A Little Jar of Happiness

Found a local Farmer’s Market today and couldn’t help but be drawn in by these beautiful flower arrangements at one of the stands. I bought this mason jar of Dahlias and the seller actually taught me something new, too. She said adding a splash of lemon juice and sugar to the water three days from now will help these last much longer. I’m going to give it a try – love the aroma and brightness fresh flowers bring to a room :-).

Also, I decided to try and take at least one photograph every day or two – it’s been a while since I pulled my camera out and it was fun to take some practice shots with these beauties. Plus, I’m still pretty new to town and hoping it will help motivate me to explore the area more.

Finally the moment we’ve waited for!

So getting Champ and Cooper to be civil and hang out without incident has been a journey, mostly because Champ is very “in your face” and has no sense of caution, approaching Cooper straight on and/or quickly from behind, so Coop freaks out; OR Champ is trying to eat Coop’s food, go in his crate, take his toys etc. and Cooper is super possessive of his things (mind you Champ doesn’t care at all if Cooper does the same stuff to him, but Cooper gets super upset). With all that said, getting a photo of the two of them together and “having a moment” has been impossible… until now!

 

Having a moment - brotherly love, at last :p

Having a moment – brotherly love, at last :p

Did we do it??

Did we do it??

Yes, we did it!!

Yes, we did it!!

Cooper and Champ

Training with Cooper is coming along well, despite the fact that he got his treats from the table in the middle of the night and left me a little present on the floor in the morning… I think he’ll always be a little mischievous :p. He’s learned to relax though, we’ve been focusing on matwork and he’s almost ready to move on to some distractions/triggers, namely knocking on the door. Can’t wait until he DOESN’T freak out when someone comes to my bedroom or front door. Anyway, more random photos from our Thursday night, these were interesting, a lot of yellow light but I actually like it and the slightly overexposed look.

The puppy dog eye look

The puppy dog eye look

Mr. handsome

Mr. handsome

Coop vs. Squirrel

Coop vs. Squirrel

Champ joined the party

Champ joined the party

Coop was jumping up to grab a toy

Coop was jumping up to grab a toy

Champ being adorbs.

Champ being adorbs.

The mafia dog picture. They look like Dons

The mafia dog picture. They look like Dons

Cooper’s First Photo Session

Impromptu photo shoot with Cooper on the patio – these are the first good photos I’ve gotten of him! He looks so happy! My handsome little guy…

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These look like he’s laughing, I love it..

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Tried toying with some different filter effects…

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Liberia, Africa

Traveled to Liberia in 2013, this was the sunset at this beautiful beach we visited.

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[Left] a fancier ‘resort’ on the beach and [right] an open beach in a different area, with cabanas on the beach-front area for gatherings

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[left] the motorbikes are common transportation, they call them ‘pin pins’ and even children drive them. The pin pins are like taxis, they stop and pick up passengers to take them around the city. Not the safest transportation choice, though…

[right] these boys worked in the neighborhood as valets/butlers for families. Hearts of gold.

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We drove through the city and saw lots of storefront shops [left] selling clothes, sports jerseys, hand crafted works, etc.

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