Cornhole faces–Silly Holiday Photos

I’m not good at capturing silly photos. We have a small family, and I guess we’re boring. Or I’m scared of payback. Or something. Anyway, I Heart Faces has a “Silly Holiday Photos” theme this week (no judging or winners picked.. just show your silly pics), and I just don’t have much at all. Well, except for this little collage that I put together of my dear hubby playing cornhole on Christmas Eve with the fam. I couldn’t stop myself from snapping his face whenever he tossed, and when I showed him the photos later, he laughed SO hard! Do you get bonus points for silly faces? If so, he won by a landslide!

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For some really funny, silly, belly-laugh-out-loud photos, head to I Heart Faces and check out the other entries.  At the very least, go check out my friend Becky’s post; it almost made me spew coffee out my nose!  And here’s to 2012; may it be filled with beautiful photos and belly laughs!

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Bring it on, 2012!

We’ve had a great Christmas break (sad that it’s almost over, though).  We went to Asheville, NC and visited the Biltmore for their Candlelight Christmas:

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And we stayed at the Grove Park Inn:

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We really enjoyed touring the Biltmore grounds and the conservatory:

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And we stopped at Tallulah Gorge, where I spotted these beauties:

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We also visited my mom in Nashville:

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(I really love that shot!)

and we found the American Picker’s Antique Archaeology store in downtown Nashville:

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(which made my boy very happy!)

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The weather has, for the most part, been beautiful:

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And we enjoyed all that Christmas had to offer:

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(including a new Xbox which has only been used once… ??? I know, crazy, right?)

We brought in the New Year with fireworks:

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and a toast:

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And we’ll finish off the day with a few traditional favorites:

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(along with pork chops.. yum!)

Resolutions? My biggest ones are to be “in the moment” more. To stop trying to see EVERYTHING through the lens and simply “be there” to enjoy. To be kinder. To read my Bible daily. To MOVE more. How about you? Are you ready for the New Year? I hope it’s your best year yet… Happy New Year!

Splendiferous Autumn- i Heart Faces

This week’s I Heart Faces theme is “Autumn Splendor”. The leaves ended up being really colorful here for a couple of weeks, but for whatever reason, I’ve not been shooting them. Thankfully, I did a beautiful family shoot yesterday and got at least a little color in there. I adore this shot of the three boys doing their “jump”; it’s energetic, colorful, and FUN!

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I know there will be some breathtaking photos entered in the contest, so be sure and head over there (just click the button at the top of this post) to check them out! I bet you’ll “fall” in love with at least a few!

Ode to Fall Leaves…

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Blak is the new Black (for I Heart Faces)

Theme this week at I Heart Faces is “Black”. It must be a color photo, not black and white. I talked it over with my boy, because black really can be a good “guy” theme. And he thought of his Coke bottle collection, and the “Blak” bottle that he just got. And his black Skullcandy hat, and his old black t-shirt. So we went up to the barn behind our house, that has the shed with the old Ford tractor, and we just played around. And so, I present to you OUR interpretation of “Black”:

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For more black photos, make sure to check out the links at I Heart Faces. And may your day be filled with color… even the color “Blak”…

True Story Tuesday–More money than common sense

I haven’t participated in True Story Tuesday in a long time. Rach and Mr. Daddy have had a hard, hard year, so it’s been on hiatus. And I’ve just not been blogging much at all. Today, they started it back, and I do have a story from my distant past, BA (before Adam). Back in those days, I worked for a package delivery company. I won’t name them, but let’s just say that they were ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY not brown. And I might have spent a fair bit of time in Memphis over the years. 13 years, to be exact, serving as a courier, a station manager, and a customer service agent. I have enough TSTs from those years to do at least a year’s worth, but this story comes to mind first.
When your job is delivering packages, you no longer refer to the timeframe after Thanksgiving as “the Christmas season”. It’s Peak. And it’s hell. As a service agent I had a lot of duties, with one of the main ones being the tracing of packages that weren’t on time. As the days ticked away and Christmas loomed, the traces increased exponentially. Our printer had a bell that rang every time a trace came through, and by the week before Christmas, that sucker pretty much rang non-stop. And this one winter, as a heavy snowstorm blanketed our hub in Indy and ice covered the runways at our main hub in Memphis, it looked like a snowstorm of printer paper in our office from trace after trace after trace after… well, you get the picture. Some people were very nice and understood that Mother Nature just wasn’t cooperating. Others got really ugly, to the point of being downright unreasonable. The packages contained everything from perishable foods to diamond engagement rings to that perfect toy that little Johnny just HAD to have. Or, in this case.. that Mom and Dad were frantic to get. Their package had been shipped from Los Angeles via economy service, to arrive at our station outside of Atlanta a couple of days before Christmas. And it was caught in the enormous pile of boxes buried in feet of snow in Indy. Our folks were frantically digging out, trying their best to get things moving. And our couriers were on call, realizing that they would be out delivering on Christmas Eve and even on Christmas Day, trying to keep the “Ho Ho Ho” in the holiday. But the man on the phone was begging, practically screaming, that we HAD to get his package to him before Christmas Eve. Christmas would be RUINED for his little girl if we didn’t.. just ruined. I knew that wouldn’t be able to happen, but I started asking for details on the contents. If it was something like concert tickets for a show that was on Christmas Eve, maybe we could figure something out. And then, he told me what was in the package. And at that point, I knew for sure that there were people on this earth that have waaaaay more money than they do common sense.
It was from LA, remember? Turns out that they were getting the girl a pony for Christmas (do you even KNOW how hard it was for me to not wail to that man “OHHHH… I always asked for a pony for Christmas, and I NEVER got one!!!”?). And they wanted it to be JUST PERFECT, so they ordered a backdrop from an old Western film. A REAL backdrop of a Western desert at sunset. And they had hired people to come over during the night before Christmas to put up this LIFESIZE HUGE WESTERN BACKDROP so that when their precious darling woke up in the morning and they led her by her delicate princess hand out to see her pony, it would be JUST PERFECT.

??? Really??? I kind of wondered if he felt even a LITTLE bit silly telling me that. If at ANY point in our conversation, a tiny little bell went off in his head and a voice said “Dude. Too much. STOP now.” ??? But no. No it didn’t. He wanted it escalated to the president of the company; he wanted his package, because he paid THOUSANDS of dollars for that backdrop so that his princess would have the perfect moment when she saw her new pony. In the end, we were able to get it to him late Christmas Eve, and I’m sure his workers stayed up all night making it just right. I wish I had a picture of Christmas morning… I wonder if a 5 year old girl even KNEW that a backdrop had been flown in from California just for that moment? That was at least 12 or 13 years ago, so princess is probably about a senior in high school right now. And I imagine she’s a real sweetheart to be around. gah.
For more true stories (and Rachel’s sister has a DOOZY! It’s a real gas….!), head on over to Once Upon a Miracle and check out the other blogs that linked up. But before you go, what’s the craziest gift you’ve ever seen someone give their child? Leave the answer in the comments…

I Heart Faces… Hands down…

The theme for I Heart Faces this week is “Raise Your Hands”. The focus, just for this week, is on hands instead of faces. I have a LOT of hand pictures; my boy, holding a variety of critters. And prom pics, with hand-holding and beautiful corsages. Hands clasped during our Circle of Prayer at school. But this photo, in all its simplicity, is the one I keep coming back to. A little girl on the playground, resting at a table in the shade for a minute before she runs back out to twirl, dance, shout, sing, and play. Hands are amazing, aren’t they? Sometimes we just need to stop and take a closer look.

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For more hand photos, check out the links at I Heart Faces; but first give me a hand by giving me a little comment love! xoxox…