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All three of these photos were taken on the same night. We had a night out without the kids. My very good friend Anna invited us to a party at her house. She has a huge upstairs that is completely open, has fancy lights, a bar and for the evening a beer pong table. Good times! 308 is under the awesome blue and purple lights. 309 was after some kind of drink. The little umbrella ended up in my hair. That is her cool shower curtain behind me. 310 is Anna and I after a few drinks. We have been friends since community college, which was… mumble, cough (15)… years ago. (Good lord where has time gone?) She is one of those friends that no matter how many months or years may pass without seeing each other we can pick up right where we left off.  To me that is what a soul mate is. A soul mate isn’t just one person who you have a lover/marriage relationship with, but many souls whom we spend many lives with through the eons. It’s easy to tell which people hold these souls, because you are drawn to them. Once a dialogue is started it feels like you already know them, because you do. No matter the passage of time you will always be welcome to each other because you are connected. That’s what a soul mate is to me. And yes I believe in reincarnation. Well this blog about my photos turned into something completely different. There’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂

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“But she told herself that this all was enough” ~Melora Creager

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“What’s drinking?
A mere pause from thinking!”
~George Gordon

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“Drink, and dance and laugh and lie,
Love the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)”
~Dorothy Parker

Wow, this quote was chosen a looong time ago, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t fit the contents of this blog. 🙂

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Three hundred and three

I am pretty sure this photo was taken on a night when we had some friends over. We were drinking and playing cards. It was a fun night. It is good and important to let loose and be a little crazy from time to time.

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“I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.” ~Author Unknown

I had finally joined the rest of the first world people by procuring an iPhone. These were some of my first self portraits using it. My Nikon D40 was still out of commission at this point. I may have sent it out to be repaired. This was shortly after we moved into our tiny apartment. I feel like that was so long ago now and sometimes like it never happened at all. The first one was a night we had some company over. It was really late, but I was enjoying the night and didn’t want it to end. Although it is super yellow and orange I really like that shot. I like the composition and expression. The second one was done with a few different apps. I like that one too. It was fun to create something using a new device and media. I like all the layers.

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“It’s getting late, but does the night have to end?” ~Me

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“A grownup is a child with layers on.” ~Woody Harrelson

Two hundred and forty eight

Like I was saying I worked in an Elementary school this past school year. For Thanksgiving we had a feast in our room and we all dressed like pilgrims and Indians. I got stuck with being a pilgrim. We made little hats and bibs out of paper and string. We lovingly referred to the bibs as “hinny bibs” due to their close resemblance in shape to a rear end. It was fun, if not somewhat embarrassing, anything for the kids. Just took this one with the crappy cell phone. It’s a bad shot, but captures a fun time.

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“Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s non-fattening!” ~Author Unknown

Two hundred and sixteen

This day I took my kids to one of my favorite places in the world. A lovely park in Enon, Virginia that recently was renamed, but the new name means nothing to me because it will always be Point of Rocks Park. I have been going there since I was seven. It was very close to all the houses I lived in through most of my life. I have good memory after good memory of it. It is even where my husband proposed to me under a moonlit sky. This was a hot summer day, but we packed some water bottles and headed out for a hike through the trails and marsh walk. It was a lovely day and my not quite 2 year old daughter did really great. She kept up with us even though her little legs got tired and I had to carry her some. This is us sitting on an overlook toward the end of the hike. Love my family, and love this day.

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“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson

Two hundred and fourteen

I hate this shot. My hair is a total mess! This was one of those shots were I was really somewhere cool and could have gotten a way better shot. It could have been creative and awesome, but I was having to keep up with a my little daughter and stay with my family. So, instead I just tried to get a shot, any shot and this was what I got. My parents, children, my nephew and I all went to the Tractor Museum in Colonial Heights, Virginia. It is a huge warehouse type building filled with repainted and super clean tractors from every make, model, brand and year. They also have tons of other cool old stuff, bottles, tools, bikes, cars, trucks, signs and the like. It was an awesome place to explore. We were the only people there that day and had free run of the place. The kids loved it!

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“No man is born into the world whose work
Is not born with him; there is always work
And tools to work withal, for those who will….”
~James Russell Lowell

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My kiddos on a John Deere.

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My daughter exploring.

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Cute tractor with a face. 🙂

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Old tools.

Cape Charles

On May 31, 2013 I took my Mom on a day trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, to a small bayside town called Cape Charles. May 31 is my brother’s birthday. My brother passed away in 2008 from head injuries he obtained in a car accident. He would have been 26. It is always a hard day for my family, especially my Mom. I had discussed this with my co-workers and they urged me to take the day off and do something fun. I planned out the trip and kept it a secret from my Mom. All I told her was to take the day off, that we were going somewhere and we would be gone most of the day. The day before I told her to bring some flip flops and wear sunscreen.

That morning we set off on our adventure. She claimed that she had no idea where we were going, but I assume that she had figured out we were going to a beach of some kind. Our trip down was full of talk and laughter. As we approached the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, the eight wonder of the world, she got really excited, as did I. She had only been to the Eastern Shore once and I don’t believe I ever had been. The bridge-tunnel is amazing. It is a series of long bridges and long tunnels that pattern across the Chesapeake Bay. Almost 18 miles that connect the mainland of Virginia to the peninsula that juts out from Maryland and runs south parallel to most of Virginia’s coast line. It was a gorgeous day, which made it all the better to look out across the bay and see the waves, boats and birds. cbbt1

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Cape Charles is one of the first towns you come across going north along the peninsula. It was founded in 1884 as a hub for the railroad. It was a place for the trains to stop at night, and leave the sleeper cars close to the bay so travelers could hear the waves. Today it has a wonderful old downtown with many original buildings. It sits along the bay side and the beach has a great jetty that keeps the wading/swimming area free of sea weed and makes the waves little to none. It is more like a wading pool that being on a big body of water.

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The first thing we did was park on the street right next to the beach and headed for the pier. We walked all the way out taking photos the entire time. We talked to most everyone we came across. An older couple was watching some large birds and we all had a discussion about what they were. It was determined they were ospreys.

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We talked to a lady sitting at the end of the pier who was sitting in her bathing suit and big sun hat reading a book and looking after two young boys fishing. She said she was a teacher and that on the last week of school they spend everyday at the beach. That was when I noticed there were groups of kids out in the water huddled together looking at critters in the water. What a lovely way to spend the last week of school! Makes me want to look for a job there. 🙂 We then walked along the beach. We were amazed by the amount of little animals that called the beach their home. There were hundreds of little black snails, tiny hermit crabs, strange plant looking anemones and birds galore.

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Later on we came across the teacher again as we were all getting ready to head off the beach. We asked her for some recommendations on some good places for lunch. She told us about every restaurant in town, realizing herself that they were all good. They sounded wonderful and with our tummies rumbling we headed through the residential streets lined with older homes toward the shopping area. We were surprised to see how many of the homes were for sale. Which made us both day dream about buying one and living on the beach.

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We ended up eating at the Cape Charles Coffee House. It was fantastic! The food was amazing, I’m still dreaming about the sandwich I had and the great latte that I drank. Afterward we walked up and down the streets going in antique shops, thrift stores and art galleries. We wandered into a large gallery that was adjacent to an old theater. The art was wonderful and I looked at everything, wondering if I should or could buy a piece. We ended up talking to the lady that worked there and she showed us the theater and told us it’s history. Turns out we were in the historic Palace Theater. The history was fascinating although I can not recall it all now.

After leaving the gallery we stopped in at Brown Dog Ice Cream. They make small batch ice cream from natural ingredients. We both had dark chocolate and it was delicious. We wandered around town a bit more, wishing we could stay the weekend, wanting to buy one of those old homes for sale and join the thriving art community. I decided that I would look for a job there when I got my degree. I would rent a house for two weeks at a time and make it an annual summer vacation. My mind was full of dreams that only the smell of salt water and fresh air could produce.

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We drove home through horrible traffic with our husbands calling on the phone and complaining and still we laughed the whole way home. It was by far one of the best days ever. We will both hold those memories close to our hearts, especially on that day when we need something to smile about.

This was the last shot for my 365 project I took with my Nikon D50 before it stopped working. We were at the Freedom Fest on July 4th, 2012 at Fort Hood, Texas. It is a big carnival with food, rides, music and fireworks. This particular year Kelly Clarkson was the musical guest. She was awesome. She had a busted foot and still played for the troops. I wasn’t the biggest fan before, but I really like her after seeing her at Freedom Fest. Anyhoo, this photo was taken in the Ferris wheel at the top. You can see the festival in the background. I was having a great time up in the air with my son, looking lovingly down and across the huge post. Recanting good memories, like giving birth to my daughter at the hospital I could see from my chair in the air seat. Later that night I was taking photos of Ms. Clarkson and my camera stopped working. The shutter would not release and it had an error message. I looked it up later and attempted to fix it myself, but many months later I had to send it in to be repaired. Almost $200 later I now have it back and am finishing up this project with it. In the mean time I used a Nikon point and shoot, a friend’s borrowed D50, my old crappy cell phone, a super crappy cell phone when the old crappy one stopped working and then my new iphone. This project has seen it’s fair share of ups and downs.

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“Fun is about as good a habit as there is.” ~Jimmy Buffet

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The view from the Ferris wheel of the festival and Fort Hood.

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My view of Kelly Clarkson. One of the last shots before my camera bit the dust.

I was playing with my son and for some reason had the camera in my hand. I think he was trying to take something from me and I was not wanting to give it up. I was pretending to be a vicious animal; growling and snarling at him. I think that may be his finger in the foreground. It was all in good fun. I didn’t bite him or anything. 😉 I was snapping shots at the same time; yup I can multitask. I love this shot. Not because it has great quality, but because to me it is so funny. It is amazing how many different faces we can make. I love this quote with it too, makes it even funnier.

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“Nope, not a single thing wrong here.”~ Stephen King; Cujo

My husband and I were in our covered driveway drawing with sidewalk chalk with our toddling daughter. She loves to draw, even at an early age. We had a good time this day. Doing something simple as a family can be so rewarding. This is a fun overhead shot. I was attempting to get the chalk drawings in the frame. You can see a little bit.

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“If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.” ~Antonio Porchia

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