September 13, 2012

Photo Friday

Photo Art Friday photosbyleanne

August 30, 2012

Wildflower Edition


Happy Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my oldest, beautiful daughter!  Dug through the archives to find this photo from way back in 2004!

She graduates college this December, hard to believe!!

Love you honey!!

August 29, 2012

Top 3 at Flower Art Friday!

Life has been crazy busy here the last several weeks as we all get adjusted to a new schedule in our schools. I haven't been awake enough in my free time to post much here, and would you believe, I just looked back to see some photo posts and found that my photo posted a few weeks ago was voted a favorite over at Leann's blog!

Remember this one?

Thanks everyone, for your votes....I am honored.


August 23, 2012

A New School Year!

I've been a little absent around these parts for the last several weeks.  Starting a new job can do that to ya!  The early mornings are still a bit hard, but I think I am starting to get a little used to it.  This year our family has a unique situation that will never happen again....each of our five family members is in a different school this year, Husband at one high school, me at the other, youngest at the grade school, middle at the junior high, and oldest at college.  How is that for crazy!

Getting everyone looking and paying attention for a photo is always a fun adventure, isn't it???? {crazy dog}

So everyone started school yesterday....and survived!

We are sure hoping for a successful year for ALL of us! How is your family adjusting?

August 21, 2012


These cute little yellow flowers we called 'butter and eggs' when I was a kid.  I have no idea what they really are, a ground cover wildflower.  There were entire fields of them in Canada on vacation that were quite stunning!

I used Kim Klassen's 'sunkissed' and 'dreamit' textures.


August 16, 2012

Goldenrod - Photo Art Friday and Flower Friday

Wow, y'all.  This new job, receptionist at a high school, is kicking my behind!  Not that it is hard, but I haven't not had to get up and work all day for quite some time and my body is just not used to this!  By Thursday, I was dragging!  And next week my start time will change to 6:45 am!!  That is insane for this non-morning person!!  I haven't even calculated what time I need to get up to be there at that time!

Anyhoo, I know you stopped by to see some lovely, so here is my submission for Photo Art Friday and Flower Friday.

On our recent vacation to Canada, I was able to gather lots of fun wildflowers to photograph, so hopefully you'll see some more soon.  I love the beautiful yellow of goldenrod!  I used Kim Klassen's 'Oh My' on Soft Light at 100% and Multiply at 100%.

Photo Art Friday photosbyleanne

August 1, 2012

A Little Vacation

This little piece of paradise is where our family will be spending the next 10 days, hidden away on a beautiful secluded lake at the family cabin in Ontario, Canada.

We are on five generations of family who have called this place home during the summer months.  My grandparents bought it nearly 40 years ago, along with my Aunt and Uncle.  Our various families meander in and out all summer long.  It is the only vacation spot I ever knew as a kid.  It is laced in memories, good times, rest, relaxation, family time, water, fish, and wildlife.  As I've grown older, it gets more and more special as my kids have fallen in love with the place as well.  They are so very excited to be heading up once again.  It is a magical place, where we can leave our busy lives at home and come together to unwind.

I've decided to not swamp your inbox with repeated posts while I am away, so we'll just catch up once I get home.  Another bonus of the internet!

See you soon!

July 31, 2012

An Old Jalopy for Texture Tuesday - Free & Easy eDition

A few weeks ago when I did a road trip with my friend Kelly, we happened across this beautiful old automobile just waiting for us to take a photo!

I thought it fun to show you the original this week.

I cropped it a bit because I didn't like that big old horse trailer in the background.  I am also addicted to the high pass filter, which just brings so much detail to the photo!  I then added Kim's Stained Paper texture on Hue at 100% opacity.  I added a layer mask to keep the light blue color of the car true.

This was a fun one!

Don't forget to check out my new Etsy shop for more prints for purchase!


July 30, 2012

Major Changes for our Family are Coming!

I have not worked full time since 1996.  That is about to change.

The emotions going through my heart over the last few days has been crazy.  I've been home with children for a long time.  Granted, I have had several part time jobs that have kept my skills sharp, but it is a little nerve wracking giving up my free time!  I am not going to lie.....I LOVE my time at home and the quiet during the day.  That is not going to change just a little, but a LOT.  I have accepted a position as a high school receptionist! Talk about chaos!! {pray for me!!}

Aside from the nerves of starting out in a new career, we are super excited to finally have a second income!  We have sacrificed a lot of things for me to stay home.  Many have not understood it, many have questioned it.  But we felt, as I know many of you do, that being home with my children when they were young was the best thing for our family.  But our trade-off has been hard, having to forgo house repairs, live in debt, and live paycheck to paycheck.  It will be such a blessing to get off of THAT roller coaster!

The best part of this position is the schedule.  I will leave early in the morning, but will be home at the same time as everyone else at the end of the school day.  For those who don't remember, my husband is a teacher, so we will have school holidays and summer vacations off together.

So what does that mean for my blog?  I have no idea!!  For now, I'll be keeping up as best I can, hoping to continue like nothing has changed!!  'Cause I love you all and I just can't imagine not blogging!
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