Sunday, October 30, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Macro
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I *love* this season of the year! Such beauty all around us...

2. Found Texture
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Ok. So I absolutely love this picture. I love the texture from leaves in the background, the yellow. And well, just everything about it!

3. Home
What would a home be without laughter? 

4. Cover
Leaves have covered the ground by now...

5. Tree
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Okay. First I have to give my Dad credit for this picture. You see where I get my photographic eye from? :) Although I am kind of jealous I didn't notice this tree when we were hiking, but oh least he got a good picture. :)

Well you all have a great day! I'm off to go on a hayride, have a cookout, and play music. Fun evening!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cannon Beach {Part 3} | Sunday Morning

           Ok Y'all. I really need to apologize. I said I'd post this on Thursday or Friday...and it's Monday evening. My weekend just slipped right by me! I went to see Courageous one day; worked on school, baking, cleaning, etc... another day; took wedding pictures another (!!!!! Post coming soon.); and went to heat the MacDonald Family sing another! Now it's Monday, and I'm finally free to post. 
Hope you enjoy the pictures. Have a great evening!

           At five thirty a.m. Sunday morning, I heard a knock at the door and remembered that I was supposed to up and ready to go on a walk on the beach with Uncle Joe! So with coffee in hand, and my camera around my neck, we headed out for a walk down the beach. It was a beautiful morning, and I was able to spend some quality time with Uncle Joe, and get some great pictures.

No caption needed. 

Ahhh...soaking in the Ocean beauty!

My uncle, who went on the walk with me. 


Sea anemones!

Fellow Photographer. :)

King of the Seas! 

The best flying shot I was able to get. 

A duck?

Yours Truly.

We met my Momma and brother, Jonathan, on our way back. 

We had a wonderful mass with the congregation at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church. It reminded me of home, with the small church full of friendly people. It turns out the priest was from Tanzania – near where Daddy goes to teach! We live in a small world. We came back to see Aunt Anne cooking up a storm! French toast, bacon, fresh fruit, and yogurt; what could have been a better Sunday Brunch? We had to say our goodbyes to Aunt Barbara, Kira, and Jalen; but wait! Before they left we ventured out into the cold, windy weather to get a group picture. 

Windy, Windy day!

 Jalen and Jonathan. 
<3 Sisters. <3

The Family Portrait. 
Front (L-R): [Cousin] Kiera, [sister] Susanna, [brother] Jonathan, [cousin] Jalen, [sister] Irina. 
Back (L-R): [Aunt] Barbara, Grandpa, Mom, [Uncle] Joe, [Aunt] Anne, Grandma, and Me. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cannon Beach {Part 2} | Saturday

I'm back with Cannon Beach, part two! I'll let my "journal" and pictures tell you the story. 
           Mommy rose early the next morning to walk along the beach during the sunrise, and when the little kids finally got up they were quite upset mommy did not wake them at 6am! I reminded them that they did, indeed, need those extra hours of sleep, and there would be many more early morning available for sunrise walks. After breakfast Mommy and the kids went outside to play on the beach while Aunt Anne and I went to Seaside to do some grocery shopping. Of course we needed those marshmallows and candy corn, I mean come on….who could live without those!? J We were greeted by my dear Aunt Barbara when we walked in the door. It had been three years since we’d seen her and her children, so it was nice to see her smiling face again. That afternoon was spent on the beach playing with Aunt Barbara, Kira, Jalen, and Uncle Joe. We enjoyed playing Frisbee, running along the water line, digging holes in the sand, building sandcastles, and catching up with each other. 

My sister, Irina, and brother, Jonathan, looking for beach treasures. 

Mom playing the banjo...

The *very* important candy... [smile]

I had gone out on a walk to the Haystack Rock by myself that morning. And I absolutely love this picture I took. 

Along the way I met my sisters, Irina and Susanna, dancing on the ocean-side. What fun!

This is one of my favorite shots from that week!

Another one of my favorites, I love how the picture is one color, yet different colors at the same time.

Beach treasures. :)

Playing with Aunt Barbara...

Sand Creations.


Irina and me. 

By the looks of it, my sister didn't have much time to deal with her hair that day...and she wanted it out the of the way...

Haystack Rock

Writing in the sand with your toes. *Love it!*

One of the other favorites...stretch your imagination. What does it look like? Ships sailing in the sea??

My cousin, Jalen enjoying the [freezing] cold water!

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.
Psalm 113:3

Well, that's it for today...which was your favorite? Look for another Beach post on Friday!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cannon Beach {Part 1} | The Drive

 Hello! Yes, I am finally getting around to posting about our beach trip. Yesterday I wrote a paper about the trip, so I thought I'd put the parts of the paper that go with each day in the posts. That way you can kinda know what we did through words, and then see some pictures. Sound good? Each post I'm gonna ask...well I'll ask at the end of the pictures. [wink]  Ok, now on to the beginning of the "story".         
                 As I was sitting on the couch with Grandma, I could hear little voices of delight out the window. Those voices came from my little brother and sister, Jonathan and Susanna while they were flying kites on the beach – for the first time in their life. What a joyous occasion! These kids are going to remember this trip for the rest of their life. Let’s start at the beginning…
                “I just got off the phone with your Grandpa”, Mom announced in the spring, “and Susanna, Jonathan, Irina, Sveta, and I will be going to visit in September. We’ll also be going to Cannon Beach for a week!”
                A stampede of children, shouting cheers, came from all parts of the house. “Yippee!” “How long are we going to be gone?” “When, exactly, are we going??” “Awesome!” “How long do we stay at the Ocean?” You get the idea; excitement was brewing in our house.
                Fast forward to the end of August…It is twelve noon, September 6th, 2011; all of our luggage neatly packed up in the trunk of the car, and we all squeezed in, without an inch of room to spare. We had a long, boring three hour drive to Nashville, TN where we would board our plane.
 Fifteen hour later, five very tired, yet still somehow smiling D’s (I don't want to put my last name on here.) arrived at the Spokane International Airport. Searching for a familiar face, I found one…our amazing Aunt Anne was walking our way. We grabbed our luggage, loaded it into the Volkswagen, known as “The Clubhouse” for the next month, and drove the short twenty minute drive to our final destination; Grandma and Grandpa St. John’s home. After saying hello to Grandpa, who very nicely stayed up for us, we all headed off to bed to catch a good night’s sleep. The next day was a whirlwind of activity as we prepared to leave for Cannon Beach Thursday morning. 
                Thursday morning came, and went. We had planned to leave in the morning, but as plans always seem to change, we did not get out the door until 12:30. A majority of the next day and a half were spent in “The Clubhouse”. We did, however, make quick stops for meals, spent a night in a hotel, and had a visit with some friends in Oregon.
                When we finally saw the Columbia River meet the ocean Friday afternoon, we were rejoicing. I don’t know what made us more excited; getting to be at the ocean for the first time, or ending our clubhouse meeting – which we all thought lasted way too long! When we opened the door to our condo, the delicious smells of a home cooked meal were coming from the kitchen. What a delight to have such wonderful Grandparents who cooked that meal for seven hungry and somewhat grouchy people! Immediately following supper, Irina, Jonathan, and I hurried out the door to get out of the crowded condo, and onto the open, and what seemed to be endless, beach. It was considerably cold, so I didn’t last long out there. Just enough time to photograph my two siblings running in the ocean sunset and soak up the fresh ocean breeze. 

Road Art.

We saw lots of these...

The visiting friends I talked about...well, here they are! Just the kids, with myself and my sisters and brother too. It was so much fun meeting Lucia and her family! Thanks for having us over. :)

Lucia plays the piano, her sister Olivia plays the guitar and mandolin, my mom had her banjo, and I had my violin -- and together we {tried} to play some music. That was interesting...but so much fun!

Ahhh...the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean! We're almost there!!!

And...Cannon Beach! That's Haystack Rock in the background. This is the view we had from our Condo. Pretty amazing, eh? 

And I mentioned getting a picture of my sister and brother in the sunset the first night; here it is. 

Well, that's it for now, but do keep on the lookout for another Cannon Beach post. It'll probably be Monday or Tuesday. 

Oh, the question...Which picture was your favorite? (There aren't too many good ones to choose from in this post, but I assure you, there will be tons of great ones to come...)