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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Baby, You're a Firework

I've been feeling a little down lately. While my Facebook and Instagram feeds are flooded with photos of people having fun in the Summer sun, I have been cooped up at work. But even when I am not at work, I often just want to stay in the house because it's just too darn hot out (and my child hates the heat even more than I do). My energy is drained, my asthma symptoms flare up, bugs bite me, there's no hockey to watch, friends are too busy with other activities ... I am definitely not Summer's biggest fan. I actually think I may have SAD (seasonal affective disorder), the Summer version, because for as long as I can remember I tend to be a bit depressed this time of year. And yes, I am absolutely allowed to complain now because I was in all my glory while we had several feet of snow this past Winter! :)

I am looking forward to my favorite season, Autumn, in a couple of months, followed by my second favorite, Winter. Harvest time activities, Halloween, Christmas, the perfect weather (even snow!) -- that is when I am happiest. However, I am trying to make an effort to be more in the present, as well as more grateful. So I've come up with a list of things that I enjoy about the Summer:
  1. Fireworks on the Fourth of July, even if I do have to wear headphones to tone down the sound.
  2. Swimming, in pools or at the beach.
  3. Being by the ocean, whether to just eat or spend the day at the beach or just sit and watch the boats go by.
  4. School vacation. Mom needs a break, too!
  5. Traveling. We don't get to go away every year, but we have something planned this year, and I'm really looking forward to it.
  6. Flip flops. Only thing better is bare feet!
  7. The State Fair. Always a good time.
  8. My birthday. One of these years, I am going to celebrate it right.
  9. Summer hockey league. So thankful for year-round ice rinks!
  10. Fresh fruits and vegetables. It's so easy to eat healthy during this time of year. Currently enjoying: watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Josh and I are pretty obsessed with the cukes!
  11. Bonus: thunderstorms. They've been a little scary lately, but they can also be exciting sometimes. And I've gotten some wicked cloud photos. As long as they don't damage me, my people, or any of my stuff, they are cool.
Here are some photos of one of my favorite summer activities, the Fourth of July fireworks.

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What do you love about summer?

Linking up with Ruchira on this (not very wordless) Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Writer's Workshop: Photo Bomb

This week, I'm following the prompt, "5. Photographs can turn a house into a home. Share a photograph that is not on your wall, but should be…if you weren’t so lazy about actually putting it there."

When I read this prompt, I thought, now there's the story of my life! I take photographs all the time but rarely do anything with them, except maybe post them to Flickr or Instagram and possibly send them to others. If the photos are lucky, they may even make it to this blog and be seen by one or two readers. I keep telling Joshua that I am going to make some photo books, but that hasn't happened yet. I absolutely love taking photos, but the problem with taking as many as I do is that it's so time consuming to go through them all and do anything with them. Maybe it was easier back in the film days when we couldn't take 200 photos in a three hour span.

All those photos, and my poor walls are totally empty.

There are other things that I need to hang, as well: a growth chart for Joshua that I probably should put up before he stops growing, a few pieces of art that he made in school this year which I absolutely adore, two photos that I won recently, my state-fair-prize-winning photos that are sitting in boxes with ribbons attached. In fact, I have a whole closet full of potential wall decorations, but haven't had the time or energy to really do anything with them.

I need more hours in the day, and probably more sleep.

It also doesn't help that our current home is temporary -- an apartment to stay in until I can save up some money to buy a house. But that doesn't mean I can't make it more homey while we are here. So, I'm feeling a little motivated now (thanks, Mama Kat!). I think wall decorating needs to be my next big project.

For the sake of the prompt, I went through some photos online and chose a few I thought would look good on my walls.

Perhaps a cute collage with these two (Beluga whales are such hams!):

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Maybe a more creative photo of Joshua:

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Or some owls in our newly-decorated, owl-themed bathroom (the boy loves his owls):

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And some other of our favorite animals, for good measure:

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It will take a little time and effort, but I am sure we'll be able to find the right photos to make our house feel like a home. Now, to buy some frames...

Mama’s Losin’ It

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: July

My blogging and photography have continued to take the back burner lately, but I am hoping to be able to re-prioritize that soon. I wish I had more hours in the day! Here's a catch-up featuring some of my favorite photos (so far) of July. All from my smartphone, but I'm hoping to get out with the D-SLR again very soon!

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The mad scientist, telling me all about the meters. He's obsessed with the Magic School Bus books and shows right now (he loves science), and he's having a blast at his summer hockey camp.

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All aboard! I brought the little man to see the ship his great-grandfather was stationed on during WWII, the USS Massachusetts. He had a blast (no pun intended!) exploring the ship and it was even more exciting for him knowing that Papa had been on it. Papa brought me and all the kids in our family here when we were young, so it was really special to be able to share this with my little guy. I'm so glad it's here so we can share our history.

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Bunks! He didn't think they felt too bad.

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Shamrocks on the USS Joseph P Kennedy, which is also stationed at Battleship Cove

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Slightly alarming cloud above Walmart

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Raindrops

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The cool little guy I rescued from the pool

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Chilling out on a hot day (my birthday!) at our friend's pool

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Storm clouds and young cornstalks

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Fore!

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Flying his plane at the beach

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Lobster boy!

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Watching planes and helicopters ride off into the sunset
Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Fun

Summer only officially started this past Sunday, but we have already been enjoying some outdoor fun and summer sports. I was excited to attend my first polo match a couple of weeks ago.

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My friends and I hadn't been to Fenway Park in a while, so we got tickets to a Red Sox game a couple of weeks ago. It was a perfect day for a game, weather-wise, but Sox lost pretty badly to the Blue Jays. Still lots of fun, though. We had great seats, but my brother's were better: front row, right on the third base line. Lucky duck!

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This little dude is now a Kindergarten graduate. Can you believe it? Time is flying. He's still enjoying the golf, although he's not a big fan of the warmer weather (like mother, like son). He'll be playing some hockey this summer, so he can keep cool in the ice rink. I'll be doing the same!

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The first day of Summer started out cloudy, foggy and cool around here, but ended pretty decently. I went to visit my dad, since it was Father's Day, and we took a quick trip down to the beach. Pretty soon, we'll be heading down there to swim!

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That night, there was a gorgeous sunset. There's a lot to love about summer in southern New England!

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Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Hydrangea

This plant was a gift from my mother for Mother's Day (yes, I got her something nice, as well). Despite the fact that we haven't gotten much rain lately, I have been keeping it watered, along with my hanging plant, and they actually seem to be doing pretty well. Green thumbs up to someone who hasn't always had the best track record with plants!

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Wordless Wednesday with Ruchira is currently on hiatus, but I wanted to post, anyway.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Looking Skyward

This past weekend was our local air show. I live really close to the base, so I was able to catch a lot of it from my house. I caught some of the US Navy's Blue Angels performance from outside:

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And some from my bedroom window:

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The Canadian Forces' Snowbirds were there, as well. I caught most of their performance from the car on Saturday, while stuck in traffic trying to bring Joshua up to his golf lessons. And I caught some from the backyard on Sunday:

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The real birds were entertaining, too. I missed several hummingbird photo ops, but caught these black birds. Crows? I'm not sure, but I do know that you can see the damage done to our poor tree by an inchworm infestation. They were really bad everywhere in our town this Spring.

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Most of the other birds were freaking out, but this one wanted in on the action with the Blue Angels:

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It was fun looking up to the sky this week. It was a bit of a challenge to get some good photos, but it definitely helped me learn more about my camera to take shots from a new perspective.

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday