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weekly photo challenge: mine


The theme this week is “Mine.” And, this is most definitely mine mine mine mine (I think I’m channeling the gulls from Finding Nemo)…

I decided to join in the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress!

Click here for more info and join in as well.  Hopefully, I can keep it up!

WordPress notes:

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use a “postaday2011″ or “postaweek2011″ tag”

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.


the sunset…


Last night, I stopped to take note of a beautiful sunset.

I was sitting at my daughter’s soccer tryouts and the sun was setting over the field, so I took a few pictures.

I didn’t think about the pictures until this morning and saw that they are quite lovely and had to share!

“Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.” ~ Mark Twain

Photograph taken with iPhone and edited using Camera +.


the lost art of regrouping…


I think one of the most important things to learn in life is to regroup.

Life rarely proceeds exactly as we predict and expect.  From little things to big things…  we can either get mad and dwell on something or choose to regroup.

I know there are big things that are very hard to overcome…. I am referring to the smaller, day-to-day troubles that we might face… not necessarily the big giant ones.  Although, I imagine that regrouping would be helpful for both.

I want my kids to know that when life hands you a different outcome than the one you expected… choose to regroup!  Take a deep breath and proceed forward.

I have seen more and more adults lately that just can’t seem to regroup.  Something seemingly minor happens to them and they just can’t shake it!

Do you think this is something that you need to learn as a child?  Or, do you think you can learn to regroup later in life as an adult?

The dictionary definition of “regroup” is

  1. To come back together in a tactical formation, as after a dispersal in a retreat.
  2. To reorganize for renewed effort, as after a temporary setback

Life will give us all setbacks.  It’s how we handle those setbacks that will keep us happy or make us miserable.

We all can show our kids how to regroup from an early age:

  • If you don’t get the popcicle color you wanted?  Regroup.
  • If you miss the shot on goal?  Regroup, figure out what you did wrong and try again.
  • If it is time to go home and you’re not ready?  Regroup, it’s time.

As an adult, we can demonstrate regrouping to our kids:

  • If you miss a great parking space?  Regroup, find another one.
  • If you someone cuts you off while driving?  Regroup, you’re safe, you didn’t get in an accident, no need to freak out.
  • If your pet has an accident on your favorite rug?  Regroup, it’s just a rug.

And, just a note – the pet that had an accident on the favorite rug.  That was my house.  Last night.  I took a deep breath and I regrouped.

I am hoping to lead by example and show my kids the lost art of regrouping.

Photograph of “The Orange” taken with iPhone and edited with Camera +.

start a blog…


I am so glad I started a blog!

It has been fun to put my thoughts on paper (well, keyboard) and has brightened my day when things were not looking great.

I was able to smile and put a cheery spin on events that were not so cheery… such as my daughter breaking her collar bone or my husband witnessing an attempted robbery on the same day.  Those things need a cheery spin… or I would cry.  My daughter needs to be bright and positive about her injury… or she would cry.

My husband is not phased either way… but, I’m sure it helps to have a happy (and cheery) wife!  I’ll have to ask him.

The other great thing about starting a blog is looking at all the other blogs.  There are some fun and creative people out there!

I have had so much fun looking at the Freshly Pressed section.  It is the day’s best blogs from WordPress.  There is a wide variety of topics here and I enjoy looking at all the great pictures and reading the blogs And, I’ll admit… I try to figure out how I could get “freshly pressed!”

Every day I feel like I struck gold!  I am continually finding a new blog that is entertaining and/or full of great information.

I have found new authors that have blogs and bought their books.  I have found incredible photography websites.  I’ve received recommendations on what photography editing software to use, what iPhone apps work best for editing photos, and many, many lists of book recommendations.

I’ve also found a great blog that only features cat videos and pictures – there is something out there for everyone!

I look at my day differently too.  When something remotely interesting happens… I stop and think about how I could write about it.  It definitely makes ordinary events little more interesting.

I’ve also had great ideas in the middle of the night… I think I’m a genius.  Then, I wake up and I can’t remember a thing…. except that I was almost a genius in type.  Almost.

Everyday, it’s exciting to see what is out there in “blog world” and it’s great to be a part of it.

My advice to you is…

Start a blog! 

It will make you more… cheery!

Photograph taken with iPhone and edited with Snapseed as recommended by a blogger.




* blowing the dandelion seeds *

I take so many pictures of my kids that they tend to run away from me (or cover their faces).  I keep telling them “you will appreciate it someday!”  Although, I think they already do appreciate it… They sit in front of the computer and wait for the screensaver to display the photo slideshow

Not every picture I take is great, but there are a few that I love.  This is one of them.

I also adore black and white photos…