I have been enjoying learning how to take better pictures.  I have also been playing with Gimp and experimenting with what the different functions do. Yesterday at the park, Mark and I experimented with what I have been learning.

We were using some trees to block the sun.  Unfortunately, the sun crept  around and when we got home, I learned that the sun “snuck” a kiss on Mark’s forehead that was hard to fix. Because I like this picture,  I just desaturated the original and got a neat result!

The Swing

Today, while the other kids went to the dentist, Mark, Megan and I enjoyed the park.  We took our cameras, hoping to find some good pictures.

We saw more deer during our walk then we did all last year.  We practiced getting pictures of birds and flowers.  Then after our “lessons”, we played at the playground.

Mark introduced Megan to the tire swing.  She loved it!  I was surprised that she did not dizzy or fuss about going around in circles.
The Swing
Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

Adrian’s Birthday Cake

I thought you might like Adrian’s version of this story.

For my birthday, I wanted a Tigger cake. First I asked for it to look like Tigger (a molded cake), then orange with brown stripes. While we were playing outside, Momma sneaked baking the cake.

When we came inside later, Daddy and Momma were teasing that Oma was bringing the cake. When Oma arrived, she did not have the cake. I was sad, but I sort of knew they were teasing. They keep on teasing me that nobody brought the cake!

Then it was time for dessert and there was cake! I said that Santa Claus brought the cake and ice cream 🙂 Momma did a good job sneaking that cake. My favorite part was eating Tigger’s tail!

Adrian’s Six!

It is hard to believe that my little boy is six years old.  We have been teasing that he is turning 4 today 🙂

Adrian had learned a lot this year!  He loves to read.  He likes science books and The Bobbsey Twins.  Adrian enjoys doing his school workbooks and mazes. He is doing much better cleaning his room.  Tying shoes is hard, but Adrian is trying to learn.

Adrian loves to be outside.  I often find him outside playing with bubbles or playing on the swings. He is looking forward to his second year in soccer.

I am so thankful for my Adrian.  God has blessed us!

Happy Birthday, Handsome boy!