Saturday, November 22, 2014

November....So far

I know I said I was going to blog weekly in November... And obviously that didn't happen. I'll be honest, this month has been an odd one so far.
I'll catch you up and then I promise this time I really will keep on top. I want my blog to be active again. I want to start sharing some of my Scrapbooking creations, yummy recipes, and of course our lives again!
So here is November up to this morning:
On the 1st the weather was great so we had some fun outside and I took some great shots of the butterflies like this one:
And I made Jacob take a Selfie with me too!
On the 6th Jacob had his first ever eye exam where it was determined that he needed glasses. He loved getting to see all the cool equipment and the Doctor was great about answering his questions and explaining everything to him!
On the 7th I headed out to Leaky, TX for a Woman's retreat with our Church. The location is amazing! So beautiful! Look for yourself!
We were still there on the 8th Jen and I got up super early and walked up to the Blue Hole to watch the sun rise over the rived (and see the deer) before heading back to camp for the day.
I took a photo of my best friend, Amanda,  and me around lunch time:
and of our group before we left camp for home!
Jacob's glasses came in on the 11th and we headed to Walmart to pick them up... That's when I got this silly photo of Ben who decided he was going to drive us home! I don't think so buddy ;)
On the 12th Jacob's class had a PJ day for having Perfect Attendance in the month of October. The only 4th grade class to do so!! The class was very excited and the rest of the grade very jealous ;)
November 15th we had a birthday party for one of Jacob's very good friends and I snapped this photo of my boys waiting for cupcakes!
On the 17th Chuck surprised Ben and brought his "Big Truck" home for a few minutes. Ben LOVED getting to go inside and check everything out (and of course blow the air and regular horn!) Here is a photo of Ben and Chuck laughing outside before Chuck left again.
I think I might write more on this later because I have enough photos for it to have it's own post!!
I realized I never shared a photo of Benjamin's new fish, Robin, that he bought with the money he was given when he was Baptized. On the 18th I was playing with lighting and was able to get a good shot of Robin!
And despite the migraine that had been forming all day... On the 20th we took advantage of the nicer weather and played outside for a bit. Here are some solo shots of the boys:
And one of them playing and laughing together so nicely!
Oh P.S. Have you noticed my new Watermark? I have also started a Facebook page for my photography. I plan to go back to school (hopefully) in January and get my Photographers Certification to begin to do this professionally!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October Part 2 (The rest of the month!)

So now to finish October, and this is when it got busy and crazy.... and FUN!
The end of October brought some amazing sunrises each morning and I shot several of them, but this was my FAVORITE!
On the 25th, we had our annual Fall Fest at our Church. Since I am now Children's Coordinator, it was my turn to plan, organize, and run the event. I am proud to say looking back now that it was the best one we've ever had! I set up a photo area for the first time this year. Here are photos of the boys in costume in our photo area:
  
Jacob was Luke Skywalker (From StarWars) and Ben was the Doctor (From Doctor Who)!
When we went to the grocery store, the boys asked me to get them some Cheetos... And I found some that make skeletons, so of course I had to get them! Here is a "Man" Ben made!
And on Halloween Jacob wasn't  to wear his costume to school but since it was Red Ribbon Week they were allowed to dress up as a book character... So I turned Jacob in to Waldo from Where's Waldo?
And finally, Halloween gave us another amazing sunrise (one which Moses wasn't too fond of)
But one that brought a day of fun! That evening we headed to a friends house for our party, trick or treating, and LOTS of fun and laughter! :)
I'm going to attempt to blog weekly in November.... Hopefully I can!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

October Part 1

October has been sorta crazy busy. We've been planning, crafting, scrapping, playing Wii, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the rain, Fall Fest-ing, and so much more!!
Jacob took this photo to send to Chuck. I wanted to prove that I wore a dress. I am making an effort to wear them without it being a special occasion a bit more often. In fact, I am up to 6 that I own and will be seen in public in! lol
I thought I looked really nice, but Jacob told me I looked like a librarian!
We spent the day with my best friend and her daughter today. Retail Therapy, lunch, and laughter were on the agenda!!!!
However, the very BEST thing that happened in October was that Ben got baptized!!! He came up in the middle of the night one night (Yes, really, like 4am!!) and wanted to know how to "get Jesus from his brain and into his heart." So we talked and then the following Sunday he talked to Brother Jerry about it and the following week he was Baptized! I couldn't believe it. 4 and so much older than his age! :)
Benjamin and I decided to surprise everyone and hang up some Halloween decor. We did some stickers on the front screen door and hung some cute garland above the bedroom doors:
Remember when I said that we had been enjoying the sunshine? Well here is an awesome photo of Jacob on his bike!
Also, it's the time of the year when the butterflies make their trip toward Mexico. I love it because it means they are ALL over our garden!!! My grandma loves it too because I get to take photos like this for her:
And to round it out we had our annual family reunion on the 19th and I had fun playing with my niece!
So that's the first few weeks of October but there is more coming. I just really really need to get better at blogging...... :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Snapshots of September

Want to see a quick shapshot of September? Ok!
It started with things like our Beach Vacation (which you can read more about in this post)
There were some amazing moons, including the Super Moons!
There were many trips to the library.... And lots of good books
Fantasy Football days at Jake's school... Where he was supposed to wear a jersey/shirt for his favorite team... And wore his Daddy's old HS jersey instead!
We had huge hot dogs for dinner one night and enjoyed watching Mina and Otis eat the leftovers!
I played with the settings on my camera and with the weather to get some neat shots, like this one:
And this lovely sunrise!
I was/am envious of Mina's life at times
And Ben always knows how to make me laugh!
We adopted a new baby the kids have named Moses:
And I took part in a scavenger hunt for our youth group where I had to dress up like someone else and see if they could pick me out of the mall crowd.
BUT the best part of September was when Ben came forward at the end of Church and gave his life to Christ. In just a few weeks he will be baptized and I am one very proud momma!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Batman! (Photo Shoot!)

Ben has become a huge Batman fan lately... After I saw a few really awesome Batman themed Scrapbook kits I knew I wanted to do a Batman Photo Shoot with Ben! Here are 6 of my favorites!!
As we were taking these people kept stopping and watching. We were having so much fun! This is my favorite favorite photo I took!
Which of course is probably tied with this one:
And we had to do a few with his new shirt from Daddy, of course!
And even though Ben isn't going to be Batman for Halloween, we have a costume for him to play in... And we HAD to do photos in it! And it was such a great time!!
This was when we really got people to stop and watch (and laugh along with us!)
Ben really enjoyed it and I can not wait to do something like this again!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beach or Bust

Chuck and I had been planning a family getaway for awhile. When we found out that he was getting a sign on bonus we decided to use it to take a trip instead of the daycation we were planning. I found a great hotel for a wonderful price in Corpus and we headed out. The last time we went to the beach, I was still pregnant with Ben. He had never seen the ocean except in photos.
This is his first taste of the Corpus Chrisiti Bay
And Jacob's 3rd taste:
My little fish couldn't wait another second to get in and get wet!!!
After they played for awhile, Chuck and I managed to talk them into getting out and going to the State Aquarium. They loved every second of being there including the Dolphin Show and watching the ships coming in and out of the harbor.
We had lunch and were able to check into our hotel room early. Chuck started to feel sick so to let him rest a little, the boys and I hit the beach again! Here are two of my favorite photos from our trip there:
The next morning I was the first up... So I decided to walk down and take some Sunrise over the Ocean photos, like this one:
After everyone else woke up, we found an awesome spot for Breakfast and then hit a store for t-shirts for the boys! At the entrance to one store we took "Shark Bait" photos (As Ben named them!)
And I told Chuck before we headed home, we had to get some Beach family photos like this one:
And this one:
And this one:
We had such a wonderful weekend. We all had so much fun and none of us wanted to come home!! :)