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Scavenger Hunt Sunday - Ramblings and Photos

May 13, 2012
Categories: Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that each of you enjoy a beautiful day with your family…hopefully with your mother or reaping the benefits of being a mother. That’s certainly what I’ve been doing this weekend. 

On another note, I really meant to draw a winner for Kim of Mom Tried It’s online workshop for Photoshop and PSE. Clearly, I let my time get away from me. However, I do have a winner. Congratulations to Susan at Happy No Ears! You can send me an email and I’ll connect you with Kim.

With that said, let’s get back to the Scavenger Hunt. If you’ve participated in the Scavenger Hunt in the past, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Yolanda at Chickens on the Moon.
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. Creativity is also encouraged!
  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. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
  6. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Sidewalk
Sidewalk RS
I’m not sure that there is anything especially interesting about this shot. I realized while I was hanging out with my mom yesterday that I hadn’t taken a few pictures – sidewalk being one of them. I do like the repeating patterns of the columns and the bokeh in the background.

2. Inspiring
Flowers on the Grave RS
Saturday afternoon, we went by Michael’s to get some new artificial flowers for my grandparents’ grave (this particular cemetery doesn’t allow real flowers). We thought azaleas and eucalyptus leaves would look really pretty for this spring and summer. Anyways…I share this photo because my grandparents were a huge inspiration to me. My grandfather died in October 2004, and of course my grandmother died about three weeks ago. Here’s a portion of what I said during her funeral:
“Just imagine a kinky-headed 18 year old leaving everything she knew in Mountainville, NY to move to Rocky Mount and start a life with Bobby Mears. I’m not quite sure if she was joking or not when she told me that she’s still mad at her mama for marrying her off so young, but she did love my Granddaddy.

They immediately became parents to Bobby’s two year old brother, Dan…before of course starting their own family. And I try to imagine the commitment and responsibility of being so young and getting through the war effort as my grandfather was serving in Guam. And then of course, upon his return…the activity surrounding the Englewood Lunch Bar and eventually the Englewood Supermarket as Englewood began developing into a community. With Bobby’s charm and Janie’s push, anything was possible.”
They were quite a pair – and if my life looks anything like their life when I’m 80 years old, I will feel as though I’d lived a beautiful life. They were truly inspiring.

3. Time
IMG_6455 RS2
Earlier this week, Sarah Halstead and her family came into town. You may have already seen a few of the photos she took of me and my belly bump. It was also “time” for Carsyn’s 2 year old photos. So, we met up on Thursday night for about an hour to take a few photos of Carsyn and the family. I’m hoping to edit a few more of those photos this week to share.

4. Close-up
Zan Closeup RS
Just yesterday, I met up with Zan (you may remember him from his multiple photo sessions over the past year) and his family for his 9 month portraits. We lucked out with beautiful weather and beautiful light. Unfortunately, everytime we put him on the ground, he became much more interested in the clover-covered ground than looking at me (can ya blame him?). So, I thought I might try to capture his beautiful eyelashes. He’s such a sweet kid. I’ll share some of my favorites by the end of the week.

5. With Mirror
Mirror Belly RS
Like I said in my first shot, I hung out with my mom at her shop on Saturday afternoon (after my photo shoot). She owns a children’s boutique called the Red Caboose and sells everything from newborn to pre-teen clothing and gifts. You better believe that my baby will be the best dressed baby in town! Although this is clearly not my best shot, this is me taking a photo of myself in her dressing room mirror.

So, what were your interpretations of the items this week (if you haven’t already linked up)? Be sure to load your pictures on 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 (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week), sponsored by Yolanda at Chickens on the Moon.
  1. Rainbow
  2. Fluffy
  3. Letters
  4. Metal
  5. Tree(s)
Again, thank you to Yolanda for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just send me an email with your suggestions (I can better keep track of them this way – and I appreciate all of you that have submitted lists already…my SHS file is quite happy). Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Happy Shooting!

    I love, Love, LOVE Sarah’s little boy. He is the cutest. This made my week!

    Love your shots this week, but I really love your thoughts about your grandparents.

    Your inspiring photo is really touching. And you sure have popped! You look adorable with that baby bump!

    Aww. Love that you included Carsyn. :) Love that last photo. I also loved reading a peak of what you said at your grandma’s funeral. So very sweet.

    Loved your inspiration shot and the story of your grandparents.

    Love all your shots this week. I do really like your selfie, your girl will be rocking everything from the store!

    Happy Mama’s Day. :) Great shots!

    Yeah for Carsyn the birthday boy! :)

    Your bump is lovely today and Saturday in the black dress.

    You are blessed to have had such inspiring grand-parents.

    Have a great Sunday. x

    Love every single shot Ashley, but nothing can compare to the heart felt words about your grandparents. BEAUTIFUL!

    I thought the photo of you taking the photo of you was a good one! You look so good! And I loved the tribute to your grandmother!

    Nice shots all! Have a nice sunday Ashley!

    What lovely shots – your inspiring one is gorgeous, and I also love your self-portrait! Your grandmother sounds like she was an incredible woman (your grandfather, too!)…have a wonderful Mother-To-Be Day!

    I really like your sidewalk shot! This is my first week linking up ~ I’ve been walking a lot this year, and having shots to hunt has added a new motivational boost to keep me going! What a blessing to have your grandparents as long as you did, and to have known and loved such an inspiring couple! Happy Mother’s Day!

    Love that last one- you look so cute!!!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Ashley! Great shots…all of them. I think I love the mirror one best!
    Seems like a good opportunity to thank you for all your hard work here and tell you how much appreciated it is!
    Janet xo

    Thank you for sharing the story about your grandparents. It’s a blessing when we are inspired by those we love! Happy Mother’s Day :)

    Oooh winner, winner chicken dinner. I’ll send an email. Whoot.
    Lovely words said about your grandparents. Guam. Wow. That was service to country. Sounds like you grandmom was a great support.
    I love your sidewalk shot and fun to see how you’ve “grown”. I bet you’re starting to count how far away August is. Happy mom-to-be day. Next year, it’s all about YOU!

    Aren’t you looking just too cute! Love that close up…also time is so adorable. Have happy mother’s day…I think it counts for you today..mothering from within.

    I love the sidewalk shot and Carsyn is just so precious. Love the colours in that shot! Sweet tribute to your grandparents, too.

    Love them all, your story of your grandparents is so full of love and your pic is just precious…Happy Soon to Be Mother’s Day, Ashley.

    Great series! I love your close-up! Such an intimate picture!
    Blessings & Joys!
    Pia xx

    Happy Mother’s Day! Glad you could spend time with your mom. You’ll be a mommy so soon!

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    What a colorful and fun store your mom has! I love tha name, Red Caboose too.

    Hi Ashley,
    Wonderful snapshots. Love your image in the mirror, beautiful. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

    You are too cute with your little bump. Love your pictures and the memories of your Grandparents.

    Great set, Ashley! Love the photos of the two boys…look at you lining up the photo shoots! So cool!

    Happy Mother’s Day to YOU too Ashley! I’m so sorry to read about your grandma – she sounds as if she was a very inspiring lady.

    Loved seeing how your baby bump has grown.

    Beautiful photos – you look fantastic, and I can’t wait to see how well dressed your little girl will be!

    Love your sidewalk image! Also, I’m loving your bump reports. You are going to be so grateful that you documented all of this later on. Especially when you have more kids. They all start to slur together! :) Happy Mother’s Day Ashley!

    Great set, I love that chubby cheeky close up!!!

    Oh my, Carsyn looks so big now!

    You look so cute in that last shot… and how lucky will your little girl be to have a grandma who owns a children’s boutique? =)

    Oh Look at you! <3 Looking so cute with that bump!

    Love the sidewalk especially the brick columns!! <3

    Lovely picture of Carsyn, and you look so great! Thanks for sharing your inspiration too, your grandparents sounded wonderful!

    Happy Mother’s Day! Such great photos in this set. Really liked your post about your grandparents and about how they inspired you the way they did.

    Great set of photos, love your second one. :)

    I really like your sidewalk shot and your cute selfie in the mirror!!!
    Love watching your bump grow ;D

    Beautiful set Ashley! Those babies are adorable and I love the bump shot.

    Beautiful post about the memory of your grandparents. What a blessing to have had them!

    oohhhh i love your pictures this week….carsyn and your cute little bump stole the show for me!!

    thanks for hosting ashley!!

    Baby pics, so cute, and they grow so fast. Similar inspiration feelings when my grandmother died.

    I love all of your photos, especially your sidewalk. You look great BTW. I loved your maternity shots.

    how fun your mom owns a shop for ‘babies’ and the like! =) love the colors in the shot! and I like the sidewalk shot… the brick… *ah*.. lovely! Hope you had a wonderful mothers day… =)

    Very, very nice indeed! have a good night sleep

    Beautiful! Your time and close up shots are especially gorgeous!


    I am linking up with My First Scavenger Hunt!

    Thanks for hosting and I like your pictures of Sarah’s little guy and the B&W close up.

    Hope you have a great week.

    those are spectacular!

    I don’t think I commented here yesterday when I linked up. We had a very crazy busy day. If I already did please excuse the repeat…i hope I said how much I liked the sidewalk shot because I do.

    Lovely” with mirror”
    - and you have an exciting time ahead of you ;))

    I enjoyed your pictures especially those chubby cheeks.

    I love how your shirt corner is caught in the strap of your camera. Cool detail. :) Kudos for the bravery that must exist for us to post pictures of ourselves.

    Look how cute your bump is!! :D