Taking annual leave during the school year is almost impossible in my job as an administrative assistant at the local university, so other than a day or two here and there, I save it all for the summer. The thing is, there is rarely money for any long, exciting vacations, so I don’t have much need of my annual leave in the summer either.
Several years ago, my co-worker and I had been doing our usual Monday-morning grousing about how quickly the weekend flew by and we didn’t even remember what we’d done other than the cleaning, and the laundry, and the grocery shopping, and, and, and…
Please excuse my lateness for posting my week-3 photos, but at least I’m only a week behind instead of my usual months or years…
As is usually the case, I am buried up to my eyeballs in homework, barely a few weeks into the new semester, and struggling to find a balance between all my roles. One thing I’d really like to learn to do is still find time for myself – even just 5 minutes! – in the whole wife-mom-worker-student juggling act I’ve got going. Hopefully, I can sneak working on my photography in as one of those quickly-whirling balls.
So, without further ado, here’s last week’s assignment from my friend, the Iotamaker (as always, you can follow the links to see others’ interpretations of the weekly theme):
Now that it’s (temporarily) down to just the three of us, we all tend to scatter to our own corners of the house after dinner: Tom to his “man cave” in the basement, Savannah to her own messy cave dwelling, and me to my soon-to-be-vacated “craft room” which has only had about 5 minutes worth of crafting done in it.
Taking pictures of the other two was a little more challenging, as neither of them would comply with my orders (See: our normal, nightly routine!),
“When you look at life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.”
Don’t be too surprised, but I’m back for the 2nd week in a row of my 52-week photo project! Only 50 to go…
This week’s theme over at Iotamaker is the “Family Room.” (Follow the link to see more great interpretations.)
Our house isn’t big enough to warrant a room of its own for the family, so our little living room will have to do. Truly though, it lives up to its name, because here is where we watch tv, laugh, wrestle (more than you’d imagine), argue (on occasion – there are teenagers in the house), eat, or just hang out together.
Annie leads the way, walking through tire tracks that Josh so nicely put throughout my front yard.
Welcome to week one of 2013!
I, for one, am more than happy to see 2012 speeding away in my rear-view mirror. It was a bugger of a year in many ways, beginning straight-off with Tom losing his job, heart-wrenching family struggles, and the loss of my dad in October. However, with the bitter there is also always the sweet: January brought Josh home safely from Afghanistan, our adorable grandson was born in February, my uncle Beaux finally received a long-awaited liver transplant in March, May brought both Braden’s high school graduation and the birth of Tom Jones Automotive, Braden and I had an amazing trip to Haiti with a group from our church in June, and the Tennessee Jones’ clan came home for a decidedly-white (and freezing!) Christmas.
Like most people, I definitely have a few resolutions I would like to keep for the coming Continue reading →
So, for the final part of our ballooning trilogy, I have to share what happened after the balloon had landed and we’d all crawled safely away…
After packing and loading the balloon into its snug little trailer, we all packed into the chase vehicles and headed back to the launch site. ”Awesome experience!” I was thinking to myself. Little did I know there was still more to come… Continue reading →
So to continue on with yesterday’s balloon story, here are some more pictures from before and during the ride. Tomorrow I’ll share the story about the very unique “after.”
We had to get up at o’dark-hundred, absolutely the earliest I’ve been up on a Saturday for a longggg time… Luckily, my mom still had some of my favorite Haitian coffee that I brought home from my trip earlier this summer, so I was fortified and ready to go. Continue reading →
Unlike Bob the Builder – known for his rallying cry of “Can we do it? YES WE CAN! – I have already failed in my daily blogging challenge. To be fair, though, it’s not entirely my fault. Continue reading →
Still working out this photo page thing. I loved this photo I took of one of the Easter eggs Savannah colored, along with one of my many sets of salt and pepper shakers. I’m pretty sure this is exactly what … Continue reading →
Love our Cache Valley mountain views. Even if there is snow still showing...
I’m still trying to figure out this whole “WordPress thing,” so this is my next attempt at creating a “snapshots” page to showcase my photography. Apparently you can’t have two pages with different posts on them, but you can create a custom menu that will pull the photo categories. So here we go… Gonna try it!
And now an update: apparently custom menus remove my regular page menus (about, reading list) but only allow you one menu button. So… if you want to see all of my posts with pictures, you can just click on “Snapshots” in the category list and it will bring them all up. Not perfect, but workable!
2012 has been a tough year, even though we’ve barely knocked out the first quarter. 2011 ended with both my dad and my brother in the hospital, each for separate, serious illnesses… With my uncle on the transplant list for … Continue reading →