After having my dslr camera for well over a year, I decided that it was finally time invest in a class and actually learn how to use it to its full potential. Even now, months later, it's still a lot of trial and error, but I try to shoot in manual most of the time to force myself to use the camera how it was intended to be used. With Sierra at school, most of my practice was done on the subjects that were available to me.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Once upon a time, when it was still warm outside and the weather called for bare feet and barbecue, we attended out first event at Jason's new school. It was the green and white soccer game and there were plenty of summer foods to enjoy while we watched the game and explored the outdoor parts of the school.
The next day, Sierra wanted to have a picnic, so we packed up some snacks and took our quilt to the backyard to enjoy some lounging under a shady tree.
Aurora didn't join us for the picnic, but preferred to take the opportunity for a nap in the fresh air!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
My in-laws volunteer for the USO and at a recent event, there were spots available, so it was opened up to volunteers and their families. There is a wolf sanctuary near St. Louis and this was an event where we were invited out to hear the wolves howl.
We started out with a most unhealthy, but definitely enjoyed dinner.
And then we toured the visitors center for a little bit. This is a wolf relative, called a painted dog, native to Africa.
We moved outdoors where we learned about the wolves, the sanctuary, and the work they do there, as well as a bit of natural history about wolves.
In addition to wolves, there was a lizard! The girls were just as excited about this little guy as they were about anything else we saw and heard that day!
Kaia, with her headlamp, on a walk out to where we could hear the wolves.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Despite school starting, we weren't willing to give up summer just yet. Grandma Diane and Grandpa Butch still had their pool open, and Uncle Zach was in town for a visit.
Great Grandma got some baby snuggles from Ro.
Actually, Aurora tends to get passed around quite a bit. She likes it like that, I think. Change of scenery.
And the highlight: swimming! My big girls love swimming and they adore Uncle Zach, so it was the perfect combination. I wish we could see more of Zach, but we'll take what we can get!
And just for fun: I took an online class to actually learn how to use my DSLR in manual mode, and here are a couple practice shots:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We finally closed on our new house on Friday, August 2nd. Immediately after the closing, Jason drove up to near where my parents live to pick up a car we were waiting to purchase. We had been told in no uncertain terms by our mortgage broker to NOT make any large purchases until after the closing. Well, our closing date got pushed back, and then pushed back again, so that by the time we had our house, Jason was starting his new job just 3 days later and we would need two cars.
Saturday, August 3, with the help of some family and friends, we unloaded all of our belongings into our new place. Since then, we have been able to get unpacked for the most part, but we are far from settled. There is still a lot of painting and decorating and projects to complete. Somehow, living in house while simultaneously trying to make it an ideal living space is a challenge.
Just five days after we moved in, our sweet Sierra we ready for her first day of kindergarten. I cannot believe that my baby is old enough for school already. I miss her during the day, for sure, but after a long adjustment period, she seems to be doing well. Her teacher had a glowing review at her recent parent-teacher conference.