We have been anticipating their visit for a good bit.  In preparation we made a special and fun grocery trip, picking up all the fun kid snacks we could find.  These girls can eat and talk and move and crawl, a constant sport of watching them.  The human girls met our four-legged girls; interesting; tears at first.  “Attack/tackle” hugs and kisses.  By the last day of the visit they were all best friends and all very tired, parents, aunt and uncle included.

The girls got in some nail spa time, the boys a bit at the range, dogs playing all weekend, kids and the new SUV put to the test and feel everything passed.  Ready to do it all again.

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Making Memories

My mother is an amazing photographer and during a recent shoot she used an expression; “making memories”.  If nothing else you are making memories.  Those words were the first thing which sprung to mind while creating this post.  Some amazing childhood memories and those we continue to create to this day.

This is my most recent session with some great friends who now have their second baby.  More babies means more pictures and diapers I suppose.  We had a fun time watching them come out of their shyness shell (I completely relate) and getting outside and having fun.

Thanks and Merry Christmas!


Falling leaves and temperatures

The cool down from summer to fall is a sad time for many.  Kids back to school, parents back to work, everyone back on the road.  I suppose I fall in that category, for a short time at least.  Always disappointing to see summer go but ushered in are cooler night, changing leaves, fire-pits and football.  In truth, I do love this season almost as much.  Fog coated mornings, dressing up in halloween attire, scary movies star on the television…the wonderful circle of the seasons and life.




Martha Berry College

What a place, thousands of acres, beautiful architecture, wildlife, farm animals, biking to class and of course history. Dont much feel like writing a post but want the images to be seen…ill get back with you, tough day:)




beach week

It is amazing what a week on the beach can do for you. If you are that type of person that can do nothing all day long and be relaxed; and that I am.  Another great trip to our second home.  The dogs tore up the beach, we tore down on some tasty food and soaked up the sun.  One of the best things was an early morning kayak ride, some dolphins found us and watching them surface and play was a treasure.  Blessed to be able to do this trip with my parents and wife!


Closet Transformation

Becoming more and more confident and comfortable with carpentry and building made us feel ready for a pretty big project; our master closet.  We started with a smaller guest room closet.  Made mistakes, learned from them and made more.  I used an online closet designing company to help plan the spacing, measurements, and where to use hanging vs shelving.  A very useful tool.  Watched a lot of youtube and searching online for images of built-in closet design and style.  One video, had a gentleman working only on the weekends, as we would be, doing a very elaborate and professional job for an “enthusiast/non-pro”.  Took him several months which gave me a greater appreciation of how long this could take.  We also started in the beginning of warm weather [April] and did not always want to be stuck indoors.  It took us about five months, working nowhere near every weekend but putting in some long hours.  We allocated $650 which we ended up going over but stayed under $1k.  The online closet design site also priced out what you put together and the basic bones for what we used as our design for them to build (and install?) was about $2k.  I am quite happy about with what we spent, not to mention the value added to our house.

We ripped out the wire shelving, pulled up the carpet, laid down a floating, hardwood, bamboo flooring, installed built-in material, caulked and painted, replaced light fixture with a chandelier, measured and fastened the hardware/hanging rods, brought all our clothes in and now enjoying with a few finishing touches to go.

Thank you and congratulations to my wonderful wife and tool girl Heather!  Before we even lived together we put together our grill, the very first project.  had no idea it would lead us to what we have been through and what we just accomplished.  wow!



God Parents

We got a call a while back from my sister, catching up on what was new with each other.  I remember her talking over her shoulder in a muffled voice, “should we ask them now?”, Lou said.  My thoughts ran wild and quick, “what is my sister talking about”.  The mystery revealed itself when they came back over the phone and asked us to be God parents to their newest baby girl, Scarlett Antonia.  This makes the second time my youngest sister and Dave have honored me significantly when it comes to her own family, one honor with each of their gorgeous babies.  Her oldest was given my name as her middle name; Fiona Ryan.  Love it, love them, love my sister…

We made it back home for the ceremony, took a long weekend and  had a great visit.  The new house was complete, the weather was agreeable and family and friends gathered around.



kids rule your world

Some friends visited recently.  They have some pretty cute kids so I broke out the camera during the evening.  Though, not pictured here our four legged child is very ready to be and no doubt make an excellent baby sitter.  Ellie Jane just LOVES babies.  She cuddled up to the youngest one who was just laying on the couch.  Ellie wants to get as close as possible to lick and nibble his hands and face…



Tennessee Winters

Been out taking pictures because of sites we do not typically see.  We had some snow and currently are under and few inches of ice.  Finally able to make it back to work just today.  Of course schools are closed, they close down with the first hint of a single snowflake, but businesses, airlines, mass transit all have closed.  It was nice to be back but enjoyed the literal quiet time.  The image of the tree, which has become a familiar backdrop to many I take in our backyard.  Snow and ice can be so beautiful and calming but so deadly too.  Be careful out there America.


Presenting Pigs

Last year an idea come to me about making a present for my mom.  There is this pig cutting board we grew up using which evidently holds a special place in my moms heart because of who made it.    I do not recall what it was that brought this idea to me but a while later my parents were in town for a visit which led us to a well know eatery where they also have trinkets and gifts.  Mom found a couple of pig boards but they were not ideal and also not for sale.  This, further cementing in my mind I was meant to make one.  Ive been getting a little handier around the house, started with a few tools with the first house and now I build tables and built in closet systems.  I felt confident in undertaking the task.  Found a sketch of a pig, bought some tools…primarily the jig saw and last was to find the perfect wood.  I knew it would be a stretch locating it at my toy store – home depot.  After an exhaustive search around town I almost gave up…but no, not an option.  Online i went and found this great and funny company (another story).   I ended up with the perfect piece of maple I deemed necessary for my project.

It was a success and that was evident by the reaction I got of receiving the pig this week.