the lens. . .

I have told you before I am taking this online photography class.  


I love it!!

I just love it! 

It’s making me step out of my comfort zone and that’s really what I need. 

So this is what I have been doing.


I’m taking photos of everything.

I even pulled out the new to me lens I bought last Christmas.  I bought it because: first of all, it was a good e-bay deal and second of all, I figured it was exactly what I needed to make me a better photographer.

AND when I got it. . .

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 I learn it was self focus. . . so I put it in my bag, and that is where it stayed  until I asked Teacher Lisa what the heck I should do with the thing.

She said, “USE IT!!!” 

new butter fly

So after 8 months of  dreading using this lens and thinking I really should sell it  . . .  I put  it back on my camera and gave it another try. 

and you know what? 

It turned out okay. 


It still intimidates me, and there are more times that I would like when my photos come out blurry.   

There is so much I’m not really sure of but, I’m working on it.   


Butter fly

I like what see. 


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I heart Summer. . .

Leah throwing a balloon

Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to people. For those few months you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are. The fresh cut grass smell in the air & the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool, gives you courage you didn’t think you had. Summer just opens the door and lets you free.  ~ Anonymous 


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things I didn’t get to tell you. . .

So the past two and a half weeks . . . my computer was down.

Liz caught in the headlights

Yes! It’s true.

I totally missed blogging. It totally missed you guys. I didn’t get to tell you so much. I did get to tell you that we got “new to us” furniture. It all happened so fast.   I didn’t know I was getting all  new “to us” furniture – so how could you? 

It was like we moved out of our house, and then moved back in again.

It was crazy man!!! just crazy!

 Mark came home and said,”Hey, you know so and so . . . well they just bought all new furniture and have to move. These people said it was cheaper to buy all new furniture in their new town then ship what they have so . . .   ” Do you want it?” and of course I said:

Liz in the sun light



Then, last week because we have had so much rain, and he couldn’t get out. . .  Stevie Wonder painted our bedroom.  I actually bought the paint months ago but, we just couldn’t get to it. I came home from something the other day and there it was on my bedroom walls.  and of course . . . 

I love that too!  All these changes are just what I need. 

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Even though I have been busy with all this “new” stuff  – the worst thing about not being able to get on line was: I missed two and a half weeks of my photography class. I couldn’t post my photos at all. It was so hard to stay focused and work on them. 

I would go to the “best Nana’s”  house to get my assignments and then try my best to work on what I had to do. 

Tonight, because things are almost back to our crazy normal, and our new furniture and paint  is settled in – I am staying up late and playing catch up.

I wanted to show you my favorite photos from the past two weeks. We were working on light. 

Liz my favorite photo ever


 and the most important thing I didn’t get to tell you about. . . Guess who turned 7  Sunday?  Can you believe it??? She is SEVEN!


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