Wednesday, September 28, 2011


with my hubby this week. This picture was actually taken this past June. Time to embrace that camera and take some more recent photos.

Embracing the camera with Emily today.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fun with Picnik

I've been having Fun with Picnik

Thanks to Shauna from The Reed Life

I always love looking at the photos on Shauna's blog and wondered what she used to edit them. I suppose I could have asked her, but now I don't have to because someone else did. Who knew? She uses Picnik. I've used it before too, but now, it's opened a whole new editing world for me. It's easy, peasy...just the thing for quick, fun photo editing.

Thanks Shauna!

and a completely random quote to end this post.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Fall

or shall I say Autumn. Why is it that this season has two names?

"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile."

Author: William Cullen Bryant

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Embracing... kids and my camera.

And, according to Webster....


to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: toembrace an idea."

ACK! What is wrong with this darn font stuff? I've had trouble for months now with the font options and can't seem to get to the bottom of it.
I'm linking up with Emily today for Embrace the Camera.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today's 9-11

A friend posted this on facebook today: "A Macy's ad in todays New York Times says it all....'hug your children, spend the day with family, think of an old friend, wave to your neighbor, go for a long walk, light a candle, share your thoughts, take a moment for yourself, be there for someone else, watch the sunset, look forward to sunrise'.

I spent the day at the zoo,

taking photos of my kids,
and having a picnic.
On the way to my parents' house for dinner, I traveled over a bridge dedicated to two local victims of the attack.

I thought about what happened 10 years ago and the precious lives that were lost that day...the day that is forever etched in so many minds.
How could anyone ever, ever forget what that day was like?

Today, though, I made happy memories and am even more grateful for the blessings I have been given. Today's 9-11 was a gift!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Shhhhh....don't tell Daddy

we were jumping on the bed

...and please ignore the dirty feet

"no more monkeys jumping on the bed"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A New Year

The new school year is here and it makes me so very anxious.
Making cute posters to hang in my classroom does help with the first day jitters though. I created this using Picasa.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fun Stuff

With digital photography there seems to be an endless amount to learn. I don't think there is ever any hope of catching up and learning all of it, unless it became my full-time job...and I'm not looking to give up being a mom and a wife or changing my career. In the mean-time, I putter here and there and find things that are fun to play around with. I have been reading on other blogs about "actions" that you can use in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. I decided to make an attempt at downloading a few and trying them out. After a bit of navigating to find the appropriate resources...I did it...and here are the results.
AFTER: (?I can't find the before at the moment)

So fun, and easy to do now that they are installed.

I used the free Action Set from Pioneer Woman. There are great links right on her blog for installing and using the actions.

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
~Eudora Welty

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Embracing the Camera

I'm embracing the camera today.Hubby and I went to a concert last Friday night. Here is a picture of us and my brother and sister-in-law.

You too can Embrace the Camera. Check out Emily's blog and link your post.