I know you will be shocked to know we spent the evening with Dana and Eyal. Dana suggested pizza but in my infinite wisdom, I suspected that ordering one (or 2, or 3) would be tricky given 1/3 of the area would probably have the same idea so I recommended we make our own. So we experimented with our Zojirushi bread makers to make dough and had at it. Most of us thought they were actually better than anything we would have ordered so yay for us.
Today was the day I really decided that I was going to do this again so it was the day I got out my tripod and remote shutter release. It's cold for the first time in days so KC built a fire. Floyd is a fire lover and as I was setting up my shot, he decided he needed to warm himself. amazingly enough he actually held still long enough for this exposure to work! I straightened and fixed the vertical distortion in LR5 and did some minor editing. I think I may send this one in to the BTRNC for next year's calendar.
Macy called me over this morning and told me her stomach hurt. I could tell by the way she was holding herself it wasn't a typical tummy ache. She pointed to where it hurt and it was directly between her umbilicus and R ASIS. (That was for my PT friends.) I palpated some and evoked a squeal of pain from her accompanied by real tears. Anyone who knows Macy can tell you that is NOT typical for her. She is one tough nut. I admit, I panicked a little and we brought her to the pediatric urgent care in Morrisville. We've never been there before but many of my friends have and everyone raves about them. They are correct in that assessment; they were fantastic. After an abdominal x-ray and some tests, we were sent home with a Dx of possible appendicitis but probable constipation. She prescribed magnesium citrate to get things moving and if it didn't improve to bring her back. Well, in typical Macy fashion, the magnesium citrate didn't work the way it was supposed to and she started throwing up. KC got a hold of the doctor who pulled us off the ceiling and told us that in a small percentage of cases, it can cause nausea. After a few more bouts of vomiting, she was fine but exhausted. This was the end of a long day for both of us.
A huge thank you to Dana and Eyal for taking Delaney for the morning and to Lisa for staying with me via text while I panicked.
I played with color and actually decreased the clarity to get this the way I wanted. You may not like it but it tells the story I want.
I'd been meaning to shoot this for a few days and then I realized I hadn't taken a picture yet and it was 11:45. I quickly set it up and took a shot. I looked at it in camera, made some adjustments and took a few more. Ironic thing is, I liked the first one the best. I did a little futzing in LR5 and kind of like the effect.
We joined Dana and Eyal at the museum for a tour. We were a few minutes early so we wandered around to kill time. Macy found this mosaic which reminded all of us of our trip to Herculaneum in 2013. I snapped a few pictures bracketing a bit and then played with it in LR5 to enhance it some.
We were eventually successful in unloading the swing set and Eyal came over to help us install the trampoline. Naturally, we had a mass of children in there for the rest of the day.
It's good to see that even after 6 mo off, Delaney still has the ability to control her body enough to do some flipping around. Macy, of course was right at home.
Nine years ago, we had this built. The girls have gotten much enjoyment out of it. Lately, however, they haven't been playing with it much so for Christmas, we gave them a trampoline. Our yard cannot handle both so the swing set must go. Craigslist to the rescue.
I know this is slightly over exposed. Normally, I would deepen shadows for a more dramatic effect but the point of this photo was to show the details of the swing set so I lightened the important parts to make them visible.
Christmas came in all it's glory. As parents, this is what it's all about. The looks on the children's faces when they open that unexpected gift. Delaney received a pair of earrings of music symbols. She may be getting older but she still gets excited about things.
Santa Paws came for Floyd and brought him a new bed. It's a burrowing bed. He likes to bury his face in the blanket when he is snuggled up with me so I figured he'd like this. Unfortunately for him, it was too warm and he ended up climbing out panting after about 10 minutes.
I ended up doing some higher level editing on this one because of the dynamic range but I love the look on Floyd's face so I had to fix it.
The last time I did this it was a New Year's resolution. This time, it's not so much a resolution as it is something I miss doing so I figure, why wait until the new year! Start now and let the fun begin.
It's one of our traditions that on the way home from Grandma's house on Christmas Eve, we stop by a particular house to see the lights. This year we added this one to the tour and we are glad we did. It was set to music and added to our festive spirit.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun