Finding the Holiday Joy

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Project 365 - Day 210 and 211

Last night the clouds we awesome, I knew I had to get a picture but I didn't want the horizon to be cluttered under it so I drove about 10 minutes past my house and found this little spot, I literally felt like I was the only person on the planet out there. I took the picture, the whole time I kept thinking this is what the fields looked like in the old days, wide open range.
Day 210

Today is my friend, Joey's birthday!! I met her thru Shutterfly and even got to see her in person on our big trip to New Mexico in October. She is a treat and I wish her all the good things she could ever want!! I stopped at Starbucks and bought her a cake pop, just so I could photograph it and send her way. Joey I love ya, Happy Birthday!!
Day 211

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Project 365 - Day 209

We went fishing Sunday, Randy puts the spare minnows and bait in the little pond beside the porch until the next time we go. Miss Ky thinks that's the living end, she will sit there and net those fish for hours if we let her. Last night she caught one of the bigger ones, very exciting.
Day 209

Monday, June 27, 2011

Project 365 - Day 205, 206, 207 and 208

Just realized I didn't post Day 205 before I left on Friday, flowers from the front porch Thursday night :)
Day 205

Friday Randy brought the chainsaw home and started cutting up that cedar that fell Wednesday morning. It smelled so good while he was cutting it, I liked this limb the most, it has such a pretty red center, smelled so good.

Day 206

Saturday I got to sleep in but had to take Ky to her mom for a birthday party at 4, then ran to see Kimber, then back to the party to pick Ky up again and then home, I was beat. Earlier that day I had asked on my FB page what I should photograph that day. Marvett said something that reflects how I I thought about it and took this image. My bedroom is one of my favorite places, it has great light and all the colors of the ocean, I love it in there when things are quiet around the house. The little round bank speaks to me ~dreams come true~ that means loads to me lately. I love thinking about the ocean, feeling those colors around me, thinking about the possibilities the future holds because I don't know if you know but..................dreams come true......
Day 207

I wrote about a co worker that recently lost a 22 year old son, she also has two daughters, before her sons death we had planned on taking pictures of their family, she hadn't had a family photo in years. I wasn't sure how she would feel about doing it now, but she came to me and said you know I talked to the girls and they want to go ahead and do it. So on Sunday I met up with Hannah and Holly for pictures, sisters, 20 and 15, beautiful red hair!!! They were too fun for me to photograph. Naturally they had to be Sunday's photo of the day :)
Day 208

I Heart Face - A Touch of Whimsy

For the weekly challenge at one of my favorite blogs :) I Heart Faces:

Singing the Little Mermaid with Kyleigh :)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Project 365 - Day 202, 203 and 204

First, I want anyone that reads this to know that I can't get my Goggle acct to recognize my email or name anymore! I haven't been able to visit a blog in forever! I am working on getting it corrected if they can. Frustrating, I have tried to leave comments and it will not let me!! Amazingly I am able to post pictures and blog posts on my blog, I think that's weird, why shouldn't I have to log in to update my blog, hmmmmm.

I feel like my pictures of late have been uninspired :( I'm working on it though.

I heard on the news that storms were expected for Tuesday and Wednesday but by the time I left work on Monday the skies were clouding over, the temps downed some too. It did rain alittle that night but most of it came the next morning. These are the cloulds that followed me home Monday.
Day 202

Tuesday it rained all the way to work but about 10am it was the same ol blazing hot and bright, bright outside. I took this picture because I carry my camera everywhere I go, I got to thinking how much a part of my life Diego, my camera, has become so I thought I would show you his home as he travels with me :)

Day 203

More storms rolled in during the night on Tuesday, but around 3am Wednesday morning we heard a loud noise outside, checked it out and the storms had destroyed two trees in the side yard, worse one of them landed on the all over the drive and cars. No damage thank goodness. This angle shows the limbs where they just snapped off the tree.
Day 204

Monday, June 20, 2011

Project 365 - Day 200 and Day 201

It was HOT! here this weekend, think surface of the sun HOT!! I have never been a fan of the heat, you know like people who live in the north can't stand the snow and almost go postal by May because it's not warm yet! Saturday I took Ky outside to chase bubbles, I made her wait until 7:00pm, we were outside for about 30 minutes, she chased and chased bubbles until she finally laid on the ground and told me she was tired!! Too hot!
Day 200

Sunday, Father's Day, was quiet at our house. I wanted to get a picture of Randy for the day but he was not cooperative with my camera, soooo about 9 that night I gave up and looked for something to photograph. I ended up taking a picture of this characature of me, I had it done at the State Fair of Texas a few years back. I think it looks just like me, for real, I also think it could work great as a character in a Disney or Pixar movie :) I took it with a high ISO and I turned it B&W to get rid of the amber color it had, I know I could have used a remover but the B&W works the best I think.
Day 201

PS: I can't believe I'm in the 200's!!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Project 365 - Day 199

Remember Day 114, if was of Tiffany and the day she found out she was having a baby boy :) Well he was born June 3rd, she brought him here to meet us, he's adorable!! Next Tuesday I get to take his pictures, yea!!!
Day 199

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Project 365 - Day 198

Had lunch with the gals at work today at Napoli's and it was delish, yummo!!! Hope I don't get cheese on my computer.........
Day 198

Project 365 - Day 196 and 197

I know I have been taking sunset photos alot lately but doing the summer is just about the only time I can catch one after work, most of the time the sun has set long before I go out to the car. I this one was weird because the sun almost looks like an eye, creepy.
Day 196

My husband does paint and body for a living and on occassion he comes across some real deals with cars that have been wrecked. Once about 9 years ago he got a Camry for 300 dollars, he put about 200 dollars of repairs in it and I drove it for 2 years. I put over 150,000 more miles on it, then when I bought the Jetta I have now, we sold that Camry for 3000 dollars. For real it was a great car. My Jetta is a wonderful car too, I have put 259,000 miles on it, it has driven like a champ. I know it won't do that forever so we have started talking about another car for me. So Randy calls me the other day and says he's found an Infinity J30 that he thinks will be great, he drove it home last night. I love it!! It has an awesome interior and looks great, just needs the 800 dollars worth of fender damage repaired. He has bought the car for 800 dollars, he'll do 800 dollars in repairs and then she's all mine. I sure hope I have the same good luck I've had with the Camry and Jetta in this Infinity. I am not ready to get rid of the Jetta yet :), she'll have to hang around a little while before I'll consent to sell her. I hope to be in the newer car in about a month :)

Day 197

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Project 365 - Day 195

The moon wasn't full last night but it was so bright that it caught my attention when I got home.
Day 195

Monday, June 13, 2011

Project 365 - Day 192, 193 and 194

Friday I picked up Ky, then we headed to the field I love for pictures with Jana and Kimber. The sun loves that field and so do I, this is just one of the pictures I have taken Rider and Jana's engagment in her faux wedding dress (not the real one:)

Day 192
Saturday we decided to take more pictures with the faux dress and ended up at a great place in Canton, we had the run of the place. It's the Mountain, it's full of stores for Trades Days.
Day 193

I got to photograph a pretty little wedding last night, the sun was having it's way with me but this is the jump shot, I know it's not a new concept in wedding photography but it's one of my favs, I love the playfulness of it.
Day 194

Friday, June 10, 2011

Project 365 - Day 191

My friend, Alicia, has a brand new grandson, Camden Martin, he was born on Wednesday. If we lived in the same area, they live in Illinois and me in Texas, I would have gone to see them, probably taken a picture or two. So when she sent this to me yesterday, baby Camden with his big sister Kaylee, I thought I'll make this my photo of the day. Alicia goes by Oma, and I know she is the proudest Oma around right now :)
Day 191

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Project 365 - Day 190

Ky started gymnastics last night, Jana picked her up and took her. I got there just in time to watch the class and play with Kimber some!! I took pictures of Ky on the mats and Kimber too, none of them are good, the lighting and blurred motion are way off. Bummer!! I settled for an image of the sunset while I was getting gas instead.
Day 190

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Project 365 - Day 189

Taken in the yard last night while she helped water the plants with Pappy.

Day 189

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Project 365 - Day 184, 185, 186, 187 and 188

Went to Galveston over the weekend, so now I'm playing catch up!

Thursday I was running late getting home and I picked up Ky, so I took a picture of the Dairy Queen sign in town. We love the DQ, yummo!
Day 184

Friday early morning I headed to Beaumont to meet up with Jamie, I left at 5:20am and at noon I was there. They all met me at the stairs and made fun of me for turning the wrong way in the parking lot!! Then Marcia, Elaine, Kim, Jamie and I headed to lunch, yummo Philly Cheese Steak sandwich for me!! After lunch Jamie and I headed to Houston to pick up Payton and Jean. We got there right on time, Payton and Jean were standing baggage in hand ready for us!! We laughed and talked all the way back to Winnie, picked up my car and headed to Crystal Beach where Linda was waiting on us!! Ohhh the Frederick beach house is awesome!!, we dumped our luggage and headed to eat at Stingaree, it was awesome!! Now I know I was supposed to eat seafood but I have a thing for chicken fried steak and let me tell you it was the best chicken fried steak I have ever eaten!! YUM!!! While we were there the sun was starting to set on the ocean, beautiful, we jumped up and got pictures of course!
Day 185

After a fabulous night of sleep in the beach house, Payton, Jean, Jamie and I headed to the beach for a morning stroll. There's just absolutely nothing like the ocean, I could throw a chair out and just listen to it all day! It was beautiful! We rode the ferry to Galveston, walked the Strand, visited the Sandcastle contest and drove the sea wall, then headed to Benno's. Awesome shrimp!!!! Yummo!!
Day 186

Sunday morning we were a little lazy and just enjoyed each others company, it was full of laughing and teasing! After Jamie cooked a wonderful breakfast we headed to a kick butt grocery/gift store, loved it in there! Came back to the beach house and Jamie's dad was there, he was great, I could have talked to him all day! Jamie, Jean, Payton and I headed to the beach for one last walk in the water. Steaming hot day but such a great walk and time with friends.
Day 187

We stayed in a hotel that night near the Houston airport to see Payton and Jean off to Missouri, then Jamie headed to work and I headed home. I finally got home around 4, I was beat!!! Here is a picture of Nick, he volunteered after he heard me whining about having to get up and get a picture (sad huh?).
Day 188

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Project 365 - Day 183

Yesterday was busy!!! and I left work late then got caught behind two trains, grrrrr.
Day 183

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Project 365 - Day 178, 179, 180, 181 and 182

Wow Memorial day weekend got me all kinds of behind!! Here goes:
Friday I left work early to pick up Ky, she was at work with her Mom..........I don't have to tell you that wasn't going well :) I was beat when I got home so I took a picture of the book I've been reading in recently.
Day 178

Saturday it was just me and Ky all day, we went out for dinner and I stopped for a sunset photo at the ball field, it was so pretty.
Day 179

Sunday was busier, at 6pm I headed out to do the bridal session, her name is Kris. She was so pretty and nice, I loved taking her pictures. The property we did it on was gorgeous!! I can't wait to photograph the wedding on the 12th. Wish I could post some of the pictures but no one has seen the dress so we have to keep it on the downlow for now :)
Day 180
I didn't have Kyleigh on Monday but I did end up going to Jana's, got to see Kimber :) We drove out to the facility for the wedding, did the tour and absolutely loved the place!! It's perfect for what they are wanting!
Day 181

Tuesday after work I headed to Ky's baseball game only to arrive and find her sunburnt, she was ruby! It was our night with her so I took her home and doctored her all night. Poor baby did not feel good this morning when I dropped her off at school. I just wanted to take her home and cuddle her til she was all better. While get intot he car Tuesday night I spotted her waving at her reflection in a big ol shiny bumper.
Day 182