poor, neglected blog

Dear Blog,

I am sorry for neglecting you… isn’t it ironic that sometimes we get too busy living life to write about it? Well… hopefully I’ll still have time to blog about all of the fun holiday projects I’ve been working on!

In the mean time… I made a turkey:

Doesn’t it look delish? Well… it wasn’t cooked inside. But that’s ok, because we had turkey for dessert. Our first Friendsgiving was still a success.

At least the table looked cute!


I also took some more engagement pictures of Nate and Erin! Here are a few of my faves…

Well that’s it for now… hope all is well!

the wizarding world of harry potter

Well, as promised, I am today sharing about my experience at Harry Potter land.

Since I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone somewhere in early middle school, I entered a world of magic, mystery, heartache and heroes. In Harry Potter, good triumphs evil, even when evil seems unstoppable. In Harry Potter, friendship and love trump everything else. People can do the impossible and there magic surrounds it all. Harry Potter’s world is a world in which a seemingly ordinary boy can be extraordinary. It is also I will always dream of living in. (And also there are owls everywhere… which is awesome!)

I finally had the opportunity to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. This is something I’ve dreamed of for some time. Every Harry Potter fan fanatic I know has had rave reviews. So, during our vacation to Sarasota, I knew that we had to make the trek over to Orland to see it.

It was worth it. It was so.worth.it. I felt like magic was happening right before my eyes. They really do an amazing job there of creating the experience.

So here are a few pictures we took along the way:

Hogsmeade village was really incredible. It was really more of a mix between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, with all of the shops. We decided to enter to long line for Ollivander’s wand shop, which was totally worth it! The presentation they do inside was very cool, but I was obviously very jealous of the kid who got to do it… Anyway, the amount of detail around the village was really incredible, including cool stuff like the screaming poster of Sirius Black and bludgers that tried to escape their chains in the quidditch supplies box.

This is my first butterbeer experience. It was delicious! Creamy, frothy and smooth. Kevin tried the Hogshead brew of real beer instead. Butterbeer tastes like ultra-rich cream soda with a hint of butterscotch. I wish there was a recipe somewhere…

The ride inside of Hogwarts castle was definitely the most amazing part of the experience. Through the use of a 4D that spins and turns, they created an atmosphere that I was truly lost in. With floating dementors and spitting spiders, we wove our way on broomstick behind Harry. We were nearly knocked off our “brooms” by the Whomping Willow! Through screens, hollograms and 3D props and characters, that ride was really very awesome. Even the walk to the ride was cool although we got bumped to the front of the line for some reason, so we didn’t really get to soak it all in.

Anyway, that was my experience at Harry Potter world. I highly recommend it for any other enthusiasts (read obsessed nerds) out there as it truly brings some of the magic to life.

e & n

Well after a long vacation to sunny FL in which I went to Harry Potter World for the first time ¬†(more on that later) I am back in the saddle of life and blogging. I’ve been a bit absent lately, finding that it has been extra challenging to balance 3 jobs, my class and the rest of life at once, but a refreshing vacay was just what I needed.

When I arrived back, I was able to do a mini e-session with my friends Nate and Erin. First of all- daylight savings is the worst.¬†Seriously- what is the point of this antiquated tradition except to mess everything up? Sure, it’s nice for the one night that you get an extra hour but after that, it just starts screwing with everything.

Long story short, I had hardly any soon when we started as I did not account for the time change. So this the first session, with a second to come on Saturday.

Here they are on their way to meet me. See how excited they are? Woo!

Nate and Erin are a great balance of obviously in love but not disgustingly so. They are funny and flirty and it makes for some great pictures. So without further ado…

So there you have it. In the photography world, I learned my lesson about daylight savings and the perfect sun hours. I was able to shoot a bit with my 50mm prime lens, which has been sadly underused due to my lack of confidence.

Some of the other poses were cute but the shadows were everywhere, so I’ll have to try them again with better light.

Anyway, I guess I should walk to the pool house and elect some leaders. Rock the vote?