Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hudson + Chanah | Brook Highland Community Church Wedding

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The day of Hudson and Chanah’s wedding dawn bright and clear, despite the earlier threat of Spring showers. Vintage jars filled with sprigs of dainty flowers lined the aisle of the church, echoing the baby’s breath scattered outside the front door. Hudson’s sisters took turns laughing as they made several attempts to put his long hair up in a Samurai bun. “I usually don’t care this much what it looks like,” He confessed with a smile. Hair successfully tamed, Hudson stepped out the front door to wait patiently for a first glimpse of his radiant bride.

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Hudson was overjoyed to see Chanah for the first time as his bride.

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Chanah was exquisite.

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Hudson smiled every time he gazed at her.

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With light streaming in the window behind them, Hudson and Chanah vowed their eternal love for each other.

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Hudson and Chanah, I enjoyed every moment of your wedding day. Thank you for asking me to capture this special moment in your lives. I wish you both a lifetime of uncontrollable laughter and sunset kisses.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

making it to summer

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We skipped the last day of school today and pretty much belly crawled over the finishline of this academic year. No triumphant completion for us. The end-of-year attendance awards have already been handed out, lockers were emptied last week and the only things left for lunches are a few cheesesticks and leftovers from last night. I’ll take skip-the-last-day for the win.

I tried to make our fake first day of summer a little more legit by gathering the boys for breakfast a full three hours later than usual and having an come-to-Jesus discussion about our goals for the summer. We came up with some goodies. My favorite: “ONLY two hours of screen time every day”. I’m betting that rule will last about one week.

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Scenes from the last few months:

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I congratulate myself on having kids who’ve read every Calvin & Hobbes comic book written. Apparently this is not the norm because almost no one recognized the Halloween costumes this year.

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Christmas break... two weeks of unmonitored sugar consumption and epic bedhead.

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Exploring Caleb's parent's new land and helping with some renovations at the lakehouse.

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No more hastily thrown together school projects. Or googling how to spell "Antietam". Fist bumps all around. Better to crawl across the finish line than not make it at all. Am I right?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hudson + Chanah | Birmingham Art Museum

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The Birmingham Art Museum was a perfect location for Hudson and Chanah’s engagement photos. As we meandered past various painting I could see Chanah’s brighten with appreciation. She sees the subtle differences in each painting and knows what she likes and what she doesn’t.

“This one,” she declares. “Is art.”

“And this one?” Hudson points to another painting that looks exactly the same to me.

“Not art.” Chanah says.

They met at school, in a class that Chanah took by mistake. “Ironic” she told me with a huge smile.

Beyond that, their versions of the story differ a bit. Chanah says she tracked Hudson down on social media, sent him a message that said “Hey, you’re cute. We should hang out.”

Hudson smiles. “I don’t think it said that…. exactly.”

One thing they both agree on is an appreciation for art and a love for each other.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

diving with whale sharks

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We family road-tripped to the Georgia Aquarium this week to watch my dad and my brother, Jon, scuba dive in in the aquarium’s largest ocean tank. My brothers and my parents are all experienced divers. Jack and Jon come by their aquarium love naturally.

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Watching the dive from the other side of the glass was especially wonderful for Jonathan, as this tank contains four of his favorite fish: Alice, Trixie, Taroko and Yushan. Those are the names of the Georgia Aquarium’s whale sharks. My dad has taught Jack and Jon how to identify them on sight.

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The tank they dove in has sharks, manta rays, and grouper bigger than me. So we stood (a bit nervously) at the window with our tour guide until the divers exited the tank. Then we got to see several behind the scenes areas of the aquarium, including the fish nursery and the veterinarian surgical suite.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

a key adventure

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I’m a bit of a bore when it comes to summer vacations. And by that I mean that we have taken the same trip to the beach every summer for the past six years. We stay in the same place, we eat at the same restaurants, we hit the same beach and we play at the same arcade. And after a few years, I am a pro at doing Destin. I know what time the parks open, where to find ice cream after midnight, why you should not cross the middle of the bay on a wave runner and that the purple flag means you will most likely be stung by a pea-sized jellyfish.

But having summer vacation down to the science only appeals to me, apparently, because this year Jackson staged a little rebellion. He’s picked up a new interest in marine biology lately and really wanted to vacation in a place with good snorkeling. So we drove a whole lot further south and visited the Florida Keys.

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I learned a little something about jumping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Snorkeling isn’t my favorite pastime, and I much prefer sandy beaches to coral reefs, but I went along with this vacation because it’s so stinking hard to say no to Jackson when he is passionate about something. In the end I found Key Largo to be completely charming and inspiring.

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As if the crystal blue water, pet pelicans and 500 places to rent a colorful paddleboard weren’t enough, it only took one manatee rising to the surface beneath the dock and my dangling feet to send me right over the edge into best-day-ever territory. I was a little freaked and a whole lot smitten with island life. (Manatee not pictured because, dude, they can really scoot).

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