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Friday, February 22, 2008

Something for the kids...

Commander Todd Steele of the elite commando unit Archimania, sent me a very interesting link.

It is the video blog for They Might be Giants. They have partnered with Disney and are producing little music videos that are geared toward the kiddies. That is why I like it I guess.

I have put a couple on my iphone for that really long line at the grocery store. When Ever has just absolutely had enough of sitting in the basket I hand her my iphone and she is content.

Here is a sample...


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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The lighter side of Jay...

I wanted to post this collage. It shows the many sides of Jay the "showman".



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Anna (02-17-2008 at 8:09pm):


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure your family was so greatful for your strength during this time. The images you put together are priceless and a true testimate to why photgraphs are so important. I can tell from the collage that he was a great man with a wonderful personality. The pictures capture the moments! You all are in my prayers.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Today my heart is breaking. Today I buried my father.

Joseph "Jay" Winters Jones Jr.

March 10, 1944 - February 7, 2008


Monday February 11th 2008

Today my heart is breaking. Today I buried my father.

Joseph Winters "Jay" Jones, Jr., passed away last Thursday - February 7th around 1:00
It was a phone call I did not want to receive. He went in to the hospital on Wednesday because he wasn't feeling well and they were running some tests. I spoke to him on Wednesday night and told him he better behave while he was there and do what the nurses told him to. The next morning I called to check on him and my stepmother called back to let me know that everything was fine. He was about to eat lunch and so far all of the test results were coming back great. After lunch my father was resting and had a Pulmonary Embolism, they were able to bring him back once but then he was gone.

I am truly devastated by this loss. My father has taught me so much about so many things. As soon as I found out and stopped screaming, I pulled the ARP staff together and simply stated that there were a few things I wanted - that I needed. We started going through all of the images that we have of my father and we found our favorites. Molly and Jeff worked on files, made collages, Hollie and Katie found frames, packed up framings supplies card board, easels - everything I would need to put stuff together once I got there. Nick rushed out and had the oil changed in the car before we left town. Debbie cleared my schedule for several days so we could be away. We sent prints to our lab with special instructions of a Saturday delivery at the Funeral Home. Everyone came together and was able to give my Dad an amazing "send off" in ARP Style. We had 7 Prints/Collages - all on floor easels and Jeff put together a DVD slideshow to play on a flat screen tv.

My father was an amazing man. He was so talented in so many areas. A great chef, gardener, vocalist and I can only imagine how he is using his talents in Heaven. He was also a great business man. He taught me that a large part of a successful business is how you treat your clients and the relationships you build with them.

I actually spoke at my father's funeral - and I'm so happy that I was able to make it through it. I had to - because it's what he would have done. I told everyone how thankful I am for all of the things he's taught me:

He taught me how to command an audience by the age of 5
I could get on stage and speak and sing without fear.

He taught me how to put my makeup on...
I remember one afternoon he was cleaning the pool and I was playing in my makeup and i had obviously made a bad first attempt...
he said "Allison - your eyes are a little close together - so put the darker color on the outside - lighter color on the inside."

He taught me how to handle people. I use this in our business everyday. I may take ok photographs, but thats just one part of the recipe. How to talk to someone make them feel comfortable, make them feel welcome, put them at ease - that's the most important part.
He taught me that nothing is impossible.
He taught me to set high expectations of myself and of others.
He taught me to have a very entrepreneurial spirit - I can't do anything without thinking about how I can sell it.

He taught me that it's important to be a generous and giving person.

We spent 4 straight hours in a visitation line on Saturday and we saw hundreds and hundreds of people. People came to my father's funeral and visitation that he hasn't seen in 40 years. It was so obvious that my father had touched so many people over his 63 years. He lived an amazing life.

My heart will continue to physically hurt because I was not ready to let him go.
It wasn't time. I had too many plans. I feel like I just started this phase of my life and there's so much of it I wanted him to see. I miss hims so very much.

Thank you ARP Crew for helping me make my dad's "going away party" very personal and special - and thank you for supporting me with your presence. I couldn't have made through the past few days without you guys, and I wont be able to make through the next ones without you either.

A very very very sad Allison

PS: Jeff and I have been married 8 years today - happy anniversary my sweet husband - I love you

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Chanel Parrott (02-12-2008 at 8:44am):

Allison and Jeff,
Happy Anniversary! I am sorry that this had to happen at a time of year that is special for you. Really though this is not what you want to happen at anytime of year! My heart is breaking for you, as I read your sweet memories of your father. He sounds like an incrediable Dad, one you were very proud to have.
I am sure though he was even more proud of you and all you have accomplished. Like you said though I am sorry that he is not able to be there for this new stage of life that you are in. To be able to see you raise Fable and Ever. I am sorry that he won't be here physically but I am sure you know he will be watching you from above and can't wait to see you again.
I am praying that each day will become a little easier for you.
Love you guys,


Sondra (02-12-2008 at 4:31pm):

I am truly sorry for your loss. I can't imagine your hurt. My prayers are with you and your family.

Denise Horn (02-12-2008 at 9:00pm):

I am so unbelievably sorry for your loss, Allison. I just read the blog and I'm sitting here in tears. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. We love you. If there's anything we can do, please let us know. One day at a time...
love, love, love,

Kate (02-12-2008 at 9:29pm):

Allison, I know you guys are new to our church, but you already feel like family. My heart breaks for you! I can relate to the part of your dad that helped and supported your business ventures. May God be especially near to your brokenheart.

Stephen (02-13-2008 at 8:56am):

I can't imagine having the strength to stand up and speak at my parents funeral. I haven't seen either you or your dad in years, but I'm going to miss him. One of the good things about being a Christian is that death isn't the end of our relationships. It's just a pause for our loved ones to get things ready for us when we meet them again. I know it hurts...you don't hurt alone.

aimee (noah and scarlett's mom) (02-14-2008 at 12:45pm):

allison - i am so sad for you and your family dealing with the sudden death of your dad. don't dwell on the day that he died, dwell on the 63 years that he lived. i know you have the strength to get through these heart breaking days and you have your wonderful husband, daughters and mom to be by your side. i hope you know that jason and i think about you and pray for you guys.


Jed Taufer (02-14-2008 at 5:28pm):


I wish I had words that would comfort you. I can't imagine what you are going through but I know you are a strong person and a Godly woman so I have no doubt that you will get through this. I also know that you have a wonderful husband and family that are there for you no matter what. Please know that you are in our prayers and that we love you.

Jed and Vicki Taufer

Christa (02-15-2008 at 10:20pm):

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you, Jeff, Fable and Ever. -Christa

Meghan (02-19-2008 at 11:19pm):

Allison-- I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you. Also, I know that this is a hard time, but what a wonderful thing that you were able to immediately remember such great gifts that your father left you. I am most impressed that he taught you to put on eye make-up. Don't you hope that Jeff can do something similar for Fable and Ever? I am so sorry for your loss. Let us know if there is anything that we can do. And, by the way, happy anniversary.
Meghan Harper

Kim Webb (02-20-2008 at 12:09pm):

I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what you must be going through right now, but I know that God will comfort you as only He can. Please know that my thoughts are with you, Jeff, Fable and Ever during this hard time. You have brought SO many smiles to so many faces, and we are ALL praying for you!

Lindsey (02-20-2008 at 12:22pm):

Allison (& family) ~

I just wanted you to know that Mike and I have been thinking of you ever since we heard about your Father. I cannot even begin to imagine the loss and heartache you feel! I'm sure your Dad was so proud of what you have accomplished and the beautiful family you have! He was a lucky, lucky man to have such a talented daughter who truly has a passion for what she does - because you DO! And it shows through your work!

We have been praying for you and your family, and we will continue to keep you in our prayers!!!

God Bless You, Jeff, your precious girls and everyone at ARP!


Lindsey and Mike

bart and terri (02-24-2008 at 8:43pm):

Allison, I just heard that your father passed away, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a truly remarkable man- who was loved by many. You, Jeff, and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers.
sincerely, the Purvis family

Tina Wilson (02-28-2008 at 2:08pm):


I just visited your blog for the first time in a very long time and read this post. I'm literally in tears right now. I am so sorry for your loss.


Our 8 year Anniversary

My bride and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary today. Well we did not actually celebrate, since we spent the morning at the grave side service for Allison's father.

I did not want to end the day on that note. So for your listening pleasure here is Elvis's, "Can't Help falling in Love"

This is the song Allison walked down the aisle too.
Maybe I can dig up some of our wedding pics to post...

Here is a youtube video I found.

I love you Allison

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Ashley Jones Bodie (02-12-2008 at 8:09am):

This is my mom and dad's song.
I hope you two have just as many wonderful years of marriage and family memories as they have.
love, ashley

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Don't forget!
If you came to see me during Princess Day at Chick-fil-A - then I have something special for you to pick-up on FRIDAY!!! Come see us anytime 9-5 on Friday - February 8th to pick-up your complimentary 5x7.

Questions? Just call or send us an email :)


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