Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 3, Artistic: Red

This week’s challenge was to do something artistic with the color red and make red the focus. When I first stated thinking about possible ideas for this week, I immediately thought of Iron Man. I love Iron Man. I also wanted to incorporate the snow as a background and then as the snow began to melt this week, there were puddles everywhere and I love reflections. So here is my shot for this week, Iron Man in red, reflected in a puddle with a background of white snow.



Words on Wednesday – Thoughts on my Photo a Day Challenge in 2016.

I made it! I loved having a daily challenge in 2016. And it was, indeed, a challenge. In the end, I missed 6 days where I took no photos of any kind. That’s a bummer, but it also means that I took 360 photos! (I actually took so many photos this year and I love it!)

Day 01 2016

Day 1 2016 My First Image of the Year.

I shot the majority of my photos on my Canon D7200 that I got the year before. I took a photography course in October of 2015 and it was amazing! I have shot my photos almost exclusively in Manual mode since then. I took some photos in the challenge with my phone, but most of them were with my DSLR.

Day 29 2016

Day 29 2016

I have discovered that I love the journalistic style of photography. Capturing moments of everyday life.

Day 121 2016

Day 121 2016

I was lazy at times and only grabbed photos in the moments before falling into bed. This was good and bad. It caused me to look around my home and find those interesting (to me) scenes and images that I might have missed.

Day 207 2016

Day 207 2016

I didn’t do much planning at all. I just tried to be mindful of seeing things and getting my camera out and grabbing a shot. I carried my camera with me almost constantly, which I’ve never done before.

I definitely see the world in photographs. I love the idea of capturing and keeping moments. Nostalgia and memories are so important to me.


Day 261 2016

I did increase my skills with the camera, just through constant use. However, one of my hopes for this challenge was to try new techniques and explore more of what my camera can do and that didn’t happen. It turned into more of just getting a shot each day rather than planning shots and creating something. I don’t regret it at all and I got some amazing shots, but I do want to push myself more.

Day 246 2016

Day 246 2016

Looking ahead to 2017, I am embarking on another Photography challenge. It will be a weekly challenge and I found the prompts online. It will be something that I will be able to take the time to plan and work on various techniques. The website I found the challenge on is Dogwood Photography, and I like that it is more than just a list of prompts.

I imagine that I will return to the Photo a Day challenge in future years. Despite its challenges and frustrations, I loved doing it.

Day 115 2016

Day 115 2016


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Photo a Day 2016 – Days 345-366

Day 345 – Colin and I helped out in the 4th and 5th grade class at church and the kids had to make Nativities out of Play Doh.


Day 345 2016

Day 346 – Getting jars and jar lids ready to our neighbor gifts.


Day 346 2016

Day 347 – Moon Rise.


Day 347 2016

Day 348 – I usually carry a huge bag day to day, but when I go out for an evening, I love being able to use one of the many vintage bags that I have – this one from my sister.


Day 348 2016

Day 349 – We had a big snow storm and I love it!


Day 349 2016

Day 350 – Two days off of school because of the snow required walking to the park to play in the snow and get some energy out.


Day 350 2016

Day 351 – Back to school for one day before the Christmas break. Parties and fun. Jude made a gingerbread house.


Day 351 2016

Day 352 – What a beautiful place we get to live in. Winter wonderland indeed.


Day 352 2016

Day 353 – Icicles.


Day 353 2016

Day 354 – The slushy, messy aftermath of snow.


Day 354 2016

Day 355 – Out looking at Christmas lights with the family.


Day 356 2016

Day 357 – Christmas moments – West Wing, Josh and Leo.


Day 357 2016

Day 358 – Dabbers.


Day 357 2016

Day 358 – Jake, the Snow Dog.


Day 358 2016

Day 359 – Homemade sushi for Christmas Eve Dinner.


Day 359 2016

Day 360 – This boy and this face.


Day 360 2016

Day 361 – The advent Nativity is complete and Jesus is in the manger.


Day 361 2016

Day 362 – Pretty lights.


Day 362 2016

Day 363 – My moon boots. Never got them as a child, but snagged them as an adult.


Day 363 2016

Day 364 – Snowshoeing. Beautiful day.


Day 364 2016

Day 365 – Jude and Zane have been eating the gingerbread house they made at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Jude decorated a couple of pieces for Zane. They said, “I love you, Zane. From Jude”. It’s not always sweetness and light, but my boys do really love each other.


Day 365 2016

Day 366 – Ringing in the New Year with my boys. Final photo in this challenge.


Day 366 2016

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Photo a Day 2016 – Days 269-283

Day 269 – Had a lovely tea party with the family.


Day 269 2016

Day 270 – Missed it. Dang it.

Day 271 – Practice, practice, practice.


Day 271 2016

Day 272 – Zane at a karate class – mostly focused.


Day 272 2016

Day 273 – Autumn has arrived.


Day 273 2016

Day 274 – Ya gotta have faith.


Day 274 2016

Day 275 – Checkers.


Day 275 2016

Day 276 – Out with the Girls for a birthday treat. Had absinthe for the first time and it was amazing.


Day 276 2016

Day 277 – Sometimes your kids struggle and get stuck, it’s hard to see. Then they work hard and overcome it. Jump the hurdle Zane!


Day 277 2016

Day 278 – Sad face, another miss.

Day 279 – Jude surrounded by some of the things he loves. Books about science, karate, Minecraft, his video camera tripod.and fancy drink stirrers.His room is also a mess.


Day 279 2016

Day 280 – Block man, just having a chill out.


Day 280 2016

Day 281 – My lovely book necklace that my sister gave to me.


Day 281 2016

Day 282 – First pumpkins of the season!


Day 282 2016

Day 283 – Cool clouds over the Lava Lands.


Day 283 2016


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Photo a Day 2016 – Days 259-268

Day 259 – Spider web! I really don’t like spiders, their webs can be quite beautiful though.


Day 259 2016

Day 260 – It’s Fall! Candles and coziness.


Day 260 2016

Day 261 – Leaping!


Day 261 2016

Day 262 – The leaves are falling.


Day 262 2016

Day 263 – Macrame. My Grandma used to macrame and I’ve always loved it, but have been very intimidated by the process. I finally bit the bullet and did a very simple design. I would like to try some more complicated designs, but so glad that I finally went for it and just did it!


Day 263 2016

Day 264 – I love our dojo. Doing karate is such a challenging and overwhelming experience. I love the way things are done in out dojo – it’s tough, it’s hard, the standards are high. At the same time there is so much love and encouragement. This is one of our senseis receiving a black gi which is a big deal.


Day 264 2016

Day 265 – Shooting into the Sun.


Day 265 2016

Day 266 – Birthday Self-Portrait. More and more myself, everyday.


Day 266 2016

Day 267 – Living Room camp out. The boys and Daddy love to sleep downstairs in the living room.


Day 267 2016

Day 268 – This is Colin, on his birthday, teaching kids at church. He really is so talented in many ways – musically, intellectually, humorously¬†and he’s great at teaching. I love watching him lead and guide his own kids and the kids at church. He’s pretty cool.


Day 268 2016

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Photo a Day 2016 – Days 249-258

Day 249 – Labor Day cornhole. Mom, Dad and Jake.


Day 249 2016

Day 250 – Climbers


Day 250 2016

Day 251 – First day of school – Brothers and Best Friends


Day 251 2016

Day 252 – Punch!


Day 252 2016

Day 253 – Sunflower at Sunset


Day 253 2016

Day 254 – Jake after a hard day of putting together IKEA furniture.


Day 254 2016

Day 255 – The system that the boys use to climb the fence to turn the water on.


Day 255 2016

Day 256 – Even scratchy, prickly weeds can be beautiful.


Day 256 2016

Day 257 – Karate and the rising moon.


Day 257 2016

Day 258 – The boys and their neighbor friends have created an impressive river system in our front yard.


Day 258 2016

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Photo a Day 2016 – Days 240-248

Day 240 – Beautiful buck in one of our city parks.

Day 240 2016

Day 240 2016

Day 241 – Brilliant clouds over Pilot Butte.

Day 241 2016

Day 241 2016

Day 242 – Sunseting.

Day 242 2016

Day 242 2016

Day 243 – Jude and his portrait of Checkers.

Day 243 2016

Day 243 2016

Day 244 – Cuddles with Checkers.

Day 244 2016

Day 244 2016

Day 245 – Open House at School. Hard to believe that Summer is almost over.

Day 245 2016

Day 245 2016

Day 246 – Sunset at Cultus Lake.

Day 246 2016

Day 246 2016

Day 247 – Sunshine through leaves.

Day 247 2016

Day 247 2016

Day 248 – This spider on my front porch is just way too big.

Day 248 2016

Day 248 2016