last meet

saturday was the last swim meet until state! i am going to start with the good great news first. our girls placed FIRST out of five schools! our team is bubbling over with fast girls.
even better was the personal win for anna katherine. she placed first overall in the 100 free. 
and she won by a . in swimming a fraction of a second is major. 
and our girl won by this much:
the swim team is packed with some of the nicest kids.
life long friends who will always be shining example for others.

our school hosted the meet, which was nice to only drive 30 minutes away verses a couple hours.
 and to leave home at 8am instead of 4:45am... muah!
i think mary claire had the most exciting day! she manned the snack bar with other girls in her class. 

back to how awesome this experience has been
and how i wished the swim team received more recognition. i know to many it may not be as exciting or 'as cool' as football, but the practice, dedication and skill is comparable.

i love the sportsmanship taught on this team.
 they encourage and pray for each other.

they cheer on everyone, even swimmers from other schools.
our school should be very proud of this group of kids, i know i am! 

 it's bitter sweet. there's still two more weeks of practice, a party, awards and a huge celebration at the state meet! but the end is in sight.

monochromatic summer

i remember sitting at a photography conference when the very first digital camera introduced. it was passed around for us to touch and hold. it felt alien. i remember thinking, no way this trend will ever catch on. 
it wasn't long, as in a year, that my medium format camera was laid to rest in it's case... forever. replaced, by one of nikon's newest digital cameras and adobe photoshop, edition 1.1 :) 

photography as i knew it would be changed forever. 
no longer limited to a 'roll' of film. a large enough memory card felt as if it could hold almost endless images. 

just like my old  film cameras, black-and-white photography seems to have taken a back seat since digital too. have you noticed? hello full color world!  i find myself editing fewer and fewer pictures to black and white. 
but nothing beats them when it comes to the simplicity and raw emotion. 

so this week, while spring fall cleaning my photoshop version 46.9 library, i edited in black and white.

a few monochromatic summer memories

i am ready

i am ready to feel you in the air!
 happy first second day of fall from south carolina!

did i mention?

happy friday! i am as happy to see fridays like most people are happy to see mondays  ;) but it is a happy day. a great football game will take place tonight. the schools are both highly competitive and the players evenly matched. then a big swim meet in charleston. anna katherine treats her all day meets like an extended party. jeff and bennett are so close to finishing the jeep. i love, love it when they spend time together in the shop. and me? it's my monday :) i have sweet customers all weekend and a big catholic wedding  sandwiched between them.  
sprite zero with cherry... i wish i didn't crave carbonated drinks. but it beets nicotine and alcohol ;) 
this is my drink of choice when it's close to bedtime.
did i mention most nights we are still in the car at 9pm?

going on 24 years together! did i mention he's still my favorite person!

 i know i mentioned (maybe 30 times) we often have to kill time between sports practices. three more weeks praise God! we sometimes roam the isles of random stores. on this day we visited petco. our fish is still hanging in there and bubbles needed food. 

this place? good grief!  i love my pets, but for heavens sake. a rawhide bar and organic section. gluten free dairy free pet food? build your own hamster cage, fill your own cat litter bucket. outfits and accessories each sold separately. seriously? this experience was like build-a-bear meets whole foods meets the discovery center... and then takes a trip to the bank!

but we took the bait. spending $5 on charlie some organic, dairy free dog treats. goodies that looked just like lollipops, oreos and teddygrams. {insert an eye roll} but we did linger in their store like the zoo, so $5 for the experience was fair. plus it was a great math lesson watching mary claire fill her bag, weigh it, take some out, put some in... getting it to exactly a half of a pound.  she knew if it was two teddy grams/$1 over it came out of 'her' money.

 parking skills run in our family. did i mention mine stink!? we ran into my sister at the drug store. check out her parking job. i instagrammed this. then she instagrammed MY car and it's treacherous parking. kind of funny!
 then crys left candy corn on our car.
did i mention we are both die hard candy corn lovers!? 
and it's opening season!
 fuel before swim team practice.
 oh my! chimes are my latest candy addiction! 
discovered as i was wondering the isles of TJmax. did i mention we have a lot of time to kill?
anyway. i am on bag 10...
our kitten is as cute as can be. 
i am wondering when i need to begin worrying that she is not growing. she is half the size of her siblings. probably the sam's choice catfood. or she's gluten and dairy intolerant ;)
speaking of gluten and dairy intolerant... thanks mom!
i love this magazine!
have i mentioned i love football games?
 a football game instagram.

 hitting balls to mary claire between swim practice.
we have time to kill ya know. i metioned that!

this court is the only public court we know of in school town. and it is inner city ghetto! no net, half grass, half concrete, with a few mud puddles sprinkled throughout. our time here lasted about 20 minutes until my girl fell and bloodied both knees. i am guessing it's not the first blood shed on this court.

have a happy weekend! see you monday... 
my friday ;)

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