week 26/365

Random thoughts with photos for this week… I am a little behind on posting. I finished my PS class, and it was a good start for me- but I will need to keep investing time in it if I hope to achieve anything close to mastery. As with everything, I suppose. For the record, I HIGHLY recommend the Photoshop 101 class through Clickin Moms, and Lisa Harrison was a fabulous instructor. I am a little bit obsessed with bullet journaling and traveler’s notebooks. We are getting through summer one day at a time, with our youngest family member making things a little tricky. Still having sleep struggles- I guess I should say everyone in our house in struggling with sleep and getting enough of it. We cut down a tree in our backyard, and it was very entertaining for everyone in our family. Things remain awful as it relates to my mom. If you are actually reading my blog, and my readership is supersupertiny, I will assume you have probably heard enough about that. I am trying to get more involved with stock photography, and I am realizing that in order to do that successfully you almost need to shoot intentionally with that in mind. So I might start doing that. I am pretty positive I would like a Fuji XT1 with the 35mm, and I would like to actually generate enough money through photography (gasp!) to make that purchase. That seems impossible, which is kind of sad. I need to print things to hang on my walls, and I am going to finally actually really and truly make myself do it. I will photograph my photographs as proof when that actually starts happening. And it will.

I am pretty sure that should have been way more than one paragraph. And now photos.

6/25/2015

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week 23/365

We went camping during part of this week. In the past I have done enormous camping photo blog posts, but this year I got sick the day before we left and stayed sick through most of the trip. As a result, I did not pick up my camera as much. Not so many photos, but I will still do a separate camping post at some point. It still seems like we are recovering, and in the middle of celebrating my oldest child’s birthday, so I will write more later…

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week 22/365

I will concede that I am happier with my photos this week. although I am still pretty sure it is just a luck type of thing. I suppose if you take photos all day, every day you are bound to get something ok-ish once in a while.:)I am being hard on myself, I know, and I am mostly kidding. In all seriousness, photos are feeling better at the moment. I am taking a Photoshop class, and am very happy with it so far. I have wanted to learn Photoshop forever, so it feels good to be making progress towards that goal. I splurged and took the workshop as a full participation student instead of doing a study along spot, and it is clear that having the accountability and interaction is absolutely crucial for me as far as workshop success goes. I am looking at some possible workshops for July and trying to decide what to do about that. I upgraded to Adobe CC, which is fine- not a big deal at all, and I always get so scared about things like that.

The rest of life is a bit more challenging. We are in what seems like a never ending mess with my mother. I still struggle with how much to share about it, although it feels like what we are going through is so incredibly complicated and awful that I am obligated to write about it in case it could be useful to someone else. Part of the problem is that we spend so many hours every day talking about it and working on it that I don’t quite have the energy to even tell the whole story at this time.

I take back everything I ever said about how summer break is fiiiiiiiiiiiiine for me, about how my girls play so well together that having them both at home is easy, etc. That is not really happening. The kids are feeling like and acting like caged animals, we usually watch Hoarders or My 600 lb. Life in the morning after breakfast, the house is totally trashed, no matter how much we do they never seem to get their energy out, and having an 18 month old makes a lot of activities really impractical. I do not have my bearings with all of this.

We are getting ready for camping soon. And it will be good. We are going to work even harder than usual to make that time a break/vacation/escape from everything. I’ll take photos. Because life IS still amazing and beautiful. It really is.

5/27/2015

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