Last Day {2015-2016 school year}

School’s OUT for SUMMER!

Official 4th, 8th, and 7th graders…
Elena’s favorite teachers were Mr. Gutzmirtl and Mrs. Pors… her best friends were Emily H, Hannah, and Jenna… her favorite activities were student council, field hockey and being a part of the Elf Jr. play… her favorite subject was language arts… her favorite project was her proportion project in math… her favorite days were Fridays with dances… and she’s really excited to be Student Council Treasurer next year.

Emily’s favorite teachers Mrs. Follweiler and Mr. Troutman… her best friends were Rachel, Breelle, Donny, and Hector… her favorite activities were being a part of the Elf Jr. play, chorus, and the mustache contest/fundraiser between the male teachers… her favorite subjects were art, woodshop, and computer… her favorite project was robotics in computer class… her favorite days were the field trip to Adventure Aquarium and ‘Stall day’… and she’s really excited for being on student council and all the new electives.

Erin’s teacher was Mr Crissman… her best friends were AmberLee, Grace S., Aubrey, Lily, Jordan, Grace P., Irie, and Abigail… her favorite activities were book exchange and exchanging Christmas presents with her classmates… her favorite subjects were music and art… her favorite projects were whipped cream activity and the book talks especially the one with the science project… her favorite days were her field trip to The Franklin Institute and “eat with the teacher” reward days (these were given for reading books. Erin got the “Most Improved Reader” award and she read 214 books this year!)… and she’s really excited for 4th grade.

Here is a link to the first day of this school year to see how they’ve changed…  First Day

finding the {radiant} light

This months light to study was radiant light. the definition of radiant is adjective – sending out light; shining or glowing brightly.
Welllll this month was far less than radiant. With more rain and clouds than all of the spring months combined, it was near impossible to find light, let alone radiant light! But, I perservered and sought out some radiant moments ☀️

during an early morning snow shower the sun made an appearance…

inside soaking up the sun…
outside soaking up the sun…
sunrise out the kitchen window…
sunset out the back…
and this one I shot with my phone out a rain covered window. it had recently stopped raining and the sun was setting… and the colors were amazing…

 

 

 

finding the {quiet} light

I’ve decided I want this year to be about the light. Studying, watching, waiting, shooting. I know it’s only the first month, but this is one of my favorites. I am a morning person and love to sit in the quiet house, in the quiet light, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. {Quiet} light is all around us, you just have to be still and look.
As I sat outside the middle school waiting for Em one day, I realized I was parked right next to the arrow pointing me to the sun…


I went out at sunrise and found my car covered in frost. When I got in and saw the light reflecting off the ice dancing across my window, I just stared. I felt so lucky to be on this great big earth and witness these amazing, tiny moments…
a quiet iPad moment before getting ready for school…
another quiet iPad moment at the end of a long day…
the quiet after the storm…
a quiet moment before waking her up…
a quiet moment at exactly 8:15 when the light peeks through the door and lands directly on the tiny tree, creating a whimsical show for me…

pausing for a moment to glance at the tv while quietly playing on the floor…

some quiet reading…

watching the blizzard from our warm living room…

Can’t wait to share next month’s light with you!

Life – as it happens… {January}

This year the Finding Lifestyle group I am in decided to take a different approach to our blog circle. We are changing things up a bit and will be posting images from both a documentary and lifestyle approach. We are trying to push ourselves to get in the frame more as well. I failed this month, as I was a bit preoccupied the day I was shooting – as you will see below. Make sure you make your way all around this talented blog circle!

January in PA was a crazy weather month. From some days spent warm and sunny and in the 50°’s to nights as cold as 10°C. To top things off, last weekend we survived the Blizzard of 2016! Yes an actual blizzard with snow fall totals reaching as high as 32″. It set the record for a one day snow fall amount (since 1922). We enjoyed a snowed-in weekend and the girls, and especially Tux, enjoyed playing in the snow and digging out snow caves. The day after the snow fell the sun was out and shining bright. Tux had no hesitation diving right into the snow and chasing snowballs. Bill and I finally dug out after 4 – yes FOUR – rounds of shoveling and the kids got two days off from school.

 

Head around the circle now and see Lorna Tyson‘s Life – As It Happens post!

frosty crystals

the frost was just amazing today.

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T w i t t e r
F l i c k r
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