366 in 52 [2016] ~ Week Twenty-One

It’s been a really rough week with the kids, which is hard to take after a nice weekend. Curtis and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary, kids lost (and gained and lost) various screen privileges, and the hubster left for a long weekend in Ohio to celebrate our nephew’s high school graduation.

Day 141 ~ Guadalupe in Gruene

After the torrential rainfall the day before, we went out to eat Friday night at Herbert’s and drove through Gruene to get to dinner. The Guadalupe River was so high but so beautiful that I had to stop to take a photo. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Wimberley flood, it’s hard to see the river and not think of the Blanco River and Jonathan McComb.

Gruene New Braunfels street photographer Guadalupe River

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/5 | 1/250 | ISO 50

Day 142 ~ River Walk Parade

My mom gifted us with a night away so Curtis and I went to San Antonio to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. The actual day wasn’t until the 24th but Curtis is going to Ohio Memorial Day weekend, so we went ahead with our trip. There was a river boat parade on the River Walk to celebrate Military Appreciation Day. Very cool!

San Antonio River Walk street photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.2 | 1/250 | ISO 200

Day 142 ~ Happy Anniversary to Us!

The hotel sent up champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries when they heard it was our anniversary. We stayed at the Omni La Mansión del Rio where we had actually come for our 5th anniversary years ago. It was lovely!

San Antonio hotel street photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.2 | 1/250 | ISO 800

Day 143 ~ Target Abandoned

We love using Yelp to find new restaurants. Curtis found a great Mexican cafe for us to have lunch before leaving San Antonio. As we pulled out of the parking lot, I saw this abandoned Target shopping cart. It made me think of my Target is Everywhere photo and I paused. Curtis encouraged me to park the car and go get my shot. He could tell that I really wanted it! Don’t you wonder the story behind abandoned carts? How did it get there?

San Antonio street photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/4.5 | 1/800 | ISO 50

Day 144 ~ Temper Tantrum

Every once in a while, Anna gets angry. It’s not a meltdown from sensory overload, it’s a full out tantrum. Lately she’s been obsessed with Andy Hurley, drummer for Fall Out Boy. Her obsessions are grand, they consume her, but this one has actually interfered with her sleep and caused her to send IMs to every Andy Hurley she can find on Facebook as well as trying to call phone numbers she finds online for Fall Out Boy. On one hand, I’m impressed with her ability to figure this out, but it’s not acceptable. I had taken her to HEB spur of the moment and in the checkout lane, she decided she wanted the Skype app on her phone because she had seen an interview with Fall Out Boy via Skype. Her reasoning was that if the interviewer could talk to Andy via Skype, she could to. I tried to explain how it works, but she was not in the mood for logic. She started getting angry and it only got worse. She lost it in the car and started hitting me while I was driving. By the time we got home, she was threatening everything and became very ugly. I made her go to her room and she started violently emptying out her baby doll dresser where she keeps bibs, shoes, socks, pacifiers, and other items. After over an hour of carrying on and me threatening to throw everything on the ground away if she didn’t pick it up, Anna finally calmed down and started cleaning up. I could tell this was pure emotional anger and not a neurological anger, one is somewhat rational and the other is all primal. She apologized and we made up, but she no longer has YouTube, Safari, Facebook, Messenger, and half a dozen other apps on her phone. No more Andy. Sorry, baby. She is still allowed to listen to their music and that is it.

New Braunfels child special needs girl photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/1.4 | 1/320 | ISO 1600

Day 145 ~ Keeping the Obsession Going

So Curtis and I decided we wanted to go out for dinner (on a school night!?) to celebrate our actual anniversary. This is always a tough call. Anna goes to bed quite early and the kids like the weeknight routine but we took a chance and went to the Gristmill in Gruene for dinner. I didn’t delete Pandora from Anna’s apps because she listens to music on the bus on the way to school but she is still taking every opportunity to try to listen to Fall Out Boy. I think just listening to their music is okay in small doses. Hopefully this obsession will end soon.

New Braunfels child special needs girl photographer

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.2 | 1/200 | ISO 400

Day 146 ~ Dreamy Shroom

I took Dominic to tutorials this morning (he’s gone in every day this week, can’t seem to catch up on missing work) then came back to pick up Curtis to take him to the San Antonio airport for his trip to Ohio. By the time I got home, mom had left for a day trip to Austin, so I was all alone. I took my macro out but my heart wasn’t in it. I found the biggest mushroom I’ve ever seen in my backyard and thought this turned out kinda dreamy. Dominic got mad in science and stormed out. Tutorials again tomorrow. I’m pooped.

New Braunfels nature macro mushroom photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/6.3 | 1/320 | ISO 200

Day 147 ~ Mommy, What Are You Doing to Me?

Lola was long overdue for a haircut and since Stuart likes to wrestle with her so much (and chew on her ears), I decided to shave her, trim her face with scissors, then give her a bath. Here she is after shaving and some trimming… the expression, it kills me! She got a big treat and cuddle with a fluffy towel after her bath. Now to keep Stuart off of her!

New Braunfels pet dog canine Chorkie photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.8 | 1/250 | ISO 1600

Thank goodness there are only four more school days. Dominic is really struggling at the moment. Hope everyone is getting out of school or about to! Thanks for looking!

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