P52 Week 5: Best Friends

This weeks theme was super easy for me. My girls, despite their daily squabbles, are each other’s best friends, their bond lights up the room, the fuzzy ‘sister’ adds another level of love with these girlies 🙂

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P52 Week 4 “Bokeh”

This weeks theme for the project 52 is “bokeh”. Now if you’re not a photographer or interested in photgraphy there is absolutely no reason for you to know this word. I know I had never ever heard of it prior to picking up a camera a few years ago so I looked it up…”a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bokeh)”. Well that makes sense, I love bokeh but never knew there was a word for “hmm, I wonder how they blurred out the background like that? :)”

I used my 50mm lens for these shots today as we went on our nightly dog walk. We were in a rush because we’re off to see “Once Upon a Mattress” tonight so here you go, my attempts at “Bokeh”!

helicopters and hair play

Part of the fun this weekend involved both helicopters and hairstyles 🙂

Youngest still had some Christmas gift cards to use and has been researching her different interests online…her conclusion was that she definitly wanted an electric helicopter so Saturday came with an errand run to Target and voila, she had found her helicopter

There was a significant learning curve, …it did involve some climbing into trees and yelling “MOM Help!” several times, but by the end of the afternoon she was flying pretty well with minimal nosedives. Oldest got her hands on the remote and Sunday we were back at Target for her to pick up her own helicopter!

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Oldest USED to let me do her hair all the time but has since moved away from it, preferring the straight iron and a hands off policy. Youngest is starting to be “over” having mom do her hair but is more willing to play. This weekend she saw a hairstyle online that she thought was great so she came out with all the tools: comb, rubberbands, bobby pins and sat patiently while I tried to recreate her vision 🙂

P 52 Week 3: FOOD!

Over the weekend we caught the season premier of the “The Pioneer Woman” on food network. During this episode she made a spicy pulled pork, coleslaw, potato au gratin, and a pie…last night we made it all, tweaking it to fit the ingredients we had laying about the house. It was delish, so much so that I didn’t get any shots until I was waiting for the pie to cool! I love the bubbling cherries 🙂 and it was as tasty as it looks!

Dog dreams…achieved!!

We have a beautiful lab mix that we got from the pound when she was only 4 weeks old. She has the life of a princess and she knows it; her own comfy bed, blankies to cover her when she lets us know she is chilly, a mirror she has taken to looking in daily, inclusion in a multitude of dog friendly activities and vacations, adoring owners..she’s got it all…..

….EXCEPT a squirrel. This puppy princess has been OBSSESSED with squirrels since she walked out the pound doors. She diligently stalks them in our back yard running pine tree to pine tree, having stare downs, waiting patiently for HOURS all to no avail for the past 4 years….

Until today. Today Nahla caught a squirrel. She is very very proud of herself.

By the way, my oldest told me she will probably get rabies from having to help clean up the achievement. (not gonna lie, there was lots of squealing and screaming by all humans involved while Nahla just wagged her tail and showed off her trophy)

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P52 Week 2: “UP!”

It has been a CRAZY busy week and I wasn’t sure we were going to get to the project 52 this week (I know, week 2!) Tonight both the weather and kids were cooperative, we had a great way to play and have ourselves some fun! Here is my attempt at the theme UP!

Can you tell this kiddo has had some gymnastic and trampoline time?

Lately the girls have been running up and jumping off the sides of trees (while playing ninjas of course ;)), which just so happens to work out perfectly for this week 🙂

After all that jumping they needed to take a little rest.

Don’t let the cuteness fool you, they were up and into more shennanigans in seconds!

Happy Weekend!

Resolutions

Resolutions are a big thing at the beginning of every new year. I’ve tried them in the past, only to fail, and have been disappointed in myself. Since this has been the situation with me and that word, the past few years I try to avoid the term itself and just set realistic goals for myself to become a better person. While that lets me off the hook a bit, so to speak, I still try to commit wholeheartedly to the goals I set. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, focusing on my love of photography is a big goal I have for 2012. I have been reading a lot, participating in different challenges from photography websites to develop both my skills and creativity, all the while avoiding the word “resolution”. However, the word is the theme for the first month of MCP actions project 12 this year. (I have not committed myself fully to that project since I’m already working on a Project 12 and 52 but plan to stalk it occassionally!) Despite my negative association with the word, it struck a chord with me. So much so that as I took my dog on her evening walk  I tried to pull together some images that spoke to me to illustrate Resolutions I have this year.Dedication and dependablity

Small steps, achievable milestones

There will be obstacles to bridge, but I will

Maintain Focus

Enjoy peaceful moments

Continue on the path to reach the desired outcome.

Hmm, maybe Resolution isn’t that bad after all 🙂

Ice Ice baby

Na na na na nananana, vanilla…. Now that I have that lovely late 80’s tune stuck in your head ;), let me tell you that Houston creates an outdoor ice rink during the months of November through mid January downtown. Sunday we decided to go skating since it was 75 degrees out! {being from Wisconsin my husband I I thought this was awesome since 75 degrees and iceskating aren’t mentioned in the same sentence there :)} So we dug out the girls skates, packed everything up and headed down to make the 11 am opening. Unfortunately when we got there the management decided it was simply too warm and postponed opening until 4pm. 😦 This was no good for us since both ladies had tests to study for in the afternoon. We decided to go to luch instead at the Spaghetti Warehouse, delish! Then the girls still wanted to go skating after lunch so we went to the indoor rink (A LOT COLDER!) instead. It was lots of fun to see the improvement as they have gotten older and it is always fun to watch my husband skate with them since his feet seem to mold seemlessly to his skates 🙂

Outdoor rink…a bust this time!

Still lots of fun at the indoor rink!

From Wierd to Whim….

This weekend brought the promised business I have come to expect 🙂 We had gorgeous weather, which prompted a lot of outdoor time for my family. One of the indoor activites I did with my older daughter was take her to the “From Wierd to Whim” Young Adult Authors convention that our fantastic library put together. Six local YA authors spent an hour answering questions about their writing styles and processes then did a book signing. It was a great experience for both of us!

Now I haven’t really read a lot of the current YA novels even though I devoured them as a kid. As an adult I’m an avid reader of women’s fiction. If my daughter seems really interested in a certain book/series I’ll pick it up and read it so I can talk with her about it, but she and I RARELY agree on much of anything…she is almost 13, what can I say, and our choices in literature are no exception (she likes paranormal and horror, ick)!

I have tried to be more open minded since she is the one who introduced me to the Twilight series, which I loved, but would have never in a million bazillion years chosen to read on my own. I received the email from the library about this event and put it on the calendar but was tempted to skip it with the awesome weather, I’m so glad I didn’t!

“From Wierd to Whim” brought together paranormal YA authors and readers, after listening to these authors I want to read ALL of their books, go figure!!!

Tali purchased the latest C.C. Hunter book and was able to get it signed…she told me I needed to start finding more of these type of events because they were so awesome 🙂 {I love it when I get that, it helps offset all the many many eyeball rolls lol!}