Friday, January 22, 2010

Days 18, 19, 20, and 21 - Quick before we go camping

On my list of things to do is putting this post up before I head off to bed and then head off to go camping tomorrow with my wonderful Girl Scout Friends!

So, Day 18 was Monday... Do you remember the days of laying on the ground and looking up at the sky and clouds?  It's not the same in the City and it makes me long for the days of living out away from so much civilization.  Not as much traffic, hardly any jet contrails and if there were, they were so far up!  When I got home, I saw all these contrails in the sky and decided to take pictures of that and the wispy clouds around the rest of the sky...


So, Day 19 is all about new shoes...  Audra has been wanting new converse tennies... We found these...


Day 20 found an interesting sunrise, mostly cloudy, really... So, I had to snap a picture while I was sitting at the stoplight...

And on the way home... I saw a sight that you normally only see during November/December...

And here we are at Day 21... Today, on my way to shop for new hiking boots and to pick up stuff at Walmart for our campout this weekend, I saw so many birds.  They like to divebomb cars and even people in the parking lot.  I just thought I should take a picture, again, while sitting at the stoplight.

And there you have it.  I think I'm caught up enough to head off to bed after letting Holly outside.  Til next time...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Less posting, less often

Because I can't seem to find the time, nor the inclination, to post every day anymore now that things are getting busier, I think I'll go to less posting, less often.  Oh, I'll still be taking pictures every day, but I'll likely only post a couple of times during the week (at least one time).  In case anyone was wondering... No, I haven't missed a day of taking photos, except for one previously mentioned in a post.  ;)
Til next time...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Weekend Catch up - (Days 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

So, even though I haven't been posting every day (which was the thing I was afraid would happen along the way in this 365 photo challenge), I have made it a point to take at least ONE picture a day.  So, here we go.  Let me wrap up the weekend with the days in question...

Day 13 (Wednesday)... So, I took my camera with me when I took the kids to church on Wednesday night for their choir rehearsals (of course Layden's was cancelled, but he came along anyway). 
I walked into the church and thought how beautiful the stained glass is in our sanctuary, so I took a picture of that.

For Day 14 (Thursday), I decided just to take more pictures of the kitty cat in our house... Spencer...

Day 15 (Friday)... It was finally time during the week where I could put everyone to bed, and prop my feet up and relax...

So, Day 16 (Saturday) was Layden's 6th birthday!!!  He is such a big boy!!!   And so we went to celebrate with friends at Rainforest Cafe.  Layden always loves to go eat there, as do the rest of us.  He always loves to look at the fish in the aquariums when you come in...

Of course, there are other fun things to do at the mall where Rainforest Cafe is... He got to ride the little train that runs around in the mall...

And after we had a great lunch, we went to the Disney Store, where he got to pick out some toys that he wanted... The price?  Carrying them around the mall...  He insisted he wanted to carry them, so he did...

There's my big 6 year old boy!!!

And what birthday would be complete without cake?  It's Cowboys country here, so it was pretty easy to find a cake fitting a 6 year old boy...  We had cake at home.

So, now Day 17 was today (Sunday) and the day started with a lot of fog... One of the websites I frequent has "assignments" for daily photos.  One of the suggestions during the last week was perspective.  Well, I couldn't get a perspective on the way to church, but thought I might get some interesting photos of the fog while driving (okay, I was riding, Bob was driving!)...

And the big bonus at church was that the altar flowers today were in celebration of Layden's birthday so I had to take a photo of him with the flowers...

And with that, I think I'm caught up on my daily photos being posted... 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 12 - A little bird told me...

So, as I'm wandering around this afternoon hoping for some inspiration of what exactly to take a picture of today, I decided to walk out on the deck at work.  It's a tough life to work in a building with an outdoor deck that overlooks the runways.  So, I was thinking of just taking a picture of a plane.  Uninspired at best.  But then, as I walked out on the deck and looked around, I saw this little bird, perched atop a flagpole. 

See, there he is.  Or maybe it's a she...

Okay, so I did take a picture or two of a plane landing as well...

Day 11 - The Student of the Week

I'm so proud of both of my kids.  Audra, this past week, was chosen as Student of the Week.  Well, I guess they kind of chose her before the Christmas Break.  But last week was HER week.  I totally forgot to keep checking the sign out front of the school to see her name emblazened in black letters on the sign.  Yesterday as she was getting ready for bed, she reminded me that I should go look at the sign today.  I took the camera when I dropped her off, but it was so cold and the traffic was pretty think around the school, so I only walked over to the sign to confirm her name was there.  It was.  So I went back to my car and headed home for a quick cup of coffee while I waited for the traffic to die down a bit with school starting for the day.  And when I was ready, I hopped into my car, camera in hand and drove back over to the school.   There in all it's glory was the sign.  And Audra's name was right up there in Big Black Letters.  So, my picture for today is this...

There it is.  Audra C.  What a beautiful sight to see.  I didn't miss it. 

Day 10 - Singing in the Choir

In the midst of all the fun to be had at home with plumbing things, Bob decided to stay home and wait for the plumber to come back.  So, Audra, Layden and I went to church without him.  Audra sang in church yesterday and so my picture for Day 10 is this... (if I could just get her out from behind the microphone so you could see her smiling face)

Our Youth Choir at church has been very busy learning new songs for a festival they'll attend in February down in Waco.  Should be pretty interesting, to say the least. I'm excited that they'll get the opportunity to join with so many other choirs from across the state. 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Days 8 and 9

So, yesterday afternoon, I got home from work and totally hit a "brick wall". So, since I wasn't really feeling functional, I didn't get my picture for yesterday taken.

Today, I made up the difference. I took a few pictures of two completely unrelated things to make up for not having taken a picture yesterday.

So, the psuedo Day 8 picture is this:

Layden loves his monster trucks.  He was playing with them and when I pulled out the camera and laid on the floor to take the picture, he kept moving them around and asking me to take pictures of them.  It was kind of funny, I thought. 

And Day 9 for the picture today, I took pictures at the Rubber Stamp Convention that a friend of mine and I wandered around today.

I am looking forward to attempting to make one of these. They are called Concertina books.  It's double sided.  So, there are images on the other side as well.  Just really cool to look at.  I bought a kit that makes two. Now if I can just get some time to do it.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Day 7 - I gotta get back to this!

My poor lonesome scrapbook tools sit and wait patiently for me to have time to use them. They're cold out here in our family room where it's usually about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of the house. But, alas, I will get back to using them. Did you see the stack of pictures a couple days back that I have to scrapbook?

It's a bit blurry... Was trying to take it without the flash and with manual focus. Gotta try new things, right?

Til tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 5 CatchUp and Day 6

So, yesterday, with Layden being sick, I didn't get a chance to do much picture-wise, but I did snap a couple of Holly looking intently at Spencer. So, here's the picture for Day 5

So, today was a day to prepare for the "Arctic Airmass" that is headed our way. And what do you do to prepare for an arctic airmass and temperatures that will be below freezing for something like 60 hours? Me? I went and filled my car up with gas because it was pretty much on EMPTY! More weight in case I have to drive on ice or snow.


Pumping gas:


And with that, I'm off to find my gloves, hat and scarf for tomorrow. Brrrrrr! It's on the way!!!

Til tomorrow...

No post yesterday...

Here I thought I was doing pretty well with the daily photo challenge and posting my pics. And yet, with Layden being sick last night, I didn't get things posted. My poor little guy. He threw up all night last night. Reports for today are that he's doing okay... drinking gatorade and taking it easy with Daddy. Let's hope that trend continues. Poor little thing. Thank goodness Daddy has a cast iron stomach!

I did take a picture or two yesterday, but hadn't planned on them being the photos of the day for Day 5. Guess they will be. And here's hoping that today, I'll get the chance at taking a photo somewhere, somehow. I'll muddle through and manage something I'm sure. Should be able to post later tonight while trying to keep warm once the Arctic Airmass settles on us tonight. ;)

Until then, don't lose heart...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 4 - Christmas Season winding down

So, as I looked around the house today to figure out what all we needed to take down, pack and put away from Christmas, I realized that our movie collection includes a great number of Christmas Themed movies. With just a quick pass through what was easily reached, here's what I found in our collection.

Of course, my browsing around was my attempt at being inspired to take a photo for today. Yes, it's Day 4.

So, if you look at the list of movies in my photo, you'll see quite a selection. Do we put them up on a shelf now that Christmas is over? No, we have been known on ocassion to watch Christmas Themed movies at any time during the year. Layden's favorite is Polar Express. Audra likes all the TV Show Christmas shows. I, myself, am especially fond of The Year Without a Santa Claus and Bob likes It's a Wonderful Life and The Bells of St. Mary. And we all really like the Santa Clause series. So, why confine Christmas movie watching to just a few weeks out of the year? We don't.

And after all, given that Jesus is the Reason for the Season, can't we celebrate Christmas all year? Jesus is not a Savior that we can simply put into storage for 11 months of the year and only bring Him out for a few weeks to display. He's a Savior for all throughout the year.

Until tomorrow... Wonder what inspiration I'll find tomorrow... Just doing my best to get away from the norm and get out of my own comfort zone.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day 3 - So much to do and so many opportunities for distraction

So, I'm sitting here, watching ______ ________ _________. No, I won't tell you what the movie is. I will show you and you can fill in the blanks.

Yes, I should be doing something other than sitting here. But, alas, I'm not. I should be working on my stack of photos for the last part of the big scrapbook project I'm doing.

Of course, if I am going to insist on sitting in front of this computer, the least I could do would be to upload the rest of the pictures for this project. Then, take the time to order them so that I can finally get back to working on the scrapbook. It's over due. I just haven't had time to myself to work on it. I was actually planning on working on it during my time off for New Year's, but of course, that didn't happen either.

So, at least the laundry is going (well, it sounds now like both the washer and the dryer have stopped.) I guess I should look around and see if I can get anything ready to go back to reality tomorrow. No more holidays for a while. Guess I might need to just take a day off sometime in the next month to really get to work on this scrapbook.

Also, I managed to remember to take a picture today at least. I did take several of Holly and the kids, but I figured that everyone is going to get really tired of seeing them after a while. And so, I thought I'd take advantage of the opportunity to put off working on what I SHOULD be working on again with coming up with (not-so) clever pictures for my Day 3 of the 365 Photo Challenge. Do I at least get an A for effort?

Until tomorrow...

Oh, and in case you didn't get the movie title from the picture I took of the movie on TV, it's The Princess Bride.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 2 of 365 Challenge - Holly loves Freedom!

So, we've been taking Holly outside on a leash because we needed to do some work (i.e. clean-up) in the back yard before we felt safe letting her off the leash. So, today was the day. Bob and the kids cleaned and trimmed and cleaned some more. So, my picture from today is Holly's first moment of freedom (well, at least freedom in the back yard).

Can you just see the joy in her face? She did laps after laps for a long time. And boy, what fun to chew on everything as she went by!

Okay, in all fairness, I have to post a picture of my kitty-kins, Spencer, as well. He is still angry about Holly but he's getting a little more social since she came. He still won't meet her, but at least he's okay with being in the same room once in a while. I think he stands in the kitchen and taunts Holly while she's in her kennel. But what cat wouldn't take advantage of that?

New Year's Day - Day 1 of 365 photo challenge

Every holiday we usually start our day with danishes fresh out of the oven for breakfast. Today was no different. The first task of the 365 photo challenge was to take a picture of a resolution or something that happened today. So, here is what our danishes looked like fresh out of the oven.

Fear not, we did manage to get our black-eyed peas in at lunch time. YUM!!!!

We did spend some time playing with Holly today. Here's a picture of some of the fun.

It's hard to believe that she's already 3 months old. And she's SO BIG already!!!