Archives for February 2012

Poetic Winter ~ Calm

When you think of the word calm, what comes to your mind first? For me, it depends on the season. And since it’s winter, I’m enjoying the calm “after” the storms. When the sun finally comes out and seems to give everything a new life.

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday!

It’s already that time again! This week just flew by! I didn’t actually have a chance to do this until early this morning. So here goes:

1) Love: I tried to do something a little different for this one…

2) Duplicated: The same hearts in a row:

3) Trend: This is actually I trend where I live. Making your own jewelry.

4) Paper: My sons homework…

5) Plastic: This one was easy for me! Fake plants! If it’s in my house, it will die. No matter how hard I try!  lol

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Ugly – Beauty in the Unexpected

Ugly by definition means unpleasant, repulsive, unappealing and unsightly. I’m sure we could all come up with a few more adjectives to add to the list, but let’s just stick with these. =)  But is that really what you look for first, when you look at something or someone? No. I look for what’s beautiful.

To Quote Selma Hyek: “People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”

When was the last time you dared to look?

Today, with my camera in hand, I went for a walk along some fields, that are waiting to be tilled and planted. Along the old fences are both dead and dormant weeds, mixed in with mud from the passing storms. It was perfect! I felt like I was finding these amazing treasures that I’ve never seen anyone stop to look at.  I had one woman actually stop and ask me what in the world I was taking photos of. lol.   So I played back for her some of the photos I had just taken. The first thing she said was, “I always thought those weeds were so ugly! I never thought to take a closer look.”   This is what I showed her:

And for this weeks project 52 photo, and shoot edit submit, I’m using the first one! I hope you all have had a fabulous week!

Poetic Winter – Passion

This weeks prompt had so many possibilities! But I decided to simply share some of my passions in life.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I always have a camera with me.  No matter what! It drives my family crazy, but I can’t help it. It’s who I am.

This little beauty belonged to my father in-law. I was sooooo excited when he asked me if I wanted it!  And I finally found someone who could work on them and had it cleaned up inside. But it still needs a part to get it working again. Hopefully someday soon!

I LOVE taking photos of my family! Unfortunately, this is what I normally see when our older boys see my camera’s out!  At least Taylor still loves to have his picture taken!

After the boys have all gone to bed, I love to curl up with a good book! On my Nook, I read at least 2 books a week. Trying to find books for my boys to read, I’ve discovered that I love young adult/teen fantasy books.  To be taken away to a place where the impossible happens helps me unwind at the end of a crazy day.  It’s not the only thing I read. I read quite a wide variety of books. But it is what I’ve been reading the most of the last couple of years.  =)

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Valentine’s Day! ~ WW

For Valentines Day this year, I decided to get creative! For the 100th day of school I kept seeing lollipop trees! And since I always get the boys Tootsie Pops to hand out for Valentines Day, I thought I would give it a whirl for Lances gift. All of the boys pitched in. Logan cut the wood and foam, and I helped the other 3 with the rest. ( note: the painted box we already had with empty CD cases in it.  I’m all for re-purposing! )  Then this morning, I made brownies for Lance to nibble on at work. But I didn’t take a photo of those since You already saw the last batch.  😉

So here’s the “tree” minus the tootsie pops that the boys have already eaten…

Then while Lance was at work, I made this for his “e-card” made with Red Hot Valentine by Dancing Princess Designs.

Poetic Winter – Warmth

When I think of warmth, I think of home. So today, after all the running and sports were done, I took a few snap shots throughout the day, to show you a little family warmth:

There’s something about brownies right out of the oven…

I made some hot chocolate and set it aside to cool off a little. When I came back to the kitchen to get it, one of the boys ate the whip cream off the top. lol

While I was making the brownies, I had told Taylor he had to take a nap today because he was too grumpy. So I put him on our bed where I could keep an eye on him. When I went in to check on him, I found him just like this playing on his dads ipad.  After I took the picture, he looked up at me and told me he was “resting.”   =)

Project 52

This time I’m combining weeks 5 & 6! But you don’t mind, right?

The prompt for week 5 is Liquid.  Week 6 is Linear.

Week 5: water plus a couple drops of food color =

Week 6: Linear… Not a perfect picture, but a memorable one. Notice the toe of his shoe going into the groves? Total face plant! And when he landed, it scared some of the ducks hiding under the bridge. One of them was what he calls a laughing duck, because it’s quack sounds like a belly laugh. So what could have been tears, turned into him laying there laughing at the duck that was “laughing” at him, while I was trying to get him up and away from the edge of the bridge. Yikes!

Stalkers… WW

Have you ever gone somewhere, and you can’t shake this creeping feeling that you’re being followed? Like something is just lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment? And you start to hear things… like a cackle and belly laugh? And you wonder, what could possibly be hiding around the corner, that thinks stalking us is so funny?  Taylor and I peek around the corner and it’s the ring-leader with his gang, heading straight for us…

One of his henchmen:

The leader himself, giving us the evil eye, trying to make us bend to his will…

Armed only with a stick and some old crusty bread, we do what any reasonable person would do… we made a break for higher ground!

But look! He’s called in re-inforcements! They’ve spotted our treasure! ( I have to admit, it was pretty cool to see a flock of geese land next to us! )

After a huge battle, fought valiantly by Taylor, we came to a truce. We agreed to share the treasure in exchange for being in their territory. Swords were laid down, and tensions were eased.

And this is how the story was unfolding for Taylor, while we were at the park. I love his imagination!

Poetic Winter – Solitude

This weeks prompt is Solitude. As a mother to 4 boys, those times can be few and far between. But when I do have them, even it it’s just for a moment, they can be heavenly!

Isn’t the moss pretty? There’s so much color by the water!

And here comes the snow…

This is the view from my car. The river is behind us ( to the left of the photo ). Funny how there is such a drastic change in colors, but still such a peaceful view. You can’t really see it, but the trees off in the distance, with their branches of snow and ice,  looked like they were shimmering.

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Project 52-Week 4

I’ve been mia for a week, so now I’m playing catch-up! My awesome mother-in-law came to visit, and we enjoyed every minute of it! I have a couple of pictures from that too, but I need to finish editing them. So until then, I’m catching up my blog. =)

For PTM’s Project 52, week 4’s prompt is “unexpected perspective”…