So, a few of my friends tagged me on Facebook with the “25 Random Things” that’s been getting passed around on there and I’ve been really lagging on getting around to doing a post about it. I’ve been busy with getting albums designed, meeting new perspective clients, and the oh-so-fun house stuff (said with a little bit of sarcasm). We had the painters come and paint the entire inside of our house and that took nearly 2 weeks!!! As you can imagine, I wasn’t in the best of moods sharing my house with the painters. But now they are gone and I feel like my home is “my” home again :-)

But back to the whole “25 Things” post. The reason why I’m doing “25 Random Things About Doug” is that today is his birthday!!! I thought it would be fun to let everyone get to know my hubby a little more..let’s hope he feels the same :-)

Here we go!

1. He is 33 years old today.

2. His favorite things are the NY Yankees, NY Jets, and Mochi our furbaby.

3. He is currently obsessed with Ruger Chocolate Wafers and eats at least two packs a day.

4. Normally, he’s a very mild mannered guy. But not when he watches the Jets and Yankees play…he go’s bananas and yells and screams at the TV…when they do good…and when they do bad.

5. He’s really cute :-)

6. He likes to sing and dance in the car while he is driving. Pop-and locking is his favorite move to do even though technically, he doesn’t know how to :-)

7. He’s really smart…like the smartest person I know. Whenever I have a question..about ANYTHING..99% of the time he knows the answer to it. Which by the way, totally turns me on :-)

8. He smells good :-)

9. He is a perfectionist…sometimes to a fault.

10. He is probably the only husband in this whole entire universe that does NOT let his wife buy/choose clothes for him. The few items that I have bought him, have somehow been left behind at his parents house…in New York.

11. He is the sweetest guy and all of my family and friends love him!

12. When you ask him a simple question, be prepared for a long winded detailed response. e.g. “How much would something like that cost?” Doug: “Well, it depends. if market conditions are in line with blah, blah, blah, and if the cost of oil is this and if the banks do that, then x,y, and z. But if we have a bear market and stockbrokers are late for work that day, then blah, blah, blah. (Doug sounds a lot smarter when answering questions but you get the point, right?)

13. He is sooo unselfish and always makes me feel loved and special.

14. He kisses Mochi more than he kisses me…this is a fact! But…I’m okay with it…most of the time :-)

15. I envy his soft jet black hair. My hair is coarse and feels like straw while his feels like smooth silk.

16. When he laughs really hard, his eyes get teary and his nose gets runny…I think this is totally adorable for some reason!

17. He has the cutest puppy dog eyes I’ve ever seen :-)

18. He loves his parents very much and calls them religiously every Sunday evening.

19. His favorites foods are pickles, salami, New York bagels and pizza, and Coke (the drink)

20. He is the most dedicated worker and in the 6 years that I’ve been with him, i think he has only called in sick to work twice.

21. LOL..he also likes being lazy after work and on the weekends and just likes to hang out and watch TV with me and Mochi. Maybe this is due to how hard he works :-)

22. His favorite music is anything that played on the radio during his college years..Dave Matthews, Blues Traveler, Green Day, etc.

23. He’s never eaten a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich! I know…kind of hard to believe, right?

24. He’s had the same haircut for over 10 years…he doesn’t like change if you couldn’t already tell :-) And he’ll probably continue to have the same hair cut for another 60′something years..assuming he still has hair :-)

25. He is extremely loved by his wife and is adored and treasured more than he will ever know!

I love you honey! Happy 33rd Birthday!

Vanessa - V3: Tell me how it´s possible to go 33 years without a pb&j?!  Totally fun post :) February 20, 2009 8:06 am

angel swanson: i loooved this post, trista!  it was so sweet & fun to read.  ;-)  you and doug are the perfect match.  hope to meet him soon!  it´s been long enough, dontcha think??  hehe xoxo February 20, 2009 7:49 am

DrewB: Aw, that was so sweet!  Happy Birthday Doug!  BTW, how come there wasn´t anything about how much he loves Brayden Bittel in there??? February 20, 2009 3:16 am

june: :) He´s liked by me now, too! I liked #12 the best. Isn´t that annoying? hahah.. in a good way, of course. Singer does that too. (I´m going to find you on facebook) February 20, 2009 1:21 am

kristin brancaleone: haha!  Pop and locking.  It´s hard to imagine.  Happy Birthday Doug!  You two are such a wonderful couple.  Let´s go mountain biking.  Seriously! February 19, 2009 9:11 pm

The Winner Is…….

February.11.2009 | News

Diana & Derek from North Tustin, CA!

First and foremost, I want to thank ALL of the couples that entered the contest! It was soooo nice to “meet” some of my blog readers and get to know you. I loved reading about all of your love stories and how you and your husbands met and fell in love! It makes me so happy to hear that there are other couples who also celebrate their dating anniversary!

It was SO incredibly hard choosing a winner. There were so many couples that I thought should win for one reason or another but when it came down to it, there was no question that Diana and Derek deserved this shoot!

Diana and Derek have been married for 3 1/2 years. As you can see they have their hands quite full with their twin baby girls! I have a few friends who have just one child and I see how they struggle to balance quality time with their child and their husbands. I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be caring for two newborns let alone make time for each other! So, when I received Diana’s email and read their story, there was no doubt in my mind that they were the winners!

I can’t wait to work with Diana and Derek to make their shoot memorable! So when you read this Diana, email me so we can start brainstorming!

Again, thanks sooooo much to all of my blog readers who submitted their story!


The whole idea to give away a shoot to a married couple came to fruition when I wanted a special way to commemorate Doug and I’s 6 year dating anniversary (which happens to be today). So, I couldn’t let the day pass without looking back on our relationship and see how much it’s grown. It literally feels like just a couple of years ago that Doug and I met and fell head-over-heals in love with each other! Seriously..where did the time go? I joke with Doug every now and then about how “amazed” I am that I still love him after all this time :-)

Looking back to when we first got together, I hoped and prayed that we would love each other just as much as we did in the beginning. You always hear how the spark fades over time and that really scared me. Sure, the uneasy, nervous, butterflies in your stomach feeling goes away but who the hell would want to feel like that every day? Instead, in it’s place grows a love much deeper, stronger, and beautiful! Some people live their whole lives and never get to experience that kind of love and I feel so incredibly lucky to have found the love of my life.

To my hubby..I love you SOOOOOO very much and can’t wait for you to get home so we can go on our date! :*)

sharon: A big CONGRATS to Diana and Derek!!!  I´m sure you´ll rock their session and give them a gift they will cherish for years to come.  Hope you and Doug had a great time celebrating your anniversary! February 14, 2009 7:55 pm

LoAnn: wow!I can´t believe it´s been 6 years that you guys have been together. I have to say, you guys are perfect for each other :) February 13, 2009 7:17 pm

Marissa Rodriguez: How exciting! Congrats Diana and Derek! I´m sure you will have a blast and Trista will do an incredible job, as usual! lucky! :) February 13, 2009 4:31 am

Simply Modern Weddings: Congrats to Diana and Derek, that will be such a nice treat for them! See you later girlie! February 12, 2009 6:38 pm

cat from next exit: This happens to be one of my favorite couples of all time. You will love working with them!!!!! Hi, guys and congrats!!! xoxo cat (P.S. Trista, they have a very fancy car that you might want to encourage them to bring along to the shoot!) February 12, 2009 9:00 am

Diana: Thanks so much Trista! We´re so excited and can´t wait for our photo shoot! Thanks Drewb, carly, and maria for the congrats :))) February 12, 2009 8:57 am

theprofessionalbridesmaid: Trista - What a great contest. Just wanted to say that I love your photography style, your work is amazing. February 12, 2009 6:16 am

DrewB: Congratulations, Diana and Derek!  You totally deserve it and will love your shoot with Trista.  She rocks! Trista and Doug, congrats on your anniversary!  I hope you two have a fabulous time on your date.  Now, when are you two going to have kids??? February 12, 2009 5:44 am

carly: This is a wonderful contest! It looks like you picked an awesome winning couple. I must say that I love what you wrote about you and your husband. It definitely rings true for me and my fiance. We´ve been together nearly 6 years and will be married in June. We are growing stronger with time. It is truly amazing. Anyway, I am a long time blog stalker and first time commenter. Thanks for the inspirational post! February 12, 2009 1:01 am

Maria: Congratulations to Diana and Derek, not only on winning the shoot but on their two beautiful bundles of joy! And Happy (Dating) Anniversary Trista! February 11, 2009 11:08 pm