September 30/Week 39

This past weekend brought the Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute on Saturday afternoon/evening, and a visit to our good friends house for an amazing homemade brunch with lots of playtime with the kids.  And yes, as always, there are an obscene amount of photos.


I didn’t care for Keith’s beer.  Too dark and chewy.

Some of our awesome neighbors in full German kit.

And these are the friends we went to the festival with – motley crew, they are!


I told him to give me his meanest lightsaber-fighting face.

Frankly, I think Keith’s sword-fighting face is way too scary.


September 23rd/Week 38

So this past weekend, from Friday to Sunday, was pretty great… unless you like short posts with very few photos.

Keith’s parents came into town for the festivities.


Nothing too exciting happened on Sunday – but on Friday, my husband bravely Spiderman-d down a 27-story building after raising over $1K to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.  That was terrifying to watch, but I’m guessing more terrifying to actually DO.  The same evening, I had 4 of my photos on display downtown for the “Downtown in Focus” competition.  Out of over 200 entries, professional and amateur, three out of my four won Honorable Mentions.  So here are some shots of our Friday night:

This was my initial glance up at the building my husband would be rappelling down.  ::gulp::

And this was my first glance at my husband, over the edge and looking a little nuts.

And now he’s just showing off. 🙂

As he is nearing the bottom, I start to breathe again.

Congrats, Keith!

This was one of my four displayed photos, and one of the three Honorable Mentions – the July 4th fireworks.

Here are two of the other three – one Honorable Mention, and one not – the bridge next to my head, and the fireworks again. Sadly, I didn’t get a shot of the third Honorable Mention.


Now on Saturday morning, we all got up way too early to go watch the demolition of the gigantic smokestack downtown.  Since Keith works for the City, he’s in the know about a lot of these cool events and demo sites.  And because I’m married to Keith, I get the chance to shoot some pretty cool stuff.  Lucky me. 🙂 

Shop talk and gathering excitement…

This gentleman was doing the demonstration and explanation to the button pushers.

Last glimpse of the smokestack that has been part of our skyline for a long, long time.

After the boom, we see the first puff of smoke and debris coming from the base.

And there she goes.

Onlookers seem fascinated, myself included.

Once she hits the ground, the ash and debris start swirling….

…enough to eventually obscure the sun, temporarily.

We all start wandering to the site, once the air has cleared a bit and we’re assured that it’s once again relatively safe.

And the smokestack is no longer.

September 16th/Week 37

Randomness this week, with no particular theme.  And none of these are arty or exciting, so don’t get all wound up when you’re bored halfway through my post. You’ve been warned….

Us eating breakfast at Second Street Market:

Our nursery is close to done – just need the bedding!

So HOW COOL are these decals!?  I had trouble deciding which ones I loved the most, but ended up with a bird and tree theme in the room.

So the bird decals were carefully chosen and lovingly placed on the walls in order to complement the canvas of my birds in a tree photo from this past winter.

We also love the furniture.  It’s nice a solid and a very pretty cider color. 

Quite simply the most comfortable glider/ottoman EVER.  And the stars and moon cast a very soothing glow when the overhead lights are off.  Perfect for reading to our kid. 🙂

This is the other canvas I ordered of one of my first shots with a nursery in mind. 

Lastly, this blanket is one I designed on Cafepress and ordered.  Perfect for our situation.  Our baby will be LOVED like no one else.

And finally, I collect things:

Now, ask me if I paint my nails.  Sure I do.  Like twice a year.

I also like to smell good. 

Chuck P. is the BEST WRITER.  I have all of his books.  And all of Stephen King’s, too.  And Dean Koontz.  And lots of others. 

And I have LOTS of Converse.  I have lived a lot of life and walked a lot of miles in these shoes.  And guess what?  They make baby Converse.  I’m sure I’ll have a collection of those, too. 🙂

September 9th/Week 36

This past weekend was glorious and busy.  Gloriously busy, you could say.  We attended an adoption shower for some friends on Friday, a 50th wedding anniversary party for my step-Grandparents Saturday, worked around the house Sunday, and went to our last season baseball game on Monday.  I didn’t take photos of all of those things, but I did manage to shoot the two parties and get some shots that I was pretty happy with! 

Adoption Shower:

Because our friends are all kind of awesome, the shower was thrown at the stadium of the Dayton Dragons, our local minor league baseball team.  It was pretty awesome. 🙂  And our friends looked SO happy.  Hopefully someday…

50th Wedding Anniversary Party:

And you guessed it – Crabcake was in the house, and as cute as always.  My older niece, Taylor, is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady!  But the awesome thing is that she is not only so prettty – she’s also smart.  And athletic.  And a KIND person, and an amazing big sister.  I’m so proud of both my nieces!

The happy couple!

If my sister-in-law and niece weren’t so freaking sweet and easy to love, I’d resent them for their sheer gorgeousness…

Doug (Mom’s husband), and his dad seemed to covet the Crabcake…

And seriously.  How lovely is my mom?  I hope I got those genes…

Doug’s mom was having a Janet Jackson moment while opening the gifts.

I got a more traditional family shot, but frankly –  I think this is a much better representation of the Mossbarger clan.

And the aftermath of any good party… empty cans and plates.

And finally, I’d like to present my Crabcake in action, with a handsome little dude at the party:

September 2nd/Week 35

This past weekend I had the opportunity to practice shoot a friend’s family.  Her three kids were very energetic, and seemed to have a great time running around and playing in Wegerzyn Gardens.  It was a great chance to get some experience under my belt, and here are some of my favorite shots from the day!  We started shooting around 845am and finished around 11 or so.  I clearly have lots of work and learning ahead, but I am pretty happy with a first effort, and I think the G. family is, too!