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June, 2008


Us Travels

Posted in Personal by Holly

Donny & I love to travel both internationally and in the US. Something we have talked about –maybe in 10 years or so– is that it would be cool to take a year off and travel across the US. We could get a motorhome, homeschool the kids and just travel state to state! There really are so many places to visit in the US and we would love to hit them all up! What an amazing experience that would be for our family!!

I saw our friend, Britney, had a map like this on her blog and it reminded me of my grandparents. My grandparents really LOVE traveling as well. They go on several trips a year! One thing I have always loved in their house is this huge world map that has all the places they have visited tagged with little flags. I’ll have to make a world map later, but here is our map of the US states that we have visited!

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So if you could travel anywhere in the US, where would you go? Where is your favorite place?

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harmony
7.01.2008

Michigan. :)

Amanda Reed
7.01.2008

If I could go anywhere, a meditteranean cruise.
Favortie Place….Tennessee.

holly
7.01.2008

Ok, so I guess I should have asked WHY you would want to go there as well! Why Michigan and why Tennessee? What is it there that you either want to see or love about those states?

Cherie Yost
7.01.2008

I want to go to Glendora, Ca. LOL Hmmm I think I would want to go to North or South Carolina.

holly
7.01.2008

Cher, you’re such a goof ball!

Cherie Yost
7.02.2008

I know, I know…but that’s why you love me!

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The Chieks

Posted in Weddings by Donny

Rattana & Cindy were well overdue for their wedding! They are an adorable couple who have been together for 10 years!! His mom said it best during the toast — that their marriage is sure to succeed — they have already lasted longer than many marriages!

They started off their ceremony at Star Ranch. It is a new wedding venue in the Anaheim hills with a beautiful view. The owner is an antique collector and there are tons of old ranch-like items there. It’s really a place to just visit! I couldn’t help but want to photograph all the little, details… but I showed some restraint and took a few pics of my Little Wifey instead!

She insisted on a pic of me as well…

One of the cool details that was in the ranch house.

I had to get a quick pic of the guys. That’s Sovan, Chiek, V, Tre, and Brandon in the front. These are some of my golfing buddies!

And, while I didn’t take too many pics of the event, I did manage to get a shot of Rattana right as his bride was walking down the aisle.

And a really neat one as they rode away after the ceremony.

During the reception, I grabbed just a couple pics of them from our seats during their grand entrance and first dance.

Our daughter was pretty much knocked out by the end of the night!

Congrats Rattana & Cindy! Now we are just waiting for those little ones!!! :)

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Michelle
7.02.2008

Such cool processing

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Rattana and Cindy

Posted in Weddings by Donny

Whew… it’s almost midnight and we just got home (just in time to blog for today)!!

We had the awesome opportunity to be guests at one of my good friend’s weddings today. It was really fun — it’s been years since Holly and I have been guests to a wedding without also being the photographers! However, our sweet little 5D didn’t like being kept in the bag and popped its little head out a few times to get a couple pictures! Here’s a quick picture of Rattana & I. …more tomorrow…

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5 Quirks

Posted in Personal by Holly

Well, my friend Cherie challenged me on her blog to write 5 quirky things about myself…  Hmmm… Quirky?  I don’t have any quirks!  – I’m normal!  Everyone else is quirky!!  :)

No, in all reality, I definitely have my quirks!  Let’s see…

1.  I have this thing with fairness.  I have been this way since I was a kid.  My parents were constantly telling me, “life isn’t fair.”  I’ve worked past expecting life situations to be fair, but I still have this need for balance.  For example… if I eat two M&Ms, I have to chew one on each side of my mouth because I want the taste on both sides — crazy, huh!  

2.  Speaking of foods, I love ice cream! I literally eat it almost every night.  As a kid, my parents would only let us have sweets when they OK’d it.  I knew my dad had a sweet tooth, so every night I would ask him if he wanted me to serve him some ice cream… once I had it out, he couldn’t really deny me any! 

3.  I just asked Donny to tell me another “Holly quirk” and he immediately said, “dish soap”.  So, you know how people will fill up the sink to soak dishes — I absolutely can’t stand to put my hand in the water.  I am perfectly happy washing dishes, but not with a full sink of water.  Even if the water is perfectly clean it somehow grosses me out! 

4.  I also hate to be late to anything!  I’m getting more relaxed about it and I am not one of those people who has to arrive early, I just don’t want to be late.  Growing up, my mom was one of those people who was OFTEN late and I would constantly arrive 30 minutes late to school.  I was always so embarrased about it.  My mom nicknamed me Big Ben…

5. Paper… I LOVE paper. I love colored paper, plain paper, stationary, notebooks… I don’t know why, but walking into the notebook section at a place like Staples gets me all giddy inside.  You can only imagine my giddiness at a scrapbook store!  Donny always teases me because I have like 15 billion notebooks of paper,… but they are all so pretty and for some reason it makes me feel good to write on pretty paper!

6.  Hi. My name is Holly and I am a LISTaholic.  I make lists for everything.  I literally make at least one list a day.  It works really great for business because it keeps me organized and helps me to not forget anything.  However, the truth is that I never follow anything on my to do list in any sort of order.  It’s like I just need to write things down to clear my head!

7.  Bags… Can a girl EVER have enough bags?  I love any kind of bag.  It can be backpacks, purses, luggage, duffel bags or even, especially, camera bags… I can already have 4 of the same bag, but if I see it in a different color, then I want THAT one.  It’s kind of a mini-obsession, but lucky for Donny, I also have restraint.  If not, he would have to dedicate one full bedroom in our house for my bag obsession. 

8.  Little things.  I love anything cute and little.  If I see something that is a miniature I immediately find it adorable.

9.  Well, this one isn’t so much about me as much as it is about my family.  There are five kids in my family and we all have H names.  Howard, Holly, Heidi, Harmony & Heath.  Fun, huh!  You can imagine my parents trying to call out our names.  They would often go through the list of our names before they said the actual right kid’s name.  :)

10.  Wow, I said I was only going to say 5 quirky things about myself.  I guess I am a bit more quirky than I expected… Let’s see, for the last one, I guess I will share that I also love Bibles.  I think it goes back to the ”paper” thing.  I love getting new Bibles and even if my old one isn’t fully broken in, I love getting a new one to mark up!  I think it partially is the fact that I like the newness which then encourages me even more to want to read — which I love.   

Ok, here are a few “quirky” pics that Donny took of me recently.

Since this is a famiy friendly blog, I can’t tell you what Donny said to get me to laugh!!

So what are some of your quirks?  Now that I have ”bared all”, leave a comment and let me know some of the goofy things you do! 

Also, –Donny, Mae & Britney — your turn! 

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cherylyost
6.29.2008

yeah you did it…Holly, Heidi, Harmony…who are you again?! LOL

Amy
6.29.2008

Wow girl… I learned so much about you that i didn’t know!! I love the fact that things have to be fair me too…. but I don’t have to chew on each side :) … oh and the bag thing I am obsessed with purses too….. Guess we need to go shopping agian soon!!!!
I love the pictures of you the are awesome!!!!!

harmony
6.29.2008

Is it disgusting that I could probably say 8 of those quirks define me?! My quirk…I’m very similar to my sister. :) Oh, and the dish soap…TOTALLY understand! Ice cream…I eat way too much of it (hence the desire to have an ice cream cake at my wedding), and I ate 1 tic-tac the other day and I told Travis to give me one more just so I could have one for the other side of my mouth. ~HMH

Michelle
7.02.2008

Such pretty shots!!!

Britney
7.11.2008

My quirky things might scare off my clients… eek!

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Heath

Posted in Portraits by Holly

Well, during my family’s trip to my Great Grandpa’s memorial service there were so many great locations to shoot at.  I couldn’t resist getting my little brother out of the car to do a mini photo shoot!  There were all these junky old cars and pieces of trucks lying around in the weeds and dirt.  The coolest thing ever!  …Now if any of you have cars lying around in your yards, I really am kinda jealous!  –only for the photos I could take, though… otherwise, I don’t think our neighbors would like us too much!  Here are just a few that I was able to snap off!

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Amanda Reed
6.27.2008

awesome. im like a junk yard stalker!

cherylyost
6.27.2008

how fun! I need a junk yard!

heath
6.30.2008

mmmmmm, i think i look good in these pictures…but its really the picture…not me ;)

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