the Bomb

So I was asked to try out Paperless Post and then share my honest opinion with you here.

and I thought

WAIT!”.  . . “We just don’t do that here.” 

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and then I hosted a shower for one that I would soon call our own and in the world wind of our lives & a little more than 9 months later – we are now helping the best nana host another for a sweet bundle coming our way early November. 

so I tried this thing called Paperless Post for both parties.

and

It was nothing but super easy 

and

Seriously . . . 

the BOMB! 

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future plans

early morning starts

French Press coffee

funny mistakes

sitting on top of her car waiting for AAA

help from strangers

Text Tuesdays & bundle of joy

Friday love notes & so much love coming

card games round the little table

explosive laughter

 

 

 

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four days

In four days we celebrate the heart that was transplanted.

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The other side of transplant hasn’t been an easy walk, but it has been a good walk. 

and for that we are grateful.

In four years: we have partied like it was 1999 at three weddings – our two sons and that ninja we love to claim.  In that four years we have had four graduations among these people, a trip to Disney, dance recitals, fires on the beach, an accident that drove us to our knees, recovery, many, many trips to hospitals, tears, laughter, Champagne popped to celebrate, night time mimosas drunk because we made it to  Wednesday and “we still kick’n”, bad dancing in the living room, music to loud, big band concerts, floats down a river, photography studio building, shower planning and the new life coming our way as we get our arms ready for our first granddaughter and company.

We are reminded again and again – this life is good. . . oh so good.

It’s a funny thing this life though. It moves so fast.  Sometimes we have a hard time keeping up. I find pictures of kids as young teens laughing, celebrating birthdays and I think, when did we blink? 

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and then there is that one thing we never take our mind off of –  that heart of his – that is not ours. 

In four years, all we know is the heart beats inside the Fisherman and everyday,  our Catholic faith gives us prayers for the rightful owner of that heart,  his family & all our loved ones that have passed.

and we are grateful for that.  It all gives us peace,  and makes this life moving fast even better. 

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

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bellies growing bigger

thinking pink

good school days

cool mornings

getting up before light

Tuesday messages

Friday messages

messages for coffee

Thursday night visits

Saturday night Bonanza marathons

 

Note to Self

Read things!

 

1.) Mistakes are bad for kitty and costly for you 

2.) When you realize you put wrong flea medication on kitty: don’t assume everything is okay.  Fleas will be gone but. . . kitty could be too. 

when mistakes happen . . . read box, call your vet, ask,  or go to the great Google and then call vet.   a little tiny drop  . . . it not good for kitty.  

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Midnight vet runs are exhausting 

3.) Keep Dawn in the house. . . poisoned kitties need to be bathed. 

4.) Even sick kitties do not like to be bathed. 

5.) When you pick up recovered kitty at 7 a.m. that same day & have many appointments with kids early that morning ~  DO NOT put kitty in big dog crate in garage assuming she won’t get out.  She’s a kitty and she climbs. 

Recovering kitties are hard to find in summer heat. 

6.) Cars need gas . . . even if you don’t have time just get it.

7.) when needle comes out of recovering kitty. . . have tight grip. Kitties jump & blood goes everywhere. It’s not a good looking scene.   

8.) Don’t lock keys in car a few days later  . . . AAA guys remember you. 

9.) carry Ibeprophine and water for headaches  

10.) keep the faith . . .  Life’s funny

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smart vets

it was only a little tiny drop

Kitty is all better, but dumb – she loves me more than ever

AAA

slow mornings

dog snoring

long talks with my boys

Friday messages

new friends

that sunlight after a rain …ohhhh my

champagne just because

coffee with friend who lifts others

laughs with my girls

cousins visiting from Texas

late night talks

Birthdays together

 

 

 

 

 

K – I – S – S – I – N – G

 Charming and the Artist sit’ng in a tree 

K – I – S – S – I – N – G

First comes love 

Then comes marriage 

20180617-_LFA2819then comes the Fisherman happy as can be.  .  . 

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safe travels

helping in the yard

peaceful day

sweet new chapter in our lives

air condition on these hot summer days

payment online

that preview button

new friends

time to chat

Friday texts

movie night out with the girls for her

photography goals

 

 

baby love

We had some serious baby love going on at the best Nana’s house yesterday.

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visits from the Charmings – how I always love those

babies, babies everywhere

laughter from our toes

remembering loved ones

afternoon summer thundershowers

lighting

summer breezes

pool days

all gathered around the table

when they come down to visit – how we all love that

blue jean eyes

This girl with the blue jean eyes 

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will be shaken it up next week with her dance school in Florida’s Disney. 

All the girls have worked seriously hard on this event and it will be fabulous. 

So. . .  she and I – her and me – myself and that one – will be packing the car tight and taking off for the magic kingdom. 

and then a run to Tallahassee to see our brown eyed girl & that love of her life we adore so much. 

I can’t wait.  

note to self. . . . don’t forget the Nikon

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celebrations with the neighbors

Friday messages of love from our artist

everyone home safe and sound

a baby girl for a nephew

hearing I captured that Wise Woman’s personality so well

wildflowers from the most Charmings

and dinner with those two – too – too – also

cool June days

sitting by that pool

my girl back on her feet

new friend & just a few doors down for our youngest

adoration . . . just Him & i

 

Tip Tuesday – the boring stuff

Today we are going to talk about the boring stuff. 

Here it is in a nutshell. . . 

READ THE MANUAL

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Did I lose you???? 

Honestly, I think I lost me.

Here’s the truth of the matter:  I tried to start my photography journey without reading the manual.  In fact, when my new camera came in the mail – I threw the manual out with the shipping box. 

 

Who needs the manual right?

Only nerds read and keep manuals.

This, I know as truth.   

My Fisherman husband . . . would have not only kept that manual – he would have filed it.   

Honestly, I tried hard to get away without reading the thing and then one day I met a photographer friend at the park.  I told her all about my struggles and I was not getting those pretty shots I wanted so badly.   The first thing she asked was:

Did you read the manual?  

I looked at her and gave her a quiet “no”

She simply told me I really needed to read it if I wanted to get anywhere with my photography. 

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At the end of the day, I went home and found the manual I needed online and, I started the very daunting and very boring task of reading the manual.  

When I was finally ready an upgrade in the world of Nikon  – I not only kept the manual to my new camera when I finished it – I gave it to the Fisherman and asked him to file it.  It lives somewhere safe upstairs with all his other manuals.

Long story short: and I know it’s boring and hard but, if you want to get anywhere in your photography. . .

You have to read the manual.

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great school days

happy dancer everyone comes

early morning light

long conversations with my boys

holding hands

little messages of love

artist friends

clean dog

fun night out & the red-hot sardines

Friday messages

 

 

Tip Tuesday

 You may have picked up on the fact I love photography.   

I love everything about it. I love the way you can freeze time.  I love the way you can go back years from now and see them little again.  I love the fact when someone is gone – you can go back and catch the joy again.  I love the fact a single photo can take you back in time in an instant – whether that instant was good or bad. . . you’re back.  I love how the angles all work together and shazam you can have an amazing shot.  I love the fact that photography is like going down a rabbit hole – there are so many twists and turns and the learning never ends.

I love the fact that 10 different photographers can shot the same scene and the outcome will be 10 different shots.    

and that to me . . .  is amazing. 

I love the art.

I have grown to realize photos are important.  Portraits of loved ones can become the most important thing you have left of that person.  If printed beautifully, portraits can live forever.

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As a Photographer, for the most part,  I’m self taught. 

I don’t know if that’s good or bad but, that’s what I’ve got.   I’ve picked up things along the way from a much loved cousin.  I read everything I can find. I watch videos late into the night.   I have asked people here and there about this or that and have often gotten very discouraging answers. . . like just stay in auto.  But, I didn’t.  I kept trying. 

Today,  I am asked about photography by new photographers and it thrills me. 

The statement I hear most is: “What kind of camera do you have?”   or  “What kind of camera should I buy?”

and then I hear:  “Why don’t my photos look like yours?” 

and that brings me here:

I would like to introduce “Tip Tuesday”. . . today Tip Tuesday will be on a Thursday but, we are going to look the other way and roll with it.   

I do hope in time other photographers will want to join me here and the tips will be  amazing . . .  but, for right now . . . I’m starting where I am. 

With me. 

Starting at the beginning

“What kind of camera do you have?”

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What camera should I buy? 

When I was ready to buy a camera I did a lot of research, I shopped and waited and researched more.  In the end, I went with a Nikon simply because the Nikon was a match for my goals and my budget.

At the end of the day here is the biggest things I can tell you:  start right where you are.  Seems dumb to say I know, but it’s true.  Think about what your goals are for your photography.  Do you want a point and shot to capture your little guys running around, to take on trips to photograph amazing sights?  Are you planning on taking your photography to another level – maybe start a photography business?

Decide what you want: Own it and start where you are. 

If you answered just a little point and shot is great for me: take a good look at your phone.  People can take amazing photographs with their phones.

You want to take your images to a new level and then maybe start a business? Amazing! Now you’re talking my language.  My first “real” camera was a used Nikon D5000.  I had the kit lens and I still love it.

I learned so much with this little camera.   I learned how to shoot the beautiful bokeh background, shoot without a flash, capture a moving target and started to train my eye to shoot tack sharp images.

Even though I would have loved to have the fancy new camera looking back here is what I’ve learned: You don’t need all the bells and whistles to create a dream come true.   If you can afford all the bells and whistles then GO for it!   But,  here’s the thing: If you don’t work on technique the bells and whistles are just bells and whistles.  I know more people with a bell and whistle camera who have no idea what any of it’s for. It’s like buying an amazing new oven, not know how to bake and expecting French pastry.  You can pop the thing on Auto but, you won’t have any control over your shot.

and the control is what makes the shot. The control is what gives you the dreamy catch light and bokeh.    It’s all in the control baby. 

So with that said, start where you are and be okay with it.  Do your research. Be honest with what your goals are and just start where you are.

and that’s our first tip Tuesday on a Thursday.

See you in two weeks

xx

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a fun game of spoons

getting my hair done by my favorite hair lady

a cute new do

surprises in my camera

good work to be done

surprise visit

warmer days

kids feeling better

a new table I love

 

April 30

It’s the Philosopher’s birthday today.  I can’t keep my mind off a lifetime of memories with that one.  

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 My heart is full. 

I remember the firsts of so much. Just like any parent, you would think I thought I invented love. . .

Because with this one – our first . . . 

I did. 

I laugh at myself because  . . . it’s true. 

This life passes by so fast and now here I am almost in May and I think to myself this is the month. . .  I solemnly swear to photograph more, post more, come here more.   I have so many things planned for this space my head is swimming.  If only I could figure out how to add tabs.  The frustration is real. 

and so I leave you today with a link to my favorite birthday song that I will send to him. 

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surprises from people who love me

pennies from heaven

problems being solved

headshots out of the blue

a quick trip to a mill to share a dream coming true for a sweet friend

a breakfast out

meeting a lady on fire for Jesus

catching up with a friend from days past

loving care to a stray

a midnight run to the ER for my girl & she’s all better now

Birthdays

a gift to celebrate . . . lady lola

 

 

Good Friday

Early morning light trickles in – catches me off guard. 

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I search for Nikon, take the shot and fall in love.  I totally dig this photography thing I have going on, the shadows, the light . . . the story it leaves behind.  

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a day of creating with my youngest

bike rides

walks with big dog

cool breeze

messages of love from that one with the big laugh makes me pause & want to freeze time

work for him

colored eggs

calls & messages from them all

they want me to come

a very Good Friday