Catch and release

We are still in the middle of summer and are getting ready for our official start of (home)schooling. I have decided to keep things brief on this blog about homeschooling and personal matters but I have started another blog and if you care to read along with us through our crazy journey, you are more than welcome to join. Things have been busy and I am still wondering about many things (not just homeschooling but life in general) But again, I wanted to keep things brief.

Lately we have seen so many grasshoppers around here and the girls have gotten so interested in them . The other day when we were out with our bikes, they were literally just jumping across the paths where we were riding along.
After a successful trip to the library and many stories later  we then decided to get on the bug hunt ourselves.. It was a lot harder than we thought and we only caught one, we will be out and try again for sure. But we had fun with this little guy for sure :)))

 

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{ The Creative Project } August Water

It has been a while that I have been able to team up with the ” Creative Project “.  We are in our new house and time has just been flying by. Summer is here with all of its heat here in Texas and most days we can ‘t make it outside unless its early morning hours or later in the evenings. Strict water regulations are in effect with the ongoing drought that never seems to end. Luckily it doesn’t feel as bad up here in the more northern parts of Texas. We have been enjoying our new house and settling in well. Things are slowing down, we are starting to make friends, appreciating more of the little things in life once again.

I often remember the days of my childhood when I simply just watch my girls, there are many differences from my childhood to theirs but there are similarities as well. I remember the long summer nights I spent outside just playing in the yard. Both my siblings were a lot older than me but yet we often played together. During the summer we always had BBQ’s with lots of different kinds of meat, salads, breads, anything and everything. Everyone was welcome, my grandma lived with us since I can remember when, best friends joined in and later the boyfriends and girlfriends joined the tables. Music was always playing, laughter was heard and games were played. My has always enjoyed yard work. It is his outlet and he has always been proud of it. I spent many afternoons and evenings with him like that, at many different houses as we moved and all grew up… Through the years I watched him do the same with my little nephew, my niece, and my own to daughters. Those little shared moments just mean so much ! I remember the little walks with him I took through the yard while watering, exploring, learning and just spending time together. He was never in a rush. Or maybe he was in a rush and still had a million things to do afterwards but he never really let me believe that ! Those are some great memories of childhood and I love looking back to them and I am so glad to still spend this time with him whenever I have the chance, or watch him as he spends these wonderful moments with his grandkids once again !

Thanks for the simple lessons of life Dad 🙂 !

Please travel through our little circle and visit Katherine @ http://mostpeopleexist.blogspot.com/ with this months Theme “WATER” ! And don’t forget you can find us on facebook as well https://www.facebook.com/thecreativityproject !!

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Hello’s and Goodbye’s*Welcome to McKinney*

It has certainly been a while that I have written here. Life has gone on, we have finally moved and after a few hiccups are settling into our new house and are making it our new home. Life as always is pretty amazing with all of its ups and downs. During this move I have learned to let go a little more, to trust more, and to believe more. I had to let my husband buy our new home pretty much by himself without me seeing it. It wasn’t easy at times. It wasn’t easy just to trust and follow almost blindly, not knowing where we would really go. I havnt seen the city, the area, pretty much nothing. I packed our things up in Hutto, the moving day came and we left. Luckily to some amazing friends we had help. Not knowing, drove me nuts some days. But then again I remembered to just trust my instincts. When we arrived at our new home, I was speechless and the tears just started coming. I turned the key and more tears followed. Sometimes you just know in an instant that is has all been worth it, and that your feelings were right. Just when I married my husband 9 years ago. We had our 9th wedding anniversary just a few days ago.
We agreed on this move and new job for many reasons. More family time and a better life in general. We had the dreams of homeschooling our children for a while and now it is coming true. Life is full of surprises sometimes. Years ago I would have never dreamt of this, but this is exactly what we have wanted and I am beyond thankful and happy.

Im planning on booking sessions again soon. On request they will be available right now, so please email me and we might be able to already make an appointment. Officially I will start after the summer to give us a little more time to make this beautiful house our new home !

Thank you all for the support, the messages and comments, wherever you leave them. They are very much appreciated all of the time !

And now some images from the times of the move..before, after and now 🙂

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and now some iphone adventures from our new place. The time for much else hasn’t come up yet 😉

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A few ones I did manage to shoot with my Mark III baby ;))

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The time has come…

gossphotographyI havn’t had time to announce it properly to the blog yet, but everyone who has followed me through facebook or so knows already that we are leaving the Austin area. It has been an amazing time with many changes along the way. When we moved here I was pregnant with our second little girl, but not just the size of our family has grown since that move, but also each of us individually as a person. My business has grown, I have managed to take a few more steps along that line and have been satsified with those results along the way. But it’s time for some more changes. As much as I have loved every minute of the past, there were moments that have been stressful. Especially with this kids growing, starting school and so on. Many changes in our personal lives are about to happen which leaves me to one question… Should I open up this blog to more personal things ? Or create a new one… Hmm lots of ideas and questions 😉

So I wanted to take a second and say thanks to every client that I had through the years here in the central texas area. I have learnt so much from all of you and enjoyed every second. I look back to each and everyone and recall the moments. Most with many happy memories, especially of the kids !

Once we are situated into our new home in the Dallas area, I will open up for sessions once again ! I miss doing sessions so much right now, and can’t wait to explore our new place of home and all the surrounding areas !! Such an exciting time !!

I hope to see you around sometime 😉

{ The Creativity Project } March Lines

In life there are many beginnings and many ends. Sometimes it is shocking how little sadness and happniness really lay apart. Sometimes we need a moment to realize that a new beginning also means that other things come to an end.

The monthly theme “lines” couldnt fit much better into my personal life theme right now ,as we are trying to cut some “lines and ropes” from our current place right now and trying to make some strong new roots, once again in another place a few hundred miles away.
This last month I have been procrastinating some facts pretty hard. My mother was here to visit us, after a long year of not seeing any family. It was much needed and even though things were already being flipped upside down then, we sure enjoyed every minute of it.
With the way things have been going I havnt had much time to think about our monthly project…but then came another day I have been trying not to think off, since the day my mum has gotten here… and with that my subject for lines was chosen…

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The Austin Airport, for one of the last times we shall fly in and out from there and pick up family. As a move is coming closer and closer, the details and the hectic life at the airport amazed me and kept me a little distracted from saying goodbye myself. I think I could serisously document for weeks at an aiport, so many stories all at one place, all happening at the same time. So many of my own stories have parted, began, ended and continued at them ❤

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One the way home we said we said goodbye to another place and to more people, my husbands work.

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Then by the end of it all, at least for this day there wasnt much left then to sit back and enjoy the ride…

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{ The Creativity Project } February Sequences

Can you believe it is February already ? It is slowly getting warmer here in Texas already, spring seems to be knocking on the door and I am still processing images from last year. I find myself trying to catch The YESTERDAYS almost every day… But nevertheless it is tie for another creative Project. I havn’t had much time to play along with a lot of things, a lot going on at home, and possibly a lot of hopefully good changes along the horizon. The theme for this month, was image sequence, and I kind of didn’t play along the rules and went a little different path, with creating an animated GIF> I have been trying to do this for months, and couldn’t get it to work right. It is not perfect by all means  but at least I am able to post something and participate for this month !

I am sorry this is a rather short entry, but I hope all of you are doing well !!
To see the animated GIF click on the image below and give it a minute to load !!

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The balancing act of life

It is funny how fast sometimes, priorities can change. I am not ready to talk all about it on here yet, but we are thinking about some pretty big changes for all of us. I really hope it works out and that my heart is telling me the right thing and that it will help our family to grow closer together again and take some of the stress out, but I have to wait and see first how things keep going before I can make that final decision.

We have had a crazy mix of the weather, days of winter followed by days of summer. I miss blogging and also want to become more active on a personal blog. I want to combine my loves of my life more than ever 😉 Last year I followed my dreams and had my first sessions, it was amazing, amazing experiences, wonderful people and it taught me much in many ways. This year I need to focus and try to bring everything together but most importantly not lose my balance with personal things and life in general.

I could write on and on, but right now time is short once again. Things are waiting to get done around here and we also have a special visitor to arrive this week, so I wont be wanting to spend much time on the computer. Anyways I thought I’d give y’all a little heads up one whats going on and just to keep true to the blog some recent faves to go along with it..
PS : I am totally still available for sessions, so dont feel shy to send me a message 😉

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{Creativity Project} January Resolution

Our subject for this months Creativity Project.. Resolution !

      Well I am sure we all have them in some way shape or form. Many say no more resolutions for the new year, but deep inside we all have some things we would like to change. Deep down there are things we think we can do better, know we need to make situations or even relationships stronger. I didn’t want to make strict resolutions for the new year, but just like that they snuck up on me. Things mainly for myself, things that I have been putting of, things we don’t think we have the time for. Things that we simply just often forget but can be so important.

To me it has been setting priorities. Realizing what is really important once again, and also what I need to straighten up in my life to get where I, or better we (me and my family ) need and want to be. But as I like to say… let’s just get straight to the pictures and see what resolutions I came up with…

#1 More Fashion and style 😉

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#2 Being in more harmony with nature

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# 3 More platytime>

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 #4  More homecooked meals (even if its just pasta 😉 )

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#5  More exploring

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#6 More selfies and pictures with my family

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# 7  Enjoy the little luxuries of life more

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#8 More fun

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#9 More time for hugs

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# 10 a few more calm moments to breathe it all in

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So trying to keep up with all these resolutions, my time has been limited 🙂 . The projects due date came faster than expected (as always) ! But I hope you enjoyed my view on the theme, and will follow along in our circle
http://www.sandrajacksonphotography.com/blog !
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A day in review 12-12-2012

Videography has been a long love of mine, even before Photography. When I was younger, teenager years, I wanted a little Videocamcorder for christmas and I filmed everything. I didnt have any concepts back then, just kept on filming my family and annoyed the heck out of everyone. It was fun and in some way still inspiring today. Even watching the homevideos my Dad made, back when I was just a baby are amazing to me and I am so thanful for any bit of footage that is this there. Making movies, slideshows etc is most often a bit more time consuming then editing a few pictures so somewhere in the middle of having child #1 and moving the second time, I didnt make many movies or even slideshows anymore. Then I got more serious about Photography and forgot filming even more. This year I promised myself to make some changes and get more serious about my old love again, and with my new Canon Mark III I am finally able to make videos again.
12-12-2012 was my first more serious attempt in trying to capture something with a purpose. Since we had to follow our daily routine that day it wasnt all that easy, getting up, being on time, getting kids ready for school, driving places etc…but the challenge was good and I am glad I tried to keep up with it, and I love the outcome..

Anyways, here is our share and our view of 12-12-12

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Birthday boys { Family Session 2012 Goss Photography Hutto,TX }

Another year has passed and this little guy just turned 1. Feels like yesterday that I took these sweet pictures of him. Now this little guy is already 1 year old and is catching up to his big brother. Happy birthday boys !

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