Me Time |{1500 Miles, 1 Image}

The truth is, I get a lot of alone time these days.

Of course, “alone time” isn’t always “me time”. Alone time often means running errands, grocery shopping, laundry folding and all the other little tasks that somehow make up my days.

I love getting pedicures, taking photowalks, working out,  taking a yoga class, or hiking when I find myself a pocket of free time. One thing I really love to do that feels completely indulgent and a perfect way to relax is go to movies by myself while my daughter is at school. I don’t do this as often as I would like, but as the year is winding down and the Oscar-worthy movies are starting to come out, I will try to go more.

Reading is something I make time for every day.  And if I can have a cup of chai tea or coffee with my book, it’s all the better.

How does Melisa treat herself? Click here to find out.


October | {A Thousand Words}

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

(Full disclosure: would you believe I have never read this book?!)

For the past six years, we haven’t lived in a four seasons-type climate. At this point, I am more used to maybe two seasons: we’ll call them hot and less hot. BUT, I still think of Autumn as the best season. Fortunately, we recently traveled to New Mexico to visit my mother and attend Balloon Fiesta. We had some beautiful fall weather there! I do believe October would be my favorite season, if I lived somewhere where a true “October” existed. What a perfect time of year- crisp air, leaves changing, cool nights, warm afternoons. Sign me up!


I am thrilled to be a part of a new collaborative photography project, A Thousand Words! Every month we will have a new quote to interpret with an image. Please follow the circle to Alyssa’s post to see how she captured this month’s quote!

Neighborhood Walk | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

One of the many things photography has taught me is to be more mindful and observant of my surroundings. I think photographers are always taking images in their mind, whether they have their camera with them or not.  It’s nice to slow down on walks and notice the small, beautiful details that are around us. On a recent early morning walk around my neighborhood, I saw a few of these little mushrooms in my neighbor’s yard. My neighbors may very well think I am completely nuts when they see me crouching down on their sidewalk to take a photo of a mushroom or flower, but that’s OK with me. I’m perfectly fine being the “crazy photography lady” in the neighborhood.  I don’t have a dog to walk, but I love taking my camera for a walk.

Let’s find out what Melisa discovered on her neighborhood walk! Her post is here.

How we roll | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

You all may have noticed we had to take a little break from our project last week. That’s totally on me– our computer completely died on me last week! To be fair, this was a long time coming; the computer was elderly. After several hours on the phone with Apple, we were able to get it working again, but it became very clear that the computer was on its last legs. This led to us buying a new computer this past weekend. Good news, we are up and running again!

Anyway, this is how we roll these days, in a RAV 4 Hybrid. I seriously love this car and plan for my daughter to inherit it and learn to drive on it one day.  We are a brand loyal family apparently, when it comes to computers and cars (and cameras!).

Click on over to Melisa’s post to see how her family rolls.

The Weather | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

We certainly had some wild weather this past week! Fortunately, San Antonio wasn’t hit nearly as hard as predicted by the hurricane.  We got some rain and wind this past weekend, but fortunately not much in terms of flooding or damage. One nice side effect of that is the weather has cooled down, particularly in the morning. This morning it was in the 60s! For the past few days it’s been sunny.

While we were lucky in San Antonio, my heart goes out to those in Houston, as they were affected much worse than predicted. The flooding images coming out of Houston are heartbreaking and unbelievable. If you are interested in finding ways to help Houston, here is a great resource.

Head over to Melisa’s blog to see what’s happening on her side of the country!

Outside My Front Door | {1500 miles, 1 image}

I really like the front door we have at this house! The glass panes are pretty and let some nice light in. Across the street, my neighbor has a nice garden with a fountain and a beautiful crepe myrtle tree (you can see some of the pink blooms through the window in the photo). The architecture in this neighborhood is pretty typical of San Antonio I think.  We live on a hill and most of the houses in this neighborhood have steps leading up to the front door, some of which are spiral-type staircases. The movers were very happy to see that our house just had simple stairs. I’m sure that’s challenging enough for them though! I’m looking forward to discovering more outside our front door by taking some walks around our neighborhood once it’s a little cooler. We’ll enjoy walking around the neighborhood at Halloween and Christmas.

And here’s a bonus image of the other side of the front door, taken on my daughter’s first day of school.

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Please head over to Melisa’s post to see what’s outside her front door!

The Sky | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

This week our theme is the sky.

We went to the zoo this past weekend and I noticed a cluster of birds in the sky. They were all spiraling around and I wonder what was beneath them on the ground. What were they circling around? Or were they just soaring because they can?

I am looking forward to seeing what Melisa’s sky looked like this week! Click here to find out!

Water | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

Our theme this week is water!

Having access to a pool  in these very hot climates we seem to find ourselves in makes such a huge difference in our quality of life during the summer! Fortunately, we joined a gym here that has an amazing pool and we go swimming there several times a week.

In Phoenix, many people have a pool in their backyard, and one of the first things my husband and I did when we moved there was sign our daughter up for swim lessons. At first, she was terrified  and cried her way through the first couple of lessons. But little by little, she came to enjoy being in the water. Now she loves swimming and I love capturing her doing one of her favorite things.

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Please head on over to Melisa’s post to see her take on water this week!

Dinnertime | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

This week’s theme for 1500 Miles, 1 Image is “Dinnertime”.

Anyone who knows my daughter knows that she is a hamburger lover. This week, we took her to dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, HopDoddy. The burger must be cut in half just so. Dad is best at this, but I am good at some things too, such as cutting up Vitamuffins  and peaches the “right” way.

It’s funny to me that she is such a little carnivore. She must get that from her dad; I could easily be a vegetarian (although it would be hard to give up sushi!).


Please check out Melisa’s post to see her interpretation of this week’s theme! I’m looking forward to seeing what she creates this week!



My Street | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

I have a new personal project I’m so excited about! My friend, Melisa, and I are collaborating on a photography project.

Melisa was one of my first “photography friends”. We met online on Flickr, followed each other and commented on each others’ images. She happened to live in Scottsdale at that time and I was in Phoenix. One day, I was at a splash pad with another friend, and a woman walked up to me and asked “are you on Flickr by any chance?” and introduced herself as Melisa! She recognized my daughter. I’m so thankful she introduced herself to me! Since that time, I’ve made many photography friends online (mostly through forums), but Melisa is special. She is of my closest friends now. We have been on many photography walks together and shared our lives with each other. It’s a testament to the fact that people come into our lives in all sorts of ways.

Last year, Melisa moved from Arizona to New Jersey. And, as you know,  I recently moved from Arizona to Texas. This puts us 1548 miles apart (for now!), but we stay in touch several times weekly with texting. We have both been going through a bit of a photography slump lately and thought a collaboration might help drag us out of it.

We are going to document our daily lives based on a weekly theme. We will each post one image per week based on that theme. The theme we have chosen for this week is “My Street”. Here’s my image:

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Please go check out Melisa’s post and her blog. I love how she uses light and documents her family.

I can’t wait to see where she takes this project and  see our different perspectives.