Hollow Tree

We just finished reading the book  Bears of Blue River for school.  It is a classic book about Indiana  history.  We are not sure how much is true, but it was an enjoyable book.

The last chapter tells how three boys spent a week in the woods in a hollow tree.  When we found this one on our walk today, we just had to play some in it.


Megan loves being outside.  She often opens the screen door and just sits on the steps or goes to play under the patio.

I was experimenting with subtle ideas, and I liked this “oil painting” of Megan.  If you click on the picture, the effect is much better.


Easter Dresses

Oma brought over some patterns and three different fabrics about a month ago.  The girls quickly grabbed their favorites and we made their Easter dresses with material that fits their personalities exactly.  Andrea has dainty pink butterflies.  Audrey’s dress has fun loving frogs.  And Megan’s dress is cute and bright. We also made each of them a matching purse and matching dresses for their dolls.

Thank you Oma for such pretty dresses!


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!