Tuesday, September 29, 2009

San Diego Part 1

So we have been very lucky to have a vacation 2 weekends in a row. I totally felt a little bummed when we returned home from the last one because I no longer have any fun getaway to look forward to in the near or distant future. Sigh... This time our getaway was with the kids and grandma and grandpa. We had a great time.

Our first day at San Diego we spent at the beach (Everyone except grandpa and Ruby. She was so tired and needed to take a good nap back at the hotel). To say that the kids loved it would be an understatement. They had so much fun. And holy cow were they ever coated in sand. They were walking sand sculptures. Sophie wouldn't let us rinse her off at the beach side shower, so she traveled back to the hotel still completely covered in sand. Good thing we had a rental car!

The beach was so pretty and the weather was perfect. On top of this pier is hotel rooms. How fun is that? I would love to stay right on the pier. We however, did not! I so want to live near the beach. So much fun!

Sophie loved writing in the sand. Ever since she started Kindergarten she is a writing machine! The sand was her never ending notebook.

Of course they made a sandcastle

Monday, September 28, 2009

i ♥ faces- Blue

The theme is Blue this week at i faces and I just couldn't resist posting a pic of this cutie. He is my best friends little guy and I was so excited that she asked me to take his pictures. He was just so sweet and cuddly. I fell in love. This was my favorite pic and I just love his sparkly eyes and happy grin with the pop of blue behind him.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


One of the presents Sophie got for her birthday was a Butterfly Pavilion. After receiving it we quickly sent away for our caterpillars and before we knew it we had 10 caterpillars eating and growing before our eyes. It was so fun to watch them grow and change. Soon they were big and fat and they began forming their chrysalides. We watched and we waited and before too long our beautiful butterflies were emerging. It was so cool and the kids loved watching them fly around. We fed them for a couple of days and then I was finally able to convince Sophie to release them.

It was kind of a waiting game releasing 10 butterflies. Sophie and Collin anxiously stood and watched being careful not to lean over the pavilion too much in fear one of the butterflies would suddenly decide it was time to leave and fly right into their face.

Still waiting . . .
Every time one flew away the kids would get so excited and yell "bye" and wave them off on their new journey.

Now when we see a butterfly Sophie says "Look! It is one of my butterflies. It came for a visit!"

Reno Air Races; Fly Low Fly Fast Turn Left

Our trip to Reno was so much fun. It was nice to spend so much time with Logan without the kids. Most of it was spent at the air show where we watched a lot of planes.

Logan's favorite part of the races was "The Blue Angels." Just their pre-flight presentation was incredible and their flying was amazing.

The best way to describe the races is Nascar with planes. It was pretty neat to watch the planes races around the oval and make their passes. It is incredible how fast and low to the ground they fly. It does the body good to get your red neck on every now and then.

Monday, September 21, 2009

i ♥ faces- completely candid

There is one thing that this boy and I definitely have in common. It is our love of treats; chips, candy, cookies, ice cream, popcorn, brownies . . . you name it! On this particular day I was having an ice cream craving, so instead of going to the freezer I packed the kids in the car and we were off. They were thrilled. They love going "out" for ice cream.

I snapped a whole bunch of pics while we were eating. I just loved this one of Collin that I caught of him wiping a drip of his ice cream off of his chin. Completely candid. Just look at that cute expression.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Road Trip

We made it home from our road trip. The ride home was incredibly l o n g. I missed my kids and couldn't wait to see them. I kept telling Logan that Ruby wasn't going to remember me. He told me I was being silly. I hoped he was right.

When we FINALLY made it home, the kids were not nearly as excited to see us as we were to see them. They were not at all impressed with the souvenirs that we bought them, and Ruby wanted nothing to do with me. Nothing. I was bummed. Maybe even heart broken.

But all is good this morning. I was happy to wake up early with my baby. To see her smiles, and hear her babbles. And guess what? She still loves me. I knew she would. I don't think I was missed as much as I missed them. That's good I guess. Aahh! It is good to be home! Stay tuned for some pics of our good time at the Reno Air Races.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reno Air Races; Fly Low Fly Fast Turn Left

It is just us and the planes.
Three days.

No kids.

No responsibilities.

Sounds fun, huh?!?!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fix It Friday #28


Todays fix-it baby is adorable.

original photo

my edit

What do you think?

Here is how I did it:
Lightened up the photo using levels
Popped the eyes
Added some extra sharpening on the eyes
Cleaned up the face with the spot healing brush
Used a warming filter on 50% opacity

To see some more amazing fixes, visit i faces.

Okay, so I can't stop! I am waiting for my hubby to get home and I just couldn't pass up the chance to do another fix. This one has more of a pop of color, which I usually love. But this time I think I prefer the softer look.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Collin Goes To Pre-School!

It was a big week for Collin. He started pre-school. This event is one that I have been having mixed emotions about. So excited for him because I know he is going to love it, a little sad for myself that my baby boy is starting school (even if it is just pre-school), and nervous that he will be sad and cry when I have to leave him.

We have talked about it for months now. We have talked about all of the fun things he will get to do at school, about how nice his teacher is going to be, about how his best friend Olivia is going to be in his class, and about how mom can't stay with him during school. He has been looking forward to the idea, but as it got closer I could sense that he was a little nervous.

I took him to a pre-school open house to meet his teacher and see his classroom the day before. He was quiet and not too sure what to do. I showed him where his cubby was, where he would hang up his backpack etc. and encouraged him to play with the toys for a few minutes. At times he got excited about a few classroom items but for the most part he was quiet and reserved . . . nervous.

The morning came and he was ready. Ready to leave the moment his clothes were on. After dropping Sophie off at her school we headed to his. As we pulled up he shouted "There's MY school!" in such an excited voice. We got out of the car, put his backpack on, and headed inside. I knew he was going to do just fine when I asked him if he wanted to hold my hand and he said "NO!" He walked right in hung up his backpack and started his morning routine that he had seen his sister do the 2 previous years. He was a pro. I kissed him goodbye and left. That was it. It was that easy. He never asked me to stay . . . not even for a little bit. There were no tears. I couldn't believe it.

When I picked him up he had had a great first day. He LOVED it. Just like I knew he would. He was ready. Welcome to school bud!

Monday, September 7, 2009

i ♥ faces- Back to School

The photo in this weeks photo entry isn't a new one . . . the theme is "Back to School" and I wrote about Sophie's first day of Kindergarten here.

But it was a big day and I couldn't pass up the chance to enter the contest at i faces this week. I took a million pictures but out of all of them this one is my favorite. I love her excitement.

My little boy starts school this week and I am excited to get some great shots of him on his first day. I can't believe he is starting school.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fix It Friday #27


The photo today for fix-it friday is of a cute little guy. . . with the cutest cheeks. See for yourself!

original photo

my edit

I followed the instructions on Pioneer Woman Photography on how to reproduce a PW Action in PSE. Because I still cannot figure out how to install any actions and I have now completely given up. It is probably better for me to learn how without them anyway. Sigh. But the action I reproduced is called "Fresh and Colorful." I really like the color pop it gave the photo. Then I used the dodge tool to lighten around the eye area, popped the eyes, cropped and sharpened the photo. I love the way it turned out, but really it was a great photo to begin with.

I am loving all that I am learning about editing photos. It is always fun to see the "before and after" of each photo.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Ruby Jane is growing. Like a weed. I know I always say this but well, she is.

Nine months old and performing new tricks. Tricks that are so fun to watch. She is crawling. Yup, crawling. She started two weeks ago. It has evolved from an adorable little butt hop to a full on crawl. She is getting good. And fast. Well not really, but a lot faster than she was. And it makes her soOoo happy. Grandpa describes it as "just getting her drivers license!" I would agree.

And cheerios. She is eating cheerios. She is starting to eat table food. She has been a gager and a choker, but I think she is getting the hang of it. And loves it. I am excited about this one. Excited that soon I may not feel the need to dress myself in a full body suite when I feed her in order to avoid the spray of baby food that comes out of her mouth every time I feed her. Ya, that will be nice.

Ruby had her 9 month doctor visit. Not her favorite visit so far. Let's just say there were tears. A lot of tears, topped off with a prescription for amoxicillin. Poor girl had a double ear infection and I had no clue. That is how good she is.

We love you Ruby. You are getting soOoo big.

A while ago my sister told me that I needed to put myself and Logan into my pictures more because my kids won't want only pictures of themselves with invisible parents. They will want to know what their parents were doing and how they looked back in the day. I listened to her advise, but didn't really heed it. Then today I read a post about just what my sister had mentioned to me. It really got me thinking. I thought about how I wanted my children to remember the things we did together and I decided that I would take that challenge upon me and try to put myself into my pictures more. And I learned that there are some fun ways to go about it - more that just handing your camera to someone else, although that is good too. So here is my first attempt at putting myself into my pictures. I like it. It's fun!