Thursday, December 31, 2009

Photo Edits part II

Call me crazy... I'm at it again!

I can't help it! It's my newest addiction... editing photos, that is!

I'm constantly looking through my thousands of photos on my computer to find something that I can make beautiful! Granted, most of those pictures are either from movies, such as Twilight [which I believe I may have referred to in one of my last posts...] or pictures of me. Because let's face it, I'm vain!

Just kidding... ok so maybe I'm not kidding. That's one of my biggest flaws. BUT in my defense: I LOVE taking photos, and often have a lack of things to photograph. So my favorite subject? Me of course! Somehow that doesn't take away from how much I love photography!

Now I do NOT have a good camera, barely a decent one, and even that's a stretch. I have a puny Nikon something or other that I bought three years ago when I was DESPERATE to have a digital camera! Earlier that year, my mom had gotten a Canon PowerShot for Mother's Day, and boy was I green with envy. When she got it, I used it more than she did... to say the least. So I bought my own camera, on sale at my local, beloved Wal-Mart for roughly 100 dollars. And let me tell you, I LOVED having it! Now, it's more of a pain to have it... I told my mom last night, I know what I want for my 19th birthday! [Granted, that's about 8 months away :-P] She responded, WHAT?!?! as she impatiently half-rolled her eyes at me, as she does every time I have a new obsession... I told her excitedly, WHATEVER KIND OF CAMERA AND LENS MCKMAMA USES! HER PHOTOS ARE GREAT!

So, there you have it, my obsession. So here are a few things I enjoy about the December Holiday season...



I LOVE the colors in this one.. and I love my Grandmother's Martha Stewart-like ways.



And her adorable fiber-optic snowman... I'm telling you, she's amazing.




And her adorable Santa door-stopper... thingy.. hehe.

So there you have it.... my three favorite Christmas decorations in my grandma's house. If she wasn't getting up there in age, I would have to encourage her to start an interior design business! =]




Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One last one....

Before I sign off for a while... Mckmama sparked something else in me... surprise surprise, I know. Photoshop... or a similar program! I downloaded Paint.NET for my PC because I am too cheap to pay the money for Adobe Photoshop! :0) hehehe... I'm a bit of a weasel. But I have ALWAYS loved an eye-popping photo. Here are a few of my first ones that I played with on there. Enjoy!



I miss the summer...



And beautiful fireworks...



...and adorable little girls.

Just kidding, I can't take credit for this one. It's a photo of my little sister that my sister-in-law took outside our home when she visited for my high school graduation. It hasn't been edited at all. Honestly, not a bit. I LOVE the colors. The fact that she was wearing all white was because she took her jumper off and had on white bike shorts [she wears them to school under her skirts and dresses so she can use the swings on the playground without the boys looking up her skirt.] Isn't she adorable? She's 7... going on 27... honestly. But I love her. And it was unbelievable that the grass was so green in early May, that never happens. OK, enough chatter for now.

Off again! Maybe I'll try to edit a few more!




It's all about me

Yup, that's it!

Just kidding, I sound so vain don't I!

But seriously, if you're reading my blog, wouldn't you want to know a little bit (or a lot, as I am capable of writing a novel... hehe) about the person who wrote it? Well, like it or not, that's what I'm here to do today. :)

Let's start with the basics. I'm from a small town in New England... population, roughly 700-800 people. Our K-8 Elementary School has roughly 80 kids, that should put some perspective on it. I come from a family of 8 children. I have 4 older brothers, 2 younger brothers, and one younger sister. My three oldest brothers are US Marines. I went to a local, private (Episcopalian, and NO I'm not Episcopalian, but it was a good school and both my parents and I were willing to deal with that aspect in order to gain a good education. For the record, probably about 25% of the students at this school are in fact, practicing Episcopalians.) boarding high school, where my dad is the postmaster, therefore we got an extremely good discount. [My parents didn't pay for my schooling there though, my grandparents did. ] From there, I decided I wanted more for my life, and decided through much prayer and thought that I would attend college in Boston. I'd also always been passionate about kids, and was fairly good and passionate about tutoring, so there you go.

I am not from a wealthy family, by any means at all. My father is a working class man, who has worked hard to provide for our family. We live pretty meagerly, only the basics and just about nothing more! Haha, but in all seriousness, material objects have never been all that important to us. The focus was more on family and God. I suppose one would say that my religious background is Baptist Christian, but not Southern Baptist obviously, although I'm not sure what the distinction is there. I believe what I'm told in my church and have accepted Christ as my Savior, long ago.

Enough about all that, I'm sure I could go on and bore you with the details of all of that, but I won't because I'm probably lucky if anyone is still reading this :)

Now to the more "personal" things. I am 18, I enjoy reading, music, and movies, as well as TV. I have a serious shoe and handbag fetish, it's almost embarassing, and I enjoy standing out from the crowd. I LOVE wearing bright colors, or if the time is right, being festive! I love accessories, and taking a current trend and making it all mine! :) [Individualizing it, that is.] I dress modestly, because I believe that it's what's not seen that can hold someone's attention. I wear a purity ring on my left ring finger. I'm saving that for my future husband, whoever he is, to take off. I am fortunate to share a close bond with my grandmother, and her husband, they are the only living grandparents I have left. Obviously I read Mckmama's blog EVERY day, sometimes checking back 3 or 4 times to see what's new. I enjoy reading about the way other people live their lives, different cultures, and religions. There's a lot more to me, but I'll leave that for another time.

Oh, WAIT! I forgot perhaps one of the MOST stereotypical teenage girl things about me! I am completely smitten with the Twilight Saga and almost anything to do with it. Sometimes I envy Bella because she found such a real love so young, and almost doesn't need anything else to make her happy. But trust me, I can SO easily draw the line between real life and fiction. But I do, in fact, sometimes wish the characters were real... as crazy as that sounds. :)

OK! Whew.... told you I could be long-winded. Off to do something else now, whatever that may be! Perhaps I'll watch a movie, however for now, I'm content listening to the BEAUTIFUL New Moon score by Alexandre Desplat. I love instrumental pieces :)

TTFN! [as Tigger would say]

Monday, December 28, 2009

Not my first time blogging....

But a new blog, indeed.

I can't lie, Mckmama inspired me. I LOVE her blog. My mom got me addicted to it. To be honest, I can't say whether it was Stellan's miracle story and the rest of her amazingly adorable brood, or the fact that a modern family not COMPLETELY unlike mine in their beliefs and ways of worship.

I will say, that I'm not NEARLY as diligent of a believer of Christ as I'd like to be, or even as Mckmama and her family are, although I try. I will admit that I sometimes [recently, I'm ashamed to say too often] use cursing in my language, I don't pray everyday, and I haven't been to church since I was in the eighth grade. [I'm a freshman in college currently, so, you can do the math. I'm done with that until junior year hehehe] BUT I find it utterly awesome and simply refreshing to see a family who is so solid in their faith.

Of course, this blog is on quite a different caliber than the Mckfamily. I am obviously not married, nor do I have 4 small children, or live in the frozen tundra, but I do look up to Mckmama, in more ways than one. She is so brutally honest, and not afraid to share her flaws. She has shown us all that something as simple as a prayer and a little faith goes a long way. The list goes on and on.

So that's what I'm here to do. I'm here to share my life as a college student, to be brutally honest and attempt to live up to my values the way that Mckmama does. Who knows, maybe someday, I'll have 4 small children of my own, or live in the frozen tundra!
Just kidding, I hate the cold. But seriously... who knows!