Hello, Crybaby

My niece is a little lady after my own heart.  (Much to my sister’s chagrin. Haha.)

Seriously, though.  The girl loves shoes, jewelry, shopping…  And animals!  Oh my goodness, does that girl love “rescuing” new pets!

She actually has quite the collection of animals now.  Two dogs, and, most recently, a cat named Crybaby.

Allegedly, Crybaby is an outdoors cat.  At least that’s what my sister keeps saying.  But seriously…  You look at that face, then tell me how long that’s going to last!

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An Adorable Imposter

Yet another beach shot…

If you’ve been to the beach, you understand seagulls and their obsession with human food.  (I tease that our dog, Marley, was a seagull in his past life because of the way he begs for people-food).  These little guys got peanut butter and jelly sandwiches AND an entire box of Ritz Crackers, then hung around for another fifteen minutes, just in case.

But one of the seagulls was not like the others…

(Pretty smart little fella!)

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Vacation 2015

It’s summer!

I thought life would slow down, but nope.  Not a chance.

My boys and I took a long road trip to Galveston a few weeks ago.  Just in time for Tropical Storm Bill to hit.

You know it’s going to be an interesting vacation when you walk into the hotel to check in and the clerk greets you with “We have a tropical storm moving into our area with the potential to turn into a hurricane.”

(Huh?)

Tropical Storm Bill arrived, but he actually hit more to our south.  So minus a few days of miserable pouring rain and wind, we had a pretty good vacation.  My boys boogie boarded until they were water-logged.  We ate seafood for dinner every evening.  And we took a little trip back into Houston for my littlest love to attend his first Major League baseball game.  (The Astros won and he loved every second of it!)

My favorite part of the trip was when the storm finally passed and we took our flashlights out to the beach at low tide to hunt for seashells.  We didn’t find very many, but walking the beach at night is always a treat…

Despite getting drenched in a huge downpour more than once (try 4 times), I am so glad we braved the weather and went.  Watching Little Mister’s eyes light up when he spotted the ocean for the first time made my heart swell.  And after his first day of swimming in the ocean, he went to bed with a heartfelt sigh and a “Daddy, this is the best day of my whole life.”

Yessirree…  I’d definitely say the crazy weather was worth it!

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The Tavern

I’m baaaack!!!

It’s summer, which means life settles into a slower pace and I can finally sit back and breathe a bit.  (And maybe become a slightly more consistent blogger!)

“My boys” went camping for the weekend, leaving me to my own devices.  So what’s a girl to do with no husband supervision?  She goes to Starbucks, goes on a photography walk with some friends, goes shopping, and makes a big crafty mess until 3:00 in the morning!

These shots were taken in downtown Tulsa at a place called “The Tavern”.  My girlfriends and I initially stopped in front of the building because we loved their front doors.  When an employee opened the door, we fully expected to be shooed away.  However he invited us inside to shoot.

I foresee a date night to the Tavern in my future…  I am a big fan of photographer-friendly businesses!

(Model credit goes to my darling best friend and spiritual sister, Nataly.)

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Jibber jabber. With a few pictures thrown in for fun.

Two weeks since my last post.

My project 365 is still in force.  To be completely honest, I haven’t edited or kept up with my journal like I need to… But I am still shooting!  There’s something to be said for that, right?

“Someday I’ll catch up on everything” has become my mantra lately.  I’m starting to sound like Scarlett O’Hara: “I won’t think about it today.  I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

A few shots from the past week…

This one was taken this morning, and it’s actually in my front yard.  A heavy fog was blanketing our house this morning, and when I pulled out of the garage for work, this was what I saw…  I did not edit this picture at all, which should tell you why I was breathless this morning…  Stunning!

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And this little guy was chilling in my mom’s front yard a few days ago when I went for a visit.  I absolutely love birds- namely blue jays and cardinals. (We have an owl that lives behind our barn that I’m dying to get a photo of, but he’s pretty elusive thus far.).  I think this dude is pretty handsome!

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Sidenote:  I am signed up to run a 5k with my husband in a week, and I have not trained a lick.  Anyone interested in following me around with a defibrillator and oxygen tank the day of the race?

Lemonade in the Shade…

Some days, you just need a little bit of honest to goodness ole’ sunshine in your life!

The weather was perfect today!  I made homemade butter, apple butter, and whipped up some deviled eggs, biscuits, and shish-kabobs for dinner and ate with my boys on our back porch.  I went barefoot most of today, wore flip-flops, and dug my sunglasses out of hiding.

Spring, you are like a warm hug!  Just call me Olaf and wrap your arms around me!

…Now, allow me to introduce to you the REAL sunshine of my day today!  This is my little sweetums.  And she has obviously seen Auntie Kay-Kay’s camera before!  Can we say supermodel???  I am getting ready for some mini-sessions next week and she’s always willing to model for me.  And her old dog, Delilah, was happy to jump in the picture- for a treat or two.  🙂

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles… Mostly Trains.

Apparently the theme this week was trains…

My first photo was Friday’s picture.  I was cagey on Friday, ready to climb the walls of my office at work.  I wanted to be out doing something creative: Taking photos, making something crafty, or even taking a nap… Okay, I realize that last option may not have been like the others- but you get the idea.

So, to cure my cabin fever, instead of a smoke break (because I’m not a smoker), I took a photo break.  And it totally helped!  These train tracks run behind our office and I spent about five minutes climbing around on them, playing with the new Lensbaby.  (Doesn’t it just give you the most delicious blur???  Mmm….)

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This next photo was taken on Saturday. I spent the morning shopping and running errands and on the way home I got stopped by a train.  Even if the guy stuck behind me thought I was crazy for leaning out of my window with a camera, I’m starting to appreciate these little delays in my schedule.  They sometimes provide the best opportunities for a great shot- provided I slow down and pay attention.

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