Thursday, April 19, 2012

1st T-ball practice

Last night Collin had his first T-Ball practice. He was so excited and decared that he loved T-ball practice, even though it hadn't started yet.
  It was so much fun to watch him interact with the other kids and play a sport that he swears he is going pro at.
 Waiting in line to bat.

 Being shown how to hold the bat.
 First hit.
Running to first base (though it looks like he's skipping).

I can't wait till his first game. Pretty sure I'll be known as the crazy mom with the camera.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

my little star

As I mentioned in my last post, Collin sang with his Sunday School class at mass last weekend. It was adorable and I had to force myself not to cry.
Here are a few pictures from the big performance.
 Collin is the cutie in pink on the back row on the right.

Very proud after his outstanding performance!

new dress

Saturday afternoon, while waiting for all the tornados to hit, I sat down to my sewing machine to make myself a new outfit for church the next day (I'm crazy like that). I had bought fabric about a month ago with the intentions of making myself a dress, and never got around to it. This seemed like the perfect weekend because Collin was going to be singing with his Sunday School class at church, and then after we had a baptism to attend in which Dan and I were the godparents.
So anyhow, instead of actually making a dress, I decided that a skirt would be easier. In the end it looked exactly like the dress was going to, I just didn't attach the 2 pieces.

Ignore my goofiness. My husband was taking the photos so I had to work it for the camera :)

If I hadn't been so distracted it probably would have only taken about 30 minutes to do. I simply cut to "triangle" pieces for the front and back, sewed them together, created a tube at the top and inserted elastic and then hemmed the bottom. Easy peasy! Then I made a sash to tie around the waist creating a bow int he back that you can barely see. The top of the "dress" is just an old tank top that was too short for me.
I love this and will probably make a few more to twirl around in this summer!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I have always been interested in photography. In college I was actually going to take a photography class but on the first day I arrived and there was a note on the door saying class had been moved to a different time. I wasn't able to make it at that time and ended up dropping the class.
So last week I started taking a photography class at the Maize Rec. It's only a 4 week class, one night a week for 1 hour. Our instructor is a local photographer named Nicholle Goodnight who is super cute, fun and very talented. This class is calle "A Bit Beyond the Basics" so last week we talked about our camera settings and when to use which modes and then looked at some of her photos and took note of lines, the rule of thirds, and lighting. Our assignment last week was to take some photos using lines, shooting vertically and paying attention to the lighting. On Tuesday I took the 2 younger boys to the park while Collin was at school and took some photos to hopefully please the instructor. Here are some of my favorites.
 I love this waterfall. It's hidden back along the trails and is so peaceful.
 It was really difficult to get them both looking at the camera and not looking like total dorks.

 This kid is gonna be a heart breaker.
My instructor e-mailed me back today with positive remarks. Yay! I know I have a long way to go, but I'm getting there.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

future model?

I think he may have a career ahead of him. He picked out his own outfit and everything.
I so love this kid. I mean look at him. How can you not smile?