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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pictures Pictures Pictures

We took a little afternoon picture taking escapade this afternoon. You see, I had spent a few hours of turmoil reteaching someone the skill of regrouping in subtraction (aka. Borrowing). It was tumultuous. It was painful. It was hellish. We needed to leave the house and run like Fraulein Maria into the mountains. We didn’t […]

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Shrinky Dinks

You remember Shrinky Dinks don’t you? So I was at Michael’s Arts & Crafts yesterday looking for a few items that I will be needing for some Christmas presents. (Yes, I know, I’m planning too far ahead.) Well, I didn’t find what I was looking for there BUT I did find SHRINKY DINKS!! And there […]

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Mornin' Y'all

Just wanted to let you know that I will get the winner’s up from Friday’s contests later this evening. The littlest mister and I have a parented swimming class to attend this morning. In the meantime, check out what I woke up to yesterday morning while camping out in Kananaskis country… Okay so it was […]

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The Highland Games

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Highland Games in Canmore, Alberta. I love the bagpipes. I love kilts. I love it all. But let’s just get down to the feet of the matter shall we? (If you should like to really get in the feel of it, you may…) More to come…. Nan

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Need opinions…

My Mom told me about the Costco “Give Us Your Best Shot” photo contest… She thinks I ought to enter. Well, I don’t think I have even a remote chance of winning because I’m sure there will be pretty stiff competition but hey, I’m willing to risk it for a $2,500 gift card at Costco! […]

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Stired.

So. Tired. This is why I cannot think of anything to write today. I simply need a nap. Two 2 o’ clock in the morning night’s will do that to a girl doncha know? Yup, it’s my dreaded insomnia rearing its ugly head again. I wish I had something worthwhile or funny to talk about. […]

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I love flowers!

Since getting my camera I think I have probably taken over 300 photos of just flowers! So much of the year here involves a great deal of white stuff and booger freezing temperaturs and soil so hard it has a special nickname, “permafrost.” And hence, no flowers except those found in a florist’s shop until […]

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Pictures Pictures Everywhere…

Oh, I just can’t help myself. I love pictures!! I love it that I have you all scratching your head over today’s mystery post. (It’s really not that exciting but hey, it’s fun keeping you in suspense!) I’ll tell you what it is tomorrow. (If you have trouble viewing this post I am actually going […]

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Cool… Righteous…

Said in my trippiest, most gnarly surfer dude voice. I took this picture the other day because I liked the pattern. Turns out it’s a fun little optical illusion. (click the image to enlarge it.) #1 Can you guess what it is? #2 Where am I standing in relation to it? Nan

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The Musée Mécanique

When we were in California you may remember that we took a day trip to San Francisco. We drove across the Golden Gate Bridge almost twice due to getting lost as we typically do in San Francisco… too many one way streets! We strolled through Golden Gate park and saw things like pretty birds and […]

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Home Sweet Home

I’m a contented lady. I am home. My children are in bed. I am looking forward to entering back into that state of being known as normal. It should be mundanely exciting. I can’t wait. So many things to mention. First my bullet points: Saw the Oregon Coast. Gorgeous. Saw my first wild Grizzly bear. […]

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GONG!

That was the sound of one of my most humiliating parenting moments. Trying to be as cultured as humanly possible the six of us spent a couple of hours meandering through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It is just beautiful there. We walked through the Botanical Gardens. And I took some pictures of the […]

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The Golden Gate Bridge

I like this bridge. It is a beautiful piece of engineering. So I am attempting to wax artistic in my photographic rendering of it. I hope you enjoy the pictures. (Click on them to see the full size images. COPYRIGHT 2007 – Do not steal these images. If you would like to use them for […]

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Vacation is going wonderfully…

We are having a great time here. It is sinfully hot. (If you are from the South or are living in Southern California where I heard it was a blistering 120 degrees yesterday, I’m sorry… you can tell me to talk to the hand or something because I’m sure I’m being a total wimp but […]

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California, here we are!

Thank you to whoever prayed for our safe travel. Yesterday we safely arrived in the mid-afternoon after a very long train ride. As much as I enjoy the view and the journey, train travel is not for the faint of heart… and not for those who are tied to a tight schedule. We arrived a […]

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