Saturday, May 28, 2011

photography captures a moment

I babysat Ross' classmate, Mary Katherine, all week.  She lives on some beautiful property full of horses, dogs, chickens, creeks, tall grass, and sunshine.  It will come to no surprise to you that I brought my camera along for the fun.

Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing. - Bill Crosby
 My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected. - Unknown

The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much. - Annie Leibovitz

"You can fly, but the cocoon has to go."

As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. 
~Sam Abell

The camera can photograph thought.
~Dirk Bogarde

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. 
~Ernst Haas

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road. 
~Dag Hammarskjold

"The simplest things are often the truest."

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. 
~Ansel Adams

Sunday, May 22, 2011

a bit giddy

Do you know that giddy feeling you get when you realize that summer is finally here?  If so, you know how I feel.  Just a bit giddy.

I didn't go anywhere at all today.  Just stayed inside making bracelets and taking pictures.  I'm building up my summer bracelet collection.  So far, I have five or six...I need a whole lot more!  haha.

This lovely bracelet that my mom bought me at Bliss in Knoxville on Friday.  I'm still trying to duplicate it.  My first attempt was, well, a first attempt...haha.

I love my sunglasses!  That's Forever21 for you!  Lovely!

The start of my summer bracelet collection...I made all of them except the Red Team one.  My friend made that one so that I can sport it in front of all my friends on the blue team when we burn them this team will win Blitz Week...

Well, any-who, I'm hoping to have a ton of bracelets soon.  

And I drew on my whole hand.  My mom was thrilled---not.  Let's just say at least I was smart enough to use a gel pen---they wash off easy.  I do like drawing on my hands though.  It's so much more fun than paper!

This image was some of my inspiration for my hand except for the fact that I think she is using a Sharpe...infinitely harder to wash out....haha.

just a little bit fancy...

My class of eighth graders turned ninth graders had a sort of celebration---on a boat!  We went on a river boat cruise in Knoxville.  We got to dress up and it was an all around great time.
From left to right: Courtlyn, Tessa, Hope, Karlie.

My best friend, Courtlyn and I acting crazy.

My class minus one.  Josh was missing but his brother Joseph came instead.
From left to right:  Tessa, Joseph, Courtlyn, Hope, Karlie, Andrew, Andrew, Isaiah.

My mom, dad, and I all decked out.

Shoes!  I loved my shoes.  I felt dangerously tall.  When you go from 5'4" to 5'7" you feel a little off kilter...just saying.

We love each other....can't you tell?

Joseph and I on the deck.

Courtlyn and I imitating the progression from talking on the phone to texting....nice, huh?

I had a great time.  Can't wait to spend another year with these crazy people!  Just leave me alone until summer is over---okay, guys?

Friday, May 20, 2011


SUMMER is officially here!  I am so happy.  School was, well, starting to get old.  hehe.  

Yesterday was field day and since the girls lost the change wars at my school the guys got to pie them---or in other words slam them with shaving cream.  Let's just say that my friend saying that  he was going to pie me was a total understatement.
I got slammed.  Literally.  With shaving cream.  The fight was on...too bad I'm a little shorter than my friends who slammed me....hehe.

See what I mean?  I got it the worst out of every girl there....sigh....

Then we went to Panther Creek Park.  Supposingly, Swanny was kicking a ball but there's some speculation on whether he was really just practicing his ballet skills or something to that effect.

My friend Carissa at the bat.  Please pray for her.  She broke her wrist yesterday.  Not a good way to start your summer.

Abby was pretty excited for summer too!

What's the start of summer without a football flying?  I mean, seriously?   It's incomplete without a football!

Ignore that amazing hairdo...That's all I could do after it got filled with shaving cream...eww.

Just a random/really cool picture I took this morning.

And a sneak peek to what I will be wearing to this fancy river boat cruise for the eighth graders who are now ninth graders!  yippee!  I'll update you on it tomorrow!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

so "glab" i'm back

Well, as Kenzie so apply put it--I'm "glab" I'm back.
So much has been happening lately and school is almost out!  

Yes, I know that Easter was weeks ago but still.
Aren't they all just so cute?

My Easter dress and my sister's totally amazing vintage bike.

Isn't he just a cutie?

Group hug!

Isn't this just adorable?  It's a mess and probably hasn't been used in years but it is so cute!


I love graffiti!