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Merry CHRISTmas!!

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Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

~Luke 2:4-7

Merry CHRISTmas to all!!



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Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Creek

Here’s my Wordless Wednesday and this is courtesy of the beautiful fall foliage that we saw on Fall Break and you can click to enlarge….

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Time Off

I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’m just sort of taking a break from it.  I have many things around the house to get caught up on and summer has just really been off to a busy start.

Things around The Schoolhouse are good.  We’re working hard on finishing up Algebra I this summer.  Miss K has to work on several lessons a day so that we can complete it before starting the new school year.  I’m really proud of her though because she’s handling it all with a smile and good spirit.  I actually think she’s enjoying just working on this one class because she can just focus on it and not have to worry about everything else. 

My weight loss has hit a plateau and I’m so frustrated.  Today I only lost 0.6 lb. and that’s just not enough to suit me.  I’m not even back down to where I was before I gained all that water weight.  That puts me at 8 lbs. to lose in order to reach my 6 month goal.  At this rate, I’m surely not going to make it.  I know I should just accept it and know that everyone hits a plateau, but I’m not eating much and I’m exercising every day.  I’m doing what I should be and I just feel that with the surgery, I really shouldn’t hit the wall like this.  I just want to keep moving ahead and I feel like I’m dead in my tracks right now.  Frustrating!!

Weekends, we’ve been doing chores around the house.  Every night, we go out and water the trees.  We’re just hoping to get them through this long hot summer.  I can’t believe what that little bit of watering has done to our water bill though.  Crazy!!  It’s worth it though if we can get the roots established to the little baby trees.  Even so, it’s going to take years before they’re really trees.  HAHA  Who knows if we’ll ever really see them at their full potential!!

Tomorrow, we’re just going to grill some burgers and enjoy some family time.  Not much you can do when the holiday is in the middle of the week!!  It’s still going to be a good (hot) day and I know we’ll enjoy it.  Lean Green really is looking forward to having a day off.  He works in this heat, so any break is a welcome relief for him.

Next week, I order our curriculum for the next homeschool year and I’ll start planning for next year’s religious education class.  Time to start doing all the prep work!!  I like having things ready and having an idea of ahead of time for what we’ll be doing and putting stuff aside for it.  For me, I can’t plan far enough ahead!!  HAHA

I think that about covers it all.  I’m still trying to post photos for the memes that I participate in.  I really enjoy sharing my photography.  It’s been so hot though that there’s not much to take pics of!!  I’m hoping to go out to the Refuge soon and see if there’s anything new for me to capture.  I’m also going to keep post my Flashback Friday, although there doesn’t seem to be much interest in other joining in.  I have fun with it though and maybe it I keep at it, it’ll spread!!

What do you have going on??


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World Bird Wednesday: Cardinal on Feeder

I’m just so lost for time!!  It’s already noon and I’m just now posting for World Bird Wednesday. 

A couple weeks ago, we had a stay-cation.  Well, we ended up not-so-much staying.  We actually took a quick trip out to my parents house.  They have such a large variety of birds that feed there all time since they live in the sticks.  I spent as much time as possible watching the feeders, but many of the birds are shy when new people are around.  My parents being on the porch don’t phase them at all.  I did manage to snap off a couple good shots though and can’t wait to share them!!

Here’s the female Cardinal on the feeder….

Are you looking at me?? Yeah, well I’m looking at you too!!

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Foto Finish: Flowers

Foto Finish

YAY!!  I get to participate in Foto Finish again today!!  I was away last weekend and unable to join in the fun.  I’m back though and just in time for this “optional theme”.

This photo was taken just before we “left” for Spring Break last week.  The dogwood tree in front of our house was in bloom.  It didn’t have nearly the flowers that it usually does, but I attribute that to our hot, dry summer last year.  In addition, we had a very warm winter too.

Just click to enlarge the photo to see it full size!!  Here’s my flowers…..

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Macro Monday: Acorn in the Shadows

It’s been so long since I had a chance to do Macro Monday.  When I was visiting my parents a couple weeks ago and I was capturing photos of acorns all over their yard, I knew that I was going to have to post some for Macro Monday.  I’ve so been looking forward to it!!  The shot that I chose has lots of detail and has a large shadow from such a small object.  Love the textures in this one and hope that you enjoy it too!!

Here’s my acorn in the shadows for Macro Monday (click to enlarge to see full details)…..

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Happy Birthday, Teenager!!

Today, the teenager advances a year into the teens and leaves us wondering where time has gone and why it’s gone so fast.  It’s been great though and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything in the world!!  Miss K is the most amazing kid and she makes me proud everyday that she’s mine.

We really pulled one over on her today!!  She knew that I had to get up early to go rent my mom’s space for the craft sale.  She told me to call her and wake her up on my way home and she’d get ready and we’d go to the mall.  Today is an official holiday from homeschool, so no worries there!!  Anyway, I had other plans as Lean Green took the day off without telling her, so he went with me.  On the way home, we picked up Chic-Fil-A for breakfast.  It happens to be her favorite!!  By my not calling, she was still sleeping when I got home.  I walked in and told her to wake up, that I’d gotten breakfast for a surprise.  I got the biggest bestest smile I’d ever seen!!  When her eyes where open, I told her I had another surprise and I went to the hall and brought Lean Green into her room.  Another giant smile!!  She stretched and yawned and got out of bed and we all ate breakfast together.

We then asked her what she wanted to do and she said she wanted to go to Wichita Falls.  I was really tired, so I said I’d take a nap and see how I felt for the drive.  When I got up, we knew that we weren’t going to make that drive and I said let’s go to the mall.  Ended up being a great trip!!  She got some new shoes, a skirt, and a new dress.  We ended our shopping trip with some frozen yogurt at the new shop.  It was delish and she was happy!!

Before the nighttime television shows started, we took her out to dinner.  It was her choice and she made a good one!!  We all enjoyed it and it was a cozy evening at home.  Later, my parents called and sang to her, which was just so darn sweet!!  She said it was the best birthday ever!!

Happy Birthday my sweet girl!!  We love you so much and we can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you.  You’re truly precious and we were blessed the day you entered our lives!!

 

 

 

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Foto Finish: Look Up

Foto Finish

For today’s Foto Finish, the theme is “look up”.  I didn’t want to do the typical birds or trees….or even a flag.  That would just be too predictable.  Then I remembered these birds that were circling while we were on the Wildlife Refuge during the huge wildfire there.  They were very eery to say the least!!

I decided to use one of those images for my Foto Finish.  Unfortunately, the quality is very low on this one. Here’s my subject for “look up”….


For an update on the wildfire, they estimate that over 20,000 acres burned.  There’s still no cause for the fire, except for extreme heat with no rain, dry, and windy.  The only animal loss was 1 old elf found dead.  It seems that all the other animals remained safe.  With recent sprinkles and even a little rain in the area, there’s already tiny green sprouts of grass coming up through the burned land.  Life does go on!!

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Labor Day Weekend Wrap-Up

Labor Day is always considered the last holiday weekend of summer.  If this weekend’s temperatures are any sign of it, then it’s true.  Saturday was in the 100’s, but then we woke Sunday morning to a cold front…a real one!!  The high temp on Sunday was 40 degrees cooler than Saturday.  It was amazing and it was great!!  The 80’s feel so good and I wouldn’t care if it was like this year round.  I know without a doubt though that the heat will be back because this is only the beginning of September.  Relief is great though!!

With the cool-down and lighter winds, the fire was contained on the Wildlife Refuge.  Most of the fire departments went home and there was just some smoldering left that they had under control.  Then the cool North winds blew Sunday and reignited the smoldering embers.  The Wildlife Refuge was once again ablaze.  They had to call in all the departments that were getting their first rest in days.  For the time that it was contained, the damage was at 20,000 acres and 10 homes burned.  Those figures will be changing.

The transformation of Miss K’s room is complete.  She officially has the room of a teenager!!  I must say, I really like it.  Things are arranged really nice and she’s got plenty of room.  The chair that we found at Kohl’s for a steal fits in there perfectly and it suits her.  That means that I got my rocking chair back and is now placed back in my room.  This time through, we’ll be able to use it!!  While kiddo was trimming down the things that she kept, we got rid of some things in our room as well.  I love it when I can see progress!!  I do believe that Miss K is thrilled with her room and that she’ll be happy with it for the time she has left at home.  The way it is now, it’ll continue to grow with her and she can move things to change the configuration of it.  It’s perfect for a growing girl!!

Sunday, we were all looking forward to a night race at Atlanta after church in the morning, but it was rained out.  Go figure that they don’t need rain and the East Coast has flooding from the hurricane.  Then they get more rain from Lee that we could have desperately used, but instead it goes East.  Anyway, after the rain delay, they postponed the race until Tuesday.  Should be interesting to get that in BEFORE school!!

Today, we were surprised by our good friends Tim and Dee.  We knew that they were supposed to come down soon to move her mom into their home.  We however, didn’t know that they were already here!!  She asked me on Messenger what we’d be doing and I told her nothing unless we went to the Refuge to see the fire damage.  We skipped that since it was on fire again.  Good thing because in the afternoon, the doorbell rang and there they were!!  It was awesome to see them and we’ll be taking them to dinner tomorrow night.

It was a great weekend and we enjoyed the extra time off with Lean Green.  Our family is truly blessed and it’s times like this that we appreciate the most.

What did you do for Labor Day or the weekend??



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Foto Finish: Buffalo

Foto Finish

The subject of today’s Foto Finish is “things with 4 legs”.  I’m always excited when I can share photos of our 4-legged family.  Yes, my plan was to go with the dogs or even the turtle.  But today, I’m going a different direction.

Because of the wildfire that’s burning at the Wildlife Refuge, I wanted to share the buffalo that I shot while we were out there the other day.  This guy was moving away from the flames and to the almost dry pond.  I have a true fascination with the buffalo and longhorns.  I’d love to go out there more than we do.  I was so sad watching him move and seeing all that land burn.  All the water is almost dry because we’ve gone so long without rain and it’s been unseasonably HOT!!

Here’s my Foto Finish (click to enlarge)….

Walking toward me along the road

Walking right toward me....and past me

At the pond drinking with a friend across resting

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Foto Finish: Travel Images

Foto Finish

Today, the theme for Foto Finish is “travel images”.  We don’t travel alot and I usually do most of the driving when we do.  That doesn’t give me much opportunity to take photos.  Just when I thought we were getting to a place when we could finally start taking some family vacations, the economy starts to crash instead of just nose-dive.  That’s a totally different topic though.

The one thing that we do travel for every year is to go down to Texas Motor Speedway.  This year, it was a night race and it was totally awesome!!  I played with my camera every chance that I got.  I tried to get some weird effects like I see others do and that I see when I go to other photo blogs. 

I didn’t get exactly what I wanted, but these cars are moving at HIGH speeds.  I do like the effects from the lights though, so this is my “travel image” that I’m excited to share!!  And yes, this is my man and I took every opportunity that I could to snap a shot of him.  HEHE

Here’s my Foto Finish (click to enlarge)….

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That’s My World: Across the Lake

This is my first post for joining in the photography meme, That’s My World.  I’m looking forward to participating in this one more often, as time permits.  I think that I often miss the opportunity to take photos of my area and this will be a great opportunity to get out there and shoot some photos!!

For my first That’s My World, I chose a shot looking across one of the lakes at the Wildlife Refuge very close to where I live.  Here’s my photo (click to enlarge)…..

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