Sunday, June 24, 2012

Photos of friends...

Here are some photographs of some close friends from church. Their girls are ADORABLE. Totally and completely. I thoroughly enjoyed this shoot even though I prefer taking pics outside, or with as much natural light as possible.  These were the first real pics I took with the new equipment that Superman got me for Christmas. He was so excited when I opened my new backdrops and lights. I have to say that I was excited too. So, though the set up depicted here is not optimum, I think the pics turned out really well. What do you think?  Okay for inside, in my living room, in the evening, dead of winter? 

Monday, June 18, 2012

The joy of learning something new

Just a quick post tonight.  I really wanted to share this with someone.  Everyone really.  It is so funny.  And now you know why I love her laugh.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Perfect medicine...

I spent some time outside today.  I haven't been feeling well lately, actually that's an understatement, and the fresh air was wonderful.  I read a little.  I painted a little.  I did a little homework.  (Crazy I know.)  But the best part of my day was when Sweet Pea came outside to play.  She walked over to me and told me she was sorry I was feeling sick.  She told me I was a good mommy.  She also told me I was soooo beautiful.  It was very hard not to laugh at that one.  I've been in bed for two days straight. 

But I will take her unsolicited and unexpected offers of affection and expressions of love.  I will hold on to them and keep them safe in my heart.  I will treasure these moments because I know that someday there might be other moments.  Ones that are more difficult.  Times when we might disagree or even say things we don't really mean.  She is my daughter after all.  And I know what it's like to be a daughter.  

Her sticky hugs and kisses, her smile, her laugh, the way she snuggles up to golly she is the best.  No medicine I've taken over the course of the past 48 hours has made me feel better than hearing her say "Momma, I love you, soooo much."  

And then she painted my nails for me. Best. Manicure. EVER.  :)


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back up...finally

So, thanks to my beautiful sister, over here, I am back up. There will still be some adjustments to the ol' blog as my past posts are a bit messed up. I will get them edited as quickly as I can. Thank you for stopping by even though I often seem to drop off the face of the planet for extended periods of time!

Tomorrow is the last day of school, at least in the district I work in. I love the opportunity the summer provides me to focus on my own work. I think that there are people out there who think that teachers just kick it back and play the summer away. I don't think I've had a single summer "off" in my entire teaching career. And while I may not be in front of a class lecturing, demonstrating an art technique or process, reviewing terminology, teaching about commercial advertising or computer animation, I am working. I'm painting, taking classes, doing some photography, sewing, teaching adult art classes, reading, creating new lesson plans, updating my professional portfolio...there is so much that needs to be done. I will have fun too, don't get me wrong. We like us some serious fun around these parts. Sweet Pea is sooooo excited to have Mom and Dad around and we're excited to be able to spend more time with her. So, here's to summer! (My favorite time of year!)