Monthly Archives: October 2011

and the winner is…….

Wow! Everyone likes Olive Garden! All the entries made me super excited! I plugged all your names into and came up with a random number.

The winner of this give away will be sent a $25 gift card to Olive Garden.

And the winner is…



To everyone else – be sure to enter our next give away.. the poll answers gave me a slight idea of what you guys might want in your NEXT give away! So stayed posted!

Have a happy weekend!

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Camping trip – Grayson Highlands

This last weekend John and I went camping in Grayson Highlands, VA with my mom and little sister. (my dad and other sister are in Samoa right now!) Anyway.. it was absolutely gorgeous, crisp and beautiful. It felt like we had entered winter though.. almost all the leaves had already fallen off the trees, and it got down into the 30’s at night.

We sipped more coffees and hot cocoas on this camping trip than almost all the others combined! =}

We walked down to the creek once the sun had come out and warmed up the air a little bit. I actually love hiking when its crisp cool air. I feel energized. :)

We stayed by the creek for a long time soaking in the beauty of it all. The sound of water splashing down over the rocks, the smell of the leaves..

But most of the time we spent next to the fire. Talking, reading, drinking hot drinks..

And did I mention we forgot our tent? We were so thankful, both days and nights the skies were beautiful and clear, no rain! Not just no rain, but the stars were absolutely spectacular. Striking.

And of course lots of marshmallow roasting and yummy s’mores.. :)

We love Grayson Highlands. It’s the closest place in the east we’ve found that resembles the west. The wide open spaces. The getting above timberline. That’s rare out here. And we love it. Feels like you can breathe.. and see.

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what IS that?

Anyone want to guess what this is? =]

Coming up next: pictures from our weekend camping trip in Grayson Highlands VA with below 40 weather and no tent!

Give Away!

I asked a poll question on our facebook fanpage Duoimagery to let you guys – our fans – decide what the next give away would be. The answer with the most votes was …

Olive Garden!

Yum! Who doesn’t want to win a gift card to olive garden? So I now officially announce our give away – a $25 gift card to Olive Garden!

Here’s what you have to do. Share this post on your facebook and tell your friends to go check it out, too so they can be in on the fun.

Come back here and leave us a comment teling us that you’ve entered. Otherwise you will not be entered, I can only see people who leave their comment here. :)

BONUS: If you share this on your Twitter, Google+ or blog, you can come back and leave an additional comment after every post! (only one post per social media outlet, please, lets be fair) :)
So the more places you share, the more entries you get!

Good luck and next Friday I will be drawing the winning name from

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to participate in future polls and keep up with our life and photos!

And since a post is always better furnished with photos.. here’s some Olive Garden pictures to get your taste buds worked up.. :)

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Happy 1st Anniversary to Jacob and Annetta!

It makes you feel happy just watching them together. The type of love that goes between two people who truly mean the world to each other. The love that shows they like just being together. That type of love that makes you wish everyone could have.

Their wedding was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve never felt such exuberance from a newly married couple as they left the altar, finally one. Yes, I cried.

The air was crisp and cool and the long warm rays of autumn sunshine kissed the day they said, I do. One year ago, October 16. To see a few more pictures from their wedding day click here. I hope your first year together was the best you’ve ever had, and the next year will be even more wonderful.

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for your soul is alive

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive. – Eleanora Duse

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. – William Wordsworth

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. – Khalil Gibran

The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature. – Aristotle

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. -George Washington Carver

Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God. – William Cowper

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts. – William Hazlitt

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. – Albert Schweitzer

Take a moment to stop and see the beauty around to you. To breathe in the fresh air. To rest in the One who made it.

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Food photography week

October’s week photo theme was food photography. Ay yi yi. I had fun. :)
So without further ado, I hope you ate lunch or this might be a tad painful. :P
Here’s my day #1. We went to eat at Joel’s Asian Grill. I had sushi for the 2nd time ever in my life and this time I loved it. No, really. I did.

And because the food was so delightful, I had to have two pictures from day #1.

Bethy’s day #1 – what better way to knock off the week than with PIZZA?

Day #2 – lunch at panera. (a FREE you pick two from our rewards card! yes, we do go that often)

Bethy’s Day #2- I lusted after this little snack of hers. Like Fall food-onified. Yeah I just made that up.

Day #3- I had a fundraising party and for a snack we had artichoke pizza. It was SO good.

Bethy’s Day #3 – FRO-YO!

Day #4 – pumpkin soup. ahh.

Bethy’s Day #4 – this meal makes my stomach growl :)

Day #5 – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory “Apple Pie” covered apple. It makes my taste buds soar.

Bethy’s Day #5 – her yummy looking lunch. with pepsi, of course.

Day #6 – Baingan Bharta – eggplant curry. :) It was so so yummy. I’ve been on this craze for Indian food lately. I always loved Indian food but I realized last week that I’d made it twice and we’d gone to our Indian restaurant once, all in one week. :)

Bethy’s Day #6 – I’m a sucker for rice and oh my.. this just looks so delicious to me. :)

Day #7 – My lunch at Field of Greens

And since it was the last day, I had to do two again. :)

Bethy’s Day #7 – Her deliciously beautiful meal for her boyfriend’s birthday. :)

So.. if that didn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what would. :)

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