A Year in Photos Part One

I am stealing this idea from my friend, blogger, and photographer – James Skidmore

I love him and his ideas! Brilliant! I think they say imitation is the finest form of flattery.


So great idea stolen. However, stealing the idea, and making the idea happen are two different things.

This is the part I’m having trouble with.

My plan was to divide it up into three’s. Three pictures. Three posts. FOUR months at a time. I know……I ruined the three’s. But FOUR posts…see? That doesn’t work either. So three posts, four months at a time, with three pictures per month. Are you with me?

Since I am taking – over 30 mins now trying to pick three just for January – TOO LONG to do this. I am just grabbing the first thing I see (besides the ones I already picked) to give you my year in photos.

Part One: January, February, March, and April


I took my first trip to Chicago. I LOVED it. I saw snow (I hardly ever get to see snow!).

Chicago O'hare Airport
Downtown Chicago

Later in the month, we took the kids to the Fort Worth Stockyards for the first time. I can’t believe I have lived in Dallas/Fort Worth for twenty years and this was my first visit that I saw the Longhorn Cattle Drive. Amazing! It is a great place for pictures.

Fort Worth Stockyards Longhorn Cattle Drive


I must have brought some snow back with me from Chicago, planted it, and made it grow. We had SNOW! Snow in TEXAS! This was a big deal. I took LOTS of pictures (mainly because, it melted really fast).

Snow Ball Fight.
Brownie the snow dog.

This is the month, I shot my first wedding. I really enjoyed it (once I got past the nerves). I’d really like to do another wedding……anyone? anyone? anyone?

Unlike my usual critical self, I thought I did a really good job on the wedding. Of course, I know SO much more now…..I could do even better (hint, hint).


Another busy month! More than I can possibly fit in with three photographs (darn my silly plan!!!).

But here goes….

Jason and I took a trip to Lake Marble Falls, and Enchanted Rock. This is the hill country in Texas. That mini-vacay was awesome. We loved all the sights and can’t wait to go back (and camp!).

The top of Enchanted Rock.Yes, those are tiny people in the background climbing the giant rock.

Next, we took the girls to Cedar Hill State Park for photos in the blue bonnets. Didn’t I just post about snow??? That’s Texas for ya!

No more snow, we have blue bonnet flowers.

And we traveled back to Austin (or was this before?) for my first maternity photo shoot with friend and former blogger – Mrs. Foxy.

She had a beautiful baby boy about one week later.


We took the girls to their first drive-in movie.

Drive-in Movie Theatre - Ennis, Texas

Sadly, this is the last month the Jeep was with us, but I am not showing the crash pics again.


This is the month I went to the zoo (camera knowledgeable) and LOVED every moment. This is the Falcon that I won the Fort Worth Zoo photography contest photo with. However, this wasn’t the zoo trip where I took the winning photo. I love that Falcon.

Fort Worth Zoo Falcon

My oldest step-daughter turned seven years old. Oh my gosh! The time goes by so fast. She was a very talkative four when I met her. Now, she is seven and reads chapter books. Please. Stop. Growing. SO. Fast.

Molly turns seven.

That wraps up my first four months in photos (or at least the ones I randomly picked).

This really makes me realize how much has happened in just a year’s time.

Coming soon….parts two and three.

18 thoughts on “A Year in Photos Part One

  1. Ha! When I received the e-mail I thought, “Oh I already read her year in review.” But then I remembered it was James’ that I read.

    I think that doing this is fun for us and great for you, as you said you get to see how much has happened. How much you have grown as a photographer. How much the girls have grown. How much you have done. All that you have to be thankful for. A trip down memory lane. It was a great idea James had. I am glad you picked it up.

    Thanks for sharing!!!!


  2. Gorgeous bluebonnets! I can remember when we had fields of them all over the place, and then they went and put up freakin’ buildings all over.

    Wonderful pictures!


  3. Beautiful! I love all the pictures – you are a great photographer!!! I have been to the Enchanted Rock – so cool (I dated a guy from Texas when I was in college) – I was also to the Ft Worth Stockyards. If you live near me I could give you many wedding referrals – my husband is a DJ!

    Lastly, I want a new camera!!! You must have an SLR?!!! Is that really hard to learn? I do have experience with a SLR non-digital. Right now I a Canon Powershot. Mostly I just want a lot more zoom – what do you think?


    1. Yes, I have a DSLR – Nikon D90 and a Nikon D3000. I love the capability of the SLRS to zoom and have that sharp focus. I mainly use a 18-200mm on my lens and most of my photographs are taken completely zoomed in. It makes a world of difference.

      I HIGHLY recommend learning the camera if you get one. There is just so much more you can capture if you know the manual settings and how a camera functions.

      I SO wished we lived closer! A DJ/Photographer package would be perfect. 🙂


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