Snow for the Christmas Weekend.

I ventured out yesterday morning to take advantage of the freshly fallen snow that had blanketed Swansboro. Although it was cold and very treacherous to say the least, I was able to get some good shots of downtown Swansboro. It was fairly quiet and all the stores were closed due to the weather. It was so nice to get out and shoot for a little while. It has been a long time since I went out and took the time to see. I really need to do more of this to keep my artistic side from falling apart. I feel so much self-gratification out of finding that perfect shot. This upcoming year is going to be very busy for me,  but if I can squeeze out at least one day a week to really concentrate on my artistic side it should be very helpful in the long run. Here are a few photos that are from yesterdays adventure.












Life is good right now. Even though at times I can feel a bit lonely, I’m content with my me time. I try to embrace each day as a challenge and accept the things that I cannot change.

Christmas Morning.

Christmas Morning Sunrise 2010

I sit here in a very quite house, no kids, no laughter of opening presents, no Christmas paper all over the floor, drinking a cup of coffee and waiting for the new year. It is very different this year I must admit. Previous years I would have had someone to celebrate it with but not this year. I can’t say that I’m alone because of course I’m not. I have a great family and so many friends to think of. The East Coast is awaiting some snow this evening so maybe I will be able to get out and shoot a bit. I will be headed to church then off to my brothers for a little while, then back home.

This new year is going to be a busy one. I’m headed back to school to work on my Bachelors and hopefully working for the Sheriffs department soon. I’m thinking positive and praying for a much better year too come. As for my personal life, it’s still a work in progress as usual. It is very hard to get out there into the dating scene. It takes a lot of effort and time but sooner or later I know it will happen. I just have to be patient because this path that God has me on is the right one for me. Maybe my path will lead me to a holiday with someone this new year who knows. Anyway, here are some more pictures of the family get together.




Home Sweet Home..

I pulled into the driveway around 6pm last night and was exhausted. I loved seeing all of my family and had a great time with them all. It is so nice to be able to catch up and talk about previous Christmases and outings we all have shared throughout our lives. The girls made it too their dads safe and sound. I do miss them but know that they are having a lot of fun. I’m still running on fumes so this will be short and sweet. I will update with more  in a day or two.

The Family, minus a few. 🙂

Merry Christmas!!!!

Christmas Trip, back to Arkansas

Hannah, Alexis and Charlie

Well it’s about that time so I figured I would update my blog before heading out tomorrow night. I’m not taking my computer this time because I don’t want any kind of crap going through security at the airport.

Michelle, Me, & Julia

Me and the girls are packing VERY lite so we can avoid any problems on the way. We will be traveling to Raleigh after Julia’s orchestra concert tomorrow night and plan on hanging out at the airport until the early morning. I can’t wait to see everyone and even though my brother Charlie and his wife Hannah and my niece Alexis will not be making the trip this year they will be missed.

This will be a great but short trip, and I hoping we don’t get stranded because of some freak weather. The girls will be flying out of Little Rock on the 22 to finish the Holidays with their dad and stepmom. As for me, I will make my way back to the Boro for Christmas. I’m not quite sure how my Christmas will turn out but I know it will be good anyway I choose. I have some special friends and a great family to hang out with if I get lonely. So with that being said, I want to wish all of my friends and loved ones a very special Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know I’m looking forward to the new year with great anticipation. I’m hoping that 2011 will be the best year yet. Has to be better than 2010.

To all those who may “think” that they are alone. You are NOT..

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” Taylor Caldwell

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” – Donald E. Westlake

December is Upon Us!!

December 1st of 2010 is finally upon us. As I sit here and of course update my blog I think back through the years on how many of my Christmases’ have been spent. Some good, some bad but all memorable. This year my girls and I are leaving for Arkansas on the 17 to spend some time with family, and then they fly to see their dad on the 22. I myself will be coming back to NC to spend Christmas here. Whether it will be alone or with family and great friends is too soon to tell. Either way I will make the best of it, I’m in need of some much-needed down time. I will not recollect on how bad this year has been, I have already done that in many of my previous posts. I think that I will instead look at the positives even if they are few and far between. January was rough with the passing of my grandpa (mom’s dad) but I made it through and was able to spend a couple of days in Denver with my Grandmother and family. The girls had the chance to see their great cousins ans so forth which was good. Many memorable moments from that trip. The summer rolled around with more turmoil but I was able to make it out to Arkansas with my brother and his family for a lengthy visit, which needless to say I needed very much. Much emotions and having to say goodbye to my grandfather (dad’s dad) was hard. The summer flew by as fall set in and I finally came to terms on being alone, and actually embraced it in full force. I finally was able to enjoy not having to worry about the things that come with being in a relationship. I get attached fairly easy, so I have learned to take it much slower and wait and see how things pan out. My sister had her daughter and my brother finally got married, leaving me the only single one in the family. Struggling through the fall with the passing of my last grandfather has been tough but with that being said I have met and held onto some extraordinary people along the way. Now that December is here I find myself wanting a relationship, someone to share my ups and downs with. I’m not saying that I need it, what I am saying is I’m ready to get my feet wet. I’m ready to find that one person who is right for me & right for my kids. The one person who wants me and all my faults, my passions & my love. It’s tough out there these days and even tougher when you go at it alone. So December is here, the new year is around the corner, and I’m crossing my fingers it will be much better. I’m hoping for a brand new start, a new beginning to the rest of my life.