The roads are all closed. We are snowed in. I have to admit that is is beautiful, even if my truck did get stuck trying to drive to work this morning. Oh well. It takes great pictures. Hope your New Year's Eve is all you want it to be!
If a picture paints a thousand words
This blog is a place for me to work on my photography. My goal is to submit a new picture every day and to get better as the moments go by. I take all pictures with my digital camera. I worked for years with a 35 mm minolta, and this is a learning experience for me. I am afraid that I got lazy and allowed the camera to choose most of the settings for me. This is my journey of learning how to shoot a camera that is not in a program mode. It is harder than I ever imagined. That makes this challenge both a new experience and a joy for me.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Our little dog, discovered his very own Christmas gift on the tree.
He saw it!
He wanted it!
He just couldn't, quite, reach it!
Finally, someone took pity on him and let him have it!
He is still carrying it around today! It has become a favorite chew toy!
Who would have thought that a stuffless animal could be so much fun!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
There is nothing quite like Christmas morning with children in the house. We couldn't help enjoying ourselves. You never know what they are going to say or do.
There is just something about the wonder in their faces as they open the gifts around the tree.
And the wonder as they watch others open their own gifts. Each child has a sense of anticipation and excitement no matter who the gift is for.
And no matter what it is. Somehow, even the ordinary things become special Christmas morning.
And the extra ordinary things become amazing.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I spent the past three weeks sewing every night to make the gifts for my children and grand-children. I loved every minute of it and was very happy with the way they turned out. This is one of my many projects and I posted a picture of the material several weeks ago. I made five of these little skirts. Each was just a little bit different, but all using the same material, so they went together without being exactly matching.
There is nothing quite like a child's smile to show it off!!
These three are closely related. One is the big brother, one the little sister, and one the niece. You really can't tell how much they love being together, can you!
There is nothing quite like family to warm your heart on the coldest winter night.
And nothing feels so good to me as when my family comes home.
This is my daughter and my grand-daughter.
They adore each other and love every bit of time
they get to spend together.
Hearts knit together in love
No matter the distance,
Our hearts know exactly
What Love really means.
And they know
That when we are together
We are home at last.
Friday, December 24, 2010
The girls had a piano recital where they each picked three or four songs to showcase. They did an amazing job and really enjoyed it. I had a hard time with these pictures because I was far away and the lighting wasn't the best for them. I did try to fix, but I have decided it is much easier to take good ones in the first place!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
My two younger girls have been having dance lessons this year and they love it. They have a good time with their friends, they get to have physical activity, and they even get to show off to mom every once in a while. Kayla had a great recital. She loved it all but really had the most fun with the Snowman Song.
I love that their costumes are simple and that the focus is on the girls.
Monday, December 20, 2010
My daughter's name is Mikayla Joy. She loves her name and is very proud of it. We drove to the valley and to my son's home where we saw this as we got out of the car. Mikayla was so excited!! I have a feeling we are going to be spreading a little "Joy" of our own with a few lights. I never knew a child could get so excited just by seeing thier name in lights!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Today is Macro Friday again, and I decided there is nothing like an ornament for this season. I took this picture on the tree. He is only a couple of inches big, but he reminds me of the one I had many, many years ago. You can link up Here with Blogging from Bolivia.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This was a Christmas gift to me a couple of years ago. I love all things postal (of course!) and so this was one of my favorite gifts. It is fun for me to think of the Post Office in a jolly way. It helps a lot during this season if I can simply remain rather "jolly" myself.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This week, we will be digging out our favorite Christmas movies to get into the spirit of the Season. My husbands favorite is "The Christmas Story". I don't know what mine is, there are so many choices. I think I will need to watch them all before I decide. What is yours??
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This is one of our most favorite traditions fo the holiday season. We read the book and watch the movie. We make hot chocolate (the mexican version with cinnamon in it) and we devote an entire evening to relaxing and having fun as a family.
"Christmas, my child, is love in action.
Everytime we love, every time we give,
Dale Evans Rogers.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Today is Macro Friday and I am linking up with Blogging From Bolivia. This is material that I just bought to make the three girls Christmas Skirts. We can't find any dresses that are long enough to be modest. So, I am getting out my sewing machine this week and hopefully making my own. Each skirt will be one of theses three colors with ruffles from the other two colors. Simple, easy, and sewn to just below the knee. Hopefully, I can get them done this weekend.