Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Harvey & His Many Hats

When we adopted Harvey we were unaware that he brought more to our family than just a pretty face. Harvey has talents and not just the traditional talents dogs are typically associated with. Yes, he can sit, shake, high-five and lay down, but Harvey has many layers to him, some of which we're just now beginning to discover. Like for instance, he has a keen eye for decor. We know this because every time we leave the house, upon our return he has rearranged all the throw rugs in the house. He feels that they should all be in one room, in a pile, and that he should sit on them. Don't try to put them back though, because this only makes it more tempting for him to move them to their "rightful place."

Harvey also is very handy with daily chores, such as sorting laundry. After you've sorted the laundry once, Harvey feels the need to separate key items from the piles, such as socks, underwear, wash cloths and when he's feeling especially ambitious, sheets. Thankfully he's avoided eating them unlike someone else I know.

Additionally, Harvey is very talented at keeping time. In fact, we no longer need to set our alarm clocks nor worry we'll ever over sleep again. Harvey forbids it. He believes a good day should begin promptly when the sun rises and lets us know this immediately. He could easily take over for a rooster should we ever move to a farm.

And finally, but most importantly, he reminds us of the importance of stopping to smell the roses... and fire hydrants, leaves, grass, trees, other dogs' poo, and anything else we might find on our walks. Thanks buddy!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Stephen + Katie

They met in college at Wake Forest when he spotted her at a fraternity party and thought she was pretty cute. She's the life of the party and he was drawn to her immediately. He played it cool though, didn't want to seem too interested, even though he knew he liked her right away. They started a friendship, but she was pretty clueless about his feelings. Little did he know she had developed a crush on him as well. It wasn't until he got the nerve to kiss her while they were vacationing with friends for "Post Exams" as the Deacons refer to it, "Beach Week" for us Wahoos, in Myrtle Beach that all their cards were out on the table. It was the start of their relationship and even though his job and her grad school work would force them into a long distance relationship, they weathered through it and came out even stronger in their faith and love for each other. She made the big move to Raleigh once school was through and it was after she made this life altering commitment to him, that he knew she was the one. He proposed on another vacation, this time in Germany while they were enjoying Okotoberfest, and she said "YES!" Very enthusiastically I'm told. 

What a cute couple! I'm so excited for their wedding next month!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Art to Wear

While I was getting my hair cut a few weeks ago, my stylist, Jen, mentioned that after she was finished with me, she had a meeting with an NC State design student to prepare for the upcoming Art to Wear fashion show. Intrigued by a potential photo opportunity, I asked a few questions and we figured out a way that I could come by the studio while the models were getting ready. Needless to say I was SUPER excited for a chance to try out some fashion photography. Unfortunately the day of, I couldn't quite get out of work and by the time I arrived at the studio, the models had dressed and gone on to the show. Drat. I was pretty bummed, but not deterred. I grabbed a Qdoba burrito (since I knew it would be my only chance to eat anything) and headed to Reynolds Coliseum for the show. I tried to talk my way down onto the floor to get close to the runway, but all the photographer spots were full, so the director mentioned I could get a Premium ticket and get in the stands right beside the runway instead. The seat actually turned out to be a great view since I was closer to eye level with the models.

At 7:30 the show started and I was blown away by the talent of the designers. They weren't all necessarily fashion designers, some were in the architecture school and others in culinary school (as evidenced by the Nati Light, Starbucks, Pizza, Jimmy Johns and Bojangles designs below). I had a great time at my first fashion show and know it definitely won't be my last. Here are some of my favorite photos from the show.