If summer flew by, fall has been nonexistent. Not really, but it's been a whirlwind of activity. From band and competitions to senior pictures, a wedding and a collage tour, I'm not sure if I'm coming or going. Oh yeah, and a quick roadtrip with my dad. Time is just slipping by for my senior this year and as much as I love the young man he's turned into, I miss my little boy. Please don't blink...it slips away in a heartbeat.
So as another day/month closes, 3 beautiful sunsets from the last 3 months.
September, around the corner from the house and letting a teenager drive me, so that I could hop out quick to capture it as it was fading quickly.
October, on my way home from a long weekend at Emmaus, God gave me a special gift. Again, pulling over quickly as the light fades. (I'm good at this!) :)
And finally November, just last week, in my backyard. I think I left dinner on the stove to run out to the back field to grab this gem.
For the last year or so, my youngest has been addicted to soccer. Not sure why or how it seeped into his system, but it has. He will disappear for an hour or so and when I find him, he'll be outside practicing. If it's cold out, he'll go out for a while, come back in to warm up and then go back out again. I'm glad he's found something that he loves to do!
His practice has paid off. He's really good at bouncing and controlling the ball. I hope they do well in spring soccer this year!
He does crack me up with his funny facial expressions in just about every picture!
Winter continues this week as we had snow, sleet, ice and then rain...all in the same day. Welcome to winter in Tennessee! The snow started and came down as big, fat flakes. It didn't take long to cover the roads. I was able to bribe the punks into a few pictures! I love snowy pictures. They cooperated...for a few minutes.
Not sure if I like the black and white or color better!
Not to be outdone, his brother takes the bribe also!
Same problem as to color or black and white.
He's such a goofball.
And like his brother, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn! He aimed, he missed. :)
We don't go out much. Period. So much drama and so much work to get dressed up to go out in public. Ha. Honestly I'd call sitting out on our back deck watching the animals, grilling a steak and having a glass of wine my favorite kind of date. But alas, working for a nonprofit now requires a few "dress up" dates. So since it was such a momentous occasion, I had my child take a picture of us.
It's my favorite picture ever. All I can do is laugh at it. We'll try it again in 3 weeks, when we have to dress up again to go to the ball on Valentine's day.
After visiting the state park nature center, we started venturing around to other parts of the lake. THATS'S when we saw 2 flying overhead and found a spot to pull over. Luckily there was a pier there and I was able to catch a glimpse of them over the water. It was worth the trip right there. (Notice the REAL ducks in the water too! Ha!
And then it landed. I'm assuming on a sand bar or something, I'm not really sure. But it was really cool.
I know people that see them all the time. But when you don't, you tend to appreciate them a little bit more. This was an awesome day and punk #2 has asked me several times when we're going back!
As we were leaving, we saw this massive flock of seagulls. It was crazy! I have no idea how many birds were out there, but it was cool to see. The one thing I try to do everyday is appreciate the little things. They may be pain in the butt birds, but God put them here for a reason. Appreciate everything, because it can be gone in the blink of an eye!
Unfortunately, Reelfoot is a hard lake to "watch for eagles". It's hard to explain, but it's basically a hunting/fishing lake. There are places to pull off to look at the lake and there are piers to walk out on, but unless you have a flat bottomed boat, you're not getting to the area's that the eagles hang out. You'll see some, we saw 2 flying as we drove in, but finding "a bunch" is pretty hard to do.
We saw more in captivity than in the wild.
I didn't really care.
I've seen comments online from people wondering why these 'not-so-nice' birds are our national bird. Honestly, I don't care. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. They were on the endangered list not too long ago and now they are just about everywhere. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. If they weren't, I wouldn't have driven over 3 hours to "see" them.
We saw other animals also. These were caged because they had become injured somehow. But at this point they could not live/survive on their own.
The kid had to take a "selfie" with it. LOL
I was fighting my focus through the fence, so it's not as clear as I wanted it, but boy does this picture crack me up. Big dude wanted on the perch and the redhawks were having nothing to do with him, so as with children, he threw a hissy fit. It was awesome.
And then after getting busted, acted like nothing happened.
I have a love/hate relationship with this picture. I love it because it's my boys, but I hate it because something in it is off. I'm not sure what it is or why I feel that way. But for now, I will love it because we spent part of the day at Opryland enjoying the Christmas decorations. And I will remember the punks being crazy and sliding down the handrails. :)
As usual, getting Christmas photos is like pulling teeth. I get 1 chance (usually), so I have to be quick. They wanted the horses in this years photo...definitely NOT as easy as the dog! :) But I think we did ok.
It would have been helpful to have the telephoto when we did these (I bought it 1 week after), because he can get skittish when he sees something he's not familiar with. (It's not like I've not been up close taking pictures of him!)
I just love this, so I cropped it in...it might have to go on my wall!
We are in the middle of marching band season. It's a busy season that usually starts the last week of July in band camp. These kids put in hours and hours (2-13 hour days during band camp alone!) They are dedicated and hard working and their work pays off. Last weekend they participated in the Middle Tennessee Small Bands competition. It was a wet, rainy week and for the first time ever, they had to play in the gym and not march. It is definitely not as fun, but they did great, as always. And as with the last 2 years, took home the championship!
Dear 16 1/2 year old child of mine...please quit growing! Please quit talking about collage, flying and the Air Force. Please quit dreaming of leaving home. I don't think I can handle it. How did my "social butterfly" grow into such a handsome, polite, intelligent, Jesus loving young man overnight? Don't stop dreaming, but please stop growing! Love, your desperate mom!
Since moving back into the country last summer, we've been talking about having chickens and fresh eggs. I don't care what anyone says, fresh eggs are the best. So we found a coop and bought some chicks!
So far so good, the kids love them...let's see how much they love them when they're cleaning the coop. ;)
The dog has completely surprised me. She "herds" them with her nose and they'll go where she points them. Kinda strange for a lab, but at least she's gentle!
Priceless shot and one of my favorites. Hopefully in a few months we'll be enjoying some fresh and tasty eggs!
We are ALL ready for spring. We may not have had the snow that the north has had, but we are not used to it being so cold for so long here. One day last month it was in the 60's and I grabbed up the kids and we went hiking. It was just too pretty to just hang out at home. So glad we did.
Over the river (stream) we go...
To the top of the hill...
To halfway down...
Someone's gonna fall off the ledge...to my defense, I HAD handed off my camera to the kid standing in the water and it was more like a large step down that I missed and landed bottom first in the cold water...and to kids laughing. Plus I had put my phone in my front pocket, just in case. Ha! Ya gotta live life! Best day ever with the kids...not really best day ever, but it was a great day.
And totally worth getting wet over!
It's so much prettier when the leaves are on the trees.
Taking waterfall pictures when I hear..."Hey mom, look." Geez, boys!
Come on it, the water's great. Not.
It may be a tad blurry, but it's my favorite picture. I have no idea what he was laughing at, but it's pure joy. Oh and the dork went and stood under the water. Get out and live life! It's way too short, so make the best of every day!