Winter Snow

Yesterday, we were hit with a sort of blizzard. But, like most winters here, they never last. School was delayed for the kids this morning due to the icy roads. Just before noon, most the snow and ice had melted.

Teddy gets excited when she sees snow. She only comes inside after she’s had her fun. Oh, and also because she knows there’s a treat waiting for her.

 

October Colors

Took these earlier this month and just really love the colors.  It had rained during the night, and as always, the rain makes everything more vibrant.

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Our Keeshond, Teddy, will be turning 4 years old on the 31st of this month.  Each year, I love her more and more.  She is great company and so sweet and kind.

February 2015 Random Photos

I had fun this month with the camera.  Enjoy these…

The family Keeshond, Teddy.  She is the sweetest dog ever.  She follows me everywhere and just plops down by my feet and sleeps.  With husband, she’s a little different.  She’ll wag her tail, jump on him, and want to play with him.  Another thing about her, she won’t eat unless we’re eating.

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The pink orchid.  This is the second time it’s bloomed.  I’ve only had it for a few a years.PINKORCHID021120150015_800 PINKORCHID021120150020_800 PINKORCHID022220150017_800

My daughter stepped in to help me with the 52 Week Photo Challenge I’m keeping up with.  This one called for long exposure so I set the D90 with the 50mm lens to the highest F-stop possible, which was 36, and the ISO to the lowest at L1.KY022120150006_800 KY022120150008_800 KY022120150012_800

September Random

Where did September go?  4 days left.  Or, as I said to my youngest, OMW.  Oh My Wow.

This month’s random is minimal.  How strange that since I’ve started using my iPhone to take most my photos, and with the recent new Project Life App to simply life documenting even more, I haven’t used my DSLR much.  I think another part of it is that my youngest is not such a baby anymore and won’t stand still very long for photos.  And, my eldest takes her own selfies now.  Will I completely stop taking photos with the DSLR in a year or so?  Scary thought…and I had been wanting to upgrade to a full frame.

Here’s this month’s random.

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Teddy earlier in the snow.

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Found a schedule book that started from July to June.  It works perfect with my girls’ school and activities.

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Finished that water color painting.

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Have been waiting a long time for an Instax camera.  This is really great fun to play with.

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My youngest got glasses.

A Rose’s Will To Survive, Trees, and Teddy

The rose bush husband planted last summer was eaten by our puppy, Teddy.  She ate everything that was visible.  We thought for sure the bush wasn’t going to come back but it did!  Teddy seems to be leaving it alone now.

ROSE0086_640There’s not much in the backyard and I’m not thrilled at taking photos of the same things every year, yet there’s something I find special in doing it.  I love capturing the growth and small changes.

The thorn-less Hawthorne.  It flowers a canopy of small white flowers in the spring and its berries turn red in the fall.

HAWTHORNE0092_640The fruitless cherry tree.  It’s a shame this cherry tree doesn’t fruit.  I’d be eating them cherries to my hearts delight right now if it did!  I was surprised to find two orange red leaves on the west facing side of the tree.  I have noticed the air a little chilly-er and the sun setting about an hour earlier too.  This summer seems to be flying by and for some reason I’m not quite ready for fall yet.

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Teddy.  She won’t stay still for a photo but I try anyway.  She’s 8 months now.

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Urban Decay, NYX, Ivanka Trump, AND Teddy

I’m not in any urgent need for more makeup but ended up buying more than I’ll ever wear anyway when I dropped by Ulta to only buy shampoo and conditioner.  Makeup is my weakness.  I should know better than to drop by Ulta with only my 5-year-old who actually helped me pick out the Glinda pallette by Urban Decay (+ I think Michelle Williams is so beautiful and talented).  She said, “Here, get this one.  You have to get it!”  As her mom, I should be saying, “No.” but I easily, said, “Okay,” as if we were best friends shopping.

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I haven’t used this palette yet.  I carry the lipstick pencil in my purse for touch-ups.  The NYX eyeshadow and lipstick palette (below) is very nice.  I’ve used it and I think it’ll work great when the family goes on our cruise later this year.  This is the palette I’ll be bringing along.

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My Valentine’s Day gift from husband: Ivanka Trump Perfume.  It arrived a few days later.  Husband had to special order it because it wasn’t at Macy’s yet.

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Originally, I didn’t want anything but became obsessive with this perfume when I first sniffed a sample in a beauty magazine.  I should stay away from those magazines too.  This perfume is floraly which I wasn’t expecting from Ivanka but I still love it.

Note:  Just thought I’d add that in the magazine sample, it wasn’t as floral.

Teddy

There will be a time when she won’t be able to do this.  It’s too adorable to not capture. 🙂

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