Monthly Archives: August 2011

A snapshot of time

Classes began on Monday, or Tuesday for me. And as many of my friends have pointed out, it was our last first day of school.

Summer flew by, but I feel like I accomplished a lot. As I’ve mentioned, I had a great time with my family on vacation, I started exercising regularly (for the most part) and I learned a lot at my internship at Davey Tree. Scroll down to see some of my latest handmade cards, some creations I cranked out before the semester began.

Although it’s hard to fathom I’m a senior in college, life goes on. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my last two semesters of school. Despite busy schedules, classes and work, fall is my favorite time of the year. I plan to enjoy every last bit of it, from the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Fall Hiking Spree and football games, to Kent’s Art in the Park¬†and all the fall foods I love.

And I’ll be snapping photos every last bit of the way.

I encourage all college seniors to do the same. This could potentially be the most exciting time of your life–so why not document and remember these experiences for many years to come? Be the grandma among your friends–gather everyone together and snap away!

Take a look at some of the cards I’ve created more recently. Which

Happy birthday card

Happy Birthday

designs do you like the best?

"Hello" card

Just because card

Happy Birthday card

Happy Birthday

Celebration card

Celebration

Celebration card

Celebration

"Hello" card

Just because card

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Back to reality

Aunt Lynn, Dad and Uncle Rick simultaneously taking photos

Aunt Lynn, Dad and Uncle Rick simultaneously taking photos; A picture of someone else taking a picture is a common occurrence in our family.

Although summer break ends in less than a month, I’m glad I had the opportunity to spend a week in the Pocono Mountains with my family. We shared a lot of laughs and fun experiences, and among the paparazzi that is the Ridinger family, we have many photos to prove it. Who knows when I’ll have or make the time to scrapbook this family vacation, so for now I’ll share my five favorite moments from the trip:

1. Spending time with Grandma and Grandpa

Looking through the scrapbook

Grandma and Grandpa flipping through the scrapbook

Although they couldn’t hike up a mountain or canoe 10 miles down the river, I enjoyed the time we spent with them during other moments of the trip. We shared meals each night in alternating condos; we played board games in the evenings; we went mini golfing and swimming; and of course, we gave them the scrapbook for their anniversary gift, something they seemed to enjoy very much.

2. Near constant laughter

Between my dad’s “jokes” (as we passed a bear statue on the right he said, “Bear right”), my Aunt Sue’s jumpiness and Matt and Jason’s incredible eating abilities, there was never a dull moment in our condo.

Jersey Boys

Celebrity sightings: the Situation, Vinny and Pauly D. on the Jersey Shore

3. Canoeing along the Jersey Shore

More than four hours of canoeing with the guys was entertaining, to say the least.

4. Family time

It was great to get away and relax for a few days, but it would not have been the same with my family.

Matt, me, Jane, my dad

My brother Matt, me, Jane and my dad

5. Bushkill Falls

Hiking along the Bushkill Falls trail was worth the $11 charge to simply hike along the trail. (Tourist trap?) The scenery was beautiful and very calming. The tall trees in the forest shaded us from the heat–also a good thing!

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls: the Niagra Falls of Pennsylvania

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