Saturday, September 1, 2012

Typical Life of a CFD Wife: BIG NEWS! Ashleigh Victoria - Armor

Typical Life of a CFD Wife: BIG NEWS! Ashleigh Victoria - Armor: Our daughter, Ashleigh,  has cut her first single, "Armor," 2 days ago! We are so proud, she has always been our determined one. God gav...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Backtrack and Fast Forward! Days 93 - 108

Well, lots going on here. But, I managed to get a few of my photos together. Anywhere from Chicago downtown, to the Chicago Art Museum, the backyard, birthdays and a little traveling. 

I will answer questions on the comments page. I'm off to parent/teacher meetings (hey, I should take a picture!) and travel games...

Have a great rest of the week! 

Downtown Chicago near Grant Park

Chicago Art Museum - loved this painting!

We mustn't write on the walls...right?!! - Chicago Art Museum

God Ganesha - Remover of Obstacles (I think I need one for my house! LOL) - Chicago Art Museum

My daughter's favorite paper weight glass sculptures in the Chicago Art Museum

Old Japanese pots - loved these! - Chicago Art Museum

I read what this was, I just was in a hurry and broke off from the group to grab this image. I want one in my house because it's just beautiful! - Chicago Art Museum

This is such a calming image to me.

"King of the thistles!"

Red Winged Black Bird calling to his family

My little one reading by the lake at one of her brother's travel games while I took pictures of whatever I could find! :) You know how that is!

Chicago Architectural Building

Parks outside of the Art Institute of Chicago

Elevator inside the Architectural Building in Chicago

Happy 17th to our oldest!! Her favorite color, and these flowers are still beautiful 2 weeks later!

 Good Friday - I thought it needed a bit of a quote/scripture

Friday, April 6, 2012

Day 92

I enjoy watching these sparrows build their nests. They bravely swoop down to pick up anything from our grass and take it up to use. This very wise bird must know about Downy soft dryer sheets. She's going to have the best smelling nest around. May even keep out the mosquitoes! Isn't that what they claim?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Days 90 and 91

I hope you can  hear the enthusiasm behind that. I'm not sure if I said last year why, but I will tell you with this photo. My uncle's back yard had an entire fence line of them. You could drive past his road with the windows all the way up, and still smell them! My favorite thing to do was to bike ride to Uncle Arvie's house. He would let my mom take a bunch of them home to put in a vase, and we'd get to smell them for a few days. To this day, lilac is one of my favorite scents/memories. I say those together, because that's simply what it is. A scent is a memory.

Then we have Lucy. She's a little spitfire, don't let those sweet eyes fool you. When she's bad we scream her name and it comes out Lucifer! LOL She's learning...slowly but surely. Smart girl, she is!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Days 85 - 88

In my own backyard... 

Today I was letting the puppy out and wishing I had a cardinal to take photos of.. not five minutes later, guess what I found??!!! Lucky me! 

Days 82 and 83

We went downtown on such a beautiful day. I was kicking myself for not carrying around my camera, but I had twisted my knee so bad at the beginning of the week. I didn't want to carry anything extra, so I left it in the car. We went to the Water Tower Place, dined, shopped, had some fun... then walked outside and saw this eerie fog settling over the city. Right where we were parked, was the coolest scene of the actual water tower settled in fog behind the Looking Glass Theater. I grabbed the camera out of my car, and took some photos. The second shot is of the park behind the firehouse and theater. I loved the fog behind the mismatched branches and the gates.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!

I think I'm a day ahead.. since I skipped so many! :) Nevertheless....

Happy Spring!

I'm loving the budding, bright colors, an end to the drabness of winter. Hello color, there you are!


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Unthinkable!

I'm doing it.. the unthinkable! I'm skipping a few days to keep with the spring budding and accepting that I missed about a month's worth. I will go back and fill in here and there to have it full, but I'm not feeling a bit guilty about it! 

We have a kid with a broken thumb, busy softball and baseball schedules regardless, continous puppy training, cheerleading and all - it's defeating my photography posts! :) 


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

days 42 - 47

I think I can .... I think I can .... [chuggin' along!]

Anyone else have about 20 more images to put up also? It's been a little busy with the kiddos, lately trying to get some things done that have taken 1st place to photography, so that is life. And, I am fine with that.

New Puppy!! That is something that demands a lot of time lately... she is too funny. She gets in trouble and runs to the older dog. She would be shocked to know, the older one could care less if the puppy gets in trouble or not. They're really cute together. The older one is gentle, the puppy is relentless, until the older one nails her and it's settled.
      ...for about 3 seconds...
then it's on again! She also can't wait to find a willing warm body to lay on..

We also got to see a Bulls game at the United Center. My hubby is a ton of fun. He sang karaoke for the Kia Motors exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show. (nope, didn't even bother bringing my camera in there..kuh-razy busy!) He wound up with tickets to the Bulls as Joakim Noah showed up to sign autographs. Our youngest went with us that day, and she would have sang, but her dad told her no it wasn't worth it. The songs were a little questionable and that's what we didn't want our little one singing. Especially since they put it up on the internet! So.. she came over to me a bit sad, and the guy wound up giving us tickets and telling her that she had parents with good morals and that it was a very good thing. He hands her two tickets and her huge eyes welled up with tears and said, "REALLLY??!!!" Sweet... It's nice to know people still care about that morals thing! :)

Oldest went to a dance, so I sat her in front and took some photos. It was freezing that day, so she had her cute jacket on, and I loved it against her face!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

day 40 - 41

Surprised? Me too! I got photos uploaded and into my blog.. wonders never cease..

These pavers are full of character. I just love them, so we have them in the yard in various places. They have the most magnificent color. I wish we could've lived in the brick paved streets time, but then again, I don't have the best luck with tires. I would've had a flat once a week, I'm sure!

This moon was amazing a couple nights ago! I missed the most jaw dropping phase as I was driving...without a camera! I KNOW! Who does that??!! I finally got home about 20 minutes later and set out to recreate what I saw, but no chance. I did manage to grab a decent photo, though.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Days 19-39 (yep a little overdue)

How do I do this so often? I get caught up with life, and totally forget to post, or upload, or take pictures... 
all of the above, I'm afraid.

So, how are we all doing? I'm getting my business up and running. It's taking a lot longer than I thought. I naively thought, "just get some business cards and a website, and I'll be golden!" 

um.. nope!

There is so much more than that. Every day, I'm tweaking the site, figuring a business plan, trying out new marketing strategies.. it's not easy! But, it is fun in the meantime, and I get a huge sense of accomplishment after all is said and done.

I posted a couple "clients" in this post. One "critter client" and another "senior portrait" session in the snow! It was so. much. fun! Who'd have thought we'd trek all over the Chicago area in knee deep snow... for a photo shoot? She was awesome, and we had a blast!

Have you become a fan of my facebook page yet? I'd love for you to so you could message and give critique! I would greatly appreciate it.. here is the link! 

it should take you right there. THANK YOU in advance! You guys are the best! Comment on my blog if you have a fb page, and I'll return the favor! Have a great week, everyone!