Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I make on-line KodakGallery photo albums of all of our family events to share with our family in Bama. It keeps them in touch with the boys and their activities. I will admit that sometimes it is a bit overkill. I sent out a KodakGallery photo album of a garage clean-up we did a few summers ago and caught some real flack for that. It was a serious overhaul of the garage and there were some great before and after pictures. I guess enough is enough.
My poor sister-in-law said it is embarrassing that she has more pictures of my boys than she does of her own two girls. What can I say, I like pictures. I haven't taken very good ones until now. Now, I just point and shoot this Nikon beauty and it is practically ART!!
Look....it is grass...up close, beautiful grass and I am just in awe of it.
These berries...are you kidding me??? Look how the bush behind it is all soft and out of focus. LOVE THAT!!! I didn't do it on purpose - wouldn't know how to do it again.
The grass from a distance. Look at that...I find it so amazing that the tree limbs in the forefront are soft and the background is sharp. How do you do that????
My husband's chin whiskers - taken from the passenger's seat of the van with a zoom lens. The man is a saint. If the roles had been reversed and he had pointed a zoom lens at my chin or chin(s), whatever the case may be, I would have left him on the side of the interstate. Probably hit him with the camera and then left him on the side of the interstate. Might have even run him over. Seriously DO NOT take an up close picture of my chin.
But look at the detail in this picture - you can see each individual whisker. So cool!!!
And this sunset picture just makes me happy. There is a "sunset setting" on the camera and you can point the camera directly at the setting sun and get a totally cool shot like this. Driving 70 miles an hour down a Texas interstate snapping shot after shot through a dirty windshield. I probably took 50 pictures by the time the sun actually set and I know for sure I was having a hard time seeing! Now it is hard to pick which picture is the best. I can't delete any of them! I particularly love this one though, with the car cresting the hill and the huge fireball of sun that looks like it is melting.
It is going to be hard to be in the same house with this camera and get anything done. I haven't had the heart to tell the dog that there is actually a "pet portrait" setting on the camera. I think in exchange for a piece of cheese, he may be my most willing subject!!!
So, let me issue a warning to anyone reading this that might be local. Don't be alarmed if you see me roaming the neighborhood with a zoom lens! I will try to stick to fascinating plants, animals, objects, children and not chins!! If I take a picture of your chin, you may hit me with the camera and run me over with your car!!!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Our home had been defiled and defaced by the very good friends we had left our house key with. They were supposed to be taking care of the cat, but it looks like they had a little fun while they were here. We are finding Longhorn merchandise all over this house! A can opener in the utensil drawer, a mug in the cabinet, a bag of chips in the pantry, a pen on my desk, a picture frame with their children's picture! What we didn't notice until about six trips out to the car to unload was this exterior decoration on our house.
WHAT??? Oh no they didn't! And to top it all off - the damn cat was still alive!! Seriously!
We had some great laughs about this Longhorn welcome home and assume we will continue to find Longhorn surprises all over our house! For now though, we might have to reconsider who we leave our house key with....at least until football season is over!!!
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We are in mass chaos mode around here...trying to get caught up with work so I be only just slightly behind after Christmas, semester finals, class Christmas party, pajama day, oil change, wrapping presents, trying to prepare for much colder temps, a long drive, a flight, a birthday party and last minute preparation for heading out of town. Tons to do and not much time left to do it. It always gets done and hopefully it will again! I have my list and am determined to mark some things off of it today!! GAME ON!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Anyway, I went through my antics of making him stand up so that I could see for myself if he did in fact grow any bigger. When I told him I was sure he had grown, he just beamed with pride because he knew what was coming next. I told him he was in big trouble. I forbid him to keep growing. He must stop growing immediately. He thinks it is funny that I want him to stay little. I think it stinks that he is growing up so fast.
Monday, December 14, 2009
So, maybe our Christmas Cookie day has changed and is not a "traditional" tradition, but it definitely feels more like Christmas around here now!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I sit here in my office, a long 1,000 miles away from this hospital, and I pray hard for this young girl I have never met. I pray for her family. I pray for the doctors. Just over and over, "Please, please, please." More like begging than praying, but coming from deep in my heart. So many challenges, with no choice but to face them head on. I hope in some small way it gives them a tiny bit of peace to know that so many prayers are being said for Hunter. I don't think it changes God's plan for Hunter to know that so many of us mere mortals want her to get up and walk out of that hospital, but I think it does let him know how special she is to so many.
If you read this note, and even though you may not know Hunter, whisper her name in prayer please. Imagine if it was your own child, or niece, nephew, brother or sister, in that hospital bed fighting this really hard fight. Prayer is really all you can offer, but it is free, it is powerful and it works!
I have so much on my holiday "to do" list today, but this email from my sister this morning has slowed my brain down to a screeching halt. Puts a microscopic focus on the things in life that are most important. I have tons of things to get done, but maybe I will wait a while, grab another cup of coffee and go snuggle on the couch with my boys.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Then it wasn't.
13 (that is the oldest) gets in the mix, red pepper slices and baby carrots are being tossed. I will admit that I participated in some vegetable slinging as well. Then, Husband spills an entire cup of Sprite on the table and floor. People are still throwing and walking through the spilled Sprite. Mom goes ballistic. Children can't figure out why she is so mad. Then the laughing is over and the mopping and cleaning commence. Then I made them pose for a Christmas picture and it went downhill from there.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Some general information - I am a wife and have been for eighteen years or so. Best thing that has ever happened to me, hands down, is falling for the right fella. That great decision led to an even better one. I am a mom to two boys - six years apart and as different as night and day in some regards and identical clones in others. Is there anything better than being a mom? I can't imagine it if there is. It is hard sometimes for sure, and I wish there was a parent handbook on many days, but the rewards, the snuggles, the seeing life again through the eyes of your child, oh that is the good stuff. I think I am blessed beyond measure, lucky in love and just absolutely enjoy my life.
So, feel free to sneak a peek at my life and hear some of the ramblings going on between my ears. It could be painfully boring or slightly entertaining...we shall see.