This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music. These are the instruments in my house.

My oldest daughter teaches herself to play songs on the piano and ukulele by watching YouTube videos. One instrument that I can’t photograph is her beautiful singing voice. It is my most favorite instrument in the world!


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My youngest daughter plays the recorder for school. In music class, they have “Recorder Karate”: for every song she masters, she receives a karate “belt” (i.e., the strings tied to the end of the recorder.) The belts progress in color as the difficulty of the songs she learns do.


Several years ago, my husband bought me a guitar for my birthday because I wanted to learn how to play it. I realized right away that I do not possess the patience or true ambition for such an endeavor. It is my favorite instrument to listen to, however, besides my daughter’s voice :).



This is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Abstract. I had these dumped out every where on my counter, but it turns out they look much cooler sitting in the container they came in. I dialed up the highlights during post-processing to give it more of a vibrant, artsy feel.


Since March 17th is the feast of St. Patrick, I thought I would share with you a few shots of some of the characters we saw in the St. Patrick’s Day parade this past weekend.  I am also sharing these with Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge this week.

I wish I was as happy-go-LUCKY as this girl appears to be!

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Everyone was handing out beaded necklaces. People couldn’t get enough of them. Crazy!

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This guys looks so sad. I put him front and center in the photo, but as you can see no one is looking at him.

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This dude, on the other hand, is in the same spot on the street as the last guy, only he is still getting cheers and claps. The crowd loved him!

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St. Patrick, himself, was there, shaking hands with children and adults alike.

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Finally, here is a whole group of characters for your Irish entertainment.

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This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cameras and Photographers. This first one is an old camera I used to use before I really got into taking pictures. It’s been so long since I’ve used it, I couldn’t even get all of the dust off of it!


This is the camera I use now, and I really like it. It’s a Sony Alpha SLT-A35. I just recently started shooting exclusively in manual mode which is very exciting to me! I feel like I accomplished something big. 🙂


Lastly, here is my phone camera, which I rarely use simply because the quality isn’t as great as my Sony and I don’t have any control over things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.


This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made Out of Plastic. The first is a butterfly craft Caitlin made at her 4th grade spring party yesterday using jelly beans, a snack-size plastic baggie, a clothes-pin, and a pipe cleaner. So cute!

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This last one is a photo of a frog figurine taken through the view of an almost empty plastic bottle of hand sanitizer.  I think he’s cute, too!

plastic frog

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