Thursday, October 23, 2014

September 19, 2014 More than just a Pit Pusher

One of the best things about helping the band is working with the Apprentice Adult to push the pit equipment on and off the field. 
Plus it puts me in KILLER locations for sideline photos during their performance!
My fellow band parents tease me about being the excited mom of a freshman.
And teasingly remind me to soak it in while I can.
Soon that independence will kick in and he won't want me around as much.
So I'll savor every moment I can
And be thankful for each opportunity!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

September 13, 2014 Click Away: Silver Lake Excursion

As an opportunity with Click Away to see a bit of Utah outside of Salt Lake City, I signed up for an optional excursion and adventure to Silver Lake. This would be a place to try out some of my new found skills in a different location.

Even better? New friend Kelly was going to be joining me. Unfortunately we ended up on  a bus with broken A.C. that kept overheating! The trip up the mountains was a fiasco and challenge as we stopped every few miles to let the engine cool down. Inside was steaming and set my motion sickness into full swing. 

At our third stop, I followed another lady and bolted from the bus (camera in tow) to take some pictures but mostly to breathe deep of some deliciously cool, fresh mountain air! Much needed!

Lovely Kelly!

After being rescued by a few buses that had already made it safely to the top of the mountain & deposited their camera loving cargo, we were able to salvage about 45 minutes to snap some photos of this pristine lake at the base of the mountain surrounded by fragrant pine trees. 

It was an excursion well worth any pain we endured. I wish we had salvaged the extra time, but we made due with the allotted time and captured some fabulous images in the process.

My Partner in Crime for the day!

Nature Photographers in their Natural Habitat!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Click Away 2014 September 11 - September 13, 2104

Full Moon over the conference center: on the way to the first Key Note Speaker.

I'll be honest, it seemed like a great idea to sign up in March after I found out one of my photography idols, Karen Russell, was going to be a speaker at the Click Away 2014 conference. However as the day of departure dawned, I was quaking in my Tom's about going to this weekend photography conference solo. Traveling alone is fine, but I've not been super active on the boards at Clickin' Moms and knew no one... only my soon-to-be roommate Tori whom I was able to get to know a little bit via FB before the trip. She didn't LOOK like an ax murderer and, fortunately for me, I couldn't have been blessed with a better, sweeter, kinder or smarter roommate! 

Inside the conference center: lots of ladies wandering. I enjoyed eyeing everyone's camera bags and 'shopping'

Lines, lines, everywhere visual lines!

However, once I arrived at the airport, the excitement was palpable as I eyed camera bags of other ladies wandering around, knowing they were going to be my camera addicted sisters for the weekend! After meeting Tori and Kelly at the airport and tons of other lovely ladies... my fears melted away! 

The WHOLE reason I came to Click Away 2014 was to meet this awesome lady: Karen Russell!

Sue Bryce teaching an incredible posing class! Key learning: Get myself in the frame!

What an AMAZING event!! EVERYONE I met was friendly and willing to give a compliment or share a story and chat. I was BLOWN AWAY by the stories of the kindness of Click Away Hubbies... do we not have the best partners in the world? Home watching the kids, giving the trip as a surprise gift or providing a cute camera bag & new gear? My husband was no exception and Props to our Partners, FOR SURE!!

Macro Class: using a loaner Sigma 105mm lens for my Nikon D800

Portrait Photography Walk:
My stunning roommate and new friend: Tori!

I laughed so hard I cried. And my sides ached. And my cheeks ached! It felt oh, so good! I learned new techniques & came away inspired and ready to create. Thank you new friends and Click Away for such a memorable and practical experience!

A few pictures of my beautiful girls in a gorgeous inner city location.
New friend Kelly: such a knockout! 

Some of my favorite quotes from the weekend:
"Bravery, I will do this thing even if it is scary!" ~Elizabeth Gilbert Keynote

Dinner with my girls at an awesome Mexican Restuarant: Blue Iguana... not to be confused with the Red Iguana!

"No woman sees past what she hates (about herself) to see what there is to love" ~Sue Bryce

Evening photowalk with my girls, Tori & Kelly.

"Get in front of the camera and accept where you are right now." ~Sue Bryce

"Do something for someone that they cannot repay" ~Joy Prouty Keynote

"Do what you love, spread hope & dream big" ~Joy Prouty Keynote

"Reward your husband for taking pictures (of your) or posing with a make out session." ~Karen Russell (She is SO smart!)

And the above picture summarizes the whole weekend: laughs and joy and fellowship with ladies who love photography as much as I do! What a blessing this whole weekend was!

Can't wait to do it again next year!

PS: More to come from the Silver Lake Adventure!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

September 09, 2014 Post Hundred Year Rain: Day 2

The water was still very high less than 48 hours later

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

September 08, 2014: The Hundred Year Flood?

The Apprentice Adult and I were woken up in the wee hours of the morning to the sounds of massive rain and thunder! We found the street in front of the house a flowing river... completely covered from curb to curb as it dumped into the retention basin near our house. MASSIVE rain!!! The bin in front of our house had washed down from a home farther 'upstream'. It was so cool!
Time Check? 2 or 3 am???

Of course, the following day we also took pictures the day after to commemorate the event...

I almost wished we'd had a kayak to take advantage of our little 'lake'.

Normally this light fixture is on a slight 'hill'

There is another light fixture in the middle of this picture that is almost completely covered!

Beautiful reflections: Hot and muggy post rain. No dry heat today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

September 09, 2014: House Redecoration: Before

We moved into our house about 10 years ago... WOW how time flies! Having a new house and not much expendable income meant that we spent a lot of time and money at Ikea... opting for quick fixes before we purchased our 'grownup' furniture.

With the demise of our old couch, we decided it was time to purchase a new one. We were going to get something 'cheaper' as Phil-the-Cat likes to claw things... but ended up with a nice leather piece. 

And so... with Kirsten at Treasure In The Detail helping as guide and mediator (sometimes Dan and I just don't agree on decorations!!)... it was time to get our 'grown up' plan in motion! She helped organize the kitchen (and her ideas were logical and made total sense! Such a sigh of relief!!) to make it just perfect!

So... we sorta picked up and took some "before" photos - then the massive purge and furniture dumping began! 

Welcome to our somewhat messy and definitely lived in home!

Why yes, we do have some thrift store finds in here as well... don't judge! :)

Does anyone else struggle with a cray messy counter? It is the BANE of my existence!

LOVE that bible verse above our door to the garage - but time for a new paint color!

See what I mean? Look at that crazy counter!!! Who's stuff is that? Not mine, for sure! ;)

LOVE the light from our patio window... light is my favorite!

The catch-all area & and unfinished picture wall.

After pictures to come soon, I can't believe after two months we are almost finished!!! Kirsten has been such a joy to work with these past few months and wow will it be such a delightful change! She has mad decorating and negotiation skills... a must for a couple who wants to agree but sometimes just can't.