Flowers from Daddy

My husband is a self-admitted panicker when it comes to gifts.  It used to give him severe anxiety just thinking of having to buy a present.  Over the, gosh, fifteen years we’ve been together, his condition has improved.  Dramatically.

His Valentine’s present to the girls was so sweet.  It wasn’t candy or a pillow pet.  It was a special gift from daddy.

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I ♥ Faces: Yellow

This week’s I ♥ Faces photo challenge is Yellow.  I know this one is a bit of a stretch, but if you look closely at my niece’s hand, you can see the little yellow dandelion there! 

Yellow (look close, it's in there!)

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ONP’s National Junior Ranger Day

A couple of weeks ago, the Olympic National Park had its annual Junior Ranger Day, which is a fun-filled day of learning activities for the kids.  Kariya has been talking about being a Junior Ranger for quite a while now, because a few of her friends had attained their ranger status, so we were happy to take the girls to this event.  The girls had a lot of fun learning, crafting, hiking, and hunting for clues to fill up their requirements for becoming Junior Rangers!

On the trail..

It’s official now.  My Junior Rangers.

Another Bee and Blossom Shot

I’m still pretty proud of myself for not letting the swarm of bees hovering around the fruit trees deter me from getting up close and personal with my camera.  Here’s another one.

Do these stripes make my rear end look big?

Cherry Blossoms

I was really excited to see our plum tree in blossom a few weeks ago.  Nothing speaks to the beginning of spring like blooming flowers!  I tried to capture a bee in one of the plum blossoms, but I was too scared to try more than one shot.  There were so many bees buzzing around, I chickened out.  So, the bee was not quite in focus…  Today, I was happy to see the cherry blossoms were very much in bloom, and there were even more bees this time!  I mustered up some bravery and went in with my camera.  Much better this time!

Happy Easter!

Cherry Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

The weather has been amazing.  The flower buds are starting to appear, and yesterday, we noticed that our plum tree is flowering already!  I’ve been dying to take flower photos, so I was pretty excited to snap some of the blossoms.

Plum Blossoms

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Plum Blossoms

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Hydrangea

I took some photos of the hydrangea in my back yard last fall, and I’ve just rediscovered them.  I mean, I took them and didn’t think much of them then, but I took another look and decided to try out some editing techniques on them to see what I could come up with.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for, something a little vintage-looking, I think.  I came across this I ♥ Faces Tutorial: In The Fairy Garden by Michelle Johnson and was inspired to try something similar.  I didn’t exactly follow the tutorial (although I plan to at some point), but I think the idea is pretty much the same. 

Hydrangea

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Hydrangea

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