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My little Pocahontas

  • Friday, October 29, 2010
  • Toya
  • So Taylor decided to be Pocahontas for Halloween. She didn't bother to tell me. She at least told her teacher who let me know. I rushed out and bought material with fringes. I spent an hour and a half trying to come up with a costume out of the material. It was all worth it to see her face this morning and to hear her talk about how much she loved it. Unfortunately it was pretty cold this morning so she had to wear extra clothes to school under it. I got her to hold still long enough to snap a quick picture. Please excuse the hair I ran out of time when straightening. The hair gives her a whole cave girl meets Pocahontas look.

    At the top of Peaks of Otter

  • Monday, October 25, 2010
  • Toya

  • At the top of Peaks of Otter
    Originally uploaded by toyjsu
    Is this what it feels like to be on top of the world?


  • Sunday, October 24, 2010
  • Toya

  • We got in too late last night to blog. We started the morning off interesting. I was awakened by my son informing me there were goats walking down the sidewalk outside his room. This was not exactly the way I'm use to waking up. Through sleepy eyes I notice my son is NOT wearing his glasses and I'm sure he was mistaking a goat for a really big dog. At his insistence, I went downstairs to check it out. Sure enough, there were 2 goats walking down the street. As my mind is trying to process what I'm seeing, I see my neighbor trying to lasso one. At this point I'm pretty sure I'm still asleep. I step out my front door to see several of my neighbors looking as confused as I was. The parents of these two kids were located by the police and taken home.

    We grabbed a lunch and headed out for a hike at the Peaks of Otter and a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was the perfect day to hike. The temperature was in the 70's and the fall leaves were gorgeous. I have to admit it felt like we were never gonna get to the top. When we finally got there it was so worth it. It was like being on top of the world. Every where we looked was amazing. We could see the mountains for miles and miles. The kids did great. There were some pretty steep and dangerous areas. I tried to keep my fears of their sudden death stuffed in. Oh the innocence of children...I was able to take pictures that I'm sure to cherish forever.

    Found good spots

  • Saturday, October 9, 2010
  • Toya

  • I have admired so many photographers blogs. They seem to find these great out door spots for taking pictures. Oh how I wished I had spots like those. I finally realized that I do have those spots in my own neighborhood. My friend, Magda, wanted to get to know her camera a little bit more so we went for a picture walk.On the way we ran into her daughter Klaudia who was only too happy to stop and pose for a few shots. Even her little brother got in on the fun by running to grab his camera.

    When we got to the bottom of the hill Dominik decided he didn't want to be in the shots. Jaden, on the other hand, is always ready to be in front of the camera. I learned that Jaden is interested in cameras. He was snapping away.


  • Wednesday, October 6, 2010
  • Toya

  • It is that time of the year. The air is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall. It is football season. While most of the people in my town are gearing up for Hokie ball, my house is gearing up for Pee Wee flag football. My 6 year old is playing flag for the first time. We have such a small town that there are only 4 teams so they just play each other over and over again. When you live in a small town you will know kids from other teams. You get the pleasure to yell for them all. So, while everyone else is tailgating for Virginia Tech, I'm screaming my head off for my little player.
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