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our deck build :: week 1

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Tony and I have hired New Creations for yet another home improvement project.

deckless selfie

After living in our home for 8+ years, we will finally be adding adding a deck to the empty space pictured below:

outside view

And no, our grass is NOT this green.  But a girl can dream.:)

Our first delivery arrived, as did Mr. Tuttle’s sign:

special deliveryit

I can’t wait to see how our view transforms from here:

one view

And here:


Speaking of dreamingsomeday we would like to build a 3-season porch off of the church side, along with a deck that reaches around the back of our home.  Someday I’d also like a pool with a little deck (and a set of French doors) off of our Master Bedroom.  Someday likely won’t be here until our boys are both done with college AND I am working a whole lot more.  But that doesn’t really matter.  It’s the “dreaming about our future together” part that does.  Tony and I did it while we were dating and have come to realize the importance of continuing to do so throughout our marriage.

I’ll continue to post weekly progress as I did during our basement remodel last year (you can click HERE for details on that project).  Until next time…

Lori Von Wald - April 12, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Tina, I am so excited, they are hopefully going to be coming out to our house in the next couple weeks to look at some re-model options for our master bathroom!

Tina - April 12, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Oooooooh, how very fun Lori!!!!!

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happy belated easter

crystal kiss


I’ve been busy working on edits while simultaneously learning to use new editing software – quite the challenge. [I’ll be sharing lots more from this beautiful session soon!]  We’ve also hired New Creations of Minnesota for another home improvement project so keep your eyes peeled for weekly updates similar to our basement remodel HERE.

Too, I’ll be heading out on Friday to attend a highly anticipated photography workshop taught by photographer Me Ra Koh and her husband Brian.  We’ve already been given THESE DVDs to watch (in addition to a few assignments) in preparation for the weekend workshop.  It has already been incredibly inspiring and I can’t wait to meet the others ladies in person!

I hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend.  Here’s a peek at how we spent ours…

easter weekend

Crystal Satnik - April 11, 2012 - 4:15 pm

I so love this too! :) Looking forward to seeing the other things you captured!

Looks like you had a good Easter! We stayed home and invited family to stop by. It was wonderful – a day full of family and food! Oh and a nap – that was awesome.

Enjoy your workshop!

Tina - April 12, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Sounds like the perfect way to spend the day, Crystal… especially, the nap part. :) I’ll have your pics done sometime in the next week!!

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5 fun things friday {hastings, minnesota edition}

5 Fun Things Friday

A 5 Fun Things Friday posted devoted entirely to Hastings? Yes, because it is THAT COOL.


1. Me & Julio. A Mexican-American restaurant that opened last August. Perfect for Date Night.


Especially the outdoor patio.  (You’ll find this image and more on their FB page HERE.)

2.  Emily’s Bakery & Deli.  While this is technically a repeat, this was my first in-person visit… which mandated another mention.  Because I didn’t really know all that it encompassed.

hot cross buns

The bakery is even open on Sunday mornings.  Rare.  Very rare.

3.  Schoolhouse Scoop.  We’ve been a big fan of this little ice cream shop for a long time.  Situated between Green Mill and Dunn Bros. Coffee, it makes for the perfect pre-coffee/post-dinner stop.

coconut joy

Order an ice cream cone and they’ll add a mini scoop of any flavor to the top (i.e. “extra credit”).  The large ice cream selection will have you yearning for more.  (Check out their latest flavors HERE.)

4.  Hidden Greens Golf Course.  Kids 16 & under play free (up to 3 kids per 1 paying adult) on Fridays and Sundays after 3:00 pm.  The Friday Night Couples Date Nights are a ton of fun as well – themes for 2012 are listed HERE.

hidden greens

5. Coburns.  Not only do they have an eat-in deli… they are one of the very rare local grocers that keep Pacific Chai Spice in stock.   (A staple of the infamous Egg Nog Chai Latte.)  They also have a killer bakery, with itty bitty pies (Key Lime, French Silk, Coconut & Banana Creme) for less than $2 each!


**BONUS** The Man-Cave Exchange.  Because most of my blog readers are women, I wasn’t sure if I should include this one.  But I stopped by the place myself and found some worthwhile goodies ($2 each – you can’t beat that!):


Either way, you could introduce your husband to it. And he will love you all the more.

Happy Friday!!!

Polly - April 6, 2012 - 5:24 pm

I grew up in Hastings but have been a St. Paulite for too many years now that I only recognize Emily’s Bakery from your list! It used to be the Midtown Bakery years ago…they had great crispies! I need to get back more often I guess. One of my favorite places is Lock and Dam No 2. There’s an observation deck and it’s a nice walk along the riverfront. Thanks for mentioning my home town Tina!

Tina - April 9, 2012 - 1:30 pm

I had no clue you grew up in our neck of the woods, Polly! Thanks for sharing one of your favorite places as well. :)

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just a reminder

baby o bw

In case you missed my last couple of emails… FB posts, Tweets, and/or blog posts – there is no faithbooking crop this month! We will meet again on June 9, 2012.

Crystal Satnik - April 3, 2012 - 1:47 pm

oh my gosh… what a funny face. love the pic. can’t wait to see more!

stacey D - April 5, 2012 - 10:55 am

OMG. That is the cutest little girl ever.

Tina - April 5, 2012 - 1:55 pm

I know, isn’t she??!!

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the everyday session {capture joy}

The Everyday Session is centered around an activity that engages the entire family. Ideas include:

- a Saturday morning pancake-making ritual
– hanging out at the zoo
– going to a parade
– bathtime with a newborn
– having a Wii marathon
– hanging out at a county or state fair
– flying a kite or hanging out at the beach
– a birthday party or other special event
– a picnic and hike at a nearby park
– baking cookies
– hanging out at a local arcade or bowling alley
– a trip to the Farmer’s Market
– family day at the waterpark
– hanging out in and around your home
– camping out in the backyard
– biking around the lake with a stop for ice cream

What makes the Everyday Session unique is that your family is the center of attention instead of me, the photographer. While I may still “orchestrate” a few shots, most of my time with you will be spent observing and capturing natural moments as they unfold.

The Everyday Session by Tina Vega Photography

The fee for the Everyday Session is $150/plus tax which includes 2-3 hours on-location* with approximately 50-100 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of session.  Unlike standard session offerings, this fee includes the entire image gallery on disc!

neighborhood walk

Click HERE to learn more about what makes the Everyday Session so special.

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