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January 23, 2013

First Snow

Well the first "big snow" came when I was in South Carolina for Christmas. But when we returned home there was snow on the ground and Rachel LOVED it. We had to take the opportunity to go outside and play in it!

We have a few buckets and shovels floating around in her play house and she likes to scoop the snow and fill the buckets. She loves making snowmen and putting "eyes and a mouth and a nose" on them.  We tried to omit the mouth once and it didn't go over well.

Her dad tried to teach her how to make a snow angel. I think she understood laying in the snow, but didn't quite understand what she was making, so she just laid there and looked up at the sky. It was really cute. She loves to make footprints and tracks in the snow and will go all over the yard. And I love watching her.

Sometimes we warm up in the garage, but in the end she usually only lasts about 30 minutes outside, which is fine with me (a girl that doesn't have a pair of snow pants, and even if I did, they wouldn't fit). It's enough to get her out and get her smiling and get her nose and cheeks pink.

Playing with her new shovel and carrying her glow sticks. Glow sticks can go anywhere. 

 

Playing with the other shovel she got for Christmas. She seems to like this one better, I think it's a little easier for her to handle the snow. Plus, it looks fun :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 17, 2013

My Camera

One of my 2012 resolutions was to take a camera class. In December I took a quick learn to use your camera class with a local photographer I had never met. I found her through a friend of a friend on facebook and decided for $30 I was going to hurry up and cross a resolution off my list 3 weeks before the year ended.

I learned a lot in that short and informative class and I knew it would be a challenge and I'd need to practice, practice, practice. And an end of the year bonus from my boss bought me a new lens and now what I really want it s a new camera (because mine is old and the ISO only goes to 1600) but I'm toughing it out with this one and figure I need to master my current one before I take a leap into a newer (probably used or refurbished) model.

So I have to admit most of my daughter's birthday photos suck. I'm ashamed to admit it, and I'm frustrated they are so dark and grainy, but that's that. I can't turn back time and take better ones and I was dead set on NOT shooting in auto mode. So I look at it this way: I'm just grateful I HAVE photos from her special day. Even if they are semi-crappy or not to my liking, I have them. And that's all that matters. 

I might consider a follow up class for specific questions that I have and I'd love for someone to come over with their "fancy and better than mine" camera so I can see if a higher ISO would even make my life better. It's all about the lighting inside my house - it stinks, but so far I'm managing and working with it and I got rid of my dark and grainy photos. So there is some improvement.

 

Christmas Jello Surprise

I love lists. I love to make them. I love to cross things off them, and mostly I love to get wish lists from people for birthdays and holidays and I love to buy them what is on their list. This year, my nephew's Christmas list was lacking - he's a boy and he's almost 16 - why are men so hard to buy for!?! His list included money so he could purchase a laptop or something electronic. I'm more than happy to give anyone what is on their Christmas list, but it's no fun to "open" money as a 15 year old who still enjoys opening presents. So I came up with two ideas: Jello or Ice.

Naturally when I do these projects I have no idea what I am doing or how to go about doing them. I have a vision in my head and often the finished product isn't exactly like my vision. I settled on jello and picked up dollar coins from the credit union (some silver, some gold) and began my project.

I got a big bowl and put red jello in it. I let it set and shoved coins into the jello. I then set some on top of the layer and poured green jello on top of the red. I let the green set and repeated the process, shoving coins into the jello and then putting them between the layers. I finished with one last layer of red jello. When set, I placed it into a sink of warm water and tipped it onto a plastic platter I found at the dollar store.

I was immediately disappointed. 

You couldn't see the green or layers at all. But It was done and at that point, so was my "great idea" which again, looked nothing like my vision. I have no idea what happened, but it was done. 

We presented it to my nephew on Christmas and he loved it. He enjoyed standing over the sink and digging out the coins with his fingers. He left with a baggie of coins and a smile on his face. Not sure what he did with them.

 

 

 

January 15, 2013

Christmas Ornaments

I know, I know, I'm behind on blogging, but I wanted to share with you the Christmas ornaments my daughter made for me with the help of her teachers. And I wanted to tell you that I L-O-V-E these types of home made and photo ornaments. The snowman is my favorite, but I love the hand print too!

 

 

January 10, 2013

New Year Resolutions

2013 is here! Yikes! It's crazy to me to be at the store and see the age to purchase alcohol is 1992! I know where I was in 1992 and what I was doing and seeing the year 1992 makes me feel O-L-D and I'm only in my 30s! What will happen when that sign says 2002!?!?

So with the new year comes the standard resolutions that I thought I might share with my loyal stalkers, if I still have any. As always I want to: 

Eat Better/Stay Healthy

Exercise More/Add Exercise to my Daily Lifestyle

Send more handwritten notes and cards

And this year I thought of a few more: 

Get to know small businesses in my downtown! There are a few that I drive by all the time and have never been inside, so my goal is to go into each one at least once this year and see what they have and offer. You never know, that lighting store might have a sweet gift department or become my go-to electrical part store in the future. Besides, I consider this SHOPPING so how AWFUL can that be?!?

Make 1 crock pot meal a week - this because I got a new crock pot that I can actually leave on for 12+ hours when I am at work and commuting and not have burnt food when I return home. 

Of course I need to continue to blog...and I'm slacking. But right now I'm working on scrapbooking because I'm going to a WEEKEND event in February and hope to goodness that I can get a ton done! So far I can usually complete one month a day and I work on the project 2-3 days a week. I'm in the calendar year 2012 so that is where all of my extra digital time is spent on the computer, not on blogging. 

Happy 2013!