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New Adventures

It has been many moons since I posted anything in my blog. Life has been uber busy. We moved 2 hours away to the foothills of Virginia. I finished my 1st year as an art teacher.

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Above my desk. 

I had my 3rd child, sweet little Scarlett, on April 22.

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My husband and I started a candle company; Dixie Candles: Southern Inspired Scents.

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Which can be purchased in our Etsy Shop or through our website.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

And finally I started a new Etsy Shop: Piedmont Peddler to sell goodies that filter through my life. Where I have strange things like a Haggadah from 1965 and a rare ink bottle I dug up in our yard.

Looking forward to my new endeavors and starting my 2nd year of teaching!

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This photo was taken at one of my favorite restaurants, Rosa’s in Hopewell, Virginia. My Mom, my daughter and I went out to eat and to a local art night. We were enjoying our meal, when I looked up and noticed the reflection of us and our surroundings in the mirrors on the ceiling. Perfect photo time, even though I had to take it with my phone. Although it is grainy as hell and the only thing that saved it was Instagram, I still like this shot. I like the surreal look and the composition.

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright

 

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Another shot from that night. She was so little, not that little anymore. Love her crazy hair-do. 🙂

 

I am always amazed at how much time slips by before I can come back to this site. My last post was from October! WTF? Well I know exactly what happened. 6 classes of college, including 2 teaching practicums, holidays, sicknesses, vacations, homework, homework, homework, oh and housework. Now I am finished with ALL of my college classes for my BA in Art Ed! All I have left is my student teaching in the fall and I will be graduating December 13! You just don’t know how exciting that is. It has been a loooooong time coming! Now I am free for the summer. Looking forward to making some art, blogging, working on various writings, traveling and spending time with my kiddos. As for this site I really want to get the 365 blogs finished, it has been too long. Hope you all are well! Glad to be back! 🙂

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At the start of my summer our family went camping with the Cub Scouts at Thousand Trails in Gloucester, VA. This is my daughter looking out over the water in the early morning. That is how I feel about my summer. Standing on the edge and looking out at all its glory and potential. 🙂 

Richmond Architecture

I haven’t had time to do any blogging in the past month. I am missing it. I just bought my own laptop, so I might have more time to do such. Sunday nights are probably my only time to really relax and say f-it to all the things I could possibly be doing that I should do. I work my ass off all week and need a little time to unwind. Since I have been back at VCU I have found myself taking tons of photos of the architecture around Richmond. I have always love the buildings there, but this is the 1st time I have gotten to really photograph them. Although I have just been taking photos with my phone, I still love how they turn out. I thought I would take some time, before the last episode of Breaking Bad comes on, to post a blog with some of my favs. Hope you enjoy! Until next time!

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heat Front

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Cathedral of Sacred Heart Front II

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Cathedral of Sacred Heart Close-up

I love this building! When you walk through Monroe Park into the Fan area, you come out through the trees and this majestic beast of a building greats you. If the morning light is shining just right it is easy to see why people would be so drawn to such a holy place.

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Holy Trinity I

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Holy Trinity II

This church is right next door to Sacred Heart. It’s greatness is over shadowed by what is next door, but it none the less a beautiful building.

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Landmark Theater

This building is right next to Holy Trinity. All three of these buildings on the same street is a bit much, a little overwhelming. This use to be called The Mosque, because of it’s Islamic inspired architecture. It is currently being renovated. I had my senior prom here and I also saw Marilyn Manson perform. It’s even more beautiful inside.

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A residents hall for VCU. A hugely tall building with lovely architecture.

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One of the many amazing building on Franklin Street that were once private homes and are now used by VCU to house different offices. They are all unique and beautiful. It is lovely to be able to walk this street everyday of the week.

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This apparently was a city terminal. It is just on the East side of Shockoe Bottom on your way toward Varina. The James River is just one the other side. It is a strange building as it has a street that runs underneath it. The street being open to the river side and front and back, but the top is the underside of this building. I always found it strange.

I have tons more photos, but I am running out of time. Can’t wait for Breaking Bad! Although I am super sad it’s over. I will post more of these photos another time. Hope everyone is well!

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.

These shots were taken at another of my all time favorite places in the world, Maymont. It is a huge estate park in Richmond, Virginia. It has a petting zoo, wild animals and birds, beautiful gardens, trails, a waterfall, a mansion, the list goes on. I have been going there since I was a kid and I have SO many good memories. I wanted to get married there, but it was beyond my price range. This day was my first time back after living in Texas for 3 years. I can honestly say that every spring I would long for Maymont. It was one of the things I missed most about Virginia. Just talking about it makes me want to go there now! 🙂 The first shot is in their Nature Center, which is a large exhibit all about local Virginia wildlife. I was taking photos of the turtles in one of the aquariums and realized my reflection was in the glass. Why not use it for this project? Love the abstractness of this photo. I’m a sucker for reflection anyway, and turtles are frickin’ awesome. The second shot was sitting by the eagle exhibit while I was waiting for family to use the bathroom. The shot is ok, nothing great. On the other hand, it was a great day at Maymont, as usual!

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“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe

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“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” ~Hal Borland

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This was a fun night. It was a Friday for the Arts in Petersburg, VA. I had been at my studio with my family, enjoyed some art and music. My then friend had come to hang out. My Mom took the kids home for me and I got to hang out with my friend. We went to a bar, ran into some old friends, saw a band play, walked around Old Towne, had a couple drinks. It was a great night, super fun. This friend and I had parted ways years ago and had reconnected. Unfortunately the friendship fell apart again. It makes me sad to look at this photo. Some friendship’s aren’t meant to be.

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“A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.” ~Author Unknown

Both of these shots were taken in the backyard of the apartment we ended up renting. It was August last year and I snatched up a cheap apartment even though we didn’t end up moving in until November. The backyard’s fence was the wall of the City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell, Virginia. I really love cemeteries and literally having one in the backyard was pretty awesome. The first shot is a straight shot with the graves in the background. The second was edited in Photoshop, obviously. Not really happy with either one of these shots. They are ok, I guess.

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“All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.” ~Mark Twain

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“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~Henry Miller

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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

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This shot was taken on the first trip down Rt. 10 in Virginia from Enon to Suffolk to visit my in-laws in their new place after we moved back from Texas. We were headed back to my parents house in Enon after a nice visit with my in-laws. There was a place I had been to once before to take some band photos of my husband’s old band. It was an old cemetery with ruins of a brick church. The day we took photos there it was freezing and the wind was blowing like crazy. I had always wanted to go back there and I took the opportunity to on this trip. I stopped and took about ten minutes to walk around and take some photos. Right behind the cemetery was a huge field of corn. I took some photos of it as well and snapped this shot of myself in front of it. I like this shot. That day was warm and beautiful. I really enjoyed my brief time there.

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“May your passion be the kernel of corn stuck between your molars, always reminding you there’s something to tend to.” ~Jeb Dickerson

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Church ruins and graves.

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Church ruins.

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Amazing that it was built in 1639. Sad that it was destroyed and never rebuilt. Don’t really know the history of it, perhaps I could do some research.

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Walled plots.

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Headstones and corn field.

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Corn, beautiful green corn!