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Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 1/18/15 - 1/24/15

Last week started with a trip to Lancaster to see the show Moses and ended with me teaching some lovely ladies how to use their cameras in manual mode.  It was a good week!

{January 18:  Today is ...}
January 18:  Today is ...
A day of traveling. We were on the road a little longer than we had planned. We dealt with ice, snow, a snow/rain mix, rain, and fog. We made it to our destination unscathed though. Keira took this picture with her phone while I was driving.  The mountains of Pennsylvania are so beautiful!

{January 19:  Homemade}
January 19:  Homemade
I haven't really made anything (except food) lately. But I haven't photographed any of it. So this is the little rice pack that my daughter made. You heat it in the microwave and put it on sore muscles. My neck has been enjoying the company of this cute little guy quite a bit lately.

{January 20:  Window}
January 20:  Window
This is written on our front window with liquid chalk markers. Counting down until spring arrives. Although I must admit I was excited about the snow that we got today. It wasn't bitterly cold so we could actually go outside and enjoy it.

{January 21:  In a row}
January 21:  In a row
Dipping into the archives for this one. This is my favorite kind of row. A row of Monarch chrysalises just before the butterflies eclose (aka emerge). I am sooooooo looking forward to this year's butterfly season!

{January 22:  Collection}
January 22:  Collection
Alex likes to play with his collection of Toy Story toys. Woody will always be his favorite though.

{January 23:  Something far away}
January 23:  Something far away
Now, in the dead of winter, when surrounded by lack of color, summer seems so far away.
I spent the day getting ready to teach a photography class tomorrow, so this is a stretch, but it'll have to do.   :)

{January 24:  Play time}
January 24:  Play time
I spent the day with these lovely ladies teaching them how to use their cameras in manual mode. We had a fun time playing and practicing their new skills. They want to go for a photo walk when the weather gets nicer so they can practice what they learned. Now, that's my kind of play time.  (Yes, I know that Leslie has her lens cap on.  I didn't notice it when I was taking their photo.)  :)

Linking with Tamar:

We left Sunday right after church for Lancaster.  We took the Bible Quizzing kids since they are doing the book of Exodus this year.  Moses was the perfect show for them to see.  We spent the night at a hotel, got up Monday morning and saw the 11:00 show.  It was incredible!  I had never been to a Sights and Sounds show before and now I can't wait to go back!  

I'm pretty proud of myself for driving all that way.  I'm so used to Doug driving when we go on long trips but he didn't go due to work.  Not everyone could fit in the church van so a second vehicle was needed.  Jenn drove the church van with all the kids (God bless her!) and I drove my van with Keira and two of the moms.  It was exhausting but I did it.  Next time we go I would like to spend more time in Lancaster.  I hear it is a great town full of photo ops!  :)

The rest of the week was pretty uneventful.  I got some stuff done around the house, prepped for my camera class, and watched a movie or two.  Alex had soccer practice on Saturday morning which Doug took him to since I was teaching my class.  We did get some snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, which was kind of nice.

Doug is making slow progress on the bathroom.  He started putting up some of the drywall on the ceiling.  But he's thinking he might want to do something else instead.  When we get time to go shopping together, he's going to show me his idea.

The kids had a snow day today.  We're not getting as much snow as is forecasted for the New England states but we got several inches.  It's about time!  :)   If you are in the area getting all that snow, I pray that you don't lose power!  Keep warm and safe!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 1/11/15 - 1/17/15

We were away the past few days so I'm late posting.  Again.  Sheesh.  Oh well, we had fun.  And my computer wasn't even turned on for two whole days.  I think that's a record.  :)

{January 11:  I see ...}
January 11:  I see ...
I see someone was playing with my phone.  :)

{January 12:  Bright}
January 12:  Bright
Found these bright red berries while out on a walk through our neighbor's woods back in November.

{January 13:  Lucky number}
January 13:  Lucky number
I don't have a lucky number. I don't believe in luck. I do, however, believe in the power of ONE.
ONE smile.
ONE kind word.
ONE selfless gesture.
ONE small act to brighten someone's day.
We each hold the power to help make the world a little better place. It all starts with ONE.

{January 14:  New}
January 14:  New
Our sweet Honey posing for me in front of our new living room curtains. We have lived in this house for 18 years and we finally got curtains for our big picture window. :) Just need to shorten them a little since they are a few inches too long.

This is not at all the photo I had planned for today. But I wasn't able to make the other idea happen so this is my fall back.

{January 15:  Old}
January 15:  Old
My sister brought me a whole bunch of old photographs recently. It has been fun looking through them and reminiscing. And trying to figure out when they were taken or who in the world is in them. :) The color photo here is of my mom many years ago. The photo to the right shows my Grandma (now deceased) with my mom (the oldest child) and my aunt and uncle. My aunt and uncle are both deceased now also, leaving my mom the last one remaining. I hope to sit down soon and sort through these photos and make an album for my mom who will turn 80 in two years.

{January 16:  Nature}
January 16:  Nature
Not a whole lot of color in nature around here right now. But as you might expect from me, I did find a milkweed seed pod to photograph. We were on a back road that is not maintained in the winter when I took this photo (the same road that I visit frequently in the summer months looking for Monarch caterpillars and eggs) and the boys had a fun time "skating" on the icy road while I took pictures. :)

Only 62 days and 23 hours until spring! Can't wait for butterfly season to start again!

{January 17:  Jump}
January 17:  Jump
Alex was excited to help me with today's prompt.  :)

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Monday the kids had a school delay due to ice.  The rest of the week went off without a hitch though.  It was still pretty cold.  Alex and I went shopping for new soccer socks, shin guards, and shoes.  He started indoor soccer on Saturday morning.  Doug took him and let me sleep in.  The first couple weeks are just practice anyway.  Nick had volleyball practice early Thursday morning.  The 6th graders have a tournament the beginning of February so they need to get some practice in beforehand.  Our Wednesday night kids' class started back up.  We had a pretty good night.  At least I think we did.  I spent most of the time in the nursery playing with the babies.  Fun stuff.  :)  Doug ripped some of the bathroom walls and the ceiling out on Saturday.  It is like showering in a cave right now.  But it will look so nice when it is all done.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 1/4/15-1/10/15

During the first full week of January I pretty much hibernated.  It was so cold this week that I only went outside when totally necessary.  :)

{January 4:  I hear ...}
January 4:  I hear ..
Keira practicing on her new acoustic guitar. Her natural talent amazes me!

{January 5:  Square}
January 5:  Square
Totally uninspired today, so this is as good as it gets.

{January 6:  Round}
January 6:  Round
Something round that I use almost every day.

{January 7:  Currently reading}
January 7:  Currently reading
(I actually just finished a book last night, Iscariot.  Wow.  Powerful story.  So I had to come up with something else.)
My favorite magazine.
PS - I hate selfies.

{January 8:  Landscape}
January 8:  Landscape
My favorite tree as seen today. I think I have a photo of it in every season.
This photo was taken through my dining room window which is currently frozen shut. It is a whopping ZERO degrees here today with a wind chill of -18F. School has been cancelled due to the frigid temps. All of that means that this girl will continue her hibernation until further notice.

{January 9:  Pattern}
January 9:  Pattern
Playing around today trying to capture water drop patterns. This isn't as sharp as I would like, but it will have to do. It is really hard to focus on a water drop!
This photo got 307 likes on the FMS PAD page.  That blows me away!  I almost didn't post this picture because it wasn't up to par.  :)

{January 10:  Hello}
January 10:  Hello
Honey says HELLO from sunny, but frigid Pennsylvania!
I did actually step outside today to take this photo of our beauty. She LOVES the cold and snow. We were only out for about 5 minutes and my face was already hurting from the blustery winds. So now we are back inside - she's napping; I'm getting some editing done - and inside is where I plan to stay. 

Absolutely nothing exciting happened last week.  It was bitterly cold and snowy.  Although the sun did shine several days which made the cold a bit more bearable.  We missed church on Sunday because Alex wasn't feeling well.  We did go to Ministry School in the evening though because he was feeling better by then.  Or else he was faking it.  :)  Keira had a violin lesson on Monday evening.  Then we stopped at Panera Bread to pick up dinner because we were starving.  :)  The kids had school delays on Tuesday and Friday and school was canceled on Thursday.  Which also meant my PTO meeting was canceled.  Church services were canceled on Wednesday night.  Keira was sick on Friday - thus prolonging my hibernation since I didn't have to drive her to school for early bird.  I did have to run up to the boys' school though.  That was all I did though.  It took about 20 minutes to clean off and warm up my car in order to run a 5-minute errand.  Saturday I taught some great ladies how to knit a ruffle scarf then came home and hibernated some more.

Doug did start ripping apart the bathroom on Saturday so I guess that's kind of exciting.  Hoping it doesn't take too long to renovate the bathroom!  We have everything bought except the commode.  It is picked out but not yet purchased.

So that's pretty much it.  I'm not feeling the greatest right now.  Headache and upset stomach.  I'm hoping I'm not getting that yucky stuff that's been going around.

Hope you have a great week!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 12/28/14 - 01/03/15

Happy New Year!

Thus ends another week.  And another year!  They do seem to fly by as I get older.

Here's what last week looked like ...

{December 28:  Book}
December 28:  Book
My kids love to sit and look at a scrapbook from time to time. Usually they look at their own books, but occasionally they will pull out one of their siblings' books so they can snicker and giggle over the photos inside.   :)

{December 29:  I need less of this ...}
December 29:  I need less of this ...
I need less gray, cloudy skies and I need more sunshine!!!!!

{December 30:  Us}
December 30:  Us
Our most recent photo ... A friend took this photo of us (with my camera) on Christmas Eve. The wise man pointing at Doug's ear cracks me up. I should edit it out, but it makes me chuckle.

{December 31:  My best bit of 2014}
December 31: My best bit of 2014
It is so hard to narrow down 2014 to just one photo! I don't wish to minimize any people / places / accomplishments from this past year. But since 2014 was my best year to date in raising Monarch butterflies, I chose this photo. This was one of the last butterflies to leave my care. I successfully raised and released 172 Monarch butterflies in 2014. That just blows me away! My best year prior to this was 2010 when I raised 34. I'm excited to see what 2015 brings!

{January 1:  Sky}
January 1:  Sky
The sky at dusk - the view from our deck.

{January 2:  Something yellow}
January 2:  Something yellow
Cute, little Woodstock who hangs on our Christmas tree. He'll probably get put away tomorrow.

{January 3:  Me today}
January 3:  Me today
Alex and I went on a date to the movies this afternoon. I had intended to take our picture together there but forgot all about it, so this was taken shortly after we got home. (phone pic)

I'm still participating in Fat Mum Slim's photo a day challenge.  I wasn't sure I would continue in the new year, but I really enjoy it, so I'm sticking with it for now.  Maybe I will complete a full year (I started in April 2014) and then call it quits. Then again, maybe not.  :)

Not much happened here last week, which was great!  Lots of relaxing, watching movies, doing nothing.  I did leave the house a couple times just to get out of the house.  Moms need to do that sometimes.  :)  I picked up a new pair of sneakers for Nick who seems to go through shoes like crazy these days.  We had our New Year's Eve party at church.  Just food and a movie, but it was fun.  Got home in plenty of time to watch the ball drop on TV.  On Friday I took Nick to Chris's house for a sleepover.  He is like one of the family there.  Then Alex talked me into getting Subway for dinner.  Saturday Alex and I went to see Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  It was pretty good.  And we watched our Steelers lose to he Baltimore Ravens in the wild card playoff game Saturday night.  Boo!  

That was pretty much it!  Everyone is back to school today.  It snowed overnight (just a coating) and is really windy today.  But the sun is shining now, so all is good.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Memories, Dreams and Reflections ~ 2014

Taking a look back at 2014 - through photos, of course.

Ashley hosts her annual Memories, Dreams, and Reflections with prompts.  It is hard to narrow them down to just one photo each, but I managed.  :)

01 - Me!
This is a photo I took earlier this year that is way outside my comfort zone.  One - because I don't do selfies often.  Two - because dark and moody isn't really my style.

{I Love You}
02 - I love you
I love my family, even if they make me crazy on a daily basis.  :)
We took our first-ever week-long family vacation this summer to Sandbridge Beach, Virginia.  While we were there we had Melissa Rich take our family photos on the beach.  I had been a fan of her photography online (blog and facebook) for a while now and was super excited to get to meet her in person.

{Still Laughing}
03 - Still laughing
Nick was into make hats out of newspapers back in May.  This is one of his creations.  Cracks me up!

{Winter Wonderland}
04 - Winter wonderland
We have yet to have winter arrive here this year.  We did have a little snow in November but it didn't stick around long.  So this is from last winter.  Honey loves playing in the snow!

05 - Birthday
We celebrated both my niece Christi's and Alex's birthdays on Thanksgiving.  I made them these fun turkey cakes (thank you Pinterest).  Here they are giving me their best fake smiles.  :)

06 - Friends
My friend, Lindsey, came to visit from Texas so we got together at Rachel's house to enjoy each other's company.
(From left to right - me, Lindsey, Rachel, and Diana)

{I Was Inspired}
07 - I was inspired
A friend inspired me to learn how to knit.  I'm still learning and don't think I finished this project yet.  :)

{Spring Fever}
08 - Spring fever
A macro shot of a maple blossom.  I love spring.  Only 75 more days!

{Travel or Vacation}
09 - Travel or Vacation
As I said we took our first-ever week-long family vacation this year.  We had so much fun at the beach.  We spent LOTS of time there.  The kids had a blast playing in the ocean waves.

{Summer Days}
10 - Summer days
I spend many of my summer days raising Monarch butterflies.  I found my first egg on July 4 and released my last butterfly on November 4, which is crazy because they shouldn't still be around that late in the year.  This photo was from a day in August when I had 28 butterflies emerge in one day.  I wasn't able to photograph them all together as they came out at different times that day, but I did manage to get these nine together.

{A Day in My Life}
11 - A day in my life
This is a pretty typical day in my life.  The boys bothering their sister and her trying to block them out.  :)

{All Smiles}
12 - All smiles
I was trying to get a nice shot of Nick and instead got these.

{Autumn Harvest}
13 - Autumn Harvest
One of the last sunflowers of the season.

{Family or Home}
14 - Family or home
Our most recent photo - all of us after Christmas Eve service at our church.  A friend took it with my camera.  The wise man pointing at Doug's ear cracks me up.  :)

15 - Celebrate
Alex was being silly when he opened his Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.  He really celebrated.  It was fun to watch.

{Let's Do It Again}
16 - Lets do it again
After raising 172 Monarch butterflies in 2014, I can't wait for summer to come so we can do it again.  And hopefully raise even more this year!

{I Miss You}
17 - I miss you
This little sweetie is Slick, our neighbor's colt.  He was born back in the spring and has grown so much.  I stopped by to photograph him several times last spring/summer, but they moved him to a different pasture in the fall.  I really miss seeing him every day.  I need to make a point of stopping by and visiting him (and his owners) soon.

18 - Beautiful
I may be biased, but I think Keira is beautiful.

{Dress Up}
19 - Dress up
Nick doesn't really like to cooperate with getting his picture taken so getting one of him in his Halloween get up was no different.  This is the best I could get.  I don't really know what he's supposed to be.  :)  That mustache is too much.

20 - Macro
My favorite macro shot of the year.  I spent lots of time outside on a bitterly cold day trying to capture close ups of snowflakes.

21 - Holidays
We had front-row seats to a fireworks show this year.  A friend invited us to the home of the folks who set them off.  It was a fun time.

{My Favorite}
22 - My favorite
Of all the Monarch photos I took this year, this is my favorite.  Most of the butterflies are freshly hatched when I photograph them but this one was not.  I believe it is one of the ones I raised who came back to visit a few days later.

{Don't Ever Change}
23 - Dont ever change
She's growing up so fast.  I wish she would stop.  :)

{Just Because ... So There!}
24 - Just because ... so there
Another of my favorite Monarch photos from the year.  Two caterpillars snuggled up together on a milkweed leaf.

{Hopes and Dreams}
25 - Hopes and dreams
I have several goals for this year, but the most important is to draw closer to God.

Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to visit Ashley for more great 2014 memories!