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photo challenge ~ joy

January 12, 2011

This week’s photo challenge word is “joy”.
I’ll be the first to say that I think I had it easy this week. Living with children offers me an open invitation to capture joy. All I had to do was stand back, wait for the right moment and click the shutter…

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Of the three here I think this last one is more about my joy. To be on the receiving end of that smile is one of the best things momhood has to offer.

But oh, to be a witness to such joy is good for the soul!
In the flurry of our busy schedule of birthday celebrations, basketball games and the big “to-do” list of things to get done, joy is often overlooked for punctuality, discipline, and judgement. In the past week, while conscientiously looking for joy I realized that it is always present. It’s the decision to live with, in, and full of that is sometimes the challenge.

Now, you know what to do…
Head on over to the Flickr photo group to see which one I’ve submitted for this week’s theme. While you’re there take a look at the other images and leave a comment. We Love it when you leave a comment!

Until next time,
~Victoria

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holidays revisited

January 6, 2011

Don’t know about you folks, but the holiday season went by in a blink.
Blink your eyes. Yup. See?… like that.
Plus, I was sick. Did I mention that? I tend to repeat myself. Take after my mother. Hi, mom.
A few days after Christmas I got the flu. I worked and had my camera with me to take pictures whenever it didn’t hurt to lift my arms. Still, the days passed by in haze.
Now that I’m feeling better I’m going through the images I took and revisiting the holiday season.
You are welcome to come along. Also, you might see yourself here! (or something you might have eaten)

There were the gifts. For family…
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and FROM coworkers…
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Including this weird, caramel apple on steroids that was gifted to my sister.
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It was really tasty though. So much so that you almost forgot about the guilt of eating such a freak of nature.
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There was plenty of family…
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holiday revisited

playing with new stuff…
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hoiday revisited

hoiday revisited

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some dancing..
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and smooching.
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(despite the lack of mistletoe)

We visited a yearly tradition…
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and went on the world’s loneliest train ride…holiday revisited

Really, it wasn’t too lonely…
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New skills were passed on…
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and sent with family as they traveled home to the other side of the country.
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Again, good food…
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Then, the flu and all of it’s wonderfulness invaded my space. Just in time for New Year’s.
My world was limited to views from the windows in my home.
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That’s okay. My home and family were close by. These were the things I was most grateful for this holiday season.
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Hope your holidays were as full.
Until next time,
~Victoria

it’s back

January 5, 2011

Yes, the weekly photo challenge is back.
Ms. Shutterboo started a good thing back in 2009 called Shutterboo’s Weekly Photo Challenge. One word every week for inspiration. I joined in around week #13 with water and started posting my trial and errors here. Each week one image was submitted to the photo group on Flickr.
Sadly, Shutterboo’s Photo Challenge ended this past September of 2010. I don’t know about the other members, but I myself have been missing the WPC and was so excited when Shutterboo decided to start another. For more info and to join in visit the Shutterboo WPC {2011 edition}.

This week’s word was “electricity.”
Seems easy enough, no? It’s everywhere. Flip a switch, voila!
Yet, it wasn’t so easy. Not for lack of inspiration or want. No, mainly because this photog was out of commission over the past few weeks. Due to sickness I didn’t venture too far from my home. Nor did I venture too far from my bed or couch. I was sick with a capitol SICK.

Fortunately today as I was sitting in the passenger seat heading to a basketball game I caught one shot as Mr. Riddle stopped at a stop sign. “Take it quick” he said. So, I did.
It may not be what I had envisioned for this week’s subject, but after feeling so crappy for so long, it was just enough.

photo challenge ~ electricity

Now, you know what to do. Head over to the group and take a look at all of the other submissions. From the looks of it, there are a lot of great images.

Until next time,
~Victoria

Let’s review

January 4, 2011

Greetings my friends and family! I have been missing you!
The holidays, work, chauffeuring of kids and to top it all off, illness have kept me away from this space. It feels so foreign to me these days. My New Year’s resolution? To get back into the blogging groove.

In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to do a little recap. I really appreciate those of you that visit my 365 project. Especially the folks that leave me comments! The feedback isn’t necessary, but I enjoy getting your input. It means so much to get words of encouragement or criticism. For those that had no idea it existed, follow the link on the right sidebar that says 365riddles. It will take you there. Then, feel free to leave a comment.

Below is a slideshow of most of 2010’s images. I did remove the less stellar pics to make space and to save you from absolute boredom. At a little over eight minutes, I figured it didn’t need to bee too much longer. Still, they do run chronologically, from January to December. For me it was a bitter sweet making. Oh, what a difference a year makes. You can find all of the years images here as a set on Flickr.

So, please take a peek and enjoy!

until next time,
~Victoria

P.S. This site is getting some way overdue adjustments. I need to reorganize a few things on the blog. So, if you click on something and it takes you to some weird cyber place, please forgive me.

supercute

December 6, 2010

Last month a small envelope arrived in the mail addressed to the youngest member of our family. I was excited to offer up this gem to a girl who always complains that she never gets anything in the mail. Never. Yet, when she opened up the letter, she read the heading and looked at me unimpressed and confused. What is it, I asked. She thought it was a belated birthday greeting sent from a friend. Which, if you think about it, four months later, would still be a good thing. She failed to understand the gesture and set the card aside.
I explained. No. Look. It’s an invitation to a birthday party for your friend. A beauty birthday party.
Then her eyes lit up. She looked at me and smiled, hugged the card and exclaimed, “I love Lindy!”
Then, she set the card aside.

Me, I was a little excited to go to the party also. How fun to see the birthday girl and her guests get manicures and their hair done. Yet, after looking at the calendar, I realized that I would have to work and Mr. Riddle would be the lucky one to see the festivities. Not to mention that I would willingly unwillingly surrender my camera over to him for the day to take pictures.
Through the wonders of technology the birthday girl’s mom kept me posted via cell phone. And Mr. Riddle did a pretty good job of capturing the day. His photos are too adorable not to share.

Before…
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During…
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After…
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Lindy, the birthday girl during…
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and after…
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The manicure…
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All together…
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My husband explained that while the girls waited for their turn there was marching and singing through the salon. Which I thought was a perfect way to make the time go faster…
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There were four invited guests to the party. The girls with curly hair got their tresses straightened. The girls with straight hair had their locks curled…
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Then there was pizza and birthday cake…
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and cupcakes. I love cupcakes! This was the clincher of regret. I missed the cupcakes!
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beauty party

This was such a sweet idea for a small party. I loved it. A shout out to Beth, the birthday girl’s mom.
Beth, great party! I’m keeping this idea on file for the future.
Mr. Riddle did an excellent job with the camera, don’t ya think?

Until next time,
Victoria

Yo! It’s me, December

December 1, 2010

This morning I told the littlest Riddle, “Look out the window, Solanna, it’s snowing! To which she replied, “Of course it’s snowing! It’s the first day of December!”
Once again, she states the obvious and we took a few moments to watch it flurry down and land in our back yard. Later while waiting for the bus, the snow was steadily falling.

As I write this the flakes have subsided but I managed to capture a little of our first snow of the season.
And like my daughter, I think snow states the obvious. It lands upon what is already there and demands to be paid attention to.

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first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

first snow of dec. 2010

Maybe because it only happens once a year like birthdays, and New Year’s, I look forward to the first snow. But I can’t say it’s my favorite. No, that award goes to the “stuck at home, school closure, everything stops” kind of snow. I can’t wait!

Until next time,
~Victoria

Thanksgiving 2010

November 27, 2010

The bird, before…
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the preparations…
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the indiscretion…
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the stuffing…
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the bird, after.
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A birthday cake, before…
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the honoree…
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the birthday cake, after.
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The silliness…
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A card game…
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The comfort of family…
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near…
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and far…
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Thanks to all that helped celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Another great memory made.

Until next time,
~Victoria