Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Tunes-Soundgarden

I don't know if I mentioned before that I am a fan of Soundgarden. If I haven't I don't know why. I remember being in High School listening to Soundgarden while hanging out with friends doing things I wont mention in case my kids one day read this. Yes I was a wee bit wild in my youth. I love that I can hear a band now and it instantly brings me back. Some more so then others. Soundgarden happens to fall into the more so category.

I love that they are making a come back and with the song Live to Rise they've done a job well done with it. Although I don't think they needed to do it by hooking up with The Avengers movie. I think they are awesome enough to just come out with a CD and bam be back. Although I can't deny the smartness of the move and for those in the younger generation (omg I can't believe I just typed that) to experience the greatness that is Soundgarden.

Anywho, enough rambling, onto the music!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunset Sunday-Cell phone edition

You'd think with all the traveling we've been doing that I would have gotten some sunset shots. Yeah I had thought so to and then I realized I totally didn't even think about grabbing photos while out and about. I was just a wee bit bummed when I discovered that.

So I went to the next best thing....my phone, and again barely any photos (insert frustration here)! I did manage to find two so those I will share those with you all but I still felt like we needed more oomph. So I went to some awesome friends of mine and asked if they had any photos they wanted to share. Thank you so much Angela, Andrea and Jessica for sharing your photos this week.

 Driving home last night.

 Flying from OKC to Detroit earlier this week. I've never caught a sunset in plain view while flying before and it was magnificent.

Angela from Untrained Housewife shared this beautiful photo she took. Lovely with the rays shining up isn't it.

 Andrea from Lil Kid Things shared this photo from her awesome birthday dinner that her hubby treated her to. 

This photo is from Jessica at It's My Life and it is absolutely stunning. My jaw may have dropped when I saw it and I may or may not have stared at it for five minutes before being able to take my eyes off of it. 

Many people discount cell phone cameras after snapping a picture and they never look back. But even those pictures taken in a fleeting moment have storys to tell. I encourage you to go through your phone photos and relive a special moment in doing so.

Do you love sunsets? Have tons of photos of them, or maybe even just a few? I would love for you to join us in Sunset Sundays and share a few of your favorites.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fun times and memories made

Oh my goodness. This week has been such a whirlwind I don't even know where to begin. I was originally going to post this as my Wordless Wednesday post but we were amidst our travels and the in air wi-fi wasn't working on one of our flights so instead of posting at 12AM Thursday morning when we got home I just opted to skip this weeks Wordless Wednesday.

Soooo where to start, oh yes on Saturday my husband mentions taking the kids to Kennywood. I said sure that's fine, you know the kids will love it. Well I never heard anything more about it so I assumed he nixed the idea. Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon my husband comes running in asking if I am ready. Laughing I told him no, you never told me when we were leaving I haven't even packed!  Forty minutes later we were at the airport, packed with the kids in tow waiting to board the plane. Are we a little crazy....possibly. Ready for an adventure....absolutely!

Our flight got in a little before 11pm and we immediately headed to the hotel. Once checked in we grabbed a quick bite to eat (nothing beats pancakes in the wee hours of the night) and then got back to the hotel to put the littles to sleep. The following morning we got up, got dressed, ran out the door with a quick stop along the way to get some discount tickets (always make sure to search for deals before going to a new place, we ended up saving $10 off each ticket ($50) and got all five of us in for the price of one Disney Land ticket! ).

And now to the pictures....there are a lot.

My little family heading in to Kennywood

 Little man having a blast in kiddie land and baby girl keeping him company

 This picture cracks me. He was so excited to go on this and he kept bouncing back and forth between scared and loving it. This happens to be his scared face LOL

 Everyone enjoying their ride on The Whip

 You can't see them but in the front seat of the boat sat my two babies

 Doing the "I just got soaked and it was awesome" dance

 Daddy and his princess on the swings

 My handsome boy

If there ever was a sign on fun being had at the end of the day this would be it. They were completely passed out!

Even though this was a very short trip it is one I will treasure forever and one I hope my kids will be able to look back upon with nothing but happy thoughts.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunset Sunday-Partial eclipse

First I want to apologize if I haven't responded to anyone's comments recently. As you can see I redid my blog last weekend and I did not notice that my comment system had been turned off and put into moderation mode. And since I don't use the typical blogger comments I can't publish them. They are there, and I saw them I just can't publish them or respond. I wasn't ignoring you I promise!

Now onto the Sunsets. I didn't get out and take photos last night like I had planned so I am digging through the archives once again. It's always fun going back and finding treasures you might not have known about or may have forgotten about.

These were taken bake when we had the eclipse. I drove all around town trying to get a decent shot, one without some type of obstruction and it was nearly impossible due to the direction the sun sets. But despite the obstructions I kind of like how they came out.

Last week I challenged you all to take a drive and enjoy the sunset. I hope you all remembered your cameras because I can't wait to see what everyone captured!

Do you love sunsets? Have tons and tons of photos of them or maybe even just a few? I would love for you to join us in Sunset Sundays and share a few of your favorites.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Chi-Town

My husband told me over the weekend he wanted to do something this week on his days off of work. I had no arguments on this because I love getting out and doing things so I said okay fine by me. But um what should we do? His response "let's go to Chicago". After my brain processed that he really meant it I can't lie. I got excited. I had only been to Chicago once before while my husband worked out there for a few days. I brought my oldest with us because back then it was just the three of us and had planned on seeing a few local attractions. Well he got sick and plans changed into spending the entire three days in the hotel. So when my husband brought up going back I immediately responded with YES!

Up at 3:30 am, in the car by 4:20am and on the plane before 6:00. It was non stop walking/site seeing/water drinking/freaking hot/all around fun kind of day. I haven't finished looking at all of the photos but I had to share just a few from our one day trip to Chicago.

This shot reminds me of something you'd see while in Florida doesn't it?
My handsome boy while on the boat tour
 Baby boy and I on the 94th story of the Hancock building
Baby girl and I taking a break

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunset Sunday-Lets take a drive

One thing I like to do every so often is grab the kids and go driving with no destination in mind. I love driving around like that. It's a great way to discover new areas and if you remember to grab your camera you can also capture so great local beauty. So seeing as I was bored last night and the kids were all in a mood I knew it was a perfect time for us to go out and explore. 

I did somehow end up near an area we had been to a few weeks ago so the kids and I sat in the trunk and watched as a train rolled by, then we headed off to find a new spot. And what we found was gorgeous. And added bonus was there were horses, even little baby one's. The kids loved seeing them and I loved seeing the smiles of their faces. 

This week I challenge you to go out and explore. Just get in your car (with your camera) and drive with no destination in mind. And next week I'd love to see where you discovered.

Do you love sunsets? Have tons and tons of photos of them or maybe even just a few? I would love for you to join us in Sunset Sundays and share a few of your favorites.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-4th of July

Last week Lolli from Better in Bulk shared some amazing photos of fireworks that she took. And not just regular shots but what she called "painting" with lights. I had always wanted to attempt shots like that but never did it so I made up my mind that that night I would do it. I have been waiting a week to share what I captured.

The first two were taken before I went into "artsy" mode.

And these next two are, well I think they're pretty awesome. This first one reminds me of Christmas tree lights.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunset Sunday-Driving home

I don't remember why exactly I had my camera with me on the drive home last week but I am glad I did. This was on our drive home. Every time we get stopped for the coming trains the kids laugh and scream as if it were Christmas morning. I love hearing their excitement and even though I can't remember what possessed me to bring my camera with me I am thrilled that it was sitting next to me in the car because every time I look at this photo I think of my kids smiling faces and how much joy seeing a train cross in front of us brings them.

Do you love sunsets? Have tons and tons of photos of them or maybe even just a few? I would love for you to join us in Sunset Sundays and share a few of your favorites.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-Splash Pad

We went to one of the kids friends birthdays parties this weekend. The original plan was to go to the local pool afterwards for some swimming but the pool ended up having some type of malfunction and was closed. Me being the "newbie" to this area had no idea where to go instead. My friend suggested the splashpad that way the kids could still cool off. At the mention of the splashpad I was lost. Um what is a splash pad?
Turns out the splashpad is this awesome little place that the kids can get wet, cool off and have tons of fun. And hello, it's FREE! I felt so silly seeing as we've lived here for a year now and it's located literally right behind the library that I visit about every other week. How had I not seen it before? I have no clue but now that I know about it I totally plan on bringing the kids back for some water fun.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting my family organized with AboutOne

I will be the first to admit that I am not the most organized person. My filing system is lackluster and I tend to loose things almost daily. But one thing I always bring with me every where is my phone. And the most important item on my phone would be my calendar. With three kids that will all be starting school in the fall as well as my husband attending the local University, keeping up with schedules is very high on my priority list.

One site that I have been using to help keep me organized with the coming fall is AboutOne. Setting up your account is very easy and not very time consuming. In my book that is a huge plus because there's nothing more frustrating then spending hours upon hours setting something up only to let it fall through the cracks over time.

This great online organizer offers many different ways for you to keep your family organized. Here are some of the selections offered:
  • Health Records
  • Education Records
  • Home Inventory List
  • Home Maintenance and Improvement Log
  • Vehicle Records
  • Family Address Book
  • Family Memories and Scrapbook
Learning how to how to get organized is new to me but something I am really enjoying with AboutOne. Adding contacts is super simple. You can add them individually or you can import them from Google, Facebook or from a file. And it's not just names and phones numbers, you can add birthdays, anniversaries, addresses, a link to a facebook profile and even to a twitter profile. You can also tag a contact as an emergency contact and you can separate your contacts into different groups such as family, friends, work, etc. If you're a visual person there is an option to add a persons photo to their contact information. It's genius I tell you!

Another great feature is that you can share certain things with people of your choosing. For example, you have a child with allergies and you have a new babysitter coming over to watch the kids. Instead of having to continually write out instructions in case of an emergency or what foods and/or activities to avoid you can quickly print out your babysitters instructions from the information you have saved in your profile.

Calendar and documents is currently being developed so not only will you be able to import important documents into your account but you will be able to sync your calendar as well. AboutOne has an app for Windows phones which can be downloaded for free here. And for those not using a Windows phone they are developing an app for both iPhone's and Android based phones which is scheduled to release later this year.

One of the many things I love about AboutOne is the security of the site. They have security that is higher then that of a bank security. What exactly does that mean? It means that not only do they use encryption but they also have auditing, logging, back-ups, and safe-guarding of data. Everything is monitored by three (YES three!) different companies. So you have literally no need to worry about your information getting into someone elses hands. I don't know about you but that is a big win in my book.

Here is a quick video about AboutOne in case you still have some questions.

"I was compensated by AboutOne to review their online organizer. All opinions and text are my own."

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunset Sunday-A peaceful spot

I have been so bad about keeping up with my Sunset Sunday posts lately. Between traveling to California, coming back home, attempting to get back into my routine oh and keeping my three little one's entertained and busy during summer break. While looking through my photos last night it struck me that my camera time has been nearly cut out. I don't have many photos from May until now. As in less then a hundred. For me that's a dry patch. One that I will have to rectify soon.

In the mean time I found a few photos to share with you all today. The sun was about halfway set and even though it was cloudy the sun was able to peek out from behind the clouds for the briefest of moments which provided this beautiful lighting.

Do you love sunsets? Have tons and tons of photos of them or maybe even just a few? I would love for you to join us in Sunset Sundays and share a few of your favorites.