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These three shots were taken when we moved into our super cheap, tiny, old apartment. It was nice to be on our own again and have our family back together. However we moved from a large three bedroom house to a small two bedroom apartment. Our bedroom didn’t even have a closet! When the movers left the place had boxes stacked from floor to ceiling in every room. There were even boxes in the backyard. We spent the next month or so going through everything we owned, throwing away stuff, giving things away, taking loads of stuff to the Goodwill and storing things at my parent’s house. It was an overwhelming process. Now that we are out of there I wish I would have kept some of the things we got rid of. Although it was nice to purge and have less crap. The first shot was in our bedroom after we had made it “livable.” You should have seen it before. The second shot was in my favorite room in the place, the bathroom. It was big, spacious, had a closet and a window with plenty of light. I was standing in front of our new shower curtain with the window light coming in from behind. The third shot was on the back porch with the sun low in the sky. I took all three with the borrowed Nikon D40. I like all three of these photos, even though it was a stressful time in my life. I did manage to find the good in the experience, but I am glad we don’t live there any longer.

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“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” ~Elbert Hubbard

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“If you go, go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path.” ~Mike Dolan

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“It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” ~ Crowfoot

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All of these shots were random. The first one was with the crappy cell phone in the bathroom at my parent’s house. I felt kinda sexy that day so I decided to take a pic. It was low light so it didn’t come out so great. I think I liked the photo then, it’s ok now. The second shot was with my friend’s Nikon D40 driving in the car. I was probably headed to my in-law’s house in Suffolk, but not sure. I love to drive, especially down long country roads with not many cars. The Gary Numan Cars song is one of my family’s favs. The lyrics are pretty much how I feel about driving. 🙂 The third shot was at my in-law’s place. It was summer, I was sitting on the floor playing with the kids and taking pics of them. I had my feet on the rocking horse, you see where this is going. It was also with the D40. All of these shots are pretty boring, nothing spectacular, nothing terribly bad.

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“Beauty is the first present Nature gives to women, and the first it takes away.” ~Méré

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“Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
Its the only way to live
In cars” ~Gary Numan

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“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Both of these shots were taken on our drive/move back to Virginia from Texas. My Mom flew down so that she could drive back with the kids and I, since my husband had to stay a few months longer. It was a pretty nice trip. We stopped in Arkansas and saw some old friends and another friend in Tennessee. It was nice to take a different route back other than the lower southern states. I got to go through many places I had never been to before. Both of these shots were taken with the point and shoot Nikon. They are both pretty bad quality, but once again capture moments in time. The first one was taken outside the Jonesboro, AR Cracker Barrel while waiting for my friends to show up for a goodbye breakfast. You can see my Mom and daughter in the background playing checkers, sitting in rocking chairs. The second one was taken in the gorgeous mountains of Tennessee. We had to stop for a poopy diaper change. The sun was going down and I attempted to get a photo of the mountains and changing sky, but the light was too low. It was such a poor image I changed it to black and white to try and salvage it. I added some other photos from the trip, also taken with the point and shoot.

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“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” ~Gail Lumet Buckley

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“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~Lin Yutang

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My son marking off state license plates.

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My daughter reading.

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My Mom driving.

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Night driving in the mountains of TN.

Two more really bad pics. My children and I were about to move back to Virginia from Texas. My husband was staying behind for three months to finish his contract with the Army. I went ahead so I could find a job and a place for us to live. This was one of our last days together before we said goodbye for a while. This pic is terrible. The quality is bad, the flash is miserable and we both look yuck. On the other hand it captures a moment and I love the quote I found to go with it. The second photo is me in my Killeen Civic Art Guild shirt. They are what I miss the most about living in Texas. I made some really awesome friends and had an outlet for my art. I have yet to find another group of people who support each other as much as they do.

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“Relationship is an art. The dream that two people create is more difficult to master than one.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz

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“guild/gild/ Noun: An association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal.”

This shot was taken at a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock, Texas. We drove down for a free military game. We sat in the blistering sun in the cheap outfield grass seats. We went there a lot when we lived in Texas. My husband is a big baseball fan, who jumps on any chance to see a game even if it isn’t his team. I enjoy going to games, even though I am not a much of a fan. This was taken with the point and shoot Nikon, because the poor thing actually had a decent amount of light this photo’s quality is so much better. It is actually a good photograph. Happy with this one.

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“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.” ~Patricia Briggs

After working for days trying to unscrew the tiny screws from the bottom of my Nikon D50 so I could open it and attempt to fix the little wheel that turns when you push the shutter release, I did it. This was the result. My hand hurt like the devil and I had a crazy red spot from pushing on little screw drivers. I managed to get it open and found the culprit. I was sad to see that the little wheel was made of cheap red plastic. It was no wonder it gave up the ghost. On the other hand I had been using that camera non stop for four years. I had clicked the shutter release thousands upon thousands of times. I took a couple of shots, these included and then it stopped working again. You can see my frustration and the look of concern that it may not work. I was right, it didn’t. I do get the award for persistence, I didn’t give up and I tried to fix it myself.

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas Edison

I do not remember what this shot looked like to begin with. I do know that it must have been with the point and shoot Nikon. That is probably why I manipulated it in Photoshop, because the quality was bad. I see that I added what looks like an old photo I have of a red Gerber daisy that was also bad quality. I must have played with it for a while changing the colors and layer effects. It is an interesting image, but not one that I am happy with.

197“Meet me in the dreamtime water, drown
Shifting shaping currents flow in memory” ~ Warrel Dane

This shot was taken with my son’s point and shoot Nikon. It was a very hot central Texas summer day. Our time there was winding down. I took the kids out early to a small playground and park on Fort Hood behind one of the on-post churches. It was a lovely garden with a pond and waterfall, until I noticed the rats running around. Nice way to kill the moment. I tried to enjoy the scenery regardless, but I have to admit I was a bit creped out. This was a straight shot in front of the pond with the water lilies and rocks. It is an ok shot, nothing fantastic.

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“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion