Tuesday, November 29, 2011


November 29, 2006 was one of the best days of my life.

After years of praying for the Lord to send me the husband He had planned for me, 5 years ago today, I married the love of my life.

I've learned a lot about marriage these past few years, but everyday I'm blessed to wake up next to the man I love.

God has blessed me more than I could ever have imagined.

It's been a great 5 years. I love you, Brett.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving in Aiken {Part 1 via iPhone photos}

Brett and I went to Aiken, South Carolina for Thanksgiving. Let me just go ahead and say that I L.O.V.E. Aiken so fiercely! It's once of my favorite places on Earth. Love it, love it, love it! Now that that's out of the way... :)

I got off work at lunch time on Wednesday so I had time to go home and throw together a quick sweet potato casserole and Crispix mix before Brett got home. We managed to leave {almost!} on time and I was excited about getting up there before midnight for a change. Not 20 minutes after getting onto I-65 traffic was completely stopped. Somebody decided to pull their 40"+ motorhome off the side of the road with a steep embankment and it flipped and rolled into the woods. We sat there for about 2 hours before traffic finally started moving. By that time I was super sleepy so Brett and I switched places and he drove the rest of the way. We ended up getting to our hotel around 2:00 Aiken time.

We woke up bright and early Thursday morning and drove over to Brett's grandmother's house to start cooking. Brett's sister did the bulk of the cooking so we hung out and goofed around for most of the day. Dinner was wonderful and there was SO much food. We had turkey, cornbread dressing, G-ma's sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, rolls, fruit salad, red velvet cake, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. Phew! I think I got it all! LOL

After dinner, Brett's older brother and Dad hung out in the living room and played guitar. I never knew that Jim could play! :)

Friday we were up early again to go shopping in downtown Aiken. Again I say, I LOVE this town! There were some new shops that I hadn't been in before so I just had to check them out. I loved The Curiosity Shop and Plum Pudding. Nandina had a set of plaid chairs that I just HAD to have, but unfortunately for me {fortunately for hubby!}, they wouldn't fit in my Altima. Oh well!

Brett and I spent the latter part of Saturday morning/early afternoon at Redcliffe Plantation. We had to leave before they opened the house for tours, but we spent almost 2 hours walking around the grounds and taking pictures. I can't wait to see how the ones on my camera turned out!

We spent Saturday afternoon at Brett's sister's new house in North Augusta. Marlene and I hung out in the den watching the Iron Bowl. I hate that Auburn lost, but maybe next year will be better for us. I'm still proud of our boys. WAR EAGLE!

Tomorrow is mine and Brett's 5th wedding anniversary. I'm curious to see what he has up his sleeve...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My week thus far {via Instagram}

I know that it's normally Instagram Friday, but I will be at the horse show at 5:00 tomorrow through Sunday night, so Thursday it is!

These were taken across the bridge from our river cabin. I drive this way every day to/from work and it's just beautiful this time of year. I'm hoping to take the Pontoon boat out next weekend so I can get some "real" pictures if the leaves haven't already fallen. We're supposed to get down to 27 degrees tomorrow night so I'm not holding out much hope!

Our town's sports complex. I was asked to do photos for the All-Star soccer league. I'm a wee bit excited about that. The formal photos are tonight and I'm going to freeze my hind-end off!

Our 5th anniversary is this month! It's been a wild ride, but I love my hubby more and more every day -- unless it's just one of those days where I'm ready to shoot him! :) I think most married couples will agree with me on that one.

This store has always fascinated me. It's been closed for a LONG time, but I still hope that someone will open it back up. I hate seeing old buildings crumble away.

Dahki's show ring debut is tomorrow afternoon! I'm SOOOO stinkin' excited! I've gotten phone calls and texts from friends who are already at the arena and they all say that he looks fabulous! If I didn't have photos at the sports complex tonight, I would have taken a half day and driven down. The suspense is driving me crazy!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday morning :)

My family and friends know that I have an {unhealthy!} obsession with anything Paula Deen. It's quite sad, but let me tell you, her recipes have saved my you-know-what in the kitchen MANY times. It's hard not to love someone like that! :) My mom and I drove to Enterprise yesterday morning to go to Big Lots to get some new Christmas decorations and I found these babies.

Let me just say that my life is now complete. I haven't had preserves that good since my Grandmother was alive. I may or may not have had two biscuits with breakfast just so I could slather those babies with some strawberry goodness!

I'm super excited about my photoshoot this afternoon. One of my friends happens to have the three cutest boys on the face of the earth and she's asked me to take their Christmas photos again this year. This was one of my favorites from last year!

This is her youngest and he is beyond precious. I mean, seriously now, how could you say no to that face! I can't wait to see what we come up with this afternoon!

This week is going to be a busy one. I've got photoshoots Tuesday and Thursday nights and then I'm going out of town for a horse show Friday and Saturday. Saturday afternoon with be Dahkilah's show ring debut and I'm so glad I'll be able to see it. I miss my boy like crazy, but I know that Rachel is taking great care of him!

This is one of my all-time favorite shots of Dahki. We were in the middle of one of his "fancy" photoshoots and he decided to tell us how bored he was! What a goofball!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Show Us Your Life

For those of you sweet {and totally awesome for finding me!} people who found my blog through Kelly's SUYL link-up, thanks for popping in! I've never linked up on anything like that before, so I'm probably a little too excited about it. HA!

My name is Janice and I'm 26. My hubby and I live in small-town, rural Alabama. I grew up in the little town we live in and Hubs was born in South Carolina and raised in Pensacola, FL. We met on Christmas Day 2005 {when I was living in Ft. Walton Beach, FL} and have been inseperable since!

I'm an insurance agent Monday through Friday and a part-time bloodstock agent and photographer on the side. I've been involved with horses in one way or another since I was 3. I'm thankful that I married a man who accepts {and tries to understand!} my passion for horses.

If I'm not in my office, chances are I'm behind the lens of my camera.While I "specialize" in equine photography, I've been known to venture out of my bubble every now and then!

Thankfully my friends and family tolerate my pleas of "just a couple pictures" every now and then! :)

Aside from work, horses, and photography, Hubs and I LOVE to travel. We'll pack the car after work on Friday for a spur-of-the-moment getaway and just drive. One of our favorite destinations is MeMe's house in Fort Morgan. Nothing calms my soul like the breeze coming in off the gulf. I love spending time at our river cabin and riding the jet boat up and down the river. I'm a water girl if you can't tell! I love my life and I'm so grateful for the amazing blessings I've been given!

Thanks for stopping by! :)