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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: A Life First

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year

April (continued)

It’s great to be posting an actual memory that was made for me.  This first picture is one I think I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.  Here’s the story behind it:

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but I’m less than a month away from turning 30.  It’s not an old age by any means, but it’s quite a good chunk of time on this Earth.  During those almost 30 years, I didn’t spend much time with my father.  I was an army brat, so many memories of my father were ones where he was off to war.  Twenty years ago when he retired, he eventually found a job where his hours were such that he left for work at 1:30PM and returned home at 11:00PM.  So if I were lucky, I’d say a quick “see you later” when I left for school and that’s all I’d really see of him during the day unless I stayed up way past my bedtime.  My father had become someone I only vaguely knew, seeing him just in passing.  Both of us aren’t really social creatures at heart, so neither of us made a move to hang out all that much.  During the summer there would be the ocassional outing and picnic to a park or lake or zoo, which were always nice but nothing horribly social.  There were never really any one-on-one moments, especially since I shared his attention with my two brothers.

Before just this last week, there are only three times in my life that I ever remember having any quality one-on-one time with him.  The first was when he was driving me to the Greyhound station to go back to college and he was telling me how to behave like a proper lady (that’s a whole other story in and of itself).  The second was shortly after my grandmother passed away and my mother went off to take care of funeral arrangements, leaving my father to take care of the family.  He took me to the local hardware store and showed me how to use a hammer.  I was 24 at the time.  It was such a cute moment that I couldn’t bare to break it to him that of course I knew how to already use a hammer.  But he was trying so hard to do a fatherly thing (and he didn’t want to admit to me that he really didn’t know how to properly use anything else in the hardware store) that I just nodded in pretend wonderment the whole time.  I think that moment made him really proud.  The third time was when he took me aside before I got married to tell me that 1) no matter what happens, divorce is not an option; to always work through our problems, and 2) all that is null and void if my husband ever physically abused me.

All of those moments have stuck with me.  Looking back on those moments, I cherish them because those are the times when my father stepped forward and tried to do stereotypical father things.

So this year, he asks me if I wanted to hike with him for his birthday.  I tell him that my husband would be working the day he wanted to hike.  I assumed he’d meant he wanted to go with both of us, since my husband is the hiking enthusiast.  He quickly disproved that theory by replying, “I actually really wanted to just go with you.”  I was pleasantly surprised and a little curious.  So I agreed.

I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than an hour alone with my dad before, let alone in nature.  We took a nice short (but strenuous and steep) trail down through a forest to a beach.  We walked most of the way in silence, speaking only to comment on how beautiful the flora and fauna were.  On the way back up (literally…these were one of those rare hikes where the harder part is the return trip), while I was starting to get tired, he became my cheerleader, encouraging me gently:  “You’re almost there.  You can do it!”  It was something I’ve never heard him say out loud before, though I know deep down he’s always quietly supported me.

It became yet another benchmark in our relationship, one that I won’t soon forget.  And I’m honored to share that moment with you in this blog.  The specific wording on the Pictures to Take Checklist was “friends hiking”.  I’m happy to say that in that moment, that’s what my dad and I had become:  friends hiking.  So please enjoy this rare picture:

Friends hiking

My dad’s foot (left) and mine (right) on a piece of

driftwood at the beach–our halfway point of the hike.

We had just finished hiking down and were taking a

break before the hard climb back up. 

**But wait!  There’s more!!

Aside from this beautiful memory, I was also able to get some other pictures crossed off my list, gathering great mini memories in the process.  These flower pictures come from a short river walk I did with my dog and husband:

Flats of flowers

Spring in full bloom with daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths

As I’ve mentioned before, daffodils are my favorite flower,

so I couldn’t resist this shot!

Closeup of the daffodils.  I loved the gorgeous peach color of

the flutes on these.

And these are from a parade I went to:
Rainbows (if you recall from last Monday’s post, I was determined to provide you with more than one rainbow picture, so here’s another rainbow…hopefully more to come next week too!)

I fell in love with this little girl’s outfit!  She looked like a true fairy with her purple wings,

tutu, and, most importantly, the rainbow on her shirt with the saying, “WISH FOR RAINBOWS”.

If that’s not a great rainbow picture, I don’t know what is.

Umbrellas (I still have yet to find an awesome rainboots picture, so that will have to wait until next week)

This is from one of the floats.  Wouldn’t you just love to

attend this tea party?  Also, I am in love with that watermelon

umbrella with heart seeds.  I think I may just have to make it my

mission to find out where it’s from and buy one for myself.  🙂

What wonderful memories I made this week!  I hope all of you out there are making wonderful memories, too.  If you have, I would love to hear about them in the comments below.  Or if you happen to know where I can buy that watermelon umbrella.  You would quickly become my favorite person.  Or if you have any rainbow stories or favorite flowers you want to share.  I’m flexible as long as it’s a good story.  🙂

Wishing you all some great firsts with friends,

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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.  🙂