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[lindsay & tony] a simi valley wedding

on july 17, lindsay and tony became one. their love was radiant. and their love was simple. they looked at each other with thoughtful glances, and they were the best couple to photograph. and under the beautiful golden california sun, they glowed.
here are some pictures from the wedding, and you can check out sharon's and kenzie's as well.



i had another post planned, but i decided this one deserved it all by itself. you see, my youth leaders Cody & Michelle are going back to Iraq soon. Cody, the junior high youth leader in the valley, started a non-profit organization called the Preemptive Love Coalition. And in their organization they have a company where people from Iraq who make shoes called Klash. There shoes look like this-

aren't they the cutest things you have ever seen?! these are the little girl shoes.

and these are the men's and woman's shoes.

each pair is made by hand, and up to 40 hours is spent to make these one of a kind shoes. and the best part, all of the proceeds go to heart surgeries for children with heart problems!

reading and tea. not as lovely as it sounds.

this is what my week has been like. summer reading for school and iced tea. oh and ahhmazing coconut macaroons!


sad news.

remember a long time ago, i said i would be home from camp with tons of pictures to share? sad news. i only took 14 pictures at camp. and they were all from the bus. and they were all blurry. so i sadly tell you i have one decent picture to share with you..

this is colton, morgan, and i in the middle of some brown city on the way to the best week of our lives :)


just a hint of my weekend!

so.. the bucket list is making another apperence. this time, its full of memories that i could never forget, and its almost half way done! and sense it is MY bucket list, i think that its okay to add more and more things to it whenever i feel like it :) so. if you already haven't heard. i met sharon clark this weekend. i seriously SQUEALED when i saw her at marie calendars. we talked over steaming food, and laughed until our bellies ached. sharon made us feel like we had know her our entire lives, and she wasn't even freaked out over our insane obsession over her!! we went over to the wedding location. oh yeah.. did i mention that? we shot a WEDDING with her. thanks to a gorgeous bride who was so kind to let us come! we got there before the wedding party, so we had about an hour of sharon teaching us to use our cameras the technical way. seriously both kenzie and i's pictures have never looked so good! sharon also let me use her dreamy lense. sound to be good to be true? just wait. after a beautiful ceremony and family pictures we had a quick 5 minutes to shoot with the bride and groom. and that 5 minutes produced the best pictures ever! with golf balls strewn in the background,gorgeous desert mountains behind, and the most beautiful sunshine ever, we got amazing pictures to say the least. and like the ceremony, the reception was insanely beautiful. with hot pink and black? i mean come on... SO good! and to end the best day of my life, we sat outside at in and out chatting away until 11:30 :) SO. back to the bucketlist.. here it is-

{Bucket List}

Meet Sharon Clark. Accomplished july 17th, 2010 (pretty much best day of my life)

Read the entire Bible.

Read all of Nicolas Spark’s Books.

Make someone laugh.

Buy something at Anthropologie.

Shoot a wedding. Accomplished july 17th, 2010 lindsay & tony’s wedding in simi valley, ca.

Write down a dream.

Go to a Jasmine Star Workshop/ Smitten Photography Workshop. No longer necessary. Sharon gave kenzie and i our own 2 hour lesson completely free. While letting me use her lense the entire day!

Fly a kite.

Have a picnic.

Scream praises to God at the top of my lungs. Hume lake 2010

Use a Polaroid camera.

Take silly pictures in a Photo Booth.

Go to Africa.

Finnish a scrapbook. dc scrapbook

Write letters more often than emails.

Finnish a book in 2 days.

Do my own pedicure that looks decent.

Deliver a letter by owl-post.

Start my own photography business.

Be involved with a non-profit.

Spend a whole day at the beach.

Dance in the pouring rain.

Go to Hogwarts. Accomplished july 12, 2010

Not worry.

Plan a wedding.

Visit England. Work in progress. Went to epcot!

Drive to Seattle.

hopefully i will be able to put up pictures from the wedding soon!


home from florida!

finally home from vacation..
right now i'm over at my friend sam's house with demari and jackson! but i must say, florida was amazing! harry potter world, epcot, beaches, turtles and so on made the trip SO fun! thanks for being so flexible and bearing with the ugly blog header!
3 days until the wedding with Sharon! AH!!
here are some pictures from the trip-

we made so many british friends!

harry potter world!!


shampoo & conditioner?

okay, so i'm still not crazzyyy about this new design for my blog, but i'm going to leave it for just a while! so.. today in the shower i had an epiphany, washing hair can kind of be like our spiritual life.. shampoo is like reading the bible, and conditioner like prayer. neither of them is better than the other, and by themselves, they just aren't good enough. you can tell that something is missing. now this is the kind of stuff i'm thinking about when i'm taking a shower, so if it makes NO sense at all, please forgive my congested foggy brain! yes. i have a cold on vacation. but- good news, I'm going to Harry Potter World in 4 days!! AH. SO stoked!

this is a picture of heather and i on the lovely island of Sanibel, and why yes, we are wearing our pajama's on the beach, and that is thunder in the background!


under construction [again?]

so i've lost count of the numbers of times i have changed this blog, and the number of hours i have sat by my computer trying to figure out how to use design things!! and right now i'm in florida, and i started freaking out about my blog. so i tried to change it, but sadly i couldnt figure it out nor did i have the time! SO. i'm sorry to leave you with this ugly mess to look at, but please excuse me for a couple days! i dont have enough time at the moment to fix this!
thanks for understanding


hello there!!
i'm so sorry i havent been posting this week, i've had a ton of stuff to get done! but the highlight of my summer (besides florida, weddings, camping, beach trips, and so on) is happening TOMORROW! okay. so this might be my favorite week of the year!! i get to spend 5 days with my favorite people, in a place that is surrounded by God! and we get to eat the best recees peanut butter shakes, sing awe-dropping worship songs, listen to fantastic speakers, rustic cabins, and supppeerrr intense games. thats right, none other than HUME LAKE. sooooo much fun! and i am SO excited to spend the week with my youth group! oh- and i'm going with the high school youth group, whom i am super close with but its going to be great to grow ever closer!!
sorry my writing is so choppy/ not making any sense at all! i'm just kinda freaking out :)i'll be back with pictures to share (sadly, they wont be the normal good quality, but they will be taken on my moms little digital.. but pictures are pictures!)
i will hopefully see you in a week! if not, it will be because i'm leaving for florida with heather and my mom the day AFTER we get home from camp! hopefully i get some sleep at camp!


i live in a VERY small town you see. and what do we do when we're bored? we play fireball :)
add toilet paper, lighter fluid, and a lighter, and you get a firey ball of paper that doesn't burn your hand if you hold it for a couple seconds!
so last night after watched the celtics vs. lakers game (so incredibly close by the way! the first game i've actually gotten into..) we went to my friends house and threw this flaming toilet paper everywhere.
soo fun!

just some thoughts.

Last Sunday at Church, one of my youth leaders talked about serving and not serving. did you know that not serving is a sin? I didn't. seeing someone in need and ignoring that urge to go help is a sin. when i think about it deeper, its ignoring God's call to go help someone! i'm not sure if this is 100% correct, but this is just my brainstorming, thinking back on the times when i didn't pick up the fallen papers for my teacher but let someone else... it's being apathetic. just some thoughts.

happy friday my friends!


come on celtics!

i've been relaxing and resting all week long, trying to recover from the flu, which i had on monday.. not the best way to start out summer!
But last night i was super excited to get out of my home and watch the lakers vs. celtics game at one of my best friends house! And although we watched very little of the game due to harry potter re-enactments and having our own basketball game, i was very disappointed by the celtics!

by the way.. the celtics are SO going to win tomorrow!



the best friend :)

we made these chairs in class. i think
they are pretty amazing eh? mines the
blue one in the center :)

mrs. endy. my favorite teacher,
and one of my favorite friends!
mrs.knott. SUCH an amazing lady!
gettin my deploma!

we're graduates!

what a ladies man! [and he's only a
6th grader!!]

this little moterhome was WAY better than a
party bus!

yeah, this is my teacher right here. :)
and to keep ourselves entertained at 12 o'clock at night,
we decided to have a talent show. although no one else
participated besides heather, morgan, and i in our
"like a prayer" re-inactment of GLEE (the best show
on the face of the earth)