22 July 2010

Checkin' Off The List #14,73,82,89

14.            Hang curtains in the bedroom. 7/19/2010
73.            Watch Despicable Me. 7/22/2010
82.            Make a valance for the bathroom. 7/19/2010
89.            Get a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens (Leitia). 7/14/2010

We checked four things off the list.  Saw Despicable Me for my Lil Sis's birthday.  It was so funny and sweet.  I always feel like a crazy woman at the movie theater because I cannot keep my emotions silent...I laughed out loud a lot when everyone else was silent. Oh well. I def recommend this movie.  We also finally hung our ikea curtains in the bedroom and I made a valence for the bathroom!  

 Making Progress

20.            Read 30 books each. (Ben: 0/30, Leitia: 1/30) 
 I finished the book "Let Justice Roll Down" by John Perkins.
32.            Brush my teeth twice a day every day for at least one year (Ben).
68.            Build up credit.

Lazy Daisy

Daisy got a hair cut...it always takes me a few days to warm up to her shortened "do."  This is how she spends most of her day while her pops is at work :)

19 July 2010

Weekend shoot and Birthday Party

My Little Sister stayed with us this weekend.  On Saturday, we had a mini shoot...she took some photos of Ben and I...and I took a couple of her. She didn't let me take many.  Here she is...followed by a couple she shot of us ;)  (Also have been practicing black and white conversion in photoshop so I did a couple of those too.)

Later on Saturday, we attended my niece's 4th Birthday party. Here are a few from there.

14 July 2010

Self Portrait Session

I have been wanting to do a self portrait for a while.....and let me tell you...IT IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT!  Impossible to frame and focus...here are a few shots I was happy with.  They are all edited differently...so forgive that.  I was playing and learning.

And I thought a few shots of my homemade ice cream were needed as well.

101 in 1001

Ben and I have collaborated to begin a new journey!  It is called 101 in 1001.  You can follow our progress as we check off items by clicking on the tab above.  Here are the rules:

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days? 
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Start Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010  End Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Ben and Leitia McHugh List!
1.                Take a self portrait session of us as a couple.
2.                Buy a four door car with air conditioning.
3.                Have a baby.
4.                Buy a house.
5.                Start a vegetable/spice garden.
6.                Watch all Oscar winning movies since 1990.
7.                Get a job (Leitia).
8.                Find a new job upon moving (Ben).
9.                Teach Daisy a new trick.
10.            Have a porch swing.
11.            Hang up our own photos in the house.
12.            Make a new three panel art piece (Ben).
13.            One photo every day for two months straight (Leitia).
14.            Hang curtains in the bedroom.
15.            Paint the laundry room.
16.            Start paying our own phone bill.
17.            Bake a rainbow layered cake (Leitia).
18.            Enter the Mooreland Fair ice cream crank-off (Leitia).
19.            Buy a new ice cream maker (Leitia).
20.            Read 30 books each.
21.            Graduate with my M.Arch (Ben).
22.            Join a non-profit board of directors (Leitia).
23.            Try making a new ice-cream maker once a month for a year (Leitia).
24.            Create 10 new songs (Ben).
25.            Play a live show with new songs (Ben).
26.            Go to the ocean.
27.            Go without TV/movies for a month.
28.            No computer at home for a week.
29.            Go to a big name concert.
30.            Go camping 4 times.
31.            30 minutes of exercise twice a week for a year.
32.            Brush my teeth twice a day every day for at least one year (Ben).
33.            Throw an awesome bridal shower for my bff (Leitia).
34.            Read through the Bible.
35.            Design business cards for at least 5 people (Ben).
36.            Blog at least once a week for 10 weeks (Ben).
37.            Purchase a new video camera or DSLR with video capabilities (Leitia).
38.            Get our carpets shampooed.
39.            Take each of our parents out for dinner, our treat.
40.            Take Maddy on a camping trip (Leitia).
41.            Host guests for dinner at least once a month for a year.
42.            Take a community class (Leitia).
43.            Create a watercolor painting (Ben).
44.            Go to the Indianapolis Zoo.
45.            Have dinner at The Melting Pot.
46.            Take dinner to a new parent or someone in recovery.
47.            Build a snow fort.
48.            Make a coffee table (Ben).
49.            Make a lamp (Ben).
50.            Make a curry based dish.
51.            Introduce ourselves to our new neighbors in our new neighborhood with a yummy treat within the first month of moving.
52.            Submit a design to Threadless.
53.            Enter a photo into iHeartFaces 5 months in a row (Leitia).
54.            Acquire a dishwasher.
55.            Watch a play at the Muncie Civic Theatre.
56.            Attend an art walk in Indianapolis.
57.            Go to a White Sox game.
58.            Go to the farmer’s market every week for a month.
59.            Buy a piece of furniture from IKEA.
60.            Get new bikes.
61.            Play at least one game of frisbee golf.
62.            Go on a picnic.
63.            Watch a Friday night movie in downtown Muncie.
64.            Have a conversation on Skype.
65.            Remember Grandma Webb’s birthday on August 19.
66.            Go canoeing.
67.            Plant sunflowers.
68.            Build up credit.
69.            Go on a road trip at least 4 hours away.
70.            Make a custom Christmas card to send to family and friends.
71.            Buy a new TV.
72.            Go swimming at the Muncie reservoir.
73.            Watch Despicable Me.
74.            Make homemade popsicles.
75.            Make homemade bread.
76.            Write one of my legislatures about an issue important to me (Leitia).
77.            Watch a live dance performance.
78.            Create a piece of art on my graphics tablet (Ben).
79.            See a drive in movie.
80.            Do a photo-shoot of the Walker family.
81.            Start saving for our future family Disney trip.
82.            Make a valance for the bathroom.
83.            Clean out tubs of “stuff” from high school (Leitia).
84.            Organize all my photos by date into storage boxes or albums (Leitia).
85.            Organize all my baseball/basketball/football cards (Ben).
86.            Host an international visitor/student in our home.
87.            See an IMAX 3D movie.
88.            Have a Coldstone Ice Cream cake.
89.            Get a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens (Leitia).
90.            Slowdance in our living room.
91.            Buy a Shel Silverstein book.
92.            Celebrate an ethnic holiday different from our own.
93.            Share a fried ice cream from Puerta.
94.            Spend time with two friends I haven’t seen in a year (Leitia).
95.            Finish the Love Dare.
96.            Watch a home video from 5 or more years ago.
97.            Create a photo display of our parents and grandparents.
98.            Get Daisy microchipped.
99.            Paint a food bowl for Daisy (Ben).
100.         Sketch once a week for 5 months (Ben).
101.         Donate $5 to Big Brothers Big Sisters for every goal not met. 

Wish us luck.  We will keep track of our progress on this blog. You should make a list too, and share it with us. Ok here we go!

12 July 2010

Happy 4th!

While I am not a very patriotic person, I do enjoy parties and celebrations!

We spent the 4th with Ben's family.  Here are his cousin's enjoying bubble blowing!

My grandparents throw a huge Independence Day bash the weekend after every year...I am talking 200 people big with tons of food, games, and fireworks.  I did not get to take many photos as I was running around working hard...I did enjoy taking firework photos!