Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beach 2014





Last August we traveled to Florida to meet up with Jason's side of the family.  Again.. not to be a broken record, but pictures with my three.. impossible!  My sister-n-laws boys looked annoyed...

Here Callan looks annoyed.  I don't think he was thrilled about being held down. 


Better....







These two formed a special bond over the week.  Alston and Callan.


Picture with their grandparents.. Nana and Pop!



My nephews...


During our beach trip, Parker, caught a cold from Callan.  He had a lymph node that swelled up and stuck out of the side of his neck.  There were no huge concerns at first, but several weeks later he was diagnosed with cancer.  Parker fought hard and by God's grace won.  He recently received clear  scans.  This has been the best blessing.




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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Austin Rodeo


We braved rainy looking weather this year for our annual trip to the Austin Rodeo.  It's small and has just enough things for small kids to do.  Madison loved the rides and Tyler tolerated them.   He loves to do whatever Madison is doing. 


Callan could ride some of of the rides, but not all of the ones the older kids could ride.  Jason walked to a game to divert his attention while the big kids rode the roller coaster.  The gaming lady let him play for free and gave him this "happy face."  Well that's all it took and he was hooked.  He spent the rest of the fair begging to play games.  He had us laughing because of the rides he did ride he always put his head between his legs.  He didn't cry, but he seemed miserable.







We decided to ride the Ferris Wheel at the very end.  Tyler had pretty much had it with the rides.  I got in line with Madison while carrying Callan.  I expected Jason to fall in line with Tyler.  I looked behind me and to my horror Tyler was running screaming through the crowd away from Jason.  He was screeching and running around trash cans as Jason attempted to corral him.  People were laughing because he was yelling that he was not going to get on the ride.  Jason finally grabbed him.  We would not have forced him if we didn't know he would love it.. and he did.  He said "I told you this was my favorite ride."  Madison then said.. "This is the best day ever!" 


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Callan is Three!

and just like that he turns three!


Callan's NICU Homecoming Video



 






 Today we celebrated three awesome years!


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ballet - Photoshop Before and After




Quick Note:  I plan to intermingle current day life in with the past two years I've missed blogging about. 

This is my favorite photo from 2013 of Madison.  If you have spent any time looking at my blog or if you dare to look back at the beginning you will see quite a difference in my photography skills... at least I hope so.  Photography is not something learned overnight.  I have been practicing, reading, studying, and practicing since Madison was a baby. 

First and foremost you have to master the technical part with your camera.  It's all about balance and light.  Good light makes all the difference in the world.  My favorite time to shoot is that hour before sunset. 

The next part is photoshop.  I think you can take a good photo and make it amazing with photoshop.  However, you cannot take a poorly taken photo and make it anything in photoshop.  You cannot fix blur or bad exposure.  You can help a little of that, but to have an amazing photo all of that HAS to be right to begin with.  So I thought I would share my SOOC (straight out of camera) image with you!  There was absolutely no editing done to this photo other than to change it over from RAW and resize it for the web.  (If you would ever like to see any of my other photos SOOC just comment and let me know!  I'm happy to share if I still have the original.  I always edit my photos for the most part.

SOOC
I still think it's beautiful, but the edited photo gives it something special.
For photography people here is the details...
(Nikon D700 - 85mm lens f/2.5, 1/1600sec, ISO 320)


Here is an example of where photoshop can take a very so so image and make it good.  I hate shooting inside ... hate it.  However, of course some special moments still happen inside!

SOOC image
(85mm, F/2.8, ISO 800, 1/160 sec)
The shutter speed is too low for my taste, but I didn't have time to get set up.  I should have raised my ISO and raised my SS to at least 250.


Edited Image - I love their little legs and tap shoes.. I have this one framed in Madison's room. When I have bad lighting and I cannot get the skin color right, but like the photo.. I will turn it black and white.


 More photos from her actual recital and practice.  Let me know if you have any questions!







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Florida - Still catching up...


We have been driving back to Florida from Texas for the past several years.   Since all of our family lives in the east we try to coordinate renting a beach house. I can't believe this trip was almost 2 years ago. Can you imagine the chaos in one beach house with all these people?  This is my side of the family.  (more to come from 2014 beach trip with Jason's side...)  We clean up well that is for sure. In my opinion nothing, absolutely nothing compares to the emerald coast.

I took all of these pictures except for the ones I'm in of course..  I grabbed a lady off the beach to snap the group shots.

I printed a large portrait of this picture and had it framed for my dining room. 


I love the action shot so much because getting a good one posed.. probed to be nearly impossible.  Probably a good reason to hire a photographer!


Grandparents picture... they were all acting like toots. 


 I absolutely treasure this photo.  I really am so rarely in the pictures. 



My brother and brother-n-law were also acting like toots...

 Madison had a coordinating dress with the red white and blue.. but again.. toot.  She was 5 going on 15.








 I could eat him up....















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