Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Hubby & I used to camp years ago before our miniatures arrived. We fished in a bass club & camping was a ritual. Back then, though, we camped in tents. I think I'm over that. :)
I can't wait for the kids to experience camping. This time, though, in a camper. We are on the hunt to purchase one. Hopefully soon we can find a good deal.
With all of life's happenings lately I'd love to get out & get away. Soak up...nothing. Nothing but good times & dirty kids. My kids are never dirty. It's time. :)
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Yesterday I asked him if his posters are displayed & how they look. His response:
"Oh yes, they're up! I keep looking at them to remind me of myself."
I think I may make one for myself. LOL Ü
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Notice the pigment variation on her face in the above photo? I'm noticing this in all her photos. I think we've rubbed the pigment off the front of her face. :) If I would use a flash, that probably wouldn't show up. She's asleep now but tomorrow I'm going to have to scope her good to see if this is pigment issue is fact or fiction. :)
Love my baby. She's getting fiestier by the day (by the minute, rather) & she's displaying some serious attitude! But she's precious. Ü
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Every day @ 12:00 I watch the news while I feed lunch. They typically have updates on Galveston & surrounding areas. Today I sat frozen while they interviewed a mother & her teenage mentally challenged son. Today I cried in front of my children.
They stayed behind. They didn't evacuate. On one hand it makes me so angry & I just want to shout at the tv "LEAVE!" On the other hand, I could see the love in her eyes. They live in a government housing apartment. It is her home. She just kept repeating "but it's home". My heart broke.
The water rose to chest level in their apartment. Daily they are walking 6 miles to the Community Center to receive ice & a little food. She pulls a grocery basket. Her son rode his bike, but his tire blew out so he abandoned it on the side of the road. Today they received enough food to last for today & 1/2 day tomorrow. So tomorrow they again walk the 6 miles to get more. Her health is not good. She carries a small inhaler in her pocket as they walk to & fro. They have no water. No electricity. No air. No anything. Just each other. ABC's reporter kept telling her "but you can't stay here". She replied "but it's my home". They offered her assistance. She said they'd "be ok".
I wish I could go get her & her son & bring them home. To our home. I would. We could do it. We could take them in. We could help them. But of course I couldn't get to her & she wouldn't come anyway. And that makes me even more sad.
It's a good thing we are not wealthy. Monetarily speaking. I would give probably 75% of our riches away. To those who need help. To those that are hurting. To those who have lost everything due to situations such as Ike. And Katrina. And the list goes on.
But we are rich. So are you. We have homes. We have electricity & the necesseties we need to live. It doesn't take a lot of money to be rich. If we have what we need to live, we are rich. We are so, so rich.
My dad has been in jail now for 3 weeks. I have tried so hard to 'handle' it. But I don't know how much longer I can. He's 68 years old. His health is bad. He can't walk well due to back issues. And he's in a place with 4,000 other criminals. The thought of someone hurting him is more than I can stand to think about.
I think my emotions are running high. When I watched the news today it all came to a head. I feel defeated. And right now I may be defeated, but I am oh so blessed. And I will not lose sight of that.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"Doesn't it take quite a while to transfer and edit them on the computer? I'm not a photographer, but to me, I'd rather let the camera do the work for me :)"
Rebecca I like your thinking. :) Yes it does take quite some time to edit RAW images. Thus, some people don't want to mess with it. I found your comment interesting because I emailed 3 pros, asking them if they shoot in RAW, & all three said "no". Ha! I have the software to process RAWs downloaded, but that's as far as I've gotten. I still want to try it because I may find I love it; however, I may also find I don't have the time or patience. Hence switching back & forth from JPEG to RAW - which also takes time. :)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Below is original photo softened. I think this feature makes certain photos so pretty. :)
(Photo manual, inside, no flash. Not a RAW image.)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I know none of you care about RAW, but I made that note for my own little reference. :)
And...I really could stand to have 32 hours in my days.
Back soon! Ü
**In response to emails - at this time, no I do not plan on taking photos professionally/opening up my own photography studio in the future unless it heads that direction with no intent. Photography is just something I'm fascinated with - I've grown to love it & I'm learning just for me - for fun. Thanks for the emails! Ü
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This adorable, tiny person puts her little hands in fists, straightens out her arms, & does one mean mini, loud, blood curdling scream & then she's done. I think she gets that from her daddy. ;o)In the below photo, doesn't she look like a little girl versus a baby? Oh she's just growing way too fast. She is absolutely a dream come true.