Summer Days .. Fading….

Oh to be a child again. I guess we all can be anytime we want; however, to look at the world through a child’s eyes and be carefree only having to worry about the latest and greatest and having fun, shunning adult responsibilities…. just for a moment.

Summer is still with us, technically, for another 5 weeks, yet with school starting we needed to end the weekend with some fun. Z style……

What a great end to my “all day” freedom!

The Ranch

We love to go the “Ranch”. It is the family home of my husband’s father. It is all about the grandkids when we all go out there.

We don’t have to worry about traffic, being too loud, or watching the kids like hawks now that they are getting older, and a slew of other things. There is always a good meal and plenty to do, not mention time to take a nap (well for some of us – never me ;p)

We did make pillows for the new playhouse, the kids loved the activity and were so excited to see them put together. We didn’t get to all of the activities I had brought because of time. Swimming in the cattle tank was more important, as was wagon rides, swinging, and playing in the playhouse.

I snapped a few photos of our days there.

Typical scenery the entire way out there!

We saw a lot of trains!

Early morning skies


Some of Mimi’s garden

The infamous skulls in the trees- I think they were/are cows

“My swing” as Z likes to call it, even though it is for everyone

“The kid bowl” as it was nicknamed this week – like a dog bowl but for the kids!

Remembering Porter – the beloved, dedicated, ever so loving, black lab who passed this year after 11 years

We still have Chip – he adopted us all

This wagon is almost on its last leg

This bike might be a little too big – Thanks for sharing Campbell!

Cows drink out of here! YUCK!

The pillow project – looks much for neon than they really are. Lots of fun!

Overall, the two days were two well spent! Cannot wait for the next weekend out there!



Photo of the Month Challenge (FatMumSlim)

Despite not getting all the pictures for March, I got around 22 done, I am going to move on and continue to do April’s challenge.

One cool thing is now I am thinking of and wanting to take more pictures. I really would love to get a new camera too, in due time.

Please check out, if you haven’t from the previous posts. She has a great blog and recently posted about different projects you can do with the photos taken during the challenges or your photos period.

Without further ado here is April’s list:

original blog post here

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Happy photographing and sharing. Did anyone take some cool pics last month?

A New Month… A New Challenge…

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I have been getting email updates from one of my newest and favorite blogs the House of Smiths. On there she has been encouraging  her readers or informing them of a photo a day challenge. I am overjoyed with a new idea of having a way to really get me to document the everyday (as I wanted to do this this year and it didn’t materialize very far).

I went to the original creater of the challenge and she has a WONDERFUL blog as well. There are WAY TOO MANY blogs out there that I am falling in love with. The blog is Fat Mum Slim. Check it out. She is from Australia and has set up a wonderful blog that is super popular.

I haven’t explored too much of it yet, trust me I plan to.

Here is the March list:

Each day is a new theme. This will be so helpful in figuring out the subject for the photo. The themes are broad enough that they can be opened for your own interpretation.

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This challenge will help me develop my photography skills, get my newly forming scrapbooking love kicked into gear, allow me to get some good use out of my latest (secret) purchase of the Cricut mini (little party going on here), appreciate the everyday, introduce a new “hobby” to my son (he can help stage or be in the photos- he already loves the camera), become more creative with staging photos, on and on and on.

I highly suggest checking out the blog and challenging yourself!

I also read on a newly discovered blog that the Nikon D40 is a great starter camera that allows most ANYONE to take great pictures. Guess what is on my wish list!!!

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