Friday, March 7, 2014
I love barns, empty buildings....anything old, vacant and interesting.
These were from last weekend - the best part was I got to trudge through ankle high mud while trespassing on private property.
It was a perfect weekend afternoon adventure!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
In a matter of weeks the blooms start dropping and
Central California gets their version of snow....
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
As I drive around Central California there are hints of Spring...
especially if you are driving by an Orchard.
It's almost time for the spring blooms!
Little by little the trees are sprouting their buds and eventually their blooms.
It's my most favorite time of year here in Central CA and every day it's a new adventure seeing what trees have started blooming.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The oldest and his girlfriend asked me to take some pictures of them so we piled in the car and went looking for cool spots. I am not a people photographer so I get nervous but I am happy with how these turned out. I think the more I take the less nervous I get.
We got lucky and found the chalk already on the wall.
Note to self: have subjects take phones out of back pockets...
I won't lie...this one stopped my heart. I'm ready but not ready for him
to be old enough to have a girlfriend. <sigh>
Sunday, January 26, 2014
One of the reasons I call my blog "Meandering Steph"
is because I love to meander...drive around looking for new places to shoot.
This almond orchard is a found spot on my meandering this past week.
The orchards is a bit overgrown and as you can see from the
ground it hasn't been cleaned up.
Which for me is a good thing because I got some really great pictures.
The orchard is for sale and I am selfishly hoping it doesn't sell until after the spring. This is going to be gorgeous when the trees start to bloom.
There isn't a lot of traffic on this street and it has a really creepy feel to it.
I actually got a little scared because I kept hearing weird noises
the further back I went into the orchard.
I loved it!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Today you turn 14. Holy crap you are 14! I am not ready for you being 14. I tell you all the time how I wish you would have stayed 4...I think I still wish that.
This past year has been a year of great changes for you. A new school which you love, a new house with you love, new friends that respect who you are and look out for you. I have enjoyed watching all these new changes in your life and seeing how you have handled them all.
Life hasn't been the easiest for you and as your mom, it's hard to watch you struggle. I know as you get older there will be more struggles but always know I am right there by your side. This is an us journey! You are blessed to have so many people love you and watch out for you - always remember you will never be alone.
12 years ago you captured my heart with one little smile. I never knew how a mothers love could feel until that day you came into my life. Who knew you would be saving me at the same time I was saving you.
Happy Birthday kiddo....may this year be one of great joy and happiness for you.
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Monday, January 20, 2014
Okay so I'm a month late on these but at least I'm getting them posted.
Christmas was fun this year because I had a new house to decorate. As I mentioned before our stuff fits so well in this house and the same goes with our Christmas stuff. I didn't take a ton of pictures this year but I have a small sampling of what Christmas was like this year.
Last year we had a little tiny tree behind a baby gate because Stella was way too destructive. We decided to try a real tree this year and we were pleasantly surprised she had no interest it in what so ever.
Same with the stockings. She could have cared less about them too.
I mentioned in an earlier post how much I love this cabinet at the top of the stairs. It made a great display for Christmas gifts. I loved being able to put the gifts in different spots around the house this year.
Our entry way is really long and wide so our Christmas Village fit perfectly.
It's 8 feet x 4 feet so having a spot for it was a big deal for me. We did put a baby gate around the table because Stella loved trying to get under the sheets.
The moment when I realized my sons have no clue how to wrap a gift.....
Christmas morning was so fun. Even though we spent less than we have in years past the boys were so happy with all their gifts.
Stella got into the wrapping paper action also.
We bought Chris's mom an ipad air and put it in this gag gift box. She really thought we bought her this bath and brew coffee pot. We were all laughing so hard we were crying. Everyone should give prank boxes at Christmas time.
And just because it isn't Christmas without humiliating your dog...