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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Between the inner and outer, there is the intricate expanse.

Between the labor and exertion, there is pause.

Between the barriers and boundaries, there is paradise.

Between the elapsed and the destined, there is passage.

Between the multitudes and the competitors, there is the pioneer.

Between the darkened and the desperate, there is the luminance.

Between the visions and the dreams, there is the destination.

Christmas Day 2011

The long-awaited Christmas finally arrived.

The first part of the day was pretty low-key. We didn’t get the little girls until noon (they have been with their mom all week). And Sydney is still in Mississippi.

Our house energy totally changed when they came flying through the door. We opened presents. They played and then Jason and the girls went to his Mom’s house to do some baking.

I got over there a little later. I was just exhausted and felt like I was coming down with something. Hopefully, whatever it is, just goes away. So far, I just feel tired, and maybe that is all it is. Extreme fatigue (can anyone relate???).

But I did take pictures, and wanted to post a few before I hit the hay (early!).

Anna Pup. Waiting for Christmas.
The tree finally has presents under it. We loaded up the bottom of the tree Christmas Eve after I wrapped them.
Bridget happy to open presents. This is Christmas #2 for her. Kids of divorce have the MOST Christmases.
For fun, we tag presents from the animals. Molly opened socks from Anna and had to give her a thank-you hug.
The dogs open presents too. Anna got a new blanket. Brownie got a stocking full of pink dog toys. Salem got some rawhide bones to chew. She looks really excited doesn't she? Lol.
Salem must have shared her gift. Anna got a bone too.
One of the toy presents was a remote control Bratz doll car. Both the girls LOVED that (I think Jason did too- but don't tell anyone he was playing with dolls).
Making nut rolls with Grandma. Recipe coming soon!
My sweetie washing dishes. He is such a good son and wonderful husband. He won't leave Grandma's unless all the dishes are clean.
Molly and Bridget helped dry and put away dishes as well. They are good kids and always willing to help.

So that was our day in pictures, tomorrow we head to the Dallas Arboretum and then Christmas dinner (and MORE presents) at Grandma’s with all the family.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day!

Saint Matthew UMC Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

We attended our Mom’s Church (and the Church we married in) for Christmas Eve candlelight service.

Christmas Eve is my favorite service of the year. I love the Christmas songs and the scriptures read. I love the candle light and what it represents.

I love the solo performers from the choir and I love the holiness of the quiet peace it brings to my soul.

It was a beautiful service that I am grateful for.

Merry Christmas.

I hope your day is as bright as a candle, and your hearts are happy and glowing with love.