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Serenity…for now

I finally finished Nursing School!  It doesn’t feel quite real, and honestly it’s only the first step in actually being a nurse, but it is still a huge accomplishment.  Before I tackle the next challenge (the national license exam) I am enjoying a bit of a much deserved vacation.  Part of which includes reviewing the pictures I have taken over the past few months.  Granted, I haven’t had a lot of time to snap photos, but my husband did surprise me with a trip to the Japanese Gardens in Portland last month so I thought I’d share some of them with you.

Enjoy!

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New phone, fun with pictures

My old phone refused to hold a charge for months. It was so bad I was permanently hooked up to an external battery. It was one of those situations where I was close enough to the end of our contract (we signed before the new no contact plans) that it didn’t seem worth it to buy an extra battery. Any way, to make a long story short, I got a new phone with a very nice camera.

Bet you can guess what comes next….flowers! And maybe a cat too because he’s cute.

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More garden pics

I’m sure that I have posted similar pictures every year I have had this blog, but I feel that you can never have too many flower pictures =)

Enjoy!

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Garden Fun

Wow, two blog posts in one week!  The end of the semester must be close.  The past few days have yielded amazing weather in the pacific northwest which means that my days off have been spent outside soaking up the sun.  I have been having fun playing with my new zoom lens I got for Christmas which is great for photographing the kids, but not so much flowers.    However, I have used it on a few occasions and had some success.  I have been working on angles and lighting, but  mostly I am just enjoying the flowers.

Happy Spring!

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Life is changing…fast

Time is flying by and my little boy will be three on Wednesday!  My little girl is turning one next month and I am going back to school in June.  Yes, that’s right.  I got accepted to nursing school.  It is an accelerated program so it’s only 15 months, but I suspect that it is going to be a very busy and tough year and three months.  Needless to say, not only has this blog sort of taken a back burner already, but it will become even more so.

While I still have some time I have been teaching my boy (and my daughter who is constantly with me too) about gardening, plant growth and reproduction.  He has taken to it and has become very skilled at weeding and finding worms.  It is really great to see how much he loves the earth.  This year we made a trip to the nursery to buy plants for a planter.  His favorite color is yellow, so naturally he wanted only yellow plants.  I had to help him round out his color palate a bit, but it was a really great bonding moment.  I also found some time, especially with the amazing weather we’ve been having, to take some more pictures.

Enjoy, and I will write when I get a free moment

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Our first child who loves us more in the spring and summer when we are outdoors

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Our first apple blossoms!

Autumn sights

I love all four seasons, but autumn is one of my favorites (see Pumpkin Patch Part I for more details). This year we sold my grandparent’s orchard, which makes me incredibly sad. I have so many fond memories and it is a place that to me was always akin to ‘home’. It is a place that instantly relaxed me and made me feel free from the stresses of every day. I know that if I were to buy the orchard and run it I would not only be going against my grandparent’s wishes, but it would probably change my perception of the place. That being said, I really wish my children could experience the land the same way I did as a kid. This year was our last year of picking the apples from the 80+-year-old apple trees. It was as difficult as it was enjoyable and I will never, ever, forget it.

Aside from the orchard, I have been enjoying taking photos of the season. The beautiful weather we’ve been having has really accentuated the season’s colors and I have been loving every minute of it!

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Pumpkin Patch Part II

On our outing to the pumpkin patch I took so many photos that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one blog post! This one is dedicated to the flower portion of the pumpkin patch. This particular patch, located on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon, is not only a pumpkin patch, but a vegetable and cut flower farm as well. They had some amazing dahlias, zinnias and marigolds that I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

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Camera play

Having two incredibly photogenic and entertaining kids mean that I am taking a lot of pictures. A month ago we travelled down to California and I ended up having a conversation with my husband’s uncle who is interested in photography. He was helping me to understand some of the functions on our camera that I hadn’t taken the time to play with. Since then I have been playing with aperture settings and focal length. Last night we had a potluck (delicious!) and two of our friends brought us some gorgeous bouquets. I love taking picture of flowers and today decided to practice with various settings using the flowers as my subjects.

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Road Trip!

It’ been awhile since I’ve posted. Honestly, it’s been awhile since I’ve had time to post anything. Right now both kids are asleep in their respective beds, which is a huge accomplishment for me, and I have time to actually post something. This past weekend was our first road trip as a foursome. We travelled about seven hours south to Crescent City, CA with a crying baby, so it inevitably turned into an eight-hour trip. Ugh! Our toddler did remarkably well considering he was confined to a hard seat without much leg room. The crying baby situation meant we had to stop often so that also helped get our toddler some much-needed running time. I also had to get a bit creative with games as I was wedged in between two car seats in the back for most of the trip ,but whatever works to keep the kids happy and the adults sane.

Once we arrived at our destination all was good. I was on a picture-taking spree and had lots of fun playing around with lighting and subjects. Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend. Enjoy!

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Garden pictures

I have been super busy trying to get my feet under me and a handle on dealing with two kids. Meal times are the worst. It always seems that while I’m trying to get a meal ready for my son, who is melting down, the baby decides to start screaming because she wants to eat. Exhausting! Also, my son, who is definitely a 2-year-old now, has developed an obstinate streak. It’s particularly difficult to deal with when the baby is also crying. I understand that it’s a tough transition for him, and I really wish I could spend more one-on-one time with him right now.  On the positive side, he is very gentle with her.

I have managed to get out in the garden in between rain storms. The garden is the one place that will keep my son happy and busy and I can wear the baby and keep her happy. So here here’s to the garden, which always brings happiness.

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