Photo Blogging Challenge – DIY

The June photo blogging challenge is “DIY” – which stands for do it yourself.

I may not be the one DIYing in every photo, but someone is.

Photo one:

I absolutely hate making raffle baskets. I’m fine asking for the items to be donated but putting the baskets together is my personal heck.

Despite that aversion, I put together about 45 of the 50 total raffle baskets for Quincy Pride Festival. (And I burnt myself out and quit the board. Oops)

Please ignore my messy background (I couldn’t figure out how to blur). The gift card bouquet is a display I’m most proud of the presentation.

Gift card bouquet for Quincy Pride

Quincy Pride Festival on June 6th was a success by every measure. I was in charge of everything fundraising related, and the dog show. $24,000 was raised, 90% personally raised by me. Fundraising is my favorite DIY and why my profession is nonprofit fundraising.

Thousands of cranes made by elementary and high school students in Quincy

My family had a wonderful time at the unveiling of the Quincy crane project. I believe every school made 1k to get a school wish. Great DIY students!

Fairy House in Dorchester

Thank you to whoever DIYed this fairy house behind a playground in Dorchester, MA! My daughter and her cousin Hollis adored it.

DIY bird attractors

When my father in law put fruit on the birdhouse, I was concerned all he would catch is ants. He had the last laugh and his DIY impressed me.

Bad call brick

Thank you to the crafter who thought of this then DIYed it! My father loved it as part of his Father’s Day present.

So there you go! From LGBT Pride Month in June, on we go to Disability Pride Month in July

4th of July weekend in MA is supposed to be cold and rainy, but I hope you have better weather where you are!

Photo Blogging Challenge Spring Has Sprung

The theme for the May photo blogging challenge was “Spring Has Sprung

I have a bunch of options for this post but let me start with what consumed my May: planning Quincy Pride Festival.

We had one month only from getting city approval to hosting the Quincy Pride Festival (on Sunday last week). The hard work was worth it and it was a wonderful event.

Here’s a rainbow heart Quincy Pride board (myself included) set up in Quincy Center on May 31st
Spring in New England still has rain – so my daughter made the most of it puddle jumping
Quincy, MA is beautiful and I got this photo on a walk downtown – in a historic cemetery.
I just love the blooming tree!
Spring means a bunch of baby goats at this farm in MA
Spring in MA brings some days perfect for patio dining. I enjoyed my mule at Rozafa.

There you go on my photos.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s and snapping away for the June theme “DIY”

Photo Blogging Challenge Drink Up

The theme for the April photo blogging challenge was “Drink Up

I had fun with the theme but knew from the second I saw it that I wouldn’t be taking beverage photos.

Here’s my creative take!

It wasn’t intentional but my toddler daughter got featured in all of the photos this month.

Drink up camel

My brother is going to Qatar for 9 months for work, and we had a going away party for him.

My mom gave my daughter the cake toppers to play with and she was overjoyed at the additional to her toy collection.

This goat is drinking up attention and getting snacks

My daughter and I went to pre-school storytime at Unity Farm Sanctuary and oh my goodness this goat was using their height to get food and attention. The farm owner gave the lettuce to us to feed the goats, so it’s part of their diet.

Drink up knowledge

My daughter loves books and is just starting to memorize them to “read” to us.

This is from Easter – sitting on my dad, her Grandpa.

Drink up fun

My daughter was given an Easter basket with fake grass in it and she had so much fun making a mess. Why not enjoy it and clean up later, right?

Drink up wonder

My daughter and I got out in nature a lot in April. This is her riding on Grandpa’s shoulders in Sylvan Gardens on Cape Cod.

I hope you enjoyed my photos. I enjoyed taking them.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Eight

The March photo blogging challenge was “eight“.

It’s celebrating the 8th anniversary of the photo blogging challenge.

8 birds

There’s a restaurant called “Old Mill” that has birds in the pond. I lucked into a photo with 8 birds in it.

8 sides

My 3 year old daughter loves her magna tiles. She made this and I proudly took a photo.

3 children watch 5 chickens

I love this photo from the Franklin Park Zoo. I get 8 from the 3 children watching 5 chickens. My daughter is the one farthest from the camera.

8 cupcakes with light green jelly beans

My sister in law baked cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Found 8

This photo is my favorite that I got for this challenge and it’s actually the first one I took in March. My daughter and I were walking in Quincy and I spotted the rock.

Photo Blogging Challenge – I Spy with My Eye

February’s photo blogging challenge theme was “I spy with my eye…”

I had fun with this challenge.

I spy a lot of snow outside my window
I spy a toddler looking at her fish toys
I spy a heart in mashed potatoes on Valentine’s Day

My husband is pretty great.

I spy my daughter identifying colors in my mom’s newest painting creation

This final photo is my favorite

My daughter looking at me holding a magnifying glass

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s photos.

I know February is a short month but this one felt like it flew by for me.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Change and Hope

The January photo blogging challenge was change and hope

There’s a saying in MA, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. The weather is changing constantly.

Here are some pretty photos of cloudy sky outside my balcony window

And of course, an expected weather change in MA in January – snow

In clear but cold weather, I took my daughter for a walk to the city common. We happened to see a couple and their family walking to City Hall to be married – boy did that fill me with hope!

You know what else gives me hope? Quincy has a free COVID-19 testing & vaccination site!

In January, I was tested for COVID-19 and thankfully it was negative. (My toddler daughter just shared a bug with me.)

This was the testing site

I hope that those participating in this challenge had a restful and healthy January. Happy new year and on to 2021!

Photo Blogging Challenge: The Magic of the Season

The photo blogging challenge for December was “The Magic of the Season”

This one is particularly exciting for me because December is both Christmas and my daughter’s birthday! Lots of good photos to choose from and you may have me include a bonus.

First of all – we live in MA, which means snow! This is the view from our condo balcony on December 18, 3020.
I am in awe of the artistic talent of the family I married into. My sister in law Jen made beautiful intricate paper snowflakes to decorate their home.
Toddler loves all things winter and Christmas

Magic is definitely viewing the world through my daughter’s eyes

Happy birthday little 3 year old!

One last bonus, our masked family on Christmas Day

Here’s hoping for a wonderful 2021 to everyone reading this!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Thankful

The November photo blogging challenge was “Thankful

This was actually a month of photo taking that I had too many to choose from!

Despite the pandemic, I’m thankful that we’re still able to safely enjoy outdoor activities with our toddler

This was written as we left the Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Playground in Quincy
Looking at an emu at a zoo in North Attleboro

Every once in a while I remember to get myself in the photo, so here’s a selfie I enjoy

I’m also very thankful for our family!

This photo was taken on Thanksgiving

Uncle David waves at Elise

Here’s a bonus because I still can’t believe I caught it without trying. I was at an online fundraiser for The Samfund that had Tig Notaro as a speaker. Look what I caught when I excitedly taking a photo of Tig! (My name on the thank you donors scroll)

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Photo Blogging Challenge – The Great Outdoors

The October photo blogging challenge was “The Great Outdoors

I had a fun time with this one!

My toddler loves walking on trails with me and her Dad! Little adventureer

Walking in Quincy

Speaking of Quincy, the city we live in, that’s my normal “great outdoors”

When my husband and I dropped off our ballots at City Hall, we were treated to a rainbow in the fountain

The rest of these are from weekend trips to Cape Cod

Cranberries about to be harvested
Sunset over the water
Walking on a beach at low tide shows tidal pools

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Snap Away

The September photo blogging challenge was “Snap Away

That definitely makes it easy to fit the theme but hard to figure out which photos will be best suited.

Swing time!
One of the sculptures in Franklin Park Zoo for “Boston Lights” exibit
Turtle swimming by at the New England Aquarium
My husband made us a delicious dinner for National Linguine Day thanks to Yelp Boston and Pastene
Thank you cousin!

So those are my 5 photos. None planned, just snapped what was in front of me.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.