Sunday, December 13, 2009

[photo challenge - week 49]

Week 48 - Pets Only!

When I saw this weeks challenge, there was no doubt in my mind which shot I would use. My Golden is my best subject since he sits still better then the 3 y/o. Everyone always asks if we drug him. He's the most mellow dog we've ever owned until you put a ball in front of him. Once you do that, you're done. You are his 'thrower' until he drops, which usually takes about 45 minutes of playing fetch.

This was one of the first pictures I got into Explore on Flickr. Reached #76 out of 500, so I was pretty stoked!

Yeah, I have a hard life...what of it?  *Explored*

Saturday, December 12, 2009

[weekly winners - dec. 6 - 12]

Hope everyone had a great week and welcome to this week's edition of my Weekly Winners. Brought to you originally by the sarcastically wonderful Lotus, make sure you stop over there to see what everyone else has to offer.

Down that old dirt road
Down that old dirt road


Fallen along our path
Fallen along our path

It goes on forever
Crystal Beach Pier

Shot the Locash Cowboys last night at the Round Up. They put on a killer show and never disappoint! You can head to the Round Up's website for all the pictures.

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Then I'll give you the run down on this one. Chris, the lead signer for Locash Cowboys, started 'pursuing' Kaitlyn about 2-3 years ago when the first played at The Round Up. She wanted nothing to do with him. About 1 1/2 years ago, they had the piano in the middle of the dance floor, Preston (the other signer), started playing, Chris went and got Kaitlyn to dance and that's all she wrote.

Anyways, before the concert last night, he asked her to marry him and she said yes. So they danced to the same song that they danced to the first time as he sang it to her. Everyone all together now...awwwwww lol
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And now my shameless plus for the month of December. All prints on my website are 15% off for the holidays. Use coupon code: HOLIDAY15 at check out. Look in 'My Favorites' gallery.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

[fix-it-friday #39]

Fix-It-Friday #39
Click ^ ^ to see more over at I <3> Faces

So here's my contribution for this week.

Ride 'em (or not) Cowboy!!

Fix it Friday 39

For the most part it was done in Lightroom. Original changed to "antique light", clarity bumped up, increased the blacks. Pulled it into CS3, added some noise and here you go.

And to add in my shameless plug of the week, all prints off my website are 15% off until December 31. Enter coupon code: HOLIDAY15 at check out :) Happy Holidays!!
Lisa Otto Photo

Sunday, December 6, 2009

[weekly winners - nov. 29 - dec. 5]

Hope everyone had a great week but now it's that time again. Head over to Mrs. Brainchild of Weekly Winner's to see know the drill :)


Still not looking at you



And my favorite of the week :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

[weekly winners - nov. 22-28]'s that time again for the winners of the week. Head over to the brain child of it all, Lotus, to see more. I know I'm breaking the rules a bit and will get the wrath because I did, but I had to share.

Since making this decision to go back to school, I've learned a lot about myself and often thought, wtf am I doing? This week I had to go through the 1000's of pictures that I have and pick 10 of my favorites to do a mock portfolio. This was harder then picking my kid's names.

Here's my 10, in no particular order

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Brittanys Addy

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Up Up and Away HR

This one is probably my all time favorite since it was at the beginning of a shitty night because of this

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Where in the hell did 12 years go?

I had originally wrote this the morning of Matt's graduation with every single intention of publishing it that afternoon, once I got the proof in the envelope. Needless to say, here we are 6 months later and I'm just now posting it. of the year right here.


Today is the day. Today my oldest puts on his cap and gown to walk across the stage leading to the rest of his life.

Did I think he was going to get here? Hell no. Yeah, I had the up-most confidence in him but let's just say he takes after me when it comes to procrastination. Since Tuesday of last week, he's been writing, reading, learning and listening to me harp on him to get everything done. Things he needed and should of gotten done from the beginning of the six weeks.

But here we are, then end of his 12 years of eduction in the public school system. If there was one thing that I ever did for you, it was making sure that you were always in the same school. I did enough to you in our personal lives that I didn't want your school life screwed up. You can thank me for that later *eyeroll*

I could go on and on about how proud I am of you, and how much you've accomplished but you know that. You know how proud I am. I knew you could do it. And now you are done hearing me bitch about getting your work done...for now :)

I love you Matt and I'm so very proud to have you as my son! Congratulations to you and the whole class of Dunedin High School....Class of 2009!!

Pre-K Graduation from Tutor Time '96

June 6, 2009

Please say my name right

The Graduate

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekly Winners

This weeks pictures could be all about the lions I shot at Busch Gardens or the sickening cute pictures I took of J but this week it's all about Maddie.

Yesterday was the March of Dimes walk and the Tampa bloggers did it in honor and remembrance of Maddie. Bloggers from around the country have come together to walk and raise money for the March of Dimes in Maddie's honor. I was so happy to be a part of it all!

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You can go to the March for Maddie Flickr pool to see pictures from all across the country of bloggers walking in honor of Maddie. The rest of my walk pictures can be found here

And you know the drill....head to Lotus's to see the rest of the Weekly Winners

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I'm coming out of hiding for a great cause

Yes, I know it's been a looong while since I've been in here...on here or whatever. You know what I mean. But over this last week, I've been surfing the momblogsphere and realized that one of us is going through something that a parent should never have to go through.

Heather and Mike from "The Sphors are Multiplying" had to lay their little girl Maddie to rest this past Tuesday. Maddie was 17 months old. No parent should ever have to do this.

Purple was Maddie's color so in honor of her, I'm purple. Being 3000 miles away from someone that I didn't know but has touched my heart more than words can even express, I thought this was the least I could do.

So now on to the good stuff. The March of Dimes helped Mike and Heather from the beginning of her pregnancy and until the end. Mostly over the next couple of weeks, the March of Dimes "March for Babies" is taking place all over the country. Lotus has stepped up to the home plate and organized all of the "Walks for Maddie". You can head over to see her and check if there's a walk in your area. You don't have to don't have to donate. Go out and cheer these people on that are helping raise money for a wonderful cause!

Another thing you can do is donate on Maddie's March of Dimes page. I never really put into perspective the powers of the internet until this past week. Mom-bloggers from all over the country are teaming up to help this family and honor Maddie. I mean seriously, how cool is that?

I'm not walking this coming Saturday, the 25th, but I will most deifinitely be there cheering on Team Roster who is honoring Maddie in the Tampa area. I'll be out there taking pictures of the whole event.

If you want to know more about what is being done for Heather, Mike and to honot Maddie, again, you can head over to Lotus's page and she's got it all spelled out for ya'.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Weekly Winners

^^ is the brain child of Lotus...go see her and other winners

I've been so bad about blogging lately but I've had the camera in my hand, getting my site done (which is finished) and been sicker than a dog. Which I still don't understand that saying but whatever.

Anyways....hope everyone had a great week and without further ado.

211 Busch Gardens ~ Tampa Bay

I'm watching you
045 Busch Gardens ~ Tampa Bay

New friends
084 Busch Gardens ~ Tampa Bay


112 Busch Gardens ~ Tampa Bay

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Busch Gardens

Took the toddler to Busch Gardens yesterday....enjoy :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

*tap* *tap* *tap*

This thing on? Do I need to blow the dust off because there's a few cobwebs in here.

*smacks hand*
Yeah, I know. It's been a while. Hell, I didn't even do Weekly Winners yesterday and I had lots of shots to choose from last week.

Death found me and I started feeling sick Thursday night but still went to Gasparilla on Saturday and then He knocked and kicked my ass yesterday. I didn't move all day. Today is a bit better but Sutafed has been my assistance to existence the last two days.

But what better way to come back then an episode of What Not to Wear! I mean come on...this is the best.

So this is where we'll start.


Okay so the dress isn't really all that bad but you can't see the cowboy boots she has on her feet and the blinking tiara that she has. The dress flowed great on the dance me.

Moving on.


Full body camo with pink Crocs? Effin' seriously? Did you not look in the mirror before you left? Granted it's been cold in FL the last couple of days but gdamn, you aren't going hunting, you're going to a frigging country bar.


Welcome to Pleasantville....nothing more to say.

Of course I saved the best for last. If you don't like needles or anything like that...please don't look. If your eyes bleed, this is my disclaimer that I warned you.


Yep...that's 6. Count them. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six piercings down her back! WTF would you do this to yourself? Is there some stimulation that I'm not finding on Google that makes sex better because I'm thinking that laying on my back would hurt like hell.

So there it is folks. Bringing you back to the reality of what not to wear.

Stay tuned....

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weekly Winners

January 25 ~ 31

Yo! Go see the brain child of this weekly winner thing by clicking that^

Yum! Yum!
Yum Yum


Dancing Boy!
Dancin' Boy

Come on baby light my fire
Come on baby light my fire

Wednesday Moon

The best of the week....Birthday Dance
Mother and Son