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Thursday, September 18, 2014

This and That

My days have been filled with shooting, editing, and butterfly rearing lately.  God has really blessed me in those areas which has left little time for blogging.  But I thought I'd pop in for a moment to share a few pics.  Okay, maybe more than a few.  :)

August consisted of:

A lot of this ...
Lunch

And this ...
Almost

And this ...
Monarch male

Monarch visitor

MONARCHS!!

And lots of this ...
Mr. & Mrs. Cross

50th anniversary

Mr. & Mrs. Welmann

Stephanie

Noel family

Mr. & Mrs. Hadfield

Amelia

And let's not forget my lovely assistant on several occasions ...
Lovely assistant

But August wasn't ALL work.  We did squeeze some family fun in too.

Idlewild
We spent a day at Idlewild.  Nick is missing from this pic because he refuses to ride the Loggin' Toboggin.  :)

farm show
We visited our local farm show and the kids rode some more.

Yellow Creek State Park
The kids and I visited a new-to-us state park.  We hiked and swam and explored.  It was a great day!

Keira and I finally donated our hair.  We each got 10 inches chopped off!
Hair donation - after

Hair donation - before/after - me

The kids went back to school on August 27.  I will share their back-to-school photos another time.  You're welcome.  :)

Then September came.  Which brought with it this beautiful baby girl ...

Baby Sydney

And these lovely teens ...
Kyle and Kamryn

And most recently, this polite young man ...
Isaiah

I have four more sessions scheduled this month.  On top of planning a 16th birthday party, helping with children's ministries, and PTO.  And let's not forget homework with the kids, the never-ending piles of laundry, keeping the house somewhat presentable, trying to spend at least 5 minutes here and there with my sweet husband, and making dinner most nights.  Why is it my kids think they need to eat supper every. single. day?!  

I think maybe I'll sleep next year.  :)

Despite all that, we are trying to squeeze in at least a little fun this month.

Alex was excited to be old enough for the Young Eagles plane rides this year.  He looks so small in that plane!
plane ride

The kids have next Friday off of school, so we are hoping for nice weather so we can do some more hiking/exploring at a nearby park.

We also had more of this ...
tagged Monarch
Let me know if you see her (or any of the others I have tagged - TLA 175 - 183 so far).


My last caterpillar got into its J form yesterday ...
Last cat

And went into chrysalis today - shortly after this handsome male emerged from his chrysalis.
monarch-in-and-out

I'm sad to see this year end, but it has been a remarkable year!  If the last four make it to adulthood, I will have raised 156 Monarchs this year!  WOW!  156 miracles happened right here in my office over the past 3 months!  Praise God!  Planning for an even better year next year, God willing!

Lastly, Keira is taking a photography/graphics art class this year as an elective (which makes this mama very happy) and needed to create a collage.  She chose to do a butterfly collage.
Keira's collage

Isn't it spectacular?!  All of the photos are mine except for the white dots around the edges.  Apparently I don't have any photos of white butterflies.  :)  The only requirement for the project was that she included at least one photo of herself.

The template was cut out using the Silhouette machine - each wing section is about 10 inches.  She cut each photo out and placed it all on a black foam board.  Once it was all stuck down, she cut around it with an exacto knife.  Needless to say her teacher was impressed.  :)

Well, I need to get back to editing.  I hope to blog more about each session and my Monarch journey this summer soon.  Hope you are having a great day!

Linking with Kim today ...


Little by Little



8 comments:

Tamar SB said...

These are all so wonderful!! You're so talented, keep it up!

Buckeroomama said...

Wow, those butterfly pics are awesome... and what a fun experience to see them grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly! Are those monarch butterflies? That collage is really cool.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

All are perfection, but the one with the colors through the cocoon is my favorite. Tour art work is great.

Kim said...

You've been a busy lady! These photos are all gorgeous. You have some talent! I adore K's butterfly project. It's stunning!

Ida said...

You have been one very busy lady. May I just say the photos of the Monarchs are absolutely breathtaking.

Ida said...

You have been one very busy lady. May I just say the photos of the Monarchs are absolutely breathtaking.

NC Sue said...

Oh wow - how beautiful!!!

Jill Foley said...

all those monarchs!!! Beauty