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August 27, 2008

Shooting Those We Love

(of course I mean with a camera)

A photography forum that I visit (too)frequently recently posted a link to this blog entry by a photographer who just lost his step-dad to ALS.

In the entry, he talks about his experience in working at Kinko's and "fixing" photos for people's funeral, and some of the sadness that was brought by the lack of photos the deceased friends and family actually had to remember them by.

Fossils.

He spoke of how glad he was he got to photograph his step-dad and really capture who he was. Not just some snapshots taken during Christmas or birthdays.

baitin' the hook

This writing got me thinking about my photos and those I love and who are closest to me. You people know who you are, but did you know that you're the hardest for me to shoot? I'm not quite sure why that is, but i want it to change.

plane ride

So that's my challenge to myself, to accurately capture those who are most important in my life. Your challenge, if you're a photographer, do the same thing, turn your camera on those you love, if you're a member of my family or close friend, shut up and let me take your picture. :-)

cooking

August 26, 2008

Pluggin' It, Pluggin' It

So my photography website, is finally up and running.

www.CourtneyParisPhotography.com

It's still new so if you see any typos or anything that needs to change let me know and I'll fix it.

I'm very excited to be starting on this venture, and really want to thank everyone who's let me stick a camera in their face at some point or another.

August 25, 2008

Back to school

Last week was Conner's first day of Pre-Kindergarden! I can hardly believe it. Some days I just want to keep him home with me and snuggle him until neither of us can stand it anymore!

Here he is, the first day of school. So handsome.
first day of school
(on the porch)

first day of school, in his room.
(in his class room).

The next day of school, Lilli wanted her picture on the porch too.

c&l on the porch.JPG

August 22, 2008

New Albany Smoking Ban

I'm not going to go into a lot of details or words on this ban right now. If you want to find out more you can visit the New Albany Tribune's website to read about the embarrassing display from several parties that transpired last night.

Most of you probably know that I am not shy about voicing my opinion of a smoking ban, I support them. While there should be some exceptions, cigar/smokeshops undoubtedly, it comes down to basic public health.

Anyway, there are several emails going around requesting that you call the Mayors office to ask him to veto the vote, but if you're supportive of a smoking ban on restaurants here in New Albany, please call Mayor England's office and tell him so. 812.948.5333

Stand Up

It seems as though cancer is everywhere right now. Young people, old people,strangers, friends and family.
Do something if you're able.


Even Kumar Supports Obama!

Kal Penn was in Indianapolis a few days ago to support Barack Obama.


Bitchen'

August 20, 2008

RIP LeRoi Moore

LeRoi Moore, the saxaphonist from DMB passed away yesterday.

My FireDancer is crying.

August 15, 2008

Brittt's Coming Home

My little Britttttttt is coming back to the Hoosier State next Thursday! It'll be so nice to have him back and accessible for movies and going out to eat. I've missed him bunches.

It's the TV tower!!!!
(In Berlin)

With Bret
(After doing the marryin')

bret drunk dance.JPG
(throwin' down)

August 13, 2008

A was able to come home last night and leave this morning for the visitation os SPC Jonathan D. Menke, 22, of Madison, Indiana.

He said on the way into the city there were people lined up for 2 miles to pay respect to SPC Menke. He said that they picked up fire trucks and other uniformed services vehicles in the cities through which they passed. A also talked about the Patriot Guard Riders. We both knew about them, but had never seen them in person. You should check their website out if you get a chance. They're pretty freaking awesome.

Here are a few links if you're interested in learning about more about SPC Menke. The visitation is today from 4-8 and the funeral is tomorrow, August 14th. Please continue to pray for this family and all those affected.


To express condolences to the Menke family visit here.

August 12, 2008

they got Phelpsd

Every time I watch this I get all excited and stand up and scream when it comes to the the ending.

August 10, 2008

Torn

I wanted to post something on here about the fallen soldier that A has left to escort home, to his final resting place. As many of you know, A is not one to have anything is his life aired, the idea of this blog makes him cringe. The idea of any type of public recognition for a job well done, especially with the military, is extremely unsettling to him.

I had wanted to write about the soldier he's bringing home, I wanted to pay tribute, do anything, anything that I could to pay respect. There is a website published by the Military Times that lists and pays tribute to all the fallen soldiers so far. I asked A, if I could post a link here, he wasn't quite sure. He didn't know about the soldiers family and how they would feel. I told him the information was on a public site, and quite flattered as I was, I don't have any type of traffic that would really warrant a problem of information spreading by the masses. He just wasn't quite sure. So I said I wouldn't. And I won't.

What my husband has left to do this week, is something beyond my comprehension. My mind simply won't wrap around his task at hand. He feels no privilege in this, only saying this soldier deserves everything he can give if not more. His phone has been constantly ringing with messages from the stateside soldiers in that unit asking questions, wanting answers, and even if they don't say it, wanting comfort. I can't comfort my husband during this time because he won't let me. Part I understand, part I don't. I am fully aware that there is an "Army Way" of things, even though his commitment is part-time on paper. I understand that my husband rarely shows deep emotions, that's fine, that's who he is and I accept that. I am aware that he feels he is protecting his fallen brothers, as well as himself, as well as me, but I don't want him too. I want him to accept this pain, this fear, this anger. I want to understand what he feels, what he has to do. I can't and I don't suppose I ever will.

I don't know what I wanted to accomplish with this post, but I will close with this. The soldier that A is bringing home to his family is only 22. He was only a baby. Please pray for this family, ask that God lay a comforting hand on them as they release their son to Him, to lay a hand on his friends and brothers in arms. That God may bring an end to this war and the losses. That the pain just ends.

August 07, 2008

It's My Birthday! Day 195/365




It's My Birthday! Day 195/365


Originally uploaded by Ceece



August 06, 2008

Go Meat!

I'm not really a big fan of red meat but I love this commercial! The dude with the mustache and resort shirt is my favorite.
Tell me your head's not bobbin' by the end!