It all started over a bottle of wine (good stories always do, right?!). It was a lovely crisp white wine as the day had been warm (for Santa Barbara). Mike and I were hanging out, being lazy, watching movies and perusing the internet on our laptops on a slow Sunday.
That's when I saw the news article...Royal Couple Visiting Santa Barbara, or something to that affect.
"Eek, Ahh, OMGosh." I swooned and carried on. I insisted that we had to go. Mike didn't seem too concerned that the Royal couple was visiting and that we could have a chance to see them in person.
I realized this would call for some great persuasion on my behalf. Donning a ridiculous beach hat, I pranced around the house using a horrible, fake British accent, "Oh, Michael, we must go to the royal polo match. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. I shall just die if I can't go. All the stars will be there, it will be educational. It's a historical event, one not to be missed. Also, I can see Kate's clothes in person."
Unfortunately, the evening ended with "uh, let's talk about this later." Whatever.
A few days later after my shameless, British begging expose, I arrived home late from a meeting, starving and just ready to go to bed. Mike decided he wanted to run out for a late dinner..."Come with me," he asked. "Oh, alright." I agreed. I met him at the front door, sans purse.
"Where's your purse?" Mike asked a little alarmed.
"It's taking a nap. I'm not taking it."
"I think you should get your purse."
"I, uh, just think you should have it in case we need your driver's license or something."
"Oh, I already have that on me."
"I'll be right back..." as Mike runs up the stairs.
"Take your purse!" he says.
Sheesh, I'm thinking. He must really like this new bag I bought. Maybe I should get it in the white color as well.
I look into my bag and there's an invitation...in honor of my birthday to attend the Royal Polo Match!
You would've have thought the man was proposing again the way I carried on. Excitement and near fainting ensued.
Anyway, onto the good part. Such a cool event and it really was a once in a lifetime event to be able to see Kate and William (I like to think that we're on a first name basis).
The week leading up to the polo match, I was so excited...so excited in fact that I couldn't stop using my fake British accent. I'm sure Mike loved it :)
We were permitted to bring cameras so I was loaded down with my camera and Mike brought his trusty point and shoot:
The day started out foggy, but fortunately the fog burned off and the sun came out. This is the infamous "June Gloom" of Santa Barbara that has spread into July.
They're landing! You could feel the excitement in the air from the crowd and there was a murmur going through the crowd, "They're here, they're here!"
The sun came out shortly after Kate and William landed, and so did the Champagne :)
Prince William warming up on the field!!
Before the match, all the players rode around the field, were introduced and then the National Anthem played. Prince William is #4.
This little girl brought her Kate doll along...I may have to go pick one of those up ;)
Below is Melissa Ganzi, the only female player on the field. She's an awesome and feisty player!
Melissa and Prince William tearing down the field...
Prince William is the player getting ready to hit the ball with his mallet...
Prince William in pursuit of the ball!
After the match, Kate presented the trophy to William's winning team and gifts to the other team. Mike and I were standing behind the press and I'm pretty sure the guys in front of me were a little irritated that I was asking them to move for my shot :)
A blurry close up from Mike's point and shoot, isn't she so pretty?!?
I'm still culling through the gazillion photos I took. All in all, it was a fabulous day and thank you Mike for the wonderful/awesome/so amazing birthday gift!
I never thought I was the sentimental type until a friend pointed it out to me a few weeks ago.
Those who know me well know that I often purge things in my house or sell stuff online or load up a bunch of clothes and knickknacks and haul it off to Goodwill. But there's this one shoebox that I keep around. I place it on the top of my list of "stuff" to save if my house were burning down. This shoebox is filled with what I usually consider junk...loose papers, random little knickknacks (like plastic sunglasses that light up and blink around the frames) and ribbons and bows and cards. This is the kind of "stuff" that usually sends me looking for the shredder (OCD people unite!). But this shoebox holds the most important memories to me, things that I want to keep around so that when I'm old and gray (well, the gray part is already happening, boo!) that I can remember all the sweet things Mike does for me.
It was around Sophomore year of college that I started keeping this box. That was around the time that Mike and I started hanging out and he started inviting me to concerts, dinner, etc. Mike would always give me a handmade invitation when he invited me to do something and it became the start of my shoebox.
So, all these years later this box is about to bust...I need to get another shoebox for all the invitations. I didn't think I was sentimental but I guess it turns out I am! :)
Check back soon...I have a fun post coming up about an invitation I recently received from Mike for my birthday...to a certain Polo Match :)
Happy Thursday everyone! Time for this weeks installment of The Resource Room!
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July (yeah, I'm just a few days late on that...). I had a fantastic 4th filled with lots of kayaking and beach going and eating and lots of reading :)
Here are just two of the great books I read over the weekend:
In The Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson. This book is about a family that moves to Berlin during Hitler's ascent for their father's ambassador position...historical and suspenseful and sad. But good...you should read it!
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender. Great read and very different from most novels I read. The main character of the book can taste people's feelings/emotions through the food they make.
OK, so now onto the resource room part of the post! The blog I'm sharing today is one that I recently found and they actually have a dedicated blog for Charlotte and Charleston, but I'm sharing the Charlotte blog today. Go check out the Wedding Row!
I recently photographed Alexis, affectionately called Alex by her family and friends, in Santa Barbara in honor of her high school graduation! I had so much fun photographing Alex, not only because she's a fun and cute and happy model but it was a cool reminder and rush of feelings of graduating from high school (freedom!), enjoying your last summer as a kid (freedom!) and preparing for college (again, freedom!) :)
Alex decided to be photographed near the beautiful, historic mission of Santa Barbara and she introduced me to a few neat trails nearby. Alex is currently in France on a mission trip, but when she's not saving the world, she's an A+ student, amazing artist (she regularly has paintings on display around town) and is preparing for the next exciting 4 years of her life at Westmont!
Congratulations Alex and have a blast in France!!
I love them all, but oh, this is a fave! :) Rawr, Alex!
And here's a slideshow of the rest of the images: CLICK HERE TO ENJOY!
Happy Hump Day!
What what?! I decided to bring this back, like white jeans from the 80's. I actually had a few people ask why I don't do this anymore (thank you people for reading my blog!) so I thought I'd bring back The Resource Room :)
Before I dive into my share for the day, I just finished such an awesome book last night. It's been on my Goodreads list for awhile and Mike just happened to receive it as a gift awhile back....The Art of Non-Conformity. He received the book right before he left on a business trip...and here's how this went down:
Me: Oh Mike, I'd really love to read that book!!
Mike: Yeah, me too. So amped. Gonna take it with me to Minnesota.
Me: What? (as if he had just told me Santa Claus doesn't exist!) But I'd like to read it now.
Mike: Um, it's my book.
Me: Gasp! But I always read. I'm the reader in the family! What if I read it now, I'll finish it today (this happens all the time) and I'll
fedex UPS (that's right, I'm a die hard UPS fan!) it to you in Minnesota.
Mike: That's just silly. I'm taking with me.
A few hours later...
Mike is preoccupied with something, so I steal (forgive me!) the book out of his suitcase. Thief! I smugly hide it amongst my other books thinking I'll start the book as soon as I get back from dropping him off at the airport.
A few hours later...
I return home from the airport, pour a glass of Cab and happily make my way towards my bookcase. Only to find that The Art of Non-Conformity is not where I had left it. I frantically search (geez, didn't I have anything better to do that night?) all over my bookcase and I don't see it. Then it hits me. I immediately text Mike...
Me: I know you have it
Mike: What are you talking about? I have to turn my cell off, we're getting ready to take off...
Me: You have the book!! You sneaky thing, you!
Mike: Oh that, ha, yeah I have it. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Me: I may just have to go buy my own copy!
Anyway, I finally got to read the book and I loved it :) So check it out!
But I digress...on to the Resource Room part! Most of my friends and several of my clients have their own blogs now, which is fun because everyone can stalk each other in their own private way by seeing who is up to what. So I felt this would be a great post to share with anyone who has a blog or is thinking about starting one.
I love reading ProBlogger...there's always insightful information for any blogger out there. If you haven't heard of it, then what are you waiting for, go over there right now and read about how to be a better blogger!