365 Project – 334: Game night – black and white (November 29, 2012)

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365 Project – 212: Featured on the cover of the Peninsula Daily News’ “PENINSULA FAMILY” insert :) (July 30, 2012)

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Here’s a photo of yesterday’s Sunday “Peninsula Family” insert, with my picture on the cover! Three other candid family photos were featured inside this periodical too. This cover photo was taken of Nora and her “sista” Isabella admiring the wildflowers on the Nature Trail. Such an honor that they used this photo front and center! 😉
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365 Project – 161: Enjoying one of the last few rides to school (June 12, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/1600, Aperture: F6.3, ISO: 400 (SPORTS MODE)

SIX more days left of school! Whenever they can, Nora and Thad bike to school, and I think it’s just sooo sweet! 🙂

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365 Project – 143: Pie night! (May 21, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/30, Aperture: F/4.5, ISO: 800, FLASH (AUTO mode)

The original plan for our FIRST annual pie night was to spend Sunday afternoon together, rolling out dough and making fillings, savory and sweet, while the kiddos and dads played.  HA! In our suzy homemaker dreams!  😉  Friday came around and my girlfriend and I decided “Nah, let’s just make our homemade dessert pies at home and order out for pizza so we can yak and not work.”  Visit, eat…and eat and eat, and barely clean the kitchen.  Now, THAT’S a doable pie night!!  hehe And, the homemade pies…oh, sooo good!  Sour cream lemon pie, dark chocolate cream pie, and my gluten-free lemon tart topped with fruit which I blogged about last week.  Kiddos and parents were happy…yaaay for pie night!!  😉

About the photo: I used the auto mode for convenience.  I just didn’t want to think about the settings.  I had antsy kids so I was in point and shoot mode.   I love the  creativity I can get from shooting in manual mode and I can’t remember the last time I used auto mode but, times like this I sure appreciate clicking it on AUTO!  🙂

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365 Project – 132: When a disruption butts into your photo… LOL (May 10, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/500, Aperture: F/2.0, ISO: 800

…and makes it better! In anticipation of taking a day off on Mother’s Day I am posting a second photo today, especially since I actually HAD something else to post tonight!

When the weather cooperates, our family takes after-dinner walks or bike rides and today Nora wanted to show me how she could cross this bridge in the trails behind our house. So, I crouched down setting up for her action shot when our dog Paco, literally butted in and “ruined” my shot…or, so I thought. But, when I checked out the photo at home, it made us all laugh because it looks like Nora’s riding a horse. And, since she’s a Sagittarius, this was a perfect Centaur shot of her! I couldn’t have planned this one better. 🙂

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A glorious day on the olympic peninsula: Ruby Beach

We were all sneezing and red-eyed from allergies, thanks to the bloomin’ cottonwood, so my hubby exasperatingly exclaimed “We’re heading to concrete in Seattle or to a pollen-free beach!” And, what a glorious decision we made spending the day at Ruby Beach. About 2 hours away from Port Angeles (maybe less without our routine stop at Thriftway in Forks?) and an easy 1/4 mile hike to the beach, we all freely breathed in the salty air, soaked up the sun, and relaxed to the sound of the waves. Nora flew her princess kite, made instruments with rocks and driftwood, collected shells, ran in and out of the crashing waves, and spent a little time drawing and writing in her travel journal. (I should have asked Thad to take a photo…I’ve kept a journal since I was a kid and Nora has just recently joined me in my writing endeavours. We both sat down, side by side, journaling and sketching the seastacks. A lovely mama-daughter moment for me, for sure!)

And, Paco had the best day fetching and swimming in the surf. He turns 8 in a few days. We decided this was a great way to start celebrating his birthday week! 🙂 Ruby Beach is one of the few beaches in Olympic National Park which allows dogs on a leash making it a great choice for a dog-friendly family outing. Kalaloch, Rialto Beach, etc. tend to get more visitors but, definitely consider Ruby Beach. It really is one of our many olympic peninsula gems…hehe pun intended! 😉

Snow painting

My crafty,blogger friend Carrie shared this blog post about painting snow. School was closed today and we were snow bound without a car but, it was gorgeous and sunny so this was an outdoor activity my daughter loved after she was tired of sledding and making snow angels.

Compared to the artroomplant blogger we just used finger paints and brushes. As you can see, Nora’s paintings were less delicate and refined, but, for us, that wasn’t the point. Just being outside, in the sun, PAINTING THE SNOW, for the heck of it, was super fun. I blasted Susan Bareille’s Little Voice on the outside speakers and we just had a good ‘ol messy time.

We used our picnic table as the palette. The paints would kind’ve freeze up when we tried to actually “stroke” the snow. Eventually, Nora started to pack down the snow which made it easier for her draw. She started doing some splatter painting to make a flower. It made for a fun experiment thinking about how the snow affected the paint and vice versa. Best part, these paints will just wash away with the rains (soon to come…ho hum.)


Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something different and easy to do on a snow day!