Shuttle Launch

We were very fortunate to get to see the last shuttle launch of Atlantis. We had a terrific viewpoint…6 miles away on a Florida causeway (the closest you can get is four miles away unless you are in a control room I hear). We had to be at a mall four hours early, then we took a bus to get to the causeway and still had about two and half hours before the actual launch. We brought a picnic blanket, umbrella, and borrowed two beach chairs.

Of course I made sure we had the right t-shirt for the event…

Blast off!

Our little cupcake was excited to eat lunch on a picnic blanket…

And we of course had to take a few family photos at the causeway…

And then it was time for the big event! They told us to avoid snapping photos (you get one in the mail) so you can actually witness the event, but I had to take just a couple of pictures…

It was truly an awesome event. I am so glad that we got the opportunity to view the launch.

Our little cupcake said “where go?” after it disappeared from view!

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From Auburn to Cocoa Beach

We were so blessed to be able to stay at a friend’s condo for our beach stay. We had a great time and enjoyed soaking up the warm Florida sun. This was the first beach trip for our sweet boy, so I of course wanted to go on the beach as soon as we got there. Apparently he takes after me because he tromped right out on to the sand and was soon splashing in the water.

To give you an idea of our view (which was amazing) we could see the cruise ships leaving…

After that big boat we spent a good amount of time on the patio looking for more boats…

We then headed down the short walkway to the beach…

With me snapping pictures the whole way…we took sooo many pictures. I’m not sure how we will go through them all!

We looked for shells in the sand…

And then decided to head toward the ocean…

Look at that beach hair!

Then my husband took over the camera and got a few pictures of me and the cupcake.

Our hands were very sandy…(“ewww gross!” our little cupcake shouted with glee.)

We played until the sun finally set on our first beach day…

And we took a final glance back at the water as we headed to our next adventure…the shuttle launch!

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From here to there..Auburn

One of Aidan’s favorite books is a Dr. Seuss re-write called “Wet Pet Dry Pet, Your Pet My Pet” (it’s a take off from One Fish, Two Fish)…and in it there is the line “from there to here, from here to there funny things are everywhere”. Since we have read it many times, I think it accurately describes our past week adventure.

We began in Auburn, were we visited for just a few hours mainly so I could go here….

Our little cupcake was quite excited to just be out of the car and running around….

I had forgotten how blazingly (i am inventing this word) hot Auburn can be this time of year. We did a little walking around campus mainly to see the new student center (which is enormous!)…

(I love this picture because about three years ago my husband was making this walk on the campus with a backpack headed to class, and now he is pushing a baby stroller! HA!)

It’s been about two years since we have been back to Auburn, so we also visited the church where we got married…Checking out the aisle of the church

And we went to Toomer’s Corner for lemonade and ice cream…

Look at this big boy sitting in his own chair!

And finally it was time to head on to our next destination. I have to include this picture of our little cupcake playing peek-a-boo in the mirror at the hotel…

Stay tuned for day one at the beach!

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Can this garden be saved?


One of my husband’s work friends told him that the edible part of the cabbage will be in the center when all the leaves fold in. I’m not seeing it. I’m still wondering if a cabbage patch kid will appear eventually.

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Mama with a Camera

For this week’s lesson Erin Cobb discussed the idea of thinking off center. Which uses the idea of the Golden Mean from the land of geometry. I think I made a C in geometry and that was only by the grace of the teacher. I remember writing “vertical angles are congruent” on every proof on every test. Because they are. And because that was the only answer I knew was correct.

The idea was to make the shot off center, which I understood. However then Erin went on to discuss the intersecting lines and I could feel it. That feeling I always see in my students’ eyes as they start to glaze over and they begin to stare off out the window. So I had to tell myself to focus! I can learn this!

As most of our pictures are taken in our backyard today was no exception. The term “he just needs to run” is of common use in our family. For our specific little cupcake, he just needs to play with the hose, check the garden, and dig in the dirt. And try to eat the dirt occasionally. Gross. Anyway I am getting off topic. So here is my practice session with taking pictures off center. Go back and see Erin Cobb’s blog to see if I intersected my lines correctly!

I particularly love this one, as you can see the expression on his face says “why isn’t this working?”

And this one I will frame!

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Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day and I am giving myself a present (and you!) by not doing too much blog writing right now because I am too distracted to think of a wittier post to write. So I’ll just share pictures from our day!

Three out of four people looking at the camera is what we call “the best picture ever!”

Opening Presents

Running off to do his nails

Taking the card

A little late afternoon reading

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A Little Painting

It’s almost too hot to do anything outside right now. I can’t imagine what the summer will be like! With all the heat, we are again having to find some things to do inside, which yesterday included a little finger painting.

Obviously there was a bit more paint on the hands and feet than on the canvas with this finger painting experience. Good thing it’s washable paint!

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Can this garden be saved?

I have to admit that our garden has done much better so far this year than it did last year.

We have one cabbage that is a big bruiser and one cabbage that is a squirt…

The big bruiser

The Squirt

Our tomato plants are growing steadily and starting to get small tomatoes!

And my basil is, of course, taking over the entire pot…

I think basil is secretly a weed. It takes over everything and I can never use it all. There’s only so many pesto spreads and spaghetti sauces!

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Mama with a Camera

This week’s lesson from Erin Cobb’s tutorial was all about taking the faceless shot. She also gave some terrific tips on how to get your child to actually look at the camera. The post made the sounds ring in the ears of every birthday party and holiday we have had the last four years “look this way…look at me…no look at me…cue finger snapping (my sister is nodding her head right now!). I tried several of Erin’s strategies and found that the one that worked for us was telling him not to look at the camera. And after telling him to go find something else to do and not look at the camera I inevitably ended up with this shot:

I still can’t quite get a smile, but it only took me two photos to get this picture…that’s progress!

After this I moved on to attempting a faceless shot, which by the way, I found much more difficult than I had originally planned on. I couldn’t figure out quite what to take a picture of if I wasn’t running around trying to get a picture of our little cupcake’s face!

So I tried some fancy shots of odd objects….

But wasn’t really pleased with the results.

I then started flipping through photos in my folders (can you flip through photos in folders…I suppose click through is a better term) to see if I had taken any shots like this in the past. I was pleased to find two that completed the idea of the lesson.

This one….

I know what he is about to do in this photo, however, if you don’t have the back story you can make up your own.

And this one…

A rare calm moment at Granna and Papa’s…or not. You can decide!

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