Friday, August 30, 2013

Currently 8.30.2013

Rukristin Papercrafts hosts a Currently challenge every Monday. She also offers a free printable card if you want to check it out. I don't have it with me this week, but I love that it fits perfectly in with Project Life and adds a little easy journaling.

So here are my today's Currents

Watching: Dolphins playing and hunting off the coast.

Reading: Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade - Diana Gabaldon.

Listening: To the waves crash on the shore.

Making: Sandcastles

Feeling: At peace

Planning: On a long beach walk in the morning.

Loving: Life.

And because it's also Nox's THIRD birthday AND I hate to leave a post without a picture:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Thoughts Wednesday

We are going on a long weekend vacation to Galveston! The guy in this video pretty much sums up how I feel about that. :o) 
I'm not sure insanely excited covers it. The ocean, sand, the breeze that smells of can you not want to dance?! 

Munch started his very first preschool classes yesterday. 
I don't think I have EVER seen him so excited about anything. He got dressed with lightning speed and had his "pack-pack" on long before it was time to leave.
So proud and happy for him and he had such an amazing first day. Nox even did okay when we left, which I was really worried about. 

I've an kinda an off summer as far as blogging and keeping up with my bloggy buddies go, but I've been brewing some vague plans to get me out of my slump...I hope. :o)

I'm linking up with Ricki!
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Project Life: Week 44

This week I'm sharing Halloween week! Munch has already decided he wants to be Frankenstein this year :o) 

For week 44 I went with blacks and purples as my theme colors. 

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This week we attempted to get over being sick before trick or treating and tried a new cupcake place...purely because it had Gigi (aka my mother) in the name. I love how my little Halloween filler card came out. Just one sticker from my hoard on top of a midnight card. 

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Halloween!! The one upside to trick or treating in a neighborhood not known for trick or treating? People have an excess of candy...and the boys got a TON of extras. I loved the my skeleton and devil boys. They were so freaking cute. Even if the devil did seem to bother some people. 

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These are all from a playground John used to go to all the time as a kid. Some of his class mates remember it being built. It's old and needs some repairs, but we had it all to ourselves and had so much fun. 

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We started going to a Mommy and Me group. Which the boys loved. Our city puts on a free festival/concert every year and we went. SO SO much fun. John decided to start growing....something for Movember. 

Linking up with The Mom Creative:

The Mom Creative

Monday, August 26, 2013

Belated Shutter-Bug Sunday: Animal Edition

This weeks theme was animals and I was all set to get some good pictures of my four furbabies. Then I was in my back yard and a dragonfly landed on my butterfly bush. (My dead butterfly bush, I have trouble letting go.) He was still there when I ran back out from getting my camera and let me get a shot of him.
Taken with my Nikon D50.

Next week our theme in landscapes.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Project Life: Week 43

Well, I didn't finish my goal of getting my pictures caught up through June, BUT I came super close. I need to focus on completing some weeks now that I have a good stack of photos ready to go. 

Week 43 MIGHT be my favorite of 2012. I didn't have a lot of pictures and I didn't really go with a theme, but it worked out. I mostly used cards from the Honey Edition. It's such a fun and happy kit. 

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 The green frame is from a craft kit that the boys had. It was a toss piece of foam that I salvaged. I think it worked really well with the honey kit. 

I also had some fun with my silhouette during this week. I'm not sure how much I like the glue I've been using. Would love to know what others use for die cuts.

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 The bottom selection of pictures are photobooth pictures taken with my pocket booth app. LOVE IT. 

This was by far my favorite card of the week. The circle was punched out from a Jade card that I had previously used as a frame and the words cut with my silhouette, but the foot fight picture is really the best part. I can almost hear the insane giggles that were coming out of those boys. 

I will be linking up with The Mom Creative:

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Shutter-Bug Sunday: Light

This week is was finally cool enough to go outside without melting and we enjoyed it. I still got eaten alive by mosquitoes (or as the boys have been saying "zombie bugs ate my legs"), but I sucked it up, because the weather was so beautiful.

I had planned on trying some low light photography, but when I saw the sun hitting my wasp catcher, I had to capture it.
Nikon D50

Next week we are focusing on animals. I love using the Macro setting to take photos of my pets. If Kaiser wasn't such a pain I would totally go for some bird shots, but alas...I need protecting... ;o)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Project Life: Week 42

I got the rest of 2012 photographed yesterday so I should be able to keep on posting for a while. :o) My goal this week is to try and get my pictures through the end of June printed. I'm on the last week of if I don't over think, it SHOULD happen.

Week 42 I went with a blue and purple theme. 

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It was a pretty relaxed week. We went for walks, Munch played with the camera feature on his Leap Pad and he had a doctor appointment. That last card will get filled out the minute I find the info from the appointment. 

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The weekend was MUCH more eventful. We went to the Gaylord Texan for a night of trick or treating with Shrek and his Dreamworks Pals. The kids had a BLAST. This first insert in the trick or treat map and some Swamp Slime pictures with the recipe to make more. 

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I used a baseball card protector for my second insert. It took a couple tries to get the pictures sized correctly and I actually ended up making a template so I wouldn't have the same problem again. If I can figure out how to share it and people are interested I will. 

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I included our instagrams all together and then added some after breakfast playtime and lots of candy eating. Thankfully my mother got one of the boys so we only had to deal with Nox's sugar rush (and crash in the car.)

I'll be linking up with The Mom Creative.

The Mom Creative

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Shutter-Bug Sunday: Letter Edition

Sorry for the extremely late post today! This month is turning out to be crazy. Not non-stop busy...although we certainly seem to have the rest of our month planned out, but still crazy. I'm going to keep working on the letters, because there is so much potential on our walks, but I'm happy with the letters I found.

This H is from the Dallas Zoo. Totally nicked it from Munch's "portfolio".
 I know I've mentioned it before, but I love his photos.

Nox has recently started signing his name on art work and letters.
It just happens that it's also a hug and a kiss. So perfect and sweet.

Next week we are going to focus on Light. I hope you'll join up. I would love to learn how to photograph in low light situations, because sometimes it's just impossible to avoid, but playing with sunlight is fun too.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Shutter-Bug Sunday - Motion Edition

Welcome to Shutter-Bug Sunday! This week we focused on capturing motion.

We went bowling for my husband's birthday on Thursday and I figured that would be my perfect opportunity to practice my motion photography. Completely forgot to take into account the terrible lighting, but I worked with what I had. I really need to research low light photography and do some major practicing.

The funny thing is, one of the worst pictures I took, turned out to be my favorite for this weeks theme. To get the full effect, I think it's best to see the whole sequence.

Here is how to bowl in four steps, according to Nox:
1. Bowl

2. Wait nervously to see what the ball does.

3. Get super excited when the ball hits the "ninjas" (that's what Nox INSISTS on calling the pins...)

4. Victory dance!!

Next week we are sticking with the plan and going with the Alphabet. So keep an eye out for fun and interesting letters to shoot! I've been slacking a little on this, so I'll be going on lots of walks hunting for fun letters.