Now that the weather is a lot cooler and much less humid, it’s fun to explore the wetlands again and see what’s going on. I was surprised by how many birds are already there again, building nests and making noise. I’d been itching to get out and have some fun with my camera for a little photo therapy, as I like to call it.
When I recently shared this quote on Instagram I wrote a few lines about some of the things I had done to pay it forward. Nothing major but still enough to make me smile because I was able to make someone else smile. I absolutely believe that in one way or another things will come back to you. And by making someone else happy, you will feel happiness too. Karma, it’s a thing…
Ally is in third grade now. No more dressing up in costumes for her on Halloween (at school), instead, the kids have to design a hat that matches their word. They get to pick the word in advance with the teacher’s approval and then have to decorate their hat. The hats get worn for the Halloween parade and depending on what it is, the kids are also allowed to dress for their word. The other students/classmates have to guess the word that the hat depicts.
The kids actually have a lot of fun with it and this year I saw a lot of cool hats.
Ally’s word was magic, of course. 🙂 Nothing else would do for my little Harry Potter fanatic.
We decided to keep it simple and bought a plain black witches hat, some puffy gold paint and foam board stickers to cut out and decorate. Ally came up with the design and I helped her implement it a little. She’s very independent and likes to do everything herself. She used yellow foam board to make “scrolls” and wrote some spells on those. The brown foam board was made into a wand. She used the puffy paint to add some stars to the hat. It’s hard to tell in the pictures but the paint ended up drying a nice sparkly gold and stood out in a 3D effect.
She was so proud of her handy work. The kids ended up guessing anything in relation to Harry Potter, because they all know her obsession with the books and movies, but few came up with magic.
The cutest little wizard I did ever see!
For more pictures of our trip to Grandfather Mountain and the Mile High Swinging Bridge on our summer vacation click here!
Yesterday, I got a call at work from the lower school science lab teacher to let me know that a few baby chicks had hatched.
I’ve seen it a few times now, but it’s still as fascinating as the first time for me. And these chicks are so adorable. Their little chirps make my heart happy.
Aren’t they just the cutest?
*I’m going to try to post everyday in November since it’s #nablopomo (National Blog Post Month) where bloggers from all over post content every day in November. There is an off-shoot of this for photos. I have to look up the hashtag for it.
Have a great day everyone!
All photos taken with my Nikon D3200 and Tamron 18 – 200mm lens. Edits done with Snapseed and Phonto.
Happy hump day!
This past summer we went on vacation in North Carolina for a week. We stayed in a cozy cabin nestled in the woods near the charming town of Blowing Rock. The town is named after one of North Carolina’s oldest tourist attractions – the Blowing Rock.
The girls and I spend a little time there, taking in the spectacular views and posing on the rock.
A lovely place to visit. I’d like to go back in the fall to see the views when the leaves change. I think it would be stunning.