{food for thought}
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. {1 Thessalonians 5:16-18}

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bench Monday: Rainy Day Dentist Edition

This morning littlest bean & I hit the dentists office! And of course on our way out the door it started raining cats & dogs, ugh! Upon arrival he was quite taken with the waiting room & toys. It wasn't until they called us back that I got the floor drop. Mommies you know what I mean... the minute I took his hand to lead him back, he dropped to the floor & the scared whimpers started :( It broke my heart but they had Dinosaur Train on in the room, I sat in the chair with him in my lap while they did the cleaning. He did exceptionally well, yes he cried but did not shove at their advances in his mouth & he didn't bite anyone, YAY!!! Once we were finished they gave him a monkey sticker & choice of toothbrush (both I picked out as he was quite scared of the dental assistant at this point), plus a tooth checker!! Then he received a special coin for the outside reward machines, we decided on a bouncy ball, he was quite smitten with his pink swirly ball :o)

This was shot after the visit, during our 30 minute lay over, as it was pouring buckets still on our way out!! The littlest bean is fine, smitten with all his rewards & napping as I write :-) Here's to smooth sailing dental appointments!! In his hands one toothbrush (brush teeth), one pink swirly bouncy ball, monkey sticker on shirt, & one "NO THAT'S NOT YOURS!!" toothbrush under the chair!! ;-P

Happy Bench Monday!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bench Monday: St. Paddy's Edition!

As it goes... I did a pretty public BM last week & it's rainy/cold weather here today :( So I threw together a little St. Patrick's Day tribute, thought about doing this last week but decided to wait until this week, seeing as it's on Wednesday! So everybody toast your frosty pints with Seamus* to a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Well on Wednesday anyway, for now...

Happy Bench Monday
everybody! YAY!

**did you know that Seamus means, "supplanter", defined, to trip up or cause to stumble, it only seemed fitting :o) PS~ my bench is my recycle bin, i was trying to be green in so many ways & those are some of my favorite socks :-P

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mosaic Monday: 4 Likes, 4 Loves, 4 Smiles

4 things that make me smile:
my boys, toe socks, the beach, & photography
(my 5th choice, chocolate covered strawberries w/ mini kisses & yeah, there's a mini brownie under there, oh heaven!:)
4 things I love the smell of:
french vanilla cocoa, cookies, coffee, & babies
4 places I like to visit:
the creek in our backyard, Maymont, Carter Mountain Apple Orchard, & the mountains
Head on over to Little Red House & visit Mary to see other stunning Monday mosaics:)
Happy Mosaic Monday!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #8


Coffee is a Common Ground


Rock Collection
These are Orion's "diamonds" he has been collecting. A rock tumbler is on his birthday wish list!

Craw Daddy
Orion scooped this little guy up today, he was quite interesting to observe for a while. He is happily back in the creek where he belongs :)

Shadowy Saturday Sky
You can find more amazing shadow shots at Hey Harriet! And much thanks to Tracy for featuring one of my shadow shots in her weekly mosaics! Thanks Tracy!!

Happy Shadow Shot Sunday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Littlest Bean & Me :)

Nothing like a beautiful day & a picnic with pb&j sandwiches!
Can read more about our day here :o)

Spring is in the Air

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Toy Story Tuesday: The Boy Is Back!

Thought I would share what the boys were up to last weekend... lots of Daddy time! Ken took the kids to the craft store & purchased some wind up aeroplanes, what a sweet daddy:) Don't they just look so happy! Thanks for getting some great shots in babes!

Spring Has Sprung
View from our back porch:) I really like this one!

Self-Portrait #3
I think he has seen me take my picture in the mirror one too many times!

Stained Glass Sunlight
Love it! This is one of my favorites in our home, when the light filters through it is brilliant!

Quite taken with this photo, had to upload to tell what it was, slightly abstract, very excellent DoF & the composition is great! SOOC!

Video of the Week:
My hubby may kill me but I could not resist letting everyone watch how sweet Ethan is with his toy bear! My heart just melted a little :)

Let your little one be creative, and see what their imagination congers up! Display it proud for them, doesn't have to be photography, draw or paint a picture, shoot a video in a creative way, make a routine or compose a song! We can't wait to see what you come up with! Please grab our button from the top of the sidebar to display, go get creative with the kids and come back here to link up and share your own "Toy Story".

Wanted to say a special THANK YOU to Sunny Day Today Mama & Not So Average Mama for coming these past weeks & linking up. We love seeing all your wonderful images :)

Happy Toy Story Tuesday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bench Monday: Child's Play

Went to the park today (hence no Mosaic Monday & Toy Story Tuesday will be posted later tomorrow, but to have this day was completely worth it!)with my littlest bean & it was the perfect day for it! We ran in wide on spaces, played with sticks, mommie captured her first long exposure water shot (thanks to some wonderful advice), had a picnic of PB&J sandwiches, strawberries & cheetos, yummy! We saw plants budding & blooming, pansies, buffalo, birds, bees & blue skies, we felt the warm sun with a cool breeze & a renewed sense of life, Old Man Winter was quite harsh this year. We smelled freshly racked leaves with Spring underneath, flowers, grass from the warmth of the sun, & by the end of it all, happily enough, dirt from the day's play :) The bean was quite worn out!

We had several benches to choose from but this one is beautiful & happy & makes me smile :) It's sits at the entrance of the park I tried to get the bean up there one time, quite slippery! Oddly enough this was literally the last picture of the day, card full & battery hating me :o) Glad Stella held out long enough to get this shot!

Hope everyone else had a day full of sunshine, play & laughter!
Happy Bench Monday!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #7

Happy Sunday everyone! First let me apologize for my blogging hiatus, was getting quite burnt out. But I'm back, refreshed & ready for posting to resume! Here are some shadows I caught along the way...

Circle of Love
Helped my best friend print her wedding invites... twice:)

Received these two beautiful martini glasses from my 'Martini Madness' Apron swap I was in last month... Thank you so much Kelly, I just love them!

Learned how to use my cookie cutter tool last night... woohoo!

Too Tower

Pieces of You

Saturday Mornings
You can find more amazing shadow shots at Hey Harriet!

Happy Shadow Shot Sunday!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bench Monday: The Great Debate

Our days seem to gravitate around this room lately... notice potty seat:) But my real reasoning behind this is...

Every time I see any of these commercials here... I laugh, uncontrollably! Back when my hubby & I first started living together, I would constantly remind him to please make sure the TP rolled from under! Cause you know, that's how I rolled:) Over the years he wore me down, tried & tried to keep the "under' alive, but I lost 'The Great Debate' in our home, "over" ruled the roll. Must say though, I've been converted, our home supports that perfect little triangle.

Who won your 'Great Debate'?


Happy Bench Monday!

Texture Credit: pareerica