"The reason why we want to remember an image varies: Because we simply 'love it', or dislike it so intensely that it becomes compulsive, or because it has made us realize something about ourselves, or has brought about some slight change in us. Perhaps the reader can recall some image after seeing of which has never been quite the same."

Friday, December 31, 2010

My Cowgirl :)

Wow, Christmas came & gone already! Here's Maddie enjoying one of her favorite presents, a cowgirl hat from one of her favorite Aunties :) She wore it just about all day Christmas day & every day since!


Must take more pictures of her wearing this! LOL, she's just too cute...& has recently taken to running away from me every time my camera comes out :P  She was kind enough the other day to a least smile for me.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Well, if you've ever seen the children's cartoon Curious George you'd know the silly squirrel named *Jumpy.* Ever since the kids were little we started calling our little neighborhood squirrel Jumpy! He's quite the clever little squirrel, as he's been spotted on several occasions rummaging through our garbage. & at times, we've seen him enjoying an entire cookie, a slice of pizza, & even once was covered entirely in green frosting...from a cake left over from of Maddie's Birthday parties...most recently he was seen on our backyard deck enjoying a Snickers bar (around Halloween perhaps).

Yesterday, however I suppose he decided to go the more healthy route, maybe he's dieting gearing up for the upcoming holiday season.

Boy that must be one heavy banana!

Not to worry, he can manage it!




Gee all done already? I think he's on to me.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Reason for the Season...

Reason for the Season..hmmm, to me, it's simply watching my little one's face as she takes in the moment as she sits by the fire place.  It's these moments that make the Christmas Season special, watching it through their eyes. Oh the innocence! I could truly spend all day just taking pictures of their faces & expressions as they experience the little things in life.

She was absolutely mesmerized, & literally sat by the fireplace all afternoon...this was after setting up & playing with our train set for the holidays. To me, there's no better way than to spend a Sunday afternoon during this Season :)


Monday, December 20, 2010


Ti's the season to put up the trains! These are for you Dad...What a bitter sweet moment knowing that I won't be able to share these with him. It was one of his many loves, that was to play with his trains at Christmas time. This was something that he & Jason would always enjoy together this time of year.






Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Muse

Of Maddie...


What else can I say, she looks at me like this, & I MUST photograph it a hobby, call it an obsession...I think I simply want to capture that *face* is it, that this face can evoke so many feelings in me?! Silly girl.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Come Rejoice!

After the death of my Father last's been quite the roller coaster ride of emotions for my family to endure. With him being in the hospital being gravely ill...till him passing away...all through this my little sister had to deal with the stresses of expecting her first baby. 

Well, I'm happy to announce the birth of her healthy 7 lb baby boy!  I am so grateful to have witnessed him coming into this world, it will be a moment that I will always hold dear.  I'm still over the moon with glee just thinking about it.  & oh the minute that little man was put into his mother's arms, love at first sight for sure! I'm absolutely gleaming with pride for my baby sister...she's always been super special to me & to think that she's now a mother herself just renders me speechless.  She & my Brother-in-law will be, already are fabulous parents!

& wow, to think up till now Maddie's been the *baby* of the family, & she's 5 1/2! She's a giant next to my little nephew, holy cow, how quickly they grow! Speaking of which, Jason's going to be 8 this January. My oh my every day that goes by I feel like I have to take a step back & enjoy their childhood...Life just has a funny way by taking me by surprise sometimes going by much faster than I think.

I'm so very grateful that our whole family has something now to rejoice about this Christmas.  He truly is an angel sent from above  :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tree Trimming!

Yay! Finally got our tree last night!
Wow the kiddies posed for a picture, aren't they sweet? The past couple of years I've just sent Darling husband out for the tree, so the the kids were just over the moon with excitement helping to choose one :)


This little Angel has been the top for our tree, ever since John & I were dating. He had been staying at his Grandfather's house at the time, & we had gotten a little Christmas tree for his room. This was the angel. & she'll remain at the top of each & every Christmas tree, each & every year :)



Thursday, December 9, 2010

You Capture

A day like any other , there's nothing sweeter to me than Maddie & I crafting...although I have to say that she's the crafty one not I. I'm seriously envious of all those who are crafty....Anyway, every afternoon, until Jason gets out of school Maddie & I usually sit down for an afternoon of crafts, drawing, coloring & all things *girly* :)

So on today's agenda, she decided that we needed another Christmas decoration in the she proceeded to find as much white construction paper that she could muster up and well. Hum, can you imagine, what she could possibly be making?

Working very hard I must say, with absolutely no help from Mommy. Just as well, gives me a moment to take some snap shots!

Final product, well, what do you know, it's a snowman :)

& last but not least, must share a shot of our very lovely & organized all purpose work station...aka kitchen table.

These truly are the moments I love capturing the most...because after all it's the memories that you're capturing.  & I'll always remember these afternoons with my little girl.  I'll cherish them now, while she's still in only half day kindergarten.  I don't know what I'm going to do next year without her.  My little girl is growing up.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Black & White Wednesday!

Wow, I can't believe it, 2 days in a row with photo challenges! I hadn't done a B&W Wednesday in quite some time & have forgotten how much fun it is to play around with black & whites!


After converting quite a few shots, I've forgotten how hard it is to pick a good one, there were a lot that just simply looked better color. So, here's a snapshot of Maddie from springtime, that when converted just  seemed to *pop*!

Check out The Long Road to China for more awesome B&W conversions :)

the long road

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Zoom zoom!

It's Shutter Love Tuesdays at the Trendy Treehouse's my take on the topic *zoom zoom!*


This was a very cool hood ornament of an classic Chevy...not sure of the model though. There was a car show at a recent trip to a harvest festival this fall :)


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Scavenger Hunt!

After several weeks of not having anytime to devote to hunting...finally was able to put together a new shot for each item this week.. woohoo...go me :P

In my home
One of my favorite corners of my home...our family room downstairs, warm & cozy :) & of course Maddie's got to work her way into my scavenger hunt somehow :P

Sweet treat
My weakness...dark chocolate :)

Our snowman count down calendar to Christmas... No better way for the kiddies to keep track of how much time is left to the big day!

It's beginning to look a lot like...
Well like Christmas of course!
I know, this doesn't have anything to do with the "meaning" of Christmas...but I have to say,  each year, when December rolls around, for the past, I would say, maybe 7 years, the Bumble has always been the first decoration to make an appearance. So, here you have it, once he's out, it's definitely *starting to look a lot like Christmas!*

Every day
Coffee, of course a necessity for my *every day*.

Have a great week!

Next week's items:
1.Holiday Colors
2.Winter/Holiday Icon
3.A Tree
5.Your Favorite Color

Friday, December 3, 2010

Items for hunt

Will make an attempt this week's scavenger hunt! Although, what day is today, Friday?  Good luck to me, lol.

In my home
It's beginning to look a lot like...
Sweet treat
Every day

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Some oldies...

I've been going through some pics from the beginning of this year. I stumbled across a few of Maddie that I don't think I've blogged, here you have them :)




I remember taking these shortly after getting my DSLR for my birthday in February...I just couldn't wait to start shooting this sweet face.  & am so glad this is turning into a hobby/obsession, because seriously she's growing up sooo fast!  There's a lot of times that I think my picture taking can be just a little bit excessive, but seriously, after going through just a years worth of pics, these kids have changed and grown up so so much.