School Today (Inauguration 2013)

Swearing inEven though a lot of children had a long weekend, we chose to have school today. We worked on our math and did some reading.

Then, for history, we watched President Obama’s taking the Oath of Office. It was interesting listening to the kids as they discussed what was happening.  They have been paying attention in history!  We asked Megan to point out who President Obama was when she saw him. She did a good job.  If asked who our President is, she replies “Omama”.

To reward their hard work on a holiday, we will take a “snow day” one day and go sledding.


Fill the Frame

I spent a good part of last week reading some of the library books I have on photography. I have been getting some good ideas and many pointers.

This weekend, I tried some of the ideas. Megan was a great sport and let me take a lot of pictures of her while she was busy doing whatever. I tried hard not to “pose” her but attempted to get candid shots.

Under each picture, is the concept that I was trying.

Use natural light
Wide Eyed
Tell a story
Interact with them (Other than, “Say Cheese”)
Move, try a different angle.

French Braids

French BraidsMegan’s hair is long enough to French braid!  On Monday, Andrea asked if I could do her hair. Then Megan wanted me to do her hair in the same way.  Surprisingly, it held the French braid, but not for long.

She loves to be like her big sisters, so they all have their hair in braids today. To make sure that Megan’s super fine hair holds, I did hair spray it some.  I wonder how long an active two year old’s hair will stay looking nice?


Sneak Peak- Activities in the Park

I had the most fun getting ready for the Activities in the Park category for the contest I am entering. I have been learning a lot on how to edit pictures using “the Gimp”. These are some of my favorite pictures with some of the new things that I have been learning.

I was thinking to include The Sledding Hill. But, I don’t think that it is quite right yet.  It is a fun picture though, so if you prefer it to one of these, please let me know.  🙂

Don’t forget, if you want to see larger pictures of the galleries, just click on one of the pictures to see a slide show.

Reading Together

ReadingI love watching Mark and Andrea read together.  At least once everyday I will find them curled up with a book reading. Andrea usually gets to chose the book, and Mark rarely fusses at what she choses.

I am so thankful for this blessing.  Not only do they both get to enjoy books, but they are spending time with one of their best friends.

Feet (Revisited)

Feet (revisited)Allan had a business trip to Chicago yesterday.  Once the kids were in bed, I experimented with a new idea I found.  I am not sure when or where I heard the term “Platinum”, but I liked how it looked.  I did a little research on how to do platinum effect and discovered it looks really neat on scenery.  Just for fun, I tried it on a people picture.  The results were impressive!

The original picture can be found here.