Made me smile…

So I mentioned yesterday that I had a summer crud-like sinus thingee.  Now there is no perfect time to have a bout of ickness but for some reason I think the heat and humidity make me feel worse.  I don’t want to get on here and whiiiiinnnneeeee.  I just thought I’d share something my husband picked up for me that really made me smile…

Achoo

Ah-choo!

Life doesn’t get any better right now than a box of tissues – at least I know what I will find {big smile}.

Hope you are having a wonderful day and are staying COOL.

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2 Heads are better than 1

The latest news from my temp assignments is that I’m back at the vocational school for a long-term placement!  Woo hoo!  Yes, I’m that happy.  Since job placement #1 was a nightmare and j.p. #3 was a crazy zoo…I really appreciate “normal” jobs even more.

I’m still working on wedding photos and have ordered their photo book (yay!).  I’m battling a summer crud-like sinus thingee but am determined to perservere.

Now back to the school job.  I’m working with the public and signing up people for classes.  You never know what’s going on from one day to the next but I kind of like that.  I had to snap this pic on my phone the other day.

2 heads are better than one

2 heads are better than one

These are mannequins for the cosmetology class.  It was all I could do not to squeeze myself back there and put my face in the middle!  So do they look identical?  Maybe fraternal…

Cards – June

Happy Sunday to you!

I have been so involved in wedding photos that I haven’t posted cards this month!  My snail mail club also knows I’m behind on posting May’s cards that I received!  I haven’t uploaded those yet so stay tuned.

Last weekend the wedding fell on Father’s Day and I was able  to hand my dad his card in person!  I don’t remember when we spent that holiday together last.  We mailed Ray’s dad his card and we will see them for July 4th.  Here are the Dad cards:

Cliff's card - inspired by circles and the green and blue striped paper.

Cliff’s card – inspired by circles and the green and blue striped paper.

Dad is a musician - fiddler.  This isn't a great pic, sorry.

Dad is a musician – fiddler. This isn’t a great pic, sorry.

For my snail mail club, I was inspired by LADYBUGS!  I made the cute bugs by punching a circle in black and then in red.  I used a white gel pen for it’s face and a pencil eraser dipped in black ink for its spots.  I loved these bugs:)

Ray picked this card for his mom, Jeanette.

Ray picked this card for his mom, Jeanette.

I was thinking way outside the box on this one.  Basket weave with a different stamp image.  Cheryl's card.

I was thinking way outside the box on this one. Basket weave with a different stamp image. Cheryl’s card.

Traced stamp image with metallic gel pens for Brenna.

Traced stamp image with metallic gel pens for Brenna.

Watercolor pencils filled in this stamp image and brushed with wet q-tip. For Bren.

Watercolor pencils filled in this stamp image and brushed with wet q-tip. For Bren.

I used a black scallop card base and just wrote on the backs with a silver metallic pen.

 

My heart meter is full

Life is full of changes, full of circumstances.  I was blessed to see my grandson several times a week during his first year and then it changed to monthly visits.  Since Brandon went into basic training it’s been 6 long months since I’ve seen Chance’s adorable face.  I was lucky enough to visit him, his mommy and daddy yesterday.

I secretly worried that he wouldn’t remember me and would treat me like a stranger.  Oh, how my heart sang when he gave me a hug and a kiss right away.  During lunch he was so excited to talk to me that he leaned his arms on the table and brought his face close to mine.  It melted my heart!

The afternoon was filled with his sweet laughter, many hugs and kisses and of course, trains!

They will be stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky which is about 11 hours from me.  Far but not too far.  Until I see him again…

Tired but playing with Lego train

Tired but playing with Lego train

I love children's feet!

I love little feet!

That sweet face

That sweet face

Wondering what he can get into next...

Wondering what he can get into next…

Fascinated with the stairs and the catwalk

Fascinated with the stairs and the catwalk

A quick pic of Mommy and Chance

A quick pic of Mommy and Chance

Giving his GiGi (me) a kiss

Giving his GiGi (me) a kiss

Nanny cuddles her sleepy great grandson

Nanny cuddles her sleepy great grandson

It wasn’t only about Chance – his mommy and daddy – it made me happy seeing them too:)

Family (thanks Bren for helping get a smile from Chance)

Family (thanks Bren for helping get a smile from Chance)

Who is Josh? The groom of course!

I have to share an embarrassing moment with you.  I became so focused during the group shots after the wedding ceremony that I literally forgot my new nephew-in-law’s name.  Moni and I had compiled a list of everyone she wanted shots of and I had printed them onto cards for easy reference.  My Ray was calling out the names and I just kept saying “Where is Josh?” and at other times “Who is Josh?” while looking around for someone else to join the group…

I hope this isn’t the start of dementia although I’ve been known to do this before.  I’m just ditzy.  What can I say?!

Heeeeerrrreeee’s JOSH:

The starfish boutinerr

The starfish boutinerr

Handsome

Handsome

Charming

Charming

He's funny

He’s funny

He's Josh Bishop.  I know you Josh.  Sorry bout the confusion:)

He’s Josh Bishop. I know you Josh. Sorry bout the confusion:)

My Ray took several of these shots.  Not too shabby!  He was my “assistant” and he did me proud.

 

Getting her bride on

Last evening my niece got married on the sunny, sandy beaches of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.  I was asked to be their photographer and I couldn’t refuse. {BIG GULP}  It’s a huge responsibility capturing moments that are that…welll…momentous!  My husband Ray played my assistant and my dear sister Bren graciously let us use her Canon T1i dslr also.  There is a lot of details that I worried over – do I have enough batteries, are they charged?, do I have enough memory cards?, which lenses to use?, which settings?  OMG.  Big, no, HUGE responsibility here.

Here are a few highlights of the bride before getting into her dress:

Reflections

Reflections

Introspective

Introspective

She loves this dress!

She loves this dress!

Where's the bridesmaid?

Where’s the bridesmaid?

Manicure

Manicure

Can you see the starfish?

Can you see the starfish?

Beautiful

Beautiful

At the end of the day, I had 1500-ish photos!  I have deleted the blurry, dark and not worth fixing photos.  That leaves me at 1100 that I am looking at very closely.  There are plenty of magical moments and a few “what was I thinking?” and “why did I forget to grab the other camera for this one” shots too.  I’m not perfect though and I think my niece realizes that:-)  I think I will make her very happy with these – and Josh her wonderful and photogenic husband too!  Stay tuned for more wedding photos this week.