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Bastrop Beauty

23 Jan

I know I’ve been fairly quiet here on this side of things (Love Weights and I are getting along swimmingly, though, let me tell you) so I thought I would drop in to say hi.

I housesit for some dear friends out in Bastrop every once in awhile – both pre- and post-fires.  The first time that I came out to the house after the fires, I nearly drove past it.  It used to be that you couldn’t see the house from the street, due to the incredibly thick forest out front, and now the house sits in plain view.  Fortunately, they didn’t lose their house, but they definitely lost the oasis they had grown to love.

It’s amazing how much fire destructs.  The area looks totally different – and still somehow incredibly beautiful, if you don’t stop to think how much was destroyed.

The trees are destroyed, yet they still retain a different kind of beauty.

This was the sunset the other night…

It really makes you reflect.

Not terribly related, just still beautiful, one of my favorite songs.  I need this kind of beauty after a day like today.


I hope you enjoy it.  And remember:

All who wander are not lost.


Redheads Rock

8 Nov

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Beatrix – daughter of two of the coolest people I’ve ever met, and one of the most beautiful babies I have EVER seen.  Jen always said she wanted a redheaded girl, and LO AND BEHOLD, check her out!

(Those eyes absolutely undo me.  As in, I come undone.  Not like Ctrl-Z style.)

Christopher the Koala was a VERY important part of the shoot.

Jesse loves him, too.

Oh, and this is Mom, where that kiddo gets her beautiful hair….

Jen wore this shirt when SHE was a baby!

So much joy – love these folks!

Austin Bakes for Bastrop!

30 Sep

I know it’s been awhile, dear friends, but tomorrow is a GREAT day for baked goods and good causes! (That’s a whole lot of good.)

Saturday, October 1st
SEVEN different fantastic locations – check out the Facebook event or the Austin Bakes Blog to find the one closest to you!

Food bloggers, photographers, bakers, business owners, and volunteers are getting together tomorrow to raise money for the Central Texas Wildfire Fund. There are some seriously incredible creations to be sold – these people are gourmet. Seriously. I mean, we’re talking cookies shaped like guitars. Spiced pear cake with salted caramel sauce (WHAT?).  Cookies and brownies and cupcakes and cakes and cups and cupies and cookcakes and EVERYTHING. (See also: granola and jam. Who are these people??)

We did this once before, but it benefited the victims of the tsunami in Japan. At one of the locations, the volunteers spelled out “JAPAN”.

Do you think they’ll be able to spell out “BASTROP” this year??

Let’s hope so.


14 Jul

So my good friend Aren (you remember Aren, right?) brought to my attention that my last 2 blog posts were entitled “Addiction” and “Withdrawal“.


In contrast, I would like to present you with something too cute to handle. Pictured below you will find a magical creation that joins 2 of my favorite things: adorableness and sugar.


My dearly talented friends Aren and Beverly made these adorable koala suckers for our friend Jen’s baby shower. Yeah, you heard me – they MADE them. Who makes Koala suckers??

Answer: my awesome friends.