Tuesday, September 30, 2008
1. I joined another photo contest on Boston.com. I know there is no chance of winning (and the prize is only $100), but hey..maybe as I get better I'll get an honorable mention. The first month was a "Beach" theme and this month the theme is "My Neighborhood". There are a lot of great shots, mostly landscape shots. I submitted this cool picture I got of Jack holding a snake. Frankly, this is what happens in my neighborhood. Anyway, here is a link to the entry: My entry on Boston.com. You'll have to page down to find mine, but it's fun to look at the other pictures and see how people wanted to portray their neighborhoods. Wish me luck. And if you are really my friend...vote for me when it's time to vote!
2. My friend Jamie insisted that I join his photo group. It's a small group of three people who post pictures on different subjects/categories on a weekly basis. I'm excited because it gives me incentive to photograph something other than my kids, my kids playing sports and my kids. I started last week and the category was "Object". This week is "Colors". Come take a peak if you'd like! My new photo club link! The pictures that I posted will be noted as by "Fotos4fun".
3. I don't know if I mentioned this earlier, but a good friend and I started a little photography business this past spring. I have been shooting pictures of Jack and Ben's team and their opposing teams and have finally posted them to our site. I even got an order from a person from another team! Yeah! Check out our website - Frozen Action Photos !
That's all for today!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I finally convinced her to come in...shivering...and we got her changed, warmed up and went to get Luke.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Some fun pictures of you and the kids...
You and the Chica at 6 weeks old
You and all the boys!
Love from all of us....
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, we all got to go to both games. Jack and Ben played first. It was quite a match-up. The opponent got a 3-0 lead and I was not optimistic about either a tie or a win. But the boys battled back and did end up with a tie. Jack played goal for the second half so I was on pins and needles. He did an outstanding job and had a few great saves. Below are a few action shots of Jack vs. penalty shot.
Phew...close one. Jack was pleased with his second-half shut-out.
Ben once again played his little heart out.
Luke and the Lightening played next and they ended up in a 2-2 tie. He was able to score twice for his little team and I was so glad I was able to see and capture his excitement. Here he is...focused on the prize. (Lisa - see the cleats? The same ones that Ben had to wear to the Science Museum? They are lucky for Luke!)
And here he is getting some skin from coach.
And although she's not playing soccer yet, the Chica continues to make us laugh with her antics. Sensitive to good blogging material, Daddy captured this picture Saturday morning. Great job, hon.
Friday, September 19, 2008
We got the kids out of school about an hour early. They were thrilled with this, of course. It was a perfect day to go weather-wise - clouds, sun and dry. And it wasn't crowded either. We had to go on a weekday to use our slightly discounted passes that Chris got early. The first building we hit was the Young Building, where you see all of the cows and goat and sheep. Right outside we saw the annual butter sculpture and I snapped a shot - hoping that maybe Pioneer Woman would find it someday. The guy was actually in there sculpting away. Cool, huh?
After that building we happened upon the mini-donuts. This is usually the first food purchase. Even the kids know that tradition. Chris was beyond thrilled when he discovered that they now offer a mini bucket of these donuts instead of the bags.
The mini-donut place is right near the rides area. This is basically where we spent the next almost four hours straight. Luckily, we ran into Deb as we were getting the kids' wristbands and we hung with them for the afternoon/evening. Our kids had lots of fun together. Here are some ride pictures.
We had a breakthrough this year with Luke. He had finally grown past the 42 in. limit and could go on a bunch of rides. Last year was hard having to tell him that he wasn't big enough to go on most of the rides. This year the Chica was about an inch and a half short of being able to go on most rides - even the kiddie rides. She could only go on the merry-g0-round, the little train and the slide with mom or dad. It was a bit of a challenge trying to keep her happy while the others went in different directions. Ben got a little queasy after going on "Crazy Mouse" six time straight. He was curled up in the double stroller for a while.
After rides we grabbed some grub and did make it through Farm-a-rama where we saw the traditional baby chicks, baby pigs, huge pumpkins and my personal favorite, the Clydesdale horses.
All in all a good time. Just much different from the years before kids. Chris barely ate anything compared to his usual performance. I think he grabbed a sausage sandwich at the end and picked on Jack's fried dough. He did manage a few beers along the way. We did pass this traveling "tack shop" (see below) early on and I had to listen to him whine about how "this was my life when I was young blah blah blah". That's been getting old over the years...
Look at his skinny little waist with the belt drawn tight.
And here is an amazing shot that Deb took of Chica when she decided to lay down on the pavement near the merry-go-round. Deb was playing with my camera and captured the shot of the night. Chica had to have been posing without knowing it. Thanks, Deb!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here is Chic as a teenager - I guess this was the look back then.
And here is Chic last year, walking with his boy, my nephew Chad. Chic is on the right, of course. Doesn't he look like a movie star?
Chic, I hope you have a wonderful birthday.
Love, your favorite sister-in-law :>
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Today Ben had his first game with a U8 team which he was asked to play with when he could. We showed up and there were three friends from school on that team. So that was fun! Ben did great and was able to put one in the net for that team. His confidence was up and he went to his U9 game in the afternoon and played more aggressively and confidently than he has yet this season. The team ended up with their first win to put them at 1-2-1 (I think).
One serious shot of Ben and I'll wrap it up for the weekend. Winding down and getting ready for the week ahead!
Oh, I almost forgot the Chica. She is such a trooper at the games. Today she insisted on wearing the size 6 dress that her friend Miss A gave her recently. Here she is all disheveled and excited pointing out that Daddy was arriving at the field.
After his first full week of school and his first soccer game, who can guess what Luke did all afternoon??