That's Right Ladies...it's Mark and he's a Senior! ~ j. shumway {photos}

When I was back in Oklahoma for a few days, I was able to do some senior pictures for Mark. He is going into his Senior year and then he's off to serve a mission. What a great guy!


Broccoli and Birds

We are watching a parrot for some of our friends who are out of town.

His name is Bee Bop

He is such a good bird! This morning I was heating something up in the microwave, and when I pushed the buttons, Bee Bop mimicked the sound of the beeping on the microwave. Like exactly though, not just a chirp. It was like he had a little recorder box in his throat! I was kind of confused at first, but it is SO cool!

Meet Bee Bop

Also, I answered the phone this morning and (since it was my dad calling from Australia) I enthusiastically answered "Heeeellllloooo!" Well, Bee Bop copied me! I heard this "hello" in the background. Once again, I was confused and amused.

You should buy some of these to use for fresh steamed vegetables.
I am telling you, they are so easy to use and my broccoli was vibrantly green and delicious the other night!
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Cake anyone?

This cake looks so yummy and refreshing for summer! I think I'll make it this weekend.

1 (2 layer size) yellow cake mix
1 (6 oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 c. whipping cream
2 tbsp. sugar
1 qt. vanilla ice cream
6 drops red food coloring
Prepare cake according to package directions, bake in 2 (9 x 1 1/2 inch) pans. Cool. Stir ice cream to soften, quickly stir in red coloring and 1/2 cup of lemonade. Spread evenly in foil lined pan. Freeze 2 to 3 hours until firm. Whip cream with remaining lemonade and sugar until stiff. Place ice cream layer in center of cake layers, frost with whipping cream. Return to freezer for at least one hour.

Also, you should listen to these three songs. I have listened to them about 99 times each today:

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And just to leave you with a photo, I found this today. Taken in 2006 of my sweet nephew Alex asleep on the train at the Tulsa Zoo.

Your assignment: listen to some good music today.


Christmas in July, brought to you by...

I was in Oklahoma last week for a few days helping my sister Stephanie remodel my parent's house. We took our nephews (Isaac and Alex) to Chick-Fil-A and had a blast:

So Isaac's black eye was caused by Alex. Isaac had Alex in a head lock and to defend himself, Alex whacked him in the face with a metal spoon. When we asked Isaac and Alex what happened, Alex just screamed (with a huge smile on his face), "I SPOONED ISAAC!" He was very proud of himself. :)

Here is a special rendition of Please Christmas Don't Be Late, brought to you by Isaac (5) and Alex (3) - I want to squeeze their faces they are so adorable!


Check out Austin

We are already loving Austin, it's such a fun city. Saturday night we went and saw the famous bats that fly out from under Congress street bridge at dusk every night. There were thousands of them!

We also ate at a delicious Indian Restaurant called Clay Pit and strolled the streets of downtown Austin. It really is the Live Music Capital - music was on every street! Including a bum who sang a special song just for us entitled, "The Secret to Life." He wasn't too bad actually.

Look at that week! Without the heat index!

It's official!

Love, love, love Indian food!


Chelsea and Her Blue Eyes ~ j. shumway {photos}

Before leaving Colorado, I had the pleasure of doing Chelsea's senior pictures. This girl is amazing, everywhere we went, she was the one that pointed out the great photo spots. She's got an eye for photography! Aren't her eyes amazing? And she definitely doesn't look like she's 17!


Cowgirl Bridals ~ j. shumway {photos}

Right before leaving Colorado, I did 2 photo sessions for the Runyon family. These are Sjanna's cowgirl bridals. Doesn't she make a beautiful bride?

Come back soon to see beautiful Chelsea's senior pictures!