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Making Memories Monday: Chasing Rainbows

(<—Side Note:  Do you like the new checkmark picture I made?  🙂  )  Pictures to Take Throughout the Year–

April (week 4)

      As you may or may not remember, during my first April Making Memories Monday post, I was bound and determined to find rainbows in the plural sense.  I found a real one during week one, then during week two I found a couple more, but cheated a bit.  Though they were great rainbows in their own right, they weren’t the real rainbows you see in the sky during a marriage of rain and sun.  So this final week, I made it a mission to go on a rainbow hunt.  I thought it would’ve been perfect weather for it since we had a lot of rainshowers during sunny days (or sunbreaks during rainy days? whatever.).  And I was right.  Two friends in my area promptly posted beautiful rainbow pictures on Facebook.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to see those rainbows because they appeared before my normal waking time  (both captured their rainbows around 6am, which is crazy talk for a time for which one should rise!).  Then, something amazing happened on Sunday that more than made up for it:  a double rainbow!  Luckily for me, I wasn’t the driver when I spotted it, so I was free to try and capture the perfect picture while my hubby and I were on the move.  These were the results:

Sunny part of the rainbow vs. rainy part of the rainbow.  (Double rainbow can’t be seen here, but see below!)

Double rainbow!  The first one was SO bright!  I realize the second rainbow is quite faint, so I drew in an arrow to point it out.  🙂

And as an extra added bonus, here is a rainbow that I threw together in the case that I wasn’t able to find a real rainbow.  Warning: it’s extremely amateur, but (hopefully) amusing and puzzling and wonderful all rolled into one (at least, that’s what I thought about it):

Okay, so I’m sure an explanation is definitely needed.  Basically, I went through the ROYGBIV that is the typical rainbow and picked out some of my favorite pics in each color. 

Red:  A Christmas present I wrapped for my mother-in-law.  Her favorite color is red.  I will be sure to post more of my wrapped gifts, because I am definitely a self-proclaimed wrap diva.  Okay, not so much self-proclaimed, because many friends and family have raved about how beautifully and professionally my presents are wrapped.  🙂

Orange:  2009 was a grim holiday season for me.  I went to the dentist after not having gone in over 10 years, and they found many things wrong with my teeth.  I had to get no less than 3 fillings, 2 crowns, and a root canal, all in the course of a 2-month period.  That meant a very mushy/liquidy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, and no cookies.  I lost 10 pounds during those months, but it was the most miserable weight loss I’ve ever gone through.  So I came up with all the things I wanted to eat once I was able to use my teeth properly again.  I wanted pizza, cookies, caramel, chips…so many different things, it got ridiculous…but most of all, I wanted Cheetos.  This picture you see here is my victory pizza, topped with Cheetos.  Sounds gross, but it was so amazingly delicious!!

Yellow:  Did you think I’d get away with not including daffodils when I had the chance?  These are the daffodils from mine and my husband’s anniversary celebration this year.

Green:  This is my husband’s hilarious rendition of our dog.  I assure you our dog is much cuter than that, and only very remotely resembles a fuzzy pig with a kangaroo tail.  😀
Blue:  This is a snapshot of clouds during a road trip we took.

Indigo:  Though it looks just like a painted-on stripe, it’s actually a part of beautiful dark blue water.

Violet:  Aren’t those eyes creepy?  Yeah, I thought so too.  They happened to be painted on a toilet at a restaurant I went to, and believe you me, I screamed bloody murder when I saw it for the first time.  I went back to the table and told my guy friends about it (because I could just let the girls in to see for themselves), and they didn’t believe me, so I grabbed a camera and snapped a picture for evidence.

This concludes April’s portion of pictures to take throughout the year.  Bring on May!!!  😀

Hope you were able to find something beautiful and amazing (or something that makes you laugh with amusement) too!  🙂

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Making Memories Monday: Lots of Things Checked Off My April Pictures to Take List!

 Pictures to take throughout the year–

This one triumphant checkmark is a stand-in for seven checkmarks checking off the following.  I got all but one of them on Sunday, and I had so much fun doing it!  I hope they make you smile as much as they made me smile.  🙂




On the first nice day of the year, we decided to take our dog for a walk at a nearby park.  Of course, as soon as we made that decision,

the sky opened up and it started to rain.  We ventured out anyway, and noticed that one part of the sky was sunny, the other gray. 

I brought my camera, positive there had to be a rainbow in the sky somewhere.  Sure enough!  

**Since the list specifically says rainbows plural, I plan on including more rainbow pictures in April.  Excited!!

Easter celebrations–Luckily for me, I was able to grab most of these shots at the wonderful Easter Mass I attended.

religious activities

Top to bottom:  Beautifully-decorated Easter lectern, pine-scented water for baptism, gorgeous peace dove on top of stained glass window, holy water

family dressed in “Sunday best” to attend Easter service

Okay, I couldn’t resist this one.  How cute is this?  It was a brother and sister (parents not pictured), 

so technically it is a family.  And if this doesn’t count as “Sunday Best,” especially Easter Sunday

Best, I don’t know what does.  🙂

egg hunting

I have never seen so many Easter eggs at once in my entire life!

egg decorating

Above:  I thought I was going to the in-laws’ for a casual dinner, but my mother-in-law had a pleasant surprise for me! 

I got to decorate Easter eggs, receive an Easter basket full of goodies, and partake in a delicious home cooked dinner!  What a wonderful evening.

Below:  This morning, I decided to take part in a different kind of Easter egg decoration:  making deviled eggs!  I think they turned out pretty (and yummy!).  🙂 

new Easter dress

There were so many beautiful Easter dresses that I couldn’t decide on just one!  The first was my favorite, a charcoal gray toile print on pale yellow, but it turned out blurry.  😦  

The next three were my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place picks for the day.  🙂