Friday, February 18, 2011

Photo Editing Help?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (woot!)...I'm just waiting for the Canon T3i to come out in March. Anyway, I was a little scared that I would get it home and the pictures taken inside our house would still be terrible. So my mother-in-law was kind enough to let me borrow hers for a week to try it out. And, oh. my. gosh. I'm so excited to get my own! Freakin' ahhh-mazing.

Here are a few of my favorites - I just love her facial expressions! (I took all of these on auto)




I have a lot to learn about changing the settings and taking pictures without the auto. I also really need to learn some basic photo editing skills. I've been reading articles and watching videos trying to learn as much as I can, but I'm really more of a "learn by doing" type of person. If you have any helpful photography links or book recommendations, please share them!

I really love this picture I took of K swinging the other day, but it's dark and needs some fixing. Any advice on what to do?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Project 365: Week 3

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January 15th...forgot to take a picture. Sigh.

1/16

1/17 - Emptying my bags...the only way I was getting supper done that day

1/18 - "Hey!" - talking to someone on her hand phone

1/19 - Coloring - she really likes the white one for some reason

1/20 - It finally got above 30 degrees and it wasn't too windy, so we bundled up and went for a walk

1/21 - Eating a banana all by herself. She does really well, except that every once in awhile she likes to take a giant, adult-sized bite and I have to fish it out so she doesn't choke. And yeah, my kid's wearing her Christmas dress in late-January...that's what happens when I let her pick out her own clothes.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Project 365: Week 2

Playing iPad games with Daddy

She got tons of play food and kitchen toys for Christmas...
Yummy salad...turned sideways because blogger is dumb.

One of her new favorite things is playing with blankets. Here she's playing "doh-pee" (peekaboo).

Bathtime!

This guy showed up at our house unexpectedly. The power company hired them to trim branches away from the power lines. Instead, he left those and trimmed the branches that shaded K's swing that were no where near power lines. Makes perfect sense, right?! I was so angry (still am, actually).

Hamming it up :)
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

15 months update

Warning: I like to use my blog as a baby book, since I don't keep up with the one we have. I haven't updated in awhile and I feel like I need to get this all down in writing before I forget it. This will be a pretty long post, so go ahead and skip it if you don't care about my child's latest developments :)


K is learning so much these days. She can say mama, dada, nana, papa, ball, cheese (when we're taking her picture), cuckoo (from a book from a cuckoo clock), and diaper. She says "mmm" and "nummy nummy" when she's eating. She can recognize and tell you the sounds for cow, horse, dog, cat, duck, lion, monkey, and goat. She says "zzzz" when we zip a zipper. She says sock - but she's always referring to her shoe...we're working on that one. She says "doh pee!" for peekaboo, which is hilarious.

She's picked back up on signing lately, too. She'll sign milk, again (and will say it at the same time), book, and help. She will sometimes try to sign eat or diaper change as well.

She loves books. She will bring us book after book to read. Some days I sit down to read to her and she doesn't get bored with it until an hour later. I loooooove it. I've always really hoped that she would like to read.


At her 15 month checkup, she weighed in at 19 lbs, 8 oz and was 31 inches tall. Meaning that since her 12 month appointment, she grew 1.5 inches, but only an ounce in weight. Her doctor wasn't concerned since she seems to be developing fine. She's been eating like crazy lately, so I think she's trying to make up for it now.

As far as eating goes, she's not terribly picky. One week she might refuse something, but chances are the next she'll like it again. For the most part she's a pretty good eater. Yogurt is her favorite right now and she'll eat anything I mix with it. She's gotten really good at feeding herself with a spoon and only needs my help when she gets to the bottom of the bowl. She'll make a G sound (trying to say "gone") and hand me her spoon to scrape the bowl.


And my favorite piece of news...a couple of days ago, I cooked some pears until they were really soft and decided to let her try them in chunks. She refused them, but I gave her a little fork and showed her how to pick them up and eat them and she ate probably an entire pear that way! Now, I know most of you (if you're even still reading this) are wondering what's the big deal, but y'all, this is HUGE. It's not something I've talked about much on here, but K has had a really rough time with solid foods. She is really prone to choking and until just recently, could not handle any food that was not pureed. Back around Christmas, she got to where she could eat itty bitty pieces of banana without gagging and choking the whole time. We've been easing her into it ever since and it seems to be going well now. Yay!


She's still not walking on her own yet. She hates to fall and is really cautious, so she won't even try. I know she will when she's ready, so I try not to fret over it.

One of her cutest new habits is to tuck her arms in when you hold her. We guess it's because she's cold and wants to snuggle to get warm. Whatever the reason, it is terribly sweet and I'll be sad if/when she quits doing it.

She loves to wave bye-bye (usually comes out like dada, though) to everyone, even complete strangers. She will blow kisses, mostly to Nick.

She continues to amaze and charm us. It's only a matter of time before the full-blown temper tantrums start up, so I'm trying to enjoy every second of her sweet baby-ness :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Project 365: Week 1

The snow kept us from going to see my family on Christmas, so we were celebrating at my grandparents house on New Year's Day. K was cutting teeth and being a big ol' grump. Nick looks almost as thrilled as she does.

Playing the drums at Grammy & Pop's house.

Two monster hats for Sarah's cute little boys :)

2 years ago, I gave this bib to Nick the day I found out I was pregnant. I knew that day that my life was about to change drastically, but I had no idea how much or how wonderful it would be!

Playing dress-up with Mama's fabric scraps (she did this all on her own) and reading a book. This might be my favorite from the whole week. She's just so sweet.

CHEESE!

Yogurt is "mmmm, nummy nummy" according to K. I'm pretty sure she would eat the entire carton in one sitting if I let her. She'll eat anything if it's mixed with yogurt.
I realize that my pictures are terrible quality, but I'm going to link up anyway. I've got to keep my New Year's Resolution, even if I don't have a nice camera.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 Recap

I had intended to post this on New Year's Eve, but we were out of town celebrating a late Christmas with my family, so I never got to. Better late than never, though!

2010 was an amazing year. Best year of my life, by far. By January, K had pretty much gotten over the all-day screaming thing and her cute little personality was taking shape. She's learned and grown so much this year, and it's brought me so much joy. I stepped out on a limb and signed up for a craft fair. And while that first craft fair didn't make me very much money, it led to more sales and the realization that I could do something I love and make money doing it {awesome!}. Now, I'm doing very well, thanks to personal recommendations and my facebook page.

I'm looking forward to all that 2011 has to bring. I'm starting the New Year off by going and officially registering my business this week - woohoo! I'm also going to be meeting with a store owner who wants to buy and sell my products.

Last year my new year's resolution was to make a new recipe each week. It was the first resolution I've ever kept all year long. It was fun and fulfilled its purpose. I won't be making it again, but I think the habit has stuck well enough that I don't need to. One thing I will be doing this year is Project 365. I've gotten lazy lately with taking pictures and I'm resolving to do better! Hopefully this will force me to keep up with my blog more too.

And, for fun, my favorite posts of 2010:

1. Make Your Own Moby Wrap tutorial
 This post has gotten the most traffic of any of my posts. And one of my favorites because we use our wrap every day.

2. Hubby's Birthday
I initially clicked back on this one because I loved the cake, but had forgotten the sweet video of K singing the Dada song.

3. Swinging
I'd be remiss if I didn't put one of the many swinging posts/pictures as one of mt favorites...the girl loves to swing!

4. One Year
This is one of my favorites for obvious reasons - the blog post written for my daughter on her first birthday.

5. Crazy-Haired Artist
I love these pictures and the fact that around this time I could start to see a resemblance between K and Nick.

6. Wonder Woman Costume
K was way too cute in her Halloween costume this year

7. My Little Artist
K's first painting experience. Includes my favorite video of her so far.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Free Pattern!

I'm way too busy to be sitting at a computer right now (3 days til Christmas - yikes!), but I wanted to tell y'all that Lil Blue Boo is offering a free download of her beret pattern. Just go to her Facebook page and click on the Exclusive tab to download. You can click "skip" if you don't want it to publish to your wall and then it will let you download. I'm totally in love with her Sienna dress pattern, so I can't wait to make a matching hat and dress!

I finally got some good pictures of K wearing her Christmas dress (from the Lil Blue Boo pattern) and I'll share as soon as I can. It really is an awesome, easy pattern.

Bye!