The other day we went to the park to play with some friends. The kids were playing hide and seek with a green container (great camouflage) and a bright yellow softball.Â It was fun watching them enjoy the game!
I found a neat surprise while we were out.Â I discovered two mantis egg cases (called an ootheca)!Â I had never seen one until the kids were given one last winter to take care of.Â So for me to find two in one day is exciting. I know where they are at the park, so will have fun watching them occasionally.
The thumbnail of Andrea and a friend was taken a few years ago (see the missing front teeth?).Â I have always liked it, but Andrea’s face was blurry. If you click on the picture, you can see what I mean.
Allan is still teaching me how to use GIMPÂ and I am experimenting with improving pictures. I tried to sharpen Andrea’s face and then played with the pictures some. After sharpening the picture, I just adjusted the first photo to sepia. In the color picture, I tried to make the background look less harsh.
I like both of them for different reasons. Mostly, I love how Andrea andÂ her friend look so excited about sledding.
We woke up to some snow!Â I decided to take the kids to the park to go sledding before it got too busy.Â We were there for awhile before others came with the same idea. When some “big kids” came, we left.Â We took a walk in the woods and the kids made a snowman.Â By the time we got to the car, Megan was cold and wet from falling a few times.
We got home, stripped off her wet clothes, bundled her up by the fireplace and she fell asleep wrapped up in Daddy’s warm shirt.