Friday, February 29, 2008

What happens when Mama doesn't pay attention . . .

The day started out on a fairly clean note.  The boys and I went out back to finish planting a couple plants.  I did have to wet the ground to soften it.  Any clues as to where this is going?  Aidan preferred to sit near the hole I was digging while Jacob enjoyed helping pour in the compost.

Well, things took a slight turn while I stepped aside to photograph some of my blooming tulips.  I remember hearing a sloshing sound, but it just didn't register . . .

Then it clicked.  I turned around and walked (yes, walked, not ran, I figured if what I thought was happening, it was too late anyway) from one end of the patio to the yard and this is what I found!

The boys really had a blast playing in the mud and it was hysterical to watch them.  Then came time to clean up . . . Luckily we are having great weather and I was able to strip the boys down before going inside to take a bath.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Assignment: Action

This weeks photography assignment is motion.  I wish I had more time in the week to go out and capture some different types of motion.  All that I was able to get were "freeze motion" types.  I would have liked to played around with panning or blurring part of the action.  I'm sure I'll have many more opportunities to do so.  Here are the three pictures I will present at our class, plus one of the moon I just really like.  Enjoy!

Jacob Jumping

Zooming in at water bubbling over a fall

One of many honey bees in our front yard, feasting on our trees

The moon - I was supposed to be taking pictures of Cody's softball game, but the moon was far more interesting. :-)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Welcome to the world!!

I just wanted to send out a quick congratulations and let everyone know that our very good friends, Matt, Amy and Heidi Ulrickson welcomed their newest addition, Shiloh Joy, to their family yesterday morning.  Please check out their blog (link from our blog is "The Ulrickson Family") to see little Shiloh and their family.  Congratulations again!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

First Fat Lip

For our little man, Aidan.  While playing out back today, he tripped and bumped his mouth.  Thus producing a pretty nasty fat lip.  Good news though, it hasn't slowed him down a bit!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

More photography

I have definitely found a new passion in photography.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am taking a class, along with my mom and sister, on digital photography.  I have learned so much in just a few weeks.  Enough that I think I have seen a difference in my photography abilities.  (Hopefully others see that as well)  I have discovered that I enjoy taking pictures of nature, flowers, rocks (yes rocks), trees, animals, etc.  Of course I enjoy taking pictures of the boys - I'm just not as good at that yet - I haven't mastered (well anything yet) but especially not things on the move - such as the boys.  I like to set all the settings on my own now, and am just a tad slow at it when it comes to capturing the constant movement of the boys.  I know I'll eventually get up to speed.  I know I've got a TON more to learn and can't wait to learn it.  Here are a few of my most recent shots.  I would love any feedback.  It's how you learn . . .

This is me taking the picture below - it gives you a sense of perspective.  I am loving ( and still learning to use) my new micro lens (another gift to myself).  If you click on the picture before you can see the details much better.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Our newest addition . . .

I hope that my children never ask for a cat, dog, horse, etc. because I really don't think I will have the will power to say no! Thus leads me to the introduction of Flicka the Fish, the newest member of the Thomas family. Let me take you back a step - Jacob has had a new fascination with fish. Whether it be the fish at the Bass Pro shop or the fish at the zoo, he loves to watch them and pretty much throws a fit every time we have to say bye bye to them. At first I was not keen of the idea of something else to take care of, clean, feed, blah, blah, blah. But then the soft spot in my heart took over and I thought that a small fish bowl wouldn't be that bad. So today I purchased Flicka. Jacob and Aidan were super surprised to see her when they woke up from their nap. It was very fun to watch their excitement. I am so glad that monkeys and tigers aren't legal, otherwise we might have the beginnings of a zoo in our backyard,