Sunday, July 31, 2011


I am extremely blessed.  I have a wonderful family, who love and encourage me.  I live in a big, crazy, old house and have plenty of friends to keep me laughing.  God has given me so many blessings this summer.

a new perspective

reminders of Himself

 time away from the chaos


new beginnings

crazy friends

my photography "eye"




more than 441,794,304 ticks of a clock on this earth


happy notes

great parents

a past and a future

big smiles and loud laughter

new friends and beautiful experiences

a direction

simple beauty


Thursday, July 28, 2011


Guess what is going to be coming in the mail  for me very, very soon.  A TELEPHOTO LENS!  Hip Hip Hooray!  Now I can stop borrowing Mrs. Jessica's!  haha!  I am so excited about this!  Can you tell?

 I'm especially glad that I am getting this lens before Autumn gets here because I want to take a ton of pictures of wonderful birds and animals.  I always think of them coming out in Autumn for some reason...haha. 
Here's one the pictures I took with the telephoto lens that I borrowed, along with all the swim meet pictures from my last post.  I'm in love...

Hope your day has been as fabulous as my day of painting.  *grin*  Cheerio mates!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

swim meet at UT

Ross, Nate, and Kenzie are all part of the local swim team and today they went to their last swim meet at the UT professional pool.  Yeah, you heard me right.  Totally cool!  Nate and Kenzie had meets today and I borrowed my sister's friend's telephoto lens.  Man, do I want one of those things!
Nate's awesome dive.  This picture made me very proud.  haha.

 Love this picture.   The framing is so original!

The pool...and the diving boards, and that massive thing they do flips off of in the Olympics...Farthest pool was 17 feet deep and the other two were 8 feet.  Let's just say that it was VERY impressive.

Kenzie swimming past the flags.

Nate's swim coach telling him...something.  I'm not quite sure what kind advice he could have been giving.

Travis wishing Kenzie good luck.

Kenzie's "oh no" pose.  That big blur just happens to be someone's foot.  It looks pretty cool actually.

 Kenzie's swim coach encouraging her before she went.

 Kenzie taking off.  She came in an un-official first once actually.  It was un-official because she didn't hit the wall where she was supposed to so that the timer went off on her lane.  But it was first none-the-less.

 And I shall leave you with this warning.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Before I started cleaning this morning, I was looking for a CD that I haven't listened to in a while and I found this.  The soundtrack to the Broadway musical AIDA.
Encore Theatrical, the theater in my town that I did White Christmas with, did AIDA a couple years ago and it has remained my favorite one they have done.  So, I'm glad I found the CD. 

Here's one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack!
Maybe one day, when my ship comes in (haha,) I can see AIDA as well as The Phantom of the Opera on broadway.  Ah, I'll just dream.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

from blah to yeah {from the racks of the GW Boutique}

 My family loves the GW Boutique (a.k.a. Goodwill.)  We don't have the best Goodwill in the world but every so often we come upon something pretty awesome.  Now, I admit that this does not look awesome--in the least.  It is definitely a blah moment.  So, my mom was pretty lost at where my sister and I saw any sort of potential for this.

 It has--ahem, had--these awful shoulder pads. *shudder*  Why those things were ever "in" is beyond me.  Who wants to look like a football player---unless you actually are one?  It just never made sense to me.

 It was missing a button as well.

The Plan.

And it was turned into THIS!  Thank goodness we dumped those shoulder pads is all I have to say!  haha.  I wore it as my Fourth of July outfit. 

short+top mixture thing-Goodwill, bag-Liz Claiborne from Goodwill, necklace-Cameo from my grandmother, shoes-Hartstrings

 What do you think about it?
Do you have any clothing makeovers?
Do tell!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

more pennsilvania trip

Just a couple more pictures from my trip!

 We visited more than one vintage stores and Goodwills!

 Hayden looking at the sights.

 A super cool church---one of many.