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Through the Lens


I’ve been missing my camera lately. It has been sitting on the shelf, packed safely inside my bag pretty much since we came home from our vacation. I did take it out to snap a few photos when my cousin and her family were visiting, but I haven’t taken the time to really photograph anything. I’ve been looking at some amazingly creative photos online recently, and have felt discouraged that I don’t have the time to experiment with my camera the way I would like to. Then I though about just how long my camera has been sitting on that shelf. Huh.


After dinner last night, I decided I was just going to shoot. Maybe just a few lifestyle type snapshots of the kids – anything just to get my finger clicking again. Since Zach refuses to let me take his photo, I ended up snapping 20-30 quick shots of Evie. A few of her playing with Thomas the Train set, then we went outside and she played in the yard while I snapped a few more.

My Sunshine

I realized later, while I was looking through the photos I shot, that I’ve been missing out on a lot of her smiles lately as well. I’ve been tired and short-tempered lately, and that is probably only going to get worse over the next 6 months or so. Giving her a few minutes of my undivided attention made her so happy.


Sometimes, it really is the small things that matter the most. Funny how sometimes I see things so much more clearly when I’m looking through the lens.

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Walking for the Homeless

This Saturday, May 15th, I’ll be joining a team from Northland UMC to fight against homelessness in Kansas City by walking for Hillcrest Transitional Housing.  Hillcrest is an organization that provides homeless families with 90 days of transitional housing, classes in budgeting, employment, life skills & community living, and a way to bring their families back to self-sufficiency. Hillcrest gives people a fresh start when they have no where else to turn.

I’m reaching out today and asking for support from anyone who may be able to give a few dollars.  Since I’m a little late to the party, my goal is to raise $100, but I would be thrilled to exceed that goal.  Homelessness can affect anyone at any time and I feel like this is a great way to help out in my local community.

If you would like to donate, please go to to the Hillcrest Transitional Housing web site and select my name (look for Perrin) from the “Select A Participant” list at the top of the page, then click the “Sponsor Me” button and fill in the amount you would like to donate.  Every little bit helps, so even if you only have a few dollars, you will make a difference.  If you don’t feel led to donate right now, that’s ok too.  When the time is right, donate to someone in your own community and make a difference.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for donating, for reading, and for just being here.

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I ♥ Faces – Week 31 – Crazy, Silly, Funny Face

I’m not sure how the ladies at I ♥ Faces really expect us to be able to choose a “Crazy, Silly, Funny Face pic for this week’s challenge!  With two goofy kids at home, most of my photos include some sort of funny face.  As soon as the camera comes out, my 4-year-old starts acting like a clown.  His little sister has started trying to imitate him now so many of her photos come out looking goofy as well.  This one was shot during an impromptu picnic in the back yard.  She started trying to make funny faces while she ate and I couldn’t resist capturing it!


Don’t forget to check out the other funny face entries over at I ♥ Faces!

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Happy Birthday!

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Wishing you many more years of health, happiness, love, and chocolate cake!

I love you (and that has nothing to do with the fact that even though I’ll be turning 30 in a few months, you’ll always be one year older than me)!

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Sometimes I do things that are just dumb.  Like that last post I wrote.  If you keep up with my blog or use a feed reader, you got to read half of an unfinished post.  When my boss told me I could have the afternoon off on Wednesday I was in the middle of composing it and decided to save it and finish it later.  Apparently instead of saving it as “unpublished” I published it and it was sitting there on my blog for everybody to read.  I guess you could just look at it as a sneak peek of sorts.  When I went in to finish it lastnight I discovered my error and felt like an idiot.  So, I deleted it, finished it, and posted it again in its entirety.  Enjoy.

So, the hubby headed off for Pittsburgh lastnight.  The guys were so excited they barely finished eating before they were ready to jump in the car and get going.  I’m really glad that he had this opportunity because I think he will have a really good time.  The only problem is that I need somebody warm in my bed with me at night.  I got very little sleep lastnight.  I stayed up until 11:30 which is very late for me when I have to work the next day.  My eyes were strained and I was so very tired but I just couldn’t fall asleep.  I did finally get to sleep probably around midnight but spent the rest of the night tossing and turning.  I was tempted to let the dog come in and snuggle but he would steal my covers so I opted for the two cats instead.  I was actually hoping that Zach would wake up so I could pull him into bed with me but he didn’t.

This morning I was tired and groggy.  It isn’t so much that I can’t sleep without Hubby there.  It is just that feeling of something being a little off in my world that won’t allow me to fully relax.  The bed just doesn’t feel the same without him there to weigh down the other half.  I hate to admit that I need him there because I’m all about being independent and doing things on my own.  But, yeah, I need him there.  I really need my sleep!  It is funny how you adjust to things being a certain way and then get totally thrown off when they change.

It is cold and cloudy here today, after two days of summer-like weather.  I’m a little bummed because I was really hoping to be able to spend some time outside with Zach this weekend.  TV is only entertaining for so long.  I suppose we can still go out for short amounts of time, but it just won’t be the same without the sun shining down on us.  I’m sure I can find some way to wear him out though.  I’m really looking forward to the one-on-one time I’ll have with him this weekend (and the quiet time I’ll get to myself while he is napping/sleeping).  I just hope he doesn’t get sick of me.

For anyone interested I have a new post up on my Vox page.  Have a great weekend!

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My Love


Why must chocolate taste so good?  And why must it have so many CALORIES?!? 

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