“Depending on how old you are, you’ll remember where you were when you heard about Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination or September 11, 2001.

If you’re an Oklahoman, you remember the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The attack killed 168 people — the worst domestic terror attack in American history.”

(Jeffrey Smith, News On Six)

I was in between classes, headed to AP History…in 9th grade. Hard to believe it has been 15 years.

I remember the horror and confusion, the devastation and the hope, the hate and the acts of selfless love.

15 years.

Photo by David Glass

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  • the inadvertent farmer - Oh I too remember that day. I had little ones and when they carried the bodies of those in the daycare out I just cried and cried…how could someone do such a horrific thing? Those poor babies…and the parents that will never get to hold them again.

    Brings back tears just remembering. I can’t believe it has been 15 years…Kim

  • Jeannette Swan - I was working downtown – my office was on an outside wall with lots of windows – I’m pretty sure we were all so shocked – we didn’t know if a building in Tulsa would be next. We immediately went home that day and watched the horrible footage on TV. Wow, how quickly 15 years passes by!

  • keely - I was just thinking yesterday how strange it is to have an event like that-especially one that happened 15 (!!!!) years ago, that I can so clearly remember. I was in 7th grade (in Moore, OK), and they waited until the last class of the day to tell us. I was in my reading class. As soon as I got home, I plopped on the couch and watched the news-for HOURS. Horrific. But amazing, as well.

  • Susan - 15 years ago, I thought it was thunder. In the middle of taking a test as a senior in high school, I looked out the back window at bright clouds and wondered where was the rain. My dad worked downtown OKC, in the Murrah Building part of the time, and down the road in the IRS building part of the time. Phone lines were jammed and I couldn’t get ahold of him until around 1:30. So thankful he was OK. So devastated for the many many families that lost their loved ones. 15 years. wow.

  • bopha - i was just thinking this morning about where i was, i like you, was in my 9th grade english class. there was construction going on at the school so it was very loud and everyone had a hard time understanding what was going on, very surreal.

  • susie whyte - at the time, i lived in wichita..i was in 8th grade. a lot of my relatives live in oklahoma, so though i wasn’t there, i felt connected to everyone that lost someone. one year later, i was at union i-high in tulsa. our science teacher, mr. green, had the tv on in class and we watched the one year remembrance on cnn.

  • Mim - My daughter was born in the early morning of April 19th, 1995. As I awoke from a short nap that morning, I was stunned to discover that EVERY channel showed the same thing- the terrible bombing in Oklahoma City. Even though I was in Pennsylvania, it didn’t matter. I sobbed as I watched those babies being carried out. How could the world be such an evil place? I had just brought a new life into this world. How could a human do something like this?

  • Amber - As others have mentioned, you don’t necessarily need to be from OK to remember what you were doing/where you were when this happened. I remember my freshman shop teacher coming in and turning on the news so we could all watch. Can’t believe it’s been 15 years.

  • Katherine - I was in 9th grade in history class on 9/11. I can remember it so vividly, almost 9 years later.

  • Rachel - Thank you for this beautiful, but sad reminder. My 6-week-older cousin and I had a half day that day at our high school in San Diego– her 16th birthday. Her mom picked us up to take us out to lunch and told us the news and we were so devastated. I can’t believe how quickly 15 years goes… I’m sure that, for the families, it has been an eternity without their loved ones.

  • Becka - Oh I remember that too! I don’t remember where I was when it happened (I was about 10 years old) but I remember it being on the news and everyone talking about it. Crazy how much time has gone by.

  • maegan - Wow 15 years…. I was in 4th grade.

At least once every few months I write the current projects I am working on and make the grand decision to finish them all and be totally project free. It has never happened. I think I am a project addict. I can’t just have one project going…I have to have around 6 at all times. Even when I am working on those six I have the next six in my head to begin as soon as one is completed. I wonder if there are support groups for this kind of thing.

Tim and Kara are building a concrete table top for us. I was tired of using a toothpick to clear out all the food, playdoh and grime that got between the wood slats on the old one.

How do I do so many projects with little ones? Well, in this case they served as Tim’s captivated audience.

The table top was installed last night, but I don’t have pictures yet.

It weighs around 250 lbs!

It doesn’t get much better than this.

More ‘works in progress’ projects…I’ll post the results later.

Well now I feel overwhelmed…guess I’ll go get ready for tomorrow’s SnapShop. Why do I do this to myself?

Project Addicts Anonymous…I need intervention.

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  • Sarah - Sign me up for that support group! I’ve got a BIG project that will be consuming me for the next 2 weeks and I have 3 more planned with about 10 working out in my head! I’m right there with ya! can’t wait to see the table top!

  • Alba - Holding hands, so sweet. They will be very good friends.

  • annie - amen sister – I am the SAME way – i tell myself, it will be good and calm once i get everything done – too bad i’m always adding. and adding. and adding. oh well – life is never boring!!!

  • ashlee - if there is a support group count me in. i have 7 piles on my desk right now…each is a different project:) it keeps life interesting!

  • Christin - I’m right in there with you. If there’s a group send them my way. :)

  • Anna Joy - I’m just the same! I can’t help myself but if I feel like if I at least don’t start the beginning of each project, eventually I’ll lose interest and then I’ll never do it. At least I at least have started it and one day I’ll finish it! Can’t wait to see what that concrete table looks like. Have a great weekend!

  • Rachel C - Wow — now, I am overwhelmed. I am a one-at-a-time project kind of person. Do a project, check it off the list, do another project, check it off the list….you get the picture. Sometimes I will finish a project and then write it on my list, just so I can check it off. Sounds like I need a list-makers anonymous. :)

  • Moriah - oh that photo of the kids holding hands in their strollers is adorable

  • Mandy B - I had to laugh a little at the picture of your bleach bottle…seems I remember a story from your week last week about this project. You make me smile Ashley.

  • Holly - Hello, my name is Holly and I am Project Addict. It started when I learned how to sew…

  • Celia - You have a lot of energy!

  • Martina - I’m really curious about the table top. Can’t wait to hear more about it and see pictures. We have a concrete countertop in one of our bathrooms and I love the look of it. And it would be so durable and versatile for your crafty family. But the heaviness – I suggested to my hubby we do a concrete table top for our outdoor table and he said it would be too heavy. Can’t wait to find out how yall made it work!

  • Abby - I am with you. I have such a long list of projects running through my head at all times!

  • the inadvertent farmer - You and I need the same therapist…my hubby is about at his wits end with my ‘projects’ in his garage in different stages of completion. He is long suffering but even he is about to blow a gasket, lol!

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the wire spools…I have four behind the garage just waiting! Kim

  • Lisa Johnson - Seeing all those works in progress makes me excited to see the results! I have found that a few creative projects are key to keeping my sanity in a houseful of never-ending daily tasks. I love seeing what you will come up with next!

  • meredith - We have had a concrete tabletop for YEARS! One of the best decisions we’ve ever made. You’re gonna LOVE it! :)

  • Kelly - It looks like we might have enough people right here to make our own support group! :)
    I can’t wait to see your concrete table! We’re seriously considering doing concrete counter tops in our kitchen.

  • heidi - My husband has forbid me to start anymore projects for at least 6 months.
    i have decided its just not possible.
    for now i am trying to at least limit myself to one project at a time.

  • Yanet - I’ve been waiting to this table since the photo shoot of Tim and Kara’s home. Can’t wait for the reveal!!!

  • meg duerksen - i am 100% a project addict. join the club….welcome! we are all crazy here!

  • Mandi Smith - I definitely need that group…with a 12 step program :) I love the pictures of your kiddos holding hands, so adorable!

  • Jodi - I am right there with you. I have more projects than I will ever know what to do with or question if I will ever finish! But your ability to finish them is inspirational so keep up the good work. BTW, I have 4 of those same spools. They were matched up with a toddler table that my grandpa made me. We decided not to use them as the kids seating area with the new refinished table. I kind of have some ideas about how I may use them but now I am really excited to see what you are going to do with yours!

  • SeaminglySarah - I feel your pain. I agreed to make two quilts for a basket raffle and with only one done I’m feeling overwhelmed.

  • Rachel - If you really only have 6 at a time, you are an amateur! I’ve easily got 15 going at all times myself! And the average time it takes to complete one is usually 10 months! :) And although I think it would be fun to discuss this problem with others in a Too Many Projects Anonymous Club, I don’t think that I would join a group that told me not to live like this — having a ton of projects is also a ton of fun!

  • chantelle - when you find a PAA support group sign me up too! My projects righ now include garden pots, salsa container gardens, poppy seed farm (I re-potted over 100 poppy seedlings!, garden markers, garden towers, community garden, cucumber/radish garden(because everyone knows cucumbers like radishes but not tomatoes!) and then there are my sewing projects……bags, cases, straps, bags, sand wraps, themed bean bags and then there are the crafts, button rings, shadow boxes, vintage toys to fix…..my list goes on an on! Pop a thesis,full time masters classes an almost 2 year old an a busy busy MD hubby-maybe we could start another project called project blogs for people with too many projects! ha ha so nice toknow there are others like me out there!!!!!

  • Asha - I USED to be like that but then one day gave up, I only have two little ones but they don’t let me even walk out of the room, let alone not grabbing at what I’m doing. I get the itch from time to time but then remember I won’t be able to accomplish it, it’s sad, I know. Next year my daughter will be in 4 year old preschool, which is every day so I may be able to get my crafting back. Can’t wait to see your finished projects.

  • Cath - I think we should all start a group! I’ve so many things to finish. Right now with college I don’t have to do anything but I always try to start something (that ends up in the pile: to continue xD) I just wish I’d have time and not watch those amazing projects in the internet (because it’s where it all starts)

  • Kara - shoot at least u do ur projects! I get ideas in my head and then just get overwhelmed thinking about them! I wish I had the guts to just start them like u and then finish them!

  • Lori Danelle - Ha! I always claim to have Creative A.D.D. If I could keep my running project list to 6 I’d be doing great!! But I think it’s the projects in my head which are the worst. I get sort of consumed with thinking about them and bummed because I don’t have time to start them. So instead of finishing what I’ve got going on, I am completely distracted by the project that isn’t even in existence yet!!!

  • Amber - Please show us pictures of that concrete table top! I don’t understand! I’m especially intrigued by your reader who says they’ve had one for years and it’s one of the best decisions they made. Must not be the rough, drab, gray sidewalk look I’m thinking of! Can’t wait to see it!

  • maegan - I need to be in that support group.

A spring hike with friends after a huge thunderstorm…life is full.

All pictures taken with my point and shoot…usually just held out and guessing what I was shooting (I was hiking with a baby). Using auto mode and no flash.

Not sure what it is I love, but this is my new favorite picture of the two of us. Have you been hiding from the camera?

I just held the camera out and hoped I got us both in…glad it worked.

I could have removed the dirt off his lip, but that would lead you to believe my son never gets dirt in his mouth.

Her friend Hope thought she needed some flowers in her hair.

We never hike without bandaids and first aid antiseptic swabs…always need them.

It was a long hike. Chris is a great dad.

The outcome of me squatting down and holding the camera on the ground while trying not to wake the baby sleeping on my chest. I like it.

Location: Oxley Nature Center (by the Tulsa Zoo)

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  • Sarah - Great pictures! looked like you guys had a blast! do you have your point and shoot camera on manual setting when you took these pixs?

  • Anna Joy - Wow your pictures are great with your point and shoot! What kind do you have? I never have my flash on but my pictures don’t come out looking great like yours! Did you edit them as well?

  • meg duerksen - this makes me want to go for a walk!

  • katherinemarie - that band-aid shot AND the sleepy baby girl on your chest just makes my HEART MELT!!! I tell ya it’s these kind of photographs that will touch us in years to come and allow us to relive the magical moments of their precious childhood over and over again. :) THANKS for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johanna - these are just wonderful! Totally proves your talent and that it’s not the equipment that makes you good…but I think everyone already knows that!

  • ashlee - great pictures! last time we went to Oxley we got lost…like for hours…because hubs didn’t want to stay on the path, but go exploring. We wound up at a random parking lot on the other side of Mohawk! Its funny now, but at 8 months pregnant, it wasn’t so funny:)

  • giozi - Fun day, pretty pictures. I love the log one. Thanks for sharing these beautiful moments of your life and your family with all. :)

  • Martina - This is inspiring. I love that you got such colorful and story-telling pictures with just a point-and-shoot.

  • Ellen - Thank you for introducing me to Aleida’s Challenge, and reminding me of that challenge. I am guilty of hiding behind the camera, and due to your blog I am capturing more shots of Kiddo and myself. You are such an inspiring Mama.

  • ASH - Even with your point and shoot you get great pictures. Probably because your subjects are so cute!

  • Sunshine Burns - yes, please give some simple tips for those of us with point and shoot! settings, lighting and flash, editing….! looks like such fun- those are the fun simple outings they never forget!

  • Jaimie - I love that you can show that a point and shoot takes good pictures too. It isn’t the camera, it’s the eye behind it. I have a similar Canon P&S and I love it, though I can’t wait to get an SLR- for now, it takes great pictures and I am really learning a lot shooting in manual mode.

    Your baby is adorable. Your kids are adorable.
    Ok, that’s all.

  • lifeologia - what a beautiful walk in the woods. That photo of you and your daughter is just perfect 😉

  • lorae - Wonderful! Although these pictures make my heart a little sad because we are a bit home sick for Tulsa. Spring is my favorite time there. We are moving back in July and I’m sure in the crazy insane heat I might second guess our choices:). I’m taking a cue from you and letting my little guy “live” in swimming trunks the whole summer too. I also have been trying to live up to the Aleida’s challenge. Very beautiful, the challenge that is, not necessarily me in all the pics:).

  • the inadvertent farmer - What a lovely day…sunshine and mud…two of my very favorite things! Kim

  • Lauren - Wow! These are beautiful!
    I was wondering, how did you get started in photography? Did you take classes?

  • H-Mama @ Family Team - Your family and pix = precious!!