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Whew! I needed a break...I've been studying for my last strategic media planning exam.

Well...the yard is finished! We've worked hard & tirelessly on our front yard & side yard over the past two weeks or so. It has felt like a much longer process due to imagining, drawing, saving (dough), window shopping, ripping, shoveling, & so on & so on...resulting in finishing! Here are before & after photos!

The beds have a nice coat of mulch, unlike the photo above where the ugly dirt is exposed. We also mixed in a few brushed nickel solar garden lights...they're pretty cool. The pictures aren't really doing our yard justice, but it gives you an idea. I can't believe I'm excited about this stuff! It's one of the joys of being a homeowner, I guess. I think it's great that we do get giddy about the little things! Next up...kitchen renovation! I hope.

I shot my first wedding last weekend & I'm booked for weddings Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Another busy, busy weekend is ahead! I will share pictures as soon as I'm allowed. Crystal Jo typically doesn't want photos "debuted" until she sends the couple their gallery information, which is usually between 2 to 4 weeks.

I have one week of regular classes left before finals, I'll be done with my internship in about a week & a half, my brother-in-law & his wife are coming in town from California next week & one of my best friends is getting married next weekend!!! Have a blessed week everyone!

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Wow! Another busy, eventful, memorable weekend! I had the privilege of singing at the Survivor Ceremony during the Columbus Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! What an honor and what an experience. I met my former "co-worker" and breast cancer survivor of four years, on Saturday where she told me to take a seat right next to Chris Spielman. Mr. Spielman is as amazing and kindhearted as his wife, Stefanie Spielman. He spoke moments before I was to take the stage and it was very difficult to hold back my tears, his words were so touching. Check out this eNewsletter about the event. {Race eNewsletter} There were more than 50,000 in attendance that day and over 20,000 during the ceremony!

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The first picture is of Chris Speilman & the second is of me, sorry they're so far away. Blame it on Steve. :-) The video above is of Hamilton Township High School doing their "flash mob" at the Survivor Ceremony! The clip is really short but it was fun...we danced to I Got A Feelin'! I'm right behind the lady who is getting down, dressed all in pink and a visor. Check out the Columbus Dispatch website for some great pictures of the event. If I find more good photos, I'll post them.

Aside from that big event of the weekend, we ripped out our entire garden (or jungle) on the side and front of our house! I am so sore right now! We tried to keep up with everything last year but the little old lady who lived in this house before us really liked flowers, all different kinds of ornamental grass and rose bushes! It was just a LOT to maintain so we've created a blank canvas for ourselves and it's going to look GOOD! We already purchased the stone edgers from North Shore Stone in Columbus. We have the stones placed on the side of the house but I don't have a photo of it yet. I think at this point it will be best if I show you some pics when it's done and looks a little prettier!

I've got a BUSY week and weekend. I apologize in advance if you don't hear from me. I'm participating and singing in the memorial service for Larry Wallington, former Ohio State employee who was shot and killed a couple of months ago. I'm attending the BBB Torch Awards Ceremony in Columbus. I have a job interview and my first wedding shoot this weekend. Wish me luck. Many blessings to you all!
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If you're looking for a good laugh today, check out this video:
Ellen Scare Montage


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I had another long weekend. A good weekend, but a long one. Steve & I celebrated our One Year Anniversary at Put-in-Bay & Kelley's Island up on Lake Erie! It was an eventful & memorable weekend. We drove up on Friday, tried to miss rush hour traffic but we had to drop Carmen off at my mom's. Rush hour traffic it was. As we sat on 23 North, our stomachs started to growl so we opted for Panera. Yum. As we are cleaning up our table my phone rings & it's the resort we're staying at for the weekend. The lady on the line asks if we are aware that the last ferry leaves at 8PM. I say "yes" because I did know but it was an oversight on my part, just figuring that we would make it. Mind you, it's 7PM when she calls and Marblehead is an hour & a half away from the Panera we're currently at. Yipee! Needless to say, we missed the ferry! Ahh memories. We stayed in Catawba for the night & enjoyed some interesting night life at MonAmi. We spent the day at Put-in-Bay on a golf cart (Fun!) & made sure to head out early, as not to miss another ferry! Once we got to Kelley's Island we checked in & took a leisurely tour of the island from inside our car. It started to rain but that didn't stop us from checking out the glacial grooves. We were not expecting what we saw! The glacial grooves were a really neat sight to see! Click HERE if you'd like to see some photos from our trip.

This weekend myself and the "founder" of Camp Sharp for Girls, my good friend Stephanie, & I are continuing our training on the ropes courses so we can be certified & help the girls out in July! Steph was certified on the initiatives courses the other weekend, while I was at the 2010 Miss Ohio contestant forum. It's going to be another LONG weekend but one that we will hopefully see huge benefits from this summer, when we see great big smiles on all the girls faces!

I continue to practice my mad photographer skills. Another lesson is planned for tomorrow. My brother-in-law got engaged over the weekend!!! He & my future sister-in-law are up for the challenge of being my models once again! Miss Ohio rehearsals start next weekend, for me at least. The weekend after that calls for some singing at the final ceremony for the Columbus Race for the Cure! I've got a mid-quarter report for my internship due next week as well as two (maybe three) other assignments. Graduation is in 82 days!!

~Love & Blessings~