Sunday, June 05, 2016

Christmas 2015, 6 months later...

First off, sorry to sound like a broken record AGAIN... but I'm way too backed up on my photoblog posts!  I am really going to try to keep up with them for the remainder of this year, by actually making myself set aside some time to write up my posts and scheduling them out (as a start, since I have about 5 posts I need to get done!).  I know exactly what my problem is, regarding getting them done.  For one thing, I'm a huge procrastinator... and another, I work all day on my laptop, which means I sit in front of the computer screen for at least 6-8 hours a day, and by the time I'm done with work, I really don't want to spend any more time on the computer, so I leave it for the weekend or something and then my weekend gets spontaneously busy and the process repeats itself over and over.  I'm going to break that habit, I promise!

Anyway... so that's why I'm posting my photos from Christmas, in June. ;]

Capturing the calm before the "chaos" :)

Playing around with my new Nikon's focus settings, with a pretty ornament!

And again, this time with a portion of garland wrapped around the tree.

My mom and I! <3  (She doesn't like this photo of her, but it was the best we got of the two of us)

The best we could get of all of us!
Aidan was already getting a bit fussy at this point, because he just wanted to eat his goldfish. =P

Cute capture of an adorable little family! <3

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Alameda Beach

So, on the last day of 2015, Jacques and I decided to travel out to Alameda Beach just south of Oakland for about an hour.  We had an ulterior motive for being out that way, but I wanted to use the time to get used to my brand new Nikon DSLR camera that I'd gotten for Christmas.  So that's where this little mini-trip came into play.  I would have liked to stay and walk around longer but life doesn't give me every little thing that I want.  Hah.

Anyway, I'll jump right into the photos!  I love this camera!

Starting out with a view of all of the footprints in the sand...
Official sign that we came across a little further down the trail.
Of course, I couldn't leave without insisting on a photo of us! :)

Blurry, but I liked how I caught the sun in this one!


Sunday, December 06, 2015

Randoms of 2015

So as 2015 rapidly comes to a close, I feel like I need to use this post to display all of the random photos that I've taken throughout the year. (Well, not ALL of them, at least the highlights!)

These are photos that for some reason or another, never made it to any social media platform, probably because they were just too random.  But in an odd way I feel like I should give them a purpose now, by acting as a sort of review of my year.  That being said, there are a select few that I did share, but I still wanted to include them.  I can't say that it was a particularly good or bad year... I'm leaning more towards just plain neutral.  I tried to get into fitness, exercising more and seriously keeping track of my food intake, but I won't lie, I've been slacking in that department the past couple months.  However, I'm planning to get back on track starting tomorrow.

Anyway, before I ramble off-topic, let's get started with the photos!

First off, here is a map following Route 66 across the United States, located at Route 66 State Park in Oklahoma City, OK.  My mom and I discovered this interesting park in January when I was visiting for a late Christmas celebration.



Then, in February, I finally started putting together a DIY menu planner in an attempt to prevent us going out to eat so much.  This was the start of putting it all together...



...which eventually turned into this:








Now here's a random shot of my margarita at Chili's where Jacques and I were having dinner on St. Patrick's Day in March.  If you look closely at the salt around the glass, you can see little specks of green (Jacques said it was reflecting from the lighting, but I still believe it was decorated in honor of St. Patrick's Day).  I think this is when we bought the margarita shaker in the background as well, with plans of using it to make our own mojitos.












In May, we had our own little stowaway that wouldn't leave us alone.  This cat loved Erin and would wait for her to get home from school every day.  I have to admit, it was cute.  I don't know whatever happened to that little guy.


This was taken during one of our family walks we were taking every evening, a random sunset that I stopped to capture.






I just had to include this photo because it was one of the best days of this year.  This was taken in June at BFD, which is an all-day rock concert, hosted by one of our local radio stations each year.  It was definitely the most fun I've had all year, along with the worst sunburn, as you can see by my face being the same color as our seats...



Thursday, October 15, 2015

PCH + Family + Road Trip = Fun

Okay, first off... sorry it's been almost an entire year since I posted here.  And at the same time, I can't even believe it's already been a year since our San Diego trip!  I always say that I'm going to try and keep up with the blog more and it always ends up being a false promise... though completely unintentional!  The time seems to tick on by without me noticing these days.  Maybe part of the problem is that we haven't gone on any photography road trips in quite some time.  I miss the days when we'd travel to some beautiful destination every weekend, for the sole purpose of [me] capturing the breathtaking scenery.  I'm pretty sure we haven't explored all that there is to see here in this little ole state of California either.  =P

But I do have some photos from a trip that we took when Jacques's aunt came to visit from Australia back in the middle of June [2015], where we traveled down to Monterey, stopping at Carmel along the way.  Now, we'd already made this trip back when my mom came to visit as well, at least 2 years ago, so I had to get a little more creative when looking for photo opps.

 So we started out the trip driving along the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), which runs along the coast (obviously), stopping at random places to capture the beauty of the ocean.  Here's the first random scene we stopped at:

As you can see it was incredibly foggy, but it still makes a beautiful view!
And of course, Erin wanted a photo so I obliged. =P
Another random scene along the way!
And of course, I can never resist capturing flowers anywhere I see them... this gorgeous one was found outside of a jam-tasting place that we decided to stop at, and ended up getting some delicious chocolate-covered strawberries.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just a Hop, Skip, & a Jump Away... I Wish!

So.  San Diego.  I can't even begin to describe what an amazing time I had on that trip!  We made a few stops first, since we wanted to take full advantage of the fact that we had decided to drive all the way down.  That was one of the longest drives of my life (second to the drive from here to OKC).  Well, rides I should say, since I still don't know how to drive a standard (yes, that is what I call manual transmission vehicles).

Anyway, our first official stop was at this cute little Danish town called Solvang.  Jacques knew about this bakery shop called Olsen's and that was where we had breakfast that morning.  So after some [very strong] coffee and a cinnamon roll, we headed off to explore a little bit of the town:

Olsen's Bakery & Coffeeshop, where we ate.