Friday, April 30, 2010

something fun for the weekend.

I came across a happy blog, hosting an exciting challenge; a picture contest.

This isn't a photography contest per-say, but more of a photo-content contest.

Team Cowan posts a few themes, and takes photo submissions. The prize for winning is a themed patch, sort of like a boy-scout badge. Example:
Past challenges have included "Mystery" and "I'm glad I'm a girl" and they've got three sweet challenges up and running! All you have to do is hunt through your hard-drive or pull out your camera for fresh shots and send them their way.

I just think this is way too much fun!

The current contest closes in early July so go check it out!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

our "to do" list of children's books.

This lovely lady invited me to create a summer reading list. Huzzah for motivation to do something productive, like read!!!

I started compiling a list of the books I'd like to read this summer and I thought, "who am I kidding, with these crazy kids" so my list includes one short set of books for me to graze upon (that I've started and I would like to finish) and a dozen kid books that we plan to check out from the library to take on our sunny picnics. Here we go:

For me, The Monster Blood Tattoo books by D. M. Cornish

For us...

1. Looking For Atlantis by Colin Thompson
2. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
3. How I became a Pirate by David Shannon
4. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
5. What do you say, Dear? by Sesyle Joslin
6. The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles
7. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
8. Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
9. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
10. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
11. The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz
12. How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague

I love these sorts of invitations to action! Thank you for thinking of me Miss Maryposa.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the mother of boys

Should I be worried that my 22 month old has such fabulous fashion sense?

Today we hunted through the costume bins in search of ideas for my next photo-shoot.

I'll take the blame when they grow up to be slightly eccentric.

I posted my idea for the shoot here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

99 is the new "over-the-hill"

A couple of years ago, I looked around at the most beautiful women but heard words that didn't match what I was seeing. "I haven't had my picture taken in years, and I don't plan to." "I used to be pretty a few years ago." "I belong behind the camera." "I'm too (substitute any description here)."

I pondered the messages these women were sending to themselves, their husbands, and their children, and I realized that this was no way to live!
It's one thing to have a sober soul and no desire to prance about in front of a camera, among giggling women. I can respect that. It is quite another thing for a woman to constantly suppress her free spirit and desires to feel lovely with negative self-thinking; reinforcing the idea that life is all down hill from 19.

I don't want my kids to remember how much I obsessed about how I look in my swimsuit. I want them to remember that I got in the pool; that I played, and laughed with my whole heart.
It was this thought that was the birth of our silly-girl photo shoots. It started with one, then two silly women. Now dozens have dived into this pool. Some were nervous and needed encouragement to remember how to be silly, some popped right out of that shell. I just know that for many, this was exactly what they needed.
And I have a feeling. It's time. Again. Join me?

My friends near Salem, Oregon. Send me a message to let me know if you are up for such an adventure. Send me a message if you want to, but you're not sure, and I will talk you into it.

Time, date, and theme information coming, once I get an idea how many of you will be joining me.

have a mud fight.

I may or may not have mislead them in my explanation (or lack thereof) of the rules of mud-fighting.
They never would have agreed to come along had they a clue they were about to be pummeled.
Well we can most definitely say we lived today! And we can scratch it from our list, hooooooray!
It's been a little while since I've wallowed in the mud like a piggy, and I do believe I should do it more often.
The best part was seeing them all together, looking like rough-and-tumble, little men.

Ps-My glasses don't have any lenses. I told you I like to play pretend.

Everybody live today!

Monday, April 26, 2010

meet our new swivel chairs

Some sweet friends of ours gave us a couple of lovely chairs for our home and, without even realizing, solved a problem I've been working on.

We've got an interesting room with a divided space; one half for socializing, and the other for loafing about. We need seating for both, but I'm tired of moving our couch back and forth.
So I faced them toward the couch and we've got ourselves a cozy sitting area that says, "come in and stay a while."
HA, they swivel! I ran through all sorts of options in my head including double-sided couches and armies of chairs, but nothing I could think of holds a candle to these lovely, rose beauties.
To help them to fit in stylistically, I just added a couple of pink roses in my silk-flower displays.
Problem solved! Thanks Dave and Judy, for providing the answer to this mystery!

name that street.

While walking around downtown Salem, Oregon on Saturday, I fell into one memory after another. Monuments of my past jumped out at me, welcoming me home.

Then I thought it would be fun to see if anybody knows this place. So here it is Salemites, name that street!
"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," I sing while I exchange my blazer for a cozy sweater. "Let's make the most of this beautiful day." I carry on my tune, meanwhile tying the laces on my comfy sneakers. "Won't you be mine, won't you be mine, won't you be my neighbor?"
I hope you have fun playing my little game, and that the special landmarks of your life wink when you walk by.

Friday, April 23, 2010

visit a tulip garden.

So glad Grandpa could come with us on this adventure from our live list.

Lovely garden. We'll be back next year, definitely.