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    Rori: 6 Months

    i remember this day, a long time ago when the faded, blue flannel shirt I wore was the coolest thing since sliced bread.  i spoke my words confidently to a friend sitting casually in the passenger seat of my larger than life 80-something-oldsmobile. “i will never buy a mini-van…i will never have kids…i will never get married…”    famous last words. well, i did get married. i did have kids; three to be exact. and all i do, is dream about the day that i finally have keys to my shiny mini-van. but that really doesn’t have much to do with today’s post.  today i am here to tell you…

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    Learning To Use My Camera

    Today, I embarked on the journey of how to use my camera, and lemme tell ya, it isn’t as easy as 1-2-3.  Photography has its own language, acronyms, and a long list of equipment. It’s tough stuff. But here is what I’ve found to be the most important stuff:  Lighting is a big deal Aperture is surprisingly important Exposure Angles-gotta know the good ones Focus, focus, focus Annnnnd, you need to take forty pictures of the same thing just so that one will come out good enough to use.   Here are my practice pictures.  (all of these pictures are unedited) This picture is me playing with the aperture.  You…

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    Fall

    Dear Summer,  I am over you.  I’m not understanding why you have such a hard time letting go of Texas.  Just let it go, please.  Summer, you are a clever, wise guy.  You slowly began slipping away into breezy, cool days, with a promise by the weather man that you were leaving by mid-week.  Only, you didn’t leave.  You came back with nearly a week full of 90 degree days ahead.  What a cruel thing to do. Dear Fall, Where are you?  I miss you.  I’m waiting very impatiently for you to arrive with your chilly mornings, and cool afternoons.  I am ready to wrap myself in cozy sweaters, pick…

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    Jar Fart

    Two things to know about farts:  farts can be funny and farts can be gross.   I also stand by my childhood declaration: Boys are GROSS! With that said, I’m going to jump right into my story.   On Saturday evening, Nate was on dish duty.   Now I am on the couch, minding my business, when he decides to pop into the living room; mischief written all over his face.  Me:  What are you doing? (picture me squinting my beady eyes at him) This is when my eldest child held up a sealed mason jar and says to me, “Mom, whatever you do, DO NOT ever use this jar again.” Me:…

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    We Still Remember

    I think most of us remember what we were doing on this day eleven years ago.  I was at work, building wire harnesses for airplanes.   Ironic. This was a day that made us cover our mouths with trembling hands.  It was a day we clung to the edge of our couches; glued to our televisions.  It was a day of disbelief. But eleven years later, we still remember with great details, of the historic yet tragic day.   9/11. A few years ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to take a trip to New York.  We were able to see ground zero before they built the memorial. It is…