While I am sharing yet another photo of one of my kids, this one was particularly challenging as his skin is not optimal right now due to the usual teenage stuff. So, I had to use the spot healing tool a lot. I don't think you can readily tell that I did, however I wish there were an easier way to correct this kind of problem.
Anyway, my "little guy" turned 16 yesterday. This was him right before we sang to him and had birthday cake.
I took a few photos of the snow but not many. It was too darn cold to go outside for me, let alone take my good camera out in the 20 degree temperature. Ruby was not sure she liked the snow and started her 3 days of "withholding" until Monday. Thankfully, she is now allowing the outdoors to be her potty again... This windmill usually gets put away at the end of September and then we put it back out in the spring. For some reason, it didn't get put away this year, and thus another winter photo op!
I hope to get a few photos of my decorations and post them. I am disappointed with myself for not being able to keep with the daily photo the second half of the year but I am shooting for once a week photo in 2010.
Is it just my imagination or does it seem that after a heavy rain, the outside world just seems to sparkle. This moon is what I awoke to this morning, and the reason I ran outside in my PJs to capture it on my camera. It just sparkled, as did the entire morning - I even had a difficult time driving because of the brightness, even while wearing sunglasses.
What a glorious view this was! Although the clarity isn't quite what I would have liked, it'll just have to do.
This set of salt and pepper shakes has fascinated me for a few years. They belong to my sister-in-law and I love them. She has two sets - one for each end of the holiday dining table. I wonder if she'd really notice if a set disappeared..... :o)
These are a few photos I have taken over the last few months. Tonight I was experimenting with adding texture to them. I found a website called Graphicmania.net and they had FREE downloadable textures.
Any thoughts? Does it add anything? Detract anything? I liked the old feel to the lighthouse and the grunge feel to my son's photo in his Santa hat. Not as happy with the dog photo....
This is my entry for this week's theme. I actually took this photo of my daughter two years ago. She is perched in our favorite tree. The colors were stunning on this particular Thanksgiving Day so I had to capture it. Glad I got it because now I have a photo to enter the theme this week!!!
Be sure to visit I Heart Faces to see all of the other great entries!!
And I've been know to trip over things in my haste to grab my camera to photograph them. This is one taken in Avalon, NJ, right on the bay. I love it when the sun gets to this point in the sky, not just for the beautiful picture it gives us but because you can actually watch the sunset unfold in a matter of a few minutes. I just never get tired of it.
This is a plume that goes atop the band members' hats. They are distributed to the kids just as they are getting ready to perform their field show at the high school football games and collected as soon as they come off the field. This way, the plumes will stay new looking longer. I think they're sharp looking!
I didn't have a digital camera when the kids were small so all of my photos of them are on paper and will need to be scanned. But, I had already scanned these two pics for a school project. These are my kids when they were 3 and 5.
I took photos this week and then, to cap off the week, hubby and I went away for the weekend and I took some more photos there.
I don't know how that didn't bother his ear!!!
This is the window of a restaurant we ate in called "The Mad Batter" - the breakfast there was absolutely delicious!!!
This is the southern most tip of the New Jersey shore and is known as Cape May Point - this is the wreckage of a concrete ship called "Atlantus" that was built in 1918. It broke free of its moorings and has been resting here since 1926. This part of the beach is also a great place to find Cape May Diamonds.
I am imagining this is Wife goose yelling at Husband goose - who seems about as attentive as a lot of husbands do to our ranting.....
I cannot, hard as I might try, to stay on daily photo posting. Too much has happened and by day's end my concentration is so poor that I can't get organized enough to post. More importantly, I've fallen behind on my visiting of my fellow blogger's blogs - something I am resolved to fix - very soon.
I still am taking photos (and losing ones that I have taken). I saw these flowers on my walk the other night and thought they were lovely.
This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at one of my brothers' houses. I didn't have a burger but I did have a piece of chicken and I have to say it was the best BBQ chicken I had ever eaten. It was marinated overnight in some blend of seasonings and then slow baked in the oven, and then at the last minute thrown in the broiler to crisp it.
I can almost taste it again just by looking at this.... My niece did email me the recipe and I am going to try it at home!
First, I just wanted to say thanks for the good thoughts regarding my mother-in-law. She was THE BEST Mom a daughter-in-law could ever ask for.
I've been taking photos - maybe not every day in the last couple of weeks, but I have amassed quite a selection and I feel like I have really fallen behind in posting them. Actually, I don't "feel", I "know" I have fallen behind.
Anyway, here are several.
I took the dogs for a walk the other night and saw this bird on top of the telephone pole. Fortunately, I was able to cut through a neighbor's backyard and get my camera. I think it's a falcon but I'm not sure.
These are our good friends - and coincidentally the couple who arranged a blind date between me and my now husband. We get together for dinner once a month and have been doing this for about 18 years. Next month it is my turn to host the dinner - which ALWAYS has salsa and chips for an appetizer - it's a tradition ever since Jeff (the guy in this photo) got a bowl of salsa knocked on to his brand new white sneakers about 15 years ago. No dinner is complete without the salsa and chips.
Had a dinner party a little while back and took this shot of the glasses.
Playtime at our home this week - the two dogs are getting along great!
Tonight's sophomore dance - my son and his date. It was a very welcome ending to a long day as we said goodbye to mom/Grandmom.... I think having the dance to look forward to was a big help.
Since I put this post together, the dance has since ended and he had a wonderful time.
I am posting my photos, it seems, in fits and spurts and am trying not to get too uptight about the fact that I can't seem to get to my blog on a daily basis. I know that once we are done with the beginning of the school year activities and the housebreaking/training of the puppy, I will get more time. Plus, I am committed to making sure I am done my work day by dinnertime. These past 6-7 months, I have been typing in the evening too which just doesn't bode well with blogging.
So, without further delay, here are some photos "in a clump" - I've been taking pictures on an almost daily basis, however I do still have a fair amount from vacation that I want to post too.
No swimming flag raised on the beaches while Hurricane Danny was out at sea.
This photo is an oldie from April 24 of this year showing the first meeting of our two dogs.
This is our two dogs now playing together.
The bigger seagull was not about to share his pretzel find with the smaller gull.
I took a ton of photos of this sunset from atop of the house I was staying in a couple of days ago. The colors in person were so much more vibrant...
The necklace my daughter just strung while on vacation. Each bead was carefully considered before she purchased it. I loved it when she was finished and we had a fun time planning it together.
The woman we purchased Ruby from - she absolutely loves her beagles and twice a year holds an event where owners of beagles can gather together for a few hours and chat. She gets to see the puppies she brought into this world - Ruby gave her a few wet kisses as a thank you.
I left a career as an insurance underwriter back in 1993 to stay at home with my kids and I have never once looked back. I've been fortunate to find a job that I can do from home and have done so for the last 16 years.
I am blessed with a great husband and two wonderful kids. Life doesn't get any better than that...well, throw in a beagle or two and it is a smidge better!
A love of our faith is #1 in our home and always will be.