Sunday, January 16, 2011


Hello, everybody! It's Abbey.

I just wanted to share with you some photos that I took today. My Dad and I trudged through the deep snow to an old abandoned house in the country to take some photos. We both brought our cameras, but mine ran out of battery while we were there (Yeah, I know. Fail.). Fortunately, his camera still had lots of battery left, so I was able to take some photos with it! The abandoned house was so beautiful, in a mysterious kind of way. I'm not really sure of the exact reason why I love abandoned houses and barns so much (Remember this one?) I think it might be because I get to see the remains of the places that families once called 'home'. Honestly, that's just really exciting for me! If you actually read this little blog post/rant, I applaud you. Now, here are the photos.




Have a great week,


PS. We were clearing out our Flickr photostream, and so now some of the older photos on this blog say 'unavailable'. But, that definitely won't be happening anymore! Sorry about that.

PPS. Thank-you for all the Flickr comments on this photo. They made my day. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

TOMS. One for One.

TOMS. One for one.

We really had the need to share this amazing movement with you.

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

Why Shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.

•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

To learn more about TOMS, please visit:

Also, spread the word and tell your friends and family about TOMS, and help raise awareness by participating in 'One Day Without Shoes':


Abbey & Chloe