Well, here it is.
Another year (year!) has passed by. This one as lightning fast as the last few years.
But I am not going to stress about it. I think I will just climb on up and take off into 2015. No use waiting around, let’s fly!
Ah, but first, we must recap the year. And you know how I like to do it? In photos, of course!
Last year, I posted one photo for every month of the year. I just read back through it and questioned several months. Did that really happen in 2013? Seems so long ago! But, no. It did and this year, I have no doubt will seem just as surreal. I think having a baby and young girls around has something to do with it. It makes me question my sanity, my memory, and my timelines.
Good thing I have this blog to keep it all straight. Heh!
I didn’t stick to my one photo rule this year. But I am making galleries of each month.
Just click on the photo to scroll through all the photos and captions.
I had the honor and privilege of photographing the birth of my cousin Tasha’s twin babies. I can’t even describe what it meant to me to see these two precious babes as they are born into this world. To see the faces of all the family as they meet them for the first time. To see these first time parents cherish and count little hands and feet. It was just too beautiful for words. So, I took photos and I really do hope they always remember them.
Ready for the delivery room.
Twins are born to Tasha and Jason.
Mama and twins.
Daddy and twins.
Two little miracles.
I tried to photograph a snowflake. I was part of a hunter’s wedding (as photographer). I did not partake in the odd groom’s cake that “bled” when cut open, but I did eat a piece of hog meat. It was pretty good! Also? My grand baby turned six months old!
Our first snow!
A Hunter’s wedding!
Her favorite boots.
The camo ring.
The beautiful couple.
A perfect wedding cake.
A hunter’s groom cake. Um, interesting to say the least, and no, I could not eat it. LOL.
This little gal turned SIX months old.
Jason and I visited Mayfield park in Austin. They have beautiful paths and gorgeous peacocks! A photographer’s heaven. This is the first place I saw spring start to come alive.
G-Baby visits the zoo for the first time. We took her to the Dallas Zoo. We loved it, but she mostly slept. Jason had surgery on his shoulder (not pictured). Molly turned ten years old. And Brandon turned the big 21!
Baby’s first trip to the zoo.
Brandon and Baby ride the carousel.
Feeding the goats.
Molly turns 10!
Brandon turns 21!
My daughter’s first Mother’s Day. G-baby is 9 months old! And I got to visit with Norie Sato at the opening of the Chisholm Trail Parkway. A parkway that has the image I took of a Texas Toad made into a mosaic designed by Norie on a pillar next to the road. It is part of the public art program in Fort Worth, Texas. I keep meaning to post about it. It is the coolest thing I could ever be part of. Part of my “work” on the side of major freeway…forever? Wow…
Her first Mother’s Day.
Averey is 9 months old.
A famous artist and I meet over the making of public art. She used my toad photo as inspiration.This was opening day of the parkway and it was HOT.
This is the mock up we are holding.
This is the actual pillar off the Chisolm Trail Parkway.
A close-up of the mosaic.
We took a road trip to Oklahoma. Enjoyed a few food truck Fridays at the park. And met a baby kitty who eventually came to live with us. We call her Maya. She is probably the gutsiest cat I have ever met. I guess she has to be to live with us and four dogs. She was one of Bridget’s presents for her 8th birthday.
We took Averey to Oklahoma see her Great Grandma (my mom).
We met this little angel at four weeks old (so she looks!).
Baby Maya kitty gets acquainted with FOUR DOGS.
Anna pup and Maya kitty.
Maya kitty wonders what Fred (the dog) is.
Maya lounging in a blankie.
Bridget turned 8 years old.
The last food truck Friday of the summer.
The girls love food truck Friday!
Food truck Friday with Averery.
As if four dogs, and a new kitty weren’t enough. We decided to renovate our house. Top to bottom. New floors, and paint. We took down wallpaper and we took down chair rails. We textured walls. We even painted all the brass a nice oil-rubbed bronze. This was exhausting!
Wood tile starts to go down.
This is in the office, entryway, living, and hall.
Me taking down wallpaper. I am pretty sure wallpaper is evil. Very, very evil.
Our kitchen remodel.
Remodel of the fireplace.
I painted it.
The finished product.
Kitchen remodel before and after.
I was the art teacher at vacation bible school. This is my helper.
We took the girls to a baseball game.
Because I can.
Honestly, the remodel was still in full force. My cameras were put away from all the dust and debris. But I did get it out for baby’s ONE YEAR PHOTOS and party. G-Baby is a whole year old! I didn’t post the party pics (since there is a post on that). These are few outtakes from our photo sessions (never seen before images!).
She wasn’t too smiley on our picture days.
This would be a great Ford ad. Lol.
Her 1st Birthday!
My baby Salem turns twelve-years old. Oh my heart. She is still my baby even though she is 80+ in dog years. Also, I took photos of the 9/11 rainbow. This was seen all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on the morning of 9/11. Pretty cool.
Salem turns 12!
Rainbow on 9/11.
I took a five-day trip with my sister. We went to Oklahoma to hang out with my mom and take her on day trips to where she grew up. It was a lot of fun to see “our history” and spend time with my big sister and mom. This is also the month my (now famous) Texas Toad print got displayed at the Art7 Gallery in downtown Fort Worth. They did a Fort Worth Public Art exhibit.
Colgate, Oklahoma where my mom grew up.
This is my great-grandparents homestead located on Dead Horse Prairie. You can still see the original stone chimney behind us.
This is the picnic pavillion donated in honor of my Papa Eclair.
My mom and sis at the pavillion.
My Texas Toad framed and ready for Art7 Gallery.
Me at Art7 with my toad.
Halloween 2014 with the girls.
I got real sick. I had surgery to remove my gall bladder. And I got much better. On my last recovery day, after sitting around ALL DAY. I thought to myself. WHY? Why am I sitting here? This is my last recovery day and I should go to the gardens and take photos of fall color. So, I did. I got there 45 mins before closing. Phew. Thanksgiving I was well enough to travel and got to spend it with my sister and her family in Houston, Texas. Of course, we took G-Baby to the beach on the last day. She does not love the water, but she dug the sand (heh, get it?).
Flowers and balloon after my surgery.
My last day of recovery, I went to the Japanese gardens.
Gorgeous fall color.
Love this season.
Spent Thanksgiving at my sisters.
The whole family.
The last day of the trip, we took baby to the Galveston Beach.
Lots of fun in December. One of my candlelight photos from a past service got shared (with permission of course) on the UMC (United Methodist Church) main page Christmas Eve. It received over 7,000 likes. This floored me. Such a nice way to end the year. These are photos from this year’s service and a few Christmas thrown in as well. My husband’s ex-wife makes me cookies and fudge every year. This year, she really outdid herself. And this time, instead of to the family, it gets labeled as mine. Ohhhhh yeahhhhh…. She knows! She knows!
My image from my 1st candlelight service at United Methodist Church used in a post on their Facebook fan page.
Candlelight service this year – 2014.
My candle in 2014 – Christmas tree in background.
Christmas cookies and fudge from the mom of my step-girls. YUM.
Our Merry Christmas banner.
Happy NEW YEAR to you all! I treasure every one of you! I wish for you a most blessed year, full of love and kindness.
And… Happy Birthday to my husband – the New Year’s Eve baby. He is the big 4-0! Finally, he is in the 40’s! Wow.