51 / 52 : “Flower Girl”

Here we are full into Spring and the flowers have bloomed, the leaves are stretching – everything is bright and green. Even though the weather as been a bit gloomy and chilly, we are still getting out and enjoying the fresh air. I was talking to my kids about the colors that each season brings, it was cute to hear them relate colors and feelings to the time of year. We were outside one day and the gorgeous tree nearby was shedding its flowers. The surrounding ground was a pink sea of petals. My hair is kind of like a bird’s nest, so we decided to decorate.

51 / 52 : “Flower Girl”

Flower Girl

So this is me, with flowers in my hair. We had fun. I love spending time outdoors, no matter what we do. Here’s to more days that actually feel like Spring and family time.

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49 / 52 : “Happy Day”

Spring is here…finally, sort-a. This is my husbands Spring Break from work, and for the most part, the high temperatures are in the 50’s. However, on the day we arrived home from spending a wonderful Easter weekend with my in-laws, the weather was so gorgeous we had to get outside! Yesterday we grabbed some bubbles, my son’s airplane, a blanket…and NO jackets, HELLO…then headed over to Colonial Williamsburg for an afternoon of playing.

49 / 52 : “Happy Day”

Happy Day

Looking forward to more warmer weather in the coming weeks. Spring is such a beautiful time up here. Pretty, invigorating, colorful, breezy…where’s that blanket? I would like to nap in the warm sunshine on a lazy afternoon please…

42 / 52 : “Christmas Lights”

It’s that time of year again. The time to take family Christmas photos, aaaaaaand have a little fun with some Christmas lights. We had a very long day yesterday and our family photo shoot went later into the evening than we had planned. It went pretty well, considering we had a tired “2” and “4” as I like to call them. 😉 We used props, made silly faces, the cat kept trying to sneak in the background – she succeeded a few times, and I was shocked by an exposed, busted Christmas light. Pretty typical. There was success…that is all that matters.

42 / 52 : “Christmas Lights”

Christmas Lights

I love using Christmas lights in pictures. There were more creative things I wanted to do, but we were all tired. So those shots are yet to come. Even if you don’t actually see the lights in the photo and lay them in front of your subject outside of the frame, they give a great ambient glow. Of course, this shot is more of a literal…and ridiculous…way of using them.

2 & 4

This picture is one of my favorites of the evening. As you might notice, this is one of our cat’s successes. She is having a little “Where’s Gryphon?” moment. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season!

41 / 52 : “Cold Nose”

It has been a while. I have been hit with what I call the “project monster” (overloading myself with things to do) and have had some wonderful out-of-town family guests. I will finish this Self Portrait Project hopefully sooner, rather than later. Anyway, I took this photo while out in the lovely Christmas Town at Busch Gardens over the weekend. The temperature/”feels like” was in the low 40’s to high 30’s by the end of the night…so it was a bit chilly. Nothing that some FANTASTIC hot chocolate or well placed area heaters could not fix. I love the cold….not the brutally freezing, just the cold. I would rather shiver than sweat any day!

41 / 52 : “Cold Nose”

My wonderful brother and his amazing wife spend a few days with us and the kids. It has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Christmas Town was better this year because they were there. We ate my favorite smoked BBQ, rode some rides, saw some shows and walked among the paths lined with tons of real, lighted Christmas trees. It was a beautiful time with priceless memories.

39 / 52 : “Rainy Day”

Growing up in Florida, a hurricane was no foreign thing. Before we moved to Virginia, I never realized how many hurricanes actually made it up the coast, too. Well, hear we are again, at the end of the season with Sandy knocking on our doorstep. The winds will pick up tonight and tomorrow is supposed to be the hardest for our area…work was even cancelled for my husband. Our prayers are with everyone in the path of this gigantic storm.

39 / 52 : “Rainy Day”

I did always love the sound of a a good rainstorm. It is a beautiful, lulling sound that makes me want to curl up with a good book and a blanket. Maybe a little pumpkin spice coffee or hot chocolate, too.

Our backyard looks like a big, wet, Fall blanket. I am just hoping that there will still be some pretty leaves left on the trees after the storm.

35 / 52 : “Fall”

My favorite season is here. There really is nothing like the beauty of a cool, Fall day. I have a hard time staying indoors during this time of year. Yesterday morning was spent with a hot cup of coffee on the back porch watching the cool breezes blow my little garden around. The afternoon was spent at Busch Gardens with the family. The leaves have already begun to change – I wait all year for this loveliness. The boots have already been worn, scarves are coming soon! 🙂

35 / 52 : “Fall”

Something I never truly understood, growing up in Florida, is the refreshing feeling of a complete Autumn season. We always had a “Fall” for a few weeks to a month before it turned cool/cold for a little while…and that would be called “Winter.” There are no shedding leaves. No empty trees. I can’t tell you how many times I would be wearing shorts and a t-shirt on Christmas (don’t get me wrong, I love Florida 😉 ). I did not know how much I would LOVE and look forward to seeing the leaves fall from the trees. There is a renewing feeling. The old dies off to prepare for the new.

I have not done an image like this in a long time. It is what I will call a “faux double exposure.” This was “double exposed” on my computer. When I used my film camera I would do double exposure photos all the time – of myself, of other people, of objects, etc… I love the mysterious look that it gives an image. Almost ghostly at times.

I am really praying for a beautiful, restful Fall season. I want to have time to enjoy all the things we love about this time of year. It is the last Fall I have with both of my babies at home, my sweet son starts Kindergarten next year. I can’t believe it. I hope everyone is able to get out and spend some time with family during this amazing season!

27 / 52 : “TomatO-K”

So the only thing our little garden is producing is some pretty tomatoes. Everything else….its just sad. It is our fault, our inexperience. We are just going to move on and possibly try a little fall planting. I am researching and learning…we will see.

27 / 52 : “TomatO-K”

There really is nothing like a YUMMY, garden fresh tomato. Nor anything as gratifying as eating from your own garden. I believe everyone should try it.

Wednesday’s Word #29

Well, here it is again, the bright, hot, green months of summer. Apparently, yesterday was the longest day of the year…and I thought it was today…oops. I always thought it was on the 21st, turns out it can be on the 20th too.

“SOLSTICE”

noun(astronomy) either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator: about June 21, when the sun reaches its northernmost point on the celestial sphere, or about December 22, when it reaches its southernmost point; a furthest or culminating point (dictionary.com)

While I was growing up in Florida, this time is usually considered about mid-summer – since the heat starts approximately in March and doesn’t end until say…October. Haha… Now that I live in Virginia I think of summer a lot differently. This is the time it actually starts getting quite warm, like an actual season. It is amazing. I use to think I could not survive in a place that I had to wear something other than flip flops and a tank top…turns out they make cute clothes like boots and sweaters…so it makes it bearable!

From here on out the days get shorter and we begin the second half of the year countdown. I have a lot of things to look forward to this second half of 2012…my daughter’s 2nd birthday, my first niece being born, a couple of vacations, my brother & sister-in-law visiting and of course my new favorite season, FALL and the beautiful holidays!

I hope everyone has some great things to look forward to until the next solstice!

Garden Morning

Down in the garden a cool breeze blew. On that breeze bubbles drifted and giggles danced. A sweet morning spent in the fresh, Spring air.

Tomatoes blossom. Peppers stretch their leaves.

Even small gardens have small inhabitants. Peacefully passing time.

Precious smiles. Little explorers. Bubble enthusiasts.

Early growth brings hope for harvest.

Nature is beautiful.

17 / 52 : “Green Thumb”

This portrait is a part of me that I hope will flourish this year. I do not know much about plants or gardening…but here’s to this year’s harvest! My husband built us these fantastic planter boxes for our little patio and did the heavy lifting and planting for this year’s attempt at vegetables. Last year did not go so well, but this time we are much better prepared and I think our little garden looks pretty!

17 / 52 : “Green Thumb”

We have yellow squash, tomatoes, and a few varieties of peppers. Last year was a  sad time in the garden with almost no veggies to harvest. This year, so far, the plants look pretty happy. They have only been planted about 5 days and are already growing. If I can grow something then anyone can! Seriously.

I am already stockpiling my recipes in hopes for some yummy fresh vegetables from our garden to fill them. Last year the only plants that gave us a few chances to make some recipes were our banana peppers. There were some yummy times; hoping for more chances and variety this year.

We had such a fun family time outside gardening. The kids loved helping with the dirt and plants…maybe their special touch will help our garden grow!