Tuesday, September 1, 2015

365 - August - Photos 335-365

Well folks, I did it. I completed my 365 project. How on earth I'm not sure... and I swear this year, especially this last month has flown by. There were a few times I wasn't sure if I would make it... but I pushed through. I can tell you, after that first 30 days then it was just habit. Today will either be my first day not to have to take a picture or else it'll be the start of my next 365. I haven't decided although I really think I'll do another one... I haven't decided if I start today or if I'll wait until January 1st. Any ideas/thoughts?

In the next few days or maybe sometime next week I have a post I've written with how to successfully complete a 365 or at least tips and tricks that worked for me. But for now, I'll leave you with my last 31 days.

335/365 - Beautiful Day for the Lake! Let's go scuba diving!

336/365 - Had a fun day hanging out with these two! And what's great, they love each other!!

337/365 - Am I losing my mind? Watching Christmas movies (favorite holiday... okay) and thinking about snow. I hate snow and I'm kind of dreaming about snow... someone take my temperature because I must be sick!
338/365 - We voted!

339/365 - All Grins. That's all that matters! I love her smile, it's infectious, just like her laugh!

340/365- After trying these on like 50 times I finally decided to get the sunglasses.

341/365 - It was time for vacation! A much needed vacation!

342/365 - Abug had more fun in the lazy river at the hotel than in the ocean. Because of a big storm previous to our arrival the ocean was dirty. Oh well I played in the sand and water every day and Abug loved the pool!

343/365 - Beach Time slumming it! Sitting there waiting on our time to go parasailing!

344/365 - Our chariot awaits us going deep sea fishing. Sadly the fish weren't biting except trigger fish which we weren't allowed to keep. We got to keep a few of the fish we caught, some red ruby things and a barracuda.

345/365 - A Bad day at the beach is still better than a good day at home... or something like that, right? Oh beach how I miss you already!

346/365 - Fun project ahead!!

347/365 - Walking on a beautiful evening.

348/365- pinning cities visited

349/365- all that's left of tonight's hay excursion. Bring on tomorrow!

350/365 - Driving through a cornfield headed to a hayfield. Our horses better appreciate us this winter

351/365- the kitty has slept on the foot of the bed all day...

352/365 - Today was my first day of classes for the semester. No... no first day of school pic of me. ha! Can I cry now that this semester scares me?

353/365- silly quirk... I hate pens with lids...

354/365- learning a "new" language called Global English... Wish me luck!

355/365 - learning how to color (and hold a crayon) while waiting for dinner.

356/365 - good friends, good food, good times

357/365 - Pete wasn't crazy about me sitting on the floor to take his picture. Once I told him hush, he's fine, then all was good

358/365 - With the busy hustle and bustle of every day life, sometimes it's okay to stop and smell the flowers. And with as beautiful weather we're having... who doesn't want to soak it all in?!?!

359/365 - Working on a photo project... and wow, with the shadows, look at my tan 

360/365 - My side kick and me. I just love her. That's all!

361/365 - She was guarding her truck, it wasn't going to leave without her. Dad's truck was hooked up to the hay trailer which was backed into the barn and not moving, but it wasn't going to move without her knowledge.

362/365 - Having dinner at the Hanger Kafe in honor of my grandpa!!

363/365 - These two (the girls) kind of like each other... and they share a mutual love for riding horses. Win win in my book!
364/365 - Baby snuggles, what's better than that?!?! Seriously!

365/365 - Let's end this 365 with a beautiful sunset on the back of a horse. Too bad we didn't find the bull....


Sunday, August 30, 2015

10 Things to Smile About August

Saturday evening I was sitting at my grandma's table playing Aggravation with my grandma, dad, husband, and Tbug, Abug was switching laps she sat on. I received a text from my mom saying that a girl that I grew up showing horses with had been killed in a head on collision Friday night. It hit me hard. Yes, we've drifted off through the years but still, I grew up with her competitively showing horses against her, yet we're still a close family!

I hated to say anything on facebook as well as on here simply because, I asked for prayers for her family. I was not trying to make this about me in any way, shape, or form. I ask for prayers for her family. They're the ones suffering. Yes, I was heart broken to hear the news, but it isn't about me, it's about healing for her family. I wanted to make that clear.

I get accused sometimes of living in my own world. Usually it is when someone is trying to get under my skin... especially if I'm ticked off already... fight fair, what's that? But there is a lot of heart ache in the world. That's why it is always fun to participate in Emmy Mom's 10 Things to Smile About Memoir. Life is difficult, so any reason to smile is a good thing. And if you can laugh, that's even better. Plus as an added bonus you burn 5 calories every time you laugh.

So now... 10 Reasons why I smiled in the month of August.
1. I'm really thinking that this post could be summed up by Vacation!

2. Parasailing!!!

3. Planting my derriƩre in the sand and my feet in the ocean!

4. Eating with friends from home but 10 hours away.

5. Deep sea fishing, finally! Mark that off the bucket list!!

6. Going to the dark side and actually ordering fish for my meal. It was soooo good it was worth it. Now my grandma loves to point out that when I was a kid, she used to bring Captain D's home for dinner and I'd eat all my fish and half of my grandpa's.

7. Adding more sand to my collection. Now I really need to figure out what to actually do with it!!

8. My shugie bear turned another month older... she's not 14 months old.

9. I got my photo wall back!!

10. Even though my grandpa passed away in 2010, we still celebrate his birthday! It might be weird to some people... but it's in his honor!

Linking up, albeit late with Emmy Mom

Friday, August 28, 2015

How to: Make a Photo Wall

There has been a lot of uncertainty in our life in the last couple of years. Truthfully more than I even want to admit to... I know that God has great plans for everything and everything will work out in the end. I know that all the trials and tribulations help us grow into the people he wants us to develop in to. But I also know sometimes I just want to scream, pack up the bare minimum, move to a place no one knows me (far far away) and start a new life. Whew... uncertainty is very scary to say the least :). But that last part is an extreme.

So with that out of the way... If you know me at all, I take pictures of EVERYTHING. Think I'm kidding, just check my camera/phone/computer/external hard drive. No joke! For a long while I've wanted a photo wall, and I had one for a bit, then we took it down, and now we're putting it back up. It goes with some of that uncertainty....

The initial photo wall was hung up with the Command Strips so that it wouldn't put holes in the walls or do damage to the wall paper, etc... yeah that didn't work. Sad but true. I don't know if my sticky part of the command strips was too old or the wall paper was the wrong texture or what, but after I put them up, they came back down, some quickly (like a few days). It was extremely frustrating! So this time around there are holes in the wall. It was just easier that way...

Now here's how to do it:

What you'll need:
Photo frames/Photos (sizes up to you!!)
Scissors (just for cutting... ha. see below.)
Command Strips or Screws
if screws, then you need a drill
A Wall for photos

1. You'll want to trace your photo frames on to paper. The first time around I used newspaper, this time around I used regular notebook paper, except for my 8x10 frames. Then I went into Tbug's room and stole some used poster sized paper. Trace the size of your photo frames out onto the paper.

2. Using your scissors (just for cutting) cut out the sizes of your photo frames. I used 4x6's, 5x7's and 8x10's. My frames came from Walmart so that hopefully if I needed to buy more I could get the exact ones. If not, maybe I can add different ones in at a later date. We'll see.
Scissors just for cutting reference... Dumb comment by me. So one day I bought a pair of scissors just for cutting material (fabric). I walked in the house and pulled them out of the sack showing the scissors to hubby saying, "Now, these scissors are only for cutting." Then I walked off. I forgot to add material/fabric to the end of my sentence. Now like 3 years later any time scissors are bought or looked at or moved (whatever) they are referred to as scissors just for cutting.

3. Now if you are using multiple sized photos, it is helpful to mark on the paper what size frame the paper is made for. My photo wall is very random but if you are very specific on your wall, this sizing mention is extremely handy.

4. Another helpful thing is to have your pictures ready. I don't have all the pictures printed out that will be included on my wall but those I did I went ahead and placed in the photo frames. On my pieces of paper I drew arrows to show which way the frame should be placed on the wall.

5. My wall is next to my bedroom so I spread the paper sizes out on the bed, placing them the way they will go on the wall to help aid in placing them on the wall. My wall is random so I placed my 8x10's first so that there was room on the wall for the frames.

6. Ah, the blank canvas. See the white splotches on the wallpaper? That's where the command strips came off the wall. They harmed my wall :(. I did not wall paper the wall, it was here when we moved in but it covers so much of the walls that we haven't decided to pull it down and make it our own yet (and we've lived here 5 years).

7. Now it is time to place the papers on the walls in the order/place you'd like the particular photos. This helps you decide where to place each photo frame without drilling holes in the wall and winding up with more than you wanted. Plus you aren't having to put a picture up and then later decide you didn't like where it was. In fact, I put this up one night and stared at it a couple days before we put the pictures on the wall, that way I could guarantee I liked the placing of the photos.

8. Finally it is time to use a drill, place the screws in the wall (or the command strips on the wall) and put your photos up. I was actually in class the night this was done. I got to come home to my beautiful picture wall, finished by my husband. I love you baby!

Now I don't have photos in all the photo frames. Plus I can either change out photos as I please or there is area to buy more frames and add to my picture wall.

This is just a great way to display a lot of photos in a small area. One complaint I have about our house is I just don't have enough walls for photos. But, I love pictures so.....


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