Friday, November 17, 2017

Halloween Pics

Who doesn't love Halloween Pictures the week before Thanksgiving?  Sorry to be so far behind but our life is hectic.  We've had after school concerts, practices, and study halls.  All things that happen with your kids getting older and more independent.

 The Hippy
 Some weird pumpkin thing…the costume took five minutes to pick out so I'm not complaining.

A Nintendo Wii emoji?  If you're confused, so am I.

We did made it around the block in record time this year.  The kids are getting faster and no one complained they were tired.  I consider that a success.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Black and White Photo Challenge

I recently participated in the 7 day photo challenge in which you were to share 7 black and white photos.  The rules were to post 7 photos for 7 days with no people.  So, I'm going to share them here, give you some info about the photos, as well as share my overall feelings about challenge.

Day 1
This is just a fire in the backyard.  We love to sit outside around the fire and watch the boys play.

Day 2
My coffee…I love coffee.  Erik and I have matching mugs that we purchased to support the fallen officers in Dallas.

Day 3

The boys bikes.  They ride around the neighborhood.  They ride in the yard.

Day 4
The Organ Mountains…I love them.

Day 5
One of Maddie's paintings in his room.  

Day 6
My mom has been going through old boxes in my grandmother's house.  She found a box of WWII love letters my grandfather sent to my grandmother.  They are extremely delicate.  They are also burnt at the edges because they were stored for a very long time in my great grandmother's attic which caught fire many, many years ago.  My mom and I are trying to figure out the best way to preserve them.

Day 7

This photo was actually taken in Colorado when I was there for my bestie's wedding.  It's actually better in color, but I was running out of steam with the challenge.  These rocks do show up world wide.  My good friend in Australia is part of a club where you paint the rocks and drop them in locations for others to find.  I thought it was pretty cool that we found this rock and several others.

So what did I learn with this challenge?  I think you learn something with all things you do.  This time I learned that I really didn't like excluding people from my photos.  People make up the most important aspects of my life.  And while it was fun to try and find subjects, it got really old.  I did try to choose things that are important in my life.  I also really hated doing so many black and white photos.  My Instagram feed was so dreary.  I need color in my life.  I do love black and white photos but not every day for everything.  Overall, I'm glad I followed through with this challenge and I do think I could do another….just as long as it includes people and maybe a little color.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017


I came across this most beautiful quote the other day:  We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.  I loved that quote and I couldn't stop thinking about it until I could finally put it into pictures.  


Always listen and always make something beautiful when you can.  It might be messy, but that's life in all of it's beauty.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello October: Here's Something Crafty

Hello everyone!  I thought I would share these layouts I made for the Clique Kits Instagram Share.  They were done in my Traveller's Journal.  I love that little thing.  Remember I'm using a Moleskine journal.

I'm going to try and post some updates this week.  It's just been so busy around here.  This week is going to be busy too.  Anyhow, happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Service Announcement

Hey there.  Apparently, Photobucket isn't doing free third party hosting anymore.  That means if you are viewing my blog in a browser, you are seeing these huge icons where I had cute things posted.  You know like my Pinterest, Facebook links, and my cute signature at the bottom of each post?  Please bear with me while I try to figure this out because I'm not going to be paying $40 a month so you can see those cute icons.  I'm sorry about that…I love you all, but seriously $40 a month??  The saddest thing of all is that I made those things years ago and now I'm going to have to research how to do them again.  So, wish me luck. And here is a pic of green Chile just for fun.  They are from my garden and they are pretty darn hot!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


What a busy few weeks.  I love and hate going back to school.  I love it because I love my students.  I love teaching them and seeing them learn.  I hate it because it comes with lack of sleep, lack of time to work out, lack of time with my kids, and working late all of the time.  I swear, I'm gonna finish cutting out all of the stuff I laminated after I post this.

This weekend, Erik and I went to Colorado for my bestie's wedding.  We had an AMAZING time.  Here are some pics.

 This super cool bar…it is over 100 years old.

We went on an amazing mine tour.  I mean seriously we were lowered in a skim 1,000 feet below the ground. It was really cool.

Sadly, we were in bed in our hotel room…with no operable window about 10 o'clock every night.  Even on the wedding day, we were in bed by 10:30.  I guess we are getting old.

We had such an amazing time.  It was hilarious and fun.  It was so wonderful being surrounded with people that we love, and that love us.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Garden Stuff

I should be writing out lesson plans, but instead, I'm going to post some pics from my garden.  I've been enjoying this lovely rainy day.  I worked in my garden today, pulling weeds.  It was like a jungle in there, seriously.

Gardening is always so hit and miss with me.  Some years things grow well and some years they don't.  I can't for the life of me to get a cucumber to grow.  We've never had success with them.  This year my okra was a bummer.  We went camping and they died while we were gone.  We did have great success with jalapeƱos, green chile, zucchini, strawberries, peaches, and tomatoes.  I say big success on the tomatoes because it was the first time in two years we actually had any.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mariah Hechler Photography

It's been a huge work in progress this summer, but I'm ready to post up my photography website.  I will be adding more landscapes that will be available for order as time goes on, but I'm pretty happy with it!

You can go here: Mariah Hechler Photography to view it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'm Still Alive, People

I've been EXTREMELY busy with school starting up.  It has been a bit more overwhelming than expected.  In fact, my feelings reflect the children in this photo and the one not in it.  Basically, don't look at me, I'm tired, and I'm in bed.  Well, I wish I was in bed.  I can't sleep during the school year.  I wake up and think about all of the things that need to be done.  Educating children is fun, but it's a hard job.  So, I promise to be more active as soon as I recover from all of the beginning of school year stuff.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Is Over...long post

So, you all should remember the post where I posted all of our summer goals.  So, let's go over each one.

*Swim 1 mile a day…okay, that one was more difficult than it seemed.  Mostly because I had to swim after the sun went down.  It was too darn bright to swim at 3 pm.  I did manage to swim 3/4 a mile when weather allowed.  There were some days that it was storming so badly only an idiot would jump into the pool and swim.

*Next Goal:  Not let my hair turn green.  It didn't and I actually cut my own bangs. The stupid selfie camera makes more forehead appear larger than it is.

*Go on a huge hike:  Well, that didn't pan out.  We did do the Pine Trail at Aguirre Springs.  I nearly died made it through just fine.  It was really hot and much steeper than I planned on.

*Organize the garage:  We organized the heck out of the garage.  It took five days and a load to the dump.  It also took two loads to Savers for donations, but we did it.  Then, all of the remaining things were on the kitchen table.  It took me two weeks to clear it off, but its done!

*Grill like crazy: Yes, we grilled a lot of food.  I have more pictures, but they are on Erik's phone.  He's on Instagram as @grill_new_mexico

*Have fun...We did have a lot of fun.  I really enjoy the boys more and more each day.  I think it's because it's not so hectic anymore.  When you are going through the diapers and crying, it's so overwhelming..  Actually, when we cleaned out the garage we found and old video camera and we found priceless videos. Both Erik and I cried a little bit because it went by so fast, faster than we could keep up with.  As the boys get older and less demanding, I feel its easier to just slow down and enjoy them.  They are funny.  They are in love with The Office and I can't fault them on that because its the best...That's what she said, Ha.

Happy End of Summer.  It was great!


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