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Single tired mom of four. Lover of chocolate and coffee - not necessarily in that order. Lover of Jesus, photographer by trade, Photoshop junkie and crime TV watcher.


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Time to Say Goodbye

May 24, 2008



My Handsome Graduate

May 23, 2008


No we didn’t die in a plane crash or get eaten by a gator, but if you happened to wonder why I didn’t post yesterday, the Mac locked me out of my own site.  Believe me I tried.  It was my 100th in a row without missing a single one.  I feel a tat bit empty now.   But don’t worry, I’ll recover.  Sniff, sniff.

Anyway, here’s to my handsome graduate with honors.  My son Casey graduated high school yesterday and is leaving in July for a six year enlistment in the Navy. 

As I stood watching him, all grown up, ready to venture out on his own, my heart broke for every soccer game I missed,  for every hug I could have had,  for every dirty sock I never had the chance to tell him to pick up, and every single event in between.  And yet this handsome, smart, caring young man still calls me mom.  I am honored and humbled to be called by that name.  And very very thankful that even though I couldn’t see it at the time, God had a plan for us.




Breakfast Pool Side

May 22, 2008


I’m sorry.  I just can’t upload any potentially good photos without editing them.  So I leave you with breakfast pool side and the quote of the day.

As Sarah continued to beg me for Dairy Queen just after going to Planet Smoothie, I finally got fed up and told her to “put a sock in it,” but Bella had a far better suggestion….

“We could just put soap in her mouth Mommy.”

Oh yeah, that’s my girl!      


My Forbidden Camera

May 21, 2008


Well, this is all I have for today  The kids grounded me from the camera and it seemed only fair.  Lugging that thing around everywhere can really cramp our style.  Not only is it heavy, but I can’t leave it in the car, so it can strain any trip.  Therefore, while we were out and about, I found all the places that I will capture tomorrow.    

And I did get a little chuckle today watching Sarah stepping off the wooden walkway onto the beach.  Just as she was about to take a step, she almost landed on a snake under her foot.  She screamed, dropped Belle right there to fend for herself.  


I Want a Permanent Vacation

May 20, 2008


Okay, so I suppose you have figured out that we are someplace tropical.  And oh, is it beautiful!  

I was going to make you guess where I was, but I decided I was too lazy to go to all that trouble, after all, we are on vacation.  So I’m giving it up.  Our paradise location is Naples Beach, Florida.   

I am giving you a little photographic taste of our first afternoon here, but I have no Photoshop and no way to edit these.  In fact, I can barely see them on the Mac’s little screen.   I don’t know how you people with laptops do it.  I need BIG.

Anyway, we are here to see my son graduate, so it’s not technically a vacation, but it’s the only one we’ll see for a long time.  I even downloaded some Jimmy Buffett for the occasion.  And nothing says tropical getaway like Jimmy Buffett.

Now I have just one question.  Why on earth is there only one Dunkin Donuts within 50 miles of Naples?  I know it’s hot, but one Dunkin Donuts?  Come on now.  Don’t you Floridians like coffee?   

Okay, I’m off to enjoy paradise.  A tough job, but someone has to do it. 






No Room for the Porcelain

May 19, 2008


Ok finally done.

I think.

Oh wait…..I forgot the kitchen sink.


Meet the Obelisk

May 18, 2008


Sorry for the mass obelisk confusion.   And with my apologies comes this photo of the uncompleted garden with the obelisk.  A work in progress, but still my favorite spot in the yard. 

Okay I must go finish packing and trip prep.  And thank you all for you fabulous travel tips for wee ones!  I packed a backpack with many of your suggestions and I am hoping they will work and I won’t have to break out the gag and duct ape.  Pray for me.