Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Some of my favorite blogs

Enjoying the Small Things
http://www.kellehampton.com/
Kelle Hampton  is a photographer, mom, wife and a free spirit. Her youngest daughter has Downs Syndrom. She writes about real life.

Keeper of the Home
http://www.keeperofthehome.org/
This blog is a hit or miss for me. I usually check it, but don't always read the whole article. It all depends on the topic for the day. It is always health related and mostly directed towards raising children.

Quiet Life
http://booshay.blogspot.com/
This is my friend Miz Booshay. She is one of the visiting bloggers for The Pioneer Woman - Photography section. I took a photography class with Miz Booshay this past spring. She is a wonderful lady. You can read more about my experience here and here.
The goal of her personal blog is to encourage others. Her photos are only to enhance her words of encouragement.

Big Mama
http://thebigmamablog.com/
Melanie is a funny Texas lady who writes about her everyday life. Her stories include her elementary age daughter, her husband, fashion advice, hair styling advice and shopping at HEB. She is also a two time Compassion blogger, which means she goes on a Compassion International mission trip and blogs throughout the trip.

A Holy Experience
http://www.aholyexperience.com/
Another Compassion blogger. I believe that is how I found this blog, via the Compassion web site. I love reading Ann Volkcamp's devotions. She is a deep writer. Very insightful and thought provoking.

Marriage Confessions
http://marriageconfessions.com/
Real life stories about marriage and raising children. (I'm just studying for my future.)
Katie writes about her marriage to Chris and her two toddlers Bean and Gracie. Every once in awhile we will also catch a glimpse of her sister and parents.

Pleasant View Schoolhouse
http://pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.com/
This is always a very quick read. Usually a photo and few sentences. Always enjoyable.

Tami Paige Photography
http://www.tamipaigeblog.com/
One of my "study" blogs. Tami posts about her new photography business and I try to learn everything I can from her.
She's been on a blogging hiatus for a little while. I hope she is OK and will be blogging again soon.

The Lettered Cottage
http://theletteredcottage.net/
An interior design blog focused around Do It Yourself projects. Written by a super fun sounding couple with great photography and computer design skills.

Those are just the "big" blogs - the ones written by people I don't know personally. I have several more blogs written by friends of mine. I'll save those for another day.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Birthday weekend highlights

One of the traditions that I have created with my nieces and nephew are to do a special birthday weekend. All three of them come along for the fun, but I try to do something special with the birthday girl/boy for a portion of the weekend. Sometimes I "surprise" them with the special event. Sometimes I ask them for ideas. This time, the oldest J, came to me with an idea.

J asked if I would take her rock climbing. Well she came to the right person. I would love to take her rock climbing!

There is a great rock climbing place in her home town. It used to be a grain silo. Years ago, I took a group of 4-Hers rock climbing there. I think that was my first time rock climbing.

And now, J gets to have her first rock climbing experience there also.

The owner of the climbing gym was our belayer. He did a great job encouraging and teaching J.
She was a little hesitant at first. He had her climbing a few "steps" and then let go and just hang. It took her a bit to really get going. She kept asking if she could come down.
When she asked if she could come down, he would have her let go and hang out on the end of the rope. He would just hold her there and have her take a couple of deep breathes and shake out her arms.
I went first to give her a chance to see what it looks like. Then she took her first try. And this is a photo of me on my second turn. 

 After a rest, J was ready to go again.
This time she said she was going to make it to the window.


She reached her goal and we encourage her to keep going. She didn't go much farther than this, but it was really high for a 9 year old.

We spent the night at her house that night. It was fun to hear her tell her mom, dad and siblings all about her experience. Super memories!

Some of the other highlights of our birthday weekend....
 Just J and I playing at the park, while we waited for the rock climbing gym to open.

Science experiments.

 Roasting pumpkin seeds
 Tour at the local chocolate/candy factory


 We are always trying out different parks. We enjoyed a picnic, roller skating and playing at a new one.
 Sunday after church we checked out Bass Pro.









(little J is pretending to fall out of the boat)
We also enjoyed a late lunch/early dinner at Cracker Barrel. We were there when there were not many people, so we got to play checkers and look around the store.


Fun times!

Happy Monday~ A



Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Angels are still on your side

I heard a story last night about Christmas angels, perfect pillows, stale blogs, and homemade gravy. I think the title of it should be Thanksgiving traditions. Or Sea of Air Mattresses. Or Everyone has a Story.

Your choice.

I hope you have enjoyed the month long viewing of Tom Cruise. But I decided it was time to move on and let him go. So while I watch Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, I thought I would try and update this little blog.

I can hear my dad working downstairs on the basement. My brother and I are here for the weekend and are suppose to be helping. So I need to make this a quick update.

In the past month, I have been busy......



Editing photos....



And more photos....


and more photos....

I have also been writing news releases for my dear friend Kathy's benefit to help with her liver transplant. It was a big success.





Some things that I don't have pictures to show you are:

  • The basement floor. It is tiled and grouted - thanks to my sister and her superb HGTV design degree.
  • My overseas friends. I got to see them. One of my favorite things in the world is to be in the same time zone as them. 
The rest of the stuff that you've "missed" are photographed. I'll save them for the next few days updates. My blog vacation is over. 

Happy Friday
A