Photo Challenge – June 11-15

I feel behind a bit because we went away for Father’s day weekend and this week was busy with the end of school, but I’m catching back up!  Here are the 5 newest pictures for the June Photo Challenge

June 11th – Silhouette – This was taken on Christmas Eve 2006 after coming home from visiting family for the Holiday.  It’s one of my favorites.


June 12th – Sun Flare


June 13th – Childhood Reminder – This was once my tree house that my parents built me when I was around 7 or 8.  It was called Cratewood Manor because it was built from old wooden crates. It hung in a big tree in the woods for many years until I grew up and moved away.  My parents took it down and transported it down near the house so my mom could house chickens in it.  The chickens may be gone now and replaced with tools and random things, but I’ll always remember all the fun times my friends and I had in that old tree house whenever I look at it.


June 14th – Someone You Love – My Dad – he was burning the garbage and didn’t know I was taking pictures.


June 15th – Action – Doing 65mph on the highway.


What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Wow, so it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here.  I’ve had a ton of things in my brain that I would love to put here, but I never seem to find the time.  When I do find time to sit and play on the computer my brain seems to bring me to all my other favorite websites first and it usually ends up that I don’t have time to write anything worth while.  I still have photos to edit from before Fathers day…

Family Photo Father's Day 2008

What have I been up to?  Well, following Father’s day we ended up getting a security system for the house.  It had nothing specifically to do with what was going on with the poker place across the street, but in light of all that happened, it affected our decision.  (Oh, and if you are wondering what ever happened with the poker joint, well, it has remained closed and our lives have returned to normal. :D) This past week we got the motion detector readjusted so it would stop seeing the cat as a six foot person and all is well.

About a week ago, we broke down and bought an Xbox 360.  I’m now the proud owner of Rock Band.  Bug is in heaven.  He loves “playing” the guitars and drums and he really does sing some of the songs.  It’s really cute to hear him.  We don’t actually activate the instruments/mic when he’s using them, but right now, he doesn’t know the difference.  We also acquired the Wall-E video game, which is a lot of fun to play.  Now we just have to go see the movie.  I think we are waiting for it to come to the closer/nicer drive in.  Hopefully, this weekend will be the one.  If not, we may have to make a trek to the farther one.  I don’t think Bug is ready for a movie theater just yet.

Friday was the 4th of July and also Darling Hubby’s birthday.  I made him a roast in our rotisserie and we had pineapple upside down cake and homemade ice cream for dessert.  Around 8 we made our way across the river to Darling Hubby’s old lab and watched the fireworks from the plaza on the lawn.  Aside from nearly being eaten alive by the hordes of mosquitoes, we had a nice time.  I got some nice photos of the sun setting over the plaza and of the crescent moon, but my fireworks photos were very lacking.  That’s what you get trying to take pictures without a tripod and with a 3 year old on your lap.  lol.

Sunset

Crescent moon

With the price of gas going and staying over $4 a gallon, we’ve decided to invest in a couple bikes.  We found one that Darling Hubby liked at Walmart for $150 and we ended up with one for Bug, too.  He’s not quite to the stage where he can go on a bike ride with us, but he had a lot of luck peddling this little bike, more than his tricycle so we figured it would be a good place to start.

Bug's New Bike

In 2 weeks we will be visiting my parents (and attending my *gasp* 10 year high school reunion) and picking up my old mountain bike.  If it’s still in ok condition (It hasn’t been ridden in well over 10 years and I know it will need new tires – the old ones are probably dry rotted from hanging in the shed and possibly a brake/gear check up as they were questionably when it was new) we will bring it home with us and fix it up so I can ride.  If it will cost more to fix, I’ll be getting a new bike as well.  It’s bad, but I’m wishing for a new bike, but I’ll make due with my old one.  I won’t be picky.  Bug and Darling Hubby both have helmets so I’ll be picking one up, as well as a bike trailer so I can take Bug on bike rides down to the park.  It’s about a mile and a half to the park and takes me nearly 25 minutes to walk it pushing the stroller.

Me biking

The bike would be faster and I can go more places with it.  I sometimes dread walking places because it takes so long.  I’m hoping the exercise will do me good and maybe I’ll drop some more weight.  Getting on that bike yesterday, for the first time in many years, I remembered just how freeing it felt to have the wind in your hair whizzing down the street.

As we were picking up Darling Hubby’s and Bug’s bikes Saturday night, I ended up buying a new dress and shoes to wear to my class reunion.  It’s a cute little greenish blue and tan sun dress and tan sandals.  I’m hoping to look nice and be comfortable.  I was never much of a dress person when I was in high school and I’m trying to dress up more often rather than just throwing on jeans and tops (see the above picture of my on Father’s day).  I feel better about myself when I look nice and not frumpy.  I also managed to dye my hair last night so I’m feeling much better about my appearance.  I hate that my hair is going grey (or silver as Darling Hubby says) and I’m not even 30 yet.  Darn heredity!

Today I’m supposed to be going to my craft night, but since my hosts are out of town on a camping vacation, I’m staying home with Darling Hubby and Bug.  We are making Reuben sandwiches for dinner…something I’ve never had before, so it should be a nice night.  I’m hoping to finish crochetting the convertable mittens (the fingerless gloves that have the flap to make them look like mittens) today.  I only have a few more rounds left to go.  Oh, and I have to finish cutting out the pieces for the rest of the other 3 bridesmaid dresses that I got coerced into making for my friends wedding…even though the wedding has been postponed until further notice.  I figure if things get back on track and the wedding is back on, we won’t be behind the 8 ball on getting the dresses done.  We really only have a month or so.  I also have to hem a couple curtains…We’ll see if I get that all done…better get on that.