Thursday, July 29, 2010

♥ The Love Between Girlfriends

So, I was going through old photos and I found this one.

This photo got me thinking...  That can be a dangerous thing sometimes!!  Anyway, It got me thinking about how much I adore this girl.  She is someone I look up to.  Someone I want by my side for life.  She is strong, caring, hard working, determined...  She loves with ALL of her heart and puts herself out there no matter what the cost might be in the end. 

KO and I have known each other since we were tiny dancers.  A lifetime ago.  We pulled on spandex and strapped on Capezios together; plastered our faces with makeup and sprayed on the Rave before dowsing ourselves in glitter spray.  In Middle School I was her back, her base and a flyer by her side as we made history as part of the very first Falcon cheer-leading squad. 

In High school we rocked out like the punk rock princess we were in our rainbow jean skirts that laced up the side, Hollister T's and converse tennies.  We partied like it was 1999 at Blink concerts, (because, well, it was 99') and drug eachother out of mosh pits after being kicked by seriously HUGE wooden clogs!!

We drove to Brighten in the middle of the night to hang out with boys who drove 4x4's and lived in cornfields were they had truck-pulls and corn field parties.  We stood atop mustangs roofs and belted out Macy Gray tunes at Hockey games. We cried together when we were heat broken and made eachother break up CD's which consisted of "cry it out" music (which was actually just old tracks from sappy lyrical solos) followed up by Cartman singing Kyle's Mom is a Big Fat B***h which made us bust out laughing and realize how lame boys were.

We shared surprise birthday parties where boyfriends did face plants off trampolines.

In college we visited eachother in Chicago though for some odd reason we never lived there at the same time.  We rocked out to Kill Hannah and Pomeroy and even got pulled on stage to dance with Mat Devine (her not me, I would have surely peed my pants).

After college we still partied together in Chi-Town even though some visits were gut wrenching ones.  We enjoyed green beer and pizza at 8:30am at Grace O'Malley's and laughed at all of the crazy chicks in mini skirts, in the middle of March in Chicago.

We packed up condos and moved on to amazing new homes of our very own.  We ran through rain puddles in our hoodies and converse and spent $2,000.00 at Ikea in one day.  We drank Intelligentsia and dined at Lou Malnati's.

She has always stood by me, and with me.  Always laughed with me and yes sometimes AT me!  She would tell me I look like crap and then show me how to fix it. She would have thrown her flowers in Ben's face, Charlotte style if he had even thought of pulling a Mr. Big.  She is the Carrie Bradshaw to my Charlotte York-Goldenblatt.  Just as we did in cheerleading and dance, We got eachothers back!!

Thanks for being such an awesome friend, KO!!  Also, Shout out to my KO, because she just landed a fabulous new job.  I knew you could do it Kari!!!  You always land on your feet, just like Juno Cat!!

You have come so far, Girl! Always knew you could do anything; always believed you would do everything! Just had to put that last photo in there; still makes me laugh my butt off!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wild Geese

Mary Oliver - 1986

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

More on this later...

OH, and because what is a post without a photo...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Shout Out To Lo MAC Photography

Stop by my photography blog and check out my shoot with Hunter. He just turned one year old!  I had a blast photography him and his family.

Hunter was not too into his birthday cake.

He did LOVE taking photos with Mama and Daddy though!!

Ashley sure knows how to make her little guy laugh!

And little Hunter LOVED playing airplane with Daddy!!

So, there is your sneak peak!!  You will have to pop on over and visit me at Facebook or Lo MAC Photography to see more of our shoot!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Why Are People So Judgmental

"Joyful Girl"

i do it for the joy it brings
because i'm a joyful girl
because the world owes me nothing
and we owe each other the world
i do it because it's the least i can do
i do it because i learned it from you
i do it just because i want to
because I want to

everything i do is judged
and they mostly get it wrong
but oh well
'cuz the bathroom mirror has not budged
and the woman who lives there can tell
the truth from the stuff that they say
and she looks me in the eye
and says would you prefer the easy way?
no, well okay then
don't cry

and i wonder if everything i do
i do instead
of something i want to do more
the question fills my head
i know that there's no grand plan here
this is just the way it goes
and when everything else seems unclear
i guess at least i know

i do it for the joy it brings...

~Ani Difranco - Joyful Girl, Dilate 1996

Move Over World Here I am!

Not Too Much Longer, Now

Meet Eden Reese. She is the newest edition to the McPherson Clan and we think she is just breathtaking. This 3D/4D ultra sound makes it really hard for me to wait for her to get here. I just want to kiss her little chubby face!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Lenny Kravitz is having a dink one evening in New Orleans and hears a college choir singing one of his songs.  So, what does he do?  He walks down the street until he finds them and starts playing the drums.  Awesome!!

Just had to share this.  I LOVE happy people!!

It's A Process, People

So, we are here!  We are in our new condo and there are TONS of things that still need to be done but, we are here and that is all that counts.  I don't have time to write at the moment so I will leave you with some photos.  Remember:  It's a process; our new home will not always be this messy!!

The living room from the front door.


The living room from the kitchen.


The front bedroom, which will eventually be an office.


Kitchen from hallway.


Dinning room.


Our bedroom.


The girls new bed.


Hallway with bathroom, storage closet, and our bedroom.


Bathtub and shower.




The most fabulous washer and dryer nook ever built!!!


The boys on our new patio having a very intense conversation that almost made me drop my camera. More on that later!! I know, I'm mean... you'll get over it. :)


And now... a few photos from today of a much cleaner condo. Still not quite there yet, though.

Look at that center island!!! STOKED!!!


Jenny shooting Mommy the stink eye because I sent her to her bed.


but, it is a fabulous bed after all!!  Still with that attitude, Jen...  Jen is my girl with a tude.  Al is just a happy little spaz. :)


and it even doubles as Daddy's nightstand. Now how's that for multi-use!


Living room. Like I said, I still have TONS to do but, it is better!


This could be part of the reason I have a hard time getting things done. Every time I kneel down to organize something, this is what happens. :) Pardon the filthy feet; I walked out to talk to the neighbor guy with no shoes on.


I leave you with... THE MAN FRIDGE!! Beer, pizza, water, and ketchup; what more can a dude ask for??


SO, there may still be lots to do but, we are getting there.  Many more photos to come.  Until next time...
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