Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CY365: Tree

The trees outside are frosty and cold.  The tree in here seems much more inviting, even if it is vinyl on the wall.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Catch Up Time

It's CY365 catch up time.  I've been missing in action, at least in the blogging world.  And well... here ya go.
February 13: Swing
I opted not to do this one because a) we don't have a swing b) the swings we have access to are covered with snow and c) the only alternative I could thing of was "mood swing" and no one wants to see that.  You're welcome.
February 14: Love
Nothing says love like heart shaped bacon... nothing.
February 15: Pride
I bought Ben a pair of church shoes so he could look all stellar and stuff. I just thought they would look so cute on his little feet and we could go to church all proud of our well dressed little boy. There was just a slight problem. He HATED them. I mean hate. I put them on and he actually threw a fit! Being a good parent I laughed as he stomped around trying to get the offending things off. Oh we have a lot to learn!

February 16: Emotion
Nothing could have prepared me for the unexpected Valentine that showed up in my mailbox. It made my week!  No offense honey, but this... this... was just awesome.  Emotions? I think so.
The inside says "... to tell me that you've stolen my heart."
February 17: Color from the Garden
Clearly the people making these prompts live somewhere much different than here.  And because this is my photo capturing tour, I decided to take this one literally.  So here is exactly what my garden looks like right now.

February 18: A Favorite Snack
Favorite snack? Anything chocolate.  But it was not nearly as photographable as my little guy enjoying his favorite snack.  There's a whole ritual involved.  He talks to it, he holds it up to be praised by all, he rubs it on his face, and finally he eats it.  Behold the graham cracker.
On an non-photograph related note, I am really quite enjoying this project.  Especially when I gave up on the "artsy" side that I wanted to pursue.  The title is Capture Your 365.  Well this is it. My life.  My people.  Exactly what is happening. 365 days of the year.  Or at least the 28 days of February.
Happy Monday everyone.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CY365: three days worth!

February 10: Garage

I wasn't quite sure what to take for this picture since we have no garage.  I thought perhaps I could take a picture of everything that would go in the garage should we actually get one, and I'm not just talking about the car.  Camping equipment and random things like sanders and jigsaws.  All stuff that a garage would welcome.  Then I thought perhaps I could have a little fun with Ben and make a garage for his many cars and trains.  Then I stumbled upon this beauty just proving that my "forced play time" can never make up for what he does on his own.

I literally stumbled upon this and knew it was the perfect "garage" shot.

February 11: Entertain

Sometimes nothing brings quite so much entertainment to both young and old than a simple balloon.

February 12: Celebrate

This is for David. A true celebration.  We have some daily goals that we get points for.  When we reach 200 then the other person has to do something for us.  I get a massage and David gets pie.  This is a Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie that turned out pretty darn good. And the cheesy look on his face says it all.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

CY365: Through the looking glass

I had so hoped to capture an Alice in Wonderland experience but I completely lacked the white rabbit with the pocket watch and there was certainly no magic hole or burrow or whatever it was that he was supposed to run down.  If there was, then it is most definitely covered with snow and I'm fairly certain I would have had to send Ben.  And then he would have just got caught up with the Mad Hatter and forgotten to take pictures.

So instead you get me.

What do you see through the looking glass? 

Friday, February 8, 2013


I've missed sharing my words, my soul, myself.  I feel kind of empty and bare which is odd because my life is so very much not empty or bare.

I got sick this week and it took two whole days out of me and threw off the entire rest of everything.  I keep on waiting for Monday to show up again so that I can have a do-over.  And fresh start.  A chance to do the week better.  A chance to get my Wednesday back in all of it's friendly glory.  A chance to get things taken care of so that the weekend plans aren't thrown off.

But it doesn't work that way.  Today my husband is at home and the plans that were for tonight got changed this morning and I'm still struggling to adjust.  Part of me is glad of the change in plans, but part of me was honestly looking forward to the event.  Even though the event leaves me at home and takes my wonderful David away for the night.  I was looking forward to a gluttony of downtime completely guilt free.  What is it about having someone else at home that makes me question everything I do?  Like it's not good enough or hard enough to be worthy of the precious minutes out there to be taken.


Do you ever feel like this?

CY365: More than one

I loved this prompt.  It make me think about my single days and then the early married days and then now.  How much different life turned out than I had planned!  Different in a good way.  Different in ways that I never thought I would end up appreciating.

Those of you who know my story, or rather our story, know that David and I had a difficult time finding each other in the first place.  Then we had an even more difficult time getting Ben.  In fact we didn't think we'd get him at all.  I never want to forget those struggles because they helped us become who we are.  I never want to forget because trials teach compassion.  Because empathy goes a long way.  Because I never want to take for granted the more than oneness that I have.

Happy Friday.  May your weekend be just what you hope for.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

CY365: Use Your Senses

I have a ridiculous love for my child.  And I make no apologies.  He delights me so much.  He makes me laugh all the stinkin' time and I just can not get enough of his smiles and giggles and facial expressions.  Today the picture topic is Use Your Senses.  There are many things that I could have taken.  But most of those involved way too much effort and at the time I was taking these I just was not feeling all that hot. 

But Ben? Oh Ben.  Whenever I do laundry his favorite thing is to walk around with a pair of silky underwear on his head because he can see through them and loves the texture.  It totally cracks me up.  This is an old curtain that I cut up for him to walk around with instead.  He LOVES it.  Gets a giggle out of him every time and lots and lots of hugs.  He thinks it's the bees knees and so do I.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CY365: Backlit

I just can't get enough of this little guy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CY365: Nap

Naps don't happen very often at my house.  Well at least not for me.  But if I did get to take one, even for a few minutes, this is most likely what it would look like.  I would have the blanket on my lap and book open somewhere and be drifting off until The Ben tells me I can no longer.  Sometimes I wish his nap were longer.

Monday, February 4, 2013

CY365: Beat

Caramel chocolate brownies.  Downton Abbey.  How could anyone win against that combination.  Consider me beat!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

CY365: Pop of Red

Good enough to eat.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CY 365: Shadow

A shadow of his usual self.

Friday, February 1, 2013

CY365: Heartfelt Sentiments

I'm doing this.  I have tried to do it before but failed.  Mostly because my ambition went out the window, which is also why you never saw my attempts.  There weren't any! But it's February.  There is snow on the ground but the air is warmer.  There are things to look forward to this month.  And it's short.  Perhaps with all of these combined, I will actually do it!

First photo prompt:
Heartfelt Sentiments

We have a joint journal.  One that we write in for each other.  Not so much for posterity, but something that is fun for us.