now is the time on Sprockets when we dance

I’m not even sure how to explain this banter about prospective Halloween costumes so…

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And that is a little insight to my relationship with The Boy. He blows up my phone on a regular basis with subject matter such as this. Needless to say, I laugh out loud A LOT in public places. I’m sure people think I’m a little off.

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i woke up and it was august

so the last thing I remember was Easter… kiddos in cute outfits, chocolate bunnies, an empty tomb, hunting for plastic eggs… the next thing I know, it’s August. What the heck happened?! Really. Does that ever happen to you? You blink and 4 months have passed? You blink again and it’s a new year?

I know I was involved in activities. I know I was coherent. Well, at least most of the time. I’m sure there was an occasional moment I checked out but everybody does that now & then, don’t they? (Bueller? Bueller?) But I really can’t believe that 2013 is 3/4 of the way over. How that happened, I’ll never know. I do have photographic evidence that I lived through the past 5-6 months. And enjoyed it too. :)

So… in order to prove that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, let’s start with one of the major events of the past few months – our trip to Texas.

The Boy and I ventured out to Texas in early May to visit his dad & see some sights. It was our first big trip that was purely just for fun. Sure, we’ve gone on trips together but they’ve always been to visit family for major holidays. This trip, the only thing on our agenda was to have F.U.N. fun. And we made sure that happened.
It was beautiful weather too.

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The big event of the weekend was the Keels & Wheels Car & Boat Show. Some ah-maze-ing vehicles and boats in this show. I had a field day with my nifty fifty.
sidebar: I dropped Pearl (my camera) a couple weeks before we left and I was GUTTED. I nearly threw up at the sound of it hitting concrete. Took it in to get fixed because it wouldn’t auto-focus. Manual focus worked though thank goodness. However the parts wouldn’t be in before we left so I sucked it up and was full-on manual with e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. the whole trip. I’ve been shooting manual for a while now (all those geeky photog-speak settings: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc) but all that on top of manual focus for this trip was going to be a challenge. I did it though. I stuck with my 50mm for 90% of the trip. And survived. And got some cool shots out of it. thank goodness > back to the trip…
The classic cars and the Chris-Craft wooden boats were fantastic. My favorite moment was standing in front of the yellow Chevy when I hear this voice behind me say: “Get in & have him take your picture”. Now let me tell you, these car owners really don’t like people touching the cars let alone sitting in them! So when the owner tells you to get in the car, you get in the car. The Boy has that photo – I’ll have to get it from him & post it when I wake from my next blogging coma.

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this was the cutest… pics of the owners in the boat on display

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that’s the yellow one I got to sit in for a photo op

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yep… The Boy’s dad was Commodore in 2000. Pic on the wall and everything! :)

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Next up was a trip to Galveston where we roamed about the town & played at the train museum.

It was fantastic. We had the best time. And excuse me while I get cheesy for sec… but I loved this trip with The Boy. I love sharing experiences like this with him. And we always have such fun – laughter abounds.

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And finally, we went sailing on my birthday. How cool is that?! I felt so spoiled on that day and so loved. I really cannot thank our hosts enough for showing us a great time. It created memories I will treasure for a lifetime.

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OK… I’d LOVE to say I’ll get back to posting regularly but let’s be real here. There’s a boy in my life. and cousins that get married. and girls night. and work. and laundry. and Mini rides to go on. Life gets in the way.

So I’ll see ya in another 6 months.

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2013:52-03 waiting for the stage… er, um… gym floor

 waiting to jump

My oldest niece is part of her school’s jump rope team. Here she waiting to perform at halftime for a local high school basketball game. Little does she know I snapped her photo AND her team coach gave her the old bunny ears. It was fun watching her in action. She’s quite the jumper.

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2013:52-02 {homework can be fun}

Homework. Just the word sends shudders down my spine. I’d gladly go back and get a Masters in whatever if I just didn’t have to do homework and take exams. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning. I just don’t like the pressure of a deadline. Now if I could tackle homework with an attitude like this, I’d be all over it.

homework can be fun

This is the 6 yr old daughter of a dear friend in our small group Bible study. We meet every other Thursday so this little munchkin gets to do her homework while we all catch up on life. I know she’d rather be hanging out with us or watching My Little Pony but she gets her work done even so. And with a grin. How fun is that?!

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