December 6, 2012

i have a secret.....


remember last week when i said i was going to be a bit quiet in the blogging world? well, it's because i was in florida, dancing in the sand and breathing in the ocean air, instead of sitting at my computer.


the love of my life and i headed south to celebrate his birthday...and not just any birthday...in a very special way. 



the big 50


i don't know what my fascination is with seagulls, but it's there and it's obvious. normally we fake them out, by throwing little scraps of whatever the ocean spit out the night before, into the air for them, but they're smart little birds and get tired of that game quickly. we have finally learned that almonds will make a seagull your best friend. for life.



there was a guy on the beach with his girlfriend and a very large and very expensive camera. i don't remember for sure what it was, but it was a canon and heavy enough to throw me off balance. anyhow, i took their photo for them and laughed a little inside when he told me it was set on auto and ready to go. {i so wanted to teach him how to shoot on aperture mode} 
then he wanted to take our photo for us. i said sure and told him i had the settings exactly where they should be and he shot away. unfortunately, most of the photos he took were absolutely nothing, as he thought he should use "flash fill" even when i told him not to. oh well. we got one great shot out of it and that's better then no picture at all.


these are our new friends. we met them on the beach and after a couple of conversations and a bike ride, they came over and had drinks with us on our last night in seaside. these are the kind of people you want living next door to you. seriously, you do. they're that nice. so fran and chris, here's your jumping photo...and chris, please tell me your back is better. i'm so sorry if the jumping is what caused your pain :(


this was taken on our last day in seaside. it's better that you see the back of my head instead of the tears that were streaming down the front of my face...well, not really. i wasn't crying, but that's how my heart felt. 
to my hubby, thank you for a week of memories that we will cherish forever. actually more than forever. wait, is there a word for that yet? anyhow, i love you so much and have now celebrated thirty two of your fifty birthdays with you. what a gift i have been given...and in case i haven't told you often enough, fifty looks amazing on you.


37 comments:

  1. my god, but i loved this post and these pictures. you are an amazing woman and a a fabulous photographer.

    smooches!

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  2. oh Beth!!!!!!!! How amazing and the images...breathtaking. Florida has been stunning this year and I am glad you guys did something so special together.

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  3. What a nice post. Both of you guys look great and Seaside looked like a nice beach for sure, but you injured your new friend!

    So, now that your back, you can begin those photo classes you told us about, after you get the sand out of your cloths.

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  4. You two are the cutest, sweetest, sexiest couple ever! Hard to believe your hubby just turned FIFTY! You both look so young.

    And what really caught my attention is that you've spent 32 years of birthdays together! High five to THAT!!

    xo jj

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  5. yes. . . the word is eternally.

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  6. What a great way to celebrate stepping into the fifty decade! Love these photos! (And who wrote the 50 in the sand? They get an A+++ for handwriting!)

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  7. crying happy tears in your heart i hope.. happy wishes to your mr
    lovely pictures as always
    kat

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  8. Happy birthday to your husband. That top photo is extraordinary!

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  9. What a beautiful place. So glad you and your husband had such a wonderful time!

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  10. Happy 50th to your hubby! Sounds like a perfect trip and celebration. Gorgeous pictures!

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  11. You even got the seagull in a jumping shot!! Well done...and the beach looked wonderful...glad it was a most excellent week! xo

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  12. That's a perfect way to spend a birthday! Many happy returns of the day.

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  13. Wow, you're good at keeping secrets!!!

    How fun to get away and celebrate your hubby's birthday. I'm glad you enjoyed every minute in the sun and on the beach.

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  14. I so love imagining you both there, loving one another and celebrating life. So so glad for you.
    Much love !

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  15. 50 does look amazing on your husband. I love this post and love, love that you took this adventure. How special to celebrate life by living it to the fullest. Just wonderful!!!

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  16. What a fantastic way to spend his half-century celebration! You guys look fantastic!

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  17. love the love you two share.

    x

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  18. lovely - those gulls photos are wonderful and the love you two share...inspiring! xx

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  19. A wonderful place to celebrate a birthday!! I may have told you but we got married there on the beach! Special to see your photos there.

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  20. - Eternity -

    Happy Birthday to your guy, you given him the best gift Life has to offer :-)

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  21. My stars, Beth. That last photo is simply stunning and says it all. Lovely lovely post. Happy Birthday to your man.

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  22. it actually does, yes! you two were made for each other.

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  23. what a beautiful place to spend with the love your life. wonderful photos, wonderful times!! Happy Birthday!!

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  24. that seagull dangling into the frame is amazzzz

    where is the shot of your new friends?

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  25. You two are an amazing couple -- and cute to boot. Your hubby does make 50 look good. Happy birthday to him and cheers to a Seaside getaway!

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  26. This is the happiest post I have read today and the pics are exquisite, thank you!

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  27. It looks like you both had a wonderful time! These are fabulous photos, happy birthday to your hubby!

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  28. I am so glad I managed to devote a little time to catching up on blogs and got here for this one. It is so special. Happy 50th to your honey - gosh, was mine actually 18 years ago?

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  29. What a beautiful post this is, Beth! It looks like such a wonderful time, and I absolutely love the photograph of the two of you!
    Wishing you a bright beginning to your week.
    xo.

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  30. happy birthday to the 50 yr young guy ...

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  31. oH Beth...that thing that you do...you do it so well! Love these photo's! What a blessing you both have in your love....

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  32. all the happiest and brightest
    and most bloomingest
    to beautiful you
    ...my, my, but 50 looks
    smashing on you!
    -Jennifer

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  33. What a wonderful post...what a wonderful relationship! And you are right...50 years looks great on him! Happy Bithday to hubby!

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  34. So much big and happy! Being in my 50s was one of my best decades -- I loved it. That photo of you two-- it's love personified! Happiest ever!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth