Archive for June, 2012

June 28, 2012

Spring Mix.

My 1st reblog –> I was pretty excited (: Thank you Scholar Mel for selecting Capturing Simplicity!


Happy Thursday! We’re almost to the weekend people – YAY <3.

… pink bloom …

Smell the flowers this weekend (:

Keep smiling,

June 27, 2012


On a previous post, I shared my delight in taking pictures of one of my dearest friends, Rachel and her son. We ventured to a local park one evening, and just walked around taking in the beauty.

… If the above were a painting I’d name it: “Mirror, Mirror” …

… this handsome fellow was such a flirt (;

I made an observation while strolling the park … The park goers were a cross between runners, getting in their exercise & older people feeding the ducks <3. The weather was perfect & it was just lovely – do people still go to the park or is that ancient entertainment? Do tell (:

Keep smiling,

June 26, 2012

Delicate Beauty.

…. are these drooping daisies or just under watered??

…. <3.  …

While searching through my bottomless handbag for my buried car keys – I noticed these frail cuties, out of the corner of my eye.

They were such a pop of pretty in a garden full of weeds …

Keep smiling,

June 21, 2012


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words,
in the English language.”
 – Henry James

… cotton candy sky …

… Bambi …

Isn’t summertime the best <3. Sun-kissed skin, camping, lake trips and fresh pedi’s with girlfriends are just a few of my favorite things (; I’m just completely smitten with this season.

I’m so happy with our little camper, and the neat adventures we’ve been experiencing.

I’m discovering more fulfillment when my energy and purchases go towards things that gift me with memories. You feel an entirely different level of happiness reminiscing past moments, and trust me adventures are more warming than a name-brand handbag. I have so much respect for people who live simple, they are truly rich <3.

… lake days …

Have a lovely weekend <3.


June 20, 2012

Another Birdnest.

Lookie at what I found …

  Isn’t it delightful!

I wanted to keep it, but hubby told me birdnests carry disease. But their so delicate and remarkable, how can they carry something harmful.  After a quick Google, I discovered truth in his words, so I snapped a couple pictures and (gasp) threw it away ):

Keep smiling,

June 19, 2012

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

I hope everyone got to hug their daddy’s this past weekend.

Brett & I spent Sunday morning with my dad – by attending church, eating brunch at a favorite local Mexican joint and cruising out to the lake to reserve the perfect spots for a future camping adventure.

After a caffeine stop, we ventured over to Tara & John’s to celebrate Dave (Brett’s dad) & John (brother-in-law). We went swimming, ate the perfect pool side snack – tacos, and watched the OKC Thunder game (no comment about the unfair referee calls – BOO!)

It was a fun-filled day of celebrating the amazing dad’s, who’ve helped mold us into the people we’re today – we love you guys to pieces <3.

My hero

Brett’s hero

 My doggie babies & their daddy …. YUP, pretty sure we are those people (;

 Keep smiling,

June 14, 2012

Bittersweet Moment.

… Dad, Brett and I’s hand prints from the day we helped dad with his shed’s concrete slab …

I’m stunned that my emotions didn’t overcome me, while visiting my childhood home for the last time. I’m normally very emotional over anything sentimental, but as the day unfolded, the more at peace I felt. I thought about the new family who will live there, and how the house will home a family again. I sound silly saying a house has emotions, but since no one has lived there for awhile, it almost felt like the house was lonely … When I walked in the front door, I experienced that slight guilt you feel when you have to leave your dogs all day.

I took some pictures of the backyard – where I spent many hours as a kid. I remember the far left corner was the neighbor girl and I’s secret (imaginary) club house. We’d carry all our snacks out there and talk for hours. Bonfires were always an adventure; we’d check them in the morning to see they were still hot! Catching lighting bugs, 4th of July block parties, and picking wild flowers are just a few of my childhood moments. Trampoline slumber parties were always a must – snuggled in all our blankets while taking in the most amazing view of the stars (no street lights!).

I had such a blessed childhood, and feel so grateful to have lived in such a lovely home for 15 years <3. I hope all future dwellers gained many priceless memories … I know I cherish each of mine!

… I remember the day my dad planted this apple tree …

… I’m going to miss it …


… dad’s firewood pile …

… fence decor …

…. these trees were like sticks when my dad planted them! …

… shed lock …

… my bedroom window <3.

… close up of the beautiful hydrangea’s under my bedroom window …

Keep smiling,

… bittersweet moment …
(more sweet than bitter … CHEERS to new beginnings!)

Enjoy your weekend <3. 

June 13, 2012

Ansel Adams Moment – Part II

I have such an appreciation for black and white photography. It’s incredibly peaceful, yet powerful at the same time. Being a lover of bright captures, sometimes I forget the beauty in stripping away the color in pictures, and just enjoying the raw product.

… beautiful day at the lake …

… lover of flowers …

… picket fence …

… Debbie’s backyard beauties …

… S’s Purple Martins …

More of my Ansel Adams attempts <3.

Smile (;

You’re beautiful,

June 12, 2012

D & J’s Lovely Backyard.

One evening, my dear friend D invited Brett and I over to share her beautiful garden. You could literally feel all the energy they poured into making their backyard wonderland. Magical, breathtaking and vibrant are just some of the lovely we experienced. I had the most difficult time narrowing down captures to post … every square inch was beautiful.

We had a wonderful evening discussing a range of topics, and taking in our gorgeous surroundings <3.

… purple southern bells …


… bud delights …


… sunshine yellow …


… <3.  …


… D’s neighbor loves Purple Martins, and supply’s many gourds for this fascinating bird …


… purple fluff …


… a garden isn’t complete without the queen flower …


… tiny beauty …


… fun elephant ears …


Hope everyone is having a delightful Tuesday <3.

Keep smiling,

June 7, 2012

Broken Bow – Canoe Trip

One morning we set out for a little canoe trip down the Mountain Fork River. Dipping your feet in the cool water was so refreshing when the sun came out from behind the clouds. We spotted turtles, exotic birds and adorable baby ducks (: Pretty sure it was Gimli & Winston’s least favorite activity on the trip – poor babies. However, they did look priceless in their life jackets <3.

… drifting along …

… Mommy Duck …

… baby duckies … how adorable <3.

… rock bottom … beautiful!

… Winston was a little scared – poor baby!

“Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.”

Keep Smiling,

… lookie at what Brett spotted!

Have an adventurous weekend <3.