Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Favorites

Can I just say, again, how proud I am of myself?  I am shocked that I keep remembering to post a little favorites list at the end of each month.  Most days, I'm surprised I remember to get dressed, get my kid ready, and head to work.  Things are so extremely busy lately that my mind really starts to wander and I start to think of everything at once and I can't remember the small stuff....

 This morning was rather tragic.  I packed my lunch, but forgot to put in my ice packs to keep it cool.  Oh, but don't worry, because since I am seriously extremely resourceful in almost any situation [insert hyterical laughing here] I remembered I have a bag of disposable cups at my desk.  I decided to fill one with ice since we have an ice/water machine at work, and to stick my container of ranch in said cup to keep it cool. It worked surprisingly well...and I've patted myself on the back multiple times today.  I'm floored that I came up with this solution.  And, instead of going to Arby's like I normally do when this happens (which is more than I'd like to admit) I ate the lunch I brought....and thought of Arby's.
Anyway, on to the favorites!! :)

I have an addiction, you can call it an "ugg-session."  My heart flutters and goes pitter patter for UGG boots and slippers.  These slippers in particular are fantastic.  I wear them every day as soon as I get home from work until I go to bed.  I even wore them out and about on Sunday.  They are the most comfy slippers that have ever had the privelage to grace my feet and tootsies. 

Catching Fire and Mockingjay:  the second and third books from The Hunger Games trilogy

If you are looking for a good book/series to read, pick up these books.  I couldn't put my Kindle down!!  These books have a really great story line; it isn't corny or weird.  It's very raw and packed full of emotion and action.  I want to re-read all of them, but another book series has my interest at the moment.  I'm sure this new series will make an apperance on my March favorites list. :)

I always have something small to eat for breakfast each morning.  It really helps get me going.  I used to eat yogurt every morning, but after doing it for months straight, I needed something new.  These little sandwiches are just the ticket.  They are low in calories, and they are pretty tasty.  Each kind I've had has been good.  I highly recommend these little b-fast sammies.

Where has this stuff been my whole life?!  I am a pop-drinker.  I always have been.  I am partial to the diet pop selections for the simple fact they have zero calories.  Diet Coke is ok, but I missed the flavor of Coca-Cola itself.  I had completely forgotten about this stuff.  I love it.  It makes me feel complete.
There you have it, folks.  Have a great day, and as always, thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Funday

This weekend has been a pretty busy one!!

Friday, Darren met me down in Bloomington after work so we could head out to Wapella for one of our friend's birthday parties.  It was a great time!!  It was nice hanging out with our friends and having fun with all of them. :)  Saturday I went shopping with Kinzey down in Tuscola, then had an assignment to complete for my class. There was a party we were invited to on Saturday, but we couldn't go because of our previous plans. :(  I wish there was enough time in the day to do it all!! After some quick grocery shopping, we finally settled in the house about 6:30pm after being gone all day.  Today we've taken it pretty easy.  I always forget things when I go grocery shopping, so we had to go to Wal Mart for a few things....but that was a quick trip, thankfully.  The rest of the day has been consumed with laundry and laziness....the way I like my Sundays! :)

So, this week for class we had to portray depth of field using the four methods, five if your lens has the capability.  Since I am not supposed to edit my assignments, I find myself going through the pictures I've taken, finding one with some possibility, or one that sticks out to me....and then I edit it a bit for my own enjoyment/amusement.  Here are three that I took for the class this week, and did a little bit of editing to.

I'm digging how they turned out.  I may have one of them printed to hang...but we'll see. :)

While I was out working on an assignment a few days ago, I snapped this picture of the sun and the clouds getting close to sunset time.  I really like it, so I wanted to share it with you all!

I dig it.

Have a good rest of the weekend; what's left of it anyway.  Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Zero Topics=Random Babbling Post

Hey guys!  Sorry I haven't updated in awhile.  Everytime I think to do so, I realize I really don't have anything interesting to babble on about.  So, I figured, why not ramble on about whatever for a few minutes.  It should be a fun, and completely harmless, and if not completely harmless, then only mildly harmful... :)

**My class is almost finished.  It feels like I just started.  Oh, but don't you fret, because the day after this one ends, my next one begins.  This first class was about the principles of digital photography.  It spans a lot on getting to know your camera, getting comfortable with all of the features, etc.  It may sound easy, but seriously, there are features I use now that I would've NEVER thought to use before.  We are required to shoot in the "manual" mode for this class, which is fine, I prefer to take pictures in manual.  Plus, I think I mentioned before, we are not allowed to edit anything.  It's cool by me.  It's pretty easy for submitting least I don't have to doctor anything up. :)   I've learned a ton so far, and can't wait to see what these next classes bring!

**I still have my wisdom teeth.  All of them.  I have three that are partially through the gums.  The other hasn't made its ragged appearance yet.  I bring this up because lately, my bottom right hand wisdom tooth has been singing its sweet, sweet song...OF PAIN!  It's a problem because I have very little room for them due to having braces years back, and its a pretty tight squeeze for all of my precious chompers. It's causing a full on war in my mouth.  The hubby reminded me that if I just got them removed, the pain would go away.  But, he easily forgets that I took care of him when he got his little "wizzy's" taken out, and I got to see what the pain and haze of it all would be like.  No. Way.  I may be acting silly about it, but I don't care.  I am terrified to get these removed.  I know I'll eventually drag myself to the oral surgeon dude and have them taken care of, but until that day, the battle between good and evil in my mouth will continue.

**I've learned that Ryder is a stubborn lil' dude (NO idea where he gets this from, hehe) and he only does things when he wants.  If we ask him to say something, he won't do it.  If we ask him to do something, he won't do it.  If we tell him 'no', he doesn't listen.  It's fun......

**When Ryder 'talks', it's too darn adorable.  He currently says: hi, bye, yeah, mama, dada, ba-ba (for bottle), pawpaw (for grandpa), huh, and poop.  He's trying to say: kitty, woof, good, and various other words that I can't remember right now. He also has his own toddler language that only he understand. Like, for example, when he's hungry and wants food, he says 'ga' over and over again.  All you hear is ga-slight pause-ga-slight pause-ga-slight get the idea.  I think this 'language' is common among toddlers.  Have you ever noticed that they talk in their own code?  And then they respond to one another like they understand? Kind of like Star Trek and the Klingon language.  It's their own little world of words. 

**Our dog needs groomed.  Bad.  We have a morkie (maltese and yorkie mix) and he doesn't have fur.  He has hair; and it grows, and grows, and grows, and never sheds.  It's kind of funny watching him run in the yard; his long flowing hair blowing in the breeze.  Haha.

That's all I'll bore you with on this particular day.  Have a good 'hump' day, and thanks for reading! :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

My Boys

These two?

They are my world....they are my boys.  

Aren't they just adorable?!

There's nothing I wouldn't do for them.
I love them more than I could ever explain!

Seriously, he just melts my heart!

I can't say it enough:  I love my boys!! <3

To my boys:

I love you both so much! You are my world, and make me unbelievably happy each and every day. <3

Thanks for reading everyone! :)  Take care, and have a wonderful night!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Our Lil' Dude

I realized today that I really haven't put any new pictures of our lil' dude on here recently.  Actually, I haven't posted much of Darren either.  Sorry about that.  I had my camera out tonight working on some other things, so I decided to snap a few pictures of the stinker and the hubby.

**The pictures are a bit dark....sorry about that. I'll try to take more pictures of my boys this weekend out in the sunshine. :)**

Hello hubby! :) <3

Awww, he just melts my heart!

He talks up a storm now.  He doesn't really say anything, mostly just gibberish still.  But, he's learning more and more each day.

He loves it when Darren helps him "fly"

Did I mention he also loves looking at the TV and not me?

It was snack time in these pictures.  He gets a little annoyed with my camera obsession.  :)

That's all for now ladies and gents.  Thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Experience

This Saturday, we had our very first newborn session with an adorable baby boy... only 8 days old!  I wasn't real sure what to expect since I had never done a newborn session before.  It was a lot of fun, and being around this sweet little guy made it that much more amazing.  So, I thought I would share some of the sneak peeks I posted for his parents.  Enjoy! :)

How adorable is he?!  He was so alert for the first few pictures....something I really wasn't expecting.  It's not every day you see newborn pics with eyes open!  But, we captured it and I am so glad.  As soon as we swaddled him up in the different wraps we had, he relaxed and snoozed a little bit.  It was so much fun, and I can't wait for our next newborn session.

The rest of the weekend has been consumed with homework for my class.  We had to creatively portray depth of field and motion.  Here are a few I took for the class...

The first two show a pretty small depth of field, meaning the background is blurred and only the subject in focus.  The second two show different shutter speeds, with the flag very clear while being in motion, and the water being in focus but the background blurred due to the shutter speed.  It was pretty fun!

Well, that's about all for now I guess.  Have a great Sunday, and thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fun with Landscapes/Outdoor Pics

For class this last week, our assignment was to take 36 landscape pictures.  It was harder than what it sounds.  I took the required landscape pictures, then a few other ones for fun to edit.  We aren't allowed to edit anything for this class, and all images have to be submitted as-is.  So, I thought I would share three that I decided to take and edit a little bit for my own pleasure.  Enjoy! :)

The class is really great, and I couldn't be happier with how it's all going!  I will share more with you all as the class continues.

Sorry for the short post, but I have a nasty cold, and bed sounds like bliss right now.  

Have a good night, and thanks for reading! :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I Don't Do This Very Often....

I don’t start drama; I avoid it.  I don’t complain; I embrace most anything.  I am my own person, content in my own skin, for the most part.  However, I admit, I am not perfect.  Not even close.  I have said and done things I wish I could take back, but the truth of the matter is, I can’t.  And you know what?  I apologize for the wrong I’ve said and done.  It’s not who I want to be.  I know that this is common with EVERYONE.  No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes.  It’s how we deal with those mistakes that makes us who we really are, and who we ultimately want to be.

But, I don’t understand people sometimes….as much and as hard as I try, I just don’t.  I don’t understand how they can post such horrible things, or just plain rude things, as a status update on Facebook. I don’t understand why we can’t all just help one another by being supportive.  I’ve noticed all of this a lot more since we’ve started our photography journey and business.  I don’t understand that if/when there is a problem that someone has with someone else, they don’t discuss it privately.  What is the dang point of posting it as a status update for everyone to see, even if names aren’t mentioned?!  Or, how people can “dish it out,” but ignore someone when confronted.  It’s very, VERY frustrating to me.  It’s immature.

Like I said in a previous post, if people have the same ideas as one another, it’s interpreted as copying…not being original.  It’s so hard in the photography industry.  It really is.  Instead of judging each other and blaming one another for “copying,” we should be embracing one another; bouncing ideas of one another; and just be supportive.  This is definitely not the case.  I wish it was, but we all know it’s not.

There are pages that I have “liked” on my Facebook, and I’m SO happy that I’ve done so.  They are pages where photographers (pro, hobbyist, amateur, etc) congregate, support each other, give ideas and opinions, and just discuss their love for photography.  It’s SO GREAT!  I wish it could always be like this, especially with those of us doing the same thing locally.  

It would make a world of difference…..but I don’t think it’ll ever happen.  And that’s so unfortunate.  Like I said before, I can just do what I do, and be proud and happy about it.  

Thanks for listening to my vent session….I appreciate all of you readers, and all of you that support the decision I’ve made to pursue photography.  It means so much, and I couldn’t ask for better group of people in my life!

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