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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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November Fire

November 27, 2009

I can’t remember the last time we had a fire, but it has been way too long.  It was so nice to spend some time in front of  it this Thanksgiving.

November fire


October 18, 2009


Hot Air

July 18, 2009

As I sat blowing up this enormous beach ball – sprinkler and emptying myself of every last bit of hot air, I looked at Bella, sighed and said, “I don’t know baby girl, I might not finish until next year.”

She patted me on the leg and said as graciously as she could, “You’re doing a great job mommy.  It’s OK, take your time.”

I could only laugh and give her a big kiss for her patience and sincerity.

I wish I was a big girl like her.

My Snow Baby

January 26, 2009

My life is slowly starting to resume to some sort of normalcy and I say that with much hesitancy, since I have lost sight of what normal is, even for us.  Nonetheless, I feel more normal when I can take the time to enjoy moments with my baby  girl without looking at the clock.

We even went sledding last week to a whompum hill with big jumps.  OK, they weren’t that big, but they were for my thirty-nine year old bones.

I haven’t had so much fun in years.  I can’t wait for more of that. Maybe a snowboard next eh?

Green Tomatos for Our Jar

October 13, 2008


Bella and I went hunting to find treasures for our treasure jar.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her the green tomatoes would rot if we keep them.

Reservoir Walk

October 12, 2008


Sarah snapped this photo at the reservoir.  She was practicing with manual focus.  Not bad eh?

Home Bound after CPR Stamford

October 11, 2008


I’m home after a really fun weekend, which I really needed.  I’m going to try to summarize, so bear with my rambling.

The trip was really wonderful and I met some new friends.  We had a really good time in-between classes and on Friday night, took the Hotel shuttle into downtown Stamford to have dinner at California Pizza Kitchen.  As it turned out, not one of us wanted to $17.00 for a quesadilla from the hotel.  And I can’t imagine why?

Stamford is just a short ride on the train into Manhattan, but we were all too tired to make the trip, so we decided to stay in town.   However, I have made a mental note to myself to stay in Stamford next time I wanted to go into the city.   Aside from the room service and any other amenity you may need, the Stamford Hilton’s rooms were quite reasonable.  Just don’t get hungry or thirsty while you are there.

Dinner out was a lot of fun and there was a lot a laughing, which did my spirit good.  Laughter lightens the soul and mine sure needed some lightening after the past week.

Classes were also good, but there was a lot of review for me.  I knew that the conference was geared more towards the beginning photographer; however, there is always more to learn and I was right.

The best classes were taught by Candace Stringham,  Matt Adcock, from Del Sol Photography, (with his beautiful wife assisting, Sol Tamargo) and Cheryl Muhr, who by the way, is a total trip and full of energy.

I knew the trip was a success by what I learned.  I had a lot of technique questions answered, especially in Candace’s class on Writing with Light.

There were a few things I about the weekend that would have changed.  Except for Candace’s class, there was NO opportunity to use our cameras during class.  I would have liked the workshop to be more like a workshop and not a bunch of lectures.  People see by doing and it would have been really cool to have fewer photographers there, with longer time periods to go outside and practice what we learned with some guidance.  Some of the classes seemed more about the photographer and their portfolio, than about technique.

I also would have changed the fact that I had my windshield cracked on the way to the event by a rock that a dump truck kicked up, but I was blessed that it is a very small crack and it didn’t cause more damage, or an accident.  I also would change the fact that every one of my photos from the weekend were erased accidentally.  I have no idea how, but they are gone.  The photos I posted for Thursday and Friday were all taken on my way out of the hotel,  wearing a frown because my photos were gone.

All things aside, I had fun and relaxation.  I was blessed by the whole trip and would definitely do it again, if given the chance.

The photos of the front desk area below, didn’t really come out to good, but I’m posting the shots anyway.  The lights would constantly change color and it was really cool to look at.  Sort of a had to be there moment.

My weekend photo buddies:  Louise, JoAnne, Maureen and Deenie.