theme thursday :: cute as a {button}

amelia collage

even with a fat lip. how did she get it? running away from a little boy who was trying to grab her curls. the whole scene was as cute as a button. 

i researched the origin of "cute as a button" and came up with this...

CUTE AS A BUTTON - "cute, charming, attractive, almost always with the connotation of being small, 1868 (from the original 1731 English meaning of 'acute' or clever). Cute as a bug's ear, 1930; cute as a bug in a rug, 1942; cute as a button, 1946. Cute and keen were two of the most overused slang words of the late 1920s and 1930s." From "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1992.)

Flexner may have an idea about the word "cute," but he provides no guidance on the question of how a button can be cute. The key to the issue is that it is not the button on a shirt that is meant here, but a flower bud seen in the popular name of small flowers, such as bachelor's button (q.v. "button" (n) in the OED, meanings 2 and 3).

The British version is "bright as a button". This makes sense if you think of a polished brass button. The phrase is really only ever used of small people - you'd say that a child, or maybe a small dog, was as bright as a button, but you'd never say it of a six-foot man. So the image is of a small sparky thing.

views from the kiddie pool

amelia polaroid

amelia's flower polaroid

the kids and i have taken a little break and rode trip to our favorite place in northern florida. military man is in port for a short while before his deployment. after a huge surprise from him on my doorstep and a quick call to the reservation's desk, we made it up here for a week's work vacation with him. he works, we vacation. not a bad deal, for us that is.

{photos: nikon d50, nikkor 28-80mm, picnik effects: cross process, polaroid, vignette}


never wake a sleeping baby

lorice sleeps

lorice sleeps2

even during a photo shoot. isn't she just precious? being able to do a shoot for my close friends is a real treat. i love this baby and the baby's mama, too.


vintage shopping

vintage daisies

was our afternoon activity for the day. After, a trip to Rita's for some flavored ice + custard we went for a stroll through downtown Lake Worth. A very funky little town with a population made up of an unlikely mix of undocumented immigrant workers, gang bangers, starving artists, senior citizens and yuppies. There are no cookie cutter homes to be found. The streets are filled with beachy cottages, single family homes and spanish mission style homes. It's downtown has taken a great turn that it's been our bi-weekly trip. Lake Worth's citizens are definitely taking their city back. They are refusing to let it slip through the cracks and have reinvented itself as this artsy quaint town with boutiques, locally owned restaurant, bars and vintage shops. 

I introduced the kids to their first vintage shopping experience and they made me proud. After positively phrasing and modeling the "no touching" rule they kept their little hands to themselves and pointed to everything. They loved looking at all the older pieces and were equally excited to see a display full of vintage cameras. The temptation to buy them all was there but I didn't break down. I bought an adorable daisy lamp for just $7 to light up the girl's room instead...cha-ching! 


this year's photowalk


One of the shots I took at the Jupiter inlet  during the 2nd Annual Worldwide PhotoWalk held by Scott Kelby, international photography guru, and led by Kim Seng, local photographer. The event had over 30,000 photographers from around the world clicking away at their surroundings. It was a sight to see. We had 40 photographers in our group from all over South Florida capturing the beautiful scenery around the inlet. A curious little lady asked me what all the fuss was about. "A beautiful day in Florida," I told her. We couldn't have asked for better weather this morning. The water was clear and the colors were breathtaking. The mood was a little serious at first but after a couple of hours of heat and clicks everybody loosened up enough to exchange tips and make some connections. Isn't that what it was really about?

The inlet is unique, that you have the Dubois River and the intercoastal waterway feeding into the Atlantic ocean. The beaches and the area were exquisite and I discovered an area that I never knew existed and can't wait to get back. Everyone perspective was different but one common goal...getting good shots.


Theme Thursday :: Stage

It's been a week and I can't believe it. I'm still working on uploading pictures from girl wonder's fourth birthday. Military Man has been patiently waiting for a peak at these. I have been wrestling with new editing software which I'm ready to beg Adobe and Apple to take back. Have I mentioned how much I detest photoshop? Photoshop CS4 to be exact. It is the most confusing and expensive piece of software out there. Really, Adobe is it really necessary? Do you have to suck all the enjoyment out of photography with all your layers? I have been tackling that obstacle for about a month now. It feels like the software is winning. More like a KO!

However, it's theme thursday again. I went reading around the circuit and found that someone had beat me to the punch with my most favorite soliloquy from Shakespeare's play, As You Like It. In its place, this little piece.


F R I G H T      curtain calls

anticipating    ENCORE   from    critical



blame it on Cuban time

A very popular phrase used by those of us of the cuban persuasion when we are doing things at our own pace. Summertime is the culprit for this late post for this theme thursday round. I've been feeling very guilty to be on the computer when the children are around. Therefore, my computer time has been very late at night.  Just like a little spirit...


haunting memories

of the past

slowing    c r e e p i n g    through our


The cinquain poem is definitely my favorite poetry to compose. Quite, frankly it's the only one I've ever attempted. Happy Friday all!


and the award{s} go to...

me? Say what? Here's a confession, I have secretly been a little jealous of the awards on some of the blogs I frequent. Now, I have two! Yay, I'm feeling the love. Thanks, Jules and Marianna. Love that you keep me company and love your comments...always. These awards do come with a little price. I have to reveal a little more about myself. (Sneaky way of getting to know me) and then there's a little thing of choosing a few favorites to pass these little awards along. That's the hardest part. How does a girl choose?

Okay, first things first. Queenie has to list seven things about herself that she thinks are awesome. Here goes...

1. My ability to adapt to any situation. That's the military training. It has taken over a decade's worth of moving to learn to go with the flow. It's not easy teaching an old dog new tricks all the time. But I keep doing it.

2. My adventurous spirit. Who would in their right mind move to Europe with three small children, start a photography business and blog about it. If someone would have told me two years ago that I would be doing this, I would have thought they were crazy. However, I regret nothing and looking forward to more.

3. My keen sense of judgement. I can look at a person's eyes and figure them out in 10 seconds flat. I have never been wrong about a person's character or motives.

4. My handbag and jewelry collection. Yes, it sounds a bit shallow but I love, wear and collect them both like no other. I am looking forward to passing most of these things down to my children...yes, even the boy.

5. My creativity. I love to create and re-invent things. Then enjoy sharing the creative process with others because there's no reason to keep good home-making or professional advice.

6. My marriage and family. Those things are what keep me grounded and focused because I can be scatter brain and random at times. Ya think?

7. My faith...Without IT, I could not do any of the things I mentioned above.

Award number 2 comes from Jules. She is so effing awesome. She always is one of the first to comment with the sweetest and most encouring things. I love catching up with her blog because it brings me back to my teaching days and dealing with all the nonsense among the fellow teachers and the work with the kids. Don't be shocked the award has a curse word...not my usual posting material but, oh, what the h@*$. I have been known to have the mouth of a sailor. Hum, go figure. Now, with this one you get to know what I have been obsessing about lately. Here's the top five...

1. Photography. I just dropped some serious cash on Photoshop CS4 and a new lens. It's all for a good cause...Exposures by Liza. Oh, military man don't get too shocked when we open this months bank statement. You know what they say...when the cat's away....

2. Pecans Praline. I'm on my second 30 oz. jar of Hoody's Deep South Praline Pecans. Reason number one for joining a gym.

3. Our AppleTV. There a still a few movies on the queue to watch. Love that thing.

4. Over my children's education. I always think that they can be challenged to elevated their little minds. Even though they're only 7, 3, and 1.

5. Clean House. Not necessarily cleaning my house but the tv program on the style network. It amazes me what that cast can do with the wrecks of a home they are challenged to organized. The transformations are awesome and I just love happy endings.

Now, guys tag you're it...(Choose the award of your liking for your blog, list either 7 things that make you awesome or 5 things that you're obsessing about, and tag your favorite bloggers.)

MrsUpole Place...the most amazing and creative short stories for theme thursday. The Opal Nation series are amazing.
T @I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up.
Becca @Lovely Yellow Ribbons
Hazel @The Clever Pup
Kat @Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes
Chris @Listen 2 Auntie
Kris @This will Hurt Me
Sandra Leigh @Amazing Voyages of the Turtle
Susana @Tres Cosas Hermosas
Brian @Waystationone

Okay, that's all folks. A little summer blogging fun.


fourth of july message

This really touched me and so I wanted to share this with all.

"Today you will wake up in an ordinary bed, in an ordinary home to the smell of ordinary coffee. Your ordinary dog will probably have chewed on the ordinary paper, unless you have an ordinary cat instead, who is warming in the ordinary sunshine coming through a rather ordinary window. You will eat an ordinary breakfast, and ordinary lunch, preceding an ordinary nap.

If you have ordinary kids, call Guinness Book, because I have never met one. But they are probably going to ride their ordinary bike, or ordinary skateboard or play some ordinary Wii while you prepare an ordinary barbecue and ordinary sides before your ordinary family comes over, unless they ordinarily won't. You will have an ordinary day, with ordinary watermelon seeds spitting out your ordinary mouth, before ordinary fireworks explode across the ordinary skyline.

At the end of your ordinary day you will lay in your ordinary bed with your ordinary husband, or ordinary wife, your ordinary lover, and do what ordinarily you would do, then get some ordinary sleep on ordinary pillows and have ordinary dreams...bought with the lives of some ordinary people who did some extraordinary things to give us that freedom.
Happy Independence Day!"

Thank you Brian you always know what and how to say what people are feeling. Also, wanted to add that military man is out to sea not quite a deployment but getting ready for one. The Commander, yes, commander...my military man made Commander earliear this month. Quite an accomplishment for someone who was on the five year plan, which means five years in and then you're out. That's what some guys say when they first sign up. Well, it's been sixteen and counting. Counting our days and blessings for everytime he comes home safely.

Happy fourth all! Have an extraordinary day!

Mama's in Funkytown

If it smells, looks and acts funky then its probably a funky bug dancing its way through a cute little 16 month old and landing in the nappies. Yes, we have been in funkytown around here and the wonder baby has had everyone, including me, in a funk. I can't believe it a summer bug and it's dancing its way around this family and boogie-ing its way through this beachy town.  

This should shake the funk out of it. Enjoy!

(Sorry, theme thursday group for posting on friday. I've been doing a bit of nursing.)