Sunday, August 25, 2013

Our Two Year House-iversay

Today marks two years since we moved into the sweet little cape that we've come to call home. Last year we celebrated one year in the house by taking a family photo on our front steps, so we figured we'd continue the tradition this year.

Not much has changed to the exterior of the house...we changed our mailbox, added a few plants, added a flagpole for the American flag, did some pressure-washing, and just yesterday added the windowboxes.

Here's our favorites from today's photoshoot. It would have been awesome to have just one cloud in the sky, but we only had about 20 free minutes to take these today and it was smack dab in the brightest sunshine you've ever seen, so bear with us as you look at the gleaming sun on our faces.
I like this one because it looks like these two are having a serious conversation about posing for photos.
I don't think the pep talk worked because he had to pin her done in the next one.
And it only takes a hundred to get one where she stands still without licking one of us.
But these are by far our favorites. I figured if we were wearing our sunglasses, so should Oats. She did manage to make them crooked in the three seconds before I clicked the remote.
So happy two years to our first home. Can't wait to see what the next year holds :)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Windowboxes: Take II

Last spring I had a brilliant idea to add windowboxes to the front of our house. In theory it was a great idea, but we executed it like a bunch of nitwits.
We bought these plastic windowboxes....duh. We thought it would be fine...that we weren't filling them with much. Turns out soil is heavy. Yup. Who woulda thought? So they looked like this. Blah.
And by the end of the this:
Hence why they came down. Plastic windowboxes....I loathe you.

So then I bought these guys last year at a flea market for only $15 for the pair. They're wood and homemade, so they're right up my alley (and less expensive than the plastic ones...seriously?)
I felt a little bad because the seller said his mom painted them, but I had to paint over her vines in a nice crisp white.
David drilled holes in the bottom first, so we could actually use them as planters...
 ...and then I painted them with Benjamin Moore's Aura Exterior Paint.
It took me a while to finish painting them because they took a few coats and I didn't manage it before it got too cold last fall.
So this summer I took them out and finished painting them.
Then I had my live-in handyman install them. Windowboxes: Take II.
 Something tells me these will work better.
Since we'll be doing a little entertaining next weekend we needed a quick, pretty filler for them. We didn't have a whole lot of time for researching plants that will survive the winter, not to mention that most places around here are pretty much out of everything except mums at this time of year. So we went to one of our local farmstands and bought out the rest of their stock of pothos and croton plants (these sound like solar system names to me). David put some 2x4s in the boxes for extra height and then we just left the plants in the pots for now.
We plan to just bring them all in through the winter. Evidently they're great air-purifying plants. So we thought this was a great end-of-summer cheater quick windowbox solution.
So there you have our second try on the windowboxes. We'll be back next summer with our third try, when we actually fill these with flowers and soil, instead of cheating with potted vines. Any suggestions on plants that can survive the winter in windowboxes? We live in USDA Zone 6. See...I'm learning :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Andrew & Jaclyn's Wedding

Here's a few of the photos I was able to take on my brother and sister-in-law's wedding day back on June 14th. It was a beautiful day and a perfect wedding and I was so happy I was able to capture just a few moments.

The boys before the ceremony started...
I sat in a bad spot where I wasn't able to get a lot of ceremony pictures without heads in them, but I love this moment between the two maids of honor, right before Jaclyn came down the aisle.
And I was able to snag one of Aunt Weez doing her reading in this stunning church.
That was it for my ceremony pics. I thought I had a good seat until the tall groomsmen sat right in front of me. So, sadly I couldn't get any of the beautiful bride and groom during the ceremony, but here they are after...

This is by far my favorite of the day. Such a sweet little moment between Andrew and his nephew.
Just me sneaking some side shots of what their photographer was taking....oops :)
Me and the handsome best man :)
 Another favorite. I love these two.
Anddd then I sucked it up big time, because I didn't have the right equipment to use my camera in the reception in the very low light, so I just took a few on my iPhone. After this I decided it's time for a speedlight and some serious photography improvement.
Some of my fabulous tablemates...
The best I could do with my iPhone at cupcake time. Like I said...time for a speedlight. Still cute though :)
Congratulations Andrew and Jaclyn. It was a truly wonderful and fun wedding full of love, happiness and family. David and I were honored to be a part of your special day.
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