Good stuff and Giveaways

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I am suffering from Summer-induced Grammnesia. It’s a serious ailment, common to homeschool moms (and maybe any teacher), wherein your ability to find and detect grammatical errors has been temporarily debilitated due to the summer heat and sudden onset of freedom. Speaking of homeschooling, we are […]

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Webs

I’m not a huge fan of spiders. I mean… I am. I like them because they are good for the garden, eating all of those pesky bugs that we like even less than spiders. Sometimes I even like to look at them. So what I’m saying is that I love spiders. Unless one happens to […]

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Engagement Photography

Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely couple. I brought my sweet hubby along as my assistant and second shooter. I also like to call him my beast of burden because photography equipment is heavy! We had a great time and really captured the joy and love between these two. The weather […]

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A little bit closer

I live in a neighborhood that would likely be passed over quickly by those who don’t know it. In fact, truth be told, there’s a chance they might even drive a little faster. I gotta keep it real, people. It’s no The Hamptons. No offense to any The Hamptons dwellers intended of course. I’m pretty […]

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Blissdom Beginnings…

First, I’m going to break one of the rules I remember from a particularly helpful workshop at Blissdom (taught by Tsh Oxenrider) by writing several multi-sentence paragraphs in a row, unbroken by any pictures (okay, maybe I’ll add some pictures in between paragraphs after all.) I reserve the right to break the rules! (I feel […]

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Everything.

I love everything about this picture. It was my Mom’s SOMETHINGth birthday. (She doesn’t believe the number and neither do I so why mention it?) And we sort of surprised her by showing up at lunchtime and then staying all day and then making fajitas for dinner and then making a 4 layer vanilla cake […]

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Just a peek…

I barely have enough brain cells to scrape together right now to create a post at all, let alone a coherent one. Soon I will be able to post a little bit more about my Blissdom experience. Basically, I was really, really busy and had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people (some that I […]

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I dropped it.

My camera. You know, the irony is that I always tell the kids to be careful with “the baby” when I actually venture to let them take a picture. I want them to learn to use a camera and to play with light and try to shoot pictures from different angles. I want them to […]

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Self-Challenges

I have mentioned it a few times but I probably need to mention it again because if I don’t mention it now then nothing happens and I go on with life as usual and that’s very sad. So I should mention it now. And I think I will. Yes, I am! Have I mentioned how […]

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Dress Up

Yesterday I had an impromptu, totally unplanned and completely spontaneous (gosh, I love being redundant. Redundancy is the best!) photo shoot with my nieces. The idea popped into my head when I went into my Mom’s house to chat with her. I saw my sister’s wedding dress lying out on a chair (major cleaning happening), […]

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Some of my favorite pictures from 2012

Because my blog is just coming back to life after being tended to on such an irregular basis for the past little while, I haven’t been posting very many pictures. Part of the reason is that outside of shooting weddings, I’ve actually not been taking quite the volume of “everyday” pictures that I have in […]

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My dream?

Okay, so one dream is already going to happen. I am going to Blissdom and I’m so excited. Yes, I’m excited because I get to, for the first time (ever? really? ever?) yes… ever, go away by myself and be part of something so awesome that I know some of my bloggy friends have so […]

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Nieces

I, as you know, am a mom of four boys.  Four boys who, tonight in particular, can sometimes drive me mad with their incessant boyish craziness.  Love them and all but sometimes I seriously just feel a wee tad alone (no offense, Cupcake, but you don’t much count for making me feel a lot of […]

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Hello. I'm alive! (Barely)

Seriously, this move did. me. in. (Never-mind that it was one of the shortest distance moves I’ve ever made.) Not only was I emotionally toast (so much going into that, I can’t even touch on all of it), I was very nearly physically done in as well. I was sore and exhausted, having done not […]

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Just Some Spring

It’s been raining for weeks and weeks here. Reminds me of my one year of living in the Pacific Northwest (well, I suppose where I was it was considered Southwest because it was in Canada). The good thing about all the rain is knowing that it will make everything lush and verdant when the sun […]

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Just pictures

My kids are loving their art class this year. They have made some truly beautiful creations and they all want to do art again next year. Unfortunately I only got pictures of three of them with their latest creations. My favorite might just be that sinister psycho bunny head floating menacingly over the mysterious sailboat. […]

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A Day

This was a day.  I realize how banal of a post title that is.  But the day was not banal.  Of course, it could have been far less banal, (I’m sorry, are you getting tired of the word banal? Banal banal banal banal banal) that is, it could have been even more eventful than it […]

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Halloween in a NUTshell

Emphasis on NUT.  Cause my kids are nuts.  But their my nuts.  And I love ’em. This is a soldier.  Private Ryan?  I don’t know really.  Someone brave and rugged though.  And looking shell-shocked. My Motley Crew This is what happened when I said, “Get in character!!” This is Igor. This is my little Rescue […]

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My pregnant friend…

I got to take some pictures of my pregnant friend the other day.  I love this friend.  She is such a sweet and genuine person.  I’ve known her for less than a year but it feels like longer. Also, another noteworthy thing — we have been going outside.  Every day.  I can’t express how lovely […]

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A sleepy afternoon…

I had a terrible night’s sleep last night and I woke up feeling icky.  It was snowing again when we woke up this morning.  My littlest guy also wasn’t feeling very well.  This combination meant that I stayed home from church with my two younger kids.  It was a sleepy morning. And a sleepy afternoon.  […]

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Effects…

I love how different effects can totally change the feel of a picture… I love how this one turned out in black and white… His eyes are delightful. But I also like how vibrant it is in color… Photoshop is magic people.  Magic. I love this one in the faded seventies look… Which of these […]

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More from Farmer's Market

So many colors at the Farmer’s Market.  Oh, by the way, you probably already guessed that not everything that is sold at our Farmer’s Market is grown locally.  I mean, we have coconuts there…. and avocados.  To be honest I’m not really sure that any of it is more local than what we might get […]

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Li'l Rascals

You know, there is nothing like exposing your kids to all of the right t.v. and movie characters throughout the generations. You know, like Wallace and Beaver Cleaver, Gilligan and the gang, The Brady fam, The Jetsons and their Hanna-Barbara ilk.  Nothing will give kids a strong sense of television and movie history and a […]

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Travels

Our family drives a lot.  There are many reasons for this.  The most obvious reason is that we live far from family.  For many that means lots of flying, for some it simply means never seeing family, for us it means lots of driving.  It means lots of driving because flying is very expensive for […]

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We are home…

We are home and so happy to not be on the road anymore!  And what a warm welcome we received.  When we walked in the door of our house we discovered that our church family had  cleaned our whole house, including the garage which has recently (during our basement renovation project) been nicknamed, “One step […]

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Goggles

Last year we bought the kids some goggles for their swimming lessons.  My two little ones love wearing their goggles even when they’re not swimming.  I just can’t help but laugh… especially at my three year old… who also dresses himself.  His ensembles plus the goggles are enough to make any eyes bug out. And […]

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Busyness and Babies

We’ve been über busy as you may have guessed.  Wonderfully, pleasantly busy.  I could say a hundred million things, all good, about our time with our dear friends but I think I’ll just leave it at, “It was wonderful.”  The weather was positively Summer-like when they were here.  And it has been positively brisky since […]

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Friends and Photos

New friends are wonderful. Aren’t they? The only one missing from this photo is my baby who was home with Daddy, taking a nap. And these new friends are no exception.  Only thing is… they don’t seem like new friends… they seem like old friends.  They are already dear friends, that I know.  They are […]

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Fall Portraits

I love taking fall portraits of my boys.  The intense colors of the season just call my camera’s name. “Hello….” They call.  They sing to me.  They beckon like as unto the Hills calling Fraulein Maria. And Fraulein Maria and I just can’t say no to the talking trees and leaves and the laughing breezes.  […]

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What are Grandpas good for?

Grandpas are the best, are they not?  Grandpa and Uncle Phil have been here for 10 days helping us and spending time with us and we have had a wonderful time together.  Grandpa has installed numerous pipes, faucets, sinks and a garbage disposal (he’s going to get a special place in heaven for that good […]

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Where?

Where does the time go?  How is it that this child is almost three years old? When did that happen? I thought I just had him? I thought he was just nursing and sleeping next to me in my bed. I thought I was just bringing him home from the hospital when he was ten […]

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Fiasco Gelato

Last night I did something very uncharacteristic for me.  I went downtown with a girlfriend.  Just.  For.  Fun.  She went to Greece earlier this year and came back telling me all about her awesome travels.  She told me how she fell in love with Gelato and ate it just about every day when she was […]

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A Perfect Day…

Yesterday was such a perfect day. The weather was beautiful and the mountains were calling our names.  (Can you tell that I have a Fraulein Maria complex?  The hills are alive.  For real man.) In the morning we woke up and felt the definite need for donuts. This is a need that must not be […]

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The Boxer

My littlest man loves boxing.  It’s his favorite game to play on the Wii and it’s one of his favorite things to do with his Daddy lately.  (His other favorite is cuddling.)  Call me selfish but I really don’t want my kids being in any sport that has a likely potential to cause facial disfigurement […]

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The Man Can Hula

So you know that a while back I decided that dadgummit (who made up that ridiculous word anyways?  It’s not something I ever say in real life but, dadgummit, I can’t help typing it for some reason), anyways, where was I?  Oh, right, DADGUMMIT I needed to do something about my arm loaves.  Well, I’m […]

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Other People's Flowers

I like other people’s flowers the best because they are free, for one thing. But I like them also because I get to keep them even after they die.  I mean, I get to keep my own flowers  after they die too but it seems more fun to get something out of other people’s effort […]

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Birds

Yes, I’m still getting mileage off of our trip to the zoo.  This has been a super busy week that has involved a lot more than just a trip to the zoo… Some of it has involved these yummy little darlings… A friend of mine and I both worked on these on Wednesday night for […]

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Baby Birds

Today was apparently nest leaving day somewhere in the vicinity of our backyard for a family of Chipping Sparrows.  Initially I found a shivering baby bird and my motherly instinct took over before I Googled what to do for a baby bird.  I really just didn’t want the poor thing to be eaten by our […]

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I love this girl…

This girl is my soul sister.  Not only is she my soul sister but she is beautiful.  (And sassy.) This weekend we were blessed enough to enjoy a much awaited visit from some very dear friends of ours whom we met 9 years ago when we moved to a little place known as “Aggieland”, Texas.  […]

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People in love…

Ahhhh… the birds are singing, the sun is shining…. love is in the air… Today I had the pleasure of taking engagement pictures of some dear friends.  We had a blast… engaged people are wonderful to photograph, I have found, because of all people in the world, I think they least mind being FORCED to […]

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Bokeh and Baby…

Okay, I know he’s not a baby anymore but he’s my baby okay? I was so excited when I uploaded these pictures and saw all of that beautiful bokeh in the background. Few things in a picture make me as happy as nice bokeh. Diffused light through trees makes for some beautiful bokeh. I don’t […]

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Real quick…

We have a whole bunch that needs doing today, the biggie being that we need to attack our basement before it reaches up the stairs and grabs us with its green slimy tentacles of death and sucks us into its writhing abysmal belly for its next meal. We have some dear friends coming up for […]

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Are they all yours?

Whenever we go out we inevitably get asked one of two questions, but usually both, at least 14 times per hour. The first question being, “Are they all yours?” and the second one being, “Are they all boys?” and the third one being, “Are there any twins?” and the fourth one being “How far apart […]

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Boo!

I bet I s-s-scared you, didn’t I?  This place has been a ghost town for a while… well, I should correct myself… it seems that you’ve been here.  I have not!  We took a mini-vacation this past week.  Some friends lent us their lovely 27 foot shiny new camp trailer and we really enjoyed it.  […]

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It's Tulip Season!

Ahhh… the sun is shining (well, actually it’s dark outside), the birds are singing (do geese honking count as singing?), the sky is blue (although a very dark shade of it as I write this), children are laughing (I’m sure they are somewhere… mine are sleeping though), the only sounds I can hear (the geese […]

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Croptastic!

I am sorry for all of the picture posts lately (that is if you don’t so much like seeing a bazillion pictures of the same things over and over… my kids, snow, my kids, snow, my kids, snow… etc…) but there’s just not a lot happening right now other than my kids and snow.  My […]

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Merry Christmas to all!!!

What? You think I’m delusional? You’re right actually. It never snows this much at Christmas time here. You think, “Lady, c’mon. It’s spring time. The only pretty ring time. Birds sing… a ding-a-ling-a-ling. Sweet lovers love.” Not so fast Buster. This is Canada! April is also known as, “What the heck time of year is […]

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Ree's Actions

Since the day she started her blog, I’ve loved Ree @ Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.  Though the face of her blog and the amount of readers she has, has changed drastically since way back then (for a while there her commenters were a cozy little group of about 10!  How quickly that changed!) she […]

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You'll just have to suffer it…

As you all know I love taking pictures.  I always have… albums and albums full of pictures from throughout my life prove this.  Ever since getting my camera back in late June I have been trying to learn as much as possible.  The same is true of how consumed I’ve been with photoshop ever since […]

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Picture talk…

I’ve been going through a handful of old pictures and starting to upload them to my computer. A lot of them needed fixing due to over or under exposure. I thought you all might get a kick out of the string of Golden Retrievers throughout these pictures… The Rusty years…. The Shasta years… The Arthur […]

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Ummm… because I can?

I don’t have to have a real reason right? The monkey man… err… uh… umm… I mean The Pastor. Just as cute as any baby monkey… He’s pure and perfect… with eyes like the sea after a storm… (ten points if you know the movie off hand… points can be used at any sdfaowueroinad store […]

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What's this??

Two posts in one day? You’d think I had spare time on my hands or something. Not really. Today we were just super efficient with school so I had extra time to post earlier today. Tonight I wanted to see what I could do in photoshop with some pictures I had taken last Summer on […]

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Serious Work

I love it that when my boys go out to play, in their minds they are going out to work. They have business plans. Entrepreneurial dreams and visions. They have a chain of command and they are constantly reviewing the progress made on the many projects they have going on at any time. I am […]

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Brothers

Brothers will never fail to surprise me. How they can go from throwing clumps of dirt at each other because they are mad that “he was digging in my mud pit!!” to showing the sweetest affection, I’ll never know. I’m sure I was never ever so volitile in my affections, ever in my life. Never. […]

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Coooool Dude…

Tonight we took the boys out up on a small hill to watch the lunar eclipse. They were super excited about it. When we got home I thanked them for coming with us to watch the eclipse and my oldest replied, “What?! You’re thanking us for having a good time looking at something awesome? That […]

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More pictures!!

I know how much some of you love picture posts.  I like them too.  It’s funny because when I started blogging I shared very few pictures because I had an awful camera.  I wrote a lot more then.  I still love to write but photography has become such a passion of mine that I realize […]

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Girlfriends

Over the last several weeks I’ve been taking pictures of all of the families at church for a new church directory. This morning I shot about 4 or 5 families. In between families three of my favorite girls asked me to take their picture together. I’ve been wanting to take their pictures for a while, […]

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What not

You know when people are describing something and they don’t want to go into all the details? They say something like, “…and what not…” or maybe, “Baduh baduh baduh” or “yadda yadda yadda.” This post is the type of thing they are whatnotting or yaddayaddaing or baduhbaduhing over. It’s really nothing pertinent to the big […]

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Round Robin Photo Challenge: Landmarks

DO NOT STEAL MY PHOTOS!       Go check out the other participants! Well, to be quite honest, I don’t know if I’m really playing this game completely by the rules. I cannot, alas, go out on a whim and take pictures of landmarks. Something about having four children and living in an <s>arctic […]

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Need a snow fix?

Do you live in sunny Southern California? Florida? Corpus Christi, Texas? The Australian Outback! (Helloooooo down there! My kids want to know, “What is it like to walk upside down?”) Are you feeling a mite sweaty? Feeling a bit too clammy? Does your arm hurt from fanning yourself so much? Is your skin painfully supple? […]

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Birds of My Neighborhood Part Deux

Yesterday we met the Duck Family. I hope you didn’t believe a word they said to you. They’re nothing but a bunch of quack heads. Or so I was told. By a little bird. This little bird. This bird wanted me to let you all know that it’s really sorry for the poor lighting conditions […]

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Ode to Buildings

Today I had a severe case of cabin fever. When I get like this I drive The Pastor crazy. The poor man. He is so good to me but sometimes I take him by the lapels (or whatever cloth is most handy somewhere about his neck) and tell him that I must get out of […]

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Toniiiiight, toniiiiight….

I Photo-shopped toniiiiight… (hat tip to this of course.) Not to mention I’m up too late toniiiiiiight. Don’t mind me. I frequently get songs from various classic American musicals in my head and they come out at the most bizarre times. I’ve been known to break out in a rousing rendition of Oklahoma! on more […]

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Coooool.

A picture of mine has been published at Schmap Worldwide Travel Guides for Calgary. What’s funny is that it’s a picture that I took out the window of my car while driving (well, my husband was driving) over a bridge. Kinda cool to have a picture published somewhere other than my leetle corner of Blogtopia. […]

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Oh my. What have we here?

Insert all sorts of shock and astonishment and curious looks here because I know that you didn’t really believe me when I told you how addictive Photoshop can be. Wipe that look off your face now and let’s get down to bidness. You know how when you’re really pregnant and your baby is turning all […]

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Postcards from Nan

Well, you know me… I’m just sitting here at my desk piddling away with Photoshop. I took this photo at Lake Louise several weeks back. You know, before it was frozen solid. I love this picture. It really is one of my favorites yet. Tonight I turned it into a postcard. It’s for you. So, […]

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Don't mind me…

I’m just tinkering with my new toy. Exhibit A: My kids cavorting like woodland elves through the forest of Kananaskis Country. Exhibit B: My silly niece decked out in leopard print. And a dangerously loud fuzzy hat that you might see in a Mardi Gras parade. Exhibit C: My dashing and available (or not available… […]

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Sunset

Tonight we had to go out and run a couple of errands. It is absofreakinlutely cold here. Tonight, with wind chills it is supposed to dip down to around -30 Celsius (by the way, that’s still really cold in Fahrenheit!) We dropped by the library to pick up a movie for the kids to watch […]

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Try it. I dare you!

Just try taking Christmas pictures with four boys and a dog. I’m betting some of you have. I’m sure success will come eventually. I just took about 10 pictures (granted I just decided at random — didn’t even make sure their clothes or faces were clean…) and I think only one of them is remotely […]

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Image onslaught!

You’ve been warned. This post is very picturey today! My 7 year old is really into medieval knights and all that good stuff as you may remember from my recent duct tape post. He’s also a talented little artist. Recently I’ve been collecting and scanning his best pieces of artwork. Here is a recent sampling: […]

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Faces

I like faces. I particularly like these faces though. I guess I’m sorta partial to them. A person tends to feel that way about people that she birthed. Ya know? You tend to feel that way, no matter how much they drive you crazy sometimes, because once upon a pregnancy you dreamed what these faces […]

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Where have I been?!

I have been a bad blogger lately. But a better human being. So I’m not going to bother flogging myself for my lack of posting here. Sometimes I do just have to take a few steps away from the computer in order to distance myself a bit from everything in it! So that’s where I’ve […]

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The "Rooveen"

That’s what my five year old calls our little local nature preserve. The Rooveen. It’s a beautiful ravine where we can enjoy the serenity of a little bit of nature just a short 15 minute walk from our house. Wild flowers. Birds. An ocassional cougar… thankfully we haven’t seen one of those yet! So after […]

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Portrait Photography: Try #2

Today, after conquering the beast of regrouping with 10’s and 100’s places, we decided to go on a nature hike. And do you think I was going to be caught dead or alive without my Nikon D80? I think not. It was a beautiful day for a hike. Breezy but warmish. I decided that this […]

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