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Friday, April 24, 2009


Guess what? Yeap, a whole bunch of randomness again. Two days in a row, eh? I know you guys can tell that I'm just bustin' to be outside. Today it reached almost 80 degrees here in Indy. So...after a very exciting business meeting I had with Brent and a soon to be introduced person/organization, I left bee boppin' out the door today for another photo shoot before the kids got off the bus. I drove around in my car, killing time, and scoping out pretty things to snap shots of. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted these tulips at the entrance of a neighborhood near ours. I did a hard left - then a u turn - and ran back to the spot where I'd seen them. After pulling over on the side of the road and parking up the street, I hoofed my way back to these beauties and captured these shots...

It was smack dab in the middle of the day so there was tons of harsh sunshine hitting my lens which then equals tons of shadows - ugly shadows. However, I just couldn't quit snapping away. Shadows or not, I was embracing the sun.

Love how this little guy (see below) had a streak of red growing inside of it. Nothing like standing out - having an "out of the box" look. Why be normal? Dare to be different as I like to say. Ha ha! Too fun!

(To see more pretty tulip shots, go to my friend NATALIE'S blog. She does Iphoto friday and has a great collection of images going there too. Also, my blog friend, Beki, does Fingerprint Friday each week and thought the flowers would be a good depiction of God's fingerprints this week. Go check her blog out to see lots of other cool photos of peoples ideas of finerprints from God.)

Then, yesterday Brennen had some tutoring at a teachers house in a neighborhood close to ours. As I dropped him off, I saw this stunning little park area inside the center of their sub-division. What did I do? I dropped him off at the session, ran back to the house and grabbed my camera, then took Kenidi back there so we could kill some time while waiting on Brennen. There was an area above my head that was screaming to be photographed at one point. The sun flare was amazing. I just had to capture it. Also, see those lines and angles again? Yeap, love love love them!

In the little park area of their sub-division, I found these brightly colored adirondack chairs that immediately propelled me to somewhere else. Somewhere like Bonita Beach maybe. Ha ha! They were all different colors and just screamed to be photographed. Again, this was smack dab in the middle of the afternoon so there are horrible shadows everywhere (even with my lens adorning its lens hood). However, I couldn't pass them up. Someday soon I plan to go back on a more overcast day and grab some REAL shots of these again.

I'd love to capture a shot similar to this one below on an overcast day and then have it made into a big canvas for our house (minus the shadows). I think it would go great with the beach theme.

These colors are just amazing, aren't they? Sooooooo yummy!

Speaking of Bonita Beach, I snapped these shots (shown below) while there a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to share them with each of you. Ya'll know how much I love my palm trees, right? Well...because of that...I just thought I'd post these here and share. I got a polarizer & some step rings for my camera lenses recently so I can't wait to go back and try them out against the blue skies at the beach in a couple of weeks. They will really help to make shots of the sky like these POP!

Why can't we have palm trees in Indiana? It's so not fair!

And just for fun, I thought I'd post this very candid shot of Kenidi (below) talking to me yesterday while in that sub-division playing in their park. She had me cracking up. She has become really animated with her hands and arms lately as she is trying to verbalize. This was a great depiction of what she looks like when communicating these days. One of her aides sent home a note from school yesterday letting me know how she has made HUGE progress in her gross motor skills since last Fall. I would totally agree. Kenidi has come a long way since enrolling her in their new school back in August. And although I, as her Mom, am totally struggling and missing her REAL teacher (Mrs. Alison) because she left on maternity leave a couple of weeks ago (as she awaits the birth of her first child) and won't return until next January, I still know that Kenidi is in great hands with the aides in her classroom. Did I have a big ol, sobbing baby, cry in the shower the morning her teacher called to tell me? Yes...I sure did. She called me at 7:15am the morning we were set to fly out for our Spring break vacation. Our flight was leaving that morning and she called before we left for the airport to tell us. After I hung up with her, the tears began to flow and I ran straight into the bathroom where Brent was getting ready and just cried like a two year old. We were both extremely sad and were very heart sick in the pit of our stomachs that she was leaving so soon. We always knew she'd miss the last couple of weeks of school due to her pregnancy but now she was not only leaving sooner than planned, but she also wouldn't return until the 2nd semester of next years school year. Like I told Alison, I feel like I've lost an appendage. (nothing like making her feel bad, eh?) Like someone has cut off my arm or something. We miss her dearly! However, I know that she needs this time away in preparation for her new little one. I'm glad that she has the opportunity to be a stay at home Mom as she welcomes her first child. The real test will be whether she will EVER come back though after having that new little baby at home by her side for almost a year straight. I must confess that for my own selfish reasons, I'm so worried that she'll decide to quit her job and become a full time Mommy at home with her new baby. Thus meaning that we'll never have the opportunity to have her in our lives again. I pray that if that should that happen, I'll have the maturity level to not throw myself down on he floor, kicking and screaming, and begging for her to change her mind like a mad woman. I can almost promise that it won't be a pretty sight if it does come up so get ready and be prepared Alison. Ha ha! We love and miss ya tons girl!

Where are you Mrs. Alison? I miss you! Love, Kenidi

PS...A ginormous thank you to all of you caring and oh so loving souls who've emailed me about my new friend, Mr. Migraine. Your concerns and caring spirits never cease to amaze me. I didn't discuss it much here on the ol' blog because I'd been --- well...very frustrated and in total irritation of it all. After not having had to go to a doctor for basically 33 years of my life, I've now seen the inside of an Emergency Room twice in the past 60 days. (the heart related issue and then the head problem) After a week and a half of a severe migraine - nonstop I might add - which I've never had before - along with my eyelid suddenly swelling and then drooping/dropping on a whim due to the migraine, the doctors then thinking it was a massive cluster headache following a healthy CT scan, etc., I'm happy to report that I believe the miracle drug, prednisone, is now working. I hate to speak to soon or jinx myself but for the first time today in 11 days, I'm not feeling the pain as I had before. And although the prednisone prescription threw my heart into a very unexpected and not so fun synus tachycardia rhythm (heart palpitations with the rapid pulse and extra beats) which had to be addressed, I'm glad that I'm at least feeling some relief now from Mr. Migraine. For those of you who suffer from migraines, I feel so bad for you. I've never experienced anything like this and was totally down and out about all of the doctor visits I'd been having. I just couldn't fathom how I could be healthy for 33 years and never have to go to a doctor - to now all of a sudden having to endure multiple doc visits, ER trips, CT scans, heart testing, blood work, and so on. In my own personal rolodex I now have every doctor you can think of at the touch of a speed dial. Cardiologists, Neurologists, family doctors, and so on. Not only that but my measly one medication (birth control) that was the only pill I've ever had to take, has now grown to a full fledged drug house with 6 new bottles of pills. If someone came into my bathroom right now, they'd probably swear I was freak if they saw the amount of prescription bottles living on my counter. It's depressing beings that I'm not a pill girl and don't like to take medicine as it is. I've not handled it well at all. Let's just leave it at that! I've been mad, ticked off, frustrated, in wonderment, confused, stressed, worried, tired, and every other emotion under the sun. Oh and might I add that at the same time all this is going on, I also ended up at the dermatologist with two skin spots that popped up on my chest after our vacation which now have to be monitored and watched over the next two months. If they aren't gone before we head South again next month, they'll have to be removed and biopsied. Although my dermatologist feels that they don't look like anything to worry about at the moment, of course it is hard not to worry. I'm praying and trucking on like normal - knowing that God is in control. Oh and before I get the sunscreen lecture from my friends out there who want to harp on me about lathering up in protection, my dermatologist tells me that this isn't suncreen/sun related. We had a long talk about my love for the sun and believe it or not, he assured me that in his opionion, I was ok to keep soaking up the sun like I always have - even without sunscreen. Yes...I was shocked to hear him say it too. However, he thinks (his opinion only) that sunscreen will not keep you from getting skin cancer. He believes it will help slow your aging process due to sun damage but he said if you are going to get skin cancer, you are gonna' get it with or without the sunscreen in the end. He asked me if I'd rather age with my age or stay indoors with sunscreen on all the time and have the rest of my body look like my butt (no joke - these were his exact words) and then end up with osteoporosis when older from my bones being so frail due to lack of vitamin D. (sun) He told me it was my choice. He is a direct guy - very dry in personality - but I love how he tells me like it is. the next few weeks, will you just be praying that my health gets back into "normal" gear and that I can stop having to worry about these issues? I'm using up a ton of my prayer quota with regards to the big man upstairs in the last 3 months of this 33rd birth year of mine. Guess I'm making up for all of the other years when I wasn't swinging my way in and out of ER hospital doors. I'm sure the good Lord above is about ready to cancel my membership up there if I continue to keep being so needy. HA HA! Nevah! I know better than that. Again...I can't thank all of you enough for your undying support and caring hearts. It means more to me than you'll ever know.

Big, huge, hugs...Angie

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Anonymous Mommy said...

You are the sweetest little thing there ever was!I love all these beautiful pictures, but none are as beautiful as my Angela Darlene! I sure hope all these ailments flee from your little body soon. I don't like to see my baby girl sick. Mommy Loves you and Jesus Loves you too!

4/24/2009 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Rhonda Bryant said...

Dear Angie,

We are praying for you, honey!!!! I am so with you on the pills! I hate them too!!! I have been known to hurt way to long before taking anything, cause I don't like it. I am so glad that the CT scan was normal!!! We are going to be praying for those headaches NOT to come back! And parying those spots are gone too! I am really battling worrying about health issues as I have gotten older. I worry all of the time someyhing is wrong. I know I am not supposed to. If I have any pain anywhere I immediately think something is wrong. I have to constantly pray about it and stay focused on HIM!!
I will be parying for you and I love ya sista!!!!!

4/24/2009 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Jen Gaskill said...

OMG! I can't believe how grown up Kenidi looks all of the sudden. That picture makes her look like such a little lady! WOW! Hard to believe our Junebugs (May in my case...Matthew escaped 5 weeks early!) are going to be 6 already! Why it was just yesterday we were battling it out on the Babycenter boards! HA!!!! Glad to hear Mr. Migraine has been corralled and is under control. I get migraines every so often and have experienced cluster headaches in the past. I didn't get them until after Matthew was born and now have a BFF named Ralpax! Sure it makes me loopy as all get out, but anything that works. According to my rockstar doctor, my hormones never really went back to what they were prebaby and the migraines / cluster headaches were a result. I felt so awful for you when you were talking about the headache you'd been dealing with. They are horrible! Off to Nags Head this weekend after tee ball games and soccer games to enjoy a long day by the surf!!! It's going to be 90 here in NC all weekend and even though the water is still too cold to get in, the sand will be there and the sun will be warm. I CAN NOT WAIT!!!! Thanks again for the recommendation of "Gifts from the Sea". I am eagerly awaitng my copy and will dive in. Maybe it will come tomorrow before we leave for the Outer Banks! Hope you and the rest of the Seaman's have a great weekend!!!! Take care - love ya sista... Jen

4/24/2009 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This time you made me cry! Good tears of course :) I will definitely be back in worries! I miss you guys too~ I LOVE that pic of Kenidi and can't wait to see you guys soon.
Enjoy the warm weather this weekend!
:) Alison

4/24/2009 6:49 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

You ALWAYS bring a wonderful flair to fPhoto Fridays! I love it when you can pop in!!!!!!

Those chairs...AWESOME!

4/24/2009 8:52 PM  
Blogger artsyclay said...

Gorgeous fingerprints!

4/24/2009 9:20 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Loving that book! Read it today when Brendon was doing his hippotherapy! The way the words are written do sound like the ocean!

4/25/2009 12:24 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Praying for your medical....I sent you a private message on FB.

4/25/2009 12:24 AM  
Blogger Jill said...


I'm so sorry you're having all these troubles. I will definitely keep you in my prayers.

I know all about prednisone from my parents. Prepare for your appetite to go nuts. Oh, and if you're on it long enough, you'll start to get a chubby chin. No joke. But we'll still heart you anyway. :-)

I'm shocked about what your dermatologist said. That is so interesting. I can't stay out of the sun. I just love it and in Indiana, we get so little of it that I want to savor every bit we get. If I look like a raisin when I'm 80, so be it. HA!

4/25/2009 10:05 AM  
Blogger Angie Seaman said...

Hey Jill. Thanks for the support girl. I never thought about your parents having to be on the prednisone too. Luckily, I went off mine yesterday. I couldn't stand the palpitations anymore that they were causing. Scary stuff. Therefore, I was only on them for 2 days but my doc wants to try something different now that I stopped taking those. I'll keep you posted. Your mom and Dad might know more about the new med too. Ya know?

And yes...I was pretty shocked about what the dermatologist said too. In fact, I was totally blown away. The heart to heart was good though and I appreciated his truthfulness. He said he realizes that the academy of dermatology might strangle him for telling me all that but he said from his years of practice and what he has seen, sunscreen just keeps your body looking like your butt. Ha ha! He was very adamit that if skin cancer was in someones genes, they were at risk to get it whether they wore sunscreen or not. I know plenty of friends and people who fit that bill too. Used sunscreen but got skin spots or cancer anyway. So sad! You just never know anymore. I told him I'd start wearing the sunscreen if he were to tell me it was absolutely necessary. He looked at me and's your you want the rest of your body to look like your butt and end up with osteoporosis where you can't walk later in life or do you want to age by your age - sometimes faster due to sun damage - but still be able to walk and comb the beaches when your 80? You know which one I picked! Ha ha!

Thanks for your post girl. It's great to hear from you. I pray your Mom is doing fab after her brain surgery. What a HUGE praise! God is good!

Hugs, Ang

4/25/2009 10:18 AM  
Blogger hdbl said...

I am finding that it was 35 for me. That was when things started breaking down. I have talked to many a girlfriend about this and they have all said it happens in your mid thirties and then you get adjusted to aging and move on. I've had my fair share this year too and have just been wierded out about just having to see so many doctors and such. Very very irritating. Hang in there...I'm sure you'll get relief soon.

O.k. it definately was a tulip day yesterday.

take care..


4/25/2009 3:36 PM  
Blogger PamperingBeki said...

It's great to see you again for Fingerprint Friday!

Beautiful pictures, as always.

I hope the migraines get cleared up soon. I know how horrible they can be. Prayers for you!

4/25/2009 4:22 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I need a photo Program!!!!!!!!!!!
These photos look so fun...
You did a great job.

4/27/2009 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... drug I love to hate... prednisone. Hope you don't have to be on it for life like I do, the side effects are terrible over long periods of time..acne..heartburn..attitude change...the taste of metal in the morning..soo fun! Ok, I'm not trying to be negative Ang, I love ya, just hate my disease and can't cope on most days. I hope your headaches go away with it and hope you never have to see a dr for years again!

4/27/2009 11:39 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Your photos are lovely! Praying for God's healing touch, in Jesus name.

4/28/2009 1:52 PM  

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