Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oh Snappy Day-- Your fave foto

I love taking pictures if you didn't know that by now. :) Photography seizes a moment-- a split second in time that you can never get back. I love how I can look back at a group of photos, even if it was Lael just sitting around playing with her toys, and they will totally take me right back to that day and that moment. Photography is great like that.

Can I just say-- what did we DO before digital photography?? You would take a picture and just HOPE that it came out alright, that the lighting was good, and that you looked decent in it! Now all you have to do is take it, check it, delete it if need be, and keep on clicking until your heart's content. Aaah, modern technology.

Many of you have asked what kind of camera and software I use. Let's start with the camera. I own a Nikon D90 and I love it. This camera has the capability of shooting 4.5 frames per second. That makes this momma very happy because I usually have a moving target. I use a 50mm f/1.4 lens and a 18-200 mm lens. The 18-200 mm is like a kit lens and a zoom lens all rolled into one. It's the mac daddy. Trey surprised me with it for Christmas and I have enjoyed it so much. It's quite a heavy piece of glass, but it's totally worth toting around.

I always prefer to take my pictures in natural light without a flash and the 50 mm lens is great in low light situations. It's also great for close-ups, and it creates that beautiful, natural blurred background that we all love.

Secondly, I have been asked about my software. I use Photoshop CS5 to edit my pictures. A good camera is a great start, but what you do with the pictures is the icing on the cake. Sure, my camera takes some rock star pictures, but they don't really come to life until I edit them.

Today I'm going to share with you one of my favorite pictures and why it's one of my favorites.


This picture is from my post on "a new room". I took it using my 50 mm lens. I love this picture for many reasons. Here are a few.

1. The composition. Notice that Lael is not in the center of the picture. She is off to the side and she is looking toward the side of the picture that has nothing in it. The rule of thirds is in play here. When you are looking through your viewfinder while taking a picture try to imagine two lines breaking it into three sections. Place your subject on one of those two lines. It always makes for a more interesting picture and it is pleasing to the eye. Although this rule is great for changing up the monotony of subject centered pictures, it doesn't have to be used in every single picture you take.

2. I love the light. The natural sunlight is coming through the window from the left side and it leaves a beautiful glow on her skin and in her hair. Also notice that there are minimal shadows on her face.

3. This picture is so clean, so crisp, and so clear. You feel like you can just reach out and touch those little tiny hairs on her body! She is clear, but the background isn't. I love that. The 50 mm lens is great about doing that for you.

4. The rest of my love for this photo is left up to the fact that the subject is my baby and a little bit of Photoshop. :) I love the chocolate, vintage color. It gives the picture a feeling, a mood, if you will. That's what I love about editing.

I would love for you to link up and share your favorite photo! Share a picture that you love and write about why you love it. You don't have to have a fancy camera or editing software to participate.

How it works:
-Copy and paste my button with the link back to at the beginning of your post. (Simply copy the HTML in the scrolly box and place it in the "edit HTML" part of your blogger post.)
If you have questions or need help just leave a comment and I will try my best to assist you.

-Post your favorite picture. It can be of anything really.

-Link up below and a thumbnail of your picture will show up so that everyone else can see it and click on it! Please link up your individual post--not your entire blog.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

growing things

Things are growing around here. My little girl, my belly, and some herbs. How's that for a combination? It's safe to say that life is in full bloom.

Reminds me of a maternity shirt my mom and I recently saw hanging in a storefront. It said, "Love in full bloom". To which my sweet momma asked, "Can you imagine wearing that?"
Please take no offense if you own that shirt. I kind of think it's cute. Be reminded of where she's coming from. Back in the eighties I don't think preggo graphic T's stating that you were, in fact, in full bloom, were all the rage.

Anyway, I decided I wanted to plant some herbs this spring to have for the summer months. Top of the list was basil, cilantro, and mint.

I love fresh basil with pasta dishes.


What is guacamole without fresh cilantro?


And isn't tea just so much nicer with a little sprig of mint?


I was happy to have my most prized little sprout help me plant our herbs in their pots.



Excited that I could encourage the desire she has to put everything in her mouth, I told her that she could eat the little mint leaf that she was picking.



Didn't go over too well.

This weather... I wish I could just bottle it up, so I could bring it out when the winter's cold seems so endless and the summer's heat seems so exhausting.


But mostly, I wish I could bottle this up.
So I could drink it up anytime I wanted.
This little smile that is so refreshing to my spirit.



Indeed, love is in full bloom.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

a compilation

Today we are 26 weeks!


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Last week we went to Lexington and GramPatti took us Lael shopping for some new spring duds. Love these two look-alikes. :)


And here's Lael with her bestie, Julianne.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

a new beginning

Since standing on my own two feet, I've started something new.


My mom and dad are super stoked and I thought you might be, too.


A brand new trick I'm working on, it's here for you to see.


I'm walking on my own two feet, aren't you proud of me?!


It helps to stick your tongue out, in case you didn't know.


Move your legs and raise one arm. See? Just like so.


I just keep getting better as each day passes by,


and even when I take a fall, I hardly ever cry.


My momma loves to hold me, but her belly's in the way.


It's getting hard to pick me up I've often heard her say.


Walking is essential to get from A to B.


In no time I'll be running! Just you wait and see!


These feet were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do.


One of these days I might just try to walk right up to YOU!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

a little bookworm

This girl right here


is a little bookworm.


Fortunately, she got that from her daddy.


Many times I catch her browsing through her books over playing with her toys.


Life is good for this girl when she's sitting on a lap being read a good book. Not all books are created equal though. She has her faves.


I'm thankful for these big piggies.


'Cause if I didn't have those then I wouldn't have these.


Judy can feel Daddy's scratchy face.
Now YOU feel Daddy's scratchy face.

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Paul can put his finger through Mummy's ring.
Now YOU put your finger through Mummy's ring.


Pat the Bunny is one of our favorites. An old classic that never seems to get old. I vividly remember putting MY finger through Mummy's ring.

What about you? Do you have a family fave?

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Monday, March 7, 2011

24 weeks


How far along? 24 weeks. See here my picture with Lael..
Total weight gain/loss: + 10 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yup.
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: Not the best. I'll explain below.
Best moment this week: Seeing my sweet girl on the ultrasound last Wednesday. I had to take Lael with me to my appointment by myself this time... not doing that again. She almost had a cow when the doctor put the heartbeat doppler on my belly. I haven't seen a look of fright on her face like that since the monkey incident.
Movement: She's an active one just like her big sister was.
Cravings: Not too many strong ones right now. Probably because I can't smell or taste anything. Again, see below.
Gender: lil' gal
Labor Signs: None, just braxton hicks contractions.
Belly Button in or out? still in.
What I miss: I just really miss a nice glass of red wine.
What I am looking forward to: I'm taking a smocking class this month to make Ruthie's coming home dress. I can't wait to start working on it! The smocking is the easy part; it's the putting the dress together that I can't seem to get the hang of. I've made about 5 gowns before and still have to have someone walk me through the process. See Lael's dress here.

Weekly Wisdom: I think I want to change this one to "random facts":
Remember last time when I told you that I've had a sinus infection? Well, then I got another cold, and started the whole thing all over again. I'm now getting over my third cold in two months. After a few visits to an ENT, I have been diagnosed with Pregnancy Rhinitis. Oh, the joys. Did you even know there was such a thing? I didn't. It seems that breathing is out of the question. So, sleep? Ha. You can imagine.

Milestones: Ruthie is already head down!

Of course, my ultrasound tech had to remind me that it's "waaaayyy too early to worry about that." Sure, sure, I know. I'm only 24 weeks along... it is still early. But it's not totally out of the realm of possibility that she could stay that way. Lael stayed in the same position from 16 weeks on.

Will you indulge me for a moment while I go off on a lil' tangent?
Now, hear me, I love my O.B. practice and the doctors in it, but Trey and I get such a kick out of how no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy, "it's too early for that";
you're only 12 weeks, or you're only 25 weeks, or you're ONLY 40 weeks along. For pete's sake, can a momma get some credit?!
Even when you get to the hospital, water has broken... guess what...
you're only 1 cm dilated.

Things don't get even remotely legit until you're at least 9 cm dilated and completely effaced.

But don't worry, they won't let you get too excited until, well... until that baby is on its way out! And even then, they all act so nonchalant about the whole thing that you wonder...

Is this it??

Could I actually be having the baby??


Am I the only one who has experienced being in the state of "only"? I can't be.

Maybe I'm just being overly sensitive and hormonal.

Nah. Too early for that. I'm only 24 weeks along. :)

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