Fall 2015…finally

Oldest is a Junior, Youngest a Freshman. Today we managed to take “back to school” pictures!


{Life +Lens} Games

This months blog theme was “Games”. Here is an image of youngest playing the Texas History Game her teacher set up..she gets extra credit for taking her picture at any historic Texas landmark holding her “Hi Teacher!” sign 🙂 so over Spring Break we set out to play at the Birthplace of Texas.

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The Meeting Room to Draft the Declaration of Texas Independence


The Declaration of Independence from Mexico

The Declaration of Independence from Mexico



The Tree that saw the Whole Story!



 Thanks for stopping by our “game”. Check out how Keli was involved in this month’s theme!


{Life+Lens} November~Thankful


 I am very thankful for the many blessings I have, most especially the time I am able to relax with my family. One of my favorite weekend activities in the Fall are family walks through different woods in our area; so many stories are exchanged in such a peaceful environment. We really get the opportunity to  reconnect without the distractions of everyday!

Thanks for stopping by! Continue around the circle to see how Kristin  is thankful.

Project 52~Weeks 14 (Night) & 15 (Woods)

So things have been a little crazy busy here..between work for me, husband’s work & trainings, kids sporting/school/music events, and pup’s torn acl I have had limited time to get out and shoot anything at all so I am of course behind on this project 52..so today I’m catching up 🙂

Week 14 theme is “night”. While I love looking at moody night and low light photography I am actually terrible at it. Part of it is my camera can not get a high enough ISO to take a decent picture (my camera only goes to 1600), although I know that many would argue “no, it can be done!”, that is where the second part of why I am terrible at low-light/night photography comes in..I do not have the time to try and figure out how to push past my camera’s limitations to take good low-light shots and the noise @ 1600 frustrates me to no end. With that all explained you can understand why I’ve “cheated” for this weeks theme ….

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Week 15 theme of “woods” was fun! We went as a family to a (“new” to us at least) Nature center and preserve that was pretty cool! It had some amazing oak trees (that of course Youngest had to try and climb)!

Into the Woods 2013

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Into the woods

Thanks for stopping by! Next week’s theme is bokeh..always fun to play around with 🙂

Girl Scout Camp

Youngest went to her very first sleepover Girl Scout camp..she told me not to come along because she wanted to try it all by herself this time…I could MAYBE come with the next time they went camping 😀

Oldest is NOT a camper and she had an all day ballet marathon practice again so she was out regardless but she made the trek with me to pick Youngest up 🙂

The Campout theme was “Diva Party” so there was fire, food, makeup, hairspray, games, sugar (lots of it), and these things called “SWAPS“…I had never heard of them, thank goodness for Google and Pintrest, saved me again! Youngest made 62 “Camp hairdryers” which were a big hit apparently 🙂 She came home with a lot of “instant campgrounds” (dirt in a bag saying just add worms) and candy…


She loved it!

P52: Leading Lines

This weeks challenge was “leading lines” if you’re curious as to why here you go. …”One of the tools you can use as a photographer to create a meaningful composition is to use leading lines. Leading lines are used to draw the viewer’s eye through a photograph. They are intentional or unintentional, natural lines created in the space of the photograph and are used to create a visual narrative in the composition. Leading lines are also used to draw your eye to a focal point in the shot that you would like to highlight“….We had so much fun with this, not to mention great conditions…beautiful 60 degree breezy day, bikes, pup, sunshine…I’ve got so many shots I can’t decide which one to submit because I love them all! Lucky for me I can put plenty here 🙂

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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 🙂