Day 209/365: We found this HUGE dandelion and my son, Blake, enjoyed blowing off each puff, watching it blow away to places unknown, and hoping that it finds a new place to grow. He enjoyed himself while I enjoyed watching him. I always think of the song in Cinderella, "A dream is a wish your heart makes," when I see these. I still enjoy picking these up and blowing them off. Something I don't think I'll ever outgrow. :)
Day 208/365: Scrapbooking is such a love of mine! There are so many fun tools to use to create fun layouts. I am lucky to have such a great collection and this image only showcases just a fraction of what I have as far as tools. Most of these fun tools are actually gifts given to me for Christmas presents and birthday presents. These are so special to me. I am able to use my creativity and turn around and also make fun things for loved ones. So many tools to chose from - so many different things to do! :)
Day 203/365: There really isn't much to say about this besides the fact that I had a lot of fun getting this shot. Shooting in darkness is quite challenging, but with a tripod and a very still model - images like this are possible!
My goal is to really start to learn how to capture the light, whether it be man made or the beautiful natural light that God provides. I think that a good photographer can harness great light which can make beautiful and breathtaking images.
Day 199/365: Last day of VBS! The lovely ladies who worked in the kitchen getting snacks ready for the kids made this delicious treat tonight. The layers that make this are: Nilla Waifers, red frosting, yellow frosting, and a thin mint. I wasn't sure at first, but after the first bite, I admit that I had a total of 3 of these little goodies! My kids also loved them and we will plan on having these as a regular sweet snack in our household. These served with shoestring potatoes make for a perfect sweet and salty treat of a cheeseburger and fries! :)
Day 194/365: I love my full, beautiful hostas! These guys impress me so much because we have a very acidic environment for them as we live under a forest of pine trees. We also have very little light, so I am grateful that these hostas don't require that to survive. I had fun, with the help of my husband, who's idea it was to put some illumination behind the leaf which created this pretty image! I did no editing to this! I am very happy with the outcome and thankful for the creative idea that my husband had!
Day 192/365: Yesterday two of my very best friends came over for a relaxing afternoon. We got into our wedding dresses and did a photo shoot! It was so much fun. I just celebrated my 8th wedding anniversary - Jenna is going on her 2nd anniversary - and Cindy is coming up to her first anniversary. We have known each other for 15-20 years! We have been through so much together and I am so happy that I have these two girls in my life.
Day 191/365: There are two sets of these cute little owls. One set sits on my windowsill by my kitchen sink. The other set lives in my best friends truck - by her speedometer. I bought these for her as a testament to our friendship - that no matter where we are - if we look at these special mementoes, we can always know that we have each other for always! I have known this special woman for 20 years! What's even better is that I got to spend the day with her today!
This makes me sad because I can vividly remember the miles that my boys put on this cute little car... Oh well, I left it where it was - someday it may be found and picked up again.
Day 189/365: My living room became a battle field this afternoon - FOR MY FEET!! They just had to dump their two buckets of Legos all over our living room floor! It was fun, though, watching them search through their hundreds of Legos to find exactly what they were looking for. Then, with the remaining Legos still on the ground - it was fun to watch them (fresh Lego boats in hand) surf around in the Lego Ocean!
Day 188/365: I love the country song by Miranda Lambert "Automatic." It really says a lot about how much we miss out on as technology advances. People look down too much ~ down at those phones or the many other screens that we have available. My husband and I are working very hard to teach our kids that life is not in a computer, or a video game, or on the television. We are an outside loving family and we do so much together in an active way! Back 'to the point' - I have a photography journal and this is one of the very few blank pages left. It's open to write something I want to remember - or try something new.
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.