Monday, April 11, 2011

beautiful weekend

Last week was full of early mornings (in which I dashed outside to snag the first sunrise-lit photos I have gotten in a long time) and long days. It's amazing how much more delicious a weekend is when you've worked, worked, worked most of the week. And it's amazing how truly delicious weekends turn you into wreck for the beginning of the next week.

Mine was a scrumptious weekend--full of blue, blue sky, dancing in a black dress, cinnamon pretzels, graduation dress shopping, donuts, and a two-night sleepover with my friend Hadley.

And an unsuccessful examination of the Disney store in search of awesome Tangled paraphernalia, which was hard on our hearts but good for our wallets. Happily, however, "I See the Light" was playing when we walked in, so we sang along with it and it soothed our sadness.

We have been trying to watch Tarzan together for a long, long time. Swathed in blankets and exhausted and ravenous from dancing, we ate pizza and ice cream and squealed over it to our hearts' content. It's Hadley's soul-movie, and she is eerily similar to Jane. I wonder if that means she'll end up with a flying wild man in a loincloth..?

And then the long-awaited viewing of Les Miserables which Hadley has been in dire need of. We screamed. Oh, how we screamed. And clutched each other and sighed and shivered. And may or may not have woken up peacefully sleeping family members.

{linking up to Carlotta's photo challenge}
Amidst the graduation dress shopping (something I have been waiting to do for literally years), we went to Payless Shoes and I was able to enjoy the truly fascinating experience of entering that store with Hadley. I swear it's a medical condition. The darting to-and-fro, the snatching and squealing, the cradling, the delusional sighing, and the crushing realism of-- I need to be smart and not buy the entire store because most of it is already at my house, in a long neat row of ridiculously cute shoes. 

And despite her ultimate maturity, she was able to help me find some much-needed red shoes! What do you think? I wore them to church today and am completely in love. I've been desperately needing red heels, but so many of them are crazy-high, and I'm not a huge fan of being like 6'2, so I was very, very happy to find a moderate, yet adorable heel.

 Today, the heavenly weather is quite gone...replaced by cold, dreary rain. But it was beautiful while it lasted.

 I hope your weekend was beautiful, relaxing, productive, perhaps involving a new pair of shoes, and most of all, refreshing enough to get you through the next five days.


  1. It looks like you had a beautiful weekend! Stunning photographs. And sunrise light is the best, no question about it.

  2. pictures of your new red shoes need to come up next. really. really, really.

  3. Wow! You're an amazing photographer, Polka dot! It looks like you did have a beautiful weekend. :)

  4. Those pictures are beautiful!! I LOVE the cherry blossoms.
    I'm in need of some red shoes right now! I have one, but I wore them so much they're...well...worn out. I'll see what happens :))
    -Jocee <3

  5. Pooooolka dot.

    I love your posts. Your weekend sounded simply...delightful!
    Your shoes are super cute. And did you find a graduation dress? What color?

    I ready your Tangled post, and decided I HAD to see it. I was totally not disappointed - I LOVED IT TO PIECES! The lantern part breaaaks my poor little heart in half :)

  6. Wow those clouds are beautiful! And the flowers are too!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog! I love your blog name! What gorgeous captures! :0)

  8. holy cow those are amazing pictures! I love the ones of the clouds.

  9. Those are great pictures!

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!


  10. Hey beautiful friend!!

    No, my weekend didn't involve a new pair of shoes, BUT...I got to see YOU TWICE!! :D And...I went to an amazing dipped in a waltz for the first time ♥...and stayed up late with friends. :)

    Beautiful pics, as usual...

    BTW, when are you posting winners for your giveaway? ;)


  11. I don't know if I've ever commented on this before, but your pictures are just gorgeous!

    Tarzan is a great movie :)

  12. Freaky! I just watched Tarzan on Youtube yesterday. :P Looooooooove it!

    What will get me through the week? This post. ;)

  13. I love the fourth one...IT'S SO PRETTY!!!! :D

  14. Sounds like a refreshing weekend! I could use one of those... ^_^ I love all your photos.. the blue sky looks wonderful!!

  15. Oh my!! That second picture is absolutly gorgeous!! I love taking pictures of spring!

  16. "And I was saved by a wild man in a loincloth!"

  17. EEEKKK! Those red shoes are adorable! My mom and I are planning a trip to Payless in the near future...sooo gotta see if they have them. :)

    How fun to be shopping for your graduation dress! You will post pictures when you find one, right?

    Sounds like an amazing weekend!


  18. ok, your photography is far better than my coffee! Love these landscapes to wake up to.

  19. Sounds like you had a terrific weekend!
    Giveaway winners? Yes?
    --Love MCat

  20. These photos are absolutely beautiful!

  21. Wow! that sounds like fun! I watched Tarzan recently. It was pretty good. Not my favorite Disney movie, though.

  22. I'm positive you know this already, but I just saw that your picture of Benjamin is featured on Pioneer Woman's Photography blog! Awesome! :-)

  23. My daughter and I went thru your photos, each drawing an "ooooh" and "aaaah" from us both!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  24. Beautiful pictures! Glad you had a terrific weekend.
    Things are always made better with donuts... ;D

  25. Those photos are amazing!

    Monique xx

  26. I've really be into cloud pictures lately and I just love yours! :)

  27. Beautiful pictures!! I love the blossom pictures... Gorgeous!:) What kind of camera do you have? o.O

  28. Josie--Thank you so much! I have a Nikon D3100. :)

  29. swoon. i see the light is a favorite of mine... :)

  30. Never underestimate the power of a new pair of shoes ;p

    And thank you for your comment on my "Papa" post. I'm following you now! :D

  31. I have an aunt that's 6 foot 2...without heels. Haha! ;)


    P.S. Gorgeous pictures!

  32. Oh my goodness! I got those shoes right before I read this! I didn't get the red ones (don't have enough things in my closet to go with them, sad fact I know...), I got the blue jean style. Looks like we may be kindred spirits!


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