Sunday, February 28, 2010


One of several shelves of National Geographic magazines Todd can't let go . . .

Saturday, February 27, 2010


We took Pippin & Steve to a local shelter's fundraiser. They were offering discounts on baths and microchipping, so off we went. You'd think by these photos that the dogs actually enjoyed it. For the record . . . they did not.

More photos and details of our experience here.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Trunk of the big tree in our backyard.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Pippin. Girlfriend. Muppet eyebrows. Black nose. Brown eyes. Ear tufts. Precious girl.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


If you plant a feather, will it grow? It appears so in this case.

The TRUTH? Pillow murdered. Dogs involved. Feathers everywhere. We now have feather trees.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Kids in the pool! Every year, we take our fourth grade students to the district's Natatorium for a week of swimming lessons. This is a small part of the large group that did NOT know how to swim.

Monday, February 22, 2010


One of Todd's favorite salads of late:

Fresh Spinach leaves
Feta Cheese
Dried Cranberries
Toasted Almonds
Creamy Basalmic Dressing

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Poppyseed Chicken (minus the poppyseeds I was out of) for dinner!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I obviously didn't take this shot (since it's crooked and has glares and I'm in it), but it's an important photo because it is me with my friends!

Friday, February 19, 2010


Call 911 -my Cricut died.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


In fourteen days, we will celebrate our third wedding anniversary.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Warning: Signs may not be as true as they appear.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


My niece, Whitney, turns 17 today so you get a photo of us from last summer instead of a new one. Cute of her, weird of me.

Monday, February 15, 2010


We still have snow left! Not much snow, but there is some. It looks like a snowman pooped in our yard, but he didn't.

We are the last house on the street to still have snow, albeit just a small mound.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


While hanging out in front of the fireplace trying to warm my toes, I played with my white balance settings. I love the differences I see and want to practice more with my WB settings.

WB Auto:
WB Daylight:

WB Shade:
WB Cloudy:
WB Tungsten Light:

WB White Fluorescent light:

WB Flash:

And the obligatory Steve-being-needy shot:

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Well, the snow is slowly starting to thaw. :( These photos are from yesterday and last night. My neighbors, Molly and Jenny, and I decided to have happy hour - outside in the snow. We were prepared with coats, gloves, a fire pit, and of course a lot of wine!

Our fancy wine cooler:

Molly and her snowman hanging out.

Molly's & Jenny's big boys start building another snowman

Little Travis decides he wants to hit me with snowballs.
Molly's dog, Jack, liked to catch and eat snowballs. I was pretty proud of getting this shot.

Molly & Jenny enjoying our winter wonderland.

Molly and I enjoying our happy hour. Oh, and I tell you we were in her FRONT yard? :) We definitely had a few people drive by and break their necks looking at us!

The fire pit not only kept us warm, but also took us up a notch into the ranks of "suburban rednecks."
Overall, we had a great time! It did get a bit cold, but we warmed up by the fire. When it got dark, we went inside to eat warm chili and chowder to keep us warm. We might have to make this a tradition!

Friday, February 12, 2010


Not only did it snow throughout the night, it kept going! We had record snowfall in Dallas! We received at least a foot of that powdery goodness. While I know the thaw is going to suck, I relished in the beauty and fun we had today.

Pippin, sprinkled with snow, loving on Daddy.
Frolicking in the snow is just like frolicking in the grass. Rawr!

Don't think we'll need to water using this for a while.
At this point, we'd received ten inches of snow. And, no, I didn't have on any makeup but I sure didn't care!Todd is over 6'3" and he was up to his calves in snow as well.
I made a snow angel! Yep, I'm twelve.

This tree across the street was really feeling the weight of the snow. It was one of the few that didn't lose at least a branch.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


The snow began hours before sunrise. It was so beautiful! I took dozens and dozens of photos today, but I'll only post my favorites.

I woke up to this kind of beauty:

Steve impresses me with his snow eating skillz before I leave for work.

It was killing me to be stuck inside and not out playing in the snow and taking lots of photographs. So, I packed up my class & we headed outside for some fun!

This shot just cracks me up! The big smiles on my students' faces let me know that I made the right choice taking them out to play.
By the time I got home, our house was blanketed in beautiful, white powder.

Big flakes continued to fall throughout the night. This tree is a 40 year old Maple in our backyard.

This tree is a three year old Red Oak in our front yard.

School was finally canceled at 10:00 tonight. I can't wait to play and shoot in the snow tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Jump Rope for Heart begins today! Our students will be jumping to raise money for heart disease this week. I'm glad they get to use colorful ropes!

Monday, February 8, 2010


My teammates at work rock!!

Pam - I've taught with her for eight years. She was smiling because she's going on a cruise later this week.

Monica - I've taught with her for five years. She won't be happy that I posted this photo, but it makes me smile.

Trenise - I've taught with her for four years. She's always ready to strike a pose!