Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fix It Friday #34

Thought I'd have a little fun with I Heart Photo's Fix It Friday. I often download the photo with the intent of playing, but then life gets in the way. Today I'm trying to Just Say Yes with the little one in my house and amazingly I had time to edit and upload! Yes is working well! More Yes in the house, perhaps more No to those outside?

Here is my take. I seem to be really drawn to black and white lately. Those who've visited my house are probably thinking, "lately?" It just draws me. I love the clean feeling it gives me as well as the emotion invoked. I believe that's what photos are all about.

For this photo I:
  • Adjusted it a bit in Lightroom 2
  • Added a black and white preset
  • Adjusted brightness, blacks, and contrast
  • Imported into CS4
  • In CS4 a little healing on her bruises
  • Brightened her eyes just a tad
  • Saved
And here we have it! I tried to keep my adjustments to less than 5 minutes.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Credits at Designer Digitals.

If you know Ian you know his obsession. The kid loves Halloween! He told me last week it was too spooky for him this year so he wanted to skip the holiday. The moment quickly passed and he is ready to go! He's got his costumes at the ready. Yes, costumes. We'll see which one wins! Thanks to Mom and her sewing talents and his ability to wear things from two years ago, he is well stocked for the "Holiday."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shooting Your Kids This Halloween!

So much great information for Halloween photos this year. Here is a round up of some of my favorites found around the web.

Halloween Photography Tips from Digital Photography School

How To Take Great Halloween Photos from New York Institute of Photography

20 Tips from Scrapbooks Etc.

Spooky Photo Tips by the Fabulous Me Ra Koh

And of course, my favorite tips:
  • Shoot at your child's eye level
  • Shoot from slightly below to make them appear larger than life!
  • Grab the from behind shot as they head toward doors for trick or treating
  • Turn your flash off and your ISO up
  • Capture the details - pumpkins, candy, feet
  • Don't say cheese, keep it real, even if they make faces!
  • Enjoy!
Have fun and be safe!

Click on the layouts for credits!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reason Why I Carry My Camera Everywhere

Without it this face at this moment wouldn't be captured for all time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day - What Scares You?

Once upon a time there was a little boy. He had to listen to his parents talk since he couldn't talk much himself. One day he heard his momma say, "that really scares me." He worked really hard, struggling a bit to find the words and asked,"what scares you momma?"

She paused for a long time. Because he was a little boy.

"Global warming," she said.

And he understood. Even though he was little he understood wasting and driving the car too much and not putting things in the recycle bin made global warming bigger.

And he understood if global warming got bigger some things wouldn't be the same anymore. The parks. The playground. The backyard. The air he breathed. The world he lived in.

So he was happy to ride behind his mom's bike to school. He was happy to wear clothes someone else had used. He was happy to help in the garden, well most of the time anyway. He was happy to be a vegetarian, even if he wasn't quite sure what that meant. He was happy to use a cloth napkin and didn't even know what a paper towel was.

Because he knew. He knew he was making global warming smaller. In his small way. Because he was small.

And for the big people he thought they should do more. Because one day he would be big. And he knew he had lots of things to do in the world. And he didn't want Global Warming to be the only thing he thought about. He understood though. He understood doing things differently is hard. He understood habits, even if he was only little.

His momma said, maybe if the big people understood more. Maybe they'd do something different. So she showed her friends this video:

And she pointed them toward information. And they hoped. They hoped people would do their small part too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

31 Simple Pleasures

“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” - Henry David Thoreau

I love following ZenFamilyHabits blog. Today Leo posted 31 simple pleasures you can enjoy as a family given the right mindset. It made me happy to see how many from his list we've shared together just this week. What's on your list?
  1. Take a walk and have a nice talk.
  2. Pack a simple picnic and go outdoors.
  3. Get outside and toss around a ball or Frisbee.
  4. Ride bikes or jog.
  5. Rent a movie (or get out one of your old DVDs) and make some popcorn.
  6. Bake cookies.
  7. Play boardgames.
  8. Make tents out of blankets.
  9. Read a book together.
  10. Tell stories.
  11. Look for bugs outside.
  12. Make paper airplanes.
  13. Go to the library.
  14. Take a hike.
  15. Camp in your backyard.
  16. Go to the beach or a lake or river.
  17. Take a stroll in the park or go to a playground.
  18. Read a book of tongue twisters and make up your own.
  19. Play loud music and dance.
  20. Just snuggle.
  21. Hide, and go seek.
  22. Thumb wrestle.
  23. Watch a sunrise.
  24. Count the stars and find constellations (or make up your own).
  25. Have a good hug.
  26. Eat chocolate. Slowly.
  27. Banana split.
  28. Root beer float.
  29. Make pancakes for dinner.
  30. Tell jokes.
  31. Be lazy together.
and my 32. Eat icecream

Friday, October 09, 2009

Looking Up

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We made the choice for Ian to only go to school two days a week this year. It was based on many things but my underlying desire was to capture time with him before he heads off to kindergarden next year! Yes, kindergarden. I'm overwhelmed by that!

There are moments and days I worry about our choice because, well, I worry about everything! Is he getting enough time with friends? Will he be able to meet all the kinder readiness points? Am I working too little? Can we pay the mortgage? You know, small things!

Yesterday we ventured out together for coffee and PVS (petite vanilla scones). Together we decided an outing around the Capitol and down K Street was needed. I love just being with him. Watching him play and discover the world. Noticing details only a four year old can point out. I could take one less "why" question, but that is part of enjoying him!

Seeing everyone hustle about in their business suits and uncomfortable shoes I realized how lucky I am. How lucky to just spend time with him. Could I be doing other things? Yes. Could I be in endless meetings trying to change the world? Yes.

Then he said, "momma, the building is really big." And I stopped. Looked up. And he was right.

I was in the best meeting, changing the world in the most important way.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

My Favorite Things

One of my favorite sites asked for a posting of a few of my favorite things. I realized I'd captured this last month! So here it is again. A few of my favorite things!!


Our morning routine:

Me: Good morning Ian.
Ian: Good morning!
Me: Did you sleep well?
Ian: A little bit.
Me: Did you have good dreams?
Ian: Yes.
Me: What did you dream about?
Ian: You.

That is sweet enough to just kill me. But today he added:

Ian: Momma, what did you dream about?
Me: (stunned in disbelief) You.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Home Body Blasts Off

Ian is a homebody. Truly. If you ask him what he'd like to do or where he'd like to go it always ends in some combination of home and play. Or more correctly, play at home.

Mondays are our home days. No work for me. Time with just him. We may watch movies. We may play games. We read. We draw. And we repeat all of those. I enjoy it after the craziness of our weekends and it makes him happy!

Today he wanted scones. He would have been happy making breakfast at home but I piled him into the trailer and away we rode for PV Scones and a little coffee. While there I asked if he wanted to go to the Art Beast - the children's art/play studio nearby. He said yes. A real yes. Not a Monday I want to go home whimper in him.

I had no idea! 3 1/2 hours later we biked home for lunch. 30 minutes later he said, can we go back? And since it's not cheap and we had stamps to return...1 1/2 hours later Dad showed up and Ian said "hi" and well, didn't want to go yet. So we staid 1 more hour. Yes, that is 7 hours in one spot. I was not prepared and my phone got no service! So it was old Martha and BHG magazines for me while the wild child played. So what had him mesmerized that long? Just this ultra cool...rocket!

He's just asked Dad to build one for his room. Do you think that means 7 hours of play at home?

I doubt it!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I Want To Ride My Bicycle!

A year and a half ago I reluctantly said okay to the purchase of a cruiser. Since then it has become my primary mode of transportation. We go everywhere on them! We had an I LOVE my bike and I LOVE my neighborhood weekends. We rode everywhere! Ian loves to be in the trailer and often yells, go faster!!

It started out for the new Thursday Night Music Walk. We rode there and then walked our bikes!

Friday Shea got a SERIOUS no patching it flat so we walked to dinner.

Saturday we got in the car (gas...p) to get a new tube. (okay it was less than a 2 mile drive, should have walked!) And then Saturday night we headed out on our bikes for date night.

Sunday back on the bikes to head to the Cowtown Marathon and cheer for friends! We rode all over the course, to breakfast and then home.

There is something so freeing, so simple, so childlike. So perfect! I love my bike!


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