilight saga!) Audrey loves health and fitness, and runs several times a week with her sweet dog, Stella. Again, I have Audrey to thank for getting me into running. Together we have run in 2 Mini-Marathons and finished 1 mini-triathlon. Besides her talents and gifts, such as playing the piano, scrapbooking, and being a great listener, Audrey is a true friend, and a beautiful person. And so without further adieu...

You may remember previous posts for Audrey and her husband, Phil, and their dog, Stella.

Audrey's house is beautiful...I love this hallway!
And the natural lighting we had this day was perfect-o!

It's rare that Audrey is not smiling, but I love the quietness of this one.

One of my favorites!

Audrey, thank you so much for all of your
support and encouragement, it really means a lot to me.
See you soon!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mitchell: Being 4 is so fun!

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Fishers, IN

Who has sparkling blue eyes, a sweet smile, and absolutely loves John Deere? Mitchell! He is 4 years old, and loves anything to do with art, whether it be painting or drawing, and tractors. And his favorite color is red...and sometimes it's purple that speaks to him. Whatever his favorite color may be, you can be sure that he is a genuine sweetheart. We started the morning off at a playground. Mitchell's life long friend, Gabe, joined him for some fun as well. Here's a look at their day.

I see you!

Bubbles are so fun!

Blowing bubbles outside...piece of cake! What about bubbles in a tunnel? Mission accomplished!

Mitchell and his Mom.

Time to paint!

The boys take a minute to admire the green and gold machines.
Both are quite knowledgeable about all of the different tractor models. So impressive!

One of my favorites. Mitchell donned his John Deere socks! Too cute!

Thank you, Mitchell, for hanging out with me on your Saturday morning.
I hope you had a fun time!
It was so great to meet you and your friend, Gabe, too.
You two are super talented, I see a very bright future ahead of you!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Great Grapes of Plainfield! A look at Chateau Thomas Winery

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I had the great opportunity to take photos at Chateau Thomas Winery last week as part of a small photography workshop. The winery may use some of the photos submitted by the workshop attendees to update their website and promotional wish me luck! Here's a "sample" of the images I'll be submitting. I would love to hear your comments!

Their newest product, Slender, was included in gift baskets to all the stars in Hollywood at this year's Academy Awards.

I didn't want to leave without getting a sunset photo!

I didn't sample any wines on this visit, but I plan to go back this summer with Reggie and some friends to sip some wine and to enjoy some free live music at this relaxing venue. Be sure to check out their event calendar for details. I'll keep you posted on the outcome of this unique opportunity! Stay tuned...

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happiness for all!

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Happy Easter!

Spring is in the air! The grass is getting greener, the flowers that have been dormant are finally waking up...ahhh...there's just something about all of this time of year that pumps me up! And there are some reasons to celebrate too...

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom and Dad! Congratulations! Thank you for being great role models and examples of happily married people. Enjoy your carrot cake!

Photo by Katie Collier.

One year ago today, I married the man of my dreams.
Happy 1st Anniversary, honey!
You are the best, and I love you more each day. You make life so sweet.

Photo by Katie Collier.

Happy Spring!!!
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lola: Up Close & Personal - Part III

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Lola had just woken up from her late morning nap. Saturdays (and Sundays) are her days to nap as she pleases, pretty much like all the other days of the week, really. She was not too happy to look up with me standing over her. Luckily for me, she was still in the lazy post-nap phase where she doesn't move too swiftly.

Lola, you're the best kitty in the world!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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April 7, 2009

Today is my Mom's birthday! Along with my Dad, she has been my biggest fan all my life, and continues to be so. I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of both of my parents. My Mom believes in me, and always offers encouragement and positivity. She loves the color green, walking outside, being with friends and family, and sewing. Aside from hemming jeans and replacing buttons for me and my Dad, she has turned plain sweaters and cardigans into works of art by embellishing with beads and jewels, all by hand! She bought me my first sewing machine, which, by the way, I will need a refresher course on, Mom! :) She has been the loving glue that has kept our family close. She has always put the needs of others before those of her own, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. I am so lucky to have such great parents, and the best Mom I could have hoped for.
Thank you for all that you do, and for all that you are. I love you, Mom, and you deserve the Happiest Birthday yet!

My Mom and I five days after her birthday last year. Photo by Katie Collier.

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