Seattle

A couple weeks ago I got to tag along with my husband on a business trip to Seattle. It was awesome to visit this lovely city for the first time AND! (even better) to catch up with some long lost high school buds. I was suprised by how hilly Seattle is. Looking off into the distance, you could see the houses and buildings stacking up on each slope. Walking around the city a bit offers some lovely vantage points. SO! That’s exactly what we did. Also, it didn’t rain on me therefore I’ve concluded that Seattle loves me.

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The first morning Travis told me we were going somewhere but wouldn’t tell me where. I thought it was going to be the first Starbucks, but INSTEAD it was the most giant, hipsteriest Starbucks of them all- STARBUCKS ROASTERY (and any place that ends their token verb in “ery” is obviously going to be wonderful). Pour-overs, small-batches, handlebar mustaches, reclaimed wooden things, and “artistanally crafted” goods did abound. In fact, when I tried to order “iced coffee,” they let out a single snort of derision and quietly escorted me outside.

It was, however, beautiful. They roast the beans on site and it smells like heaven inside. It’s really neat to see all the coffee processes going on.    storyboard003.jpg

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Guess how many jokes my husband made about this avenue. Go ahead, guess. 

Do you even know my husband because that guess is way too low.storyboard007.jpg

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Why YES I did chase this guy down and snap one quick, over-exposed photo (thanks, Lightroom). storyboard014.jpg

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Our first stop after Coffee was to head up to Kerry Park to see the skyline and HOLY COW. It’s hard to distinguish here, but Mount Ranier is just off to the right of the space needle. There are so many pretty bodies of water and mountains, I don’t know how you guys get anything done.storyboard017.jpg

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We are NEVER too busy to stop and take an awkward picture for posterity.storyboard020.jpg

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Second stop was Discovery Park to take in some NATURE and traipse around on all the unstable bluffs.storyboard026.jpg

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I’m a big fan of how Pacific Northwesty all the trees are.storyboard029.jpg

And of how smiley all the forrest hoodlums are.storyboard032.jpg

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On the second day, my friend Natalie came and WHISKED me away for a mini high school reunion. This adorable house was lovingly remodeled by my friend and her husband.storyboard040.jpg

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Oh and did I mention that besides remodeling a beautiful house they also had THE WORLD’S SWEETEST BABY?storyboard041.jpg

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Day 3! (In which we finally go poking around Pike Place Market). There were people and food and flowers everywhere!storyboard051.jpg

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P.S. The picture on the right is the Haunted Coke Machine of Seattle from which we got some ghoulish fantas.storyboard063.jpg

And then of course we went to see the baby again because she is adorable and her parents wanted some pictures.storyboard066.jpg

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Little known fact, Evie and Eleanor can communicate telepathically. (Pictured below)storyboard073.jpg

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To round off a wonderful trip, my friend Emily took Travis and I to dinner at this place called Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard. The view was ridiculous, the company was wonderful, and the food was delicious. 5 stars for you and your people, Seattle.storyboard078.jpg

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A Classy Corbin Christmas

2014 held many Christmas celebrations for the Browns, but this was perhaps the cutest. 

My nephew regularly conducts quality control on any baubles I bring around. 

MONSTER JAM!!!!

Travis and I went to MONSTER JAM at the Georgia Dome this weekend with Travis’s sister and family. It was (I think?) my first time at the dome and also my very first monster truck show.

(I’ll be accepting any “Baby’s First Monster Truck Show” ornaments that might come my way.)

I was excited to spend time with family, but didn’t really think much about the show itself. The thing is though, IT WAS AWESOME. One truck had “zombie” arms attached to the front. Another (EL TORO LOCO) had horns and steam it would blow out the front (just like a crazy bull should). It was loud and raucous and silly and I had a blast. Here are some pictures (mostly of my nephew because he’s adorable and sweet).

Accidental selfies are the best selfies. storyboard001.jpg

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Even the most hardcore of toddlers must have their juicebox.storyboard008.jpg

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THE SNOW CONES ARE OVERPRICED AND MOM WON’T BUY ME A CUP AND MEAN AUNT SARAH WON’T STOP TAKING MY PICTURE.”storyboard011.jpg

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Fast Times at District of Columbia

Last weekend I got to travel to D.C. to see my sweet cousin get married. In the process, I finally got to meet two of my beautiful baby cousins and do a SCOACH of sightseeing. Here you go, D.C!

This little lovely is cousin Holly. She head booped me when we were introduced, so I think we’re probably best friends now. storyboard001.jpg

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Here Zach is displaying the mythical ways of The Wedding Photographer. He was awesome and we were all a little starstruck.storyboard005.jpg

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This is beautiful cousin Nora! I was tickled to PIECES to finally get to hug on her. Her father, my cousin Joey, and I were best buds growing up, so this was especially wonderful.storyboard010.jpg

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Commence Guerilla Sightseeing! Our plane flew out that evening, but we got to stop by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial before heading out.storyboard040.jpg

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I kept following this poor lady in her beautiful red sari. Everything was so gray, and she looked especially lovely contrasted with all the monuments. Hopefully she didn’t notice me. 

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More favorite than taking pictures of places is taking pictures of people taking pictures of places.storyboard021.jpg

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Anyone who knows me knows my fascination with FOWL IN THE WILDstoryboard025.jpg

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And now, “People doing interesting things at historical sites.”storyboard030.jpg

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A Midsummer Night's Wedding

It’s hard to put into words exactly how beautiful this wedding was, both in detail and in spirit. I met Allison and Roy at school, and I have loved getting to know them both. To me, Allison always seemed to be one of those unique, wonderful people who operate according to their own tune. Our senior year, we attended the same church (Hi Jack’s Creek, HI!). One beautiful Spring morning, we had church service outside. After the last “amen,” Allison promptly went running into the field ahead, twirled enthusiastically a few times, and disappeared down into the grass. Everyone needs someone like Allison to inject the unexpected into their day. She has always had such a delightful, passionate soul.

Roy is someone with an infectious smile. Hailing from Alaska, he’d amuse me with stories of smoking his pipe and knitting in front of the general store (still one of my favorite mental images). He’s the one who introduced me to the Avett Brothers (thanks again), and seems to always make those around him happy. 

This wedding was such a beautiful reflection of them both. Surrounded by a community of family and close friends, these two said “I do” in a field behind Allison’s family home. Fireworks, twinkling lanterns, and a bonfire made it all feel so magical. Immediately following the ceremony, we went to take portraits and they couldn’t stop laughing and hugging for how happy they were to be married.

Roy and Allison, I’m so honored to have been a part of this beautiful day. You two are such a sweet couple and I look forward to seeing where the future takes you. 

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The Littlest Explorer

Last week I got to hang out with some good friends of my husband and I and their sweet little girl who just turned 2. When asked, “what do you say for Sarah?” Rachel would sweetly reply, “CHEEEEE!” with a shy smile. We grabbed some coffee and headed off to a beautiful park full of rich, crunchy Fall color. I had it all scouted out with a PHOTO BATTLEPLAN for what we were going to do and where. However, the one thing Colonel Sarah hadn’t considered was the fact that there was a playground in view, and that she would be asking a 2-year-old to Not Play on it and instead look at her camera.

O_O

Colonel Sarah has had better ideas in her service.

Generally, when I’m taking family portraits that involve little ones, I try to get all the posed stuff out of the way at the beginning and then let the little guys do their own thing. Because I so cruelly introduced Rachel to a playground I did not intend to let her play on immediately, the wild rumpus began a little earlier than scheduled. 

The thing is, even though the afternoon didn’t go like I saw it in my head, we ended up having such a fun, sweet time together. When I got home and looked through the pictures one thing really stuck out to me- Rachel is a Little Explorer. She didn’t want to sit down and pose because she needed to check everything out. She would crunch through the leaves this way, and then crunch back the other way. She would walk back and forth across little bridges, pausing to peek between slats at the stream below. She would climb up the playground and then slide down to the bottom. She was in and out and under and around and through and up and down all the those important, adventurous prepositions.

I know that things don’t often go as planned, and it seems that the older we get, the more stuck in our ways we become. As for me, my nose is buried in my phone way too often and i forget to appreciate what’s going on around me. Maybe next time take I’ll take a hint from Rachel and use some free time to go explore. :)

P.S. POINTS for anyone who can find Rachel as Gandalf in the photos below. 

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Liz and Jake and the Mystery Fuller

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The Audia Family

It started in 3rd grade. She was best friends with Stacey and I was best friends with Tara. It worked out really because Casey/Stacey, Sarah/Tara. It had to be that way, you know? Then we moved on to 4th grade. Casey and I were some of the only kids from Mrs. Yarlott’s class to end up together in Mrs. Henson’s class. I was so excited about FOURTH GRADE that I didn’t sleep the night before. My mom kept me home, and when I arrived bright and early the second day of class, Casey ran up to me with wide eyes- “Where were you yesterday (YOU FOOL*)?” *Here I’m inferring some internal dialogue, but I can’t imagine what else little Casey would have been thinking.* From that time on, we were kind of inseparable. Every Friday night we would talk on the phone and it would go something like this:

So do you want to come over tomorrow?”

Yeah- what time?”

Oh, I dunno, what do you think?”

Hmm. I don’t know- maybe 2:30?”

Yeah okay 2:30 sounds great.”

The thing is, we always hung out on Saturdays at 2:30. That was the routine. But for some reason, the call of determining had to be repeated every Friday night. To this day, Casey’s home number is one of the only phone numbers I still have memorized. 

I have so many good memories with Casey- it would be hard to imagine growing up without her. She’s the one who introduced me to my first boy band. She’s the one who lovingly dubbed and later wrote a poem in honor of the growing space between my two front teeth (thanks, orthodontics). She’s the one who coaxed me into making important scary home movies with the help of her new video camera. Pretty much anything awesome and/or embarrasing during this time of my life can be traced back to an adventure with Casey.

During high school we started hanging out with different groups of friends and grew apart a little. Sometimes that happens when you grow up. During college, I remember talking to her about a boy she met at school. That boy became her husband, and since then they’ve added two beautiful children to their family. 

It’s an amazing thing to be able to get to know the kids of the friend you were closest to when you were a kid. And in this case, they are every bit as delightful and sweet as I would think them to be. And if they’re half as cool (read: strange) as we were, I think they shall have quite the many adventures.

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Lindsey and Jordan // engaged!

Lindsey and Jordan and an afternoon frolicking (YES) in the McDonough sunshine. 

You two are fabulous and adorable. Thanks for letting me hang out with you on such a pretty Spring afternoon. Happy wedding planning!!!! :) :)

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Macedonia Memorial Gardens, Canton GA // Cemetery Project 2010

I stumbled on this memorial garden on the way home from a doctor’s appointment in Canton. The area is somewhat rural, and I was struck by the interesting collection of momentos left by each plaque. Photos, toys, Christmas decorations, silk flowers, balloons, jewelry. These folks were visited often by people who loved them and knew them well. The dead here were not neglected. 

Quite surprisingly, I came across the grave of the younger sister of a friend of mine from many years ago. This sweet girl had cystic fibrosis and was full of sunshine and spunk despite it. I knew she had passed, but I hadn’t talked to my friend for quite some time and had no idea that she was buried here, half an hour from my home. COINCIDENCES

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