Friday, July 6, 2012

Playing Hard~

July 5th's photo a day challenge subject was : On the Floor.

Here's a photo of my son's room.  Guess what is on the floor?  You got it. Many, many toys. He had a friend over yesterday and they pulled out all the stops. Toys everywhere inside and outside.  It was a great day to be had.


Today we will be picking up.  We were too exhausted yesterday. Good thing we have organized bins thanks to my participation in the Simple Mom's 2012 home cleaning challenge.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


WOW to photograph the subject fun could mean a lot of things to many people.  I always look to my kids to share with me what "fun" might be.   Here's what I came up with.


Fun on a summer day! Running through the sprinklers in the backyard. Nothing says fun better than that!

Best Part of My Day~

July Photo a Day Challenge:

The best part of my day is when I get to give this little guy a rest.  He plays so incredibly hard, crawls very fast, pulls to stand and mouths everything.  He has cut his first tooth this week too!


He is so peaceful when he sleeps. I know he uses this time to grow and grow!  I love this part of my day.  I don't often get this part of my day when I work full time but during the summer or days off this is what I look forward to!

Fourth of July Party

Party in the USA!

Fourth of July I had nothing really planned.  But we threw together a small BBQ with a few friends and family.  It was realatively easy. Not too much planning because it was a throw together party! Sometimes those are the best. No over thinking, everyone pitches in and it somehow pulls together. 

The weather was great! That was a slight worry of ours since the day before it was cold and rainy and we actually wore jeans and sweat shirts.  But really the weather was perfect even with a slight breeze. BBQ was comprised of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, fruit salad, corn on the cob, watermelon kabobs (circle and star shaped made with cookie cutters), chips and dip and many different beverages.  I even found The Pop Shoppe old school cream soda, orange soda, lime rickey soda and cola bottles. They seemed to be a hit.

Of course we ended the celebration with fireworks.  I shop at Costco so I purchased the $49.99 package of fire works that had 65 fountain fireworks to light off.  Take a look.

Dressing for the occassion

Each year I purchase a red, white and blue t-shrit (cheap ones from Old Navy) for each memeber of my family (my husband, myself and my two boys).  We wear those on the Fourth of July!  So this is what we looked like this year.  Unfortunately we were unable to get a full on family photo but maybe next time.  I always find it hard to get photo's of myself since I am the one taking the pictures and when I do someone forgets to tell me that my hair is awry or they don't zoom in. But I am working on training my husband and then asking others to take all family photos.

All in all it was a great day, we celebrated had great company, dealt with a little bit of four year old attitude but enjoyed it none the less.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Pinteresting Party~ Anyone in?


Oh the pinteresting places you'll go (spoof from Dr. Seuss' quote).  Tonight, as I was working on a project I found and pinned to my Home Decor board, I wondered what I ever did without Pinterest.  I realized that this year my creativity and zest for doing things craftily and within a shorter budget, cause lets face it we all want to save money, has increased 10 fold with my introduction to Pinterest.  I find Pinning to calm me a little bit. Maybe it is because I am finding my interests in an organizing way. Maybe it is because I love to be creative? Maybe it is because I see what others might be interested in as well and share some common bond with people I truly know and others I don't know. I have started following different blogs, different Pinterest boards, and have a variety of ideas that I will accomplish. 


An Idea~ Anyone Pinterested?

I have heard of Linky Party's, and Pinning Party's, where bloggers linky projects or ideas or blog posts to one place to share and connect with each other or pinn the same type of subject within pinterest.  I was however thinking of hosting a Pinteresting Party.  What type of party is that you say. Well for those who I know or live within driving distance I would host a party.  Each Pinteresting Party would have some sort of theme, for example baking, crafting, home decor, clothing etc.  For those biggere Pinterest Ideas we would collaborate on a project.  For those smaller ideas you would bring your own stuff set up shop and work on projects sharing ideas with each other but actually working on projects from ideas that we have found from our friend Pinterest.  This would be a great way to complete some of those many ideas found on pinterest, increase our comraderie, and just plan ole have a great time.  Any of you interested?

Pinteresting Projects I have Completed

On my pinterest page I have created a board called Things I've Tried from Pinterest.  This is the place that I repin projects, ideas, meals etc., that I have tried.  Take a look by clicking the link above. 

Comment if you would be interested in attending a Pinteresting Party.  I would host, it could evolve and it will be great!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A new challenge ~

Last day of June

And finally, here's the photo a day July list! Are you going to play along? Details on how to play on my blog: is the last day of June. Oddly enough it doesn't seem right. However tomorrow begins the month of July and I am ready, ready for new challenges.  Not only does the new month bring the new daily photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim and the challenge to follow through with the entire month, but it brings new life (babies), and new experiences.



Take a look today's subject is Self Portrait.  Hmm I thought about drawing a self portrait. Then I thought about taking yet another picture of myself.  But really I am not wanting to do that either. So here's what I came up with.

#photoadayjuly  Self Portrait

Not the most flattering picture of me.. but better this way.. Still trying to loose the baby weight. Working on the running entering back into my life as per a previous post as well as engaging in the P90X program. But really this picture captures quite a bit about who I am.  I am a working woman, hence the heels. I have been sleep deprived for quite some time, hence the coffee (probably my 5th cup today and it is 7:41 pm) and no it will not keep me awake. I love my flowers, my yard and home hence the flowers in the background (I am facing).  In my back pocket are paint brushes and kids working gloves. This depicts that I am crafty, roll my sleeves up around the house (love to paint my house that is) and have kids who also love to work outside.  What else.  I love my hat for a little bit of flava and I often love walking around without my shoes on, especially when I am at home. I think this picture speaks to who I am.

Help Me! Help Me!

I think it is time that I enlist my readers for support in keeping the momentum and keeping up on my daily photo challenge.  I have also been looking for other opportunities to get creative, and learn more about photography.  A local photographer (self trained but you'd never know it) has offered a basic course this July for a reasonable price on how to use your DSLR camera and capture photographs.  I have signed up.   Check out some of Whimsy Hollow's work.  Here is a photograph of my son's preschool teacher's daughter.  Know the story?

 You should check out her work on Whimsy Hollow Photography facebook page or on Whimsy Hollow's website and you can also find her work on her blog.  So I am excited.  Please support me through the month of July by making comments on my blog itself, encouraging me through my facebook page Sweet Williams Family and check in with me daily to see how my photographs change and grow throughout this month. 

If you want you can ask me about my excercise, party planning (which I am mentally researching my next party plan) and anything else that you would like.  I may or may not answer but know that you and your comments or posts to this particular blog will keep me going and involved and up for the challenge.