Tag Archive: happy


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 seven

I don’t always wear makeup, but when I do I usually take a photo of it. 😛 I like this photo of myself. It’s a bit pixely, but that’s ok. Unlike 306, this was a good hair day, haha. I like this quote too, so true. Some people are transformed when they smile. 🙂

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“A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” ~Charles Gordy

My husband bought me these amethyst earrings for Christmas that year. I was attempting to take some photos of them and this is what I got. I like the black and white one, the color one is ok too.  The black and white one is interesting to me. Sometimes you have a specific idea of what you think you look like and then something comes along and makes you realize you have no idea what you really look like. The more photos I took of myself for this project the more I realized I look very much like a cousin of mine.  I previously thought we couldn’t have been more different. Perception is very interesting to me.

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“If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy

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“These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.” ~George Eliot

Both of these photos are associated with Christmas. 267 was taken on an escalator in the mall while Christmas shopping. When my husband and I were in high school, yes we are high school sweethearts, we would go there just to ride the escalator up and down. Those were good times when something simple could be entertaining. I was remembering those moments when I took that photo. 268 was taken at work. I was working at an Elementary school and it was pajama day. I wore my slippers and Christmas socks. Loved that job!

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“The other line moves faster.” ~Etorre’s Observation

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“It’s always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.” ~Jean Paul Gaultier

I love this photo! It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday and she wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, so we did. 🙂 It was late and my kids were already in their pjs. I love that my son photo bombed us with that silly face. That smile on my face is genuine, it was a happy moment.

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“Cookies are made of butter and love.” ~Norwegian Proverb

Both of these shots were taken at my in-laws house on Thanksgiving. The first one is with my husband. We had been apart for about 3 months and at the beginning of that November our family was reunited. It made the holiday even more special. The second photo is with his Grandma. I love her like my own and she loves me. She is an amazing woman who spent much of her life as an Elementary school teacher. When we took this photo our glasses clacked together and she made a joke about us being twins. Haha. 🙂

 

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust

 

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“A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.” ~Charles and Ann Morse

 

Life can be a Whirlwind

Blogging looks like it will be taking a break for a bit. I just started back at VCU. I’m taking 3 classes, but 2 are 400 level and 1 includes a teaching practicum. I am also preparing for the class I will start teaching in 3 weeks. On top of that my husband is also going to school full time, we have a 2 year old and our 8 year old is starting the 3rd grade next week. This weekend we are going to Indiana to visit family. When it rains it pours and right now I am overloaded with stuff to do. Not that I am complaining, I love having stuff to do, but because of that I may not be blogging as frequently as I was. I am very grateful to all my followers, there are over 100 of you now! Thanks to all who read, like and comment! I will be back when I can! Hope everyone is well!

As a little treat here are some photos from my 1st 2 days back at school. Enjoy!

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 VCU the place for you! 1st day of school, 8/22 and my birthday!

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My drive into the city takes me along the James River and in from the eastside.

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I might be done with my 365 project, but I haven’t stopped taking self-portraits. Me walking by Monroe Park on Campus.

Two hundred and thirty eight

My badge! I had worked so hard to get this job. My goal is to be an art teacher. I have been working toward this since 2007. I was sidetracked for three years while my husband was in the Army. Now I am about to start my final 3 semesters of school. When I am finished I will have my BA in art ed and my teaching certification. While we were in the process of moving back to Virginia I spent endless days looking and applying for jobs. I wasn’t going to be able to go back to school just yet, it was too late to enroll. Instead I looked for teaching positions that I was qualified for. I applied for over twenty positions with different county public school systems. After I had been working at a day care for about a month I was called for two interviews with Chesterfield on the same day. One of them hired me! I was to work as a special education instructional assistant. I was going to work in a public school! I was going to get the chance to be in a classroom every day! I was beyond overjoyed. I since have finished my school year with them, worked summer school and about to move on with my school. I have to say that working with special ed was an absolute joy. I loved almost every minute, it can be challenging you know. It really made me realize that I do want to teach and I can’t wait to get back to it. 🙂 This photo was the day I got my official badge. I couldn’t have been more proud of myself.

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“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” ~David Frost

Teaching Job!

I am beyond excited! I went to an interview Wednesday for a teaching position. It is for the Adult Continuing Education program teaching a digital photography class. Between my resume and references it wasn’t even an interview. It was hey, nice to meet you, here is the job! Teaching photography is what I really want to do! I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to do so. Especially when I am still finishing my Art Ed degree. I feel like I am setting myself up for great things and this is just the beginning. 🙂

Two hundred and twenty five

I love this photo! It was one of the first cool days of late summer in Virginia. My daughter and I were sitting on the bench swing at my parent’s house. There is something magical about a cool summer day. It makes you realize Fall is coming soon. The changes of the seasons are always special, no matter what transition it is. Simple shot of our feet and legs, no real editing, with my friend’s Nikon D40. It makes my heart swoon. Special moments are usually the simplest.

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“Children make you want to start life over.” ~Muhammad Ali