Sunday, January 31, 2010
I am not sure what the rest of the year will hold, but I hope that whatever it is I will continue to capture it - one photo, one day at a time.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
I can admit it. I am a coke addict. So is my husband. We both drink far too many. And I have a coke rewards grave yard on top of my fridge to prove it. On a bright note arriving in my mailbox in a few short weeks should be the 1st edition of my Martha Stewart Living compliments of coke's rewards program.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
We took the day off and went to the auto show. It's about time for me to get a new car so I was really looking forward to checking all the new stuff out. And I was really surprised with what I found. I liked cars from several companies that I wouldn't have even thought to take a look at. Like Mazda - the CR-9. And GMC - The Acadia.
Kevin on the other hand was pretty predictable. His favorite of course was the Corvette. But alas, it still doesn't have a backseat much less the "real adult sized" backseat which is my one and only requirement for whatever car he picks out.
It was a rough day for the boys. Connor tripped and fell and bumped his head on the play kitchen. And Ryan got bitten. Twice. Once on his back and once on his tummy. Poor kiddo. When I stopped by his room to pick him up he came running up pulled up his shirt and said "Landon bit me!"
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
My total grocery bill was 105.75 and I saved a total of $49.71. So if I did the math correctly I saved 32% off my total grocery bill. What is awesome about this for me is that I didn't use any coupons or spend hours figuring out how to save money. I just took advantage of the in store specials. I actually looked at the weekly ad to see what kinds of things my local store was running specials on and planned my meals around what was on sale. So easy, and definitely a big pay-off.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Turns out Polaroid isn't just for pictures anymore. Remember the Polaroid cameras - the camera, film, and photo processing lab built right in? Watching the pictures magically appear as it dried? Well, move over snapshots - there is an all new Polaroid in town. For video.
I actually got this one for Christmas. It was the one thing I picked out of the Black Friday deals. I finally got around to opening it tonight and going through the setup. Of course by the time I got around to it the kids were in bed and DH was off to the gym so I didn't have any models to try it out. So for now I just had to content myself to recording what was on tv.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We took the boys to a nearby park and ventured off onto one of their nature trails. Though I didn't remember any recent storms there were several forks off the trail where the trail was too muddy to pass or underwater all together. The whole area was beautiful. The only reminders that we were in the middle of the city was the distant sound of traffic floating by and the other people out enjoying the outdoors who we would pass every once in a while.
Sometimes little signs that the boys are growing up like little weeds just sneak right up on me. Like yesterday at the Arbor Day Celebration when Ryan just walked right up the stairs. Not that he hasn't tackled stairs a million times before, but this time he didn't crawl up. He walked. Without holding on to a thing. All by himself. Completely out of the blue.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I stopped by the YMCA. It was a madhouse - the parking lot and the new overflow parking lot were almost completely full. There were already a a whole line of cars parked on the street - lining both sides of the street. I picked up new class schedules, and got information on the next spinning series and swim lessons for the boys.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
On the way into school we were practicing what "STOP!" meant and I looked down to discover that one of the boy's shoes were once again on the wrong feet. As we sat down to fix them in his class the teacher asked him if he had put his shoes on the wrong feet again (Again??) to which I replied that no, daddy had done this. And she said they had had to sort his shoes out on Monday as well (when daddy got them dressed and dropped them off). This was a recurrent problem when they were little - my husband would get it wrong more often than he got it right for a while, but I thought he had finally figured it out... I often joked that I should check my husbands' feet to see if he has his shoes on the right foot. And never once during the walk across the parking lot, down the long hallway, or before we sat down in the class did it ever occur to me to take one single picture...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Common Sense Parenting Gone Awry...
I recently took a 5 week parenting class called "Common Sense Parenting." I learned some new tips and tricks, and well as got some positive feedback and validation on some of the things we were already doing.
This morning, in practicing some of the lessons learned I was trying to teach Ryan to tell Connor "no hit" when Connor hit him with a toy.
It went something like this….
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
But that's what was for dinner tonight. Pork chops with cream of mushroom soup and mushrooms in the crock pot. Which cooked far faster than it was supposed to. Even checking it an hour and 15 minutes before it was supposed to be done it was slightly over cooked. Though luckily they were still juicy and had a good flavor. The kids loved the mushrooms. Ryan, however, was less than thrilled with the pork and only ate it for the rewards - quite literally carrots dangled in front of his nose. And more mushrooms. Seriously - what kind of kid has to be bribed to eat the meat so he can have his veggies??
This one uses paper from Colie's Corners' A Day in the Life, Stolen Moments' Basic Black Alpha, Sahlin Studio's Wire Rimmed Alpha, and another one of the great templates in Chrissy W's A Photo a Day Set 2 collection.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
We got tickets to the rodeo this morning. I can't wait to take the boys. I remember going to the rodeo every year with my mom and my Grandfather. I still remember the black felted hat my grandfather always wore. And how excited I was to go - it was always something I really looked forward to.
I have been promising the boys that we would go feed the ducks one day soon for a while now. So after popping the meatloaf in the oven we grabbed some bread I had been saving just for them and headed to the pond.
The boys are getting better about throwing the bread out for the ducks instead of dropping it at our feet (or ON my bare flip flop clad toes!) while we retreat backwards from the surge of hungry ducks. :) Once in a while though they grab a handful and don't throw it fast enough and one of the aggressive ducks get a little finger snack in addition to a bite of bread. It was Connor's turn today. Poor kiddo. I think it startled him more than anything. But after a minute or two he was right back in the bucket grabbing fistfuls again.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I love spending time with the boys one-on-one even if it's just a trip to the grocery store. And it is a totally different expereince between taking one of them somewhere and taking them both. I really treasure the time I get to spend with them on trips like this. Today I ended up taking Connor to WalMart and then later taking Ryan to Costco to finish up our shopping.
We got the boys this dinosaur last Christmas. Needless to say they were a little too little for it then, but we recently pulled it back out and Ryan especially loves to prove that he can get on by himself now and ride the dinosaur.
A few minutes later Ryan and Connor played a game of follow the leader and Ryan dove under the dinosaur like a tunnel and Connor followed. They went round and round for several minutes laughing as they went.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Luckily whomever the culprit was waited until bath time was actually over and we were already getting out. As I worked on getting the boys ready for bedtime daddy was sent to take care of it. So I didn't actually get any proof of the event, but as I went back to photograph the scene of the crime for today's picture of the day I noticed daddy had had some fun with the bath toys while cleaning.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Or should I call it 17 shots, 4 ligaments, and a Darvocet? This is where I spent my morning. 3 hours straight in that chair. There's a reason my blood pressure goes through the roof when I visit the dentist. It's always bad news. And it always involves shots and drilling. Shots that never work and always hurt. By the time it's over I have had enough injected in me to take down an elephant. Today was no exception. I do, however, like my current dentist. He tells it like it is, has lightening fast reflexes, and an arsenal of numbing products that have proven effective even on my impressively resistant nerves.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Kevin had been looking forward to this day for a long, long time. Texas' chance at another National Championship. He (a Texas alum) and his boss (an Alabama alum) had even gone so far as to try to get tickets and were planning to road trip to the game. Unfortunately tickets were a bit hard to come by. One day at lunch a couple of weeks ago while chatting with another patron in line the guy mentioned the article in the paper he held saying it would cost $800 a ticket just to set foot inside the stadium (even for the worst nosebleed seat in the whole place!) and $2400+ for a ticket anywhere near the 40 yard line.
So with tickets to the game not forthcoming several other ideas including a trip to Austin, or a movie theater stadium event came and went. He ended up at a local restaurant/sports bar with several friends. As they had to be there over 2 hours before the game to get a table I thought it might be fun for the kids and I stop by for dinner before the game. It was a bright and noisy place with a boisterous, decidedly Texas crowd. Throughout the pregame as the crowd clapped and cheered at the sight of their team and players the boys got really excited - jumping up down, smiling, and clapping along. It was adorable.
At one point the Alabama faithful were cheering and the boys shouted and clapped along, too. Kevin, trying to discourage the cheering for Alabama had Ryan booing though still clapping at the same time. And I had Connor yelling "Roll Tide!" much to Kevin's disappointment.
With the boys having such a good time with the crowd I decided to stay for the kick off and watch a series or two despite the fact that kick-off was later than I thought and would put us home well past the boys' bedtime. About the time Colt McCoy was headed to the locker room the boys' high was wearing off and sleepiness was setting in so we called it a night.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
One of the things I hoped to get out of the 365 challenge was an opportunity to learn more about my digital SLR. It's just so big and unwiedly I don't use it nearly as much as I should and when I do I am often disapointed in the results - they are never quite as crisp as I think they should be and invariably I have the wrong lens for the job. Part of that is that I just don't know enough about the lenses and what they are capable of. So, today I pulled out one of the newer lenses that I don't use very often and took a variety of shots around the house. I still need to read up on focus points because for every okay shot I had just as many the totally wrong object was in focus. But hey - I am learning. And even I get lucky sometimes. :)
I loved the blur of the Christmas lights in the background so I grabbed one of the stuffed elves that I got the kids for Christmas and started snapping. Yes, you heard me right, Christmas lights. And yes they are still up. And still turned on. I know I should be ashamed, but if I had taken them down how would I ever have gotten this shot?? :)