Welcome to our adventures. I try as best as I can to document the happenings here in our family - everything from the shenanigans to the spiritual, from the kid to the kitchen, from the cat to the catastrophes. We believe that adventure can be found in everything we do...even in the mundane tasks of the day. When we set our minds on things above in gratitude to God, we find the strength to approach life with a sense of purpose & adventure. The adventure may not always be what we have planned...but isn't that what adventure is all about?

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Monday, February 15, 2010

A month or so ago, Mike bought a new game called, "Memoir 44"....it's a board game that involves strategy, little army men and tanks, cards, dice and the desire to talk about things like left flanks, recon and air superiority.

I am no discriminator of war related things...I've watched Band of Brothers 73 times and I like shooting guns. What else do ya want? But I have just not had the time nor the desire to set up my infantry units on the Memoir 44 board. However, my precious girly-girl has risen to the occasion...logging in quite a number of wins against her old man. I'll be walking through the house and all the sudden I will hear my 7 year old daughter saying things like, "I'm going to cut the wire and move in for my attack". Or, "I'll move my guys adjacent for an ambush....direct from H.Q.". My favorite: "You are getting routed, Dad!".

So tonight, I sat down with the two of them to see if I could pick up on what's going on in the dining room theater. So Abby starts explaining the game to me. She starts out by explaining something about a certain medic card, blah, blah, blah. And she says, "so Dad wiped out 3 of my men". My response to her, in my most compassionate motherly voice was, "well....that's not very nice".

She looked at me and with just a slight hint of scoffing, she replied: "Mom...it's war, OK?"
Monday, February 8, 2010
Yesterday, I braved the freezing - yes, freezing - weather and participated with 30 other photographers in a photo walk of downtown Nashville. In attendance were the owners of the IHeartFaces blog as well as photographer Michael Howard. Michael challenged us to get out of our photographic comfort zone. For me, that meant shooting at different angles and looking for ordinary things to make a little less ordinary through the use of my camera.

My favorite part of the walk was watching the other photographers and how they chose to shoot things - physically AND conceptually. Looking at their results compared to mine - not to see what's better, but to see what's different...taking those differences and allowing them to stretch me and grow me out of my comfort zone.

Here are a few of my shots from the walk. I would absolutely love it if you browsed the rest of the pictures. You can find those on my
AFH Fan Page.

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dirty bike

rusty lock

fire hydrant

gum on a wall
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Hey y'all!

Just wanted to share some exciting news with you. Yesterday was the launch of the "new" AFHOnline.com! After 10+ years of operating as a web designer/application developer, I decided it was time to completely re-brand the vision of the business. I would tell you all about what that vision is....but how much fun would that be? Why don't you go take a look at the new AFHOnline.com and read about it for yourself!

While you're there, take a look at my portfolio of work....if you like what you see, please become a Facebook fan and/or follow me on Twitter so you can stay on top of what's going on @ AFH!

Thanks for taking a moment to celebrate the launch with me. One last thing....want to give a big shout out to the weather, which has seen fit to keep me shacked up in the house for 3 days straight, unable to perform any of my Club Amaro duties! And although there are always projects to do around the house (like keeping my bathroom sink clean), I always say, "if you've got 3 days, why not build a website?"

In the awesome words of Gus Portokalos: So there you go...

Monday, February 1, 2010
The facts: Mike and I have a two sink bathroom. Mike has no problem keeping his sink clean. I have a problem keeping my sink clean (you know, toothpaste remnants and all that). The master bathroom is the last frontier of our house, so I don't mind a messy sink....nobody EVER sees this room.

The conviction: Abby says to me, "You know mom...your bathroom does not have symmetry because your sink is dirty and dads is clean"

I will now be working hard to keep my sink clean, because I like a bathroom with good symmetry.