It's been awhile since our last post, but we promise we haven't given up on the bloglife. We went to South Lake Tahoe for a week, and have been playing catch-up ever since. We'll be back soon with more Tahoe splendor, but until then...

-The Millards



An afternoon with our Canon 7D and an hour on Final Cut = This fun little video!

-Riz and Lich


Oldies but Goodies

It's remarkable to look back and think about how much music technology has changed over the years and how it's transformed the way we listen to music. Remember tape cassettes and how awesome it was to be able to record a garbled version of your favorite song on the radio, even if you missed the first 10 seconds? Then CDs came out and completely changed everything. No more fast-forwarding or flipping a tape, just skip right to your favorite songs. Shortly after, we started ripping CDs onto our computers and listening to mp3s, which lead to music sharing on sites like Napster, allowing for some of the most ecclectic burned mixed CDs of all time. But of course, that was too good to be true and was quickly shut down, producing more profitable sites like iTunes that link up with these crazy little devices called iPods. Goodbye walkman, nice knowing you. And now we live in an age where our entire music library is stored on our computer hard drive as ones and zeros and people listen to the radio via computer programs like Pandora which select music based on your preferences and tastes. And all this happened in about 25 years!

But as much as we love and utilize these changes, we discovered something magical about putting a record on a turntable, dropping the needle onto the vinyl and listening to beautiful music come forth. Although some may argue it's mostly novelty, it's still a great way to discover new music, whether unearthing our parents old collection from the attic or purchasing albums for a buck at the local Goodwill. 

A fun collection of records donated by our parents on both sides
But the greatest part is, we're not just stuck with old music. More and more artists are now offering their albums in vinyl with collectable covers and brightly colored records. As much as we love the instant gratification of downloading music online, there's something to be said about the collectability of a good ol' fashioned record. We've picked up albums from Iron & Wine, A Fine Frenzy, Owl City, Radiohead, among others.

Juno soundtrack on vinyl, a birthday gift from Liz to Rich
With all this said, it makes us wonder what music technology will be like for our kids someday. They'll probably just download it straight into their brain! But no matter what the changes are, we can't wait to pull out a dusty box of records and transport our kids back in time, listening to the music of their grandparents youth, as well as a few records we picked up along the way.

-Riz and Lich


Fabulous Finds

Being a newly married couple, we are constantly exploring and embarking on fun adventures. One of our favorite things to do is decorate our 1-bedroom apartment.  The only catch to styling our little home is that furniture and accessories, particularly nice ones, don't come cheap. But where our pocket book ends, our creativity begins, sending us on frequent trips to find some fabulous treasures throughout Los Angeles. Here are some of our latest scores and the fun places we found them at:

Antique captain's bell - Helping Hand Thrift Shop on Fairfax

Milk glass lamp stand and flower field painting -
House of Return Thrift Shop on Washington

Shabby chic mirror -  Vintage Treasures Thrift Shop on Fairfax

Our cozy home is definitely a work in progress, but we love what we've done so far and can't wait to do more. Come see us soon!

-Riz and Lich


Our First Hitched Christmas

This Christmas was extra special for us, as it was our first Christmas as husband and wife.  It was smooth sailing through the holiday season, spending Christmas eve with the Millards and Christmas day with the Sheriffs.  Being hitched during the holidays is pretty amazing, you get double the celebration!

A very merry Millard Christmas!

Lizzy found a special stocking hanging on the mantle, handmade by Rich's mom Robin.
Christmas with the Carlsons... never a dull moment!

Liz and her Grandma Carlson

After the holiday fun was said and done, we managed to score some hang out time with the Zaballos/Robeson/Andrews clan.  This meant time with the newest Zaballos family member, Wyatt. He is so cute with his chubby cheeks, big eyes and stylish head of hair!

Rich and Scott, Cal Poly comrades
Scott and Lisa's baby boy, Wyatt
Wyatt with his mommy

Feeling very thankful and blessed to have such great friends and family to celebrate with. Life is truly marvelous!

-Riz and Lich


New year, new blog

And just like that, 2011 is here. With the new year, we've decided to take another stab at blogging.  Last years failed attempts (exhibit A and exhibit B) have left us wanting more.  Not to mention, we recently acquired a fabulous new camera that we are dying to play with!

Hopefully, unlike most failed new years resolutions, this is something we'll stick with. Right now we're batting 0-2 but as the saying goes, "the third time's the charm." 

Until next time, we'll leave you with a belated Christmas greeting and wishes for a blessed 2011!

-Riz and Lich