Camaron's cousin and his friends started a tradition a few years back.
It has been deemed Turtlenog.
Turtlenecks + eggnog = turtlenog
It is a very classy soiree where all boys must sport mustaches and be dressed in the classiest of fashions. Girls are not encouraged to have mustaches, but must also be class-ily dressed.
Basically, classy is the main factor here.
This year's Turtlenog was celebrated at a friend's cozy cottage in Vivian Park.
There were pints upon pints of eggnog to share, necks were warmly covered, not a male's upper lip was bare ...and someone even brought a turtle!!!
All of these amazing turtlenog details basically covered up the possible awkwardness of being the only married couple in our mid-twenties at a party full of 18-year-olds who just graduated high school. Seriously. It was a blast.
And since very few people knew us, I so could have been the party skank again.
For old time's sake. (maybe I was?)
Here is the official Turtlenog turtle -delighting in some nog, of course (yes, he's wearing a scarf)
Our cute cuzzies. Taylor, the distinguished young man on the left, was the mastermind behind the party
Ok, before you try to find Camaron and me in these family pics,
I guess I should let you know this is not my family.
This is my friend, Natalli's family.
Seriously, beautiful family.
I had the opportunity last month to take some family pics for them and it was so much fun.
Confession: I've never done a family portrait session before.
Another confession: I can't wait for the chance to do it again.
I'm mostly excited to photograph a family again because I feel like I now know a ton more than I did going into this photography session. Although I am proud of my work with Natalli's family, I can't wait to try out all of the new things I have learned.
Some of which incude:
capturing more candid moments
taking shots from more creative angles
learning EVERYBODY's names
using more varied poses
taking a TON more shots
Any other tips for me?
Want to give me more photography practice? (email me)
One of my favorite things about the holidays is celebrating with friends. I love a good holiday party. We were happy to have been able to attend 2 holiday soirees this weekend!
Loves me some eggnog:)
We had a church party Thursday night -we mainly just went for the free dinner. We stayed longer than anticipated though, because they had gingerbread house supplies and tables set up. Camaron and I love love a good house-o-candy, so we grabbed some graham crackers and began constructing our sweet abode. Sadly, the frosting we were provided with was not meant for constructing houses and ours collapsed ...like 6 times. In the end, we threw cuteness out the window and simply made a structure that could hold as much candy as we could stuff in it as possible. Now that's my kind of gingerbread/graham cracker house.
Later on that night, one of my friends from work was throwing a Christmas party at her house.
It was called "Give Some, Get Some."
Basically, they invited everyone to bring canned food for donating to those in need
...and they had hung mistletoe all around the house:)
They had delicious stew, hot chocolate, a photobooth with Justin Bieber, and Christmas karaoke
(all key elements in a successful Christmas party)
Camaron and I were watching a spectacular rendition of "Last Christmas" on karaoke, when my attention was diverted to a group of girls who were pointing above us and trying to get us to look up. They were referring to the mistletoe dangling right above us. Well, there's not much I enjoy more than givin my hubby a fatty smooch ...so with zero hesitation, I grabbed that man's handsome face and laid one on him. Little did I know, no one knew we were married, let alone even knew each other.
It rocked to be a fake party skank.
Have you been partying this season? Any other fake (or real) party skanks out there?
Link up your party posts below yo
p.s. karaoke fail = not being able to find an adequate version of your song (we quit before even the second line of "Baby It's Cold Outside")
p.s. the other day I went to the library to pick up a book I had put on hold. I looked though the "holds"shelf with the letter of my last name. I scanned over all of the books with the holdee name papers sticking out of them, but for the life of me, couldn't find the book with my name sticking out! ...Then I realized I had forgotten my last name. I was looking on the shelf that would have held my old last name. In 16 days, I will have been married for one full year:) ...and I still sometimes forget my married name