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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.”

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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

This is a super fun, straight shot from a family outing to a great ice cream parlor in Copperas Cove, Texas called The Waffle Cone. I wish we would have gone there more, but I believe this was our only trip while living in Texas. They used Blue Bell ice cream, a Texas made treat. They made their own waffle cones, hence the name. It was a quaint little place that felt a bit nostalgic of yesteryear. Makes me want some ice cream now. 😉

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“Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream.”

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Sundae!

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My daughter approves!

This was a totally random shot. I was at my son’s baseball game in the crazy June heat of Central Texas. It was so unbearable and our seats where in the setting sun. All you could do was drink water and take it. I had my telephoto lens on the camera, so getting a shot in focus of myself was out of the question. So I went for the blurry shot. It created a total abstraction. Can you guess what this photo is of? 🙂 The quote is exactly how I felt when I took this shot.

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“Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.” ~Sydney Smith

I took my kids to the playground this day. We didn’t stay long. It was way too hot, being the beginning of June in Texas. I hate this shot. I hate the way I look. I hate remembering how utterly hot it was. I did accomplish what I was trying to do though. I was attempting to get myself in b/w the two converging lines of the bars of playground equipment. Other than that this shot is not my fav.

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“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” ~Russel Baker

While we were in Texas we tried to take advantage of as much as possible, knowing that our time there would eventually come to an end. My husband is a huge baseball fan. He had been keeping his eye on a site that puts up free or cheap tickets to events for military. A great deal popped up for a Texas Rangers game. We got our super cheap tickets and drove up to Arlington on a hot, late, May evening. Our seats were in the nose bleed section, we were in the sun, it was hot and we had to leave early, but it was worth it. The Ballpark at Arlington is really great. I’m glad we got to go. Baseball isn’t my fav, but I love going to games. Watching on TV… that’s a different story. 😛 This shot was is from my seat, with my hot, sweet baby girl on my lap. Happy times!

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“A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.” ~Brendan Francis

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View from our seats.

These shots where taken outside the Killeen Civic Art Guild in Killeen, Texas. I had been walking by these cool plants for months and always thinking that I wanted to include them in one of my 365 photos. I spent some time on the hot sidewalk trying to get a good shot of me with the plants in the background. It is very hard to frame a good shot of yourself using a self timer without a tripod. Every time you pick up the camera you move the position. It took MANY trys to get the second shot in this post. Between it not being framed correctly and me not liking what I looked like in the photo, it took forever. Needless to say I really like how it came out. I really do like the way I look in it, plus I captured those awesome plants. The first shot was an extra that just happened to turn out pretty cool even though I was just messing around. Sometimes a gem will be uncovered when you least expect it.

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“Beauty draws us with a single hair.” ~Alexander Pope

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“The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photographs of herself.” ~Elizabeth Metcalf

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This photo was taken in Austin, Texas. I had been invited by a friend in the Killeen Civic Art Guild to participate in an art exhibit through the Taylor Art Guild. The exhibit was to create a piece of French themed art in pastels for a display outside of a grocery store. The store was featuring a French themed fest complete with a band playing French songs. I created this piece of the Rock Cliffs of the Normandy Coast and so named.

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It was a super awesome trip. I only sold a few magnets, but I got to spend the day with good friends and met a bunch of new people. Plus on the way home we ate at a fantastic Italian restaurant. Overall it was a wonderful experience. One that created some great memories that I will ever forget. I miss those art friends in Texas. Perhaps one day I will go back to visit.

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“All art requires courage.” ~Anne Tucker

Side note, I have since ruined those capris. I got bleach all over them when I was cleaning our apartment. Today I wore them to give the dog a bath, haha.

This image was taken at Belton Lake (BLORA) in Texas. My family and I decided to take a hike in the woods that day. It was a bit hot, but we took plenty of water. Our daughter was very little and it was slow going over the rocky terrain mixed with roots of the many cypress trees along the paths. I didn’t have much time to take any photos of myself. I was having to keep up with my daughter and keep an eye on my son. This is not my favorite photo, but that was a fun day. I loved seeing my children enjoying nature and really seeing them take an interest in it. My Mom took us out in the woods at an early age and it really fostered a love of nature. I’m happy to pass that on to my kids.

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“The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
The brooks for the fishers of song;
To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
The streams and the woods belong.”
~Sam Walter Foss

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Us on that walk in the Central Texas woods.

Moving and other things.

I will be making a move from Texas to Virginia in a little over a week. Once I get there I don’t know how much time I will have to blog. I’ll be temporarily living with my family while we look for a house. I will also be getting a job, something I haven’t had since 2009. I will be away from my husband for 3 months while he finishes up his contract with the Army. Needless to say I will be going through a ton of changes and may not have much time for any extras. I may be able to throw in a couple blogs here and there, but don’t count on it. Another thing is my camera broke on me earlier in the month, so I’m really behind on my 365 project as well. Not going to give up on it, it will just take longer than it already has. I really appreciate those of you who have followed my blog, left likes and comments. I hope to be back sooner than later. For now take care and I’ll see you on the flip side. 🙂

~Jenny