Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Gift of 'You'

A birthday is a special day to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world.

Just when you get adjusted to the way things go, you're reminded of how timed our lives are. We are subject to accept our age by a calendar rule...365 days, and you're older. It's a new year, a new age but it's always the same you, unless you have issues you choose to challenge and change. We're put here to live, to laugh, to love, and to cherish our moments together. Remember the good times and plan for many more. Appreciate our blessings and kiss our loved ones. Every birthday is a reminder...whether you celebrate for a day, a week, or ball out the whole's your time to shine!

Cupcakes in the oven, gunna eat em' up.

I woke Jerrid up with a song and sweets...singing the birthday song and treating him with a cupcake. This was a personal little thing...before the big sha-bang for his day. I knew we had a lot of plans for his day and I always want something a little personal between me and him as well.

** Carney Cruisin' **

The fair!!! Every year the fair comes to town, and it's in South Florida off Southern Blvd. up in West Palm. We finally went after weeks of planning and the plans falling through..hence my post a few days ago when we originally planned to go the fair and those plans fell rather than eating funnel cakes and fried oreos we indulged in Cheesecake Factory.

Jerrid is a big carnival food junkie. All the boys were raving about how much funnel cake they could eat...and chickend out after half of the giant funnel cake they each got....except for Jerrid. he downed his, and an extra. Those things were huge too.

Extra sugar please!

Jerrid's food. I think I got 2 bites before it was all gone...

The boys came for the food...the girls went for the prizes. None of us went on any rides even thought they seemed to have upgraded their ride selection. Some of the rides were just too much...usually they had dinky ones that give you little butterflies and now they had drops that would make you spit our your heart.

I like roller coasters, but I dunno how I would feel about being throw into a laundry machine type of contraption that just tosses you around like a wrinkled shirt. I would have probably thrown up all the carnival food I ate.

It's hard not to eat all the here is stop #4 million for some shish-kabobs. Ehh, you can pass on these...the meat was fatty. I bit around it like a bunny and tossed it.

What stopped all of our binge eating was seeing this...

Without reference to a sweet treat, it may not have been a bad meal.
Blended pork and potatoes doesn't sound appealing.
Everyone seemed to intrigued by it....just wanted to see what it looked like.

More food...

This guy told us he could never eat kettle corn another day in his life after the years that he's been doing this. Said even if he was starving and was surrounded by kettle corn...he'd pass. We don't blame him...after 3/4 of the way through that bag...we were done.

Even now...this bag is only half way eaten.

On to the games.

Dunk the clown...that guy was brutal. He pissed Fernando and Jerrid off enough...and got dunked. We were so surprised too...that one little kid in the pic below...dunked that clown like 5 times out of 15 balls!

Such a manly man! He broke the bottle.

JJ loved his toy...couldn't keep still.

Jerrid actually got hurt off this thing. The rope was cold and hard, he got a gash on his leg.
Bled for a while...had to stop at all the food places to get him tissues.

This guy was totally into her.
Spoiled her with Princess goodies even tho her dart bounced off the balloon and out of the booth.

more food on the way out...

** Opium

Me and beautiful Melissa.
Her eyes are insanely gorgeous. Blue like the ocean.

Aren't we beautiful?

Woah...I look like hell...but Jerrid looks cute.

Dress - Sky
Shoes - Aldo wedges with lucite strap and jeweled embelishment
Bag - Shih by Stephani Lin

Face - YSL Liquid Foundation - #7
Cheeks - MAC Cheeky Bronze MSF & mark After Glo blush
Eyes - MAC SolarBits in Bronzescape & MAC Carbon
Lips - MAC Lipliner in Subculture and lipstick in Fleshpot with NYX Smokey Look gloss.

Jerrid's birthday is cluttered with pics of the girls! haha

Stole this pic off the club's website.

The scene.

Opium nightclub at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL.

Make it rain...tissues

Watching Brain Grenade who rocked out pretty hard.
They hit the stage a little bit after midnight but only for a few songs.

I didn't take too many pics in the club. It's hard to chuck that big DSLR around all over and people look at you weird lol. I need my LX3 already! Besides, my lens isn't great in low light conditions...I'm only limited to a 3.5 to 5 or something F stop...not great for the dark. I had to bring a big ol' bag to fit my camera into. It was so annoying lugging that thing around all night.

Going out just reminded Jerrid and I how much we aren't built for the scene least not for more than 2 hours. We at least I was tired and sat at our table with Jerrid and moped. I never wanted to be in my bed as much as at that time. Something about the smoke and the flashing lights makes my eye lids feel heavy. We stropped by Denny's afterwards and then headed right home...crashing into bed after we washed our faces.

** Saturday **

Boston Cream Strawberry Shortcake with fresh yummy strawberries and glaze.
So delicious. I'm not a sweets person and I engulfed this stuff.

Jerrid enjoyed his buirthday(s)! haha.

Thank you to all who wished him a happy and blessed birthday!

All the world is a birthday cake!
Take a piece...but not too much!
- George Harrison


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Jerrid!

Today's Jerrid's birthday! He's the big 2-5!

Wish him a Happy Birthday on his Twitter!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Spontaneous Consumption

Probably the most useless and useful thing at the same time - making plans. I don't think plans ever work out most often than not, at least not for us...I can't even figure out what to wear unless the time runs out and I'm dragged out the door.

Today was one of those days.

Cheesecake Factory

The sisters. Also my sisters...I love them like so.

Mel's Shrimp & Pasta

Jerrid's Shrimp Jambalaya Pasta.

He got his plate before mine. I'm greedy. I plummeted my fork into his food. Yums.

Jerrid is convinced there is a difference between "spicy" and "hot".

My shrimp scampi.
Delish...I recommend.

Doesn't it look like you could just reach in and grab a shrimpy?

It seemed like it was one of those Saturdays that everyone headed out to party. We scampered around the house and got ourselves together real quick. I threw on my AA dress, curled my ends, threw on some makeup, in record time. I hate being rushed, but who cares what you look like as long as you got something to look forward to.

For some random reason...we ended up going down the 95 South to the Hard Rock to get a table at Opium night club...which of course was sidetracked by dinner #2 at Johnny Rockets. We like to eat...even if its a drive.

My handsome.

That didn't last...

Not gunna's weird walking around with the a big ol' DSLR camera around your neck. People look suspiciously at you...unless of course it's some big tourist location. I need my LX3 to get here already so I can get great quality photos without the smirks...ha.


Since my new expensive photography hobby has sparked, I've learned how darn much equipment you need to be able to get different photos, sharper images, great effects...etc. I really want to get a new lens, one that accepts more light into the lens so my night photos look better. Right now I'm using the regular kit lens which is a nice lens, but I want to have and explore my options. We stopped by Wolf Camera because that's really the only place I know that has a pretty nice selections of lenses and I wanted to play around with them and see how much they cost. Those lousy random electronics stores around the mall are such rip offs...tried to tell me the 2nd kit lens (55-200mm) was $460...but for us he'd give the discount of $350...for a $250 lens haha! Anyway...back to Wolf Camera - the same guy was there from our last visit. He was great. Let us try some great lenses and I found one I really liked...but I still want the 2.8 over the 1.8 which the photo below is taken with.

See how much lighter the pic is?
Perfect for night photos...but I want the 2.8 which is great for both day or night.
2.8 lenses are pricey as heck, but so worth it.

Of course I fear that this will start some kind of snowball effect and I'll end up with every lens ever created because I'm a freak like that.

and I leave off with...

A sneak peek at an upcoming post!