Friday, June 27, 2008

cafe & cribbage

Date night at Caffe' Medici.

a gorgeous bunch

Lilies... wish I would have gotten a picture when they all were in full bloom.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

it's true

We interrupt this broadcast for an important message...

Never, ever, EVER get between a momma bear and her cubs.

'nough said.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

the Noland's

Congratulations Tim & Becky Noland.
Saturday, June 21, 2008.
Milwaukie, Oregon

[ I had to honor this lovely couple with a photo taken by their AWESOME photographer & our mutual friend, Gina Emerson... see her other work on geim @ ]

The wedding was held in the bride's parent's backyard, a place we all would play during our childhood. I heard it was a sweet romantic event. Wish I could have been there. I love you Becky!

Below are some photos taken by my mom. :)

Gorgeous and delicious (or so I heard) cake made and decorated by our dear friend, Linsi Tarsia.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


And yet another quick & easy chicken meal served to you.

Stir-Fried Chicken with Thai Basil

[click on photo for enlarged recipe]

Sunday, June 15, 2008

six month mug

I painted this mug a week before our 6th month anniversary. It's my attempt at replicating a camping trip I want to take one of these days here soon with my love.

father's day

At Mozart's on Lake Austin.
It was a lovely summer evening, hot, but with a breeze.

Silly guys when they 'have to' smile. *grin*

Saturday, June 7, 2008

the grace's

June 7th - Jason & Rebecca Grace - Austin, TX

It was as hot summer day this first weekend in June, but it was a sweet sweet wedding for our friends Jason and Rebecca. Hosted in a family friend's backyard partially under a tent and on a suspended deck the wedding was truly delightful. In the midst of the striking Texas summer heat the Lord provided an excellent breeze to blow over the crowd from time to time. There were paper lanterns and little tinkle-bells in the trees and little white lights strung all about. Even open bud roses floating in the jacuzzi.

Rebecca was an absolutely stunning bride dressed in a vintage wedding gown that was TOTALLY her. It was ivory and oh-so-flowing, and the flair was very vogue.

For dinner's main course was Bill DieBall's famous smoked brisket and chicken. He even set up a cutting block and sliced it right there for our buffet line. It was sooo good! The sides were three types of salads and baked beans. The first two were a wild lettuce with breaded goat cheese and pears; and a wild lettuce with artichoke hearts, dried cranberries, and pinenuts both made by two of Rebecca's aunts. And next was a delicious potato salad made by the Fehrenbach ( my dear husband deemed us). The baked beans were sooo yummy thanks to Dawn Wilson. One of her many cakes (the slice pictured above) was rumored to have been made by Dori. It was divine!

Erik and I along with the Wilson's, Aaron and Mandy were asked to be the event's musicians. Having heard the unique wedding march less than two days prior, there were still some nerves as we sat under the shade of the oak trees in the yard. Erik and Aaron were on guitar. Mandy stroked the mandolin, and somehow I was chosen for the keyboard. Eek! There was no hiding in the bathroom until it was over for me this time. Dispite those infrequent stage-fright backflashes from my childhood piano recitals, the day went pretty smooth for us. The song Jason chose for the wedding march plays over and over in my head even now. On the mp3 there are definite strings and a banjo as well (probably a whole orchastra actually), and whenever we play it somehow my brain fills in all the other missing instruments. Funny, anyways...

Friday, June 6, 2008

spf 40+

From my sister residing in Portland,
just sending a little 'cooler' thoughts our way...