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!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


This surprise bouquet of farmer's market flowers brightened the day!

Had a great afternoon collaborating with The Style Heist for some fashion photography!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Weekend Shots

The weather was perfect last weekend. It's at that point where the heat is creeping in but the cool air still provides a perfect spring-like breeze. I'm enjoying it while I can! Cheers!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 22/52

The Adventures of Valocrat seems to be morphing into The Murphy Chronicles lately! Oh well, Murphy is the light of my life these days, so it's fitting that he take front and center. I'm hoping to be back on my other-stuff-than-Murphy blogging feet again. But for now, enjoy a couple more photos from Murphy's beach adventure!

Murphy struttin' his stuff on the shore!

No matter what, DO NOT let the other dogs have that ball!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 20/52

Be prepared. No I'm serious, are you sitting down? You're about to be overloaded with an insane amount of Murphy cuteness. Last week, Murphy was a beach dog! He had so much fun exploring and playing with his buddies Baby and Turner. It was "Murphy" weather -- 70 and sunny with a calm breeze. He was in puppy heaven!

Our cottage was adorable! It had a lovely shaded screened-in porch for the dogs to relax on. Murphy claimed Baby's bed as his own, and he discovered a ball that some other dog must have left. I called it the "ketchup and mustard ball." The pups fought over it all week. It was the Belle of the BALL! (haha)

There was a counter in the cottage that Murphy could just barely reach by standing on his tippy toes on a nearby chair (smart boy). He was convinced we were doing something pretty damn cool on that counter. It looked like he was sauntering up to a bar..."Where's my drink ya'll?" Made me laugh every time I saw that little head pop up.

Murphy's first photo bomb...

Now the good stuff! Murphy was a seriously happy beach dog.

Eat it. Roll in it. Love it. "Did she just say BATH??"

Ermahgerd. Officially melting over this cute little sandy pup!