Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer Vacation Time

Wow, it's been FOREVER since I have written here. Life has been pretty busy lately. I'll skip over all the boring details and just jump back in with the latest events. My husband, Chris, and I left the three little bugs with Grandma and took off to Nashville for a few days. We took my mother-in-law with us and met up with my brother-in-law and had the best time!

Here is a very small peak at our vacation. (Feel free to click on each picture for a slightly large view, but please remember that all images are copyright protected, so please do not copy them. Thank you!)

We stayed at the beautiful Opryland Hotel. If you have never been there, GO! You must walk around the beautiful gardens. Just be sure to take some allergy meds before you go if you are like me and allergic to anything that contains pollen, or converts carbon dioxide to oxygen for that matter.

Here is one section of the Cascades wing. The place is simply beautiful and takes on a magically feeling at night.

A gorgeous little pond with a bridge and lit gazebo. It was amazing!

I believe this waterfall was in the Garden Conservatory, but I could be wrong. I just love how it was lit and the water looks like cotton candy in this picture.

The entire place has the most amazing chandeliers you could imagine! This is an artistic take on one. Imaging standing directly underneath and looking up, this is what you would see.

This is the revolving bar. I believe it has another, more official name, but this is what my family and I called it. It is located right after you walk through the lobby, in the Cascades area.

Of course the place was amazing during the day as well. It was hard to believe you were inside. It was so bright and airy feeling. It was all the beauty of a garden, without the bugs!

Here is one waterfall in the Delta wing. There was a small waterway that you could take a boat tour on and learn neat little facts about the hotel. We didn't take advantage of it this trip, but we still enjoyed the view!

This is the Delta wing of the hotel. It is home to many of the cute little shops and eateries the hotel has to offer.

Of course we had to visit downtown Nashville! It has a couple of blocks that offer fun tourist style shops and great places to eat. I didn't do much shooting downtown, but I managed to catch this beautiful view while we drove back to the hotel on the interstate.

Another interesting place we stopped at was The Belle Meade Plantation. It was a horse plantation for many generations. The home is wonderful and full of beautiful antiques. If you take the tour, you can learn about the families who owned it and raised prize winning race horses.

The building in the foreground of this picture is the old dairy. In the back ground, was the slave quarters.

This is looking out of the old barn and carriage house. It had beautiful architecture and a wonderful breeze blowing through it.

This is the buggy that is sitting in front of the left hand window of the above picture. It was so simple and elegant looking.

And of course we had to go to a live taping of The Grand Ole Opry Show! It was amazing! The singers were fantastic! Even if you don't enjoy country music, GO! You will love it!

Among the fabulous performers of the night, we saw.....

I have to include two of Roy Clark. I just couldn't pick a favorite! It was so cool to be able to leave my seat and go right up to the stage for pictures! Just amazing!! Look at the energy and excitement Mr. Clark has! How can you not have fun watching this?!

Home again. Flat ol' Illinois. But the view can still be spectacular! We had quite the show of clouds the entire drive home. This set was perched atop a newly planted field in the middle of nowhere. Isn't it amazing how you can see for miles and miles on end!

It was a wonderful vacation and Chris and I are so glad to be home with the kids. I think we missed them more than they missed us, but hey, the dog was sure excited to see us! :o)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


She went through with it. My little girl no longer has hair to her waist. She is now sporting a spunky little bob and it totally fits her personality! I have to admit, I was really sad about having it cut off, but I love it now that it is done. She is just thrilled with it and couldn't wait to go to school and show it off to her friends. :o)

One last shot.....

Last chance to change her mind!
No going back now!

It's gone!!!

Now the styling begins....

Beautiful eyes

Of course we have to make a few funny faces to go with the funny hair.

We're almost done now. She sat so still!

It's done!!! Ack! 16 inches to donate!!

The new look. I will add a shot of the back tomorrow. It's a super cute angled bob. Totally her!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Own Rapunzel


Somewhere, at some point my daughter sprouted an opinion for what her hair should look like. She wants it short. To her neck short. So, after months of begging me, I agreed to take her for a new style today. But, she had to pose for one last set of pictures with her "long golden hair." So, down to the studio we go! And right when I felt she had used all her patience on poor old mom, she announced that she would do one more picture and ran over and struck this pose for me, my favorite of the set.

Then, she walked off set and announced that tomorrow, she will get her hair cut. :o)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Geeze, nearly two months and not a single post! Ack!!! I promise I didn't fall off the earth, or even my computer chair. Life, kids, things got crazy once again. But to make up for that, here is a crazy cute and cool picture of my daughter. Isn't she sweet!
I'm digging this new background!