Best Shot Monday – 11/26/07 – Julian’s 1st birthday

You know that with my li’l guy turning 1 this past week, I have a lot of pictures to share. 🙂 So I’ll put my “best shot” first, then the rest will follow if you are interested in taking a look. You may notice that I had to use my flash for the majority of the pictures. Generally speaking, I prefer to go with natural light whenever possible, but I’ve learned that sometimes I need to get over myself and use my flash to avoid grainy as heck (see the pic of Julian and his cake for an example) and often blurry pics, especially on special occasions like birthdays.

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Best shot – I just love this shot of the two kiddos rolling around the bed together.:
Good morning hugs and tumbles on the bed for birthday boy Julian from Ava - 11/23/07

And the rest of the birthday fun:
Birthday squeezes - 11/23/07New toy - 11/23/07More playing - 11/23/07Much-needed sustenance - 11/23/07Sustenance of another kind (feeding himself sweet potatoes) - 11/23/07Birthday boy and his cake - 11/23/07Whole family - 11/23/07“Tastes good, mama.” - 11/23/07“Ice cream is good too, Dada.” - 11/23/07Sharing laughs with Ava - 11/23/07Birthday tickles! - 11/23/07Cake-faced Julian with the balloon - 11/23/07Ready for bed - 11/23/07

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Best Shot Monday – 11/19/07

NaBloPoMo – Day 19

There’s nothing like the expected arrival of house guests (my parents will arrive later today) to get my butt in gear with both a) cleaning my house and b) decorating my house. This weekend was a blur of shopping (new rugs and picture frames), printing photos, hanging pictures and cleaning. We’ve lived in this house for 7 years and there were still a number of empty walls (mostly in the basement, where our guest bedroom and bathroom are, but still). Having a passion for photography and having taken more pictures than I can possibly count, I have no excuse for not having some printed, framed and hung, so I did just that. I now have five family pictures hanging in the guest bedroom, some Anne Geddes pictures (that I cut out of a book – got the tip on Oprah no less) hanging in the guest bathroom, pictures hanging in the basementbathroom pictures hallway, nature pictures (that I took) hanging in our main floor bathroom (see pic to the right – btw, my color seems to be totally off, that’s what I get for using auto white balance), a collage of family pictures on our downstairs landing, and soon to be more nature pictures hanging in our upstairs office – including my sunset picture that I finally (2 years later) had printed. I’m quite pleased with all that I accomplished. It certainly was a long time coming.

In addition to all of the picture hanging going on this weekend, I also finally made a recipe for Pumpkin Seed Pesto Ravioli (from The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook). It’s one I’d been wanting to make for a while now. I froze the raviolis to have for dinner this week while my parents are here, but I did take a few (OK, a lot of) tastes of the filling while assembling the raviolis and it was damn tasty. I can’t wait to eat them. 🙂

So here’s my non-standard best shot for the week – the ravioli I slaved away on for the afternoon. (It’s my first time making my own ravioli, so I’m a little proud of them. Can ya tell? 😉 Though I do have to add, thank God for store-bought wonton wrappers. I can’t imagine making all of the dough myself!)

Pumpkin seed pesto ravioli

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P.S. Happy 35th anniversary to my parents (yesterday)! 🙂

Best Shot Monday – 11/12/07

NaBloPoMo – Day 12

I admit I didn’t take my camera out at all this week until Sunday. And even then, it was only because Best Shot Monday was creeping up on me and I had to have something to share. 😉

The kids were playing in the yard, and Julian, my baby toddler, captured my attention.

My best shot is Julian “getting away.”

Julian getting away - 11/11/07

And I’m sharing this second one just because I think he’s cute.

Cute boy 11/11/07

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Best Shot Monday – 11/5/07

NaBloPoMo – Day 5

Since we’ve been dealing with the sickies here this weekend, I haven’t spent much time on my computer, and thus, have only proofed a couple of pics from the past week.

Here are two of Ava from her preschool Halloween party.

The contemplative lion
Contemplative lion - 10/31/07

The high bouncing lion
Bouncing high - 10/31/07

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Best Shot Monday – 10/29/07

BEST SHOT MONDAY – HALLOWEEN EDITION

I’m totally cheating this week and instead of selecting one picture for Best Shot Monday, I’m posting a a whole lot of them from our Halloween parade/trick-or-treating adventure on Saturday. What with a cute furry lion and a sweet sleepy zebra, it was impossible to choose just one to share. 😉

My two jungle animals arriving at the parade:
J and A 10/27/07

Cute and roaring lion:
Sweet Ava lion 10/27/07 Growly girl 10/27/07

The kids and daddy (dressed as a park ranger) watching the marching band go by:
Jody with J and A watching the parade - 10/27/07

Trick-or-treat:
Getting some candy 10/27/07 A checking out her loot 10/27/07

Julian decided he was going to get his nap in:
Sleepy zebra 10/27/07

Walking down Main Street after trick-or-treating:
Walking down Main Street 10/27/07

A tired out lion heading back to the car:
Heading back to the car 10/27/07Tired out lion 10/27/07

As Julian slept, he sunk further and further down into his costume:
Still sleeping 10/27/07Sinking farther into his costume 10/27/07

“I’m awake. What did I miss?”:
The zebra wakes up 10/27/07Hi daddy 10/27/07

“Where’s Julian? … There he is!””
Where’s Julian? 10/27/07There he is 10/27/07

For the record, we let Ava have a piece of gum and some animal crackers (she really didn’t get all that much candy) from trick-or-treating. Then we told her about the “natural candy” we had instead in the car. “Is it good for your body?” she asked. 😉 “No, not exactly good for your body, honey, but better for it than the other stuff,” I replied. She was pleased with the swap. No need for the candy fairy this year, but maybe next. I do rather like that idea.

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Best Shot Monday – 10/8/07 – Laundry basket fun

Hanging out in the laundry basket - Oct. 2007
Sigh. I love them so much. I especially love Julian’s little hand holding onto Ava’s head and how cute and lovey they look here. I should note though that this picture was taken right before the one of Julian trying to eat Ava’s face. He’s got five teeth now, so ya don’t want him chewing on your head. 😉

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Best Shot Monday – 10/1/07

I finally was able to take some pictures of the moon this past week, and of the Harvest Moon no less! It was a lot of fun, but I quickly realized I’m going to need a much bigger lens if I want to get good shots of the moon. It’s just so dang far away! ;oP

This was taken with one of my zoom (kit) lenses at 150 mm, which is as close as I can get. I cropped a TON of black space out of this picture to get it to look like this. In fact, I’ll share the original pre-cropped below so you can see for yourself. Edited to add settings: ISO 200, f 11, 1/250 and here’s a site where I got some tips before I attempted it: Take a picture of the moon.

Best shot:
Harvest moon - 9/25/07
Same picture before cropping:
Same picture pre-cropped

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And don’t forget to enter my Halloweenie giveaway. You could win a shirt for the little pumpkin in your life!

One more reminder – today is World Vegetarian Day. That means no meat all day. C’mon – you can do it! 🙂 More on WVD later.

Best Shot Monday – 9/24/07

With today being the fall equinox, I had this great idea that I was going to take some cool pictures of the moon tonight. At 8 p.m. the moon was shining brightly and the sky was clear. The conditions couldn’t have been better.

By the time the kids were both asleep and I got my stuff (camera, lens, tripod) together to go outside and take pictures, it was 10 p.m., and, dun, dun, dun – the moon was nowhere to be seen. The clouds had rolled in. 🙁

Feeling hopeful, I got in the car and drove around for 40 minutes wishing for a break in the cloud cover. The break didn’t come.

Feeling defeated as I drove down Main Street, I decided I couldn’t go back home empty handed. I pulled out my camera and took a few shots with a 3 second shutter speed while I drove down the street.

So here’s my last-minute, definitely not the moon, but hey, at least it’s something “best shot.” 😉

Traffic lights

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