The Gifts Came Early

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make no issue being 100% honest with myself. I could be a better wife, a better child, and a better friend. Sometimes I hate admitting my inadequacies, but spotlighting them helps me improve. Or at least I hope so! ;)

This summer has been insane with all the shooting I’ve been doing…and I absolutely love it…and wouldn’t change a single thing. Well, maybe just one thing. I work too much. It’s like I don’t have an OFF button or something. Perhaps I slipped by Heaven’s quality control inspector unnoticed. I like to blame my Type-A personality, OCD, perfectionism, or whatever buzz word is applicable, but the fact of the matter is that I really just don’t know how to let go and breathe every once in a while. However, it’s something I’m working on.

No, no…it’s something we’re working on. JD is an ever-present force in helping me take time to smell the roses. And ocean. And Polo’s sweet doggy breath.

To my pleasant surprise, JD bought me an early anniversary gift:






JD’s comes home every evening to the sight of me in front of my computer and he thinks that I can better use my time with a pimped out Mac Pro. I can’t WAIT to get it set up and start crankin’ away at my projects. I'm such an Apple nerd, so I’m dying with anticipation and excitement!!

And on a totally unrelated sidenote, I was planning on buying JD argyle socks for our anniversary…so, yeah…I need to think of something a little nicer. Suggestions are welcomed. No, really, I need some gift ideas…stat! :)
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Kay English - omg omg omg!!! My 1 year anniversary is coming up and I am SOOOO suggesting this! Congratulations on a wonderful gift!!! For my wedding, my husband gave me a gift of the 24-70 which was soooo sweet! It made it especially nice since he dropped one of my other lenses and it broke lol.   07.28.09 - 7:39pm
Mark - Congratz thats so nice!! How about a watch? Is he in to that stuff??  08.29.07 - 11:42am
britt - so i've officially decided that your husband is AMAZING!!! hehe...congrats sweetie!! i agree with Shy, the best idea for him is time with you away from everything work related...Catalina maybe? oooo or Napa, wine tasting is always fun! :) love love!  08.28.07 - 2:04pm
Korey - Hmm...Josh always wants tools, but if J.D. isn't into that, I'd say a trip, even just a weekend in Santa Barbara or San Francisco could be so fun! P.S. I've been begging and saving for a MacBook and Photoshop! I'm so jealous!!  08.28.07 - 11:40am
Amy - Have you ever been to the Melting Pot restaurant in Irvine? It is the best restaurant ever! The food is amazing but it's also very intimate, perfect for an anniversary! It's basically a three hour dining experience so you will have lots of time to just chat. I have gone there my last 2 birthdays and told my husband it's my new birthday tradition- he won't take me there anymore than that b/c he thinks it needs to stay a special occasion but I'm always trying to wear him down on this rule :)  08.28.07 - 10:28am
Michelle Bres - hahahahaha!! go for the socks girl!! have a great Day!!  08.28.07 - 9:29am
Bob P. - I would go for a GPS like the Garmin Nuvi 350 or XM radio with a subscription to their service. That is, if he doesn't already have them. They both change your life!! (for the better)  08.28.07 - 5:29am
mark brooke - I am SOOOOO jealous!   08.27.07 - 11:25pm
allison - Here's an anniversary idea for you...for fathers day I gave my husband a gift certificate for a Harley rental for 24 hours, and I promised to go with him! Something we had talked about but never done....needless to say I was scared all week leading up to the actual day but, it turned out to be soooo much fun riding through the backroads of Northern Cal with my arms wrapped around him....we had a blast and he was thrilled!  08.27.07 - 11:23pm
Jasmine C. - I just bought a MacBook Pro two weeks ago (my first mac) and I am head over heels in love with it! It's just so beautiful. :) So happy for you and your new Mac! Can't think of a gift idea. Is he into concerts? There's a lot of good ones coming up in So Cal. How about a homecooked meal? I posted our story for that contest on our site if you're interested. :) I'm so excited! Take care.  08.27.07 - 11:05pm
Shannon - OOPS....I didn't mean "from" JD I meant "for" JD...apparently I can be a little tarded, as well as shiesty.....lol Whatever you do, I am sure it will be AWESOME!!!! Just have a BLAST!!!!! If I lived closer, I'd offer to take care of Polo for you, but I am now in Alabama....just a little far to babysit for you...too bad, I'm sure my two would love the added playmate....  08.27.07 - 9:39pm
Shy - Knowing how much of a quality time person JD is... I think the best gift you can give him is some time away with you ALONE. ( Alone= without your computer or any work) I think he'd appreciate that more than anything!! :D  08.27.07 - 9:15pm
Shannon - OK....Miss Shiesty......if you are going to take all the credit from JD, then you at least need to give some kind of props to whomever had the winning idea....I don't know, maybe hook up with your friend Jessica & offer a nice new Shootsac.......LOL.....I can be shiesty too......  08.27.07 - 8:38pm
Kristen Dawn - Oooooh so lucky!!! Emilys right, I just went skydiving for the first time with my Dad last week.... it's basically the coolest thing ever. If I had the money I would do it ever week, atleast now I know what I'm asking for for Christmas. If he's not the adventurous type... maybe Polo needs a friend???  08.27.07 - 8:29pm
Jasmine* - Hahaha! Thanks for the ideas, but a new car and a trip to Mexico are a little much for me right now! ;) However, I will most definitely look into that sock website and order a few pairs. Hey, what can I say? I'm practical. :D  08.27.07 - 8:27pm
Michelle Bres - Hellooo Jasmine, this is your mexican friend Michelle, I suggest A beautiful trip to Mexico!! Here you will be in peace and can take a brake, and I can make you a beautifull photo studio in the beach!!!   08.27.07 - 8:12pm
Emily DeWan - How about skydiving for the two of you? Probably want to leave the doggie at home for that one. Can you rent a small plane for an awesome view of the skyline? Still go with the socks: I like www.joyofsocks.com for interesting patterns.  08.27.07 - 7:53pm
Diane Hwang - Wow girl! That's so sweeeeet! Heck, if my fiance got me that for our anniversary, I would take a long weekend to a bed and breakfast in one of these small towns in Maryland. It'll be peace and quiet :-)  08.27.07 - 6:43pm
Lisa Robbins - WOW! What a gift! Well girl, you deserve it! I'd have to agree that season txts to any pro sports team would be a nice reciprocation! Enjoy the new toy!   08.27.07 - 6:30pm
Ricki Ford - That ones is going to be hard to top Jasmine. You are going to have to buy him like a car something.  08.27.07 - 5:31pm
Donna - Workaholics Unite! As soon as I'm done with this album design, I'll be out for happy hour. ; )  08.27.07 - 5:28pm
Sinead - Jasmine, that's just fabulous! Why don't you whisk him away to one of those wonderful spas that you California girls are so lucky to have absolutely everywhere? (BTW: I don't have a handle on the work thing, either, so please do let me know if you find a solution. )  08.27.07 - 5:24pm
Geanette - My hubby LOOOOVES racing almost as much as he loves me (so I tell myself), but here is a place in Corona Ca called Pole Position and you race laps ingo carts.. A TOTALLY fun start to an evening that isn't tooo girlie. Plus you can still go to a cool dinner somewhere and comfort him after you just kicked some butt!  08.27.07 - 5:00pm
Simply Modern Weddings - What an awesome gift...kudos to JD!!! Yeah, socks aren't going to really cut it now. I really like the idea of doing a weekend away, so you can both relax. Esp w/ all the weddings you have had lately.   08.27.07 - 4:22pm
david baxter - how bout' season tix to clippers?  08.27.07 - 4:08pm
Jasmine* - Ooooh, I like these ideas!! Keep 'em coming...however, I hope y'all know I'm going to take total credit for these ideas...yes, I'm a shiesty wife!! :)   08.27.07 - 4:08pm
Kristen Leigh - Ohmygoodness! We have twin computers and screens! They are probably long lost siblings.... Yours can be Annie and mine can be Hallie :D hahah - I got mine for graduation this year. It pretty much rocks my socks off.  08.27.07 - 4:07pm
Shannon - Oh my....he is so amazingly thoughtful!!!! I think I have only seen a couple pictures of him here & there, but I would assume he is quite fashionable, so how about a REALLY nice watch, & a "weekend" trip away? I quote the weekend, because photographers don't get Saturday & Sunday. Not sure what line of work JD is in, but call his boss, find out how much time he has to take off, plan a couple days to go away, just the "Three" of you....yes, you have to bring Polo....I have two Maltese, & they go EVERYWHERE with us......Have FUN....NO work, just PLAY!!!!!!!!!  08.27.07 - 4:00pm
Shannon - i sure know what its like to forget to breathe. ahhhh! hopefully this helps free up some time :)  08.27.07 - 3:40pm
Margo - I'm normally a fan of presents that are experiences rather than presents that are things. Are there any cool shows in town that you'd like to see? Expensive dinners? (Both?) A weekend trip? I think this would be a good way to help you escape from work, too!  08.27.07 - 3:36pm
Melissa McDowell - Congrats!! I just got the same set a few weeks ago and I am lovin it only mine wasn't a gift from the hubby ( I wish! ). You are going to have a blast!   08.27.07 - 2:48pm
brooke - i have yet to own a mac (always been a pc girl)..but now..i WANT!!! that is one HOT machine...cant wait to hear how you love it. Gifts? Um, well...you have got me...how do you beat that?   08.27.07 - 2:09pm
Tanya Perez - ooooOo I want one! Guys are so hard to buy for, so I am no help with the idea part. =/  08.27.07 - 2:01pm
nicole green - what a GREAT gift! :) that boy is a keeper. ;) he deserves TWO pairs of argyle socks! :) haha  08.27.07 - 1:57pm
Amy - You are one lucky chica!! :)  08.27.07 - 1:32pm
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