My love of Instagram is not letting up, and the new A Beautiful Mess app is only increasing my fun. Have you tried it yet? It lets you add text, drawings and borders to your pics – so many possibilities. Here are a few other favorites from my week:
Happy Holiday Weekend!
This week’s photo challenge is Pattern. I love patterns, especially those created by the light of the sun as it casts its shadow. Here are a few of my favorite patterns of light:
This week’s photo challenge theme is Color, so I thought I would share a couple of colorful images from my weekend:
I upgraded my phone and case on Friday, which prompted my daughter to carry her own pink “mobile” phone around much of the weekend.
The weather was nice so we headed out to the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday, where Jason and Jenna played in the Great Explorers houses. My favorite was definitely the arctic dome.
And we caught the last weekend of Dallas Blooms, easily my favorite spring-time event in DFW.
Hope you had a happy weekend too!
My favorite photos from our recent vacation were definitely those taken at the beach in Roatan, Honduras. It was Jason and Jenna’s first trip to the beach and seeing the sheer joy on their faces as they jumped in the waves and played in the sand was pretty awesome. Jenna didn’t even mind the 200 or so photos I snapped of her. Ok, I may have gone a little overboard on the photos … but can you blame me?
I finished Jenna’s watercolor set Valentine’s on Friday, and this weekend I moved on to Jason’s. Both of their schools no longer allow candy, so I had to come up with fun gift options of the non-sugary variety. Mustaches are hysterical to J+J these days, so when I saw these paper mustaches, I decided on a photo prop theme.
Here are the templates that I used for the cards and eyebrows:
- Cards (Print on 8 x 11 paper and cut into thirds)
- Eyebrows (Print on 8 x 11 paper, cut out individually and attach eyes)
I purchased die-cut paper mustaches, but you could also print and cut these mustaches
I think I’ve mentioned being a bit obsessed with plants lately. Our home is filled with plants. I don’t have a great history of keeping them alive, so I was very happy yesterday when my husband moved them all along a sun-facing windowsill to soak up the gorgeous morning light. The light was so nice, in fact, I couldn’t help but snap a few pics.
This week’s photo challenge theme is Illumination, a theme I apparently enjoy photographing quite a bit. My iPhoto library is filled with images of lights. Here are a few of my favorites:
This week’s photo challenge theme is Resolved, a topic very appropriate for the first week of the year. I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions, but it did occur to me recently how much I enjoy reading other people’s resolutions. The internet is full of well-meaning declarations this time of year, and I find it fascinating to learn about what other’s are setting out to accomplish. There’s something very brave about publishing your resolutions in a forum such as this one, as it often involves admitting flaws and setting expectations among your readers that you are, in fact, working to improve on them. While I rarely set New Year’s resolutions, I do spend time at the start of each thinking about what they would be. One thing that stood out to me this year was a desire to make more home-cooked meals. When I returned to working outside the home almost two years ago, I felt that my schedule no longer allowed for cooking dinner each day, and over time we’ve started eating out more and more. This year, our children are a bit older and don’t need my constant attention the second I walk in and the babysitter leaves, so I’m going to stop using our busy schedule as an excuse to eat out. This year, I’m going to cook more. There – I did it. I published my New Year’s resolution, even if it is just the one. Expect lots of pictures of food on the blog this year. Someone has to hold me accountable.
To start, here are a few of my favorite pictures related to cooking:
Something simple that I’m enjoying this holiday season is capturing little holiday details, sharing them on Instagram and seeing others do the same. I’ve also been participating in a couple of series lately. The #happyholigram tag is one of my favorites. Are you on Instagram? Share your name so I can follow along with your festivities this holiday season.
Here are a few other favorites from my week:
This weekend we attended the grand opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. The building is amazing. It’s located right off the highway, so I’ve been watching the building develop over the past year or so. I only recently found out what it was, and once I did, I immediately wanted to join. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is one of Jason and Jenna’s favorite places to visit in the DFW area, so I had no doubt that this would hold a similar appeal.
The museum includes several exhibit halls, including sections dedicated to dinosaurs and space discovery. I hope we’ll explore these areas more as J+J get older, but for now, our main destination will likely be the Moody Family Children’s Museum. Jason and Jenna would have stayed all day if they could.
Here are a few scenes from our new favorite spot in Dallas:
View of downtown Dallas from the escalator
View from the top of the escalator
The dinosaur exhibit
The children’s museum
Jenna with model of the children’s museum
Jason in the Dallas skyline play area
Jenna’s favorite section of the children’s museum
The museum at dusk