professionally, i was honored to have shot my very first wedding! it was crazy exciting and it feels really, kinda cool that i made it through considering my nerves the day of. it's really funny now, but more on that on my next post where i will post the sneak peeks!
personally, my husband and babies went to this little piece of heaven sans me. the mama. the person who makes tired babies happy with non-stop cuddles and lovins. in another silly little story called, the mama is also an idiot, we booked and paid for this family trip with a bunch of the other friends for memorial weekend.
the mama who is also an idiot, also booked her very first wedding for the same weekend as her family vacay! and the only reason, the mama is an idiot is because she didn't know she did this until ONE WEEK prior to the vacation and the wedding.
obviously, the bride wins! ha. can you imagine?! ha.
i decided that it was totally okay that they were going without me because it would give me time to zone into wedding photographer extraordinaire. three days to myself? holy...amazing.
and talk of swimming with the dolphins and swimming in the blue lagoon was the topic of choice at the dinner table each night. peyton could not believe that she was going to swin with the dolphins. i just smiled and felt happy for my family.
what a cool vacation this was going to be!
i'll make sure i pack surprise treats in their travel bags so they won't miss me as much.
then. they. drove. away.
sadness swept over me with gentle waves of boredom and loneliness. and although grateful for my free time, by two in the afternoon, i was waiting by the phone for more phone pictures.
but by four... and a few phone calls later...
i love you, mama!
we live in a hotel!
we are going to see the dolphins!
what are doing, mama?
we have a dinner table in our hotel. we can eat here!
i could hear how excited they were and how much fun they were having with their daddy. they didn't need me. they were good and happy and well taken care of.
my sadness was dissipating away and i had to kick the guilt to the curb when i realized that i was okay missing out on all the fun. it only mattered that their fun wouldn't be hampered by my absence. it wasn't. not even a little bit.
my babies are growing up. i'm so proud of them because there was a day when an hour without mommy would send my little ones into a tailspin. crying and tantrums.
jeff asked me to say that these photos were taken by him...
leslie, thank you, thank you for helping so much and loving on my kids for me! (and for hooking jeff up with mayo and mustard for his
sandwiches. ha. that was a big one!
jeff & beckham caught dinner. a recipe for you...
crispy red snapper with honey-ginger sauce
i made this recipe from a few others off of the internet. i am clueless about preparing fish, so i just took what
i wanted from each site that i thought would be good knowing that i wanted to make a honey-ginger sauce.
juice from one lemon
1/2 cup honey, i used organic, grade B
1/2 cup of tamari soy sauce
4 tsp of minced ginger
5 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
you can make this ahead of time and store in fridge until ready to use.
i mixed the lemon, honey, soy sauce, ginger, minced garlic, and EVOO in my mixer.
pour into sauce pan and set aside.
heat butter and olive oil in large pan.
salt and pepper, snapper. lightly dredge in egg and then flour.
saute the fish in hot pan until golden brown on both sides.
heat honey-ginger sauce in sauce pan. do not let boil.
serve fish with white rice and sauce poured over top. it's really yummy and really rich. i suggest serving this with
a light salad dressed in oil and vinegar. the sweet and sour go well together.
i also served the fish with buttered carrots and stir-fried spinach, onions, and sliced portobellos.
* a lighter coating of flour or none at all would work just as well and it's what i will try next time!
so, i did what any person in my situation would do. i rocked out my first wedding and only cried tears of happiness.
then, i headed to the good ole' isle of capri with friends who are like family and new people that will forever be
in my heart. as usual, we had an amazing time except this time, i didn't have my own children to love on, so
i loved my friends' kids. it was lovely.
we took photos.
i saw things i never noticed before.
we played the 'if' game!
who is the one living and non-living person you would love to meet and have dinner with if you could?
SJP and jackie o!
fab out of towners!
and fab neighbors too!
nella made us laugh and fall in love with her even more if thats possible.
and we happily ran to catch a naples sunset like it was the last one we'd ever see. and it was worth it. the drive, the sand, the sun burned
shoulders and noses.
we loved our friends...
and then got goofy!
and some people sliced their foot open on a shell;)
good old ioc. it's a good place.