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Quote of the month...

"Standing tall is a very admirable thing. There are very few stories in history of heroes who slouched to the rescue. Likewise, most individuals don't look up to people who are drooped over."
from Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra by Obert Skye

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Foto Story Friday #38 Girls Night

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Saturday, Grandma invited Shantel and I to the movies. Here we are in the car, beautiful, aren't we?
The movie: Bride Wars.
Shantel waits for the show to start. We loved it it was a great girls night! Cody sat the little kids, it is SO nice to have a babysitter.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Book contest

Anne does it again.... Another great book giveaway on Anne Bradshaw's blog. This week the giveaway includes 2 books and a CD.

Anne says:
If you enjoy learning about near-death experiences, then these pre-birth experiences will leave you satisfied, spiritually invigorated, and in awe of God's plan.
Head over and enter to win!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Foto Story Friday #37 Valentine's for Nana

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

We almost always go to the library on Tuesdays for story time. After story time there are activities such as: crafty Tuesday, kindergarten readiness and shared meal. The tuesday before Valentine's was crafty Tuesday and the kids got to make Valentines. The twins thought they could give theirs to Nana. After we finished, we dropped by to deliver them. She was SO happy to have them come by and give her the Valentines!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekly Photo Challenge -- Studio

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This week's challenge is Studio: 'Show us your shots and tell me your secrets. I want to see what you create in a "studio" setting. Let me know what backgrounds are your faves and where you shoot.'
Well, I was excited about this challenge as I'm always in need of new ideas for my "studio" shots! I don't have a studio, I have whatever I can find, so here's what I've found!

September 11, 2002 "Studio": I borrowed a camera and used the corner of the boys' room.... I first hung a white sheet and then arranged the flag very carefully behind them. I threw some benches in front covered with a blanket, arranged the kids and took pictures.Put a different blanket on the bench.Wasn't Robby a doll?!
Traded the flag for Cody's bed spread. Changed the sitting from a bench to buckets covered with a blanket and arranged the Harry Potter books, added the cloak and wand.

January 2004 "Studio": My living room wall a bench covered with lacy curtains and my daughter dressed in her flower girl dress from a wedding. We did these for her baptism program.
January 21, 2009 "Studio": dining room, backdrop a 1890's - 1900's bath cabinet (got for a dollar at a yard sale) covered with slippery cream material (can ya tell I'm no seamstress?) purchased from the second-hand store in a bag for a buck! Armrest/seat: Dress-up treasure box flipped over and covered in material.
Add some happy kids and even a grumpy teen put the camera on sepia --- perfect photo shoot!
This is What Em wore to church and since I had this challenge on the brain, I quick setup a "Studio": bedroom corner, long lead rope, black king size sheet, bucket with lid and black pillow case. Add one girl ready for posing and you've got it!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Foto Story Friday #36 A Shocking Experience

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

The remains of a taser....
from another angle... not sure if you can see the barbs that stick into you when deployed. I hope the video works so you can watch the action. The story is that on Monday, Troy had a taser class from 9 am to 5 pm. He learned a lot and felt a lot as well. They got to choose whether or not to take the barbs, he didn't take the barbs. Instead the simulated a miss-fire and he got the dry shock. This was not a choice, he had to attend for work and he stressed about it for days.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Weekly Photo Challenge -- Distortion

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Oh, man this was difficult! I was not sure exactly what to do to distort a photo.....
While chatting with my sister I asked her for help. She suggested we both take pictures through a jar:
before that though I tried a few things on my own.....
My washing machine sorta looks a bit distorted.
Cookie, not sure how distorted it looks, but it was another attempt.
I'm going to have to keep trying this one until I feel like I understand it.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Foto Story Friday #35 Baking boys

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Baking Boys
Robby and Scott measuring and scraping into the bowl.
Crack some eggs, boys!
Robby took over the actual pouring of the eggs out of the shells, but Scott cracked them both.
Sugar measured by Scott -- all by himself!
Robby turned it on and Scott put in the last of the ingredients.
After a little time {OK overnight} in the fridge, we rolled it out on the table. Scott got to cut out the first "man"
We decorated them before we baked them because I did not have any frosting.
"Oh, they looks SO good, Mom!"
Add a little milk and that is perfection!
So the pictures tell the story quite well, but the real story is that last Friday as I was reading all the foto-stories, we came across one that had "little men" cookies on it and Scott starting asking to make "little men". Now usually it is Shantel who makes the cookies round here. Robby had been dying to make dessert and since it was his dish day and the girls were sleeping over at grandma and Granpa's Nana-sitting, I figured it was a good idea. The boys had such a fun time measuring and mixing the cookie dough up. They were a bit dissappointed that it had to go in the fridge first. It was late so we opted to make the cookies the next morning. Unfortunatley, EmmaLece was VERY whinny and bout drove me batty to the point that she did wake her sleeping dad. The kids all had a good time cutting decorating as well as eating the cookies.