Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Last week, 117 bloggers participated in the first annual Memories, Dreams and Reflections link up party…and the linky is still open until January 15th (for all those people that said they’d be out of town this week or needed a little more time). It has been a real pleasure to look through each of your photo collections from 2010, and I fully plan to bring MDR back again at the end of this year! 

Today, Scavenger Hunt Sunday is BACK and I’m really excited to share my interpretations this week. If your participated in the Scavenger Hunt last year, I hope you’re ready for another year of scavenger hunting. If you’re new Ramblings and Photos or the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by The Paper Mama, Paper Heart Camera and Shannie, the ShutterNinja
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate. 
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. 
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots). 
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above. 
  5. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. This is Me
This Is Me RS
We attend church on Saturday afternoon…and I am normally ready before my husband. As I waited downstairs on the couch, I realized I hadn’t taken my “this is me” shot. Then, I saw my reflection in the tv so I picked up the camera. I’m sitting in “my spot” (referencing Big Bang Theory) on the couch. This reflection gives you a hint of our kitchen and dining room. This is also where you can find me editing pictures and blogging.

2. Resolutions
Proverbs 16_3 RS
I don’t really make resolutions (I prefer to work towards realistic goals), but I wrote about how I want to live my life in a post just before Christmas: I Want MORE for Christmas. One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I’ve kept this verse locked in focus for years and I know that as long as God is in charge, then those plans will succeed.
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3. Treasured
Jeremy-Jan RS
I mentioned earlier that I am typically ready before my husband. However, when he walked downstairs, I was pleasantly surprised by how handsome he looked. Not that he isn’t always handsome, but you know how it is when you dress up for work all week long…it’s nice to dress down during the weekend (thus, I usually see him in sweatpants and a t-shirt…same with me). After complimenting him, he asked me to take a picture of him to show Nanny (since we know that my mother-in-law reads my blog almost daily and shares with his grandmother that we call Nanny) how sharp he looked. Nanny gave him this sweater for Christmas.

I really treasure the time that he’s at home.

4. Innocence
IMG_1276 RS
This shot was technically not taken in the past week (it was taken the week before), but I wanted to illustrate the innocence of a child. I was chasing Carter around my mother/father-in-law’s house. Clearly, my focus is a bit off and I had my ISO raised pretty high, but I’m embracing the noise!

5. Primitive
Primitive Art RS
The term “primitive” had me lost. However, I do have one piece of artwork in our living room that I would consider rather primitive (alright, this is totally a stretch). My mom bought it for me when I was still single – I actually have two pieces by the same designer. However, my husband thinks they look ridiculous – we compromised by leaving one piece out. I think it looks cool.

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures in your blog (or your Flickr photostream) and link up at the bottom of this post.  Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items:
  1. A Different View (next week’s Paper Mama theme)
  2. Looking Up (next week’s Paper Heart Camera theme)
  3. Abstract (Shannie’s Suggestion)
  4. Hair (Shannie’s Suggestion)
  5. Half (Shannie’s Suggestion)
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Again, thank you Chelsey and Shannie for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just leave me a comment or send me an email with your suggestions. Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap (I’m trying to link up with  the Paper Mama and/or Paper Heart Camera, and other photo challenges), and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Happy Shooting!


    I adore the noise in your “innocence” shot. It just has that vintage feel, very warm and inviting. Also, I had to smile at your “treasured” because that’s how I feel about my hubs too!

    You know… noise never really bothered me until someone pointed out my photo had a lot of noise. THEN… it was all downhill I saw noise in everything.

    I like that you’ve embraced it. I think it really works with some photos, like this one.

    Handsome hubby! :D

    All of these are really good, but the reflection and one of the baby are my favorites.

    Great photos. I love your me picture and your innocence photo, noise and all. :D

    I love your resolution shot – both because of the verse and because of the simpleness of the landscape.

    Nice looking guy you got! How wonderful that he wanted to be sure he got proof that he likes and wears the sweater Nanny got for him… :)

    And the innocence shot is wonderful! I’m needing to learn to embrace the ISO and not worry so much about noise… I didn’t use to… :)

    I agree with Chelsey, I am glad you embrace the noise!

    I hate seeing noise in my pictures. I feel like I’ve failed, but I think it looks well done in your photos! :)

    I love your “Resolution” shot especially!

    Oh, and I’m still wanting to enter MDR. All my 2010 archives are on my external hard drive, so it’s been difficult going through them and finding the time to put mine together. I should be able to link up tomorrow! Thank you for leaving it open!

    I am embracing noise too. ever since I switched to manual I have a ton of it! ugh…. stupid noise but you know at least on some photos I dont have to add texture! just looking on the bright side. giggle… :D

    ps I love the innocent shot one of the favs FOR SURE!

    I seem to be in utter lack of words or compliments that would give justice to what I see.

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

    Beautiful shots!

    I Love your take on primitive! That word had me stumped!!! Beautiful photos :)

    Wonderful photos Ashley. Love the innocence shot.

    Nice shots! The one of your hubby is really good. I dropped the ball again this week, but I like the items for next week, I have ideas for them already! Have a great week!

    #4 is just too much! LOVE it.

    Happy Sunday, Ash!

    Great choices, Ashley! Love your reflection picture!

    I can’t get the button to work, it makes the link to you but the picture doesn’t show ( I ‘m mean your scavenger hunt sunday button).

    beautiful! said with a “smile”!!!

    the shot of your husband is definitely handsome :-) great job!

    hugs and blessings today!

    These are great! Love the photo for innocence.

    Love the baby one! Must comment on how handsome your husband is! :-)

    Happy Sunday!

    “…I am typically ready before my husband.” I wish I could say that and not be called out by my husband! =)

    He does look dashing in that photo! =)

    Nothing like representing “The Christmas Sweater” gift with authority! Sha-zam, this is how it’s done :) That’s funny! What a trooper for the post too, my husband would be making a face similar to what my 5 year old does :D Love the Scripture quote this week, gorgeous shot as well!

    What a wonderful set again, Ashley! I’m always at such a loss for prompts and enjoy all the interpretations!

    Great shots! My favorite has to be This is me. Great capture!

    Very fun self portrait.
    Better to have the memory, than worry about the noise. I love it!!!

    Your shots are so cute! I’m trying to learn to embrace the noise on high iso photos myself. :)

    I wish I’d seen this a couple days ago…I have SO MISSED photo challenges! Now that our move is compete, and the holidays are over, I’m ready to embrace my blog again :)

    Oh, Ashley. It looks like my mind had a meeting with your mind last night when I wrote my post. Ditto on many things you’d said. I love the sentiment of your scripture image and can see the love in your hubby’s eyes. I’m still working on my MDR post. I keep getting distracted but I so want to finish it.

    Your photos look amazing this week.. but then they always do.. Your innocence shot is adorable..

    That word this week were so hard for me, but I guess thats what makes it fun..

    Hugs, Linda

    I love them all, but especially your Resolutions shot. So important to remember :)

    I LOVE your composition on *innocence* All awesome shots…so glad to have finally participated this weeek! Have a great Sunday!

    wonderful as always. Yes noise can be our friend. What a handsome hubby ya got there.

    Like the scripture capture.

    congratulations on all those participants for reflections! I love your interpretations here, I missed this week so will hopefully do next week.

    Your “me” shot in the tv?? Wow!

    Love the innocence shot – the noise totally works. :)

    And, hubby is very cute – that colour looks great on him! :)

    Ashley these are awesome. Really love the Resolutions and Treasured – awesome photo of your hubby. I’m home, but came home with the flu. Hope to post to my blog in the coming week. ♥

    Big Bang Theory- WHOOP WHOOP!

    And I love that your hubby asked to have his photo taken! I can hear mine saying the exact same thing!

    goodness, your pictures are always so pretty!

    Love these! They are all great. Great idea for a SP in the TV reflection. Love how that turned out!

    I am a newbie to your page and felt I should issue a disclaimer that I KNOW I am not good at photography, but I am working on it. ;)

    Oh wow, I totally forgot all about SHS! I will have to play next week. Just trying to get back into the swing of things after the holiday has been tough! Your photos are great, I really like those Bible verses too, and have made note of them. Great shot of hubby. Have a nice Sunday Ashley.

    I think Nana’s going to be really happy with that sweater choice! Lovely portrait. I also love your innocence photo-embracing the noise is good. Have a great week and thanks for the Scavenger hunt-I really enjoy it.

    A beautiful week

    I love the picture of your hubby! His eyes look so blue!!

    I love the innocence shot, and I thought the noise was on purpose to give it a more vintage feel (your subconscious totally did that for you, it was no accident just talent girl!) =D

    Always a pleasure to stop by.

    Have a blessed week. xxx

    I love “this is me” shot! I always get ready before my husband, even though I have hours of make up and hair to do. It’s gotten to the point where all my girlfriends always know that we’ll be waiting for him, so you’ll see three four girls in full hair and make up, sitting in the car, all waiting for Andrew. We even have a little chant we do to hurry him up :)

    I love how you took a shot in the TV reflection- very creative! And love to see a bit of your house.

    Love these, I really love your innocence shot…you really captured it perfectly.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I felt all giddy lol!! I think it is because you are a “big” blog anyhow I have been eyeing off this hunt for a while have taken the list and will try and join in for next week :o) Handsome hub’s you have there! I love all you photo’s as usual :-)

    i *love* your innocence shot. I think we all remember our own childhood with a bit of “noise” :)

    oooo fantastic, mine will be up tomorrow.

    I’d love to join in but I need to get more organized. I will though.

    vg, esp like #2. wb

    1. Your spot looks like it has both optimum viewing and air flow. ;)

    2. Beautiful S&S! I also love both of those verses.

    3. The noise adds character, which I’m sure is what you planned! :)

    Ashley! These are gorgeous!!! I love your “Resolutions” (so creative!) and your “This is Me” shot is so cool!! Love love love!

    you take THE MOST AMAZING photos. really. you do!

    I love the processing on your “ME” shot. So cool! I finally got my tooshie in gear and joined in the fun :D

    Well hellooooo Jeremy (insert wolf whistle here). I swear, you have the best sky/tree silhouette shots. You make me want to run out to the park some evening so I can get a good one. Those are always some of my favorites that you do. NC seems to have very interesting and beautiful cloud colors – gorgeous!

    I love your scripture! Sometimes I really think that noise adds to a picture, I think it did with that one for sure!

    I love you resolutions pic and I never would have guessed that your self-portrait was taken from the reflection of your tv-I like the effect!

    Thank you so much for stopping by, Ashley and I appreciate the love.

    Your S&S shot of the sky and silhouetted trees is goregeous…and the verse…well, it’s one that’s on my heart a lot lately. =)

    I love the view into your world through the TV very creative. I also like the cropping on your primitive artwork.

    LOVE your resolutions image! Well ALL of them are great ya know ;-)

    Duh I posted on the wrong week… oops!

    It’s been one of those mornings, what can I say? :)

    Tammy @ Don’t Blink

    It just occurred to me that I visited yesterday, then didn’t comment. Sometimes I wonder how I get dressed & to work in the mornings!

    You always have such great shots!! I love the ones with the noise/texture. They just seem to fit this time of year!

    Isn’t Big Bang Theory one of the best of the season?!

    You are really getting creative! I love the TV shot. I had no idea that’s what it was until I read it. I also love the innocence photo. It’s so sweet. Your hubby doesn’t look bad either. lol. I hope to particiapte more this year!

    wow – Such amazing photos!
    I too love that life-verse of scripture.
    Thank you commenting on my blog :-)

    A lovely post again, and Ii really like your innocent shot ;)
    - Thanks for having this creative meme ;)

    Great shots! I especially love your resolutions and innocence……

    The TV capture is great!

    I love your photos – especially the one you chose for Innocence! I think the “noise” is perfect :)

    I didn’t have a chance to upload my blog to the linky this week before it closed, but thought maybe I’d add it in a comment just to feel like I participated. It can be found here:


    Hi Ashley, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am a new fan of your blog. But I’m a little confused on what you meant about the links of MDR and Scavenger hunt. I did add your page buttons on the bottom of each of my posts that have to do with each linky. Can you please let me know if I’m doing anything wrong. I’m new to blogging.
    Stay blessed,