Sunday, December 23, 2012


Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree has been lit and decorated then taken down twice already this holiday season... oh, the perils of not knowing if and when we are moving or not.  The best we can do is just carry on.  Gotta love that "Hurry up and WAIT" military motto.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Umm. Nutella. From. The. Jar.

Shhh... Quiet.  I'm.  Working.

Getting Ready For Christmas Traveling

Daisy hates to travel in vehicles.  She doesn't know it yet, but she'll soon be on the road to visit Grandma - the only person on the planet that loves her as much as Military Man... **wink, wink**

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Unpredicatable & Difficult

Two weeks ago I taught an in-person group workshop on beginning photography.  One of the after-class internet assignments I was working on included photographing subjects in front of the Christmas tree.  The only subjects I had home with me at that time was Copper and Daisy... which proved my lesson statements sound and true - photographing a dog is about as unpredictable and ridiculously difficult as photographing a toddler.

After School Party

Monkey Boy's Primary teacher had a little after-school Christmas party at her house last week for the kids from her class.  He doesn't usually like to go to those kinds of things, but after a little persuasion he went and he had a really nice time.  He even let me take a picture of him with his goodie bags after the party - which is sayin' a lot!  I am thankful we live in such a great community, where we have wonderful people we are able to trust with teaching and caring for our children.

Workshop Shout Outs

I'm happy with the way the holiday photography workshop went earlier this month, I was a little nervous, wondering if I would be able to bring it all together since much of our home life is in an unpredictable state of "up in the air" until we get this pending PCS straightened out.  Plus, I'd never actually taught a whole group of people - and even that, it's been a LONG time since I've done any one-on-one tutoring.  Time will tell... I do feel like I could've done SO MUCH MORE but my mind wasn't all into it, and I hope those that came are understanding.  I am SO SO very excited though to see what they will produce, how they will put to use the information I gave them.  Oh, and I was also able to snag some great "goodies" for them to take home... you can see the short list of sweet vendors over on the Spanish Sky Photography blog HERE.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Neighborhood Lights

Winter Saguaro

Sentenced To Reading

Why are reading assignments like a horrible punishment for this kid?  Is it a 'boy' thing?  Is it an 'age' thing?  Even when we have a really good book - a story he enjoys - getting him to read it is a struggle.  Together he and I finished reading the Percy Jackson series, and now we've started the Eragon books.  When there's a night that I can't read to him he barely gets through a page by himself because he acts like such a little stinker when he must read to himself.

 And you know what makes him even more mad - Mom taking pictures of him being mad.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Daisy's Almost Two!

Monkey Boy and I took Daisy to the vet a couple of weeks ago for her (nearly) two year old check up.  Our family had a running bet going on what her weight would be, because she's a pretty big girl.  I guessed 103 pounds.  According to the scale at the vet's office she weighed a healthy 96 pounds.  I am certain that the bath she had that morning washed away those missing seven pounds.

Just Dance Night

The family had a little Wii Just Dance action going on the other night.  I got a kick out of Monkey Boy's lack of coordination --such a boy!

And when he finally noticed me taking pictures --this is what I find in the background.