Thursday, July 28, 2011

What makes me smile.....

In a word......CRAFTS!!! It doesn't matter what kind of horrible day I've had, fights I've gotten into with the kids, or sleep I didn't get-If there is an opportunity to make something, especially something from scratch, then I am all in, baby! I have noticed too, when the boys are arguing amongst each other, the best way to end it is ask if they want to make something. Clearly the creativity genes have been passed on. =)

Below are a few pictures of things I have made. I know it's supposed to be one picture a day, but honestly-I can do what I want with this challenge. It's my blog. Here we go....

Sculptey Yo Gabba Gabba Ornaments

Painted Shirt For A Friend's Birthday Present

Map Coasters

Scrabble Tile Coasters For My Brother

Jet Packs For The Boys

Bubble Magnets!!!

These are the kind of things that really make me smile. Apart from my family, because that's an easy answer. Granted, they don't make me smile all the time. I think there is an equal amount of glaring, frowning, and looks of confusion that accompany those smiley, happy times. Crafts will always make me smile, without fail. LOVE THEM. In fact, I'm about to go in and paint some coasters with the kids right now. Well, as soon as Ben and Nick get off time out......

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Something Green, From Low, From High......

Three days of my photo challenge at once. Right on time.....
This is our "Green" Family. Faces courtesy of my 8 year old.

"Looking up" at one of the enormous trees on our property.

This slug was right at my feet while I was watching one of my kids in the little pool outside. Scared the life out of my youngest boy. Gross looking, but I thought I'd share. This is my "looking down" picture, by the way. =)

Sunday, July 24, 2011


There are really not much in the way of clouds today, since it is hot and very breezy. I DID however manage to document the very few there were before they got blown away. You're welcome. ;)
Horrible view, right? I should really complain to someone about this..... =)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

What I Wore Today...

I should have changed this one too, now that I think about it. How boring to take a picture of what I wore today....Unless I showed the more scandalous type of pictures. But believe me when I tell you, a picture of my shirt and pants is actually WAY more appealing to look at. I spared you the chocolate smears, nose wiped, dried tears and some white stuff that I have absolutely NO idea what it is, and just took a picture of the heap. Although, that again might have made this day a bit more interesting.....

No Star Wars underwear here.....Unfortunately. =(

Friday, July 22, 2011

Self Portrait.......

Here I am in all my Glory. Fresh faced and watching you.......

30 Day Photography Challenge

I have become slightly addicted to this site called It's a mecca for crafty minded people to come together and waste many, many hours of their day pinning things to their "boards" to do someday, but will probably be closer to never. We all have grand ideas, don't we? Oh, yes. Yet, I have decided that won't be what happens to me. I will see these wonderful things to do, and I will actually try them out! I have been busy making so many things in the past few days that I got off Pinterest, that my house literally looks like the aftermath of Armageddon, but honestly-I have never been happier! My kids are loving it, because they get to help with some of them, and play with others and I love, love, LOVE creating things with my hands.

One of the boards I have on there is of things I have found that I think are "Great Ideas", and this post was one of them. It gives a list of different pictures to take for 30 days to basically improve your picture taking ability, and give you more interesting pictures. I adore taking pictures. My two year old says "Cheese" every time I pull out my phone cause he thinks he's going to get his picture taken. It's not that unusual for me to document random things they do throughout the day. Oh, I absolutely love taking picures........just not of myself. This is going to be kind of humbling for me. I loathe every picture of me since I've had kids and gained weight, but at least by me doing this, when I die-my kids will be able to remember what I looked like! I tend to always be the one BEHIND the camera. =)

I can't start the actual picture taking until tomorrow since I left my camera in my Mom's car. I don't know why either, but if you are a follower of this blog, you know I am as absentminded as that once famous Professor and these things tend to happen.

Here is the list.....

30 Day Photography Challenge

Day 1   Self Portrait
Day 2   What You Wore Today
Day 3   Clouds
Day 4   Something Green
Day 5   From A High Angle
Day 6   From A Low Angle
Day 7   Something That Makes You Smile (They had fruit, But I hate fruit pictures, so....)
Day 8   A Bad Habit (Even though I don't have any? =}  )
Day 9   Someone You Love
Day 10 Childhood Memory
Day 11 Something Blue
Day 12 Sunset
Day 13 Yourself With 13 Things
Day 14 Eyes
Day 15 Silhouette
Day 16 Long Exposure
Day 17 Technology
Day 18 Your Shoes
Day 19 Something Orange
Day 20 Bokeh (I had to Google this. It means blurred background.  I know, right?!? The Japanese make everything sound so exotic....)
Day 21 Faceless Self Portrait (Ummm, this should be interesting...)
Day 22 Hands
Day 23 Sunflare
Day 24 Animal
Day 25 Something Pink
Day 26 Close up
Day 27 From a distance
Day 28 Flowers
Day 29 Black and White
Day 30 Self Portrait

This is (mostly) what they had, I mean really....fruit? Ugh. Regardless, I am going to do this! Feel free to join me on your blogs, and lets get some fancy, fruitless photography flying! Everyone LOVES pictures, and when you break it down it is only one a day. So easy!  You don't even have to keep the order if you don't want to....I won't tell.