A Southwestern Sunday

Last Sunday was everything that a Sunday should be: uncomplicated, with just a hint of productivity.

In our home –ย  you could hear on T.V. the rolling roar from fans in the stadium for an NFL game, mixed with a frequent whistle blow from a ref, and of course…both cheering and heckling from my husband, Sean.

Outside – you could feel the warm breeze strolling through the scene of a jaw dropping blue sky with puffy white clouds scattered throughout.

Sean and I went out for breakfast, Stella and I went for a jog, I baked and cooked a little…but before all that we started the day with a little adventure nearby.

So, at 6:00 a.m. the alarm (set to a local country music station) began our day. I got my cowgirl boots and new red dress on. I poured myself a coffee while Sean packed up his camera, tripod, and lenses. We were going out to take photos of “the Oklahoma” that we adore so far, and I got to be the wannabe country girl that I am, staged in these photos. We live right by a huge, beautifully maintained open farm in town; we’re surrounded by them actually.

Our scene was set as the sun rose a brand new day for us.

Sean’s an amazing photographer. Seriously amazing. He just “gets it” when it comes to capturing an image’s inspirational lighting, its balance between interest and intention, and the pure mechanics and inter-workings of the camera that I have yet to comprehend. He’s just awesome. I’m totally biased, I know. He’s my hubby! But I’m just say’in…I’m super proud of him ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of our favorites from that morning:

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You’ll probably recognize one of them in “Newlie’s” new header. Thanks, Sean Mason Photography!

What do you think? Fellow “Sooners” – where should we go for our next photography adventure?! I’d love your thoughts.

Thanks y’all ๐Ÿ˜‰


Newlie’s Agenda

Myyyyy goodness! Newlie has officially reached a whole “newlie” level of ambiance. Tonight’s little bad boy of a post is coming to you live from the heavenly comfort of, not our air conditioned computer room, but instead our backyard patio in this glorious weather.

Hhhmmmmm….this non-humid evening is so special. Sean’s inside perfecting a couple new photos he took (*coughSEAN MASON PHOTOGRAPHYcough cough*…oh excuse me! I had a tickle in my throat). Meanwhile, I’m enjoying a little Bud Light Lime (so deliciously necessary for the summertime) and singing along to some tunes with the help of Ray LaMontagne, Eric Hutchinson, Amos Lee, Adele, Gavin Degraw, Patty Griffin, and many others who have yet to make my musical heart happy through the wonders of Pandora Radio. I love singing. I don’t like people to listen to me though…and I hope the neighbors didn’t hear! It’s just one of those nights that I have to be outside. I loaded up the bug spray knowing how terribly obsessed the mosquitos can get with my skin, and in addition to my laptop and Bud Light Lime, I have cintronella candles sitting on either side of me, guarding me with their short little lives. Thanks guys.

So that’s all nice. What the heck is my point?! Why am I rambling about cintronella candles as the evening passes you by. Don’t most posts have a point? Well I have one. I promise.

You see, “Katherine’s Agenda” (that’s meeeeeee in the picture, out here writing tonight!) will often get aggressively long with things that feel like I should get done. Demanding agendas that I set for myself, but they’re also ones that can’t necessarily be accomplished overnight; or certainly not on a beautifully distracting night like this. But “NEWLIE’S Agenda” forces me to take in tonight in its truest form, its simplicity, and to let it inspire me to clear my mind and re-evaluate the more important things that should be bumped up to my list. Things that make me feel much better about what I’m doing with my time. Things like:

  • Writing my Grandmother
  • Writing “thank you” notes
  • Taking in deep breathes of the sweet summer air
  • Asking Sean to tell me a ghost story as we light a fire in our outdoor fire pit and roast marshmallows (Oh, it’s totally happening. Jealous? Then come over!)
  • Listening to the crickets
  • Singing along to Frank Sinatra (he just came on Pandora ; )
  • Smiling for no good reason
  • Playing fetch with Stella
  • Catching a firefly, and naming it before setting it free again
  • Enjoying the simplicity of our lives right now, BEFORE we have children running around in a few years
  • Saying “hey” to the sensational neighbors that we’ve been blessed with
  • Doing a cartwheel or two for the heck of it
  • Laughing
  • Thinking up a new dinner to create for our Friday night “date night” tomorrow (we’ve been trying to save money by having date nights at home – try it!)

You get it. Just time to clear my head to make sure, at the end of a long day of productively thinking a lot, to instead think like a “newlie” inspired lady. So, with that said…please excuse me. I have a few thank you cards to write, some sweet summer air to breathe in, some crickets to listen to, and a cartwheel to perfect.

Happy thinking.