Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

I know it's been awhile, but I wanted to drop off this new photo of my kids.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Heart Faces: Best Face From 2012

My boys had a lot of fun this day, when our local library brought in puppies, kittens, and my son's favorite, bunnies, to cuddle.




Photo Challenge Submission This was entered in the I Heart Faces Best Face of 2012 contest.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Just testing a photo:


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Frame A Day '12--Week 46: 11/11-11/17

Week 46!  It's coming down to the end.  I know that I really enjoyed the photos for this time of year last year, so I am looking forward to seeing what I capture during the holidays this year.


November 11--Proud to be an American--The Scouts in the family participated in a flag ceremony to honor Veterans. The park itself is quite lovely, and Imp found himself contemplating the memorial for residents who perished in the September 11th attacks.

 November 12--Adventuresome Threesome--Every once in awhile, the kids decide that they are going to go on 'an adventure' for the morning or afternoon.  The telltale signs?  The baseball caps and packed bags.


November 13--Following in My Footsteps--Trust took some additional photos tonight for the badge she's working on for Girl Scouts. She was having a grand time trying different angles with her subject and looking at her results to see how she could improve them. Hmm...sounds so familiar...

 November 14--Trust and Imp decided to have their stuffed friends put on a fashion show tonight.  The friends donned their favorite outfits, and there was even a runway for the models of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books.  The best part?  The descriptions of the outfits as described by Imp.

November 15--Thank You, Vets--Although we're a few days late, the sentiment is still important.  At the YMCA, we added Chretien's name to a sticky on this thank you to veterans board...right next (door) to the name of our next door neighbor.

November 16--Feline Friends--Actually, they are more than just friends.  Miney and Moe are brothers, and we've had them for over 11 years.  They were born the same month that Chretien and I met, so in May they'll be 13.

 November 17--Tis the Season?--My boys coincidentally wore matching Christmas PJs tonight.  They're gearing up for the big night, when all three wear matching pajamas.  They were doing hand gestures for "Peanut Butter and Jelly", a song that Earnest learned at school, and evidently, are having a jolly time of it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Frame A Day '12: Week 45--11/4-11/10

November 4--The Next Generation--Troop XXXX came over to work on the Digital Photography badge today.  They seemed to enjoy taking photos of one another as well as leaves, our pumpkins, the cats, the car, knick knacks around the house, etc., etc., etc.


November 5--Hit the Road, Jack--......or Tom (Turkey).  Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, and the resident turkeys at my parents' condo complex don't seem to have any concern about the calendar.



 November 6--The Next Four Years...and On...Since the summer, Trust and I have been writing letters back and forth to one another a few times a month; we keep all of them in this journal, which, I figure, might be a nice keepsake down the road.  Last night, I intentionally wrote this letter before I went to bed for my all-things-about-all-presidents girl.



November 7--Let It Snow??--First snow of the season hit us this afternoon.  While it didn't amount to much, it did coat everything with that lovely, pure whiteness as only snow can.  While this is early, it's 11 days later than last year's first snow on October 27.

 November 8--Magnatile Man--The Magnatiles are three years old, and the kids still use them all the time.  This was some sort of horizontal castle or vehicle.  No matter.  They really are a lot of fun to play with.

 November 9--Impish Grin--Obviously, this is not Imp's regular bicycle, but you can't fault a kid for trying.  This photo really captures Imp's impish grin, the one he flashes when he knows he's trying to put one over on us.

 November 10--Sticks and Stones--While we were waiting for Trust to finish her skating lesson, Earnest, Imp and I took a walk to the nearby pond.  Why is it that boys are always fascinated with sticks and stones?  I suppose it's been this way for eons, and it's likely hardwired into that Y chromosome.  Imp toted that somewhat large rock around with us for the entire walk, and at the very end, he threw it into the pond and chirped "See you next time."  Of course.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Frame A Day '12: Week 44--10/28-11/3

October 28--Poison Apple--Trust's ballet school had a Halloween party today, complete with their version of a haunted house in their newly acquired second floor space.  Imp was told that it was a good thing he had 'spikes' because that would help him as we journeyed through the haunted house.  I guess they worked, as he did not take the bait offered by the Wicked Queen, also known as the director who in real life is nothing like her Halloween persona.

 October 29--Hunkering Down--The impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy brought everything--school, work, activities--to a screeching halt.  The logical choice?  Have Chretien build a fort under the dining room table and prepare for the worst.

 October 30--Our Salvation--Hurricane Sandy, via a tree downed on wires around the corner from our house, knocked our power out yesterday.  When we learned that the earliest it might be restored is Thursday, we borrowed my sister and brother-in-law's new generator.  We put it to use before they did!

October 31--Trick or Treat--Complete darkness set the scene for Halloween when Lady Liberty, Optimus Prime and a Power Ranger first started out for trick or treating, as our power had yet to be restored.  Thankfully, right at the first house, we noticed that the lights within the homes were suddenly popping on.  There was an almost audible cheer from the neighbors as we realized our wait was over.

November 1--A Pile of Pumpkins--These orange lovelies represent a few different parties we've attended over the past few weeks.  I'm partial to the duck.

 November 2--The Midnight Train...to Georgia?--Another free Friday night at the museum saw us getting ready to board a train.  When I asked Earnest where we were going, he replied "Georgia".  Somehow, he thought we'd wind up seeing the Grand Canyon once we arrived.  Next stop--A geography lesson?

 November 3--Pumpkin Face?--We had one last Halloween party to attend this afternoon, at our church.  Earnest asked for a pumpkin face, but without orange, it was a challenge.  However, his face sort of matches his costume, so all was good.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Frame A Day '12: Week 43--10/21-27

We hit Day 300 (and then some) this week!  As someone who is 3/4 of the way through her second Project 365 (366), it was really Day 666 that day, but who's counting?


October 22--A Party in the Pumpkin Patch--The kids and I went to a pumpkin festival. There were bounce houses and trampolines, face painting, pumpkin painting, free samples of snacks and a very scary haunted house. We had a great time.

As an aside, I am so amazed at how much I have learned this year with respect to post processing.  Look at the original photo:

Sure, I knew how to crop prior to this year, but the difference in my photos with respect to color and the rest is amazing.  I have a lot to learn, still, but just so glad I made post-processing my goal for this year.

Moving along...
October 21--Paging the Doctor--Imp pulled out the stethoscope this morning and decided it was time for a check up of our tickers.  It was interesting trying to comply with his wishes while trying to get breakfast ready, but we managed.

And just ignore the above photo with regard to the processing.  Sometimes, there is not much that can be done when you have a photo shot in a dark room.

This next one is pretty darn awful, but it's more for the memory:
 October 23--Head (Big) Banger--Big Bang Theory comes on every night at 7 and 7:30.  One night in the summer, Imp started nodding his head up and down in time with the music when the theme song started.  We all cracked up.  Since then, his moves have evolved into a full-fledged dance with culminates with his shouting 'Yay Big Bang!' at the end of the song.  He loves it, and we love him.

October 24--Halloween Haunted House--We went to the library tonight for a special Halloween story time, craft and treat of Teddy Grahams.  Although it was slated for 3-7 year olds, the librarian who has known Trust since she was a year old, was fine with letting her participate as well.  Here we see Earnest putting the finishing touches on his house.

 October 25--Telling Stories--Tonight was the annual pot luck dinner at Imp's school.  After dinner, Trust decided she wanted to share some stories with Imp and his friends.  Despite the distracted looks in this shot, she had a captive audience of both kids and even some parents.

 October 26--Superfriends--Tonight was the Halloween party at the kids' school.  Imp befriended a fellow Power Ranger on our way inside, and then bumped into his new friend when it was time to go to the Haunted Courtyard.  It's always nice to hang with your fellow superhero friends.

October 27--Sky Blue Soccer--Last day of fall soccer, and the "Sky Blue" team managed to pose for a group photo.  Trust and the other sister is in the photo since they were often helpers.  And, why yes, Sky Blue is the name they called themselves.  Why do you ask?