Friday, July 31, 2009
Yesterday we went on a field trip with Kevin's summer research students to Multnomah Falls.
We had some good views of the Columbia River Gorge on the way up.
It was a pretty hot day to hike to the top, but we cooled our feet off when we got there.
Kyla charged up the hill and went even faster on the way down.Sydney made it 3/4 of the way before getting a shoulder ride from dad. But she lead the way down so she could be the first one to the ice cream stand.
A short break part way down.
It all had to be done in the name of science.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sleeping version with little sister joining in.
Monday, July 27, 2009
These pictures have nothing in common, except orange. This is some dried sap that the girls found while playing at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.
Last week we went to Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island to listen to the music and have a picnic with some friends and the farmer there told us to stop watering our tomatoes! Even though the weather keeps getting hotter and hotter we tried it and just a couple days later we found this. Yea for ripe tomatoes!
This Thursday Ashleigh Flynn & Sneakin' Out will be playing - not sure if I'll make it, but we're big fans of Sneakin' Out.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I love B&W photos although I almost never shoot in B&W. Usually I just see a picture and then see how it looks in B&W later. I wanted to show a little editing I found on Picasa - I'm sure many have used this before, but this photo really demonstrates it well. Here is the unedited version.
Here is the regular B&W conversion. See how everything looks the same intensity.
Here is one of my favorite photos of the St. John's Bridge that I took a while ago, but I really have to share it. It's the first time I took a cool picture of something other than my kids.
To see all the other great B&W You Capture photos click here.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
One day Sydney was telling me about this white basket that two of her very good preschool friends have. They were both flower girls in a wedding. I informed her I could probably find her a white basket that would be just the same.
"But, noooooo - you have to be a flower girl!" Does she even know what a flower girl is?
Several weeks later Kevin and I were discussing a wedding invite that we would be unable to attend and here is the conversation that followed:
Syd: So I won't be able to be the flower girl?
Me: No honey, you'll have to wait for someone like Uncle Kenneth to get married. (You know, someone that she actually knows and is possibly related to.)
Syd: To who?
Me: We don't know yet.
Syd: I think, it's going to be grandma.
Kevin: Umm, you can't marry your own mom.
Syd: Well, I didn't know. . . . . she was his mom!
That girl will do anything for the white basket! I guess we need to work on the family tree thing. I'm pretty sure she knew Kenneth is my brother.
Monday, July 20, 2009
My renter from last fall planted some perennials and a few of them made it through the winter. I decided to follow this one until it bloomed.
Friday, July 17, 2009
This summer Kyla and I are having a sewing club with three of her friends from school. Kyla had this idea before the end of the school year and actually interviewed several friends, making sure that each one in the club had sewing experience or was really interested in learning to sew.
When she first asked me about it, I automatically replied - maybe. Then I got to thinking how it would actually be fun spending quality time together sewing and that I should take advantage of the fact that she wanted to hang out with me.
I wasn't really prepared for our first meeting, but I knew that if I waited until I was ready that the summer would be over and ooops, no sewing club. All the girls were very excited and for the first meeting we just practiced sewing straight lines, learning how to thread and work the machines. I actually still remember some of the techniques and projects I worked on when I was in 4-H sewing with my aunt when I was in grade/middle school. Then a friend told me about the free and easy Lazy Days Skirt Pattern from oliver + s. Here is Sydney modeling hers.
So the next week we all worked on skirts. I never got around to taking pics while the girls were sewing because we were too busy. The girls took a lunch break and then the whole thing turned into a big play date.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I have more photos I want to post, but no time to sort and edit. Here is my favorite one - I love the shape of these clouds.
I've been looking at a lot of shapes lately. Here we go, confessions of a boardgame geek's wife. We have all been getting into painting miniatures for boardgames lately. Here they are after a spray of primer.
But they are so small, about an inch tall, that it is a little time consuming - I need more sleep.
For more shape pictures over at I Should Be Folding Laundry, go here.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I was at a birthday party the other day with my girls and everyone was having a great time, then I started to get really distracted by this squirrel who was apparently very concerned about my friend's dog, Simon.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This week's photo challenge was 4th of July and food. I'm not really a cook, so no food this week. Luckily the neighbors invited us to a BBQ, so we just brought some meat and drinks and didn't have to do any cooking. Thanks Jen & Phil!
Here is my first attempt at fireworks with the dSLR. As you can guess, I didn't realize the shutter was still open when I started moving the camera. That my friends is the Willamette river running through downtown Portland, OR.
Here is an 8 year old who is pretty excited about staying up really late to watch fireworks.
I'll have to admit this last photo is not my original idea, but when I saw it on this post over at Pacing the Panic Room I just had to try it. I was so excited that my kids were old enough to follow my directions and that I figured out that we would have to write the letters backwards before using up any of the 10 sparklers.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I keep meaning to post an update of the garden, but by the time I'm ready to do it I have to take new pictures again. Here is a picture taken back on June 8. Note how tall the tomato cages are.
Now the tomatoes are well over the top of the cages and taller than 8 year old Kyla. Yes, it's getting a little crowded. We had to chop off a few zucchini leaves so the green pepper could get some sun.
A couple weeks ago, my folks brought five blueberry plants. Wow, now my yard is starting to look landscaped. Thanks for the plants and the weeding guys! The girls can't wait to start eating blueberries.
The second house is already up next to the house next door. I didn't get any pictures between the hole in the groung and both levels being framed. I think they are already done roofing too.