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Ramblings. Hello everyone! Wow, I haven’t updated the blog in months. Where to start… Well, since the beginning of the year, we’ve had some home projects that couldn’t be delayed anymore, and I joined a reading challenge. We bought a house in July of 2013, and every year we’ve had major renovations. We’ve redone the bathroom, the kitchen, changed the floors, added a second AC unit to our basement apartment, upgraded our water filtration system, and changed the water heater. We had delayed building a new deck, repainting the garage, and giving the sun room a face lift because of the costs involved, but we decided to tackle those projects this year. So far, we got the deck done, and we are half way done with the sun room face lift. As you can imagine, these renovations have taken up so much time that I couldn’t promise myself to be available for photo shoots. I also decided to read more this year, and joined the reading challenge. I’ve promised to read 60 books this year, and I’m doing so well! I’ve read 28 books so far, so almost half way done 🙂

I felt like sharing this information because I want to be transparent with you. I haven’t done photo shoots since the beginning of the year because of these projects. We’ve tackled most of these projects ourselves, and hired help only for things we couldn’t do ourselves. I just couldn’t promise editing photos within a short amount of time if we were planning on working on these projects. It wouldn’t be fair to my clients to devote more time to my house than to their photos. So I’m sorry for the silence on my end, but at the same time I’ve loved working on my house, and dedicating time to spend with family.

Now the deck is done, the sun room exterior just needs painting, and the garage is going to be professionally painted. All the decisions have been taken color wise, so my involvement is just approving things as they are done.

I’m actually very excited with the curb appeal we have given our house, and we’ve entertained in the new deck even though the weather has been wonky.

Having said that, I’m ready to do more photo shoots! I’m excited to start booking weddings for later this year, and for 2017. I miss getting behind the camera. I purchased new lenses, and I want to use them soon. I have a graduation party up soon, and a maternity session as well, but I want to do engagements and weddings as well. I’ll update with pictures as the shoots come up. Also, I have a trip to Puebla coming up soon, and a trip to Tulum later this year.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I want to show you what I’ve done with my little rambler so far.

I created this rendering before renovating the kitchen. I think we came up pretty close to what we actually did. Sorry for the weird perspective… it’s a couple of years old hahaha

I also created a rendering for the deck to get ideas, but we settled on the first one. I loved the idea of adding greenery to the wall, but I didn’t want to have real ivy considering the weather we have in the winter. Actually, anything green would die in the winter. We purchased faux boxwood panels, and you wouldn’t know it was fake unless you got up close. Good enough for me! We also wanted cable railing, but the price was out of our budget, so we just did thin horizontal wood railing. I loved the way it came out.

That’s my mom, my brother and his girlfriend… and those cushions in the right will all be changed to the black and white stripes umbrella fabric.

This is the exterior we are changing… we continued the horizontal paneling to the sun room, and we are going to paint it a dark blue color, just to contrast it with the brownish orange stain on the deck.

This is another rendering I created for the back of the garage… This is for the future… the garage will have those colors, and I’m really excited about the way it will look.

I’m sorry for all the ramblings, but I wanted to update you a little bit on my life and what’s going on. I will update the blog soon with new work soon.

It feels good to be back.

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Cozumel 2015

Hello everyone. Tis I, Zareth. I apologize for the wait, but I finally got to blogging the cozumel photos from November. It was actually a great trip, with a few bumps in the road. We had booked a swim up suite at Secrets Aura in Cozumel, and because of the remodeling they were doing, we got another room… We went with low expectations, but it turned out to be a really great relaxing trip, with great service, excellent food, and amazing views. Also, I got one of the best massages I’ve ever received (as compensation for not getting the room I wanted). One of my main draws was the fact that this is the only hotel in Cozumel that is adults only… we really got to relax on this trip, and just spend time on our own.

For those of you who like to snorkel, Cozumel has one of the best coral reefs. Snorkeling here was AMAZING. The best part was that it was right off of the beach. You could literally see fish while still touching the ground. My back is all burned from snorkeling 3 hours daily. It was just that good. I saw rays, seahorses, crabs, lobsters, and tons of fish of course. I recommend the resort… I would definitely return.

I got a camera specially for this trip, and I will post a review of it on amazon soon. I’m pleased with the results, the clarity underwater was great. Here are some of my fave:

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