Friday, December 31, 2010

Rounding out the year...

as I put away the decorations for another year, I ended
up playing some more.

The finished Capital building


My goofy child




Snowman love


Snowman buddies


Wishing everyone Peace, Love and Happiness in the coming year!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Capture Life~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Pretty realistic for a puzzle!


Monday, December 20, 2010


Kacey is a local girl going to college and on her way to
to a wonderful music career. She sang at the elementary school
Christmas program and had all those kids in love with her! Hunter
still can't believe she's a facebook friend of mine! I hope she
gets her "big break" and that her dreams come true.

Check her out here 



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My sicky...

I should have listened when I heard "my stomach hurts today",
but like any parent, I figured it would get better. D'OH! I got
the call at 11am..."come get your kid, he's throwing up"
wasn't those exact words, but you got the gist of it! My kids
rarely get sick and for that I am grateful. It must be my payback
from when they were constantly sick when they were in daycare. So
I need to listen when I hear them complaining. :(

So whenever he gets sick, he wants to take a bubble bath. And when
he gets out, he always feels better. Not sure if it's psychological
or if he just feels clean. I won't complain, he always smells better!
I did find out that I've got awesome natural lighting in my bathroom
in the afternoons!


He feels better, but he's got tired eyes.


Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere!

Monday, December 13, 2010

And then it snowed...

Not sure where the last week has gone...laundry still waiting
to be folded, pictures still needing framed, floors still needing
to be washed...and here it is almost the middle of the month. Did
I sleep through the last week?! Because it just flew by! And now
I'm 5 days away from Christmas break and the kids being home for
the next 2 1/2 weeks...well, scratch that...they're off school
today. :( I'm hoping they go back tomorrow!!!

We had been hearing about the snow coming for the last few days.
It was supposed to start after midnight Saturday night. It didn't.
It started about 12 hours later. And for some reason they did not
brine our roads, so by late afternoon, even though we had less
than an inch, our roads were awful. Coming home from the band concert
was pretty hairy, so I was prepared for the upcoming announcement
that there would not be school on Monday. It's pretty for the day
and then it's time to go...and start praying for school tomorrow!


It's 7am and only MY kids are out in the freezing cold!


Gotta love the kool-aid mustache at 7am!


Even the birds are cold!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Concert

My first try at low lighting...I did a few manual settings
and then flipped it over to a non-flash setting. Wanted to get
"some" decent shots. :) I think these came out ok.


My blue-eyed cutie


Monday, December 6, 2010


Holiday baking has begun and as with all things, I've trimmed
my list of goodies for a select few favorites. This is a new,
refined favorite...actually, it's just my new favorite cookie,
bar...whatever slice of heavenly yummy-ness you want to call it. It
is the "typical" 7 layer bar recipe that I always make...BUT...I
saw this addition HERE  and had to try it. Words cannot describe
this heavenly goodness...please do not drool on your keyboard!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas season

The tree's finally up and's not my favorite chore to
do, so the kids take over. We are limited as to where it goes, so furniture
gets rearranged and it just throws things our of wack. Oh well, it's
only for a few weeks...I can suck it up. Heaven knows there's plenty
of things to keep me busy enough not to worry about it!

I saw a picture on Flickr the other day that gave me the idea, so as I was rearranging the ornaments after the kids were finished decorating it,
I found an ornament that they had each made and made a cute little print.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Good golly, where did November...much less the year, go?!
25 days until's time to get busy. Threw this
together this morning as a possible gift, but decided against
it. Unless I can find a reasonable 12x12 frame, it will not
happen. But I've said that before, so who knows. I think it
turned out ok.

butterfly collage

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Future photographer...maybe

Still catching up from the holiday weekend. Had I had
my way, our 4 hour drive probably would have taken 6+ hours!
I'm pretty sure he'd get tired of me saying "ohh, there's
a good shot, pull over" every 20 miles! Plus, it's a little
difficult (and dangerous) while on the highway!

My oldest turned 13 on Thanksgiving. He's been waiting (not
so patiently) for a facebook page for almost a year!
Needless to say he was super excited to finally get one.
And I do have to say, he's got his fathers sense of humor!
Some of the things he has posted just crack me up! So, along
with a facebook page comes having a profile picture. He
started with one I had taken and 2 days later took his own. I
do have to say, these are really cool. I like how he played
with the light and tried different things. Good job bubba...
now remember, I will unplug you if I need too!




Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Before & After

A tip: Never stop never know when you're going
to find that hidden gem in a bad photo!

before & after

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Over the river...

blah, blah blah...there was no river and really no
woods, but plenty of trees and landscapes as we continued
our drive around the backroads of Tennessee.








Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday drive

After getting rid of the kids for the night, it was such
a pretty day, that I wanted to take some pictures. Rounding up
my chauffeur, he was happy to drive "Ms Daisy" over and around
the backroads of our beautiful state. It was in my heart to take
some horse pictures...I'm not sure why, but I usually listen to
my heart. Fortunately, there are plenty of them around!

This tree has had my attention for the last week as it changes
colors. It's so beautiful and grand standing tall in town.


We didn't have to go far to find horses! These guys were
very curious...except the black one who was kinda a snob. She
eventually moved a little closer, but still stayed back.



She turned her head as if to say "this is my good side".




Bawhahaha...It just makes you want to laugh!


More from our drive tomorrow...

Sunday, November 21, 2010


It really wasn't a "real" kickball game as no one really
ran the was more like "I kick the ball and YOU
try to catch it! And there was quite a bit of smack talk
to go along with it. It made for some good family time and
plenty of laughs!


Holiday Greetings

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is this week...
found a cute templete for a Thanksgiving card.

thanksgiving card1

thanksgiving card2

Not sure which I like better?!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


After a hectic weekend of getting frames, mattes
and assembling, I was ready to submit my 3 framed prints
yesterday. I dropped them off at 11am and went home to wait
for the call I expected around 8pm last night. Much to my
surprise, I received a call at 2pm! AND, they wanted more
prints (framed and matted) by Thursday, if I had them!
Luckily I've got enough already printed that I don't have
to stress too much. Here's the 3 that I've submitted...

Upper Greeter Falls



Saturday, November 13, 2010


Silly me didn't even realize I had passed 100 posts. I
was up at o-dark-30 today to drive across the county to do
a dropoff. Because of the time change, I (thought) I had
missed a decent sunrise picture, since I had taken my good
camera with me instead of just my cell camera...lucky for me
I saw this before it disappeared into the morning light.

I'm submitting 3 framed prints Monday to be considered for
show/sale in a new gallery exhibit. I'm nervous, excited and
petrified that they won't like them or will decline because
they've got too many photo entries. Time will tell. Until then,
I will take this as a sign of a new day dawning.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day!

The kids and I actually went to the parade last night
and had a nice time. The weather was lovely. It was
short and sweet, but it was to HONOR our past and
present soliders. It was hard to take pictures in the
dark (without using the flash), so I've only got a
few that I liked.

DSC_0057 watermark

War Memorial

DSC_0063 watermark

County Courthouse & moon

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

When Daddy comes home and says...

"Look what I brought home"...I usually take a few
steps back! I've been "tricked" before with a creepy
crawly critter and have learned my lesson! This time
though, it was pretty cool. Mr Praying Mantis was an
awesome critter and so curious! If I could have gotten
a picture "in focus", I would have let him crawl his
way onto my lens, like he tried to do. I did get some
cool shots of him though.


"Psst, hey you, up there...come a little closer!"



His eyes really were 2 different colors. We couldn't
figure out why.


You can really see how big he was in this picture!


What happens when you tick him off! Hi-yah!