Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Five: Pictures and Pictures

Friday 5 Time! (#Friday5) Come share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.

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5 Thoughts

1. This weekend Alex scored a goal again during her soccer game.  She played goalie the second half and literally never touched the ball.  We won 5-0. I felt bad for the other team, but not as bad as the week we beat the other team  9-1.

2. Tonight Eric and I are going to a murder mystery party- we are supposed to dress up 80's style.. so I will be running around today trying to figure out something for us to wear, yeah I procrastinated.

3. This week I did a sales session with a client (where I show them the pictures, they order, etc), took a 3-month-old little girl's pictures, took pictures of the kids from Alex's class for her teacher, and photographed an Eagle Court of Honor, I think I will put my camera away for the weekend!

4. This week I got an e-mail from Lucas' teacher reminding the parents that if their child was running for student council they had to have their speeches ready by Thursday, I said something to Lucas about this and he said, 'oh yeah, I am going to try and run for President.'  I was shocked, surprised and very proud.  Eric helped him write his speech Wednesday night, they didn't get to them Thursday but he will be presenting for his class well today now technically, so excited and nervous to see how it goes.

5. And last but not least..... tomorrow is my birthday.

5 Pictures
Ryder "helping" me with laundry- i.e. swimming in it
They were amazed by their tower and wanted me to take a picture- so I did
The first card of the game and look what he gets (and yes I did stack the deck to get it over fast)
The sweet chubby 3-month-old I photographed this week
His Jelly Bean stand all set up waiting for costumers (i.e. me)
What is your Friday 5 this week?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Writing Process

Today my awesome blogging friend Nicole of Midwestern at Heart gave a shout out to me as part of the My Writing Process Blog tour, hosted by Kenzie of Chasing My Extraordinary.  While, I slacked and a bit and didn't quite follow all the rules (didn't showcase anyone else) I figured I would still answer the questions.

So if you want to, play along!

Here are the rules:
1 | In your post, acknowledge the blogger/blog that invited you to the tour. 
2 | In your post, answer the following questions for your readers:
       a. What am I working on? 
       b. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
       c. Why do I write what I do? 
       d. How does my writing process work? 
3. Choose a couple bloggers to showcase as well (but only if they want to participate in the process), give a short bio on them, and add links to their blog.  

a. What am I working on?  Right now I am working on blogging consistently again.  After almost six years or blogging, I know it has it's ups and downs but I just can't get on top of it lately.  If you feel like I have been neglecting you all and not reading your blogs much lately, it's true, I suck!  I do love blogging though and all of the friendships and connections I have made, so when life gets a little less busy I will be back on top of it.

b. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?  This one is tricky... blogging as a whole has changed a lot over the years and I think I might be different in that I feel like I have kept to my voice, same platform, etc. over time.  Yes, there has definitely been changes, but I guess I feel like I haven't changed to every little new trend or thing that comes along, but try to stay true to me and how I like to write.

c. Why do I write what I do?  Because I enjoy it, it is my place to talk, to share, to vent occasionally.  It is a place where I can let my creative writing voice break free and be heard. I want it to be something that I can share with my kids someday and it will be a little window to who I am.

d. How does my writing process work?  I usually get ideas for posts at totally random times.  The post will sort of start writing itself in my brain, word for word, line for line.  I will often pull out my phone and try and type enough in the notes to jog my memory for when I have time to write the actual post.  If I have time, I will sit down and write it right then.  It never seems to come out as naturally and perfectly as it is in my brain, but at times it is pretty close. 

So there we go, a little insight into how I write my blog posts, when I actually write that is.  Where do you find inspiration for your posts? 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life's Ride

Sometimes life is just all smiles...

Sometimes it is a bit of a ride...

Sometimes it can be downright scary and freeze you in fear...

Sometimes you can pick up bad habits along the way....
(like sticking out your tongue when you concentrate just like your mother)

Sometimes life requires us to slow down and really contemplate what is going on...

And sometimes you just get sick of your mom taking your picture...

But life is ride, so enjoy it.

The good, the bad and those just kind of boring moments in between.  Just never forget that you are loved and what the final destination is.

That is the ride of life.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drone Games: A Book Review and Giveaway

Have you ever read one of those books that you know is fiction but it seems like it could so easily be real?   That is how I felt when I read Drone Games by Joel Narlock.  I was given a copy to review.

Technology can definitely be a double-edged sword; when a new bird like flying drone, meant for exploration of Mars, ends up in the wrong hands, things turn deadly.

This fast paced suspenseful book about domestic terrorism plays out so detailed and with such realistic detail that it seems like it could have or could truly happen. The book jumps between the thoughts/actions of the terrorists and those working for homeland security and the government trying to stop them.  

It was eerily fascinating to read and I liked how the mindset and thinking of terrorists was shared. The author either has a lot of background dealing in domestic terrorism or did a lot of research as it all seemed so realistic and accurate.  Yet, even with this realism and attention to detail, the book is not so overwhelmed by the details that is slows down the story or became to much for me to read and comprehend.  The story moves very quickly and I definitely found myself pulling for the good guys, wanting them to succeed

The book is definitely setting itself up for a sequel and I definitely will want to read the next book.
If you enjoy authors like Brown or Clancy or shows like "24",  I think you will really enjoy this book. 

You can buy your own copy of Drone Games at the following locations:
Cedar Fort//Amazon//Barnes And Nobel//

You can also read more about the book and the author Joel Narlock on his website.

And today I have a copy of the book to give away to one of you, call it an early birthday present from me.  Enter using the rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway will end November 2nd, with winner being announced on the 3rd.  Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Drone Games to review, all feelings and opinions are my own and truthful.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Five: Towers of Ice Cream

With no school Monday this week flew by but I am still glad it is Friday!  Join me for Friday 5, share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.

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5 Thoughts

1. This week Ryder had a field trip to the pumpkin patch with his preschool class.  They began by going into the petting zoo.  He stood there, his fingers flexing open and closed, he wanted to pet those animals, but he just wasn't sure if he dared.  After a minute or two and watching the other kids in his class, he was soon petting everything and trying to pet the duck which just liked to run away.

2. Lucas for a while was not sure if he even wanted to dress up for Halloween, he did and then he didn't.  Now we are back onto him wanting to so I need to hurry and get him a costume; he wants to be a police officer.

3. Yesterday I started a load of laundry first thing in the morning very shortly after I woke up, that way I would be able to get a good jump and stay on top of laundry.  I put that load into the dryer at 8:00 at night... so much for my early start.

4. It is finally getting cooler here, though it is still in the low 80's- but I am totally pretending like it is fall here and busted out my new boots yesterday.  I love tall boots.  I can't really decide if I am a fan of the ankle boots which are in this season.  I think it will be one of those things I think looks good on other people but not on me.

5. I had another photo shoot this weekend and two more coming up in the next two weeks, two little baby shoots coming up (not newborns though), so excited and busy!

5 Pictures

Alex's soccer team- three red-heads on her team! 
Family night treat- we do it right!
Common Core math drives me buggy!
After reading a stack of library books to him I just couldn't keep my eyes open and told him I needed a nap, when I woke up I found him like this, I guess he needed a nap too
Sneak peak from my session this weekend-cute kids!
What is your Friday 5 this week?  Link up below!