Friday, November 13, 2009

Another Chance

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my photo submission to Boston.com for October made the Top 50 of over 200 photos! The theme was 'Pink' and the judge who picked the Top 50 was looking more at emotion than technical merit of the photos. I submitted a picture I took of Chica racing on the (battery-powered) dirt bike wearing a pink dress. It wasn't on purpose, but Chewie is blurred in the background and it looks like the two are racing. There is clearly a lot of emotion on Chica's face.


So if you have a minute, click over here and vote for my pic! I still have yet to make it to the Top 10!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Chair

I acquired a chair last month from my friend. It is her aunt's old chair that she put in our tag sale. When I saw it I couldn't help but think it would make a neat chair for photographs. So a short while later I told her it was mine. I have seen so many photographers take cool pictures in chairs. They throw the chairs in the middle of random fields and photograph away. The chair was too good to pass up.

So I finally grabbed the chair one day last month just for fun and made Chica come out and pose. It was very impromptu and she was such a trooper about posing.






And although you can't see much of the chair....this last one was my favorite.


I'm think I'm gonna have some fun with this chair....

Perfect

This past weekend we had lots and lots of soccer to officially wrap up our fall sporting season. Ben's team signed up for a tournament and had two games each Saturday and Sunday. They played against a couple of teams from their regular U9 season and a couple of U10 teams. They ended up winning three and losing one. One of their wins was against an older U10 team. The boys played amazing and it was a great game and a very deserved win.

Ben played goalie for a half of a couple of the games. He was still recovering from a cold so I think it was helpful not having to do all the running.


He perked up even more on day 2 and was back to his normal self .

No secret here....love this kid.

And surprise, surprise....Jack was asked to play on day 2 and he went back and forth on his decision but ultimately rose to the occasion and showed up to play! They used him in goal both games but he did get to play out in the field too. It was fun seeing him in that soccer uniform again and he showed where he got the punting abilities from with some great boots to midfield.

And did I mention it was the most glorious weekend for soccer?? Sunday was in the 70's - actually a little hot. The little ones had a blast in the bounce house and just playing with one another and all of the families tail-gated between games. It was better than a great season ending ---- I'd go with perfect.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Great End to the Season

Jack's first football season came to a close last weekend. It was a nice day for a November 1st game. Jack wasn't initially excited about going to his game until his cousins called and said they were going to try and come. After then, his tune changed.

In the pre-game practice there were a lot of throwing plays to Jack and he was looking good. He was making catches with confidence. He was very excited to be moved to wide receiver from cornerback for the last few games of the season.

The team had only won two games during the season. It had been a tough season and there weren't many touchdowns scored for the team. But things were looking good in this game. They went up by a couple of touchdowns and there was definitely team momentum and excitement.

Jack looked good in his blocks.



Toward the end of the game Jack's team had a fourth down. Normally the opposing team would set back 15 yards (I believe) and start their plays, but I learned that you can punt the ball in lieu of giving the 15 yards to set back the team further.

Well, guess who had the longest punts in practice? Maybe from his prior soccer experience, but Jack was going to be called upon to punt if punting made sense. And now it was the last game and the team had not yet punted. And now the coaches decide they would like to punt.

I hadn't seen him practice punting so I was surprised that he actually received the snap and then backed up to punt without the other team rushing at him to try and block the punt. (It sure meant for a nice photo op!)

This could have ended so badly, but I have to give Jack credit for his calmness and composure under pressure. He punted the ball nice and straight and I guess about 30 yards or so. So that was a good coaching decision and probably the highlight of Jack's entire season.

The team ended up winning three TD's to one, Jack's cousins, aunt and Grandma were there to see his punt, and he received a lot of positive feedback from coaches and players.....a perfect season end.

And I have already returned his equipment that has been living on my dining room floor for the last 3 months and sprayed and bleached his white game and practice pants for the last time this year. Very nice!

Explanation

I want to give an explanation to yesterday's post because I couldn't type in the post without ruining the Shutterfly link. As if I don't have enough to do, I got sucked into yet another Pioneer Woman contest. The contest was to create a photobook on Shutterfly of "Faces". There were no specific requirements, so I decided to create a book of some dog faces.

It took quite a while, but it was worth it even if I don't win. I got a hands-on update of Shutterfly's photobook capabilities and now I have a book of all of my favorite pups...should I chose to print it!

Take a look.....you might see someone you know!