Archive for March, 2013


the perfect find…

my photographer friends will appreciate this one 🙂 

I have a styled session scheduled for this weekend and the more I talked, well texted and inboxed my models, the more the ideas started swimming around in my mind! I am very visual and know what I want…usually – having said that, I happened upon an estate sale on my lunch break today and practically started drooling over the abundance of props – well, they aren’t really props – but to a photographer, they are!! and I scored a fabulous little green velveteen hat circa 1940’s – 50’s and the perfect little suitcase to use in the session. I spent way more than I should have…but it’s my version of retail therapy.

so then, happiness is…the perfect find.

the end 😉

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the heart is weak….

okay, technically “the flesh is weak and the heart is treacherous”…if I am quoting verse.

so I am just sitting here with a million and two things on my mind…yes, more than you thought, huh?! and have known for a very long time that I need to regroup. as a mom, I am always busy, running my boys here and there, helping with homework and last minute projects, editing their papers (which is bad for them, my grammar sucks!) and the usual shoe shopping, haircuts, soccer games and such. that is after the monday thru friday, forty hour a week, stealing my precious hours away from me JOB. don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for it…it feeds the family and pays a few bills. it’s just that, there was a time when I didn’t have to work so much and I really do miss it. I blame myself, I suck at money…I really do and I guess it would be fair to blame “life as we know it” too. It is so hard these days to make ends meet and that is just the cold hard truth.

I think more than anything, I miss the times when my boys were little and I was lucky enough to stay at home with them. I miss their little faces in awe watching a Disney movie or one of their favorite shows. I miss teaching them how to use a spoon or a straw for the first time…and even remember vividly how badly they both wanted to learn how to blow a bubble with some gum. and oh my gosh, I miss nap time cuddles and little kid giggles and their little hand in mine. they were as different as could be, one was quiet and sweet and mild mannered and very creative. the other, feisty and temperamental, and as funny as could be. they are still very much the same as teens and I love them to pieces.

I guess I am just having one of those sappy, sentimental days…..tearing up as I type this, but sometimes my heart does ache for their early years and today I just want them to be little again.

my heart IS weak…

1 – I am a very impatient person….and I hate that about myself…
2 – I grew up in a very large family and had more responsibilities than I wanted…but, it made me a better person in so many ways. So…thanks mom!
3 – When I did finally decide that I was going to have children…I really wanted boys….I am not much into girly-girl things…and hate drama….that, and I can’t even fix my own hair…much less braids & pony tails! lol
4 – Speaking of my boys….love them more than anything….they are polar opposites, which keeps things interesting. But at the end of the day, they are my favorite people in the whole world!! ❤
5 – I would love to learn how to play guitar….and really enjoy listening to acoustic spanish guitar.
6 – I have an insatiable (sp) sweet tooth…..and consider myself a pretty good baker or all thing sweet and yummy.
7 – I love to sing…..sing all the time in my car, at home….at work (real low, so no one will hear me)
8 – I am a creative person by nature…..besides singing, I also like to write songs, poetry and short stories. I have recently got into scrapbooking and have a camera that I am trying to learn how to use.
9 – Hindsight is everything….and I wish that I had taken the initiative when I was young and single to learn a trade….such as interior design, or photography….something that I could do that involved beautification. 🙂
10 – I love love love the beach and I think it would be great to live in a house in the trees on a isolated island somewhere….
11- I hate shoes and would go barefoot or wear flip flops everywhere if I could get away with it.
12- I am entirely too friendly for my own good at times….which can get me into trouble – either taken advantage of or mistaken for flirtation.
13 – I was taught to treat everyone with respect no matter what race or religious or ethnic background and it makes me sad that people still have issues with any of those things.
14 – This is taking a very long time….and I am getting tired.
15 – I have always been self-conscious about how I looked….and sometimes wish that I was pretty.
16 – I have a great sense of humor…..appreciate comedy as long as its not too silly and sadly, I almost always laugh when I shouldn’t…like when someone slips and falls, as long as they aren’t really hurt.
17 – I used to pride myself on how perfectly clean and neat my home was….note the words “used to” – as kids and a dog have completely destroyed that!! lol
18 – I am still quite obsessive-compulsive about certain things…like how the towels are folded and color coordinated with the wash cloths…and I can’t leave a room if the light switch is up and the light is off. I will have to go to the other switch and turn it back on…so, that I can go back to the one that is “up” and turn it off again. Sick…yes, I know….that, and I will change the toilet paper so that the roll falls down from behind and not over the top…even if it isn’t my house!!
19 – I love blackened fish wraps and wish I had some right now…with a corona and some chili’s chips and salsa. ;p
20 – I have many names….mom, dianna, deanna, dino, diane, logan’s mom, tanner’s mom, ms. lester, and sister lester just to name a few. I have to say, I haven’t ever really been called anything really bad…at least not to my face.
21 – I met my husband when I was about 13 years old and immediately had a crush on him……we ended up getting married when we were 24 and are going to be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary this coming April 25th.
22 – I love listening to all kinds of music….and sometimes wish that I had been good enough to sing professionally.
23 – When I grew up….we spent lots of time camping at different beaches up and down the east coast..and I have great memories of crabbing all day on the pier, making drip castles in the sand, disney and collecting seashells and sand dollars. We always seem to have someone extra with us on vacation…..what was one more person in a family of 10!!?!?! 🙂
24 – I had the neatest grammie & grampa ever….and could write a whole page on why….they were really fun and we were very close to them.
25 – Well, now that I am here.. I could think of at least 25 more random thoughts…but, maybe I will save that for another day. Just know….that for the most part, I am so happy to be me….and be a part of a great big family…movie of the week included at times…but, always good for a story or two.
I love all of my sisters and brothers….and my mom too!!
Peace out!

from 1/31/2009

I just found this and it made me laugh out loud, quite literally. I didn’t want to delete it and find myself thinking of doing it again, just to see what’s different and what would be the same. 🙂 And yes….there are a lot of capital letters down there…those would indicate the “QUESTIONS” though it is hurting my eyes just to look at it! 😉

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? no

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? a week or so ago when I saw the movie – The Express

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? when I take my time…it’s really nice…when I don’t, it’s horrible

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Ukrop’s Oven Roasted Turkey

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? 2 boys….Tanner is 12 and Logan is almost 9

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? sure

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? me? no way…..lol….of course, it’s one of my talents

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? no way

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? alpha bits

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? no….unless I can’t get them off

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? breyer’s or haagendaz (sp) coffee

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? their smile

15. RED OR PINK? pink

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? too many to name

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? grandparents

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST? of course

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? jeans & brown bare traps

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? logan opening all of the cabinets looking for snackage

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? aqua

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? honeysuckle, something sweet baking, babies fresh from a bath

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? hubby

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? yes, of course

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? football & olympics

27. HAIR COLOR? brown with help

28. EYE COLOR? brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? no

30. FAVORITE FOOD? blackened fish or a good steak

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Express

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? blue & white

34. Summer or winter? SUMMER

35. HUGS OR KISSES? both

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? hard to say 🙂

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? same as above

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? whatever Logan is reading for school

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? don’t have one

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? recorded American Idol & Cash Cab

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)? a thunder storm, my boys getting along, acoustic guitar…

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Arizona

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? hard to say….I am creative….

46 WHERE WERE U BORN? Richmond Memorial Hospital, VA

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? everyone

48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER? through his sister when we were 13

from 2/6/2009

Listen to me closely and remember what I say,
I love you both a little more each and every day.
All I’ve ever wanted is for the two of you to be
The kind of person that helps others to believe;
That nothing is impossible and to always give your best;
That hard work is good for you, let God help with the rest.
Be good to one another, and be the best of friends
When you grow up, be humble, kind and strong men.
Love your family and your friends with all of your heart,
And remember what I’ve told you from the very start.
From the time you were my babies, I never let a day go by,
Without kissing you or hugging you when we say goodbye.
Never take tomorrow for granted, or neglect the ones you love.
Or forget to say a prayer each day and praise our God above.
To be your mom was the greatest gift that I have ever known
Some day you’ll understand when you have children of your own.

dianna lester 3/22/2009

ingredients
• 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell *
• 2 large eggs
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teas vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
• 1 cup (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup chopped nuts
• sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)

directions
PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. beat in flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. beat in butter. stir in morsels and nuts. spoon into pie shell.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. cool on wire rack. serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

or something like that 

anyway, blogging is something I do daily “in my mind” – not so good about the actual posting it part. I blame my restless mind (my very own creative diagnosis) and being the busiest most unorganized person that I know. facebook has been doing a lot of changes…and I debate constantly on whether or not to keep my personal page going, though there are a few games I like to play and it is a great way to keep in touch with people that I don’t get to see often, or ever. I used to post notes on there, but thought I would start transferring them onto the blog just to have my thoughts, and such in one place. 

so, you will indeed be seeing quite a few “new-old” posts….just for posterity….not really sure what that saying means, but it seems appropriate. 🙂 I will be sure to include the date on the old posts…not that it matters…just because. 

Ingredients

2 lbs. ground round

1 med. vidalia onion (very finely chopped)

2 cans of tomato sauce (I use plain but you can opt for the seasoned ones too)

1 corona for the chili…..the rest you can enjoy later 🙂

2 tbls chili powder

1 tbls oregano

1 teas sugar

1  pkg of concentrated beef stock (I use knorr’s)

1 teas cayenne

2 to 3 medium white potatoes (peeled & finely diced)

1 to 2 tbls of finely ground corn meal

Brown the ground beef in large stock pot – seasoning with salt, pepper and whatever else your heart desires. Once browned, add onions and let those babies cook a little. Then add the next 8 ingredients and begin simmering on low to medium…..for a couple of hours.  Feel free to have a Corona while everything is coming together. Now sing that song by the Beatles. Okay, seriously, when the potatoes are cooked….and you will have to check 😉 then add the ground corn meal. I add ground flax too…but that’s for my health and no one at my house notices it! Feel free to taste test it and add more cayenne or chili powder if it is not enough for you. I have to keep it on the mild side for me and the boys….but my husband always has his with a side of hot sauce! Now, get yourself a big old bowl, fill it with chili and cover and smother it with some shredded monterey jack and some crackers and go! Be sure to grab another corona to wash it all down! 😉

In my dreams I am a singer in a band
Wearing a surf shop t-shirt and a guitar in my hand
I’m barefoot and laughing and tan from the sun…..

dianna lester 2/2/2009

I’d like to find me
A little island
In the southern sea
A place to linger
In the sand
Under a tall palm tree…

dianna lester  7/25/09