Saturday, March 19, 2011

Where does the TIME go???

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I'm sure most of you have been wondering where in the world is Jodie LeJeune.

I know...I've been MIA (but for GOOD reason!)

Let me tell you where I've been...let's start backtracking for a moment since it's been over a month since I've posted! Geez!

First of all, I've been behind my camera, snapping away at my beautiful niece and editing HUNDREDS of senior photos! I still have 999 left to go but the one above is my all-time favorite!!!  Her Mom hasn't even seen them yet so please feel privileged that YOU are the first to see some of off the press!


I've never taken photos of "people" before, especially for something as important as senior photos! I'm more like a "take a photo of an apple on the table" kind of know? So this was a big deal for me but it was SO fun because I had the BEST subject in the world to photograph! She's just adorable...inside and out.

Just giving you heads up that come May, I will be bragging my ass off about this little girl. Not only is she graduating TOP of her class with a 4.00+ but she's accumulated every scholarship there is out there and there's NO stopping this girl!

(do I sound like a proud Auntie?)


How come all seniors take a photo with a tree? She and I laughed about this the whole afternoon. I must have snapped at least 50 photos of her and "the tree".

Anyway, as I visually brag here about my beautiful niece, I'll catch you up on what's been going on in my world.

I haven't been on the computer lately (as you can tell) except for editing photos.

I checked my email early this morning and was flooded with over 200 personal emails...THANK YOU for thinking of me!!! :)))

I saved them all and I hope to respond to each and every one of you as soon as I can get some free time. I know, I've said that before but I really mean it! I miss all of you!!!! Rest assured that all is well on the home front...I've just been a busy girl!


(dang it...I gotta edit that vine out from the top of her head!

See? I told you I've never done "people" before! haha)

Anyway...Round Top is coming up and guess who's home? Me! Maybe I'll catch it in the fall...I sure am going to miss everyone!

I've been enjoying time with The Man and good friends lately.

We've been taking our Corvette out a lot lately in this gorgeous Spring weather we've been having.

I've been eating a lot of crawfish too! This IS the season and we've been indulging every chance we get! Yum Yum!

Have I told you that we went to Disney World? I wanted to go see the new Harry Potter world at Universal Studios and I must say I'm speechless! It is FANTASTIC and I have lots of photos but they are not even downloaded yet to share them with're just going to have to take my word for it! It's worth every dime (or Ben Franklin!)

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I also survived Mardi Gras! It was a rainy one but that didn't stop anyone. We still stood on the side of road, watching the parades, and catching some beads IN THE RAIN!

Nothing stops us Cajuns from having a good ole time!  ;)

I also went to see Clint Black! Remember him? Am I showing my age? ;)

He gave an awesome concert and lordy is he still pretty to look at!!! Some girlfriends got together to celebrate "being 50" and I was happy to tag my 40 year old butt along and enjoy the fun too! We spent the weekend at the casino in a luxury was high class country come to town! It was so fun!!!! There's nothing like girlfriends getting together!!!!  ;)

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{{{Payton says that her best feature is her eyes...they are beautiful! I can't even edit them because anything I do makes them look fake. So every shot of her eyes are REAL! Trust me! I have to disagree with her because I think that her best feature is her WHOLE's what's INSIDE AND OUT!}}}

It's springtime here and the azalea bushes are blooming! I love this weather before it gets really hot. Right about this time, I usually get the huge fever to go out and buy all kinds of pretty flowers and flower pots and dirt and play in the yard for days on end. Then it gets hot, I hate to sweat, nothing gets watered and all the plants die. I have learned to quit committing murder and just not plant anything! When I feel the urge, I just jump in the car and ride around in the fancy neighborhoods and get my fix of pretty landscaping while sitting in the A/C and sipping on my Dr. sweat!  ;)


I've also been busy helping a good friend with her daughter's wedding. We've already attended two showers (hosted one of them) and the wedding is coming up in early June. It's been so much fun planning and creating and the bride-to-be is such a cutie. She agrees with everything and everyone and she is such a pleasure to plan with. She's certainly not BrideZilla! She and her fiance' are both graduating graduate school in May. She will be an Occupational Therapist and he will be starting his residency...she's marrying a surgeon! 

The weekend after the wedding, us girlfriends will be getting together again and going to VEGAS baby! Remember those 50 year old girls I spoke about earlier? We are all booked up and ready to go...I can't wait!

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So there you have it...a snippet of what I've been up to.

I haven't forgotten about you...not at all! Matter of fact, I'm feeling pretty darn guilty that I haven't been over to visit and see what you're up to.

To all of my new followers out there, HELLO and I'm so happy that you stopped by! I do make a point to return the visit but that just hasn't been possible lately...please don't give up on me! Thank you for all of your kind words and I hope to visit soon!

I've had some WONDERFUL comments on my "Starting a Blog 101" post lately! I'm so happy to hear that the post is still inspiring others to start a blog and share what's going on in their part of the KNOW we are all nosey, right?  ;))))

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Thank you for sharing my bragfest and catching up with me today.

Oh and by the way, if someone out there knows where I can find a "time" tree, let me know. That's one thing I wouldn't mind buying, planting, watering and watching it grow!!!!!  I'd certainly sweat to reap the benefit of having MORE TIME!!!


Instead of promising you when I'll blog again, I'll just end this post today by telling each of you that I miss you and I'll be back again soon :)


Brynwood Needleworks said...

You've taken some fabulous photographs of your niece! Congratulations to her for a MOST successful high school career.

I want to go up to Universal to the Harry Potter world. I'm sure it's incredible.

Sounds like a lot of people are staying home from Round Top this year (according to their blog posts). Perhaps one day I'll get there, too!

Happy Sunday, my friend.

Deb said...

These are great pictures! They look so professional. Glad to have you back!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Jodie girl! I get to be the first to say hello since most everyone else is sleeping. But in my corner of the world it is 7:45 am and I am at work, supposed to be working, but stopping in first thing to say hello to a few friends. Seriously I was gonna send you an ecard today (and I still will) -- every day I say, I'm gonna write that Jodie, but you know how it is with time. I don't have a time tree either. Glad to know that you are well. Your photos are gorgeous! That first one is so beautiful. Of course, it helps when your subject is so pretty! Payton does have the most gorgeous eyes! And a wonderful auntie! Have a wonderful day! Glad to see you popped in for a moment. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

Dang! Shouldn't Donna and Deb be sleeping :/ Ha! :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Your neice is beautiful and your photographs of her are certainly professtional! Who knows, you may have a bright, new career!

So happy you've been having fun doing all the things that you need to do for Jodie. Hugs, Honey

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey Jodie girl! Your niece can be very lucky to have an auntie like you. She couldn't have had a better photographer either. Your pictures are gorgeous and Payton is too. It looks like you both had a lot of fun with that photo shooting.
You were really busy lately and you obviously had a great time. I'm glad to hear that :-).
Have a lovely Sunday!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Hey Jodie....
SO good to hear from you.
Your niece is beautiful and those photos you have taken of her is just stunning.
Sounds like you have had a great time.
Wishing you wonderful sunday
xoxo Tina

The English Romantic said...

Hi Jodie,
So good to hear from you and thanks for the Fab-u-lous pics of your neice, she is a real stunner and such beautiful eyes.
Life sometimes takes over especially when it's so good.
Have lots more fun,
Hugs, Angela.

zandra said...

so glad you have been having fun, girl! the last photo is my favorite.
Hugz, Z

Theresa said...

It is ALWAYS great to see your sweet face here! Your Niece is gorgeous, I know you ladies giggled a lot while making these pictures! Your work is professional dear Jodie "the photographer"!

I miss you bunches and happy to know that all is well with you:)

Love you bunches, T

Lisa Phillippi said...

Jodie your photography is amazing as always...and she is beautiful! Great job! Glad to hear what you have been up to...I will miss ya at Warrenton.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Good to catch up on what you've been doing Jodie! Your niece is gorgeous and your photos of her are wonderful. Enjoy the spring time. My first Grandchild is due in a couple of weeks and I am so excited! That's my big news! hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Jodie - as the mother of the bride to be I say "Merci Beu Coop" lots and lots! I follow you blog but have never posted b/c well, I don't know why? Anyway, love reading them and love having you as a BFF. And girlie, you need to show everyone the awesome "invite" you created for J&J's couple's shower...beautiful. Brag girl Brag!!! lol Love Ya,

Linda R. said...

Sounds like you have been really ejoying yourself.. Good for you!! That is how life should be.. OMG.. Your photo's are gorgeous. See I don't know were the term "dumb blonde" came from.. It sounds like she is as smart as a whip...(Were did that saying come from) Some many unanswered question. I could be wrong but did I read you are coming to VEGAS!! Well GF you know that's my home town.. Would love to meet up with you gals for a drink or two... or three.... Hee hee..

Well glad to hear you alive and well.. Hope you are having a great weekend..

Hugs, Linda

A Cottage Muse said...

Ok, first I am jealous as I love WDW!!!

Second...your neice is stunning and I love her in green!

Last, but not least...missed your posts!

Jacqui said...

Beautiful and clever girl!! Welcome back!!!!!

Linda said...

I'm so happy to read this post - I have been wondering where you've been and hoping you'd return!!

Your photos are fantastic - your niece is of course gorgeous and you did such a lovely job with the art of photography. :)

Glad to see you back,
Linda :)

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Beautiful niece and no wonder you are so proud of her. Fantastic pictures you have made of your first person. Also, so glad to know you are alright and still kicking. Had my first crawfish Friday night and your post makes me want more of those babies. I feel a crustacean "need" coming on. See you when you find the time.

Vicki said...

Your niece is gorgeous! You've done a great job on her senior photos. Love me some Harry Potter ride! Isn't that the best? glad you are living life to the fullest! Nice to hear from you and catch up.

luckygirlgifts said...

Wow!! What a beauty and what a great photographer you are. Tell her Congratulations! for me. My oldest is doing all the same senior stuff this year.
There must be something in the air though because today is the first day I've been able to get back to blogging and visiting lovely blogs and most of the blogs I've visited are bloggers apologizing for being gone so long. Well.... at least we aren't alone.
Thanks for sharing all of the lovely eye candy.
Glad your back (kidna. lol)
cari b.

Karen Valentine said...

Hello my friend!!! 200 emails!! Wow!! No wonder you don't have time for blogging!!! I'm glad to hear everything is wonderful and you and your family are happy and healthy. The pics you took of your niece are gorgeous. You should think of switching careers!!! I'm so bummed to hear yo will not be heading to Round Top this time. I will be there, and will miss meeting you in person.

Take care my friend!!!

frippery said...

Your niece is stunning! Great photos. Have fun on all your travels.

Sugah Beez said...

What gorgeous photographs! Sounds like you have been having a blast with traveling and enjoying the sweetest things in life. There are times when take some blogging breaks too. The kiddos have been talking about the Harry Potter part of Universal so I am glad to hear it is super fab.
Sending MUAHS and hugs your way ~ Heidi

Jane said...

Hi Jodie,
Just stopping by to say Hi and let you know I was thinking of you!
You have a beautiful niece and you captured some gorgeous photos of her!! She has one exciting life ahead of her!
Take care!

~Melissa~ said...

These photos look amazing! I stubled upon your blog and I'm glad I did! :)