Friday, December 31, 2010

The Best of 2010

I was going to call this the top 10 of 2010 but I couldn't narrow it down to only 10 shots!  Lame, I know but I like what I like!  So here they are, my favorite shots of 2010 in no particular order!

May you all have a blessed New Year!  See you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Poor Honest Abe!

I found him Sunday in the parking lot at County Market! He was looking in bad shape so I picked him up and brought him home! you know that old saying, "find a penny pick it up and all day you'll have good luck"? Well, I think it was Abe's lucky day!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

Today will kick off all of the festivities and I will be spending time with family and friends!  I just wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas to all my pallies who have made blogging so much fun!  So from our family to yours:  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

What A Week!

Hello everyone!!! I am alive and well but so very busy! My MIL had surgery Monday but came home today!!! The Diva had her Christmas program and we have had snow days Monday and today! I have not even turned my lap top on this week! I also helped my mom's group collect, package and deliver toys to families in need and practiced for this weekends upcoming Christmas program at church!

I am here but exhausted! Tonight, I am not feeling so hot so pjs and Christmas cartoons are on the agenda for tonight!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Ghost of Christmases Past

I heard Denise Rainey on WBGL this morning and something he said really hit home with me.  He basically stated that the way we feel about Christmas is based on our past Christmases which can be a good thing or a bad thing.  If you had great Christmases past then your current Christmases may fall short of that high expectation and cause you to feel down and depressed!  WOW!  Denise, were you in my head or what?  Since my Mom passed away five years ago, Christmas has not been the same and I experience a let down every year because NOTHING can compare to the Christmases that I remember growing up!  Here I will share with you my fondest memories of what used to be my favorite time of the year!

Christmas growing up was always the most wonderful time of the year!  There was always lots of hustle and bustle and the smells that filled the house were wonderful!  As long as I can remember we started on Christmas Eve!  Mom would make a big pot of sauerkraut soup, a pot of veggie soup with all the fixings!  There would be relish trays with veggies and cheese and crackers and trays of the goodies that mom had been working on for weeks!  Around 6 PM all of our neighbors would stop over to share in the feast and fellowship.  My brother and I would get to open one of our gifts to keep us busy while the grown ups talked and played cards.  Then at 11:30 we would hear to midnight mass!  I loved the beauty of this service growing up and looked forward in anticipation to the candles and the choir!  We would come home following mass and fall into bed exhausted but too tired to sleep!

Morning would come early!  While we believed in Santa, it was fun to run down the hall to see what the jolly old elf had left for each of us!  I remember one year in particular when there was a new bike for each of us and a doll house for me while my brother got a barn.  Both the doll house and the barn were made with love by our father who painstakingly painted and decorated them!  The doll house was completely furnished as was my brother's barn!  I wish I still had the doll house for the Diva but The Moody Teen did get his very own barn (it was the last one dad made) and still has it in the attic.

As soon as we opened gifts, mom would start cooking in preparation for the rest of the family to arrive!  The last 10 or so years the menu would consist of prime rib, twice baked potatoes, salad and all finger foods you could imagine including baked goodies that mom took pride in making!  With the preparations well underway, family would begin to invade the tiny ranch style home.  Most years there were 15-20 of us crowded in the house!  As soon as the last family arrived, the gift giving would begin!  My what a mess we made but it was exciting and fun!  I LOVE surprises!

When the final gift was open, the eating would begin!  Relish trays and finger foods to start and a meal fit for a king to finish!  Then we would sit in the living room and kitchen and talk followed by more eating and more talking!  Then, all too soon, the day was over and parents would load their exhausted children and all their gifts into their vehicles and make the trek home!  Another wonderful family day in the memory books and a new year, full of hope, just around the corner.

Christmas is nothing like this anymore!  My Mom, Dad and Sister are all gone leaving my Brother, Sister and I far apart and engrossed in our own lives (some more than others).  The Knight's family has not really been into big celebrations so I am left with my little family of four.  I try to make the holidays special for my kids and I am happy that the Moody Teen got to experience those wonderful Christmases of old but the Diva will never know that kind of Christmas and I think that is what makes me so melancholy every year.  The Knight is not a gift giver and so there is never a surprise waiting for me and I have gotten used to that over the years.  I am blessed to have had the great Christmases past and look with hope to 2011.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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The Week Before Vacation

It's the week before vacation
and all through the house
everyone is husteling
except our pet mouse (and dogs and bunny and scorpion).

I am busy with shoots
the kids both have school
and my husband is working
away like a fool (when isn't he).

I am trying to do too much
but that's the way life goes
and when it will stop
nobody knows (not soon enough for me).

With three shoots down
and five more to go
my nerves are all frayed
and my head hurts so (staring at the comuter too much ya know).

Maybe next week 
I will have more time for me
with a relaxing bath and reading,
now that sounds like sancturary (too many books to read in one bath).

For now I will say goodbye
as I get ready for more running
next year you will find me 
far from here sunning (with a cabana boy named Carlos rubbing oil on my back and bringing me fruity drinks)

I only wish I was going on vacation!  I will still be here freezing in cornfield land but my sessions will be done for the year as of Sunday!  I am counting down the days!

My Mother-in-law has surgery on Monday so I would appreciate your prayers for her. 
Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Little Dreamer

She is small of body but big of heart
and even bigger in imagination!
She can see what we cannot
and she dreams with her whole being!
She is wide eyed with wonder
at everything new she sees or touches!
I am as amazed by her as she is by life!
I love her so much!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crazy Busy!

That has been the theme at this house lately with the start of the Holiday Season!  I keep thinking that business will slow down for me but it has not!!  This is a good thing but I am read for a break so I set my last session date for the year as December 12th so after that I will be taking a much needed break to spend time with family and friends!

The shopping has started and I am almost done with the Diva!  Thanks, of course, to American Girl, LeapFrog and Gymboree!  All done on-line!  I have started the Moody Teen but he is not as easy to buy for so he only has one item so far and the other thing he wants is a laptop so I am trying to find a good one in my price range!  The Knight only wants a new pair of boots so he is also easy to take care of!

As for me well I am easy to buy for too!  I would like the upgrade to Adobe LightRoom 3 for $99 and anything photography related!  Speaking of photography:  here is one from a recent session!  Enjoy and have a great week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beagle vs. Bunny

The contenders:

In the red corner in the black, white and brown fur.......Boscoe the Beagle weighing in at 35 lbs.  He is 8 years old and kind of lazy.

In the blue corner in the gray fur with long floppy ears (come to think of it, they BOTH have long floppy ears)........Bobos the bunny weighing in at 16 lbs.  He is 2 years old and very lively!

Now you know the fighters, let me set the scene I walked into last night after rehearsal!  I walk in the living room door to find the Knight, the Diva and all the animals roaming the living room, free range style.  Normally this does not happen but the Knight had everything under control until the bunny started stalking the old dog!  Yup, this bunny is not afraid of anything, including the Zoey the 65 lb pit bull!  Anyway, as I enter the room, the bunny charges at the beagle and baps him on the nose!  Poor beagle was terrified!  I laughed at the mighty hunting dog being put in his place by this less than predatory animal!

The rest of the night was fairly uneventful until the bunny started stalking the poor beagle again!  Bobos would not leave him alone!  He planned his attacks and surprised his poor victim by jumping out at him from behind the furniture every chance he got!  Poor old dog finally could not stand it anymore and went to bed!  I am still laughing today!

Well, I hope you all have lots to be Thankful for during this season!  I know I sure do!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Manic Monday

It has been super warm here today!  70 degrees and windy!
Anyhoo, we have been on the go all day so I thought I might 
share with you my latest self portrait from the Holiday Parade
this past Saturday!  We had tons of fun!!

Hope you all have a wonderful (short) week!

Friday, November 19, 2010

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