Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 34/52

Oh no, Murphy is morphing into a cow! Just kidding. But he is LOVING his new toy. It has a plastic bottle inside and he can't get enough of the crinkling and crackling sounds. I caught him carrying the toy around like this and immediately ran for the camera! Classic Murphy!



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nature Lately

I've been finding mushrooms all over the neighborhood this week!
Attempting to propagate succulents. Inspired by Elise Blaha.
  
Loving these colors!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 32/52

Last weekend Murphy and I took a road trip to Ohio. When we got stuck in traffic, I grabbed the camera and captured some shots of his favorite activity...car surfing!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sweet San Fran

While I was in Sacramento last month for business, a couple coworkers and I did a one-day whirlwind trip to San Francisco! It was my first time in the city (and on a train!) and I definitely felt emotional seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in real life. An unexpected find was Sausalito. It's a small town across the bay; the ferry ride over was the highlight of the trip. San Francisco spread behind us, getting smaller as we neared Sausalito. It was noon, and the sun was just burning the last bit of fog away, leaving a pristine blue sky dotted with clouds. Sail boats were carried by a chilly wind; ever artistic with the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. I sipped a delicious local Speakeasy Ale and marveled at the size of Alcatraz as our ferry tugged by. When we pulled up to Sausalito, the town was buzzing with activity. Bicyclists galore, a breast cancer marathon, and visitors from all walks of life. Somehow we were lucky enough to find a lunch spot outside looking out at the beautiful bay. Someday, I hope to return to San Fran and Sausalito for a more lengthy and relaxing stay.

      Sunflowers and hot air balloons dotted the scenery outside the train windows.

Fish tacos and cold beer at the Bridgeway Cafe
Pizza Rock in Sacramento is loud, rockin' and DELICIOUS!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beach Birds

During a recent beach trip I was lucky enough to be located directly beside a marina. What a busy spot! Fishermen (and women) coming and going throughout the day, a party boat jamming all hours of the night, and plenty of people watching! My favorite part was the awesome view of the pelicans. They are such calm and collected birds. I love watching them glide along the beach. Ahhh, life by the sea!






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 29/52, 30/52, & 31/52

Between work and personal travel I got way behind on the Murphy Chronicles this month. It's a good thing since it means MORE Murphy pics than usual! The first two shots are from a quick beach trip. Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed on that particular beach during summer months (booooo) so Murphy and friends were relegated to the house during the day. I wish he could have felt the sand between his tiny pink toes! 


King of the chair!

"Mama's at the beach. Guess I'll just claim this spot on the couch!"


Murphy back at home getting reacquainted with his favorite couch!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 28/52

Murphy got to be a big brother this week! Some friends with babies were visiting and he really stepped up to the plate. Murphy hasn't had much baby experience, and he made me so proud! He was cautious around them, smothered them with kisses when he got the chance, and got quite protective a couple times. He was also an endless source of entertainment and caused lots of baby giggles! What a good boy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sweet Baby Cakes

Three sweet little babies came to visit me! Cora, Samuel, and Victor sure bring a lot of joy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 27/52

Throwback of Murphy on his 6th birthday last year. That chipmunk has been de-stuffed (by Murphy of course), but still remains a favorite buddy. Murphy's freckly belly is so soft! He even lets me blow raspberries on it from time to time and thinks it's funny! Happy 4th of July everyone! Our thoughts are with our coastal friends in the Outer Banks during Hurricane Arthur.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wedding Weekend

I had a wonderful time taking pre-wedding shots for one of my best friends this weekend. Congratulations Christine!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 26/52

We've officially reached the halfway point in 2014! I've had so much fun doing my weekly documentation of Murphy. This week, he's been helping me try out my new external flash (600 ex rt). I'm sure you can see his unbridled enthusiasm jumping out of these pics, taken in my very dimly lit living room (read: Murphy's evening nap time). The flash is awesome and I can't wait to learn how to use all of its tools and tricks!
























"Oh lord, what now mama?!"
























My beautiful boy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In the Garden

After a long and busy summer, it felt really good to get some gardening done last weekend! My empty pots and various overgrown branches and weeds were depressing and dull. So I headed to Lowe's and stocked up! It was a lovely and much needed afternoon outside, and the patio finally feels summer ready. Better late than never right?

This succulent is my favorite plant so far.

Since this interesting weed decided to make a home in the usual tomato plant spot, I'm letting it play out!

In my opinion, you can't go wrong with Coleus plants. They're hardy, colorful, love shade, and get really big!

The Tiger's Eye is a new addition this year, and it supposedly gets quite large. Petunias are my go-to favorite every summer. Cheers to a colorful garden!