Yearly Archives: 2012

Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Glitter

All is a glitter on the New Years Eve Buffet…Spending the evening with The Hubs and The Girls…Happy New Year!

New Years Buffet

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All pictures taken with my new Sony NEX 5R…I am loving this camera!

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New Plans for the New Year….

My friend over at Emjayandthem’s Blog has posed a few questions concerning the new year…In response to those questions….

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In 2013 I would like to learn something new. I will definitely learn how to use my new camera and maybe learn to speak Creole French.  I would like to release the spirit living within me and become the person I was created to be; I want to be free to be ME…I want to go somewhere I have never been, Haiti or Nicaragua…I would like to change my schedule so it allows for more time investing in others and I would like to try reupholstering a couple of chairs that I picked up on one of my junking trips…

365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, 1 year…2013!

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley

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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures! Looking back to see….

I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me….

A splash of color on a winters day…

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a watery view…

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A promise of spring…

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Park swings + Sunshine = Laughter!

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Sunset on the Bayou…

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On the stove…

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Tour de Key West…

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Duct tape and Pearls Cowgirl…

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Let’s go to….

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Lost Maples…

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Joyeaux Noel…

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Jeepers Creepers where’d you get those peepers?

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My bags are packed and I’m ready to go….2013!

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Weekly Photo Challenge My 2012 In Pictures…

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NEX-5r E 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS…say what?

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My family wasn’t big on taking pictures when I was growing up…Oh there are pictures from birthday parties and Christmas’ gone by…however no one in my family was a real shutter bug. Therefore a camera was never included on my Christmas wish list.

That is until I met my husband and his family. It was Christmas Eve the first time I met my husbands entire family…it seemed like everyone had a camera in there hand.  I remember his Mom and Grandmother were asking if anyone had extra film or batteries, and I was surprised how many of the family members were quick to fill the need.   This was and still is a picture-taking bunch…When I met my husband he owned a Minolta Maximum 7000 w/ a  210 mm zoom and he always had it with him.  I learned very quickly that he called my name I better put a smile on and strike a pose…our son learned the same thing at an early age.  To this day if you call his name he will look up and almost immediately there is a big smile on his face.

Now 23 years later I have been through 3 cameras of my own.  All three were Sony “sure/cyber shots”…these cameras helped me learn the basics of photography.  Photography became a big part of my blog and I fell in love with telling a story through the lens of the camera.

For the past year and half I have jumped from my iPhone camera to an Olympus C50 digital, to my husbands Canon EOS Rebel EX w/ 18-200 zoom.  I really love taking pictures with my husbands camera.  However, it’s not always available when a photo opportunity presents itself.

So when I decided to ask for a camera for Christmas, I asked for a camera that was somewhere between the Olympus and the Canon…and so Santa brought me a Sony NEX-5r  E 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS.  I don’t really understand what all of that means, but I do plan to figure it out.

So here is a picture of my new fancy camera taken with my iPhone 5 camera….old habits die-hard!

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Photo a Day Challenge January


Heads up!  Chantelle over at FatMumSlim has done it again…she has put together a great list of photo prompts for the month of January! Check out her blog for the details on when and where to link your pics…Also, leave your link in the comment section here and I will share it as well.

I would love to see where you call home on this big blue spinning ball and how you interpret the daily photo prompts… Let’s have some fun and kick off 2013 with a some creative photo posts…Are you in?

Jan 2013 Photo Prompts

Hello! (from Chantelle @ FatMumSlim)

Would you like to inject a little fun into your life? Would you like to stop each day and appreciate a little beautiful along the way? Put the photo a day challenge on your resolutions list! Whether you jump on in for the month of January or even the whole year… it is a really great way to tap into your creative side and enjoy each day a little more.

Above is the new list for January 2013 and below are all the details on how to play. Do join us!

How to play!

Where to play?

How do I remember the prompts?

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What do the prompts mean?

There are no rules when playing along with photo a day, you can be creative as you like! Interpret the prompt as you please. For those that need a little help, some more suggested details about each prompt are below:

1. Today: It’s the first day of the new year, so take a photo of how you spent the day.
2. Something new: Take a photo of something new. Something physical, the sunrise, a new attitude. Be creative!
3. Heart: Take a photo of a heart, or a heart shape.
4. The view from here: With many people around the world on holidays, it’s a great way to see where people are. Take a picture of your view from where ever you are.
5. Movement: Get moving and take a photo. You could take a photo of cars whizzing by, somebody jumping or you could even take a run and take photos as you’re jogging along.
6. Mine: Take a photo of something that’s yours. Perhaps it’s a thing, something you’re proud of or a person you call ‘yours’.
7. Street: Take a photo of a streetscape.
8. Something beginning with ‘T’: Take a photo of something today starting with the letter ‘T’.
9. Paper: Take a photo of something made from paper. Perhaps it’s someone reading the newspaper, or it could be wrapping paper. Think outside the square.
10. One o’clock: Take a photo of whatever you’re doing in the hour between one and two. It could be in the middle of the night {you party animal, you!} or during the day.
11. Water: Perhaps it’s the beach, a river, water in a glass, the bath {keep it PG!} or even the rain.
12. Surprise: I love when I stumble across coins when I’m walking. It’s a lovely surprise. That would be a lucky photo for me. Can you think of a way to capture surprise?
13. Circle: Look as you go about today for things shaped in circles. Is it the tyres on a bus? A big sign? Or something else?
14. Something yellow: Find something yellow in your travels today and take a photo.
15. An ordinary moment: Choose an ordinary moment and capture it. Is it you grabbing your daily coffee? Or playing with the kids? Or something that you do often and consider it as kinda ordinary?
16. Two things: Look for things in pairs today. Is it a lovely old couple that you see from behind? Or the salt and pepper shakers sitting on the bench? Find two things and take a photo.
17. Ready: Is it a photo of your dinner being ready? Or you ready to catch the bus? Or something else. It’s a toughy – but it will get your mind thinking!
18. Shadow: Find a shadow and shoot it. It could be your own, or a shadow of something else. Shadows look great with a black and white filter over the top {just sayin!}.
19. Delicious: What’s delicious to you? Is it the chubby cheeks of your toddler, the hunk at the gym or a cake you plan on eating for afternoon tea?
20. Something you saw: Go about your day with eyes wide open and take a photo of something you saw.
21. What you do: Do you go to school? Train elephants at the circus? Write at home? Play mum to your kids? Act as CEO to a big business? Paint in your spare time? Dance when no one is looking? Take a photo of what you do {something that makes you ‘you’} and share it.
22. Corner: It could be a sharp corner of a building, a corner of an artwork, a corner of your home or something else. Corners are everywhere. Shoot one.
23. Electric: This could be a simple photo of your toaster {but get creative} or something else electric.
24. Stripes: Look for stripes in your everyday. They could be in the zebra crossing on the road, or in your outfit or somewhere else.
25. Landscape: Step back and take a photo of a landscape near you. Or even take a little trip just for the photo. Would be nice to explore your town for a beautiful photo.
26. Together: There are many definitions for together. One is: In or into a single group, mass, or place. Take a photo of together, whichever definition you’d like to use.
27. Sun: Whether the sun is out in full force, or hiding behind the clouds today – take a photo of it. Or you could get creative and take a photo of sunlight or some other interpretation.
28. Through: Take a photo of looking through something – through the window, through the gate, through the trees… whatever you please.
29. Grow: People do it, plants do it too… get creative and take a photo of something that grows.
30. Down: Is it looking down or something that makes you feel down? Interpret it however you like.
31. Yourself: Take a photo of yourself. Or something that represents you.

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A year without regrets…


How many people in this world ever accomplish all they set out to do at the beginning of the year?  Well, I for one am not one of those “accomplished” types…I start the year off thinking and planning,  plotting and scheduling and making all sorts of plans.  Then reality presents itself and life takes a new course.

I started 2012 off much the same… a year of grand plans.  As I read a few of my posts from January I had to shake my head and laugh to myself…”Oh you silly girl, what were you thinking?”.   Life is a journey with unexpected twists and turns, ups and downs, good days and not so good days.  There were projects and trips planned that fell by the wayside…but when looking back at 2012 I remembered all the things that were accomplished,  trips taken and memories made.  So instead of dwelling on the undone…I will rejoice in all that was done…2012 was a year without regrets!

I will look forward to the new year with great anticipation.  I will  be thankful for everyday. I will look for that one thing that made the day worth getting out of bed for…I will laugh at myself, I will love with all my heart, I will live this year one day at a time…I will be present in the moment…I will hold my loved ones tighter, call them more often, tell them I love them without hesitation.  I will invest time and energy into the people who come into my life and pray that through it all I will become a better person, that my faith will grow and that 2013 will be a year without regrets!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!

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I Plead the Fifth…

I would like to plead the fifth when someone asks me what I do for a living…It’s not that I don’t like what I do, as a matter of fact I love my work. It is my dream job! However, when the dreaded question is asked…my answer never seems to encompass the importance of what I do. Usually when I give a short answer like, I work for the church”, people get this strange look on their face and the conversation ends with a “OH, that’s nice”.

I am not trying to embellish what I do but I would like for people to know what I do makes a difference in people’s lives and sometimes that is hard to communicate…

I am the Director of the Welcome Ministry, a ministry of first impressions for New Hope Church. I am the book and gift buyer for the New Hope Bookstore. I oversee 6 volunteer ministries that include the Bookstore,Cafe, Connect, Greeter, Usher and Information volunteers. These teams consist of over 400 volunteers who serve on a bi-weekly rotation. My job also encompasses special projects that take place in the church lobby and auditorium.

The Ministry of First Impressions is made up of hundreds of tiny little details that work hand in hand to make a great first and  lasting impression on a visitor or a regular attendee. We greet people with a warm smile and an encouraging word. We provide a tour of the campus to help people feel like family instead of a visitor or intruder. We offer them a hot cup of coffee and a pastry on the house. We make sure they have a listening guide so they can follow along with the announcements and the lesson. We help them find a comfortable seat. We provide a wide variety of bibles, books and gifts that will help them with their spiritual walk. And the experts tell us that we only have 7 minutes to make a great first impression. No pressure. Right?!

When we get it right, people feel like that have found a place where they belong and are among friends and family. When we get it right people find a place of peace where there is hope and encouragement in difficult times. When we get it right people’s hearts are ready to hear a Word from God and that can be life changing…

So you see pleading the fifth is not really an option…I just would like to find a way to express what I do in a way that leaves people thinking, WOW! instead of “oh”…

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Pinterest Inspired Project…Making Things Merry and Bright!

Making things merry and bright….with a Pinterest inspired project!

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A Christmas printable and a flower arrangement made with mini marshmallows, Christmas Tree and Snowman peeps and a Christmas bouquet from the floral department at the grocery store….you just gotta love Pinterest DIY projects!

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Too Many Tags…

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Well, it’s that time of year when we all take time to reflect on the past year.  We look at our achievements and short comings. We assess our 401K’s and stock portfolios or at least whats left of them.  Some of us look at the goals we set at the beginning of the year and make new goals for the coming year.  And then some of us try to tweak our blog layouts while thinking about what the new blogging year might hold.

The one area I would like to get a better grip on is the tags I use on my blog posts.  I have been blogging for almost three years…and I have used over 1200 tags.

I think this must be way too many…I am wondering;

  • What is the best way to tag posts?
  • Have you written a post on tagging?
  • How many tags have you used on your blog?

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