24 years and counting...

Last Wednesday, January 21st, I celebrate 24 years of being born. Some people asked me if I felt older, but really I've been feeling 24 for awhile. Now, next year... that will be a whole 'nother story. I'll be officially a quarter of a century.
As for my husband... I'm proud to say I'm the older woman in his life. Only by 5 months, but still, I've got him in the age category.

On Wednesday, I came home from work and JT was so excited to give me my birthday gift that he couldn't wait any longer. I actually had no idea what he was going to get me.... and suddenly from behind the couch came one of the greatest gifts, a Canon 40D. Isn't it wonderful?
Now, I know some of you are thinking 1 of 2 things: "Wow, I didn't know she was into photography so much?" or "Why haven't I seen her work"? Well, the truth is that I've always wanted to be a photographer, but it's never happened. I've always been too busy or I've let my amazing, photojournalist brother take the family photos and document some of the most memorable times of my life (our wedding:) ).

I've been talking with JT about my aspirations of becoming a photographer and I've never received more encouragement from anyone. He absolutely believes in me more than anyone and it's crazy to think that another person can inspire you so much. So, it's my goal over the next few years to become really good at photography so that it will go from being a hobby to being my "stay-at-home-mom-job". I really love being crafty and playing around with photos, so who knows, maybe this will become more than just taking pictures. Maybe I can turn photos into completed projects that everyone still has sitting in a box waiting to be created into the best showcase of their memories.

I must say thank you to everyone who pitched in and helped jump start me in the right direction. I'm so grateful! Here's a few photos that JT and I took over this past weekend celebrating with friends and family.

Sam's Club White Sheet Cake... delicious.

We have fun Friday night playing games with friends!

When I came home from work on Wednesday, I had a wonderful surprise of flowers, which JT's dad Jack had delivered. So thoughtful and beautiful!

Mom made my favorite childhood dessert, strawberry cake! It's been a few years since I've had this and it was fabulous!

What would an English birthday be without ESPN and Kansas basketball?

Mom & Dad gave me a beautiful platter to add to my love of entertaining at home :)

This was the sweet note my dad wrote me on my present from him.

So these photos are completely amateur, but hopefully with the help of some classes, books, and family members (yes, that means you Chris), I'll be able to sharpen my love for photography! More photos to come...