I got my braces on May 22, 2013. The treatment is supposed to be around 18 to 20 months so hopefully this time next year I will be done with them. But while I have them I might as well enjoy it!

Currently I have an 1825 wire (I hope I’m right!) on top and bottom. I wear two rubber bands pretty much 24/7, (Haha, that’s a joke!) at least I’m supposed to! Right now the bands are helping to line up my bottom jaw line with the top.

Oh, and I went with a newer system in braces called the Damon system. They are supposed to be faster and less pain, which I haven’t really had much at all!

Anyways, any questions or comments just put them below and I will answer the best I can!


Yes. I’m 22 and I have braces! I love my braces! I have been wanting them since I was 12 and I finally got them thanks to my husband šŸ™‚


What makes it best?

I have a few friends that have the label “best” or “true” but who do I consider to be a best friend? How do they become a person who holds the title of being the best? Someone who I have a connection to almost instantly is surely going to be important to me.

I don’t ask for a lot in a friend. Someone who accepts me for me, someone I know will be there for me with no questions asked, they know who I really am because they have taken the time to get to know me, & lastly (maybe the most important) someone who never questions my friendship or loyalty to them.

Through all the years I have noticed that all my best friends are so much different but when you really start to study them they are actually a lot alike and each one of them, in their own ways, have encouraged me to be a better person. I hope, in return, I have brought something positive to their lives also.

My friendships all seem to be pretty similar in many aspects too. They are simple. As complicated and hectic everything can get, my friendships, for the most part, are always a constant simplicity. I am very grateful for this! I always know that I can just be me and nothing else, no expectations, no judgements, & sometimes no words.

I absolutely love all my best friends and I hope only the best for them. No matter what happens in life, whether we live 18 minutes or 18 hours apart, I will always consider them my best friends. With this being said I literally do have a best friend/sister that lives 18 hours away. I miss her very much. We haven’t seen each other since my wedding! We have both had a baby in this time apart and so much has changed with both of us that it’s ridiculous! I feel bad I can’t be there to cheer her on or listen when she needs me. I am lucky enough that she understands though and I am even more lucky to get to call her son, Dakota, my God son! Another one of my best friends, a more recently found friendship, lives in Montana at the moment. She is expecting her first little boy this March! He will be a year younger than my son. She and I had a very fast connection that turned into friendship all in one night over a bonfire. The third friendship is the one who lives 18 minutes away…but not for much longer. I was texting her today and I sadly, although I am very happy for her, found out that she will be moving to Utah. I met her in Auto zone, where she worked. I was going in there quite frequently and always saw her in there. One week I noticed she looked a little different, a little fuller (in her belly area). I went back a couple weeks later and I knew for a fact that she was pregnant and I could tell she was about as far along as I was! This was very exciting because it gave me a reason to go talk to her. I asked all about her and when she was due and then asked if she would like to hang out sometime. Thank goodness I did because not only doĀ I have anotherĀ great friend but Brookelle, my daughter, does too! Did I mention that she named her daughter Chevelle and that she is only about three weeks older!?

That’s enough rambling. Back to my point.

Life brings a lot of different people and some stay while others simply go. No matter who they are or how long they are in your life you should cherish the times you have because you never really know how it will change you. Although all three of these beautifully, amazing girls I talked about will shortly be living in different states than I do I will most definitely be closest to them for, hopefully,Ā the rest of my life!


Personal message:

No matter how far away, I will always be here for you. I miss you a shit ton and can’t wait to see you all again! Until next time, Love from the Hodges! <3<3<3


look at his little face! I still can’t get over this picture. He was about a month and a half old I think in this photo.

I remember this day so well. We were all sitting on the floor, big sister playing and watching over her little brother, I was watching Dr. Phil. I looked down and realized that my little boy had went to sleep. I got out my camera and snapped a few photos and this one turned out to be my favorite!

I have an example of reversing the lens and what it can do for macro photography

Here I have my Sigma zoom 28-70mm 1:2.8 lens mounted on my Canon Rebel T3i (also know as the 600D). This first picture shows you how close I can get with the lens properly put on the camera.


This second photo will show a much closer view with the lens mounted on reverse. Huge difference!


I don’t know about anyone else but this is absolutely amazing to me because I can do macro photography right now and I don’t have to invest a lot of money at the moment!


This is Axel Gene, our youngest.


This is Brookelle, our oldest and very much like her mother!


This is Chase. We have been married for 2 years and 7 months but we have been together for 8 years and 3 months! I met him when I was 14 and he was 16. Our love story is very cute and I would love to tell it but we will save that for a later date!

Reverse lens macro photography…?

I have been doing a lot of research on this reverse lens macro photography lately. I am very interested because I have seen the beautiful photos some people have created with this concept.

Now to jump back for a second. I remember seeing these amazing snowflake pictures and someone had mentioned this photographer used a pretty basic camera and he had turned his lens around. I was younger and had no clue what all of this meant all I knew is I wanted to create that!

Now back to the present. I recently was looking into snowflake photography and I had happened to come across this photographers, Alexey Kljatov, work again . I realized that he was just using a Canon A650 IS point-and-shoot (of course with some minor adjustments). The reverse lens he used was a Helios 44M-5 (58mm f/2.0) prime lens. I looked up some of the specs on this camera and found they are 12.1 megapixels, 1/1.7″ optical sensor size, image recording format is JPEG, & Optical Sensor Type is CCD.

Realizing the equipment he used to create these photos has inspired me to start dabbling in this area of photography! I found some very inexpensive ways I can also customize my Canon Rebel T3i. I found a 58mm reverse ring for $4.99, a step up adaptor ring from 58mm to 67mm (so I can also use my other lens) for $3.29, and a macro close-up +10 lens filter for $7.99.

Now, hopefully soon I will be able to start posting some of my own macro photography on this page. I’m not sure how interesting it will be at first but I am very excited for this next spring when the bugs and flowers start to come around again!

Christmas Angel

Here’s a look at a fun little shoot we did with the kids cousin, Karli! She’s such a sweetie!