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Little bits lately

28 Apr

I can’t believe it’s almost May! Time for hot hot hot where I am, and time for swimming, tanning and all the fun summer activities. I’m already dreaming of tubing down the Salt River… Then my sister turns 21 on the 7th, which is… crazy. But so exciting!

In the mean time I’ve been working on little projects to pass the time. Basically making mini-books (see my inspiration here) so I can use all those photos I take, and then ‘scrapbooking’, kind of. But on a smaller scale 😉 It’s nice having these little things to do when I’m bored and needing something to do.

I finally found succulents! They are currently sitting on the only window I have. I think they’re happy there…

Also, as I will be going to Las Vegas in about a month and a half, I have deemed it necessary to eat a bit better/exercise more. (Which I should be doing anyway) There are a lot of eggs, brown rice, chicken, and vegetables in my kitchen. And by the way, whenever I leave the gym there is a sports bar next door and the smell of their delicious burgers floats over and it is SO NOT FAIR. *hmph* I just had to put that out there.

Happy Weekend!

~mandi

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Easter 2012

26 Apr

This year for Easter our family got together for good food and good laughs. Though it was a bit of a somber day, since our Grandpa was noticeably missing. Luckily he is still with us, even after we had prepared ourselves to say goodbye that week before… He’s home for now, and we are thankful.

Thankful more than ever for family and all that goes along with it.

I have some more photos of this little cutie, but for privacy reasons I’ll keep those to myself for now 🙂 Unfortunately most of the photos I took involved him! So, there’s just a few to share.

I am so glad that I found a passion for turning my lens on others, especially my family. Being able to capture those small special moments is the best part of photography.

R + C

24 Jan

My cousin Rachel will be getting married on November 1st this year (I’m a bridesmaid!), and I was given the wonderful opportunity to take their engagement photos. I’m so so happy for them, and the fact that they will have these photos for the rest of their lives together, means so much more.

~Mandi

rainstorms

13 Oct

It finally rained, so me an Kyle went out to the park. I didn’t quite have enough of the rain, so we drove around the neighborhood. It was definitely one of the bigger storms this summer. It was fantastic 🙂

Some may enjoy the sunshine when it comes around. But I prefer the rain. It reminds me of home, and lovely fall days…

Life According to Instagram

30 Jul

I love Instagram. I wouldn’t ever claim these are photographic works of art, but it’s a nice way to have a record of the small moments of each day. Here’s a little update of my life…

Mmmm, stir fry. I need to make this more often.

After a morning run, and my best time yet!

The start of my 11 day vacation. I love it when the sun sets right when I get off work.

My vacation consisted of moving mostly. My 6th move in 5 years, blah. Glad that’s over.

But then Kyle came back from his training in Georgia. I had this image in my head, that I would be taking photos throughout the day when he came back. But when he arrived all I could think about was how happy I was to have his hand in mine. I didn’t even think about taking photos. I was just living in the moment.

These were part of some yummy lettuce wraps.

A quick sketch. Though I think I’m going to pick up drawing again. I’ve been feeling inspired, so that shouldn’t be put to waste.

And then I got a hair cut 🙂

xoxo,
Mandi

Happy Birthday Sis!

3 Jul

My oldest sister turned 28 on the 30th! It feels like we were just celebrating last year for her birthday. It’s crazy how fast time goes. All the more reason to live in the present, and cherish every moment we have.

LOOK at those earrings.

I love my family!

~Mandi

Writing Prompt: Firsts

27 Jun

I came across Danielle at Sometimes Sweet, who created a writing prompt, which I’m taking full advantage of!

My most memorable “first” is my first date with Kyle. If you don’t know, we met on a dating website, and after many emails and phone calls, we finally met up face-to-face. I was so nervous. Especially since the first person I met from the site was, well, not so great. I really felt like I already knew so much about him, except for what he really looked like. We decided to go to First Fridays, which is in the downtown area art district. On my way there I definitely turned the wrong way down a one way street. But that was the only mishap of the evening. When we finally met up, all I could think was how adorable, and handsome he was. So much more so than any picture I had seen of him. After a few minutes my nerves calmed down, and we got to walking around and talking. He was quite the gentleman, really. He wouldn’t let me walk in the gravel; always insisting that he would. (I like to joke about that now when I’m walking on rocks and he’s comfortably strolling on the sidewalk) A couple hours went by, he offered to buy me an art piece, but I politely declined. He did buy one for himself though. I don’t remember what we talked about, but I’m sure it was all the usual getting to know each other stuff At some point I worried that he wasn’t having a good time, and I was so sure of it. But then he said something about how great of a time he was having, with me… That calmed my fears down a bit. Afterwards I decided I wanted to walk around the downtown area a bit, even though walking for long periods of time doesn’t really agree with me.

We eventually got to a place I had been before, and oh my, it couldn’t have been more romantic. There were soft twinkly blue lights everywhere, and a quiet little creek ran through the area. Only a few other couples were strolling around. I had to sit down for a while, so we found a nice bench to sit at, and we talked there for another half hour or so. I remember he told me about his hero, who I can’t remember the name of. But it was then I knew how very smart he was. So many facts running around in that brain of his! I also remember he gave me a nice back rub. Now, this was the first time we had any contact, and it was electrifying to say the least. It was really nice. After that we decided to go find somewhere to eat. As we were walking away, he grabbed my hand, and it stayed with me the rest of the night. We continued walking and at some point I fell silent. Who knows why, but I think my mind was running through a million different thoughts and feelings. I was happy. So, so happy. Then we stopped at a crosswalk, and as I looked up into the sky, into the stars, I felt a light kiss upon my cheek. Just one, and that was all I needed. I don’t think either of us acknowledged it, but it was the sweetest kiss anyone has ever given me. It was prefect. I couldn’t have asked for a better first kiss.

We had dinner at a quiet little place. I believe I had a turkey sandwich. At this point it was around 2 in the morning, and I had to work at 9:30, but as I told him, it was so worth it. I would stay up all night if I could. (The first 2 weeks of being with Kyle were a constant sleepy daze of happiness. Then I realized I needed more sleep!) The walk back to our cars consisted of me not being able to stop smiling. Oh my my, it was a beautiful evening. When we said goodnight, there was a much more passionate kiss involved 😉 Which I enjoyed very much. For me, it was the absolute perfect first date. I plan on going back to that same spot where we sat on the bench on November 11th, for our one year of being together. I can’t wait!