here comes the sun...

Warning: Long post full of ramblings about photos, babies, cooking, snakes (SNAKES! What the heck, Whitney?), blog designs, and notecards headed your way!

I feel like there's so much to tell you...and I have no idea where to begin!

First of all, here's this to brighten your day a litte:

(This is my cousin Meg's picture and my editing)

Isn't she precious? Yes, of course she is. Absolutely darling. The cutest baby in the world!

Anyway, now that you're smiling...

First things first-- I have been working really hard (in the abundance of in my spare time) on my photography. I have two sessions with two different families scheduled for this Saturday and next week. I hope they go really well.

Mat has been so supportive of my desire to start taking my photography more seriously. We have chats about it, he helps me look at pictures, and he talks business to me. I also read a blog this week about a girl who had a dream and has just begun to get her ducks in a row to start making it happen. And then there's that great girl Gussy who decided to make her dream come true, too (and she has!!!). If I try to take my dream more seriously, and I fail, what's the worse that can happen? I fail, right? Right.

I'll fail, and then I'll move on with life. It's that simple.

I have a name, a great camera, and passion for the art, and I just finished putting the final touches on my photography logo on Adobe InDesign. I think it looks pretty good for a girl who took her Adobe classes almost 5 years ago. (I'll reveal it later!) Things are coming together very nicely!

So...with that being said, don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like some pictures. In fact, PLEASE contact me!!! For the first few sessions, I wont' be charging-- I want to learn and begin a solid process, so everything will be free-of-charge (and you'll get edited, good quality prints and/or a CD of all the photos that are "good"). Let me know if you'd like me to snap some pictures of you or the awesome people you hang out with...

Second-- my blog is getting a make-over! And I'm super pumped. It will be around 9-10 weeks before we reveal the new blog layout, but it's coming. And my blog's going to look much more "Whitney-ish" when it gets installed!

Third-- today, two years ago, my then-boyfriend Mat put on a suit and bowtie, drove 3 hours from Mobile, and proposed to me in the dining room of my little house in Tuscaloosa. I said yes, and haven't stopped kissing him since!

Fourth-- the Mum sent me and Mat our Easter baskets this week. Look what was in mine!

Yay-ya!!! New notecards. Always a plus. Mum remembered I wanted these from this post. Isn't she the best!?! (I got Lilly p.j. pants, a fleur-de-lis letter opener, a Scottie journal and notepad, too. Score.)

And why bees, you ask? My Papa keeps bees. (Or maybe they keep him, who knows), but, I've been told his honey is the best on the Mountain (Sand Mountain, that is-- where Mat and I grew up). I don't eat honey by itself, but I know it's phenomenal in my Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread (you have to ask me for this recipe-- I'm not posting it!)

Oh and speaking of Sand Mountain, have you ever heard of this book?

Yeah...it's not a joke. Buy it. And read it. It will change your life.

I can't believe that's where I'm from. Snake handlers. Really.

I digress.

Fifth-- sometimes I get distracted by life from life (just like up above). And then my kitchen ends up looking like this...

Just keepin' it real, folks. Keepin' it real.

And finally-- I walked outside one morning on the way to work to put a letter in the mailbox. I ran into this guy...

I thought he was so funny sitting up there. I have lovingly (and completely out of fear of him) named him The Mailbox Superhero. (I think that's what he's doing up there. Maybe...)

At least I know no one will still my ValuPak of coupons for $10 oil changes, a free set of dentures and retractable porches before I can get to them...

**Revision: I just posted this post, and then saw what I had titled it: "here comes the sun..."

I have no idea what I was going to talk about that had to do with the sun. Or it coming.

My life. Sheesh.


  1. A few things...

    1. So exciting about your photog progress! I seriously want you to practice on Adam and me. We have no good pictures, and I would love some! Let's find a time.

    2.I love that you posted about your Easter basket. My mom texted me to say that ours were in the mail. HA! Our mom's are the same person. Love it.

    3.Your kitchen doesn't look half-bad. Trust me.

    4.I enjoyed my break from furious paper-writing to read your lovely little blog! You are just wonderful, Mrs. Alexander!

  2. Whitney! Hi, it is Ashley Manning (maybe you remember me from middle school). Anyway, I love reading your blogs! They always make me smile. I think your photography is AMAZING and I think you should definitely follow your dreams of doing it. Also, it is so funny that you're reading/have read "Salvation on Sand Mountain." I just finished it a few weeks ago. When I was in middle school, my parents moved to Fyffe and stories about those snake handlers always intrigued me. There is a church about five minutes from my parent's house that still does this. (eek!)

    Okay, getitng off my soap box now. Keep up your great posts and amazing photos. I'm in love with the picture of the day. :)

  3. Oh sweet Whitney, I love you so much! You have made me feel slightly better about the horrific state of my condo. :-( Thesis trumped all this week. I love you! Can't wait to see the new blog look!

  4. Whitney, you always make me laugh. And your mailbox hero may be Elijah's guy. . .just maybe. . .we'll walk over and see in the next few days. I'll ask him if we can leave him there to "guard" your mailbox. I really don't want him back. Just thought it was funny that he ends up on your blog! By the way, can we schedule for next week sometime later? Maybe Tuesday? What works for you? That day is supposed to have good weather.