Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer Recap

Another summer gone. Another year of school. Matt is going into his senior year. I am going into my senior year. Justin is now a sophomore. Dave is business as usual. Highlights include our trip to Puerta Vallarta with mom and dad, my last conference where I presented my photo essay and gallery showing in Maryland, my first gallery showing in Rockport Texas, and Dave's "Indiana Jones" spoof VBS movie shoot. I will try and include as many photos as I can, which should be self explanatory of how we spent our summer. No sports this year. Kids just hung out while I worked a summer job at a resort, although Matt is working on a summer math program online and hopefully a drivers license soon. We forwent the drivers ed due to tennis tournament commitments last year. He and Justin have decided to focus on their art and studying to passing state exams. Of course, we are also preparing Matt to start college next year. His sites are set on Texas State or Savannah School of Art and Design, although he may have to take some community college first due to his HS sabotaging his college requirements/course path for HS math...long story but needless to say not very happy with his counselor at this time. Enjoy the pics. (will post the VBS pics on a separate blog)

NCUR - Photo essay presentation and gallery showing at Salisbury University, Maryland; at the Chesapeake Bridge and Ocean City Boardwalk with my roommate for trip, Lindsay Bira; tulips and flowers on campus; a nighttime pitch black, no-flash shot of the beach at Ocean City(had to color and light enhancein Photoshop to make out the images)

Puerta Vallarta June 2008
From our room balcony; sunset at one of the restaurants
Kids boogie boarding; being goofy at waterfall
Flaming coffee.

Kids riding dolphins.
Dinner with mom and dad.

Pics not bad while riding a horse!
Boat and horse ride trip.

Be sure to ask about cost before someone hands you an iguana, this one cost us plenty.
Mom, Dad, Justin, Matt

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Wow, hard to believe I waited 5 months to post anything. Well, not much to talk about except another semester gone by for school. I received an English scholarship for next year and have presented 3 papers and one photojournalism essay at national conferences...not bad for the old gal I say. Kids are doing well in school especially with art. Justin won 1st place at regionals with one of his drawings. Matt is hoping to kick it into full gear his senior year and enter some pieces. Dave is traveling a whole lot and hopefully we will have some photos from his trip out west on here soon. Matt just turned 17 and Justin will soon be 15. Pics below are of boys on Easter and of Matt's party.
Justin (2nd of right) with his 1st place drawing at VASE H.S. competition.

Ah brotherly love....

Matt's 17th Birthday party - about 14+ kids and just me (Dave was out of town)