Thursday, September 22, 2011


I started this painting YEARS ago. It was my first attempt at oil painting, and it was a gift to Dan for Christmas/our anniversary/Valentine's Day... you get the picture. For the last two years I have just considered it done, although I had never signed it.
Then I was asked to put it on display for a church "talent show" night (tomorrow). Not a huge deal, but I still wanted it to be "finished."
I worked on it a bit two nights ago, and I finally felt ok about signing it. There, done.

I should note that this picture of the painting makes it look more washed out and flat than it really is. Plus in real life it is HUGE.
Here are two little close up shots of the detail.
I love impressionism.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Pictures I Love

Sorry I've been away... I blame Pinterest. And my own laziness.

I cannot express how grateful I am to have a husband that can take beautiful pictures. I love that talent he has. And also, I love my children. How could I do anything but adore these faces??

I said "these faces"- so I'll add one of Asher. (The only reason this is Gwen-heavy is because I feel like she usually gets the shaft. We have way more pics of Asher than we do of Gwen.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Remembering When

I remember looking through the Phantom's box. Box Five.
I remember thinking the Paris Opera House was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen.
I remember roaming the grounds of a few old properties that are now in the care of the National Trust. I felt like I was in a Jane Austen story. We got pretty close to the deer.
...walking around in an English town that hasn't visibly changed for centuries...
Oh I am glad I made those memories. And I'm thankful for Dan's photography skills. I just wish we could go on an amazing adventure again! (Italy this time?)