Tuesday, September 9, 2008

VBS Fun!

Here's a few shots from VBS of kids that caught my eye. And a few snacks too :)


   Beachy Cupcakes

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lens crafters

Ever since Sarah Palin has come on the scene they say optical shops have sold out of frameless glasses. Isn't it funny how we're impacted!

Kindred Spirit

A little background for this post.....
I have always admired people who read. I hated reading until I graduated high school. It was almost like it just dawned on me....I can read whatever I want and I don't have to write a paper about it! So, I started reading current fiction and loved it. Anyway, I've secretly always wished that I could read and enjoy "classics." I've tried, but I can never get far enough into the story to be hooked, so I fail. Well I started researching and found that you can download books on iTunes. GREAT! I've finally found a solution to "reading" the classic novels and being able to get into the story without falling asleep.  So where did I start? "Anne of Green Gables" I wasn't planning on starting with this book, but I have loved it. At first I was skeptical of the person reading, but I've almost grown fond of her style. She actually changes voices for the characters :) 
If you haven't seen the movie or read the book then let me just tell you, the story can be quite corny at times, but I'm finding myself relating it to my own life. Now I can get to my point.
Anne has such a fun and positive outlook on life. She constantly talks of using your imagination and she can make something horrible to be fun by simply adding a little imagination. I don't know the last time I consciously tried to use my imagination. I can remember as a little girl playing with my dolls and imagining things about them. Or playing on the playground at school with my friends and we would imagine we were boxcar children and we would come up with all kinds of crazy stories. When do you lose this type of thinking? I guess that is part of maturing and it's a good thing because how odd it would be for an adult to walk around pretending they were escaping on a boxcar. Try using your imagination more! No you don't have to make up goofy stories and pretend strange things, but when something goes wrong or you're just having a bad day....throw in a little imagination.
Since I started listening to this book I find myself wanting to use phrases like "isn't it romantic!" and "oh I'm in the dooms of despair." Anne has such a flair for the dramatic.  One phrase though, that Anne refers to is a kindred spirit. She says she can just meet someone and almost tell right away weather they are a kindred spirit or not. At first, I thought that is just crazy, but I've been noticing as I meet new people. There are some people that you meet and you may have things in common and you think they are nice, but there's just that lack of a spark or something. While others, you can meet and just see right away that you just click. It's very difficult to explain other than to say they are a kindred spirit.
So, I don't usually write about such things or even express them at all, but today I just felt like sharing how Anne has impacted me. Reading may not be your cup of tea, but maybe listening would work for you. See what inspires you.

Monday, September 1, 2008

My Obsession

This is one of the Bridges of Madison County. It was raining here so I couldn't get as many shots as I wanted, but I do like the way this one turned out :)

I was made fun of for taking a picture of an apple, but HELLO, it's pretty! This is at John Wayne's birthplace right after a little rain.

These last 3 are from the Amish country of Iowa. It was so pretty and could have taken thousands of pictures there alone. I will leave it at these for now though. Thanks for looking and comments are welcomed!