Daily Pics July 1-7

Here’s the first week of July via pictures.

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July 1, which also happens to be Canada Day. My older sister and I enjoy frozen yogurt from Peachwave…Yummm! That stuff is amazing!

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July 2, the eyelashes of my baby sister.

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July 3, I picked some sour cherries (can’t wait to eat those in pie!)

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July 4, the hands of one of the kids that I nanny as he practices piano.

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July 5, enjoyed an epic breakfast…mornings like that don’t happen often enough!

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Another one from this day; I was second photographer for a wedding and snapped this from the window of the cute little church waiting for the rehearsal to start.

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July 6, since I was helping a photographer with a wedding…I took lots of pictures that day! BUT, won’t be posting any of the wedding ones quite yet 😉 However, here’s one of the little church where the ceremony happened…isn’t it adorable?!

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July 7, Sunday, a day of rest. Had a little bit of rest out on the swing. A few quiet moments before a crazy week of work and VBS ahead.

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Summer Days

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Summer is upon us – wow! Where has the time gone?!  To me, summer never feels “official” till July 1.  I was skimming through pictures on my iPod earlier today and had an idea.  I want to enjoy this summer – busy as it will be – and I want to remember it.  So for (at least!) July and August I want to take (at least!) one picture every day (be it on my phone, my iPod, or my DSLR.)  Yes, I know this idea isn’t new – people do the “picture a day” thing often.  But, I’ve never done it – and I just feel like this summer is going to slip by before I know it!  I’ll be uploading pictures to instagram and will do a weekly blog post of my daily pictures from the past week.

You see, I’ve come to realize that…I never regret taking pictures…capturing moments.  If I regret anything – it’s that I DIDN’T take more! So to start off here are a few random snap shots from the past couple of months – mostly taken on my ipod. Some made it onto instagram already – some didn’t 😉

First off, I’m kind of SUPER excited this guy is back! My brother, Mitch, was in the Philippines for almost 3 months.  He came home last weekend. 🙂

 

 

IMG_0486By the way…I LOVE the panorama feature on my iPod!!! Here’s a “perfect”rainbow I captured a few weeks ago (no filter) 😉IMG_0201My Oma (Grandma) baked my Dad her iconic Kaffee Torte for Father’s Day.  This is something very special and I wanted to remember it. IMG_0364My bro got his Barracuda on the road for the summer… Looking forward to some summer crusin’. IMG_0283Not to long ago I gave Lulu her first ride on a swing. IMG_0359

 

IMG_0362Speaking of Lulu, she just turned 1 year old! I can’t believe how fast time has gone!  Here’s a picture I took of her and I on her birthday last week.

A friend of ours was married last weekend here are a couple pictures from that day.  Another reason I love the panorama feature…I figured out how to get the same person into a panorama 3 times. See him?IMG_0432

 

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IMG_0392This was the sunset on Canada Day, July 1st, as we waited for the firework show.IMG_0472

 

And sometimes life is about seeing how many people you can squish into one picture!

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Moments go by quickly… we really only have right now! 🙂 So here’s to having an amazing summer!

Follow me @aimsglanz on instagram to see my daily pictures!

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The Big Dipper

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I’m not usually a night photographer – in fact, I’d never even tried to take a picture of stars.  So, for my first try – I’m pretty happy! Actually – when I uploaded this picture to my computer – I was amazed – beyond amazed to see the night sky on my computer screen… amazed that I was able to (somewhat) capture a few seconds of the majesty of the night sky. It’s an emotion I wasn’t expecting…wow!

“You have set Your glory above the heavens. When I look at the heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place.” Ps. 8: 1, 3

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It’s Spring – it’s green!

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I think this happens every year around this time… you know, when spring is finally here to stay, when you can smell it in the air. When everything is fresh and green, these couple of weeks while even the hillsides are green before summer heat turns them brown.  It’s right about now…that I miss England, and wish I could visit again. Wish I could be sitting on that bench right now, with a book in hand.

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See why I miss it? 😉  Just this morning I was paging through last’s year’s 30 days in England feature when I blogged about England every day…ah all those lovely memories came rushing back. So I decided to share a couple more England pictures today.

Wherever you are today… I hope the sun is shining! 😀

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I’m still here! ;-)

I can’t believe my last post was April 11 – yikes! It wasn’t planned that way…but life just kind of happened and is still happening!  I’ve been busy…busy as in I’ve been gone (still am technically) and have only been home for one weekend in April.

March just kind of ran into April and now April is almost over…!?

But I’m back (to blogging), and I’m here, and I’m planning (hoping!) that I can get back into blogging consistently again!

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I’m just coming to the end of a lovely little holiday…I spent the last week in Colorado interning with IPS, the photography group I’ve taken courses with in the past. (You might remember all those blog posts about lighting from back in September ending with Devon’s portrait shoot in Garden of the Gods!)

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Now I’m spending a couple days here in Portland with my photographer friend, Ashley and her family. (Check out Ashley’s blog HERE!)

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We went for a walk this morning… it’s been raining.  And I loved it…because all the green – and the slight wetness – reminded me of England.

Enjoy your day – I most certainly am! 🙂

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P.s. I’ve just joined instagram! Follow me @aimsglanz

Real Life

It’s a “real life” kind of day. You ever had one of those? That day when your mental “to-do” list is growing faster than the coffee is brewing…and you look around and see all the must-dos that haven’t even made it on the list yet!

Life has been busy. (Obviously because I haven’t been blogging! Did you miss me? 😉 )

Easter was awesome – it’s one of my favourite holidays – it’s about taking time to remember, to come that point of utter thankfulness for what Jesus did me – for us! We enjoyed some gloriously warm sunshine.  We had a great time of fellowship with extended family and friends – uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc. It was loud. It was beautiful.

I said good bye to this guy.

20121229-SAG-03647My younger taller bro, Mitch.  He’s in the Philippines for a couple months to do some mission work.  He and his friend will be updating their blog if you want to follow what they’re up to! I’m SO excited to see what God will do through them!

Last weekend I road tripped with some of my sibs to southern Alberta.  It was fantastic. Lots of laughs. New perspectives on the theme of the weekend: forgiveness. Fellowship with old and new friends. Road trips are just (almost) always awesome.

So why is it a “real life” day? Because I just looked around my room and saw the mess (clean but unfolded laundry) I saw my tax papers in a pile. Unwritten blog posts. All the normal stuff that hasn’t been done.  It’s about priorities, right? No my room doesn’t look like a show room at a show home, but I got to have some cuddles with a squishy 9 month old. No, my taxes aren’t done, but some of my friendships are stronger because of some good conversations for which I ‘made’ the time.  Real life happens… to all of us.

So enjoy your real life for what it is, take a moment to enjoy the friendships you have, give that baby an extra kiss, take that moment to read the Word.

Because I promise you – your room will still be messy tomorrow 😉

As crazy as April has been so far – it won’t be slowing down! I’ll be heading back to the States next week 🙂 I’ll blog when I can!

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Hair Cut :-)

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I’m posting this for myself as much as anyone else…Obviously, I got a hair cut a couple weeks ago…the first  “real cut” in about 6 years.  I’m blogging about it so I can look back and remember and “measure” how fast it’s growing back 😉

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Hat Post: To Match…

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My six lovely sisters, my Mother, and I. 🙂 While Jane and I were in California a couple months ago, we brought back matching hats for all of the girls (ok, they didn’t have Lulu’s size so she didn’t get one!)

I thought this was a nice continuation and 2013 start-up for my “hat posts”.

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I’m Impressed…

I’m officially impressed with anyone who can keep up with blogging regularly during Christmas…

I, for one, can’t – obviously!

So…next year maybe I’ll pre-blog for Christmas…in August or something! just kidding! 😉 (actually, it sounds like a good idea…if I remember to actually do it then!) OR, how do you blog when you’re SUPER UBER busy? I’m open to ideas! 😉

It’s not for lack of wanting that it’s been quiet around here…my busy life has just been busier than usual!

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No promises…but I’m still hoping to get at least one Christmas related post online before Christmas!

1 Subject 10 Ways

One of today’s assignments was this: Pick one subject and shoot it 10 ways. I chose my little “Canada ring”.

Obviously, above it’s on a camera because I’m at a photography course.

I’m kind of “old-school” in that I still take notes in a notebook. My ring with my notebook.

It was raining outside. My ring on one of the bricks in the little courtyard outside.

The ips logo… IPS is the company with which I’m doing this course.

On my feet…because they take me everywhere I go 🙂

On a lamp

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The place I’m taking the course is in an old hotel, build in the 1890s.  My ring the old window lock.

With my computer…

Back on my hand where it’s meant to be 🙂

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