I am a tattoo and piercing obsessed; part-time professional photography fanatic; anti-cleaning but clutter fearing; overloaded animal caretaker; over-talking blogging big mouthed; sometimes always right now procrastinating; God-believing and Heaven bound woman... with a lot of things going on in this life I've been given. I lug my camera (DSLR) everywhere. I pack diapers into the side pocket of my camera bag... and the diaper bag is at home when we go out. Change of clothes and snacks? Hopefully they're in the car, or one of my fab friends brought the good stuff. Weird, not very mommy-like, but I LOVE having a camera (any camera) with me for the wow moments of every day. Maybe I should say every moment of everyday? Hehehe. And if I could charge the battery on my awesome Olympus P&S camera, trust I'd have that with me (too...), but I lost the charger.

Cruise log: homeward bound 

11:30, final boarding call. The blue ropes were drawn in and the ship pushed away from the Kings Warf Royal Dockyard, leaving the pastel pink customs office temporarily still. The frothing white waves built intensity as we sped away from the Bermuda hook-shaped island on a diagonal course toward home port ....more

Cruise log, Day 1 at Sea: Rock the boat

Outside, the waves crash into each other, repeating. Collisions create white peaks on dark blue moving mounts. ...more


We stand. A half dozen pieces of luggage sit at our feet. ...more

Finding the dress

As a mom of a freshman, I was a bit apprehensive about shopping for the prom dress. I mean – – this dress has to be beautiful, it has to be a statement. And (here’s where we might diverge on opinion with the trends) it has to be appropriate for my daughter ....more


her: Mommy, I need help. Me: what do you need? her: I want up ....more

It’s real now

I opened my email Monday to find two messages that I was expecting. ...more

Finally, a snow day happened for me!

Slush, ice, water. No complaints. It earned us a few early-announced snow days ....more


“Mom, I’m sick.” “No, you’re not, Ri. You’re tired.” “Mom, I’m sick.” **beep, beep, beep* “Ri, you are sick.” “I’m tired.” ...more

Picking colors


Back to the library

Early morning trips to the Bull Run library are always nice – – especially when the whole children’s space clears out for story time and “reading with dogs.”...more