Saturday, December 29, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Well life has been extremely busy these past few month! This past August, we moved from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota to Northern Louisiana. We moved down here because my husband is enrolled in a Ph. D. program here. We will be down here for the next few years. The move was expensive and a lot of work!

We hired a moving company to move all of our things across the country since we did not have anyone to help us unload once we got here. It made things much easier.

 We pulled my car behind my husband's jeep so that we could ride together. The ride took us a lot longer because we had to drive slower. All the hills and deer in Arkansas made the drive after dark pretty rough.

It took us a few weeks to organize our house, but since it took me almost a moth to find a job I had plenty of free time!

We have learned a few things since moving to the south.

First, people down here move at a very slow pace. When we go shopping we have to plan extra time since its rare to find short lines.

Second, the accent down here is very different. It took us a few months to understand what people were saying. Everybody uses "y'all" even when they are only talking to one person. Everybody is always fixin' to do something, fixin' to leave, fixin' to get lunch, etc. Words down here are not fully pronounced nor do they look the way they sound. There is a city down here named Farmerville, but it is pronounced "Farmavll" (without the i). The river nearby is called the Ouachita River and it took us a while to learn how to pronounce this. We are still getting used to a few other words as well.

Third thing we learned is people down here love their fried chicken. There is a chicken place on almost every corner.

Fourth thing we learned is that even though the city we live in is an average sized city, it feels like a small town because there is not access to a large number of stores in the area. For example, there is only one Target in the area so it is packed often. 

Fifth thing we have learned (which has nothing to do with the south) is that the people my husband goes to school with are a lot of fun and we are truly enjoying ourselves down here!

Well now that life has settled down some I am hoping to have more time to keep up with my blogging! I am really excited for that to happen!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Newborn Equipment

I have been collecting items that I will be using to take newborn pictures. I have my first session today and I am very excited! Here is what I have so far

In the picture above I have:

  • Bean bag
  • Boppy infant pillow
  • Baskets
  • Heater
  • Hats and Headbands 
  • Scarf to use as a wrap
  • Clips for my posing stand (pictured below)
  • Reflector
  • Small suitcase
  • Pee pads
  • Faux wood floor 
  • Blankets
I also had my wonderful husband make me a background stand out of PVC pipes. I made the design and he put it together. Here is what it looks like 

Here it has a blanket on it.

After I am finished taking pictures I am going to attempt some new editing techniques that I found on Pinterest. I love using Pinterest! It is a great way to keep all of my ideas that I find organized. 
Here is my Pinterest. I have an entire board dedicated to photography. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pregnancy Announcement

Well I am excited to announce that my sister is pregnant! We took a picture to announce her pregnancy.

After some editing in photoshop I made this picture perfect. I was excited to put my new knowledge of photoshop to work! I have been reading the book "Photoshop Elements 10- the missing manual." I love this book. I have learned so much and I am only halfway through it. I hope to continue to learn as I take more pictures. Ever since learning about my sister's pregnancy, I have been reading up on infant photography. I am happy to begin working in this new area of photography.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

About Me

Welcome to my Blog! My name is Alecia. My husband's name is Richard. My favorite day so far is the day we said "I do" on August 6, 2011. I was born and raised in a suburb just south of Minneapolis, but in August 2012 we moved to northern Louisiana for graduate school. My husband is currently in a Ph. D. program and he loves every minute of it, but he is kind of a nerd like that (love you babe ). I, on the other hand, am still adjusting to moving from a huge city to a not-so-huge-there-is-nothing-here city. But I have always been one to look on the bright side of things. I have been forced out of my comfort zone and learned so much from moving away that I am grateful for.

My husband is the best thing that ever happened to me and I am still amazed most days at how well our lives blend together. Through our years of marriage we have learned each other's flaws and how to live with them, but have also inspired each other to be better in life. We are so much alike in many ways, but we are different enough to keep things interesting.

We have no children as of right now, but we do have our amazing puppy Paisley. I say puppy still, but she is almost five years old. She still acts like a puppy most days and yet she is the sweetest most affectionate dog I have ever met.

My family means everything to me. I have two sisters, one older and one younger. My sisters are two of the closest friends I have ever had. My older sister and her husband had a baby boy in October of 2012. I love him to pieces and am sad to have to see him grow up from a distance.

My life changed dramatically on July 11, 2013. My mom passed away after being involved in a motorcycle accident. She was a huge part of my life and I miss her every. single. day.

As life goes on, I have learned to always look on the positive side of things. Life is short so it needs to be lived to the fullest. I want to enjoy each and every moment in life. I believe in finding happiness in the little things, and choosing to have a bright and colorful attitude.

I love pasta, traveling, reading, DIY projects, adventures, anything crafty and photography. My dream is to become a professional photographer and I am actively working towards that dream. This blog is here to document all of our new adventures as we travel through this thing called life.

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