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Archive for November, 2011

2011/334: Rose


2011/332: Words With Friends

My highest scoring word so far. I was so excited – and surprised – I had to grab my camera and take a picture!



2011/329: Star Student

November 18th marked the end of another 6-week grading period, and an invitation from the school counselor to attend the awards ceremony that day, because Sara was going to get a very special award.
She made A-Honor Roll, the Cool Cat Club (95 or above in all subjects) and was nominated for the Respect character award. Only about 5 students got this award, and of these five, Sara was chosen as the Star Student. Only one Student from each school in the district (two from each of the highschools) are awarded Star Student! Sara got a certificate, a T-shirt, and she got an invitation to the City Council Meeting on December 13th, where she will be awarded again. Her picture will be in the local newspaper, too (and I hope I can find out when, so I can buy a copy or three).
I couldn’t be more proud of my little Star Student!

Accepting her certificate for the Respect Character Award

Cool Cat Club lanyard. She already has a pin from last year, that she can add.

She had no idea that she was chosen as the Star Student, or that she would be getting a T-shirt.

She also had no idea that I was there! She walked right past me when her class walked into the cafeteria prior to the start of the awards ceremony, and never saw me… until much later.

Star Student Award
It reads: Presented to Sara For showing superior character and being a role model for your classmates. Your community thinks you’re special.

Respect Award
It reads: This certificate is awarded to Sara. Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule. Be tolerant of differences. Use good manners, not bad language. Be considerate of the feelings of others. Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone. Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements.

Sara is not the only one who was awarded. Melissa got an invitation to the Highschool Awards Ceremony, where she was given an award for last school year (A-Honor Roll all year), a navy blue cord to wear at graduation.
With the exception of one single, lonely B, she’s been an A student since Kindergarten, and I’m sure she will get a cord every year.

SO PROUD of both my girls! ♥

2011/328: Happy Thanksgiving

My faithful readers (whether you’ve been here from the beginning of this blog, or found your way here since then)
… just one of the many things I’m thankful for today.

Artwork by Sara

2011/327: Reliable

I can always count on our crepe myrtles to give us a little fall color… until the rain and wind knock off all the pretty leaves.

2011/326: Purple Beauty

2011/325: {M}iPad

I had some money saved up for a lens… but then decided to spend it on an iPad instead, and have not regretted it.  Such a fun little gadget.
Of course some of my favorite apps are photography related, and I have a few games, too….. and lots of other useful and fun apps. There’s even a WordPress app, which will really come in handy when we’re on vacation.

The only frustrating thing is that the WiFi doesn’t work great in the living room, because the router is two rooms away in the far corner. But I can still Facebook, check e-mails, play Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, and surf the web from the comfort of my couch, and not have to run into the computer room during commercial breaks.

If you have an iPad or iPhone, what are your favorite apps?
One of my favorites is Flipboard (iPad only). Makes everything (Google Reader, Flickr, Facebook, etc.) look like you’re flipping though a magazine.
Favorite photo apps are Instagram, Photostudio HD, and Photo fx. I have more,  but haven’t really gotten a chance to play yet.

A big thank you to Scott and Becky for answering all my questions 🙂

2011/324: Mouse Thorn

2011/323: On The Lookout

2011/322: Mount Scott

The best part of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

The view on the drive to the top

At the top

Playing around in the (thankfully mostly empty) parking lot at the top of Mount Scott. This is the highest you can go by car. If you have one of those little Smart Cars, you could probably lift it onto the rocks and get to the true top of the mountain at 2464 ft (751 m) above sea level 😉

2011/321: Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Our last stop on our Oklahoma Adventure, and my least favorite.
Sure, it was pretty cool seeing buffalo, but most everything else was kinda boring in my opinion. The highlight came at the end, before we left the wildlife refuge, and I’ll post pictures of that tomorrow.

2011/320: Taking The Scenic Route

Simply a MUST when you’re on an adventure!

2011/319: Sunrise And Fog

This was on our last day of our recent Oklahoma getaway. We left the hotel (not so) bright and (very) early, because we had a long drive ahead of us, with lots of back roads, and still one last scheduled stop on our list.
I made Greg pull over so I could get out of the car for these shots. Something I usually don’t ask him to do.


2011/317: Hearts & Strings

2011/316: Forest Flowers

2011/315: Roman Nose State Park (2)

2011/314: Roman Nose State Park (1)

2011/313: On The Railing

What better place to photograph fallen leaves than on the railing of a wooden bridge?
These were all taken at Red Rock Canyon State Park in Oklahoma.

2011/312: Autumn’s Beauty (2)

From our recent week-end getaway to Oklahoma.

2011/311: Autumn’s Beauty (1)

From our recent week-end getaway to Oklahoma.