Through the Lens Thursday: Stars and Celebration (THE END)

As I write this, it’s 11pm on Dec. 31, 2015. I’m not sorry to see December go, and it’s very existence has clouded my view of 2015 as a whole, so I don’t even know how I feel about the incoming new year right now.

I do know that I’m kind of glad to be at the end of Through the Lens Thursday Round 2. Not that I didn’t enjoy the prompts or the picture-taking, but life got overwhelming and it went lower on the priority list this time around. Although, I am afraid that I won’t post here at all, on the ol’ blog, if I don’t even have this commitment once a week.

I don’t even really have anything for last week’s prompt, STARS, except this guy, HP, the star of my stocking on Christmas morning. I love him. I also like this picture kind of a lot.

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CELEBRATION seems like it would be an easy prompt on New Years Eve, but this NYE here at Double F Ranch has consisted of a manicure I did on myself, a trip to the grocery store for our contributions to the last two family Christmases (numbers 5 and 6) happening tomorrow, a haircut that the littlest daughter asked me to give her, a movie or two, and one lonely glass of Prosecco before coming upstairs to write this post, less than an hour before midnight.

So, here are a couple of pictures from Christmas celebration #4, yesterday.

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Happy New Year, friends. I hope 2016 is good to you.

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I did again this year.

Through the Lens Thursday: View

We had a four day weekend for Thanksgiving last week, and this was our view for three of the four days, basically.

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We had a lot of family time, and some of it was quality. Thanksgiving didn’t quite go as planned, and Friday…well, Friday I had a lot of that cranky mood cabin fever that I get on the weekends sometimes when we’re all very much together. But, things turned around Saturday and Sunday….we even discovered our love of family Scrabble.

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And then the kids went back to school and the outside world stopped raining and sleeting and thawed out. Because of course.

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year.

Next week’s prompt is PACKED. (Only a few left for the year!)

Through the Lens Thursday: Muted

This is how we usually spend Thanksgiving….I cook the meal, some of it gets eaten, then we decorate for Christmas. This year, it rained all day so the outdoor décor didn’t get done. We’ll see if it ever gets done at this point.

You should be glad there’s no sound (ahem….muted) on these pictures because there was a singing ornament that never stopped singing.

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year.

Next week’s prompt is VIEW.

Through the Lens Thursday: Cut

The boys are cut from the same cloth.

Henry is more outspoken and eager to talk to anyone, anywhere, and Ervin is shy and not very social or open, but they both love a lot of the same things and act the same way at home and pretty much adore each other (when they’re not bickering at each other).

This week was “H” week in preschool, so the two of them decided Henry would be Ervin’s show and tell.

Erv talked about how they play “Lego Jurassic Park” together (Jurassic World on the XBox), and then Henry told the class that they played with Legos together (and proceeded to list all of the dinosaur bricks he had coming).

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Four years ago, Ervin was Henry’s show and tell for “E” week in preschool.

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I can’t even with the full circle thing.

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year.

Next week’s prompt is MUTED..

Through the Lens Thursday: Smile

I tried to take pictures of our family last Sunday for our holiday cards this year, because (to be real) I had a good blow out from the salon on Saturday and I didn’t want to waste it. It was also a pretty nice day out, and I didn’t want to waste that. And it’s kind of like pulling off a Band-Aid….you know it’s going to hurt, and your family is going to complain, so it’s better to just do it quickly and get it over with. I didn’t even try to coordinate outfits; I just figured we’d go with black and white pictures this year.

Most of the family was just fine (although Ivy was really not feeling well), but we can’t allllllll be happy and smiling for 30 minutes. God forbid, right? One child was not having it.

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But I think there are a couple we can use. Because Lord knows, I’m going to have to get an oversized package of patience in the mail before I try it again.

Some, though…..if they’re used for the card, they’ll just be proof that I have a sense of humor.

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You like the cat photobomb?

Sigh.

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year.

Next week’s prompt is CUT.

Through the Lens Thursday: Bright

The sky and ground and everything in between is a dull, gloomy opposite-of-bright collection of colors in the fall. I love it, though. I love living in the country where we can leave the fallen, crunchy leaves on the ground to pile them and scatter them and enjoy them.

For my birthday, my parents cleaned up my very neglected flower garden, got it ready for the winter, and added splashes of color in the form of potted fall mums. They are a bright spot, for sure.

 

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year.

Next week’s prompt is SMILE!

Through the Lens Thursday: Plant and Happy

Do you ever get so sucked into some book or TV show or whatever that you can’t think about anything else? (YEAH. duh.) That’s where I’ve been lately with the Harry Potter series, and it’s been really, really hard to want to go back to regular life. Now I’ve finished all the books and movies and don’t know what to do with myself.

Which explains this post. I took my TTLT “plant” pictures EARLY and saved them, but never posted them. And now it’s almost three weeks later.

I don’t have anything for “spicy.” And I’m combining “plant” with “happy” because these pictures totally work for both.

These were taken on Henry’s 10th birthday, among the gorgeous fall leaves.

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Next week is November! WHAAAAAT. And the prompt is BRIGHT.

Through the Lens Thursday: Catch Up

It’s ridiculous how behind I got on this, and how overwhelmed I’ve been lately. (Breathe) But Clare has been dedicated to this project and I refuse to let her go it alone!

So, here are a few weeks’ worth of pictures to get me caught up.

DRAWN: The narwhal Ivy drew and painted for me (I want to get a tattoo of it someday).

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PINK: A peek at my office, which has a lot of my favorite color (the shelves were a birthday present built by my husband).

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LINES: My little snuggle bear before preschool (we enjoy our mornings together).

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NUMBER 8: At Ivy’s birthday party this summer.

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Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year.

Next week’s prompt is PLANT.