Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stranger "Corner View"

I have lived in Atlanta for 11 years now, and yesterday I felt like a stranger in my own city.  We discovered a new park.  It is called Morgan Falls!  It is beautiful and such a fun place to play.  I guess I have gotten so comfortable in my little routine that I didn't even know this place existed.  It was a great discovery and a fun place for Avery to play with her friends.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Trip to the Farm

One can never have to many pumpkins-right?  The sun came out this afternoon and I thought I would take the girls to a farm not to far from our house.  I didn't really go there for the pumpkins, but for the advertised petting zoo.  The petting zoo was a disappointment as you were only allowed to pet the animals through the fence and only the geese were interested in coming close to the fence.  Bummer! I think Addy was just fine with this as she is convinced every animal is going to eat her. Would have gone on the hayride too, but it was cold.  Also, one teenager who shall not be named texted me that he needed a ride home from school, so our visit was cut short.  Avery wanted to bring all the pumpkins home.  She filled one wagon up to the sky in little pumpkins. I had to break the news to her that we were only walking away with two pumpkins and a bag of apples.  I have also come to the conclusion that it might be easier to herd cats than get these two girls to sit still for a photo. I can never seem to get both of them looking at the lens at the same time and if I do they always have some funky expression on their face.    Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rough "Corner View"

 A tree fell down in my friends yard

 images borrowed from google

Yesterday, was a rough day for the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas as we had a tropical storm pass through our city.  Soccer was canceled for my son Winston as we were on tornado watch.  He was not thrilled.  He lives for his practice each week.  My husband Frank couldn't go for his normal walk through the forest as the trail was flooded, but that didn't stop him.  He just switched his walk to the neighborhood.  Not much stops him as he says, "Germans aren't made of sugar."  We have seen this weather before and we will see it again.  So grateful that we are safe.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkins 14

Yesterday, the day started off cold and raining.  After dropping Roman and Avery off at German school, Avery and I went to meet our friends at a local cafe.  It was so great to see Kevin and Stacy and wish Zoe had been with them.  It was wonderful to catch up on post China and how each of our families were adjusting to adding a new family member.  As we were leaving German school the sun began to come up and I knew that it was a pumpkin patch kind of day.  I mean October isn't October without a visit to the pumpkin patch. The kids had been begging me to go and while it is definitely much easier to pick up pumpkins at the local grocery store they wanted to go to the batch.  I love that the pumpkin patch is located close to the apple orchards too because as you check out you can get a glass of fresh squeezed apple cider.  So refreshing!  It was just Nana, the girls, and me as Winston had a soccer game, Harris had school work, and Roman just didn't want to go.  Everyone else had the same idea to go the the pumpkin patch as the place was wall to wall people.  It was also a little too hot and so once we choose our pumpkins we headed back to the city.  On our way home we stopped at a friend's sons going away/Court of Honor (Eagle Scout) party. It was a fantastic day.  Oh, and Friday night Roman and I went to see the Movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  I heart this movie!  It is so funny and not over done in a way that is completely ridiculous.  You leave the movie with such a happy feeling in your heart as you see a family come together after a series of bad events occur to their family.  Well, we are off to church.  I hope you had a great weekend.  What did you do this weekend?   

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coming Soon

The other day I had the opportunity to take photos of this sweet family.  Soon they will be welcoming a new baby into their home "a baby girl"!  I am so excited for my friend.  She is such a great mom!  I really love taking photos, but I am feeling a little overwhelmed because the more I shoot the more I realize I don't know and need to learn.  I find doing individual shots or shoots with just 2 people easy while shots with multiple people I realize I need a lot more practice on as little things like facial expressions, clothing mishaps and hair I need to be mindful of as they can ruin a shot.  Eventually, my goal is to do labor and delivery photography as I like the idea that you are capturing moments and not staged moments.  I also like the idea of being apart of the miracle of life.  The girls will both be in school in another year and I am contemplating doing part time work.  I don't know if that will take place in the form of doing more photography or I have also been contemplating looking into getting certified as a duola.  Thankfully, I don't have to make any decisions right now.  Well, the weekend is almost upon us and we are going to the pumpkin patch.  We are also going to meet up with a family that adopted with us at the same time as Avery.  They are in town for a wedding.  It will be so great to see them if it works out. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Darkness "Corner View"

Last night, as I was driving Winston to soccer the sun was setting and the moon was rising in the sky it was so large and round.  My favorite time of day is the time of night when the trees are but silhouettes, children are tucked in bed, and it is just a little bit quieter outside.  I am not much of a morning person; however, life forces me to be!  I do enjoy when the sun is just peeking over the trees in the morning. Mist rolls over the grass of the hills in my neighborhood and the dew sparkles as the light touches it.  Did you know their was a lunar eclipse this morning?  It was the second one of this year.  While darkness may bring uneasiness for many, I know that in order to appreciate the light you have to know darkness.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ordinary Moments

A surprise trip to the store for a special present
Hanging out with friends at the pool and at the gym
Pretending to be like mommy
A yummy lunch with a friend
Celebrating 25 years of freedom 
A first day at German school
So happy for the life God gave me! 
It is not ordinary. It is extraordinary.
Psalms 146:2
While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.