Wednesday, October 29, 2008

ITS OFFICIAL

The Harrell Family is excited to announce that:

I'm 21 weeks pregnant, just returned home from an ultrasound, and we are having a baby....................
































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Sucking her thumb no less! I guess we'll have to find another "bunny" for her!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

EXCITING NEWS!!!!! Coming to you tomorrow... STAY TUNED :)

Tomorrow morning I'll have a secret to share...

Cheers,
jewels

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Post # 101

Crazy, I've posted on my blog over 100 times! I didn't know I had that much to say?! Well, maybe I did. I tend to be quite the chatterbox. Have I told you I don't keep secrets very well? It's not that I want to disclose personal information, I'm just so excited for people, I can't hold it in! So lesson to learn, don't tell me things you don't want others to know! OK...I'm not that bad. Anyways, it has been beautiful in Western Washington this fall, it's like eye candy! Madeline and I enjoyed a peaceful afternoon up at Silver Lake, she was picking leaf bouquets, and I was with my camera.

Cheers,
jewels

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rose and Jessy Wedding *bellingham wedding photographer*

I sometimes cry at weddings... well, I almost always get teary-eyed, and Rose and Jessy's wedding was no different! There was just so much love, and excitement that day, I couldn't help myself! Rose looked like a million, and Jessy was dazzling in his tux! I sometimes was so caught up in the moment, I forgot that I was the photographer. Luckily, I had Eric Dustrude shooting with me--who's talent always amazes me! He did something pretty special for the couple, but I can't share until they know! I promise I'll update the blog when they know! It's a neat surprise! Rose and Jessy, it was a pleasure to celebrate with you, and be apart of your amazingly awesome DANCE PARTY! :)

Cheers,
jewels

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Monday, October 20, 2008

What's For Dinner Mom?

Yesteray, Madeline and I made homemade Chicken Noodle soup, with my mom's egg noodle recipe. YUM!!! It was so delicious. I used half the noodles for the soup, and froze the other half for another day. I'll attach my recipe for the soup and for the noodles... and just to give it a kick, I finish off my bowl with nice tablespoon of cream! ;)
Cheers,
jewels

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Recipe:

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion
3-4 celery stalks chopped
3 carrots chopped
2 medium skinless/boneless chicken breasts thawed, or cooked and shredded
64 oz chicken stock (or broth)
Dash of red pepper flakes
Dash of oregano (or parsley)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Egg Noodles (recipe to follow)

Optional garnishes:
More red pepper flakes
Green Onion
Chives
Cream

Saute garlic in the olive oil and butter, add onions and saute until soft. Add Celery and carrots, and saute for a few minutes longer. Add chicken breasts, whole if not cooked, and chicken stalk along with seasonings. Let simmer until breasts are cooked through. Remove the breasts and shred with forks, and return to soup. Bring to a boil and add half or more of the noodles to the soup---however many you want. Reduce heat, and simmer at least 45 minutes (or until noodles are tender throughout).

Dish into bowls, garnish with whatever! And enjoy with some warm yeast rolls!

Mom's egg noodles:

2 1/2 cups flour
2-3 eggs (I like to mix mine first)
1-2 half eggshells of milk
dash of salt (and pepper if you want)

Sift four and spices, make a well inside the flour to hold the eggs and milk, pour eggs (either whole or beaten) into the well. Add 1/2 an eggshell of milk, and mix. It may need more moisture, mine did today, so add another 1/2 shell of milk if needed. Dough should be sticky enough to roll into a ball, but not so much that it cannot be rolled out. Roll the dough into a ball and let sit for 1/2 an hour. Dust the rolling area with a generous amount of flour and roll the dough to 1/8 in thick. Cut your noodles with cookie cutters, or a pizza cutter. I like to let mine dry for a while before adding them to the soup, but you could very well stick them in boiling water right away. They also freeze very well!

Enjoy

Good Mail

So a year or so ago, I joined a bunch of friends and foes (well not foes... but it sounded good) with goodmail! What is goodmail? Well, you have a list of addresses from everyone in the group, and whenever you feel like it you send goodmail to people. It could be a card, candy, note. I've received yarn, vintage piano music, notebooks, chocolate! :) There are no rules besides that! I mean, we all get icky bills, ads, and who knows what else in our boxes, why not a package here or there?! I love it, and since I've been a horrible goodmail sender, I was surprised to find a package in the mail from my friend Stephani! :) I have to say it completely made my day! And you know what else came in the mail the same day? (Of course not, because you don't check my mail...) A really cute halloween card from my photog friend, Val, all the way from New York! :) Thanks Val!

Cheers,
jewels

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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Photographer's Child

One of the best parts about being a photographer with a child is that I can usually convince (i mean bribe) her into doing a "photoshoot." Especially when I find new locations for shooting. I took Madeline out to the field, and made her do a few things I wanted, then let her run around in the tall weeds. I find that if I don't "coach" her, I get better photos. Oh, and the constant reminder that we can make brownies at home doesn't hurt either! I cannot believe how big she is, when they told me time goes fast, I didn't think they meant this fast!

Cheers,
jewels

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Summer's End Photos

Here are a few snapshots of Chris and Madeline from this summer. I totally forgot about them until I started cleaning out my folders! I cannot believe that it is fall, and almost time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Which reminds me that I need to come up with my Thanksgiving Day menu...unless you want to invite us over for dinner ;)

Cheers,
jewels

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Justin + Amanda, ENGAGED *bellingham engagement photographer*

I'm so happy to be blogging again! I've been out of commission because of a move. We moved from our house into a condo... it turned out to be an emergency move, but we are happier and healthier in our new place... AND I'm back on the photography circuit. So I'll be posting some more of my catch-up work in then next week or so! Thanks for your patience. I'm so excited to share these photos of Justin and Amanda. Amanda has been one of my dearest friends since our freshman year of college. My life wouldn't be the same with out her....it would probably be a mess. She keeps me on track! She is getting married in May, to Justin, whom I also met my freshman year of college, and he is super fun and charming himself! It's been fun finding potential photographers for her wedding (I'd do it, but I'm in it). She decided to go with Ella Blue, a great husband and wife photography team in Seattle! I'm super excited to meet them. Their work is amazing. So, with out more rambling, here are Justin and Amanda's long anticipated engagement photos!

Cheers,
jewels


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