Monday, December 9, 2013

Coyote Lake Park

You know, I take more pics than I post on this blog . . . like lots . . . and we've been on way more hiking trips than I've documented here.
I guess life just sneaks up on me and I forget.

Right now, an army could sneak up on me, and I wouldn't notice until it was far too late.
You see, I was told last Tuesday that, passed Friday, my nannying services would no longer be needed. They had signed the Sweet Nanny Child up for preschool, where she would remain during the day while her guardians worked. She was ecstatic, her guardians were ecstatic, and I was left with rather mixed feelings. THRILLED sweet nanny child would be making friends in a more structured environment, sad that I probably would never see her again or see her grow, really grow.  Plus, the extra money was always a perk.
So, Friday, I say goodbye, and Sweet Nanny Child was so excited about the thought of preschool and the movie she was watching that she didn't even hug me goodbye.
But she did leave me with the worst headcold I've had in ages.
Lord have mercy.

I have to prop my nostrils open with anti-snore nasal strips in order to breathe, you know, on top of all the meds. I'm exhausted but can't quite sleep, and every time I stand up, I get whoozy.  It's weird. Are all colds this bad as you get older?

Anyways, last Monday, Chris and I decided to return to Coyote Lake Park and try to take pictures of the sunset.  You see, because we live in a valley on the wrong side of the mountains, the sunset is a little hard to spot in all its glory.  On top of a mountain, however, oh gee and golly.  I can't breathe.

So we hike, and we discover a least twelve deer wandering nearby who really didn't mind we were around.  I mean, they weren't frolicking up begging to be stroked or given nibbles, but they let me take plenty of pictures.

An even bigger accomplishment? Chris let me bring the tripod and get pics of US.  Peeps, we haven't posed for pictures since our wedding day four years ago.  I mean, besides group shots for my mom on birthdays and holidays.

Is that a right of motherly passage? The posed group shots? Do all moms do it?
Chris likes to tease me when I bring my camera places or my phone to document things. I feel like part of it's because, in an attempt to be a blogger, you know, people like pictures. They like to see things. Even the little insignificant things. I just wonder if that means I'll end up doing that--making everyone stop for photos. I hated that as a kid--you'd be having a perfectly lovely time doing whatever nonsense you fancied with a pal, and, suddenly, here comes an adult with a camera, "Look here! Smile! Say cheese! No, put your arm around each other like you like each other!"
The honest to goodness truth is that we kids DID like each other, but we hated being interrupted for the camera. One day, I'll value it, I think. Or my kids will, grandkids, something.

How about you? Do you take pictures of everything? How do you feel about having your picture taken? Posed or candid?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

All about those lovely ladies on my sidebar . . .

Peeps, it has been too long. 
Too long. 
Okay, you mommy bloggers, HOW DO YOU DO IT?!?! I mean, seriously, let's be real. I'd come back from a day of nannying, make dinner, and just collapse. I mean, my brain is gone. I finally understandd, to some small degree, what my mom meant when, at the end of the day, she'd hold up her hands and say, "Sorry, but the brain shelf is full."
And I was only chasing that child around for eight hours a day.
Seriously, moms, you're awesome. 

But, this post isn't about me.
It's about my sponsors! They're all wonderful, talented, fun ladies that you totally need to check out! I asked them to send me links to their three favorite posts and answers to these three questions: 

  1. Can you describe yourself and your blog in one sentence?
  2. If your blog's personality were a color, what would it be and why?
  3. If you're not blogging, what else do you do for fun?
 And they answered!  So without further ado . . .  

1.  I'm scattered, but fun and artsy.

2.  My blog is my space and I feel lavender. I guess my blog is too. It's just the color I'm most drawn to. It invigorates me and calms me all at the same time.

3.  When I'm not blogging, I like to take pictures, try new recipes, read.... I'm a homebody. I love to be home with my guy and our critters. It's the best!

 Read Kate's favorite posts: Mirror to Chalkboard Makeover, Spice Rack Makeover, and Vintage Cookies.
Find Kate on:  Bloglovin' - Twitter - Facebook - Instagram

Drewe Llyn from Palms of His Hands

1.  Some people stop to smell the roses; some people don't even realize there are roses; but I stop, smell, sit, and watch the butterflies flitter all over the garden.
2.  If my blog were a color it would be pink.  Why?  I don't know. I just like pink.  :-)

Find Drewe on:  Blogspot

Samantha from Everyday with S&J 

 1. My blog is a reflection of my life, an online journal if you will, about the ins and outs of what makes me, me (including but not limited to: crafting, recipes, book reviews, random thoughts, and life happenings). 

2. If my blog's personality were a color it would be sparkly gray. Does that sound boring? I say gray because really my life isn't THAT exciting, it's mostly normal, but then every now and then there is something fun and pizzazzy (is that a word?) thrown in there that makes my blog great, and that's where the sparkle comes in. 

3. When I am not blogging I am watching a lot of television, reading books, playing with makeup, or cuddling with the hubs and pup. 

Read Samantha's favorite posts: The Story of Our Proposal, Honeymooners, and A Little Rant

Find Samantha on: Bloglovin' - Twitter - Instagram 

Anda Alexandra from Home of the Twisted Red Ladybug

1. LadyBug who is an Expat, Travel Lover, Photo Maniac - Living in Magical Krakow - Born and Raised in The Vampire Land but not afraid of Garlic ;) and with a blog to match her liveliness :)

2. Green and Red for sure :) Green as it is my fav color ever since I was a wee lass and red from the awesome ladybugs who inhabit the page ;)

3. Take thousand and thousands of pictures of people and places around me :) reading and watching period movies in my spare time and roaming around cities in search of new streetart and delicate places one of a kind :) 

Find Andra on: Tumblr - Twitter - Google+ - Facebook - Pinterest

Now go check them out! I know they'll brighten your day!
Have a lovely weekend, guys!