Spring Getaway

March 15, 2010

A little R&R700-2

As you can see, the fabulous Rita of Coffeeshop Photography, was able to complete my blog overhaul this past weekend. I had mentioned in my last post that in order to avoid having two separate blogs....one family blog and one photography blog, I was hoping to combine the two and get a blogsite.

She certainly delivered.......This layout is exactly what I had in mind and she was so fantastic to work with. Even though I have been doing my own blog design these last few months, I could have never pulled this one off. In the whole grand scheme of blog code, I know just enough to be dangerous, but nothing as sophisticated as this. If you are looking to make a change, I highly recommend her. After she finished up, she sent me all the instructions so I can make future changes. So from here on out, I will be able to do things like change the pictures in the flash header, change my papers, my logo, my fonts, and colors.

So, now that I am officially up and running, I have some serious work to do. I need to go back through and label and link all of my posts so they go to the appropriate place. I also need to create drop down boxes on my menu bar. It is going to take me a little time, so bare with me.

You may have noticed that my sidebar is gone.... well, not really....scroll all the way down to the bottom and you will see most of what was on my old sidebar. That is still a work in progress too!!

Needless to say, I am feeling a tad overwhelmed at the moment. Of course I want this all done yesterday, but that just isn't going to happen. I have lots on my plate right now, so I am going to need to be realistic.

Last week I had my first online class and it went better than expected. A big thank you to the 5 ladies that were my first official students......they made it so easy for me and I can tell they learned so much in just one session. I have another class scheduled this Thursday night and I have a jam packed work week, so I might be kind of scarce around these parts.

So, are you wondering why I have a beach picture up there?
Last year at this time, Pat and I were at The Atlantis in the Bahamas. That is where this picture was taken. I am sad to say that we are not heading back to the Bahamas, but I am going to be heading somewhere warm and sunny!

Next Sunday, I am leaving for Scottsdale, Arizona........ it is not the beach, but it will certainly be very hot and anywhere I can wear flip flops and capri pants works for me:) I am traveling out there on business. I have meetings for a few days, but my boss has graciously exteneded my trip so that I could get a little extra R&R before returning home. I have never been there before, but I am very excited. I am staying at The Phoenician and have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. As soon as the business meetings commence, I plan to be poolside with a nice fruity drink in my hand or visiting the resort spa.

I feel somewhat guilty leaving Pat and the kids at home.....okay, really guilty, but sometimes even us Moms need a break. My daily schedule keeps me hopping, so from time to time, a little downtime is just what the doctor ordered. Fortunately, I have an amazing husband who realizes this and is happy to pick up the slack in my absence.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

I will be here for Black and White Wednesday, but I other than that........my next post might be from warm and sunny Arizona.....and you just never know who I might run into along the way:)


Love Letters To China said...

Love the look of your new blog! Haven't had a chance to explore yet, but will come back after I drop the kids at school. So glad you're going to be taking some time to yourself. You definitely need a break from all the craziness of life.

Have a great week... talk to you soon!


fleur de lis cottage said...

Love your new blog look. I love it so much, I may have to follow in your footsteps!!

Anonymous said...

Love the new setup! So fresh and clean—gorgeous! Have a grand time in Arizona. I've never been there, but I have friends who live out there and say it's the happiest state in the country. Enjoy the SUN!

Shelly and Family said...

First Off ~ LOVE the new blog look :)

And as for Scottsdale AZ...Keith & I are so jealous! We have traveled there before and it is one of our favorite places ~ seriously! (Scottsdale & Sedona) Keith even has started looking into purchasing properity out there for a vacation home that' how much we LOVE it! Have a great time! You are going to LOVE it!

Have a great time!!!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

It ALL looks fabulous.

Enjoy your rest. Just what the doctor ordered.


Steffie B. said...

Have a wonderful time.....and a little birdy already told me who you were meeting! ;)

Take lots of pics.....lol...


Sandra said...

LOVE, LOVE the new blog look!
Have a great time in Arizona and don't feel guilty. You'll be a better wife and mother for it.

Wanda said...

I have a huge grin on my face right now. First....I love the blue - it is so refreshing. I'm crazy about this blog make-over. (And I'm personally excited because that's what I've wanted to do for awhile. I'm tied into this design I have now and I really want to be able to control it and I now see that I can. thx!!)

Life is full of good things for you right now Lisa and I'm very happy for you. Can't wait for our session on Thurs. And look forward to your Arizona pictures an stories and hmmmmm....who you'll be "bumping" into!!

Enjoy it all my friend!!

Everything Beautiful Shay said...

You went from one beautiful blog design to another! Love it. And pray you have a very restful and relaxing time away. No guilt... it is for your family's benefit to get away. Maybe I need to take my own advice! :)

Dita said...

Love the new look but then again, I always love the reincarnations of YOU...you just can't sit still, can you?!

That image conjures all things warm, beautiful and tropical. I am so glad you are going to a sunny locale to decompress. You seem to always be running and I will be happy to know that you are taking some downtime.
Thank Heavens for Pat...he is such a doll!

Can't wait to see what little surprise you have in store for us...hmmmmm, bumping into someone in Arizona?


Keisha said...

Oh...!!! I love the new look! Perfect..Nice Clean look!! I can almost smell the nice clean scent too!!! LOL! jk. I really love it!
I like your tunes too. ;)
This picture makes me miss the beach! :(
Come on SUMMER!!!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

blog looks great!
I hope you have a great trip...this weekend's weather really sucked, so I'm a tad jealous that you get to leave on a jet plane to sun and warmth :) safe travels,

Jboo said...

New look is beautiful! Have fun in AZ -- one of my fave places to visit. Nice and warm and no humidity to frizz the hair! :)

Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

Love your new blog/website. Very cool!
You'll love Scottsdale. We were just there last year!

Thanks again for the awesome class. I did learn a lot and have been practicing. I may bug/e-mail you tonight because I'm still having a little problems with "eyes'. When I get to the blending and overlay part I just fall apart. The story of my life! =)

Sherri said...

Love the new look of the blog :) Have a good trip.

jennifer said...

I LOVE the new look! It is wonderful. Have great trip! I'm wishing I was on that beach you have posted!

Rita said...

I just wanted to say thank you for your incredibly kind comments about the blog design. I loved working with you!

And enjoy the Mom break. We all need them sometimes. :-)


Kate said...

Your changes look beautiful Lisa...makes me want to be at the beach. Have a great work trip. Lia will be going to stay with my parents for her spring break as I have to work and Jim will be out of town. It will be the first time in four years I will be by myself for two whole days. I am not sure I WILL be able to relax...but I sure am going to try and make the most of it...

Hope all is well...


Gail said...

Ahhh...feels like a relaxing spa over here now! Love the new blog look Lisa. I know you'll have a wonderful trip and a well deserved get away.

Have a great Monday!

Kim said...

STUNNING! I love everything about your new look!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Anonymous said...

Love the new look!!! Have fun in Arizona...enjoy the sun!


Marla said...

Woohoo!!! Love that the new look is live for the world to see, you know I love it!!!

Can't wait to hear all about Scottsdale, I'm sure it's going to be fabulous!

Lori Lynn said...

The blog looks wonderful! So nice that I might even give your designer a call.

Congratulations on your first class! I hope there will be many more to come.

Sharon said...

Can you take me with you? : ) I love the new layout and look of your blog.

Kim said...

LOVE the new blog look..
have a great trip.. you will love that place..
and can't wait to meet you...

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love the new look! Have a wonderful time in Arizona! Say hello to the sun for me.

Patricia said...

I love love LOVE the new look!!! It's calming!! Just beautiful!

Have an AWESOME time in AZ!!! We go there all the time & I find it the perfect place to recharge!! The Phoenician is gorgeous too!!
If you need restaurant recommendations just shoot me an email! ENJOY!!!!

Jodee said...

As I said before, this blog format is perfect for you! I love it!

You will have a blast in AZ. Scottsdale is fabulous! I was there apx. 20 years ago and it was great then! I am sure it is even better now!

Have fun packing your flip flops and capri pants!

Tezzie said...

Love the new look...and love "Coffeeshop Rita" She rocks!

Have a great (warm) vacation! :D

Lourie said...

I love this! I would love to be able to do this for my blog. It looks fabulous.

Maddy said...

I love the new look of your blog/ site!! It's perfect! And that rotating header is lovely :) Hope you enjoy the sun & the break from the busy schedule. I would definitely like to participate in your Photoshop class next time around! I'll email you with more info. Hopefully, there's some space left for me :)

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

what a pretty new website!!! Very soft and lovely. I really like it!!! Enjoy your time away...I think I know who you are bumping in to : ) ok I know...LOL have a relaxing trip!!! I think we all need a boss like yours : )

Jen said...

Thanks for charing your story. It'a amazing. Didn't see the old blog but this one looks great.

Come visit our site called goodkin, which is all about parents creating their dream families.

There is a great story today about a woman who adopted from China and Ethiopia.

Tisha said...


Love, love the new blog!!!! Have a fabulous time in Scottsdale. Don't feel guilty; you'll be back at home in no time flat, just enjoy!


Michelle R Photography said...

Ooh, I love your new blog!! I would like a flash header for my business blog sometime soon, but haven't gotten around to it. I love the pictures you chose for yours! And speaking of pictures, that beach picture looks dreamy. I would love to be swept away to a little cabana on that beach right about now.

Have a fabulous time in Arizona! Nolan and I went to Scottsdale a couple of years ago and it was wonderful. If you get a chance, I HIGHLY recommend a daytrip to Sedona. The photographer in you will not be disappointed. A stunning - just stunning - place to visit. You have had so much on your plate lately. I hope you can enjoy your time and relax.


Robin said...

I love your new blog make-over .... LOVE IT!!

Anonymous said...

Love the new look!! I only wish I knew how to update my own blog. I have been fooling around and been able to figure out how to do some things, but the HTML still really gets me stuck!

Have a great time in Arizona:)

Blessings, Ashley

Cindi said...

Love the new blog-look!

Hope you have a wonderful, restful time in AZ!

Bridget said...

Hi Lisa!
Your blog looks great!!! Glad your class went well - I look forward to being in it one of these days!!! Have a great trip to AZ! The is awesome! The Phoenician is awesome!!!! You will love it!!! A fruity drink and a fun spa service and a day at the pool - doesn't get much better!!! Have a great time!!


Kayce said...

Lisa the blog looks fantastic!! Just fabulous!

Have a great trip to AZ!

Unspoken said...

The sun? ahhh, Lucky you!

ellieshine said...

really pretty new blog! I want one :)

Have a wonderful time in Arizona - I lived in Scottsdale until I was 10 - I do remember it being HOT!3

Unknown said...

It looks AMAZING. That Rita always does spectacular work. I think she is the SWEETEST!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Good for you! We all deserve a break! Your kids are going to be okay and you will come back refreshed and this will make you a more relaxed mommy.

Your new site looks beautiful. Love it.

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Have a wonderful, wonderful time getting some R&R in Scottsdale.

I can not wait for my turn in one of your classes!

Hugs to you.

Ice Cream! said...

Love, love, love your new blog! It really is like a breath of fresh air! Rita did a great job. I am so excited for you to have such an awesome getaway. Can't wait to hear who you are visiting with! My turn next month...wahoo! :) love ya!

Missy said...

I'm ice cream! One of my test blog usernames. Geez, I had too much wine at dinner...need to get off the computer :)

Soojung Jo said...

The blog is beautiful!

JMCS said...

The blog design is stunning Lisa! Nice!!! I hope you have a wonderful trip and a safe one too.