Thanks for stopping the game so mom can take a picture!
Basketball, shorts and ice cream sandwiches, spring is here!
He has gotten so much older lately, come winter he will be 13. Yet the giggles still come as if he as 5… His heart is still young and hasn’t crossed the line that separates boy from teenager. A couple more practice shots on the boys and then we headed inside to see what types of ice cream we would find in the freezer… Love spring!
This picture was taken with my trusty Canon 50mm f/1.8 by far my favorite lens.
Spring fills the air as do the dandelions that fill everyone’s lawn. We went to the park in search of the perfect dandelion, for each one we made a wish a blew. A six year can look for the perfect dandelion all evening and make a million wishes and still not be tired as she pulls up her last one to make one final wish before we head home.
Ah such sweetness!
Quite voice, only sees the cartoon, mom clicks way!
Today was an exciting day… After a year of anticipation for me, reading the stats, the reviews I bought the Canon Mark III…. In the living room I shook with excitement as I opened the box. First thoughts… beautiful, heavy, sturdy, durable, built to last, powerhouse, love.
Of course with my sweetness watching TV she was my test shot by the window… So much to learn on this new camera yet still so familiar to my 60D, this is going to be a fun…
The warmth of the sun sparks creativity, energy life. Today the three of us went for a walk downtown. 1 sketch book, 1 pencil and camera in hand. My daughter Kat and I walk around taking pictures while my son stayed back and sketched. He was sketching the Wilma building in the background, which is the direction Kat and I had walked. I turned from the bridge and could see him sketching away. A precious moment etched in my mind,sketching away doing what he loves to do.
Adventures started at ground level, voices echoing at the bottom floor of the parking garage. Kat comes running giggling and skipping all the way. No cars just us, until the sound of a skateboard could be heard finding it’s way to the ground floor and out the door.
Up until yesterday the weather felt more like fall than spring. The chill in the air, the snow still falling, the wind giving me the feeling of fall. The need to pull the crock pot and curl up on the sofa with a blanket. But yesterday was different, yesterday the suns warms could be felt through the windows. On my walk to pick up Kat the air, the sun the warmth all felt like the start of summer days that soon will come.
I asked Kat if she wanted to go downtown an adventure for negative space, and of course she said yes! I am so lucky that she always wants to go on these little adventures with me. We started out with hot chocolate and treats at the Liquid Planet.
After drinks we walked around going up alleys and around corners both of us pointing out what we thought would be a great picture. Then we walked by the parking garage and decided to go to the top level just to see what we could see. The ride up in the elevator was of course the highlight. This changed the focus of our walk now we wanted to see where else we could ride an elevator.
I think the tallest building we have in Missoula is 7 stories so we went there and rode to the 6th floor since the 7th was restricted. Then across the street to the bank where we asked if we could ride their elevator to the 6th floor. We looked out the window and pointed to all the places we recognized below and then back down the elevator. We made it up four elevators before it was time to head home.
The snow has arrived!
Sunday we went for a walk to enjoy the fresh snow. In the picture below my son Cade is coming around the corner with a snow ball in hand… By the time we left our fingers and toes were frozen and they both looked like snow owls all covered in white. They dove in the snow, rolled in the snow had snow ball fights and shook every tree to enjoy the snow falling in clumps on their heads! Beautiful day hearing the giggles of laughter through the trees.
The snow came on Friday night… There is something very exciting when you look outside and see that it snowed! Friday night we were playing board games with the kids when we noticed it had snowed. There were only a couple inches on the ground, but we quickly bundled up and ran outside in the dark. It was perfect packing snow, you couldn’t help but make a ball when you rolled it across the ground. Before long there were five families on our street all with their kids screaming in pure delight at the first real snow fall this year.
Of course the only way to top it off is to come inside and make Mexican hot chocolate with whip cream! A most delicious treat on a cold winter night!
The band Other Lives is one of my favorite! If this is the first time you heard the name, take a moment to listen to them playing “For 12″ at the bottom of the post!
When I heard they were playing in Missoula I was so excited, when I heard they were playing at the Top Hat, a small local bar I was ecstatic. These guys play huge venues!
Here are a few pictures I took last night…
Take a look at how many instruments each band member plays…. Although this list doesn’t give them due credit cause there are way more instruments on stage.
Band members are Jesse Tabish (vocals, piano, guitar and percussion), Jenny Hsu (cello and backing vocals), Jon Mooney (violin, horns, piano and percussion), Colby Owens (clarinet and percussion) and Josh Onstott (bass and percussion).
You do notice how many instruments he has on him… and he never missed a beat, nobody did! There was so much going on at once, it was magically how it all blended to perfection.
This is one of my favorite songs on the album! Take a listen… You can purchase the CD Tamer Animals too!
A very special thanks to my amazing mother-in-law, Bonnie Donovan! We are always presented with crossroads in our life. Some crossroads we might not even realize happen as we move from place to place. But this particular crossroad in my life I remember with great detail. It was the first time Bonnie placed her Canon XT in my hand, my path was forever changed!
Recently she entered a few of her photos on Wild Montana which is currently having a photo contest, titled – “How do you picture wild Montana”. These are the five photos she entered! I asked her to write a little something about them!
We were both calm
Subject: Moose calmly eating
Title: We Were Both Calm
Bonnie Donovan Great Falls
Great day & the moose on the side of the road topped it off. He was feeding right next to the railing so I stopped & he let me photograph while he ate away. Lightened just a little in photoshop. I was & still am excited about this photo. I love it.
Looking Below at Fish Pond
Title: Osprey Looking for Breakfast
Bonnie Donovan Great Falls
It was a cold morning at Giant Springs & no one was around except me & this Opsrey. Felt pretty special. Glad he stayed around because he did know I was there. I was photographing & he was diving for his fish breakfast. Canon 75-300mm zoom lens, zoomed in one more time on Photoshop
Just Passing Through
Subject: Mallard Duck
Title: Just Passing By
Bonnie Donovan Great Falls
Was very windy this day of photographing. Soon found out the wind was to my advantage by slowing down the landing & take off of the ducks. Was able to get sharper pictures when flying into the wind. Easier to focus & catch each step of the take off or landing. Got home that day & actually bragged about the wind.
Beautiful Sight Lucky Enough to See
Subject: Patrol Mountain–Augusta, Montana
Title: Autumn in Montana At It’s Best
Bonnie Donovan Great Falls
You could not have missed this sight hiking along the trail at Patrol Mountain. So gorgeous it hit you in the face. The first feeling I had was that I was sure glad I didn’t miss this autumn sight. How lucky am I, I thought. No special effect, just reality.
Mount Wright Always a Splendor
Subject: Mount Wright–Rocky Mountain Front
Title: Splendor That Gets Into You
Bonnie Donovan Great Falls
A middle of the day haze in the photo but the splendor makes you forget about that. I will be hiking here again & maybe with a touch of snow on the peaks so to have same peaks but different effects. You have to take what nature gives you at the moment. This photo makes a person feel small in it’s grandeur. I do like natural photos that can leave an impact on ones senses.
Thank you so much for sharing!
For weeks the NW has been under a blanket of smoke from Forrest fires. They come at the end of each summer as does the smoke, but this year it has lingered much longer than normal. Sports have been cancelled, some days recess is indoors all day, outdoor school concert cancelled last night. So when my daughter and I walked out the door this morning to see blue sky directly above us, we cheered. You could look across the valley and see the outline of the mountains. Granted it’s not all gone, but just seeing the blue sky lifted our spirits!
At lunch I took a drive above town to see what it looked like.
This picture was taken on Monday from the same location… Very bad air quality that day!
When Cade was 8 years old I participated in my first half marathon. That same year Cade ran the kids marathon which consisted of running 26 miles in 2 months and on the day of the marathon you ran the last mile. He was so excited until the moment he saw my metal and looked down to see his plastic metal. He couldn’t understand why his was plastic and mine wasn’t. From that day on he said I want to run the half marathon with you so I can get a real metal. Because life is busy and I felt he was a bit young at the time it didn’t work out until this year. This year I felt he was old enough and I was in the zone to start training.
For the past few months we have been training some days we would go for a run some we would walk and some days we would go for a bike ride. Just training with him was awesome! He would talk the entire run while I would listen to him really listen to him. Most days as a mom you have a million things on your list you’re trying to get done. You might be cooking dinner, cleaning whatever you might be doing at the time. You might not be giving your kids your undivided attention, but on these runs he had my undivided attention.
It was going to be a perfect sunny day today… The sun was not yet up as we stood with 3,000 other people waiting for the marathon to begin. The amount of people that came up to Cade and gave him encouragement was amazing.
Once the fireworks went off and the canon shot we were off. The course starts at the edge of Blue Mountain. The road winds around the mountain side following the river. As we were running the sun was just coming up to the East of us. That moment running with my son will stay with me forever, it was perfect! Before you knew it we had already ran 1 mile. At 2 miles we stopped running and started pacing ourselves with a run/walk the rest of the way. Missoula is an amazing place to live once you start to see houses you see people standing on the side of the road cheering you on. One person brought their baby grand piano out and was playing classical music as we ran by. Folks have their sprinklers on facing the street so you can run through it. The jazz band was playing at the park and the people line the streets. It’s Missoula that pushes you forward helping you make it to the finish line. As we made our final stretch over the bridge I was so proud of him for setting a goal and finishing it! And then the moment the only reason he wanted to do this marathon…. the metal!
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