He did, and while sitting there and watching them - they finally moved off of a bit of land and when they did we got to see their 4 babies following close beside them. This was a prime opportunity for me. Sometimes I just have to stop, turn around and take these opportunities when I can.
I find rocks in the washing machine when they sneak their way into the dirty clothes in pockets and such. I find them under my feet when a stray rock doesn't make it into their collection... Rocks, rocks, rocks. It took 15 rocks to make this number 15. Just a fun idea today. :)
Day 173/365: This was taken yesterday because I knew that I wouldn't have an opportunity as great as this today. It was the end of our mini vacation at our friend's cabin for the weekend and we are sorry that the time flew by as it did. Never enough time to spend with those we love who live too far away for easy visits. We are happy to have had the opportunity to make our way there for the weekend and we all had so much fun! I only wish I would have had my camera when my husband (pictured here) flipped the Jet Ski completely over and was rescued by some great guys on a pontoon. The guys got it running again and then came the fun of giving rides to all the munchkins.
Paul Bunyan greets them immediately when entering the park by their names! Babe the Blue Ox is also famous in the area as many businesses have him displayed and painted as their own personalized advertisements. This one sits in front of our local coffee shop in Pillager.
Day 169/365: I did take a few minutes away from work today to stop at a nearby public park. I have lived in the area for 21 years and in the little town of Pillager for almost 4 years and I have never stopped here. It's a beautiful little park with a covered picnic area, some swings for little ones, and this beautiful stream that runs on the outside perimeter of the whole park. I was glad for this prompt today because I just don't know when I would have stopped. It's a beautiful area and I was glad to have an excuse to pause my day and enjoy the sounds of this bustling creek for a while.
Day 167/365: "I want to touch the moon." Every night, after the stories and hugs and kisses, we turn on a little lady bug that projects a starry night sky onto her ceiling and walls. Every night - she insists on touching the moon. Every night... It's hard to describe how this makes me feel - how full of joy this makes me feel. I only pray that her excitement of this ritual carries through her whole life and that the hardness of this world will never squash her dreams of the ease of touching the moon. I always want her to reach for the moon - no matter where her life may take her.
My daughter completely warmed my heart when she saw me photographing some bees on my lilacs bushes - she ran in the house, grabbed her camera and case, and came to take my hand and we walked around snapping some photos together. This is such a special memory for me. I hope she has a love for photography. I know how much it has changed my life. I was first given a camera at age 5 - she is 3 - so here's to a lifelong love of photography - and sharing it with my children!
163/365: Today was a very appropriate day for this prompt for me. It was WAY past due for my yard to be mowed. So, this morning, I ran out and snapped some photos before I went to work to tame the jungle that had sprouted up this sprint. Today, with the help of my dad, I was able to get all my goals done - and it only took me SIX hours!! EEK!! It was very worth it though because it all looks great and it is finally done. I wanted to do this as a surprise to my husband as an early Father's Day gift. He was pleasantly surprised to see how much work my dad and I did today. I'm going to be dreaming in green tonight!
Day 161/365: My favorite things about a staycation is grilling out on the back deck. I love when the smells from the grill fill the house. It makes me feel all nostalgic for everything that is summer. We do some fun stuff on the grill. From yummy rubs/glazes - to cedar boards - to marinades - there is so many possibilities. And for some reason, summer brings out all sort of creative new dishes for us to try. Tonight was honey herb glazed chicken! It was delicious and even my munchkins had thirds! It was a happy way to celebrate my 8th wedding anniversary with my husband. A great meal with my little family. :)
Tomorrow is our 8th wedding anniversary. We have been friends for 14 years, dating for 10 years and married for 8 years! :) Happily!
Day 159/365: We did get away today. After church and getting some errands done, we packed up our bikes and drove to a nearby bike trail where we spent a couple of hours enjoying all the beautiful scenery as well as the exceptionally beautiful weather! This was a nice spot to stop for a quick snack before we continued on our mini get away for the day. Moments like these are when I can truly recharge and escape for a bit - when it's just the five us of laughing and talking and spending time together. It wouldn't matter where I am - as long as I am with these people - I am fulfilled and complete!
Day 158/365: I think I can say that I hold a bit of the world in my hands as photographer! Whether I am photographing people or places or wildlife - I am preserving a huge part of our world's history. NOTHING will be the same after I push that shutter! I know that it's hard to see the beautiful little globe that I am holding but I didn't want to pull to much focus off of the beautiful background. I won't ever be able to enjoy all the beauty that God has provided for us on this beautiful planet - but I am thankful for the small slice that I am lucky enough to travel on and capture via my camera!
I have taken on a challenge to take one photo a day for this entire year. I have been excited to join up with an amazing community of talented photographers who have also taken on this challenge. The goals I have for myself this year is to, first of all, complete the whole year of 365 photos. I also want to allow this challenge to teach me all I can about the equipment I have in order to better myself as a photographer. I am excited to learn and experience so much this year through this challenge. Thank you for taking the time to look through my journey. It truly means a lot to me.