My “Big Girl” Camera

Several years ago, I bought a “big girl camera”, so that I could take better vacation photos and blog photos. Sadly, with the new technology of camera phones and the use of filters, it hasn’t been as important to use an amazing camera as it used to be (or so I thought.) That and well, I was just being lazy. It’s so much easier to just upload photos form my phone straight to my blog than to shoot, edit, and work with “real” pictures.

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Exhibit A: iPhone panoramic photo plus filter = good enough, right?

I recently realized I really needed to “up my game” in the photo department, and wanted to find time (haha) to learn to use my camera in manual mode. I had tried many times before but got bogged down in lingo and details that seemed to skip over the VERY basic steps that I needed.

I still need a LOT of work, but I am beginning to see good results on better quality photos that I will be using in m blog posts (not all of them, sorry. A lot of my daily life is snapped quickly on my phone, especially with the baby!) I found a great website that really helped it click for me in my head, and I thought I would pass it along to you and maybe you will find it as helpful as I did.

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What? You have to have SKILLS to take a picture of your feet with an iPhone. I am a master at this one.

Does anyone have any great beginner photography tips or websites for me? I would love to learn more and keep on practicing my skills (or lack of skills. I’m under no illusions that I actually know what I am doing.)  I currently have a Nikon D5000 to work with. I have the lens that came with it as well as a huge “stalker” lens where I can super-zoom in on people, but that’s it. What else do I need?

QOTD: Photographers HELP! What lens to I need? Any helpful tools/website/blogs I need to follow? I have zero artistic eye!

Five Things Friday IV

Friday again? Already? This week flew by! We are insanely boring so we have no plans for the weekend but football and church, however the next three weekends will be crazy so this will be a nice rest before the madness! Here are this week’s five things Friday:

1.) I went back to the outlet mall with a friend yesterday thanks to a huge sale at Banana Republic and bought another pair of jeans. I need more than one pair, right? I may or may not have also bought some other things….but 70% off, come on!

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The shorts we $4.50. Seriously.

2.) Today we are taking Emma Kate’s one year old pictures. It’s our same sweet friend that took her 6 month photos, I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

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3.) LSU was supposed to play South Carolina at SC this weekend, but due to the recent hurricane madness the game will be played in Baton Rouge. The LSU band decided they wanted to learn to play the SC Alma Mater and fight song so they could play it at the came since the SC band cannot come. Love my Tigers.

4.) Bella got a haircut yesterday. It was getting bad, poor girl couldn’t even see her hair was getting so long. I love that she doesn’t shed, but wow grooming is definitely expensive. It’s a good thing I get my hair cut maybe once a year to offset the cost. I’m hair-low maintenance like that.

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5.) Two weeks from today until we start the trek to Disney for my mom’s girls trip for her 60th birthday. I’m glad her one birthday request included me. Excited for the surprises I have planned for her while we are there.

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QOTD: How often do you get your hair cut? Do you shop at outlet malls?

Photo Dump August 2015

My iPhone keeps telling me that I don’t have any more storage space, so I figured it was time to dump my beloved pictures onto my computer, while trying to decide which ones to keep on my phone (anyone else have this problem?) I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. Most are of my child because, well, that’s mainly what’s on my phone!

Yum. Half of our Orange Leaf Toppings bar.

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Sweet girl before church

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What, you don’t play in a laundry basket?

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This is what our car looked like driving back from Oklahoma. Driving through Dallas traffic and not being able to see out the back is not pleasant.

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This girl loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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We finally got a Sam’s Club in our town, and since my dad is obsessed with this place, I had to take a picture for him when we went to sign up.

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Proof I do own more than running clothes.

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She learned how to open up the can of snacks. This is how I found her. Caught red handed!

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I like big bows and I cannot lie.

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QOTD: any exciting weekend plans? Just working and getting well over here!

Selfie Stick Thoughts

Happy Boston Monday! One of the fun things about being  part of the running/blogger community is that I “know” so many people running today. Some I have met in real life, and some only online, but I still support them anyway and am so excited for them today!

I can’t believe it’s been just over a month since I ran the LA marathon. No, seriously, I really can’t believe it. The furthest distance I have run since is 3.5 miles and I thought I was going to die. True story people. Anyway, today brings back memories of my recent marathon and just how tough the distance truly is. The pain fades pretty quickly, but oohhh do I still remember. I will be thinking of everyone running today and wish you speedy legs and amazing selfies!

Speaking of selfies, I am going on a Disney trip soon with Jen, who I haven’t seen since our Disney trip in February.

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Last time I was at the good ‘old mouse house, I saw a disturbingly large number of selfie sticks in the parks. Did you know, that it has been such a problem, that WDW has gone so far as to ban selfie sticks on rides because they are a hazard? Seriously though, this should be a NO BRAINER. Anyone should know that bringing a selfie stick on a roller coaster is dangerous. Not to mention, those parks get crowded, yall, and I don’t know about you but I don’t want my mickey ears to get wacked off my head by a stick with a phone on the end of it. I don’t really consider that magical. I get wanting to get cool shots and wanting everyone to be in the picture, but unless you are trying to get a photo of 5 or more people, then simply holding your arm out should really suffice. I even have ridiculously short arms for m height, and I have managed to take selfies since before they were cool. Just kidding. I’m not even pretending that I’m trendy. I’m so, so not.

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I’m getting off track here. Anyway, after learning about the ban at Disney, I decided to do some official research (aka Google), to find out if maybe other places have done the same thing. What I found was quite interesting, so I thought I would share.

Selfie sticks are not allowed at the Smithsonian or the National Galley of Art. (But seriously, If you are taking selfies in a museum you are already really nerdy.) In addition, you cannot bring the “narcistick” as some call it (hehehe) into Yankee stadium, certain soccer stadiums and music festivals, and the newest to join in the ban, the Kentucky Derby. I get it. The hat you were planning to wear to the horse race is HUGE, so the only way to get alllll of that into one picture is to use a selfie stick. Just ask a stranger for a photo (or wear a smaller hat).

My personal feelings? As long as you aren’t invading my personal space, I really don’t’’ care. Just give me my bubble and no one gets hurt. However, I can see how in a crowded location like a theme park or a sporting event they could be dangerous and cause issues. Or I can see my husband getting us kicked out because he wanted to pretend it was a light saber.

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QOTD: What are your thoughts on the ban of selfie sticks in some places, or on selfie stick all together? Awesome? Annoying? Sound off in the comments!

Spring Photo Dump

The last two posts I have written have taken a lot of though and hurt my brain. Since I’m not all that into thinking really hard when it’s not necessary, I thought today’s post should be a little easier on the already exhausted by Friday noggin. I needed to clear space on my phone since every time I go to take a picture I am told I am out of space. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? So time to show you some pics that didn’t make it onto social media or a blog post. Happy Friday!

Emma Kate can already play video games on my phone. I wish I was joking.

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Homegirl has some wild hair, but hey, at least she can sit up by herself now!

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Bella has this “routine” that we do every evening when we go upstairs to watch TV. She waits for me to sit down then wedges herself in next to me, ONLY on my right side. Weird dog.

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Wednesday we had EK’s 6 month photos done, I cannot wait tos ee how they came out! I snapped this one of her in one of the outfits she wore for the shoot. We love Disney! (no, really? I had no idea!)

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Wednesday night I was super lucky to catch the train going home from the Fleet Feet fun run. Can you believe we have lived here almost a year and this is the first time I have caught the train?

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This one cracked me up. We went to swing and walk a the park. I put Emma Kate in the back while I folded up the stroller, etc. and this is how I found her. I think she’s a little tuckered out from all the fun.

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My sad, sad attempt at making an Easter egg with my Twitter/Instagram name. Yall, it’s hard! Those “magical” crayons you write with, you CANNOT SEE what or where you are writing. I think a monkey could have done a better job. oy. #EasterFail

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I hope everyone has a great weekend. No big plans here. Unless you consider laundry, yard work, and cleaning bathrooms big plans. Who wants to come over? I’ll provide the toilet brushes!

QOTD: What are you doing this weekend?

Photo Dump November 2014

Apparently my phone refuses to backup because my storage is full, so I did one of the things I for some reason dislike doing (time consuming? Not sure?) and dumped my photos off of my phone, so I thought I would share some with you that haven’t made it onto the blog or Instagram (I don’t think).

Adorable bib from a friend

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One of the few times of the year I wear gloves to run. It was 32!

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The night after she got her shots. She was ssooo sleepy

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Big smiles in the morning

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Game day

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When my mom came to visit when EK was about 5 weeks old

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Mom and dad back for a visit at 7 weeks

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Late night feeding

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Women’s conference my mom and I went to at my church. The girl who played on the show the Facts of Life spoke!

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QOTD: If you dumped pictures from your phone what would they mostly be of?

Halloween In Pictures

 

Happy Sunday everyone. I am finally feeling back to my old self. Still tired and taking naps, but don’t feel sick anymore. I tried to go for an easy 6 miler yesterday with Bobby and my hurt hurt more than it ever has…I did some more research and I think I either have tendonitis of the top of my foot or a stress fracture. We went out to eat last night and I could barely walk. Great. I am so frustrated and tired of being injured, I am struggling with some feelings of disappointment right now. I’m still frustrated I had to miss Savannah and now this. Bummer.

Anyway, I hope you have a relaxing Sunday, now that I am well things will get back to normal around the blog, so don’t go away! I leave you with some pictures from Halloween. We usually both carve pumpkins but I felt awful so Bobby just did one. He tried to cheer me up by making it a Mickey pumpkin but it turned out looking like a bear or a monkey. Ha!

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I am ssooo ready to decorate for Christmas…..

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QOTD: Did you carve a pumpkin? What did you carve? Or, what is your favorite carving you have done or seen?

HLS in Pictures

 

Hey guys! I am currently on a ten mile long run, so I thought today I would just leave you with some fun pictures from Healthy Living summit (some I borrowed from other bloggers!) Happy Saturday! Have a good one!

Photo booth at the cocktail party! Brittney, Tanya, and me.

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me and Andrea

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Diana, Brittney, and me

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Erin, me, and Stephanie at the airport ready for some fun!

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Allison, Kelly, Erin, Brittney, me, and Caitlin

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lunch at the Pumpkin Market! (photo courtesy of Kath)

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Saturday breakfast!

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roomates! (photo courtesy of Brittney)

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why am I squatting like I have to go pee? Way to ruin the picture Heather.

Courtney, Julie, me, Allison, and Tina

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QOTD: Would you rather run a race in Hawaii or Australia?

Always an Athlete

 

When I moved into my new house, I found a bunch of old sports pictures I had been meaning to scan. I lost my printer CD (I use my printer to scan, too) so they just sat there. Then yesterday Karen posted some old sports pictures of herself and that motivated me to find the driver online and install it so I could scan my pictures. Got that? good.

Oh where to begin….

Graceful was never in my vocabulary. I have never been flexible or dainty. When I was five, I took ballet for a year. At our recital, we performed Hansel and Gretel. Our class was the gingerbread. It was fun and all, but I got bored and quit soon after. Showing my competitive nature early, no?

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When we moved back to the New Orleans area when I started 3rd grade, I decided to play basketball. What. a. disaster. I was awful, I mean AWFUL. Watching the tape is painful. I would stand BEHIND the girl defending me and jump up and down flailing my arms trying to get the ball. But, one thing you could be sure of, I was the first one down the court EVERY TIME. I sprinted my little heart out, and then stopped on my block I was supposed to stand on as a forward. Pure hilarity. Unfortunately, I cannot put my hands on an elementary basketball picture. SSOO sorry about that one…not really. I don’t want to show you.

In 5th grade, I started playing soccer. My first year was hard, trying to pick up a new sport, but I blossomed my second year and scored many goals. I was very quick, so I played forward and loved it. One of my nicknames in school was “stick,” and another was “bird legs” anyone have any idea why?!?

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I played soccer and basketball through sixth grade. When I hit seventh grade, I REALLY REALLY wanted to play volleyball. That was the first year you could play at my school. Our soccer team morphed into a select team, which would have included traveling and multiple games a week instead of just one which didn’t thrill my parents. They told me I had to choose volleyball or soccer. I did enjoy soccer, truly, but I had been wanting to play volleyball for years. Keep in mind my sister was going to be a 9th grader and had played volleyball for two years with me going to every game wishing I could play.

I am SO glad I made that decision because I LOVED volleyball. I can’t seem to find a jr. high volleyball picture either. so sorry!  I also continued to play basketball through jr. high. Here I am in 8th grade after we won a tournament.

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7th grade was also the first year you could run track. We had a jr. high and high school team. I was a very quick sprinter, so I got to run on both teams which was super fun.

7th grade was my favorite track year. I was running against 18 year olds in the 100 meter dash and relay, and beating a lot of them. I actually won district and placed in regionals and made  it to state. Talk about intimidating! Running on the LSU track with people six years older than me. I managed to place 6th, and scored points for my team, which went on to win state (girls team). I got a big high school champion ring, and it’s my only one so I am proud of it!

In 9th grade I was so excited to play on the high school basketball and volleyball teams. The volleyball team had a separate JV and Varsity team, so I was stoked when I was asked to move up and also play varsity. I was the only 9th grader asked at this time and there was only one tenth grader, the rest were juniors (my sister was one) and seniors.

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yup, that’s me freshman year. Not sure what that is on my neck. I think it was something stuck to the picture. oops.

I also started as a freshman on the varsity basketball team.

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Here are a couple of pictures of me during volleyball games in tenth grade…

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that’s actually my sister (number 4) in the below picture. It was fun to play on the same teams for two years.

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My sophomore and junior years were also good track years. Here I am handing off in the 4x 200 relay

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Junior year at a meet. Not sure what’s going on here.

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running the 100 meter dash my junior year. I’m going so fast I am a BLUR! I kid.

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Oh yeah, in 10th grade I anchored the 4 x 100 meter team and we got third at state and broke the school record which was kinda cool.

I was a pretty tenacious basketball player. I was on the floor diving after the ball a lot, but I truly loved it so much. Here I am with my mad ups going for a shot.

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My ball. Let’s just say I fouled out of a lot of games.

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Knocking poor girls over on my way to the goal. I made LOTS of intense faces when playing sports, by the way.

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My senior year we got to do something pretty cool. The New Orleans arena, which is where the NBA team the Hornets play, had a program called the “Court of Dreams” where they let high school teams come and play on the court where the Hornets play. We were chosen to play and it was one of the coolest things playing in such a big place! I am right in the middle of the picture, number 4.

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My senior year I was district MVP in volleyball, 1st team all district in basketball. I was named my school’s female athlete of the year, also receiving best offense in vball and best defense in bball. I am so glad my parents allowed me to play sports in school. I love competition, and that is what has fueled me to run, and to push myself to reach new goals for myself. I hope one day when I have kids they want to play sports like their mom!

I have a ton more pictures somewhere, I wish I could find them! Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take a little glimpse into what my athletic career has been like.

***My friend Crystal is trying to sell her size three running skirt, gently worn, looks like this:

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If you are interested, e mail me or leave a comment and I can get you her e mail address!

QOTD: Did you play sports in high school? what was your most proud athletic moment in high school or college?

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The Walk Through

 

Hello friends! I know I said I would have my recap up today. I know I know. I’m sorry! I am not ready to put it all together with pictures, etc. So, I thought today I would share house pictures anyway. Wouldn’t you rather see those anyway? Haha just kidding. I am so sorry if you are tired of seeing pictures of my house. More running related posts coming up soon!

Ok so Bobby and I got up early this morning and I followed him to the new house, which is a little over an hour away from my parents house, which is where we were last night. Today was our orientation/walk through. Friday will hopefully be another walk through and CLOSING!

When we got there, there were some people doing some last minute things, etc. Still waiting on the railings to be painted on the porches, and there were men installing the shower doors, etc. We went through and marked spots that need paint touch ups, and found a couple things that need to be fixed/changed but nothing that can’t be done in a few days. I was so excited to see the “finished” house! Here we go!

sorry about the glares and the crooked pictures, I was really excited!

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imagine the above pic with white railings…LOVE!

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bonus room

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upstairs guest bath..still waiting on shower door to be installed

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master bedroom

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master bathroom. They were putting in the shower glass.

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my pretty rope trim in the kitchen

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downstairs guest bath and laundry room

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backyard

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guest bedroom

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whew! if you made it through all those pictures you are a true friend…or obsessed with houses! Crossing my fingers we get to close Friday!

Ok I am off to do some research on why my back feels like I have a bruise on it when it doesn’t, and do some Disney quotes for clients! Gentle stretching and foam rolling is all I am doing today and tomorrow! Maybe I will cross train Wednesday, depending on how I feel. Taking it easy on my spastic knee and hip until I can get to the chiropractor. (more on that in my race recap…. hopefully tomorrow. Smile)

QOTD: Any ideas why my back feels like it has a bruise when it doesn’t?