Happy 21st Birthday to Anna

Today is our sweet Booski’s 21st birthday. Happy Birthday, Anna!

Anna is rocking her life at the moment. She is thriving at Life Bridges and even has a new boyfriend, Freddy. The Dak Prescott obsession has faded a bit since the Cowboys are in the off season. We are focusing on healthier choices and exercising more. Her annual ARD is tomorrow and she was involved in setting goals in our pre-meeting. She is going to try to go out in the community more with Life Bridges, start using different transportation options, continue to transition from one activity to another with fewer prompts, make her lunch (including prep and cleanup) once a week, and try attending a day hab this summer.

21 is one of those milestone years where reality stings a tiny bit. We should be taking her out for her first official drink at a bar and getting ready to celebrate her graduation from college. But that’s more my reality and dreams for her than her own. Anna is perfect just as she is and I’m so lucky to be her mom. She’s taught me to live in the moment, laugh every day, and appreciate routine. When we have those moments that are extra-ordinary, we appreciate them. Today is extraordinary. Happy Birthday, Booski! I love you soooooo much!

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Happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy Birthday! Whew! Love you, Anna!!!

Positive Sign of the Times

Happy New Year! Like most everyone in the country right now, Covid-19 hit our household. When Curtis, Anna, and I were traveling to and from New Mexico, I was worried that we would pick up the Omicron variant and bring it home to Dominic and Nana. We were careful… we wore masks in public and washed/sanitized our hands, but this virus is so contagious. Over the Christmas weekend, Jenny and Wyatt got Covid in Georgetown so we had to delay seeing them. (In fact, we still haven’t celebrated Christmas with them yet because Jenny is still testing positive.)

Dominic and my mom mostly stayed in during the four days we were gone. The day after we got back (this was a Thursday), Dominic got his booster shot. The next day, he developed a sore throat which progressed to congestion and a low-grade fever which we attributed to the vaccine. By Sunday, he was feeling really sick and the sore throat was severe. So I took him to the doctor on Monday thinking it was strep throat. They swabbed his throat and nose, testing for strep, flu, and Covid. We were shocked to learn that he was Covid positive! Since school was supposed to start back on Tuesday, we decided to keep Anna home too. The population of Life Bridges is a little more vulnerable than most and we were being cautious. In fact, we all stayed quarantined for a week just to be careful not to expose anyone. We assumed we would all get sick. By Wednesday, Dominic’s fever broke and his sore throat resolved by Saturday. I ordered some home test kits which arrived Friday. And what do you know? None of the rest of us got it! All Covid negative. Huh.

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.5 | 1/125 | ISO 800 | tripod

I took this photo specifically for the New Braunfels Photographic Society. The January Assignment theme was Artist’s Choice which meant we could submit anything we wanted. (Go check out the gallery, there were some beautiful images shared!) I’m hoping to share all of my photos this year since I was hit or miss sharing any from last year. I thought it might be fun to show you what the Assignments were for 2021 and what I created. I didn’t win any Image of the Month awards last year but the club did award me with Member of the Year which is a huge honor. Thanks guys!

2021 Assignment Images

January: Something Old

Love Sustains in WWII

The photo in the background is my grandmother on my mom’s side. My grandfather carried her photo in his backpack all through WWII. The photo was in his backpack when he got shot at and actually has a bullet hole through the lower left corner. Pappy brought this little angel figurine home from Japan to my Grandma as a gift after the war. <3<3<3

New Braunfels still life photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/4 | 1/160 | ISO 2000 | handheld

February: Negative Space


As of February 1st, 2021, the death toll in the USA from Covid-19 was 441,000. I took this negative space themed photo in honor of those who died. This pandemic has changed the world, it will be written about in history books forevermore. As of today, January 12th, 2022, the death toll is 842,000.

New Braunfels still life photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/4.5 | 0.4 sec | ISO 1600 | tripod

March: SOOC

Wood Sorrel

SOOC stands for Straight Out of Camera… so no editing whatsoever. My mom cultivates a lot of weeds… yes on purpose! Her Egyptian tortoises eat a lot of various weeds and she likes to feed them fresh greens almost daily. However, this little tiny yellow blossom, called a Wood Sorrel, or Oxalis, is not safe for tortoises. The entire flower is less than a half an inch big. It is so delicate and beautiful! I used live view and my tilt screen on my camera to get low without having to lay down on the ground to get this perspective.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/6.3 | 1/320 | ISO 400 | handheld

April: Glass

Mom’s Depression Glass

My mom has been collecting depression glass most of her adult life. She has red, green, and this pretty clear yellow glass. She pulls it out for special occasions. It’s very delicate and elegant.

New Braunfels still life photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/250 | ISO 2000 | handheld

May: Flowers

Rose Repose

We had an influx of worms and caterpillars last spring and I was lucky enough to get this caterpillar inching his way across one of our roses. I love the composition of this.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/9 | 1/250 | ISO 1000 | handheld

June: HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Did not participate… I’m not a fan of HDR.

July: Landscape


This was from our trip to Key West. Isn’t that sunset spectacular? I love the sailboat and palm tree near the edge of the island. We were standing on the edge of Mallory Square with tons of people all around us. That was a fun trip!

New Braunfels nature landscape photographer
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/16 | 1/320 | ISO 110 | handheld

August: Imperfection

Imperfect Petal

I didn’t have much time to shoot anything for this theme, so I went looking for imperfections in our backyard. This little flower is nearly perfect, except for one spot on the right petal. Normally I would have cloned that out and made it perfect but sometimes there is beauty in the imperfect too.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/14 | 1/320 | ISO 800 | handheld

September: Inspired by Art

Did not participate, it was a tough theme from 2020 that our club members liked. I found it too time consuming. Maybe if I hadn’t been doing a P365, I might have been inspired.

October: High Key/Low Key

Baby Orb on Tiny Rain Lilies

My mom is always looking out for macro opportunities for me. She found this teeny tiny baby orb spider on a rain lily in the backyard and carefully brought it over for me to photograph. Since the theme was high key/low key, I put it on my white windowsill and used the window light to create a high key background. Then I rotated the image 45-degrees to the left. I was pleased with how much detail I was able to achieve.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/7.1 | 1/200 | ISO 1600 | handheld

November: Humor

Knock Knock

Every morning I take my mother a thermos of coffee from our full pot of Sumatra. Last Friday Anna and I took the coffee over before Anna went to Life Bridges and we saw this toad sitting on mom’s doorstep! He did not hop away when we approached him so I went home and got my camera to see if I could grab a shot. Not only did I get a shot but I got a little video, which most of you will see in November’s 1 Second Everyday project. Doesn’t he look likes he’s saying, “Knock, knock, is anyone home?” Made me laugh!

New Braunfels nature photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/1.8 | 1/100 | ISO 4500 | handheld

December: Stormy Weather

Hill Country Summer Storm

This is a panorama shot I took in July when we were having some big hill country summer thunderstorms. I was on Shady Hollow in our neighborhood and the sky just looked so dramatic that I stopped to get a photo specifically for this Stormy Weather theme (we are allowed to shoot anytime after the themes are announced). I was on a hill which is why the ground is curved near the left.

New Braunfels nature landscape photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/6.3 | 1/400 | ISO 500 | handheld

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365 in 52 [2021] ~ Week Fifty-Two

Day 358, Friday, December 24th, 2021

Merry Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas… and I had never been so prepared and not prepared at the same time! I got my immediate family’s gifts purchased on Black Friday (online) and got the tree up that weekend too. We celebrated Jenny’s birthday then went to Vegas. Ever since, I’ve been playing catch up. I totally forgot to get stocking stuffers. I didn’t really get gifts for anyone else. I didn’t make goodie bags for our wonderful support team (educators, house cleaners, garbage pickup, pool service, neighbors, etc.). But I did manage to make pecan balls to send to Pennsylvania (they are on their way, Beanie!) and snap a Christmas Eve photo. We had peace in the house and we were all looking forward to Christmas morning. 

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/16 | 0.8sec | ISO 1250 | tripod

Day 359, Saturday, December 25th, 2021

Our Merry Elf

Ever since he was old enough to walk, Dominic has loved passing out gifts to people from under the Christmas tree. While we were drinking our coffee Saturday morning waiting on Nana to toddle over, Dominic distributed everyone’s gifts in nice piles. He got trash bags and scissors prepped too. I can’t remember what he was telling us here but it was surprising news!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/1.4 | 1/125 | ISO 2000 | handheld

Day 360, Sunday, December 26th, 2021

The Prettiest Ribbon

We were packing up and getting ready to drive to New Mexico Sunday morning but I couldn’t resist snapping a quick macro of the prettiest ribbon. My mom is a ribbon-aholic and has so many beautiful ribbons from which to choose fro wrapping. Every year, mom outdoes herself with pretty wrapping, especially with bows and ribbons. The wrapping is a gift unto itself! Just a quick snap then Curtis, Anna, and I were off on a 10.5 hour drive to visit Pam and her family.

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/6.3 | 1/200 | ISO 800 | handheld

Day 361, Monday, December 27th, 2021

Sheilah Making Cinnamon Rolls

We woke up Monday morning excited to go to Pam’s house. We got there a little after 10 after stopping at Walmart to see if they had an official NFL football. Anna decided that the regular football she had wasn’t good enough… it wasn’t Dak worthy because it didn’t have the NFL logo. Walmart did not have one in the store. When we got to Pam’s, Sheilah was busy bustling around the kitchen making homemade cinnamon rolls. OMG. Those rolls were the most delicious thing ever. And that was just the beginning of delicious food she cooked all day long!

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Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/2.5 | 1/125 | ISO 2000 | handheld

Day 361, Monday, December 27th, 2021

Anna and Gregg Dak-ing Out

Even though Gregg is a Steelers fan, he was very kind to watch some Cowboys and Dak Prescott videos with his niece. Curtis was playing on his new Oculus in the background while Seth kept a watchful side eye on me. Gregg told Anna about the Duke football, it’s the kind that they actually use in the game. That gave her something new to look up!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/3.2 | 1/160 | ISO 1000 | handheld

Day 361, Monday, December 27th, 2021

Pam Laughing at Anna

While Anna regaled Uncle Gregg with Dak accomplishments and just how cute he was, Pam smiled at the two of them bonding. Seth wasn’t sure of my camera and how I kept aiming it at his loved ones, lol. Pam’s hand infection is mostly healed and the whole household is better (for the most part) from the COVID infection that hit them at Thanksgiving. I think we made it there and back without getting sick, yay! We were careful wearing our masks in public and using hand sanitizer too. I’m so glad we all got our booster shots too.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/3.2 | 1/160 | ISO 1250 | handheld

Day 361, Monday, December 27th, 2021

Mountains All Around

Anna wanted to go outside to throw the football around and I took my camera to capture the mountains that surrounded us. Edgewood is about 6700 feet up and we could feel it! We had a few passes that we went up and down on our drive in and by the time we arrived, one of our chip bags had puffed up from the pressure.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/8 | 1/320 | ISO 50 | handheld

Day 361, Monday, December 27th, 2021

Happy Anna

The Cowboys and Dak Prescott obsession remains strong and Anna loves playing football any time she can find a willing partner. She was so happy to have Pam and Gregg come out and watch her and Daddy toss the ball back and forth. Happy girl! We had a delicious Christmas dinner, played some Cards Against Humanity, then went back to the hotel late.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/7.1 | 1/250 | ISO 50 | handheld

Day 362, Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Serious Snow Storm

Pam warned us that we might see snow during our visit. And on Tuesday, the weather warnings started. That sky! That was a very serious snow storm brewing to the north. It didn’t start really falling in our area until overnight.

New Braunfels lifestyle nature photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/10 | 1/250 | ISO 100 | handheld

Day 362, Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Dramatic Sky

I couldn’t decide which photo of the giant dark cloud I liked better so I thought I’d share both! I just kneeled down to try to isolate the dead tree trunk but still got a shed intersecting with part of it. It really was quite dramatic! We woke up Wednesday to about an inch of snow on the ground. Though it was a short visit, it was wonderful to see Pam, Gregg, Gabe, and Sheilah. Gabe really doesn’t like having his picture taken so I was trying to respect that. We missed Dominic like crazy (and mom and the dogs too!) but I was so glad that we went. Thank you guys for hosting and cooking!!!

New Braunfels lifestyle nature photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/10 | 1/250 | ISO 100 | handheld

Day 363, Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

UFO Museum

We decided to come back home the more southern route (only about a 10 minute difference in driving time) and go through Roswell. Neither Curtis nor I had ever been there. GPS routed us around town so once we realized that, we went back into town. Curtis wanted to pick up an alien souvenir to put on his office shelf so we stopped at the UFO Museum. I stayed by the car and he ran inside. There wasn’t as much touristy stuff in town as I was expecting.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/5.6 | 1/250 | ISO 250 | handheld

Day 363, Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

Leaving Welcome to Roswell

As we were leaving Roswell, I spotted the Welcome to Roswell sign on the opposite side of the road. I pulled a quick U-turn so I could get a photo. It sits in front of a now defunct locked building called the Roswell Test Facility. I thought it was some alien thing but nooo… it just used to be a saline water testing plant.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/8 | 1/1000 | ISO 250 | handheld

Day 364, Thursday, December 30th, 2021

Hidden in the Grass

Ahhh it’s nice to be home, especially nice to be back in our own bed. The older I get, the more hotel beds feel uncomfortable! We went from high 20s, biting wind, and snow to 80-degrees and sunny in one day. I was out back playing football with Anna when I noticed tons of tiny butterflies flitting among the grass. I wasn’t sure I could capture one, they move so quickly and were so low, but I got this one partially hidden. Butterflies always make me thing of my Nanny (whose birthday was January 1st).

New Braunfels macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/11 | 1/400 | ISO 400 | handheld

Day 365, Thursday, December 31st, 2021

Sister Necklaces

Here we are at the end of 2021. What a strange year. We all thought it couldn’t be worse than 2020 and 2021 said, “Here, hold my beer!” Thankfully we didn’t lose anyone in our family and those who had COVID recovered. We have a lot to be grateful for. One of the best things that happened this year was reconnecting in person with Lisa and Pam, my sisters. I got them each this necklace… three hearts for three sisters. I’m the oldest so my first heart is solid, Lisa’s solid heart is in the middle (it should have arrived Wednesday, Lisa!), and Pam’s is the end. (That pretty blue ring was a gift from Jenny on her 30th birthday… yep, she got ME a gift for being a mom for 30 years, I cried!)

I’m not sure what I’m going to do in 2022 with my photography but I’m going to slow down and be more mindfully present. Update my website, catch up on some personal projects, but definitely continue the One Second Everyday project. I’ll post the year long compilation video soon! Love you all!

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Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.2 | 1/200 | ISO 1250 | handheld

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365 in 52 [2021] ~ Week Fifty-One

Day 352, Friday, December 17th, 2021

Chopping Onion for Chili

I’ve been in the mood to cook a lot lately! Last week I made a big batch of vegetarian chili, I think I’ve shared the final product on my daily project already this year. I just love watching a show on my iPad while Curtis plays Spider-Man in the background while I cook. I had already chopped up the green bell peppers and was tackling the onion next. The Shrink Next Door kept me company (and wow, who knew that Will Ferrell and Paul Ruud were so stinking talented as serious actors?!?).

New Braunfels lifestyle food photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/3.2 | 1/160 | ISO 1250 | handheld

Day 353, Saturday, December 18th, 2021

No photos today.

Day 354, Sunday, December 19th, 2021

No photos today.

Day 355, Monday, December 20th, 2021

Nana’s Support Squad

Poor mom. She’s been through so much the last few months. She lost a crown a couple of weeks ago and the dentist decided it was time for the tooth to get pulled. It was supposed to get done the week before Vegas but she decided to wait until we got home. I got her and Anna’s COVID booster shots scheduled for just before this appointment. The Omicron variant is causing a big uptick in our county of positive cases. Dominic delighted us with deciding to come with us (kids are out of school for Christmas break), so mom had me, Anna, and Dominic all there to support her. Two hours later, we were on our way to get milkshakes.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/5.6 | 1/160 | ISO 2500 | handheld

Day 356, Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Merry Christmas from Nailed It

Anna did so well while we were in Vegas and during her last few weeks at Life Bridges that I wanted to reward her with some quality time. So I got us both mani-pedi appointments at Nailed It on Tuesday. She chose a pretty dark sky blue polish for fingers and toes and I got red on my toes and soft white on my fingers. We had a good time but then she suddenly cratered. Her COVID vaccine hit her and she started running a fever by the time we were home. Thankfully it just lasted a few hours. Didn’t they have the cutest Insta backdrop?!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/3.4 | 1/160 | ISO 2000 | handheld

Day 357, Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

No photos today.

Day 358, Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Winter Leaves

I hadn’t taken my macro out in ages and the weather has been unseasonably warm so I took my camera out to my backyard on Thursday. We have a crepe myrtle that had a handful of leaves clinging to a few branches. These bright red leaves remind me of falls in Ohio. Even though we are officially into the winter season now, the colors are all autumn.

New Braunfels macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5 | 1/250 | ISO 320 | handheld

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365 in 52 [2021] ~ Week Fifty

Day 344, Friday, December 10th, 2021

Scooby Doo Escape Room

Jenny and Wyatt love to do escape rooms and try to visit one in each city they visit. Jenny’s birthday gift to Curtis was treating us to an Escapology experience in Vegas. Curtis looked at all of the choices before we left and he wanted to do the Scooby Doo room. It was rated a 7 out of 10 in difficulty. This was our first time trying one and it was so much fun! There were 2 additional rooms that we had to figure out how to access from the first room. Each one of us was able to contribute a vital solution to a clue to keep moving forward. We got out with 7 minutes to spare. We made a great team!

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No metadata available (taken by Escapology)

Day 344, Friday, December 10th, 2021

Caesar’s Fountain

After the escape room, we took a cab to the Forum at Caesar’s Palace to do some window shopping. What an enormous mall! Three levels with multiple off-shoots, we wandered for about an hour then walked back to our hotel. I got this cute shot of Jenny and Wyatt in front of one of the fountains. There were a few times I regretted not bringing my professional camera but I was grateful to not have to lug it around.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/90 | ISO 50 | handheld

Day 344, Friday, December 10th, 2021

Bombshell in the Front Row

Our birthday gift to Jenny was picking up dinner for the crew Thursday night at Lavo and tickets to see Absinthe. It’s an intimate theater set in a big top tent outside of Caesar’s Palace with all the seats in a round configuration around a centered round stage. The show is a mix of circus, burlesque, and vaudeville and is extremely raunchy. We laughed so hard we turned purple! We had front row seats and sure enough, our ringmaster, The Gazillionaire, noticed Jenny right away. Many lewd comments and some suggestive hip thrusts later, Jenny was blushing and happy to be noticed.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/15 | ISO 1250 | handheld

Day 344, Friday, December 10th, 2021

Absinthe was Amazing

What an incredible show! We highly recommend anyone traveling to Vegas to see Absinthe. The acts were so talented… everything from strong men, acrobatics, strip tease, comedy sketches, even a guy who performed inside a plastic tube that dropped from the ceiling! We laughed until the point of tears, we were wowed by the artistry and strength, and we would see it again. 

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No metadata available (taken by Jenny)

Day 345, Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Dream Racing Lamborghini

My mom gifted Curtis with a race car driving experience at Dream Racing for his birthday. Curtis was so excited and a little nervous too. He chose to drive the Lamborghini and he upgraded from 5 laps to 7. We watched a training video then got to ride with an instructor in a Mercedes SUV. Wow, it’s a super curvy twisty track! When we got back, Curtis got to get in the Lambo and start it up. Vroom vroom!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/3800 | ISO 50 | handheld

Day 345, Saturday, December 11th, 2021

7 Laps Later

Curtis was super charged on adrenaline when he finished his 7 laps. He said it went by so quick. He topped out at 142 mph only because the straight aways are very short on this track. He loved it and wants to do it again.

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iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/1900 | ISO 50 | handheld

Day 345, Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Entering Wink World

After racing, we met Jenny, Wyatt, Selena, Tucker, Laura, and Tommy at Area 15. It’s a giant immersive playground for grownups. We joked that it had to have been made my stoners! There was axe throwing, multiple VR experiences, several bars and restaurants, art shows, and all set in a black lit surreal environment with music playing. After having a drink at Oddworld (where we had the best bourbon ever), we got tickets to see Wink World, a 3D music and light show with 6 distinct rooms, each with a cool message about the infinite being within ourselves. Surreal dude!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/30 | ISO 640 | handheld

Day 345, Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Jenny’s Grownup Capri Sun

After Wink World, we had snacks at The Beast. Jenny was soooo excited to get a grownup Capri Sun. She looked like a little kid again trying to poke the straw through the pouch! The girls all liked it so much that they ordered more to take with us (I smuggled Jenny’s out in my purse, lol). We went back to the hotel for a siesta then went out for a late dinner with just Jenny and Wyatt. We ate at Peppermill and Fireside Lounge, a retro vibe diner with deep circular lounge areas set around fireplaces. 

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/20 | ISO 1000 | handheld

Day 346, Sunday, December 12th, 2021

Slots Before Leaving

Jenny and Wyatt had an early flight back so they could get the dogs out of boarding, but Curtis and I got to lounge at the hotel until checkout. We decided to each play $20 on the slots. I was up $7.75 and decided to cash out. Curtis put a second $20 in and ended up winning $48. We just aren’t big gamblers. We said goodbye to the Bellagio and headed to the airport to eat lunch there. When we got on our flight, we saw Laura and Tommy!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/60 | ISO 320 | handheld

Day 346, Sunday, December 12th, 2021

Back in Texas

Ahhh back in Texas. It’s always so nice to come home, isn’t it? We flew in and out of Austin so we had to take a shuttle to the car then drive an hour home. We had one of the best vacations ever, with so many fun experiences. It was a much needed break and we feel so blessed that Jenny wanted to share her Dirty Thirty birthday with us and her friends. Thank you, Angel!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
iPhone 13 Pro | 5.7mm | f/1.5 | 1/40 | ISO 400 | handheld

Day 347, Monday, December 13th, 2021

No photos today.

Day 348, Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Presentation Day

Dominic had finals all week last week. Tuesday was his English presentation. They were studying Hamlet and finding examples of current mental health issues in the play. He worked with two other students on the project. Their PSA covered anxiety and they got a 96! Dominic finished the semester with straight As!!!!!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/3.2 | 1/250 | ISO 320 | handheld

Day 349, Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

The Carpet Cleaner

Unfortunately while Curtis and I were in Vegas, Lola had a tummy bug. Ewww. Multiple carpet stains on multiple area rugs. Charlie also horked up some gross stuff. Mom thinks that the dogs were eating on the palm tree debris. We lost both big palms by the pool with the snowstorm we had in February and they had to come down. I guess the insides of the trees were rotting and the dogs thought that was the most delicious thing ever. So gross. I found Fabio, The Carpet Cleaner on Yelp. He came and saved the day, getting all of our area rugs and our carpeted staircase clean. He even cleaned our 2 recliner chairs! Yay!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.8 | 1/250 | ISO 1250 | handheld

Day 350, Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Out with Mom and Dad

There were no groceries in the house so we took Anna out to eat on Thursday last week at ATan. (We took Dominic home some dinner too.) I just playing catch up from our 4 days away and I’m still a week behind on almost everything! Anna likes ATan because there are hardly ever any little kids there. She wore her headphones just in case. Just as we were finishing eating, she accidentally knocked her full glass of soda in her lap. Oh no, poor Booski. She was soaked to the bone and very embarrassed. I got her cleaned up the best I could in the bathroom then had her take off her shirt in the car. We’ve all had mishaps like that, I reassured her.

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Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/2 | 1/160 | ISO 3200 | handheld

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