It's the first day of Fall!!! Happy Autumnal Equinox! . While for some of you that means bring on all things pumpkin, here in our house that means bring on the Apple Cider everything!! Last year we made homemade apple cider doughnuts for the first and I was in heaven. Seriously, some of the best doughnuts ever; we decided that has to be an annual Fall tradition in our house now. . *edited to add that after a few requests the recipe can be found through the link in my profile! . What is your Fall flavor or food of choice?!
Oh, the day is here when summer gathers up her robes of glory, and, like a dream, glides away. — Sarah Helen Whitman . It's the last official night of summer. We're trading in palm trees for autumn leaves, cartons of ice cream for cocoa with steam, and throwing piles of blankets on our bed. . I always hate to see summer leave! How are you spending the last evening of summer?!
She watched him wrestle in high school, but they never officially met. Graduating before her, Jace worked on EMT training and jobs, and Chalet finished up her high school years. Little did anyone know that these two adorable people from neighboring towns would end up falling in love! . They each ended up at @easternarizonacollege, five hours away from their hometowns, and one day while hanging out in the LDS Institute Building at college, Jace and Chalet finally had the chance to meet. And slowly Jace went from being that boy Chalet had watched wrestle, to that boy that had won her heart. . I got to spend a few hours together with Jace and Chalet yesterday in downtown Safford, and they are so darn cute together. Being around them you can't miss the fun, playful, head-over-heels love that radiates from them. A man walking by stopped them and said, You guys are newlyweds, aren't you?! They laughed and said, Almost! I knew it! I knew it! You guys are just so in love! . I am so excited for their Fall wedding! These two are a dream to work with, and I cannot wait to see all of our Northern Arizona friends again!
For our 5th Anniversary we decided that we'd go with the traditional gift theme of wood by getting a dwarf lime tree that we could take with us from place to place. It was adorable and we were so proud of it. It survived the first two winters, we thought we were golden. So when it started to warm up again one spring we put it out on the porch to get some sun while we were gone. When we came home we found the tipped over pot, a leaf, the ball of roots, and a cow hoof print in the spilled soil. One of the ranch cows had demolished it. I might have cried a little. . That was just the start of the many many plants I'd kill over the years. Poppies. Cactus. Bamboo. Succulents. Hollyhocks. Clover. Decorative grass. You name a plant, I've probably killed one. . So, a part of me is super excited to have these in our porch, but then a part of me is screaming, You kill every plant that comes into your possession! What are you doing?!?! I'm trying again. I know, I know...insanity is trying the same thing and expecting different results. But instead I like to take Thomas Edison's approach: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. I will find the plant I cannot kill. . But in the meantime...any great plant tips?!
Photographers are weird creatures. Most people's first thoughts when they see a cactus with purple thorns, or a perfectly round knot in a tree, or a dandelion as big as your face aren't Hey! Let's stick a ring in there!, and yet that's how our brains are wired! . So if we're out on a shoot together and I stop suddenly and ask for your ring, just know that my eye saw something awesome and different and the creative juices started flowing! And...I won't ever do anything that risks your ring. No awesome ring shot is worth losing the ring itself! . What get's your creative juices flowing? A good book? A fresh skein of yarn? A new recipe? A white canvas? A clean home? A blank excel spreadsheet?