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Friday, June 22, 2018

GIVEAWAY - FREE SEAT in Lightroom 101 Class!

It's GIVEAWAY time again! This time it's for a FREE seat in my upcoming class, Lightroom 101, that starts on July 9th! Only folks who have never taken this class from Ordinary Miracles Photography are eligible.
This all-online class is beginner through intermediate level and will demonstrate how I edit photos efficiently via Lightroom. I’ll keep it simple, use easy-to-understand language, and give step-by-step instructions in both written lessons and over 20 video demonstrations. I will not toss a PDF and drop you, but rather I'll walk you through the whole thing! My classes are quite interactive, and we’re going to do this together! Via a private group just for our class, you can share your photos {or not,} ask questions, and get feedback anytime throughout the class. You will be able to see what other students are doing and asking in the class too. You choose when to check in online, view course material, and there’s no pressure because you work at your own pace. You can participate during nap time, in the middle of the night, only on the weekends, or whenever. Feel free to come to class in your jammies! I will be available the whole time for questions and to offer clarifications and information. No secrets. If I know it, I’m willing to share it! 

The details and registration for the class are HERE, and if you have any questions about it, please don't hesitate to contact me! I'll announce the winner on my Facebook and Instagram pages in a week's time.

Fingers are crossed for you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

puppy kisses

Someone was asking for kisses, 
...and got an abundance of them shortly there after.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

We had a little scare...

After this... years of this...
This photo was taken after Jude came home from a long busy day. His feet were/are hurting him, and he's rubbing them.
Jude's feet are being a bit "not right" right now.

We're not sure what that "not right" actually is, but currently not right is presenting itself in the form of pain, awkward positioning, decreased flexibility, and a limp that has lasted for almost 3 weeks now. 

We think
we hope
we pray that it is just simply an injury that is on the mend already. We've been in contact with Jude's pediatric orthopedic surgeon (all the way over in Missouri, and the best one in the world in my opinion) and after listening to my concerns via email and watching videos, he says all looks good to him too. In other words, no sign of a relapse.
But still.
You know that little mama-gut feeling in the back of you head that says something just isn't right, like the time they swore that Ru's arm wasn't broke, and it was 'cause they x-rayed the wrong arm, the one that wasn't broken but the other one was broken all along... well I've got that uneasy, something-ain't-right feeling again.

My very non medical mama gut says an injury should have healed by now, an injury he would have gotten just by being a kid, riding his bike, playing golf, just being active mind you. Or I'm over reacting. Or I'm just worried 'cause I'm a mom and that's what I do.
All of which are quite possible options.

It's probably nothing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My favorite foursome

This is how we spend many o' afternoons in the summer.
Know that I am not a golf gal. I'm a blue collar, barely-wears-shoes gal that often finds herself feeling completely out of place on a golf course.

Several years back I tried really hard to learn how to play golf. I got lessons and practiced. I gave it a good couple years too. And still after a couple years it still felt like the strangest, contort-you-body-in-the-oddest-ways sport. And I threw in the proverbial golf towel. I wish it didn't but it did. And I know it's a fault of mine, but I don't like to do things that I'm not particularly good at. I should change that. But maybe not starting with golf, okay? 
But the kids play golf, and they learn how to carry their own clubs and how not to cheat even when they can. And over the years I've learned a lot of the rules to help them along. I can usually pick out the right club for them to use, and truth be told I can order a cocktail and drive that golf cart around the  course like nobody's business! And I do love lots of the rules of golf and how they are often about how to get along and respect one another. So even though I'm far from a golf mom, I am and mom, and I like to take the kids to play golf in the late afternoon. It's pretty. It's outside. The crow are usually cawing. The light in gorgeous as it filters through the trees. It's good summer stuff for sure. 
On some days my little foursome play 1 hole and on others we play 6 and only go in cause it's so dark we can't see the ball any more. Sometimes they take a friend along, sometimes their cousins join them, and sometimes it's just them. Sometimes it take over an hour to play one hole. Sometimes it take 15 strokes to get out of the sand trap. Sometimes someone makes the green of a short par-3 in one stroke! Sometimes the play ends up in tears and a great teaching opportunity about how it's all about trying our best and enjoying being together.  
But every time I come away thinking how it's such a wonderful amazing way to just be together and enjoy each other's company even though we are all so very different. And how lucky we are to have the opportunity to do it! We really are!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Photo Gallery {Jupiter: Ghost Bar}

A Photo Gallery image for the photo buffs to analyze and mull over.
24mm, 30 sec, f/22, ISO 100
The name of the bar is Jupiter. LOVED this bar. Had a great feel to it.

For the record, no ghosts haunt this bar, well none that I know of. But it kinda look like they haunt the bar stools in this one!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Seattle. Or rather Bainbridge

Someone suggested we take the ferry and get of Seattle for a bit. I was so glad we did! 

This is Bainbridge. I do this a lot when I travel, maybe everyone does, but it's one of the (many) places where I said, Yep I could totally see myself living here. 

So we took the ferry and walked into this little idyllic town. We meandered. It's the perfect little town for the word "meander." We found the farmer's market. We found crepes. We found a little wine bar, (pictured below) sampled some local wine and played cards. 
It was pretty amazing and one of my favorite places and times in our little trip.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Photo Gallery {Pike Place Market}

I think this is my favorite pic from our Seattle trip.

If you ever travel with me, know that I carry a big heavy camera with me everywhere and often randomly stop to capture memories. It makes getting anywhere take twice as long as necessary.
Photography shouldn't be a secret. Here are the stats...
63mm, 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 250
I love the juxtaposition of the 2 individuals in this pic. I love the composition of the suggested diagonal line that leads from the lower left to the frame's right, yet is split vertically top to bottom by 2 subjects. I love the tourist vs performer, one looks down, one looks out but really where is he looking? I love the way she's seemingly oblivious to an accordion-playing cat. "Cause really who in the world can be oblivious to an accordion-playing cat?!

I love anyone that can pull off wearing a Pittsburg bag in an iconic Seattle location

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Seattle: Pike Place Market and Gum Alley

First more half-aversary.

'Cause you cannot go to Seattle without going to Pike Market Place, right?
Or #1 Startbucks?
Did you know that there's a place in Seattle where they just put chewing gum on the wall? I thought "Gum Alley" was gonna be named after someone famous or important, you know, like the very influential Mr Gum. 
It's really just chewed up gum in an alley. And people come and add to it and take photos... Go figure! 

Seattle: Odds & Ends

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Hello summer! and Seattle

I'm behind.
Will you forgive me?
So behind.

For the first time in forever, I think, I'm simultaneously teaching a class, taking a class and writing a class. I love doing all 3, so it's not a bad thing! But it sure is a time sucker. Especially when there is an abundance of horribly important summer time activities that need to be done, like walks that need to be walked, bingo cards that need to be marked, humming birds to feed, playing cards that need to be shuffled, dandelions that need to be blown, popsicles to make (and eaten!) and geraniums that need to be planted. Not to mention the very adorable yet time-consuming puppy doodle, and that's like having a new baby!
This is my summer in a nutshell.

And the poor blog is feeling pretty neglected.
That being said, I need to catch up on some events here in bloggy land, that need to be marked in time. So here it goes.

Seattle - Part I
It was lovely!
Seattle, do you know how awesome you are? With your modern approach and fresh ideas? Papa and I traveled to Seattle for a long weekend for our annual anniversary half-aversary celebration. And we went with our good friends that we've known since high school. 'Cause evidently when you've been married long enough you invite your friends on your half-aversary trip.
In the next couple days, I'm going to try my best and play catch up.
Starting with my Seattle pics.

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