Monday, March 28, 2011

30 day photo challenge

photo via

starting april 1st, a few blogger friends and myself,  will be participating in a 30 day photo challenge. 

the bloggers:

tara @ laugh when you can
alecia @ a supermom's diary
dana @ hancock heir
kari @ sassy sawyer adventures

the list:

day 01 - a picture of yourself with ten facts

day 02 - a picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

day 03 - a picture of the cast from your favorite show

day 04 - a picture of your night

day 05 - a picture of your favorite memory

day 06 - a picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

day 07 - a picture of your most treasured item

day 08 - a picture that makes you laugh

day 09 - a picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

day 10 - a picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

day 11 - a picture of something you hate

day 12 - a picture of something you love

day 13 - a picture of your favorite band or artist

day 14 - a picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

day 15 - a picture of something you want to do before you die

day 16 - a picture of someone who inspires you

day 17 - a picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

day 18 - a picture of your biggest insecurity

day 19 - a picture and a letter

day 20 - a picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

day 21 - a picture of something you wish you could forget

day 22 - a picture of something you wish you were better at

day 23 - a picture of your favorite book

day 24 - a picture of something you wish you could change

day 25 - a picture of your day

day 26 - a picture of something that means a lot to you

day 27 - a picture of yourself and a family member

day 28 - a picture of something you're afraid of

day 29 - a picture that can always make you smile

day 30 - a picture of someone you miss

if you would like to join us, comment below or email your name and url to and i will add you to the list. 


Friday, March 18, 2011

flash back friday

st. paddy's day 2010

the prize winning costumes 

these pics are from last year's st. patricks day run/celebration at tir na nog.  and no, i did not run.  husband and i did the kiddy dash and kept the beer cold until the real runners crossed the finish line. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

etsy ecstasy

i was browsing thru etsy when i stumbled across traven7 and oh my!  

these dresses make me wish i was twirling around at a springtime picnic right now. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

flash back friday for you newbies ...

i have a few new followers, so i decided to flash back to a post from last august and tell you a little about myself.  

... getting to know me, getting to know all about me. 

uninteresting and silly facts about me:
  1. i giggle every time someone says "duty."  especially, when the word is used in military conversation or any serious context.  the more somber the mood ... the more i giggle.
  2. i love spinning toddlers around and then watch them try to walk
  3. i despise my handwriting 
  4. i could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  5. one of the first things i notice about someone is their pant/shoe combination. 
  6. its a little scary and unhealthy how excited i get about food. 
  7. i really dont have a style (although, im working on it).  deep inside me lives many style personalities and i dont have the skill nor cajonies to mesh them all together.  
  8. i despise working out.  i always can think of 73.5 things i need to do or would rather be doing. 
  9. i have known husband since the 6th grade and if someone would have told me he would end up husband, i probably would have kicked them in the shin. 
  10. if i was ever given an extra $10 in change at walmart (and only there) im pretty sure i would not give it back.  i would hope they were trying to repay me for the time they have stolen from my life, standing in their blasted lines. 
  11. if i had a theme song it would be float on by modest mouse. 
  12. i think that ethnic babies/children are cuter than caucasians babies/children 75% of the time ... not trying to be a racist, just sayin
  13. i think in another life i was a pirate or ninja ... or maybe a pirate ninja
  14. in elementary school, when it was time to get my eyes checked, i would stare at the lights while waiting in line, hoping i would have to get glasses.
  15. husband was never my boyfriend, before he was husband. 
  16. if i was an animal, i think i would be a llama.
  17. bartok the magnificent was one of my very favorite movies ... at the age of 20.  i just love that little bat
  18. i used to be a baton twirler and almost won a pageant because i was that good at it.  
  19. i would rather hang out with someone i dont even like than be by myself for too long ...
  20.  ... except on car rides.  i enjoy driving by myself and singing what i want to sing as loud as i want to sing it (and sometimes i talk to myself). 

stick a fork in me ...

... ok, so im not done but i am pooped.  its been a busy week for the benfields and i just dont have it in me for a flash back friday tonight.  i promise to do better in the weeks to come.

seriously, i do feel a little drained still from my 30 for 30 challenge.  unlike last time, i did not skip one day but i think it took away from what i am trying to do here.  there has been a lot of thoughts flying around in my head about what my next steps are and i have been taking some time to get those in order.   i am actually working on a post that will explain to you some of the goals and overall theme i am going for.  so thanks for sticking with me for this long.  i am sorry if i have disappointed anyone.

i will leave you with this blurb on how husband and i have been spending our free time this week:

words with friends!!!

forgive me, i am new to the world of iphones but i sure am glad i have finally arrived.  monday night, husband, keith and i sat around our living room playing words with friends ... with each other.  it was pitiful really, but so much fun.  i suck at word games but i am loving this!  

it maybe a little to blame for my lack of inspiration lately ... 

happy weekend everyone. 

ps - if you love this game too, my username is mebenfield.  hit me up!

Monday, March 7, 2011

grant is 6 months old

a couple of weeks ago, tara and i read about oak view park on the goodnight raleigh blog.  i have been on poole road so many times and never once noticed it and neither had she.  we thought it would be the perfect spot to spend a saturday with grant for his 6 month old photo shoot.  and it was ... a perfect day that is.  

here are a few of my favorites: 

Friday, March 4, 2011

flash back friday

husband is in school right now ... which means he is on spring break.  BUT as a 30 year old man, spring break looks a little different than it did back in the day.

i thought i would share with you a few pics from one of my spring breaks.

i miss my girls a little bit right now! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011


wow, blogger hates me today!

so i have been sitting here for like 45 minutes trying to get these pics in order ... 10 rows of 3, is that so hard?  it must be because im done with it.  so i apologize for however it ends up posting :)  

this time around i learned the following:
  • my work clothes are not very fun at all.
  • i need more print in my life ... a closet full of solids just aint cuttin it!
  • i have enough clothes (except for my lack of prints)  *he he*
  • i am a bit tired of posing, seeing my face and talking about clothes on this blog!!!
  • that friends do let friends cut their own bangs.  
  • not to do another one of these challenges in the middle of the seasons changing.  BUT if i do, be more prepared for cooler and warmer days.  
  • i learned more but im spent from dealing with the picture issue.  
and this is my 30 for 30 recap:












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