Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Kate and Glory are--wow--4 years old and we celebrated their birthday the day after Thanksgiving by going out to the movies and then out to lunch.
I've been trying to come up with "experiences" as presents instead of more toys to fill their already over-full house and initially wanted to take them to Disney Princesses on Ice, but after finding out it would be $400 plus to take the girls, we decided instead to take all the Co-op Kids (minus Ellie) to Wreck-It Ralph and out to Dairy Queen for lunch.
(Side note: Wreck-It Ralph was too scary for everyone except Noah. Keep that in mind for the 4 and under crew. Joe and I took turns taking scared kids out to the lobby for a break from the action).
|the birthday girls|
|opening presents from Aunt Deanna and Uncle Darin|
|Ellie and Lala|
|I thought he looked a bit Zoolander-ish in this photo. No wonder my sister can't resist him.|
|Amy and Kevin. Amy wasn't feeling so hot that day, but she perked up after a morning nap while the rest of us were at the movie.|
Friday, November 23, 2012
Our house was the place to eat and do laundry on Thanksgiving Day. (The Eddys' washing machine was broken so they brought their laundry and Aunt Becca also does her laundry at their house, so she brought some down). It's only the second time that Joe and I have made a turkey dinner, so I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out so well. I didn't particularly relish getting up at 5:30a to put the turkey in, but the end results was worth it.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
We were rushing around one morning when ND stopped me and asked me to take her picture.
Me: What do you want me to take a picture of you doing?
Natalie: I'm sleeping, Mom.
(These are the pictures that caused my classmate to suggest I photograph my dog...I was complaining that I couldn't change my manual settings fast enough to capture what I wanted).
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Last Sunday, Grandma & Papa K invited us over for dinner and then Grandma had the genius idea of making gingerbread cookies. Initially, the boys opted to tag along with the Uncles and watch a hunting movie, so ND soaked up all of her grandparents' attention with making cookies. Always the procrastinator, I took this opportunity to shoot my homework assignment for the photography class the following day.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We haven't seen much of Team Eddy lately. The last time they came down, I had a feeding tube in my nose and was a little worried that my days were numbered, so I texted my sister "Can you come visit me tomorrow?" and she dropped everything, loaded up her children and husband and came to my house to do laundry.
We've seen them a few times since them with a few visits to Spokane, but their last weekend trip got cancelled at the last minute and Amy and Kevin's work schedule has been ridiculous to schedule around. Amy's now working a 6 day a week rotation in the ICU and has little time for her old-bon-bon-eating ways while Kevin is coaching and chasing their four children constantly. Still, I needed me some sister time, so I called Amy last week and we had a two minute phone conversation in between putting our children to bed. She texted me about an hour later and said she and Kevin were bringing the whole fam down the following Saturday. Whoo hoo!
But, we were so glad to see them and can't wait to see them again at Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Teenie, a friend Julie, and I are taking a beginning digital SLR class on Mondays in November. Teenie found out about the class a few months ago and talked us into signing up with the promise of taking better pictures, going to dinner before class, and spending 2 hours a week skipping out on bedtime. SOLD! I sent my registration in that day.
Turns out, I'm not quite the student I was ten years ago. I neglected to bring any paper to take notes with...nor did I charge my camera battery prior to class. Then, I slacked off on my homework for most of the week because it took me several days to find the battery charger. (Actually, it took several days of me whining about my dead battery for Joe to find my battery charger. It was in our bedroom closet under some sweaters. Organization is not our forte).
By that time, the church bazaar was fast approaching and I'd committed to making cakes for the cake walk. So, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone by taking pictures of the cupcakes. First, though, Joe snapped a few of ND and me making cupcakes and a TON of buttercream frosting. (Sam was spending the night at Grandma K's house, so it was fun--and MESSY--to do a project with ND).
|That's chocolate frosting on ND's forehead. I know my eyes are closed in this picture, but the grin on ND's face was priceless.|
|Dumping in the powdered sugar.|
|A "zebra" cupcake. This was on the auto-portrait mode. The light wasn't so hot without the flash, so I opened some blinds and changed to smaller aperture.|
|Better light, but we had a run of blurry pictures with these settings, so I also had to adjust the shutter speed.|
|Showing Daddy her cupcake|
|Playing with the macro setting...a little blurry, but got better after bracing my shooting arm on the counter.|
|A plate of zebra cupcakes (on animal plates), shot in manual mode. I love that the light meter makes manual (for still objects, anyway) pretty foolproof no matter how I mess with the settings.|