Today was not a very good day. It started out just fine, but as the day went on, I felt my patience slipping. And my understanding. And before I knew it, I was beyond frustrated. I know we all have days like these from time to time. Days when we make mistakes. Get angry. Aren’t as kind as we should be. Unfortunately, that is no consolation. I screwed up today, and I am not very impressed with myself.

Tomorrow is a new day. And for that, I am extremely grateful.  


My favorite things to photograph

I was having a hard time coming up with a topic tonight, so I asked Plinky to help me out. Like always, Plinky was more than willing to oblige. Of all the questions to answer, the one that caught my eye was about my favorite thing to photograph. I couldn’t narrow it down to just one thing so, in no particular order, here are my Top 3. 

1. My Cat – I know, I know, you’ve seen him a million times already, but seriously, who can resist this adorable ball of fluff? The best part is that he has the personality to match. He is so sweet and loving, he doesn’t have any cattitude at all. He’s not moody or grumpy. He doesn’t hiss or growl. He spends his days sleeping, purring sweetly and asking politely (HA!) for his 2-course breakfast. What can I say? The camera loves him. I’m kinda fond of him, too.

2. My Family – This, of course, includes all members of my family. You may have noticed from past posts that there are very few photos of my husband and lots of the kids. This is due to the fact that my kids are so much easier to photograph. They are almost always willing to give me a smile or a funny face. Even when they are tired and grumpy, with three of them, at least one of them will cooperate. Rob on the other hand, is a totally different story. From time to time he will pose for me, but he is usually muttering something under his breath while giving me his “Are we done yet?” smile. I try not to torture him too often, so there are not nearly as many pictures of him as I would like for there to be. Kids on the other hand…

3. Pretty Scenery – Mountains and rivers and canyons and lakes, I just can’t get enough of them. Pictures of scenery are my way of going back to beautiful places long after we have returned home. Of course, looking at old pictures always makes me wish we were still there. Camping in the mountains. Fishing the river. Fixing a flat tire on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Going for drives and exploring new areas are among my favorite things to do. Taking pictures of the beautiful scenery is my way of bringing a piece of it home with me. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing

I have been working on improving my photography skills as well as learning new tricks with the camera. Today I was down at Giant Springs trying to get some pictures of “soft” water. I still need a lot of practice, but while I was down there, I found the water to be incredibly refreshing. And since “refreshing” is this week’s photo challenge, I thought I would share a couple of my pictures with you. 


A Year of Great Follies

Our first year here in Great Falls has flown by. We have adjusted to a new town, new jobs, a new school, a new lifestyle. We have explored the area, returning to our favorite spots multiple times, and always trying to find new ones. We have met new people, but always seem to prefer being together as a family. We went from owning a home to renting, from country life to town life, from a Hobby Farm to a neighborhood. What a year of changes it has been.

It has been a good year, though. If you are up for it, come along with us as we begin our second year here in Great Falls. I enjoy your company and with as restless as we are, there are bound to be more adventures to share with you. More pictures of my kids as they grow like wildflowers. More stories as we try to find our place in this world. And of course, more snapshots of Remington P Cat.

And finally… 

I would like to wish my dad a very HaPpY bIrThDaY!!!! I wish we could be there to celebrate with you. I would like to share with you one of my favorite birthday quotes: 

“A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.”  ~Author Unknown

Creating a Chore Chart

We have battled with the kids for quite some time to get them to help out around the house. Part of the reason for the battle is the fact that they are kids and they would rather play than clean up, and the other reason is that it is usually easier to do things ourselves. Add these two things together and there is quite a bit of whining when clean-up time rolls around.

The solution (we hope) is a chore chart. We worked on one this morning and as a result there is now a piece of poster board taped to the front of our refrigerator. There are daily chores for each one of the kids as well as some weekly chores divided up between the three of them. They each have magnets with their favorite colors that they can move across the days of the week as they complete the chores for the day.

The kids seem pretty excited about this new system, and about the weekly allowance involved. Hopefully we can keep that excitement up as the newness wears off.

Time for a Trim

Alright, this will be my last post from our vacation and then I will move onto other things. Honest…

Catheryn and I were long overdue for haircuts, so my mom made us an appointment with her hairstylist. She makes house visits, so we arranged to meet at Grandma’s house. Catheryn went first and had her hair cut up to her shoulders. Her hair is so fine and wispy that it tangles very easily, resulting in her avoiding a brush and comb all together. The length is perfect on her, and it is much easier to take care of, making life easier for both of us.


When she was all finished, it was my turn to hop up in the chair. My hair has been pretty much the same length for so long, that I was becoming desperate for something a little bit different. When all was said and done, 10-11 inches were cut off.

I am enjoying the shorter do. It is so much easier to take care of and I use a lot less shampoo. I think Catheryn and I are ready to take on summer!