Thursday, March 31, 2011

86/365 March 26, 2011

He Paints

I went to Quincy's conference and got nothing but praises. He is reading at above grade level. I hope that continues forever! :) When I started to leave, Q's teacher explained to me that the children are working on a program to be presented in a few weeks. Part of the unit requires the kids to have a cutout of themselves of paper to represent what they want to be when the grow up. Quincy had a really hard time making his decision. Finally, after much deliberation, he made plans to create a police officer. Throughout his entire Spring Break, Quincy begged and pleaded to do his homework.

We rolled out the paper on the floor. He laid perfectly still. I traced his form. He gathered up is paint sets and a jar of fresh water. Patiently, and with much determination, Quincy painted his police man. After the watercolor paints dried, he carefully cut out the shape.

He was so thrilled with his creation. I was proud of him for having the determination to do the assignment and complete it with such care.

Good job, Q!

85/365 March 25, 2011

I love to run.

84/365 March 24, 2011

Vintage Toy Horse

This was the coffee shop where I sat with my sister and my Gramma so many years ago when I decided to decorate my kitchen to look like a coffee shop. E. Steamers was my inspiration.

My sister and my mom and I try to get together every other week for a good cuppa joe and to visit with one another. This time, my hubby got to join us. I really enjoyed just sitting and looking around at all the interesting things to see. I spied this curious little fellow behind the corner. He looked as if he had poked out his head from behind the curtain to see if it was playtime yet.

83/365 March 23, 2011

It's been a tradition for a few years now to hike Castle Rock during Spring break. This year, Rob joined us. The weather was perfect.

82/365 March 22, 2011

Perty Truck

81/365 March 21, 2011

Slip Slidin' Away

This is probably not the most flattering photo of me, but the smiles are bright and genuine. Quincy and I had a good time sliding down the inflatable slide. He had a wonderful birthday party with lots of friends and family surrounding him.

Happy Birthday, Q-Man!

Monday, March 28, 2011

80/365 March 20, 2011

She got her ring!

I was at the gym when I got a text message from my future son-in-law. He included a picture of the lovely ring that would symbolize their marriage. He wrote: "Hee hee! Amanda thinks I am at work!" My heart leapt! I was so excited for Amanda! I knew she was so eagerly anticipating receiving this beautiful piece of jewelry.

They went for a hike in Castlewood Canyon where he surprised her with her ring. Afterward, they came by to show me and have a grilled dinner with us.

When they pulled up in the street outside my house, I heard the loud bass bumps, I squealed, "The kids are HERE!" I tore outside and ran to the passenger side of their Dodge Durango. Amanda stepped out and exclaimed, "Look at what I got!" I grabbed her and pulled her close for a bear hug and we both started jumping up and down. I pulled back to see the joy on her face and she was crying great big tears. I was crying great big tears. I said, "I know! I KNOW!" I finally got to really look at the ring. I told her it is GORGEOUS! She wiped a tear from her cheek and she started to tell me the story of how he surprised her with her ring and then gasped, IT WAS PERFECT, MOM!"

What a wonderful, happy day!

Congratulations, Amanda and Brad! I love you both to the moon and back!

79/365 March 19, 2011

March 19 Coffee Tag

We found this beautiful hand-thrown pottery mug at the gift shop in the mini mall at Fort Riley. I absolutely love it. The Kansas state flower is the Sunflower. I didn't know that until this last trip to Kansas.

78/365 March 18, 2011

March 18 Coffee Tag

I sure love enjoying a slow cup of coffee at home in the morning.....with my hubby.

77/365 March 17, 2011

Birthday Presents!

Today, Quincy turns six years old. This present is from Grampa Mark and Gramma Karen. Quincy was so excited to open this box and discover the Lionel Train Sounds bank inside. Grampa Mark and Gramma Karen even sent a bag of coins for Quincy to drop into the bank and hear the sounds! The gift was a BIG hit!

76/365 March 16, 2011

Varsity Soccer - Away Game

Kait's asthma was a real issue this game. Sadly, I didn't get a picture of Kait before my camera battery's energy ran out. :(

Saturday, March 26, 2011

75/365 March 15, 2011

...a lovely bunch of.....COCONUTS

74/365 March 14, 2011


Today is the day we will make our first road trip as a married couple. Awwww....come to think of is our first road trip....EVER! I have been so excited about this idea.

73/365 March 13, 2011

I love it when he asks, "Hey! Wanna get a Starbucks?"

72/365 March 12, 2011


71/365 March 11, 2011


At the last minute, I was commissioned to photograph a Wichita, Kansas. The prefect thing about it, was that my husband lives in Kansas! Wait! It gets better! He and I had made plans for him to come to Colorado for our son's sixth birthday that weekend. I got to spend a bit of time with him...and we got a road trip out of the deal. This cellphone snapshot was captured at my gate at DFW airport while I waited for my connecting flight. It was pretty goofy that I got on a plane in Denver, flew to Dallas, then got on another plane and flew into Manhattan, Kansas! The ticket was cheap, though! ;)

Friday, March 25, 2011

70/365 March 10, 2011


He loves to build things.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

69/365 March 9, 2011

Make a Wish

I love making my kids' birthdays as special as they are. They usually choose the dinner menu and what type of cake they want. We have a set of decorations that we hang up for every birthday. But everything else is all about the individual kids. Kaitlyn chose home made cinnamon rolls for breakfast, we went out for lunch and then Kailtyn's choice for dinner was home made Seafood Alfredo on Fettuccine with home made cheesecake for dessert. I really wanted to make home made pasta to break in my new pasta machine, but I ran out of time. Despite the lack of time, the food was delicious!

Something about this photo almost moved me to tears when I saw it. This photo tells such a lovely story. Kaitlyn looks so happy and full of awe with the flames on the tips of the candles. Her brother, Alex, lights the candles and her friend stands beside her. I really love this snap.

Happy Birthday, Kaitlyn. I wish you much happiness this year and can't wait to see you blossom even more into the wonderful individual you are becoming.

Love, Momma


68/365 March 8, 2011

Do Not Stop On Tracks

67/365 March 7, 2011


It would seem we have birthday parties on the brain around here. I designed these little invitations on the computer and then had them printed on photo paper. Wal-Mart's photo department worked well since they are so geographically close and affordable. Quincy was really happy with them. He couldn't wait to hand them out at school.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

65/365 March 6, 2011

Don't let the cat out of the bag!

64/365 March 5, 2011

Pretties at Crate and Barrel

63/365 March 4, 2011

Shopping with Rose....We stopped in at one of my favorite haunts in Castle Rock. The Barn has several little specialty shops. I love to go there every so often and see some pretty things. Rose found some lovely things to put in her home. It was a good afternoon!

62/365 March 3, 2011

Blue Glass Bottles are so pretty...especially when contrasted against their complementary color of orange. Dontch'a think?

61/365 March 2, 2011

60/365 March 1, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

59/365 February 28, 2011

Watering Day

Some of my plants really like to have really wet feet.

58/365 February 27, 2011

Fresh Flowers

Every now and then, I like to buy some for myself.

57/365 February 26, 2011

Time for spring mugs!

56/365 February 25, 2011

Zombie Killers for hire.

I suppose there may be a few who might be worried or offended by this, but LOOK! My kindergartener is becoming more and more literate!

55/365 February 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

54/365 February 23, 2011

Morning Glory

What a sweet shot of my Q-Man in the morning light just as he woke up. That's Jack in the background.

53/365 February 22, 2011

Teddy Eyes

Do you remember that Dr. Hook song from the 80's called "Sexy Eyes?" Well, as I was naming this photograph "Teddy Eyes" that song popped into my head. It's okay. You can call me a dork. I already know I have a dorky sense of humor. :)

52/365 February 21, 2011

Afternoon Cuppa

I don't usually drink coffee in the afternoon. The caffeine keeps me awake when I want to sleep.

I think this is one of my all time favorite cell phone shots.

51/365 February 20, 2011

Paper Hearts

...all sewn together. This project was intended for Valentine's Day. My demanding schedule allowed for it today. It's okay. This is such a cheerful, happy display, it may stay up indefinitely!

50/365 February 19, 2011

Let's Go Fly A Kite

This is the kite we bought with birthday money from Grandpa and Grandma Mitchell. Quincy was so excited to take over and fly the kit all by himself. I love everything about this photograph. You can see even from this angle that his smile stretches all the way across his face.

49/365 February 18, 2011

Living Room Window

I have watched a lot of birds from this window.