Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tupperware & Thankfulness

I played club soccer from the time I was in 5th grade until I graduated high school. Which means we traveled a lot for tournaments especially on holidays. Which means I cannot remember a Thanksgiving at home as a kid. We spent it on the road headed to our annual Las Vegas Turkey Shoot Invitational tournament. It became a new tradition to eat my mom's amazing homemade spread in our Dodge van with Tupperware and plastic silverware. I was thankful. Thankful for parents that sacrificed so much to allow their children to live out their dreams. Thankful that my mom loved us so much she slaved in the kitchen for days to prepare our Turkey dinner with as much love and care as if we were eating it over a candle lit table with our finest china. My heart just melts remembering the gold ol' days.
Now that we are all grown up and able to get together for Thanksgiving I am reminded of old traditions yet Thankful for the new ones. Thankful to take time out of our busy lives to just simply BE with our loved ones. To laugh and hug one another.To be blessed with an abundance of food and eat until you cannot eat no more.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Lewis Family

We had a fun evening shooting Tony's sister Amy and her family for their christmas card and custom framing wall prints I am doing for their house. We went to a park down the street from their house in Costa Mesa. Afterwards we had a fabulous dinner at one of their favorite places to eat Manpuku.
The adorable Nicholas & Bella.We love you!! Love, Tony & Danielle

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Guitar Hero

Today is a special day. Today is my hubby's Birthday. The last one before he is officially over the hill. Which if you know him you know that age is only a number because he really is just a big kid at heart.
The change in economy and our lifestyle has allowed us to see what is truly important in life. Family, our puppies, each other.
We celebrated at one of our local favorite mexican joints call Casa Franco. Tony thought we were just meeting my parents but I called in all the troops. We both come from big families so we can fill up a place fast. We have 15 nieces and nephews. One of Tony's favorite things to do is spend time with them so I was especially excited when they all came out to celebrate.Tony loves playing guitar hero when he goes over to visit his nephew Nicholas so I thought it was time for him to have one all for himself. He is rocking it out! I love to see him enjoy the fun things in life. Thanks Amy for all your help to make this happen and thank you to everyone who made the night extra special. We love you all.P.S. Happy Anniversary Babe. I love you!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bright Neon Fluorescents

Her beauty runs deep. Besides her obvious beauty to the eye Karla is even more beautiful inside. She just has this way about her. She always knows how to make you laugh and see the positive side to things. I admire this about her.

Karla and I go way back. I mean waaay back. Back before braces, boyfriends and SAT's. We met on the first day of school in the sixth grade. She was the cool one. I was not. Me and my bright neon fluorescent green backpack, okay bright neon fluorescent everything. We were seated in alphabetical order with Lisa Runquist in the middle of us however Lisa was out sick the first day of school. This was all part of our destiny to become friends even though I lacked any kind of coolness. We became inseparable and through the years have made the most memorable memories. We have been through good times and bad, broken hearts and life changing decisions together. I cannot tell you what an honor it was to play such an important role in her big day.

The beautiful bride getting ready at The Grafton on Sunset...Her hair was amaaaazing. The adorable Paige Davenport of Kim Vo Salon did a fabulous job. While I was shooting the girls at The Grafton Tony was hanging out with the boys.Showing off her gorgeous ring to her sister.Karla sneaking a peak at Bobby moments before she walked down the isle.Karla saved a special song just for her dad. Karla & Bobby, We love you and couldn't be happier for you both. You make the most perfect couple ever. I know you both will be old and grey and still making each other laugh. How beautiful is that!!

Location: Wattles Mansion in Los Angeles
Flowers by Jennifer @ My Fair Lady's Flowers
DJ: Lee Dyson of Hey Mister DJ
Photobooth by Photobooth Scrapbooks

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall Fest

We took Kiana to Compass Bible Church Fall Fest for an evening of festivities and candy! We had fun getting creative with her costume. She is the cutest Pippy Long Stocking ever...