Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankfulness













Thanksgiving week with the Baranys is always one of my highlights of the year. Full of food, friends, and festivities--it's always a week where I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all I have.
The day in pictures:
1/ Trying to choose from my coziest knits, sofest 'shmeres, and favorite patterns for my feast meal
2/3/4 Joe and Alison's new dog-Willa- a Great Dane/Blue Catahoula Leopard puppy. She is as adorable as she is gangly.
5/Nothing more American than Bruce and apple pie cooling on the counter
6/It's a whole new world for 1-bedroom accustomed baby kitties...
7/Carol still has roses in her garden...and fresh bouquets in the bathroom
8/9 A beautiful spread at the Boyd's this year
10/11 Feasting with the one's we love
12/13 Missing Robbie so much.  I took some pictures of Will playing football with friends, framed by the two trees planted in Robbie's honor to mark the Sunfair race finish line. It becomes really easy to start feeling overwhelmed by the sadness of it all, but throughout this holiday I have mostly been able to focus on all the things that I am incredibly grateful for.
Mainly-- I'm so thankful to get to be a part of the Barany family--who have truly been my home away from home the past four years.  They have welcomed me so warmly from day one, and I am so happy that I get to be officially inducted into such a lovely, kind, funny and giving family.  As Carol often says about others, and I will now turn around and say about them, they are the salt of the earth. The goodness I have seen them give to others is staggering, and it is so hard to see them go through such undeserved pain.   
 I'm so incredibly lucky to have found Will, and that I get to marry him.  He is, without question, the best thing that has ever happened to me. He does so many kind things for me, without expecting a word of thanks.  No one brings a smile to my face quicker than he, and everyday as he tells me to wait in the car while he fills up the gas tank, or brings me my lunch at school when I forget it (which is almost always), I recognize that I really hit the jackpot. 
 This past year has shown me how short and unpredictable life can be.  Above all, it has taught me to be grateful for everyday that I get to be with the ones that I love. <3 p="p">

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Engagements

When Will and I first got engaged, we discussed what aspects of our wedding were most important to us, and luckily we easily agreed that an excellent wedding photographer was a top priority. However, when I actually started hunting for a photographer,  I was shocked to see how much...how do I say this delicately?...cheese there was out there. I started panicking as I contacted the few photographers I found I liked, only to discover that they were all booked for my date (and I thought I was being on the ball!!). To cut a long story short---when I finally stumbled upon Ryan Flynn, I knew that we didn't need to look further.  We didn't meet up with the suggested two to three potential photographers as suggested, or even ask the appropriate questions (though I found out later that Ryan would have had the right answers if we had bothered).  We looked at Ryan's photos and loved them, and then met with Ryan and loved him, and both Will and I knew it was a done deal. Now after a month of painful patience, our engagement photos have finally arrived.  As expected, Ryan did not disappoint. I'm not going to lie, I struggled with outfit choices for these photos, and in the end I don't think I really made the best choice for my casual outfit (I love outfits! Why was this so hard for me?).  However, I do think the colors all worked well for beautiful Bellingham in the fall. Most importantly, it was a romantic (albeit slightly awkward) day with Will, and I know we will cherish these photos for the rest of our lives.  If you ever come to my house in the next 30 year, I'm definitely going to force you to look at all of them, you've been warned!
I currently have 70 pictures in my favorite folder...but until I find the energy to download them all for facebook viewing...here is a sneak peak of a few favorites. Obviously, all thanks to Ryan Flynn Photography !
 



 Our spot




P.S. Also thank you to my momma for being the financial backer of these (as well as future wedding photos).  Love you Mom, thanks for supporting my romantic dreams! :)