Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

I’m finally back with one of these.  The past few have been a bit not my cup of tea or I’ve been too busy with other posts to do it.  However, this one involves pictures and I fully intend on checking out the March Phoneography but since I only have a dumbphone still.  I will be using this to learn a bit more about my tablet.

For this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, they kick off this March Phoneography with a picture…

For this challenge, we want to see a photo of someone looking truly happy. Not “I’m-smiling-for-this-photo” happy, but really, deeply, twinkle-in-the-eyes happy. When we’re smiling a genuine smile, our whole faces get involved — our whole bodies, for that matter. There’s a light in our eyes. We look relaxed; there’s a forced tension in a fake smile. Then we want to know why: what’s going on in the photo? What are you (or they) thinking about at the exact moment? (And if you really want to get into it: what happens next?)

I hunt through my old pictures as they requested to look for one of me.  I also had to put in my loved one, my boyfriend, because I captured that shot.  Its really hard to capture myself truly happy although most of the pictures I take, I am genuinely happy but to catch myself giggling to myself spontaneously is hard.  The most genuine is when we don’t realize..like when I’m baking…but then my hands are kind of full with hand mixers, spatulas, flour, butter, etc…Enough rambling on my part and let’s go!

My absolutely favorite and natural picture of my boyfriend giving off all kinds of natural happiness in his expression:

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This was in the summer of 2011 when we went on our Niagara Falls trip at Bird Kingdom.  That place is super beautiful and we went into this area with these little birds flying and chirping away in their mocked natural habitat.  They were all so adorable.  I don’t exactly remember what my boyfriend was looking at. My guess is probably some kids or some conversation going on while he was patiently waiting for me to chase or sneak up on birds and take millions of pictures before I got it right.  That is a natural smile right there.  He had no idea I was taking pictures of him until we got back to the hotel and I was checking out the pictures.

The other picture is full credits to my friend, if they see this post via Facebook, they will know who they are so thank you to my awesome friend or else I wouldn’t have these memories:

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It was hard to choose which one for this but the one before is of me holding the actual gift I got.  Why not? I was asked to put one and then here’s two, why not three, right?

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Wait wait, back track…

Last year, I held a huge duo birthday party for two friends and also it was a huge party in general to gather everyone together.  What I didn’t know was that they had planned out a surprise for me.  Making me get a lot of attention that night.  One of my friends somehow snuck in two shots of me.  I think this is me really happy from actually holding a guitar that they all chipped in for me and then (they don’t know this) tearing up…I was really touched.  I don’t like attention but I do like feeling appreciated and loved by my friends.  Surprise, right? And that card made me laugh a lot too, because its pretty much cats meowing to the tune of Happy Birthday.  Whenever my cat hears it, she just starts sniffing the card, biting and meowing at the card to get those cats to reveal themselves.  Its pretty hilarious 🙂

Sometimes, its really these moments that you look back and you really smile.  I look back and I had a hard time choosing the moment to use. A lot had to do with the one party that I have a year for my birthday which I stopped doing huge.  This one was in April, well past my birthday but they all remembered, so that was really sweet.  Point being, I’ve been very fortunate to feel genuinely happy throughout the years and I have tons of pictures to show for it.  That thought makes me even happier.

Whats a moment that comes to your mind that makes you smile right away?

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Smile

Sue at A Word in Your Ear has landed on a very happy word for this week’s challenge, SMILE! If you’re interesting in joining this fun challenge or see some other beautiful entries, please head over HERE! Its probably my most favorite thing to do.  Although in the process of searching up pictures in all my 20GB of photos, I learned that sometimes I have the most weirdest smiles. Although it would be boring if I only featured myself.  So here we go…some of the best smiles are to see them on the faces in their normal spontaneous moments that I captured.

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My last dog, a fluffy Chow Chow!

My old boy here back in 2009.  Ever since he was a little puppy, he’s always been my best friend and always one to greet me with his big smile.  Doesn’t looking at him just make you want to smile? Man, don’t I miss seeing that!

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Disneyland Hong Kong with Chip n Dale

Disneyland is a place of wonder and fantasy.  Can you tell I was totally ecstatic to have my picture with Chip ‘n Dale? I love these guys.  I think they felt it because they both gave me a huge kiss on my cheek soon after this picture was taken! Fun times! 🙂

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Kids playing in the backyard

This was a totally spontaneous shot that even I had forgotten about.  Kids playing in the backyard during a birthday party.  Doesn’t her smile just warm your heart? This little girl is not related to me but is one of my boyfriend’s friends’ little girl.  The innocent smiles of children are always something that makes us happy.  We wish for their smiles to stay that way with pure joy and with nothing to ever have to worry about.

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Relaxing next to rapids

This is a completely natural shot.  I didn’t even know it was taken till I got back home and checked the pictures.  Water is what calms and destresses me. This place in Rawdon, Quebec is a little part of the rapids right next Dorwin Falls.  Once I sit here, I never want to leave because this gives one of the most natural and relaxed smiles I can possibly give off.

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Silly poses

I think by now you’ve realized my best friends are some of the best joys in my life. These silly things hopefully will bring out as much of a smile to me as it does for you! Sometimes, we don’t have to be too serious and just let ourselves have fun, right? RIGHT! 🙂