Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday and Project Pinterest Reminder


Let’s be honest, all of my shots this week are kind of weird. Weird in just, well, a weird way.

I can’t explain it, so I’ll just get on with it and show you my shots.


Any guess on what this is a macro shot of?



Found Texture

Again, any guess what this found texture is?




What kind of soil do you have? We have red clay and it drives me nuts because it is EVERYWHERE!




Most are red. Some are blue. It’s comforting to know we have a fire hydrant in our side yard.




We have one tree. :( When we saw this lot we like it because it was all trees. We assumed they’d keep at least some of the trees, but we assumed wrong.


Project Pinterest, hosted by Katie and me, will start this week!

Get your post ready to link up on Thursday! For an example post, click here.

Project Pinterest
Have a wonderful week ya’ll!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Some of My Favorite 2009 Posts

One reason I love blogging is because I love to look back on life and see what seemed pertinent enough to blog about back then. These few posts were way back in ‘09.
I blogged very infrequently back then and wasn’t in to photography at all yet. 
My very first post brought back memories of how little the boys were. They were eight and six (seven and five in the picture) when I started this blog. I had forgotten that I started blogging to stave off my obsession with Facebook games!
I was a little taken aback by this post. Sad to say we are still dealing with the same issues and although we’ve made progress, we still have a long way to go!
Sadly, I am still dealing with this issue. Perhaps it will always be something I need to work on. Do you struggle with this too?
Amazing how much changes, and even how much more stays the same.
P.S. Don’t forget about Project Pinterest coming up this Thursday!
Project Pinterest

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Project Pinterest: Seven Day Countdown!

Project Pinterest starts in seven days!
This cake is the subject of my first Project Pinterest post.
I can’t wait to share it with you!
Here are the rules:
1. Decide which pin on Pinterest you’d like to recreate.
2. Create it!
3. Flop or success, create a blog post about your re-do and include the original pin’s url.
4. Add the Project Pinterest button to your post so others can join in too!
5. Link up your post and check out other bloggers’ posts!

To see a post for Project Pinterest, starting Thursday, November 3rd, click here .
Please spread the word. Katie and I think this is going to be great!
Project Pinterest
Can’t wait to see you in one week!

P.S. I'm also linking up to

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Heart Faces–Ryan on Church Steps

“Let them be little” is the name of the game for I Heart Faces this week.

My “baby” seems so little here.

Maybe it’s the big steps.

Maybe it’s the hands on his face.

Maybe it’s that he’s no longer little like this.

Whatever it may be, this picture will always make my heart go pitter-patter.


Click on the button below for more entries.



P.S. Please check out Project Pinterest!

Project Pinterest

Two Homeschool Internet Organization Tips

As much as an educator's job has to do with expanding the students’ mind and facilitating students’ gaining insight and knowledge through experiences, an educator’s job is also to be able to organize those experiences and that information in a meaningful way.

As most of you know, I have taught in some capacity for all of my adult life. I’ve taught preschoolers up through adult education. One thing that remains consistent in teaching all age ranges is the necessity to organize your materials.

Tip 1. One thing that has really helped with homeschooling Charlie has been to take advantage of some great sites that offer quality practice worksheets. Don’t reinvent the wheel on basic concepts; use these quality worksheets sites!

Click on the screen shot to go to the site.




Tip 2. Because I don’t have a wireless printer, I became very annoyed at having to stop what I was doing on the computer and go plug in the printer to print one sheet for Charlie’s use. Poor me, huh?! So I thought of an idea that would limit my having to get up and carry the laptop to the armoire where the printer is (again, poor, poor me!) and plug it in just to print.

I created a weekly favorites folder (labeled like this, 10 24 11) and added each page I’d need from online to that favorites folder for the week. Now I only have to get up one time and plug the laptop into the printer, open my weekly folder and print away! This has saved me a lot of time and annoyance!

favorites folder for printing

I know these are both small tips, but they both can make your homeschool day run a bit more smoothly!



P.S. Don’t forget to check out the linky “Project Pinterest” Katie (from Katie Lloyd Photography) and I are hosting.

It will start on November 3rd! See this post for an example.

Project Pinterest

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday–SC State Fair 2011

At first glance, one might wonder why I chose this shot for “words”. I took lots of pictures of words at the fair. However, if we look deeper, we can almost see the naughty words that were coming out of the mouths of these eager riders. Winking smile

While watching the boys on their favorite ride, the swings, I was standing under this ride.
This is the same ride where the riders were saying all sorts of naughty words.

Who could pass up fair mini-donuts? We could not!

This is the the closest the boys have come to flying (not in a plane). They enjoyed every second of it too!

Look on the Bright Side
The sun shone so brightly the day we were at the fair.


P.S. Don't forget to check out the upcoming new linky, "Project Pinterest"
hosted by Katie Lloyd Photography and me!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Brown Balls and Small Intestines



Which do you prefer? I tend to do this…play with one image over and over and over again.

I guess I chalk it up to learning more about PSE.


P.S. In science we’re learning about the digestive system. Oddly enough, that ball reminds me of small intestines. And irony at its finest would have it that while we’re studying about the digestive system, I caught a stomach bug and ended up in bed/bathroom all day. Was that unpleasant imagery or what?! When I plan a lesson, I PLAN A LESSON! Winking smile

P.P.S. Katie, from Katie Lloyd Photography and I are hosting ‘Project Pinterest’ coming in November. Stay tuned for more details!

P.P.P.S. Do you have any remedies for gastroenteritis?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

How Pinteresting! – Butterfingers

I pinned this on Pinterest on my “Dessert Goodness” board. Who could resist a homemade Butterfinger?! I did something I rarely do; I bought candy corns. My kids would tell you I’m a mean mom because I never just have candy laying around. It’s never just laying around because we all devour it like hogs at the trough.
Click on the picture for the original recipe.
I didn’t want to make a full recipe because I didn’t’ want to waste use a whole bag of candy corn if the recipe didn’t turn out. So instead of the given recipe of one pound candy corn and 16 ounces of peanut butter. I used one ounce of each.
I followed directions and placed the candy corns in a bowl to microwave. I did not use any butter spray because the recipe didn’t say to, but I wish I had. I ended up with a big old gunky mess! Once I got the one ounce of peanut butter mixed in with the melted candy corns, I transferred them to a buttered dish. The directions said to use parchment paper and I don’t think I’ve had parchment paper for about seven years.
So I scooped it out on to a plate to let it set.
Once it had set out for about an hour, I melted one tablespoon of chocolate chips and drizzled/spread it on the mixture. Then I offered some to my husband. He replied, “I used to have a cat. No thanks.” Apparently this looks like something to do with a cat? Hmmmmmm. I’ve never had a cat but I could guess about what he means.
Despite it’s less-than-appealing aesthetics, the taste was AWESOME! It wasn’t crunchy like a Butterfinger, but it tasted remarkably similar to a Butterfinger.
Do you think you’ll try this recipe? I’d say it was definitely worth it!
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday–Not Following the Rules!

I must confess upfront that I am so not playing by the rules this week. My shots are all old.

Some of them are even so old they’re with my point and shoot.

This week has just not been the week to get out and take pictures.

Regardless of my cheating, I hope you enjoy the shots!







Seeing Faces

(Do you see it?)








Don’t forget to read about the new blog hop, “How Pinteresting!” coming soon!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Soccer Shots

Since I can rarely get a straight-on shot of my boys, I tried shooting some other boys.

They actually didn’t run away from me.

Mine were too busy doing this to stop and pose.



While others stopped their playing and let me get a standing-still shot of them.




Check out the only girl in the picture. I’m thinking she’s a little leery of all my picture taking.



There’s some serious thinking going on before this game.


Linking up with The Paper Mama, Naptime Photog, And then she snapped, Live and Love Outloud and Five Minutes for Mom.


P.S. Don’t forget to check out “How Pinteresting!”

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