Thursday, December 31, 2009

52 1/2 weeks of 2009

*The End*
52 cards in a deck
52 white keys on a piano
52 Pick-Up
52 weeks in a year
52 photos in 2009
52... count em'

It was fun. It is done. Now I'll start another one.

This was a fun project for me. As you know, photography is a big hobby of mine. Without this project I would have probably let my camera gather dust. Instead, it has let me be creative. It's been an outlet for the stress I've been facing. I'm happy that I did it. I will be starting another one in 2010.
A huge THANK YOU!! to all that have read my blog and followed me on this journey. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I can't tell you how they've put smiles on my face during times I really haven't felt like smiling.

I can't believe that this year is over. If I sit back and reflect on 2009 I try to pull out some good points. All in all this has NOT been a good year. I won't put each of those points here because, honestly, why ponder on the bad things?
I can say that it was a good year because I got to travel for work. I was honored that I was picked to help my company in a merger process. I was thrilled to travel to Seattle, a place I've never been to. I absolutely loved it there and would be happy to go back.
It was a good year because David passed his freshman year with flying colors. He was one of three kids from his school chosen to go to Australia for a student ambassador program. Unfortunately, due to our finances he could not go. That's OK. David also got a varsity letter in track and in academics.
Emily finished out her middle school year with flying colors also. She was part of the school band, track and the volleyball team. She was a big help this summer for a coworker and babysat for her little boy. She made good money and had a great time as well. She started her freshman year a bit bumpy but things have smoothed out. She's on her way to a great year.
Mike and I have made it to our 16th year of marriage. We have withstood all the misconceptions that society likes to place on young couples. We will make it through all that life throws at us.

So on to a new year. This is going to be a life changing year for us. I pray everyday for God to help us through this next step in our lives. I pray God will show us mercy in 2010. I pray, just pray.


Monday, December 28, 2009


“Over the hills we go, screaming all the way!”
So I guess I’m using this for my 52nd photo. It was Christmas Day and we were on our way to Christmas Dinner. We all got new phones for Christmas and I was playing around with mine.
With the stress of the holidays & work and being sick I didn’t put much into this like I planned. The flickr group I’m in is 52 1/2 weeks of 2009. Not really sure what the deal is with the “1/2″ but I have the “1/2″ photo to do for the last one. I do have an idea in mind so hopefully all will go as planned.

I’d like to add that no one got hurt in the making of this photo. The kids in the backseat are fine.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Waiting for the Big Man*
A day late posting this. I did take the photo on time, however.
This is my take on the theme product shot. It could go two ways... a shot of Peppermint Schnapps in some hot cocoa. Or just a shot of a cute holiday mug. I'm thinking the latter. I don't really do alcohol.
This weekend was the Murphy family Christmas party. It went well, no fights. lol! I enjoyed the time spent with Mike's family. My great nephew Sam is just so cute. He's about 18 months old and so fun. He's such a good natured little guy.
I've got some gifts bought but need to finish up this week. I'm not sure when I'm going to get out. Good thing for the 24 hour stores.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Helping Hands*
Finally put the tree up today. I wanted to go for a real tree but decided to stick with my pre-lit tree. Sidney decided to help. The kids really didn't want any part of it. I have to get the ornaments put on it still. Why does this seem like more of a chore than ever this year?

Tis the season to be Jolly

Sunday, December 6, 2009


49/52 ruby*, originally uploaded by Jen likes to snap pics*.

The theme this week is bokeh. Bokeh is an adaptation from a a Japanese word meaning blur. In photography this term is used to describe the quality of the areas in the picture which are not in focus.
This is one of my favorite things to do... shoot bokeh. I love the swirly, out of focus lights.
Today I went to the park to walk around. It was sunny, but cool. I took my camera, hoping to find something to shoot for my photo for this week. Everything was dead. lol Lots of brown, dead leaves. These red berries were scattered here and there to add a splash of color.
To see some more of my bokeh photos, you can take a looke here.

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