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Whew… I’m back!

So the last time I updated my blog… it was March!

It’s now September!!!!!

I am notorious for pulling stunts like this in my journals, but I had hoped that I could be a little more consistent with my blog. And even though I had high hopes for myself and my blogging abilities… I will not be dismayed. There are reasons I didn’t blog for that long.

Reason 1. (it’s a big one)

We moved.

If you happen to know me at all, you will already be aware of this information. But maybe there is one random person out there in the world who reads my blog and doesn’t know me. We came back to Illinois, after living in North Carolina for a little over a year. It’s crazy to me that this was the past year and a half of our life and the last six months have been the transition from “life up in the air” to “life calming down a bit”. So, as you can imagine, it wasn’t the easiest time to blog up a storm or even a sprinkle.

Reason 2.

I haven’t been doing “THAT MUCH” photographing. I have but not much.

Maybe I will have a catch up blog soon that will display some of the work I did do in that time.

Reason 3.

I’m addicted to my iphone.

Sometimes when we go to do something that I would normally lug my camera along for… I don’t. Because I have a convient little camera (iphone) that I am already bringing along…. I know, I know… shame on me… but honestly “who isn’t addicted to iphone?”

Well that’s it. Now you know! And you can expect to hear some more from this blog and sometime soon-ish some revamping of this blog… so stay tuned. 🙂



March Photo A Day Challenge: Days 5-8

Here we go: Blog # 2 for March.

Day 8



I love these windows. There is something about the way the light hits them. This building is the home of the Feed & Seed. A local church/bluegrass venue. I’m a fan.


Here is another view, taken with my IPad.  (Yes, I took my camera and Ipad with me to work in order to get a shot of these windows)


Day 7

Something you wore

So I have these slippers. And the one thing that bothers me about them… they are constantly coming untied.

This really bugs me.

I teach preschool and one of the most frustrating parts of my job is having to tie shoes all day long. Most four year old’s just don’t have the hang of it yet. If they do… they are not that good at it. So, the shoes are constantly coming untied anyway.  (I wish that my classrooms could be squishy floored and have a shoe-less policy like those fun bouncy house places).

Here is a photo of my slippers… notice that one is already coming untied… I had just tied them before the photo was taken. (and I do have the hang of it) Image

what I wore on March 7.  A scarf, earrings, braids (as in– I DID my hair) and a smile.



Day 6

5 P.M.

(I find that specific time themes are the hardest photos for me)

I choose to take a photo with my camera while walking Ellie. The light was really beautiful and the weather was not too chilly. We went the long way to the mailbox. (This photo was taken at our Oscar the cat meet-up spot. Sadly, Oscar was a no show)


Bonus PHOTO!!!! {taken just moments after the previous photo}Image

and here is the (alternative) photo — the one taken with the Ipad, using Instagram.

Just junk mail today…. 5 p.m. (the only time of day you can be sure that the mail has arrived)Image


Day 5

A smile


His 🙂


mine 🙂

On this day, something happened that made me smile so big…

 Ellie is a huge fan of chasing squirrels. There is one spot on our walk that we tend to see squirrels (more often than not).  She is so so so thrilled when we get to this spot. Well on this day, Ellie did her usual sneak walk as we approached a unsuspecting squirrel. But to our surprise (and Ellie’s delight) when the squirrel took off… so did all of her squirrel friends… there were at least 9 of them, they were running up the side of a small hill (from a neighbors back yard where they were feasting on bird seed).

From where Ellie and I stood it just looked like there was an endless supply of squirrels coming up over the hill. At first she wanted to chase but then when the squirrels kept on coming, she was so excited she couldn’t even chase… she just stood there moving her head back and forth (like a cartoon) trying to figure the scene out.

So funny. Made me smile real big.

March Photo A Day Challenge: Days 1-4

I’ve decided to do the photo challenge again this month. However, instead of trying to post a blog about each photo at a time, I will post a blog in 4 day increments. (I sorta started doing this towards the end of February~ only it felt very unorganized to me). I am going to do my best to write a little something about the photos as well, because YOU may have already seen these photos (on Facebook) but you don’t know the story behind the photo… you can only get that here. 🙂 So enjoy!

Day 4



Good Morning!!!! This is the BEDSIDE photo. (Matt’s side)


Bedside (My side)… ( I secretly love that I don’t have to be the one to shut the light off)

I used to have an alarm but it was so bright that I stopped using it. Now I use an old phone as my alarm. 




 I didn’t feel too inspired to photograph the neighborhood. We are currently renting a town house. To me the neighborhood has a bland feel to it: everything is the same! We do have beautiful sunrise views. And once we saw a double rainbow while out walking. We have some really nice neighbors too! But mostly we like our neighborhood because Ellie enjoys it 🙂ImageWe don’t have a yard for her to run around and explore. So she gets to go on several walks. Two streets over is (a dog) Buddy and his owners. They are sweet and always welcoming for a visit from Ellie and I. Buddy’s “great grandma” Mimi, has even “doggy-sat” for Ellie. 

A street below them is the “dog run” -an area where the ground is on a incline and Ellie can walk on a path that is just about my height- she enjoys barking and running on this half a block path.

Walk a few streets over and Ellie is anxious to go past the four different houses that have dogs inside. These dogs are not her friends. They are the dogs she enjoys taunting. It is her favorite thing to get them all barking and she tries her best to run in each yard. Especially the house with the little white dog!

A street over is her doggie friend Roxy, we don’t see this puppy often but when we do they are so excited to sniff at each other. 

And of course our little end of the neighborhood… We have the dogs across the street who bark at Ellie when she gets to be outside and they don’t. We have our new dog friend Cody, who stops by every afternoon to play (even though Cody is a 12 yr old dog, Ellie brings out her youthful side). We have the black and white dog who loves to greet Ellie early in the morning on our walks. And of course her friend Oliver, the cat—whom Ellie gets most excited to see—oddly, Oliver loves to see Ellie too. They play together and try to chase squirrels (Oliver has the advantage of being unleashed) but that doesn’t keep them from rolling around in the grass together or playing in the rocks on a little “adventure”.


Day 2



I have always loved apples! Even in my pickiest of picky years, I loved Apples (mind you someone had to peel that apple for me–but I loved them). I love the crispy crunch of an apple. The juicy sweetness and the tart deliciousness. My favorite apples are Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp and JohnaGold. 


For day 2, I took a photo of the apples with my ipad. Sometimes when I am in a hurry I can easily take a shot on the ipad, load it onto instagram *a camera app* and waahhlaaaa…my photo of the day is done. (Many people who are participating in the photo challenge are doing so through instagram. You can look up their photos using the tag #MarchPhotoADay). 

But for me…the quality isn’t the same. So I always take another shot with my camera. I am sad to admit that I took the SLR shot of the apples on Day 3 not Day 2 (which in my head is sorta cheating) but for the sake of time and energy… I’m okay with that… this is, after-all a fun activity… not homework.



Day 1


Again, for day 1 I did the dual photos… one with the SLR and one with the ipad. 


I love this movie! It is one of my favorite Disney Pixar movies (2nd only to Toy Story). When I first saw this movie it was in the movie theater all by myself. Matt and I were both in the mood for a movie night… he wanted to see Transformers and I did not, I wanted to see UP and he did not. So we agreed. I didn’t have any idea that I would end up being the only person in the whole movie theater. And although it was a cartoon… I was scared. (I have an imagination that will think up all sorts of horribleness when given space to roam). Luckily I was able to get into the movie (and out of my head). 


Here is my other UP photo. Taken from sitting on the dinning room floor looking up. 🙂 



February Photo A Day Challenge: Days 25 & 26 & 27 & 28….and…. day 29 (the extra February day)

Day 25


Here is a little bit of green. The bushes in our front yard are starting to bud. Spring is coming!


Day 26


I had plans to take my SLR (camera) out at night and get a good photo. Right at dusk I happened to be walking my dog and I noticed the moon with a few cute little stars. So I grabbed the Ipad and took my photo. (I had been wanting to try INSTAGRAM, an iphone/ipad app, for awhile and I finally had my chance) .


Day 27

Something you ate

A banana.  Now… this is big for me because I don’t like bananas. Or I didn’t. For as long as I can remember (except there is a tiny part of me that vaguely remembers having liked them at some point).  I grew up a picky eater. There are many foods that have never hit my taste buds (and probably never will) but the banana I would sometimes “try” just to make sure.  For years it didn’t work. I was just not a banana fan. And then it changed. 🙂

and …. I learned I only like bananas at a certain stage of ripeness… right before they get all mushy. 🙂


Day 28


Here is a shot of my change. I love this little heart dish…. (my sister painted it for me).


*********DAY 29 **********

So excited! Last Day of February 2012! (LEAP YEAR)

the theme: Something you’re listening to

I love this album. 🙂 I listened to a few songs today!

also listening to the sound of water boil 🙂 Dinner is almost ready!


What did you think of FEBRUARY Photo A Day?

Be on the look out for March’s Challenge 🙂

February Photo A Day Challenge (Playing catch up) Days 18-24

Day 18



Day 19

Something you hate to do

 Picking up wet, mildew smelling rags. So gross!


Day 20


a handwritten message from my hubby:)


Day 21

Favorite photo of “me”

A happy moment captured by my dad. We were just leaving the church after saying I Do.

The black and white photo (taken by Pam Cooley Photography) is one of my favorite engagement photos of us!



Day 22

Where I work

The playground at my school. I teach 4 yr olds 🙂


Day 23

My Shoes

Love my TOMS…

Need a new pair!


Day 24

Inside my bathroom cabinet 

February Photo A Day Challenge: Days 15, 16 & 17

Day 15: Phone


Day 16

Something New

On Valentine’s day I had a work meeting. I stopped at Fresh Market to pick up something yummy for lunch. While I was there I purchased a new shopping bag.  Now, we have a TON of reusable shopping bags already. But, I of course, didn’t have any with me.

So here is my “something new” grocery bag.


Day 17


So for this theme I decided to photograph a specific time of day. The calm part of my morning… when I am no longer rushing to get ready or driving to work.  That moment just before I step out of the car.  When I pause and watch the sun’s rays fall through the branches of the oak tree. I always enjoy this moment. It’s peaceful.

February Photo A Day Challenge: Day 14

F    E   B   R   U  A  R   Y…. this month is full of love….and so am I….February deals with hearts…. on Valentintes…So happy together…Hugs and Kisses, Hugs and Kisses for you…. On Valentines!!!!


That’s the song I have my students learn for February. Today as you would guess the theme is


so here is my photo challenge picture… 


I love these heart stickers 😉


Here is another shot… (a runner up)

and I love these pj’s 🙂


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!