Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dinner Out

The kids wanted to go out for dinner tonight, so we did. (Ron is out of town this week.) This was one of the nicest dinners we've had in a long time. Not food nice, but enjoying each other's company nice. The usual arguing was replaced by laughter, and it was very nice.

Tyler was teasing Danielle about taking a selfie with her. His thumb is purposefully covering her face. :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

My (Spring) Bulletin Board

Here is my spring bulletin board in the kitchen at work. I realize it's not food related, but it makes me think of spring and summer, which makes me happy. Considering we got an inch of snow this afternoon, I need those happy thoughts. (I may have gone a little overboard with the cricut machine!)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

1/2 a Celebration

We are probably old enough not to need to celebrate 1/2 birthdays, but we're never too old for cake.

As you can see, he has changed a lot in the past 12 months.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Grand Prize Winner

Last year around this time I entered some pictures in a photo contest at a local feed store and won the grand prize of 150lbs of bird seed. I entered some photos in the same contest again this year and again won the grand prize! This year the prize was lessened to 100lbs, which is fine with me. I still have seed left from last year!
This is the picture that won.

My prize
The person who judged the photos last year was from a park system in a nearby town. She took two of my three photo entries from the store last year, without my permission, to use at the park. When I found out, I contacted her to find out what she was going to use them for, thinking if she was going to print them in a publication I would like to be sure to get the photo credits. She told me she just wanted to hang them in her office, so I asked her to send them back since she took them without permission. We went back and forth a little, and I never got my pictures back. I wasn't happy, but I let it go. Well, guess what happened this time. I went in to get my prize and noticed one of my pictures was missing. The person judging the photos took it! I think it was the same person but am trying to verify that. I don't think I've ever charged anyone for my photos, but they are mine. At a minimum I think she should have asked my permission before taking it. I probably would have let her have it anyway. A couple months ago one of my FB "friends" laughingly told me she had several of my pictures printed to decorate her house. While I was flattered she liked them enough to hang them, I was a little hurt that she didn't ask me first. So I am a little frustrated with that whole thing tonight.

On a positive note, when I went tonight to pick up about 20 pictures I had printed to hang up at work, I was asked to sign a copyright release to indicate I had the rights to print the professional photos. The sweet girl behind the counter even asked me if I had a business card. Granted, it was Walmart, but it was a nice little ego boost.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring's Hope

The temperature made it to the upper 60s today. Some places got up to 69. The weatherman said last night that today would be the warmest day we've had in 139 days. Short sleeves, no coats, windows open, kids riding their bikes, birds singing. It. Was. Wonderful. We're back to normal temps for this time of year tomorrow (lows 40s), but today's gift was very much appreciated.

Ron suggested I skip getting groceries this afternoon and go for a walk through the park instead. Everyone else had the same idea, but it was still nice to get out. The ponds are still covered in ice, but some of the migrating birds have returned. I didn't really see any other wildlife except for this frog. He wasn't able to move much. I think maybe it was a little colder than he had expected, or maybe it didn't stay as warm as he had hoped?  Either way, I hope he survives. Today's taste of spring brings hope for the warm days ahead. And, not counting spring break or Memorial Day, we only have 8 more Mondays of school.