My Daughter’s Funny "Edited" Photos

Of course this is what a 7 year old thinks an edited photo is like. Ha ha ha ha!

Funny Girl’s Mom,

Share Your Passions

“I think you have created two photography buffs in this family.”

My husband says to me hearing my youngest laughing at her new edited photos on the computer. He he he he…my master plan. 😉 No, not really.

I can’t help it. It’s contagious. My love of photography. My love of capturing a moment in time…a precious memory. Yes, I am to blame as well. I bought my 7 year old daughter a digital camera for Christmas. It’s a Fisher Price “Kid Tough” camera. I have no idea how many mega pixels it has. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that she can feel included in this love of photography. (& that it won’t break if dropped! lol) I already have one daughter who wants to be a photographer. 😉 Don’t get me wrong. I don’t advertise I am a professional. I do it as a hobby and as a family historian…to track our family’s moments. This love/passion was passed down to me from my parents. I guess I could have ended up hating the camera. Quite the opposite, I am very grateful for each and every picture my parents and family have taken through the years. Seeing those pictures of me (even the ones where I look awful or silly) make me feel loved and important to the people who mean the most to me in this life.

So, I guess that’s how I show love, in a way, to my own family. {Funny how writing can be therapeutic and bring out things you never thought about before.}

Anyway, tonight I sat down with my daughter at the computer showed her how to download her photos. Right away we were able to watch a slide show of her 84 pictures with the camera’s software. They aren’t the BEST quality photos. I wasn’t expecting them to be. However, she has a really good eye. I remember my daughter watching my Mom & I swapping our photos on Saturday. We were discussing how many we had taken while her grandparents had been visiting. I think I mentioned how my Mom had taken over a hundred photos today (Christmas Day) alone. Once she heard this she was on a quest to take more photos so she could have 100 as well. We all got tired of posing for her so we explained she could take photos without us posing. {Those are some of my favorite shots, unposed.} She got close to 100. Here are some of my favorites she took. By the way, they are not edited by me in any way. {I admit it was difficult not to try to make them look better.} The one of her in the middle she took all by herself.

Proud Mom,

Post it Notes bring me JOY

I have been finding these sweet gems on my desktop lately.

Little things mean a LOT,


I found this adorable flyer on a blog, The Tomkat Studio, recently & it inspired me to do a little “booing” of our own. (This means I might be giving us away…oh well!) So, we whipped some baskets up (HA…took about a week to get it all together, but I think it turned out super cute.) The kids kept saying how much fun it was to deliver the baskets, post the Boo sign and run. It’s basically like ding dong ditching. Thought I would share a few photos.

Boo to you,

Everything Counts

I woke up this morning with a Depeche Mode song in my head. Depeche Mode is a music group I adored in the 80’s growing up as a teenager. I still enjoy listening to their songs of my youth. I can’t say I like all of their newer more modern stuff. (Honestly I haven’t listened to all of it.) It shouldn’t surprise me that they are still around making albums and touring.

Anyway, so I pulled up rhapsody this morning and played the song that made me hop out of bed excited for the day. I really like the beat, but the lyrics aren’t necessarily what I would say I “condone.” It’s funny sometimes going back to listening to songs I liked and sang along with. I listen to the lyrics and think, “Oh MY!” Then I feel real OLD and realize why some parents made a big ‘stink’ about listening to certain songs. As a parent now I can totally understand why you might not want your kids listening to a song saying, “lie to me” over and over. Fortunately my parents were supportive (thanks Mom & Dad) of my music choices. Not that they would always enjoy listening to what I listened to; but sometimes they indulged me by listening to what I liked in the car.

Even though I am way more conservative now than I was in my youth, (parenthood and life lessons have impacted this) I still feel as long is there aren’t obscenities blaring and the music doesn’t feel creepy then I will listen to it. Of course it goes without saying, if I like that kind of music. In this case, the Depeche Mode song titled, “Lie to me.” I know who I am and I know what I believe. As long as my thoughts and actions don’t begin to be affected then I think it’s okay to listen to the song. Besides, like I said, I love the beat and the song just makes me want to dance around the house while I listen to it (most of their songs do.) In other words it makes me HAPPY! No harm done. Maybe if I listened to it like a hundred times a day it might begin to have an effect. But like I say to my children, “moderation in all things.”

So I decided to try and find the official music video of this particular song on youtube and there isn’t one. I did find their “channel” on youtube and enjoyed watching a few short interviews about certain favorite songs. (I would have totally loved this sort of thing when I was a teenager!) This little period of time while watching sent me into a sort of
‘time machine.’
I was remembering my carefree days as a fun loving, music addicted teen. In this particular case, a Depeche Mode concert. While on youtube I found Depeche Mode’s official website. I am completely excited to find a link titled Past Tours. This is so cool!!!! You can go and see the exact day of the concert you attended! I know I have my ticket stubs in some box in my attic. One of these days I want to find them and make a scrapbook page with all my concert ticket stubs on it! (of course!) Anyway, until then I have the date and place of one of the concerts I attended website: Thursday, December 10, 1987 Dallas | Reunion Arena. You never think you will forget stuff like this, but you do! (or at least I do…my husband can recall facts from his long term memory like no one else I know! Short term is another thing entirely…lol)

Music does have a significant effect on my mood and listening to Depeche Mode this morning while doing chores has brightened my day. I wouldn’t even be ashamed if someone saw me dancing around the house. I’m feeling super grateful I can work in an environment where I can listen to what I want while working. I’m also thankful my DH approved of our speaker system throughout the house…I LOVE it and use it EVERY DAY.

By the way, you should have heard the way my son pronounced Depeche Mode the first time he read it in the car on our XM Radio display. It was hilarious! They don’t really like listening to them. They say with a straight line on their lips, “You and your weird 80’s music.” And I just smile and say back, “Yep, that’s me!” 😉

“World In My Eyes,”

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"What are medical school loans?"

Today I had the pleasure of taking my youngest to her first Pom competition. It was about a 2 and a half hour drive so we had plenty of time to talk.

A: “Mom, why did y’all plan to move to _________? (the city we currently live in)”

Me: “Well, it wasn’t really planned. Dad’s work offered to pay off Dad’s medical school loans.”

A: “What are medical school loans?”

Me: “Money we borrow from a bank to pay for medical school.”

A: “Dad is going to medical school!?”

Me: “No, he finished several years ago. We are still paying the money back to the bank.”

When I began to think about our conversation memories began to flood my mind. Then tonight I read the following quote on facebook that a friend of mine posted:

“It’s always harder than it looks. Never desire to succeed like others until you know what they gave up to get there.”

My husband has been out of medical school now for 10 years. I think by this time next year we should have the medical school loans payed off. That’s a long time! How glorious it will be to have those behind us. So MUCH has happened to get us to the point we are in our life. It hasn’t been easy. We have sacrificed and we have made certain choices to bring us to where we are today. And believe me, it hasn’t gotten any easier. Life is rough with or without money. Seriously! I never thought in a million years I would marry a Physician. Honestly, I never truly cared what my future husband’s career was going to be. All I ever cared about was marring someone who was crazy about me as much as I was about him. Actually, I shouldn’t say that’s all I cared about. I wanted ‘HIM” to be as devoted to our Heavenly Father as I was. I figured with our love and God’s love we could endure life’s challenges. Am I kidding! I never thought about life’s challenges back then. I was and still am a hopeless romantic. lol 🙂 But I do know now (by way of experience), that it is that LOVE and our FAITH that gets us through. I’m grateful for my husband, our children and the life we have made together. I am extremely humbled to think of how Christ has carried me through the years.

Wise footprints,