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See ya later Alligator…

Today is our last day here in Los Angeles, tonight we leave for Atlanta.  A few things to tell you…

 - I owe some of you emails, for LA clients who sent me well wishes, you are the best ever!  Thank you!  Don’t forget that I will be coming back and doing sessions here in LA from time to time.  If I have a few of you interested at the same time we can get it on the calendar. 

- All of you need to cross your fingers, think good thoughts, pray, do a dance, anything so that my four year old will suddenly decide that being in the car isnt that bad.  Oh boy, I need a lot of help from you all on that one.  Her favorite hobby these days is screaming at the top of her lungs.  Do they sell minivans that have a south proof booth in them?  Maybe one that has a Britax car seat in that sound proof booth?  Am I on to something here?  I wonder if the Pimp My Ride people could do that for me?  Oh well too late now…

- Can I just say that one of the best things about starting this trip is being able to stay in hotels along the way and to once again sleep in a BED!  Man the air mattress/floor combo isn’t kind to my 34 year old back.

- I had *the* best facial last week from my faaaaaavorite skin care guru Kevin Alexander at Joe Oliveri Salon in Redondo Beach.  Seriously, if you are in LA give him a call, he is awesome.  I wish I could pack him in my suitcase and take him with me.  My face will miss his awesome facials!  My eyebrows are already crying.  Hmm maybe I should just fly back for a facial and a brow wax every month?  Is that a business expense?  I think so! ;-)

- I think on the way out I have to eat at In N Out Burger, they don’t have those in Georgia.  East Coasters, just trust me when I say its so yummy.  Californians – get yours Animal Style, trust me, you’ll love it!

- Thank you to all of the wonderful, amazing, funny, friendly every adjective you can think of people that I have met in my 11 years here in California.  I’ve made so many wonderful friends, met so many awesome clients (who are now also my friends too) that I am sad to leave behind.  Please don’t forget that I’m always just a email away and I’ll still be rambling on here on my blog just like always.

- Thanks to the state of California and Mother Nature for that sweet little 5.4 earthquake as a going away present.  Do you know that is the first one I’ve ever felt.  I’ve always been asleep or just not paying attention before.  That was one freaky experience on Tuesday I tell ya!

- My husband thinks my southern accent is going to get thicker since I’m going back to the south.  I’m from Nashville so I don’t think mine is as thick as a Jawwwjuh accent.  I am *so* ready for some southern hospitality. 

I’ll be blogging along the way, so stay tuned! 

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Maria - July 31, 2008 - 11:49 am

Have a safe, scream-free trip! You will be missed. Make sure you keep me posted on your return. I’d love to connect with you again…even if it’s only for a cup of tea. =)

Agnes - July 31, 2008 - 1:24 pm

Angela, I’m really going to miss you! I love love love your photography. This road trip will get your family’s imagination going, thinking up ways to keep Miss M from screaming! Sending good vibes your way for a safe and sane trip. If you’re in LA again, please let us know and I’ll find a way to get there from Sacramento!

corey civetta - July 31, 2008 - 2:04 pm

I pray your trip goes smoothly and can’t wait to get together!! :]

Heather - July 31, 2008 - 4:03 pm

Sounds like a really great trip! I hope you have fun!!

Jennie - July 31, 2008 - 8:41 pm

Good luck! Earplugs work wonders!

Susan Braswell - July 31, 2008 - 9:41 pm

Angela – you have a safe trip, stop to rest whatever it takes. Whew looking at that map though ha – that is one long haul. Enjoy your new home, I have a feeling this was meant to be.

Brandy - July 31, 2008 - 10:32 pm

Be safe!

Cindy - July 31, 2008 - 11:53 pm

Have a safe trip, Angela and family!! I will be thinking of you. <B

Sharma - August 1, 2008 - 11:15 am

Hi Angela and WELCOME TO GEORGIA!!! I am not sure how I came to follow your blog… probably a photog search for fun ideas…. anyhow, I am in Monroe which is 45 minutes east of the big city so if your ever lookin for a photog to hang with…. it is my LIFE!!!!

auntie bonnie - August 1, 2008 - 12:17 pm

God bless you, safe trip. sorry i missed your departure. pleas let me know when you arrive in GA.

Anna Mayer - August 1, 2008 - 5:45 pm

Oh so very exciting! Your screaming child reminds me of MY trek across the country from Minnesota to California in January, almost 8 years ago. I was 7 months PREGNANT with my third child, my eldest was a chattery 7 year old and the middle one was 14 months old and HATED his car seat. Whoopie!! It was a right of passage, though. And I was so glad we drove. I think it gives you a respect for where you are going and where you have been. If you fly, you really have no “sense” of that, you know?
Hey, and, thanks for the inspiration to just pick up and move. We will be doing the same some day soon. Happy Trails!

waynette - August 1, 2008 - 7:00 pm

Hola! Check your email. Little Rock is on the map I see! :D

Pam - August 1, 2008 - 7:58 pm

Goodbye Angela!!! Will miss you! Good luck in Atlanta!

auntie bonnie - August 3, 2008 - 12:08 pm

GOD bless you on your trip to GA sorry i missed saying our last good bys let me knok when you arrive..

Reb - August 11, 2008 - 10:57 am

Hey there! We just road tripped from Chapel Hill to Utah and back and on the way home we caught Route 40 from Flagstaff and took it all the way to our house in NC (which is 5 minutes off 40). We stopped at soooo many of the same places you did, which I find hilarious. I guess a tourist trap is exactly that – a tourist trap, lol. We also had a rough time finding a hotel in Oklahoma. What’s up with that? Anyway, I hope you are loving your new home in Hotlanta and that your family settles in quickly.



LaCenda - July 26, 2010 - 9:06 am

I am very behind on reading the blogs I love. I am a photographer in Amarillo, TX and love your photography. I saw this today that you went right through Amarillo. I hope you enjoyed your trip!!

Something I’ll Miss: Disneyland

First off I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the wonderfully sweet comments, emails, phone calls and letters I’ve received since I announced that I will be leaving Los Angeles at the beginning of August. Seriously I am in tears over all of the kindness and love that has been sent my way, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to wish my family well, it means the world to me!

As I mentioned we are trying to pack in a lot of personal family things before we leave California and of course we couldn’t leave without putting our Disney Annual Passes to good use. Today we went for the last time before we move to Atlanta. We enjoy going so much and some of our super awesome friends joined us today to make it even better. It started out gloomy and cold but it quickly warmed up and was a beautiful sunny day! We sure will miss just being a 30-45 minute ride down the freeway from Disneyland. Of course now we will be closer to Disneyworld in Florida, my husband and children have never been so you know it will be on our to do list! Although we will all be able to get our Disney fix next month, we are going on the Disney cruise leaving from just a few miles from our home and will be cruising to various places in Mexico.

Now I’m sure you all remember the last time I took my point and shoot camera to Disneyland and tried to get a video of my daughter on the tea cups and it went a little something like this (and just ignore my voice because I swear I cannot believe that’s how I sound, ICCK! ICCK!) Someone has way too much sass for her own good ;-)

But today, she was in a much much better mood on the teacup ride (again, my voice = annoying so tune it out)

Of course Snow White had to make her final appearance before leaving

They even have a huge letter C right out in front, I think it stands for Calderon or maybe even Californiangela (ok or maybe California Adventure, but come on, humor me will ya? ;-) )

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Carol - June 9, 2008 - 10:19 am

You mean she volunteered for the Snow White shot? I am amazed. Only a shot with a costumed character holding her down (preferably Elmo) would keep my daughter in one spot for more than a nanosecond!!! Love the giant C……my daughter’s initials are CCC so I would have **attempted** a shot on the C as well. Can’t wait for more pics. And, I don’t think your voice is annoying at all. Of, course, I live in Nashville, so I would probably sound funny to everyone in California, lol.

TonyaMarie - June 9, 2008 - 2:46 pm

Okay, that *C* is totally for you. I even notice they used your colors in the background. And little Miss Snow white is just as darling as can be.

Danna Bowes - June 9, 2008 - 4:35 pm

OMG…that first video made me laugh so hard!!! “no more pictures…PUT IT DOWN!!” those words sound…soooo…familiar!!

Love the snow white shot, so so sweet.

Lisa Kelly - June 9, 2008 - 4:56 pm

These are great Angela, I loved hearing your voice, to us Aussies you all sound a little funny LOL. Love the C shot, perfect. And snow white is as gorgeous as can be. We are going to Disney for our first time next year and we just know it’s going to be amazing.

Jennifer - June 9, 2008 - 5:59 pm

oh wow, your moving. I know its a sad thing for you and your family, but Im sure you will make the best of your new home right? I wish you the best and I hope you enjoy your trip too!

Jennie - June 9, 2008 - 7:45 pm

That first video is hilarious! Definately blackmail material for when she gets in high school! :)

Stacy - June 9, 2008 - 8:26 pm

Angela I’m so excited for you and your family as you embark on this new adventure! I love the videos! Such a photographer’s child :) , and her snow white portrait is adorable. The C most definately is there for you! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the great state of Georgia!

Brandy - June 9, 2008 - 9:14 pm

Such a cute video, I’ve never been on the teacups because rides like that make me sick. Even that video made me a little queasy, lol!

PamN - June 10, 2008 - 4:05 am

Can’t wait until you get here! I know it will be sad to lose your Disney fix, but there is a LOT to do in Atlanta, too!

Kathy Wolfe - June 10, 2008 - 8:49 pm

ah, there’s a disney on the east side too! love these pics – your kids are adorable!

Jen Lane - June 10, 2008 - 10:08 pm

awww, look at Snow White! Easily the most beautiful snow white to ever grace the planet.
And I remember last years video very clearly! what a difference a year makes! So funny!

Anna Mayer - June 10, 2008 - 11:47 pm

Ah, photographer’s kids syndrome in action! Too too funny. Thank you for sharing that. It made me smile.

Joyce - June 11, 2008 - 4:43 pm

I would miss it too! I still miss living close to Disney World. You are going to have such an adventure with this move, though! Can’t wait to read all about it.

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