Some more randomness in photos and drivel

This outfit is a big reason I started selling LuLaRoe: it makes me feel cute. Plus pockets. I’m so jazzed!! I’m taking my son to see Flogging Molly tomorrow! It’s his first concert and I think I’m way more excited than he is. It snowed here in SC. Weird. 

Word. All the words. 

I’m in big girl school! 

This owl picture…probably every kid born in the ’70’s has this picture. My friend Kebrina gave me this picture; I really wanted it because I remember it from my grandma’s house. ❤

This is from that time I wore a skirt as a top and played the cello for trick or treaters. …it was clearly a very dark time. 😉 

Halloween was fun last year.

Baseball season ❤⚾️

My husband’s promotion ceremony. I’m so in love with this man. 

So…there’s some stuff that I should have been blogging about but totally didn’t. 

I think next I’ll blog about my new workout. It sucks. You’ll love it. 😎

A Year’s Review in Photos

I don’t really dig those “Christmas Letters” that some people send with their Christmas cards. Heck, this year?… I didn’t even get around to sending cards. (I promise, Dear Friends, someday I’ll make it up to you.) Since its 0500 and I’ve not been to bed yet and New Year’s is only a few days away, I figured I should post something on my blog to “recap” 2013. …’cos…you know…I should.

Our family went snow skiing in the mountains of North Carolina. I'd never been skiing before; I didn't die, so I consider it a success.
Our family went snow skiing in the mountains of North Carolina. I’d never been skiing before; I didn’t die, so I consider it a success.
First ever trail race, a Half-Marathon with my hubby.
First ever trail race, a Half-Marathon with my hubby.
…okay. a LOT of spring rain.
…okay. a LOT of spring rain.
After an 8 hour flight in a C5-Galaxy, the kids were zonked when we finally arrived in Germany.
After an 8 hour flight in a C5-Galaxy, the kids were zonked when we finally arrived in Germany.
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Venice!
a dear Italian lady and her kitchen fire
a dear Italian lady and her kitchen fire
new Italian friends! I didn't understand 90% of what they said, but I love them.
new Italian friends! I didn’t understand 90% of what they said, but I love them.
My son…taking pictures…at the Vatican museum. Joy!!
My son…taking pictures…at the Vatican museum. Joy!!
a really terrible photo of the Pieta inside St. Peter's Basilica. The photo is bad because I was too busy crying to see clearly. THE PIETA. IN REAL LIFE. IN ROME. I said prayers at the tomb of John Paul II, I attended mass, I wept with joy. St. Peter's Basilica…
a really terrible photo of the Pieta inside St. Peter’s Basilica. The photo is bad because I was too busy crying to see clearly. THE PIETA. IN REAL LIFE. IN ROME. I said prayers at the tomb of John Paul II, I attended mass, I wept with joy. St. Peter’s Basilica…
When I remember Bristol, I remember this: cool breezes, soft beds, calm moments after Italy's heated chaos. My daughter was so happy by the water lilies at our hostel.
When I remember Bristol, I remember this: cool breezes, soft beds, calm moments after Italy’s heated chaos. My daughter was so happy by the water lilies at our hostel.
outside a pub in Bristol…nice weirdos are the best kind. :)
outside a pub in Bristol…nice weirdos are the best kind. 🙂
Our family had so much fun finding all the Grommits in Bristol!
Our family had so much fun finding all the Grommits in Bristol!

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff was a treat. Seeing the inside of the TARDIS, getting up close to River Song’s relics, hearing the kids debate which of the Doctors was the best… positively priceless memories!
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King's Cross Station, London!
King’s Cross Station, London!
…because kilts, that's why.
…because kilts, that’s why.

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London… loved it!

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the view from The Eye.

Visiting the Harry Potter studios in Leavesden was positively magical. I took about a million photos, but these are a couple of my favorites:

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(A Color Run!)

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I’ve run more miles and travelled more places than I ever have before. I hired a coach and gained a friend. My kids are taller, healthier, happier than they were last year. I love my husband more today than yesterday and we are stronger than ever, looking forward to adventures unknown.

It was a year of carrying around stuff I should never have picked up, then blissfully setting it all back down again. It was a year of being cut to the core by family, of hurting family, of knee-buckling pain. It was a year of learning the power of forgiveness and consequence. Some lessons were really, really hard-learned; I’m sad they needed teaching in the first place, but they will never be forgotten.

2013 was a pretty decent year and I’m glad to have been blessed to live it. If time travel were possible, I don’t think I’d want 2013 back…maybe just stretch out the hugs a little more. I am, without a doubt, eager to put 2013 behind me and embrace the snot out of 2014.

Here’s to an amazing 2014. “…may the earth rise to meet our feet…”

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Rome in Photos

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^^^the Metro. Very stinky, very graffiti’d, very fast.

Every day that we’ve been in Rome (except today), we’ve come back to the hostel completely knackered. (“Crumb-crackered” as I’m learning from some fellow travelers from the UK.) It’s really hot and really crowded.

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The Pantheon

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Some of the crowds aren’t too bad; friendly, moving along quickly. Others are just miserable, sweaty masses of humanity that make me fear zombie apocalypse even more.

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In the Piazza de Popolo (for all of your executionary needs) there were men trying to push roses at women. “You beautiful! You need flower. Here. You take. You take.” Finally, I said, “My husband gives me no money. Go talk to him.” and they left me alone.

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This ^^^ guy says, “Look at the check! They charged me €10 for sitting at a table to eat.” Seriously. We got the bill and couldn’t figure it out, but sure enough…above the €12 beef, the €6 bread (which they put on the table without asking), was €10 “for the convenience of a seat at table.”

When in Rome, eat take away! 🙂

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…and some Weeping Angels for the DW fans…

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The Trevi Fountain

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…people^^^ everywhere.

The last hoorah for Rome was the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Perer’s Basilica. …next post!

Images of Comfort

I’m so glad to be home…

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Visiting family is great…

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…home is fabulous.

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…especially the kitchen…

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I mean, no one misses the laundry room…

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…or the bathroom. (unless, of course, they have a particularly sumptuous bathtub, which, being in Army housing, I don’t have.)

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…but a kitchen…a really comfy, cozy, well-appointed, familiar kitchen is a place of true joy.

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The family recipes and spices wait patiently, offering belly hugs and smiles…

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Welcome to home.

(also, I can’t wait to get my hands on a working computer; love my phone, super grateful for it, but miss a keyboard.)

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^^^^ latest addition to this ….

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…and being as it hurts quite a bit to run a long distance race, I suppose that makes the last two photos images of discomfort.

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…I love my dog. 🙂 And look! She’s comfy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: LAUNCH

Weekly Photo Challenge: LAUNCH

I use this photo quite a bit. I love everything about it: the day it was snapped was lovely and the memories bring me joy. The colors are rich (thanks to a UV filter…the sun was wicked-bright), the composition is spot-on (totally shot from the hip), and the feeling of movement in the photo is…moving. The lens was a kit lens from when I purchased my first DSLR, an Olympus E-620, although the camera body that day was a very new Oly E-5. The LaunchER is my husband. The LaunchEE is my oldest son. …boys…


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Ute Lake, Logan, New Mexico
Olympus E-5, Zuiko 14-42mm lens w/UV polarizing filter, aperture priority, developed in Olympus Master 2.

Mine. Not Yours.