Category Archives: Through the Lens

Onesie Christmas to Remember

Did you make the naughty or nice list this year?

I decided this year to send out a holiday card to family members and a few friends.

I of course recruited my partner in crime because one, he’s cute and two, cause I kinda like him :).

We showed off our early presents from Santa and a high fashion verrry flattering onesie, and hoped to spread some good holiday cheer!

holiday cardholiday card back

The first question my cousin asked when I walked into my uncles house on Christmas morning, “How much convincing did it take to get Brian to agree to do that card?”

No convincing really, but somehow Santa hired a new helper to deliver Brian’s presents this year.


His mom and dad were pretty shocked when Heidi appeared out of their chimney. But hey, sometimes a girl’s gotta bring in a super model when she really wants something done.


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Stand Strong Washington Monument

Through the Lens Thursdays

My pep talk to the Washington Monument.

I know you’ve had a rough week, but stay strong Washington Monument. We all have a few cracks we’re trying to cover up. With a little mortar and a few days rest you’ll be that young monument of 1884 in no time.

You represent a great president; a symbol of D.C. and America. Towering over our capitol city, you’re the world’s tallest stone structure and obelisk. You are made of mighty marble and granite.  Need I say more?

I can still remember my first visit to D.C. when I charmingly nick-named you ‘The Big Pencil’. Only a wee little thing, I was amazed at this robust fortress standing before me, so high it seemed to touch the sky (I’m talking about you, Washington Monument).   I’ve admired you since.

Stand proudly “Big Pencil”.  D.C. residents and visiting tourists (on Segways) need you.

washington monument at sunset

Stand Strong

Tourists on Segways, Washington Monument


Click here to read the latest update on the cracks found on the Washington Monument.

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Here comes the bride.

Through the Lens Thursdays

Last weekend in a small church in Mechanicsville, Virginia my friend Brittany became Mrs. Abell. Every aspect of her wedding was truly lovely from the contemporary ceremony to her gorgeous wedding dress to the shabby chic reception decorations.

This was actually my first time seeing Brittany and David together, and there was no question they were deeply happy and in love.

Brittany’s mom, Judy, is an absolutely amazing interior decorator, so I had a tough task choosing my favorite photos to share.

Here are a few of my snap-shots from their special day.

Church wedding flowers

Flowers at the church.

entrance into the reception

Entrance into the reception.

guest wedding gift

Jelly bean and M & M guest gift.

wedding table flowers

Table wild flowers.

mom and judy

Mom & Judy.

Bridal party flowers

Bridal party table.

back of brittanys dress

Back of Brittany's gorgeous wedding dress.

Catching the bouquet

Catching the bouquet...who's next?

bridal garter

Ooo lala! Taking off the bridal garter!

catching the garter

Catching the garter. Boy has ups!

wedding cake

Wedding cake.

cutting the cake

Cutting the cake.

brittanys wedding

With the beautiful bride!

me and brian

Me & Brian.

bird seed tree

Adorable bird seed tree.

bird seed

Our bird seed send off.

signing the picture board

Signing the picture board.

engagement phtoos

Engagement photos.

claire's family

My friend Claire's family! So happy we were at the same table 🙂

wedding photo

Me, Brian, Mom, & Lynn.

Congratulations Brittany and David! So glad I could be a part of this day. xoxo.


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DC Earthquake: All Shook Up

Thankful Tuesdays

Today I experienced my second earthquake while living in D.C. (also my second earthquake ever).  My first quake encounter happened last June during the wee hours of the morning and awoke me from a deep slumber. I’m known to have pretty vivid dreams so the next day I actually googled it to confirm the quake was a reality.

Today those same thoughts ran through my mind, “Is this real?”

As I diligently worked away at my desk (as any good employee would) I suddenly felt a little rumble and thought I was imagining my whole office shaking.  Immediately though, my survival instincts kicked in and I jumped underneath the nearest door frame…that’s what you’re supposed to do right? Give me a break, I’m from the east coast.

After the 45 second shake, I walked into our office lobby and everyone seemed to be in a daze. They too were seeking confirmation that yes that was an earthquake, and looking for answers on what to do next. As an east coast native I haven’t had an earthquake drill since high school, so I just followed the crowd and walked outside.

Later on, winding back down at my desk while refreshing the Washington Post’s webpage, I was thankful for all the texts and phone calls from my family and friends making sure I was okay. Most importantly though, I was thankful they were also just fine.

Driving home I enjoyed listening to all the earthquake themed country songs the witty radio station played like, Luke Bryan’s “Shake it for me, girl” and Neal McCoy’s “The Shake”.

The only tragedy of the day….

“Bertrum the Bear” tragically fell off my bed. I know, I know, it’s almost unbearable to look at the photo.

Bertrum the Bear after DC earthquake

Aftermath of D.C. Earthquake!

Don’t worry, with a few hugs he was as good as new.

To end on a safety note here is a link for what to do before, during, and after an earthquake just in case another ever hits D.C.

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Ashland, Virginia –The Center of the Universe.

Through the Lens Thursday

Home, sweet home.

This weekend I’m heading home to Ashland, Virginia to attend one of my oldest and dearest friend’s wedding. Even though my hometown is only 1.5 hours away from D.C., I know I don’t make it home quite enough!

There are many things I miss every day about this small, sleepy train town like my Sunday dinners with my mom, afternoon ‘tinis with my favorite Aunts (and pups),  waving at every passerby as I rock on my front porch, hearing the train roll by as I fall asleep, snuggling up with my household pets, and visiting with high school friends….just to name a few :).

I still find it quite humorous Ashland’s tagline is “The Center of the Universe”, and I can’t help but crack a smile every time I drive by our town welcome sign. As I’ve grown older though, I’ve realized when I come home I do feel just that way, in the center of my universe.

Needless to say, I’m super excited to see my family, friends, and somehow squeeze in an amusement park visit to Kings Dominion on Sunday.

Here are a few night photos of my home town:

Iron Horse Restaurant Ashland Virginia

Iron Horse Restaurant

Night Train in Ashland Virginia

Night Train

Cross Brothers Grocery

Cross Brothers Grocery

Ashland Library

Library Statue

cowboy ashland

Resting Cowboy

railroad tracks ashland va

Railroad Tracks

ashland train station

Ashland Train Station

Ashland Virginia Train Station

Waiting for the midnight train


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