Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lance is here!

I've been participating in Ashley's Scavenger Hunt on Sundays but I didn't have time to get all the photos together because I was busy having a baby.

Lance finally decided it was time to make his big debut.  Tuesday afternoon, my water broke and he was born at 3:49 am on Wednesday, July 27th.

He weighed 8lbs, 4oz and was 21.5 inches long.  Perfect in every way.  While I do see many resemblances between him and his brother, Nate, he also has many unique features.

Here are a few pictures-many were taken with our point and shoot in less-than-perfect lighting conditions.

I'm looking forward to getting many more pictures of Nate and Lance as they grow together, but for now we are just adjusting to our new life and settling in. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

It's time for another Scavenger Hunt. I love looking through the photos I've taken and choosing pictures to fit each prompt.  Maybe one of these days, I'll actually start remembering to take photos during the week so I'm prepared.

Music To My Ears: 
These pesky peacocks might be annoying to some.  They have a distinguishable, loud cry that can be heard from crazy distances.  I lived on some property when I was in high school that had a peacock.  Now, whenever I hear one, I remember that pesky peacock we had.  It's actually a pleasant memory.


I just love when Nate wears his little hat.  I think it makes him look older. 


This picture was taken from Richmond Beach, which overlooks the Puget Sound.  It's only about 5 miles from my house. On rare occasions, it's actually clear enough to see the Olympic Mountains. 

Out of this World: 

Last weekend, we were waiting to catch a ferry and Ryan wanted me to take a picture of the sky.  I was determined to get the shot, but it required a 5 second exposure time and using a tripod, which I'm not very experienced with yet.  Anyway, I set my tripod up in front of our car and practiced while we waited.  I eventually got the setting right and wound up with this picture.

This is one of those times that I really should have planned ahead for the prompt.  I scoured through all my pictures looking for something that would work, but came up empty-handed.  Then I remembered that I took this picture last weekend at a Lavender Festival in Sequim while it was starting to sprinkle.  I guess it will have to do. 

Have a good weekend! :)

{This Moment}

In Soule Mama’s words:

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

While waiting for this baby to be born, we've been doing lots of fun Seattle-touristy things.  Last weekend, we rode the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, which is a must if you are visiting.  There are awesome views of downtown, Bainbridge is beautiful, and riding a ferry is just a fun experience.  

I think we're going to head downtown today and hang out at that Pike Place Market.  Maybe I'll do some extra walking and go into labor.  ;)  

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Do you remember when I wrote about my first birth experience? As much as I knew it was more than likely that this 2nd pregnancy would be entirely different, I began to think it would be the same as when Nate was born when I found out I was 1cm dilated at 32 weeks.  I guess I just thought that I would keep progressing and would deliver around 37 weeks...just like I did with Nate.

But my official due date (and mine and Ryan's 3rd anniversary) is just 4 days away and still no sign of Baby Lance.

We've been busy trying to distract ourselves by going on day trips, but it's not really doing any good.  Everyone is still anxious. Ryan's mom has also been here for over 2 weeks now (the longest she's been away from her husband in over 35 years), so I know she's anxious for me to have the baby too.

Also, let's just say that I have an entirely new appreciation for the discomfort that occurs during the last weeks.  My discomfort level is at an all-time high.  I was never this uncomfortable with Nate.  But I have to remember that "good things come to those who wait."

In the meantime, here is a picture of Nate that I took at the park the other day.  He is patiently waiting to become a big brother although I'm sure he has no clue just how much his world is going to change whenever Lance decides to finally make his big debut.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Edit Me Challenge

I've totally been neglecting my blog.

I've been so focused on when this baby is going to make his appearance that I haven't really felt like blogging, but my due date is now less than a week away so hopefully he comes soon! 

I've had a lot of fun entering Branson's editing challenges at My Reflection of Something, so I'm doing it again.  

For this edit, I opened the picture in ACR, adjusted the exposure just a tad and increased the blacks.  Then I desaturated the entire photo for a black and white look.  

When I opened the photo in Photoshop Elements, I wasn't really happy with just a straight black and white look, so I ran the "Hershey" action by Everyday Actions.  Before flattening the action, I increased the Levels section of the action.

Then I added a drop shadow (courtesy of Rita from the Coffeeshop Blog). 
Here is the original image:

I hope everyone is having a good week! :) 

My Reflection of Something

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Last week, I participated in Ashley's Scavenger Hunt and had a lot of fun, so I'm doing it again. :)

Things That Look Like a Letter of the Alphabet:

This might be a bit of a stretch, but the weeds form a "v" over there to the left...see it?

We've finally started having some nicer weather around here. I captured this shot of a couple sitting next to the Skagit River enjoying the sunshine with their dogs. It looked pretty peaceful.


This is an obvious interpretation of the prompt, but this is my wedding ring and engagement ring.  I added one of Rita's textures.

My USB cord and phone charger in a bit of a tangle on my desk.

Doesn't this firework picture look like a flower? 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Friday, July 8, 2011

{This Moment}

In Soule Mama’s words:

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.
We've done a lot of sight-seeing these last few weekends, which has had Ryan reaching for his binoculars.  Ryan's preferred binoculars are much larger than these, but he handed Nate these smaller ones and Nate loved them.  I'm not sure if Nate realized they were binoculars like his Dad was using, or a camera since he kept saying "cheese" every time he looked through them.  Regardless of the fact that he's looking through them the wrong way, I am still in love with this picture.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

Today is my first time participating in the Photo Scavenger Hunt hosted by Ashley at Ramblings and Photos.  Since I love her blog and appreciate all the photo tips she provides (not to mention that she is giving away a fabulous prize this week), I thought I'd go ahead and enter.

Basically, our task is to take 5 pictures throughout the week-one for each prompt.

Here are the prompts: Pop of Color, Crossing Thresholds, X-Ray, Toy, and Hidden or Farm.

Pop of Color:

This picture was taken at the Timberbowl Rodeo in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.  I loved that the cowgirl and the horse were wearing matching green accessories.

Crossing Thresholds: 

To be honest, I was a little confused when I saw this prompt, but after reading Kat's explanation, it made perfect sense.  This particular threshold contains a warning or caution sign just before crossing.  I like that.  How many times do we cross thresholds without thinking about the consequences? To every decision, there is a consequence.  Some are good and some are bad, but as we grow up, I think we begin to recognize the warning signs of a bad threshold.


This prompt stumped me at first as well.  The only x-rays I have access to are the chest x-rays that Nate had when he was a few months old (poor guy) but I didn't think those would photograph too well.  After reading the tutorial that Ashley found, it made a bit more sense.  You can use basically any picture and just create an adjustment layer, select invert, and then change the blending mode to suit your taste.

Ryan and I stumbled across this old house last weekend. It was built in the 1890's. Besides the plaque in front of the house, it looks like it could be in a scary movie.  I'm sure I wouldn't want to be tromping around that house in middle of the night.

Last weekend, we went to Central Washington University just to check it out, and wound up in a store that sells CWU gear.  While Ryan was happy to buy a shirt, Nate was super excited when the girl behind the counter gave him this balloon.  It was filled with helium, which frustrated him quite a bit once we got home and he couldn't play with it like a normal ball.  But by the next morning, the helium was gone and Nate had fun with it all week.  It's amazing how toddlers are entertained by the cheapest and simplest things.

Farm or Hidden: 

We were able to choose between the two prompts, but I'm going to show you a picture for each since I happen to have ones that will work.  The first is for Farm.

I took this picture at the Rodeo, which is pretty farm-like with all the horses, bulls, sheep, and cowboys roaming around.  The picture below is for the Hidden prompt.

Can you see the bald eagles hiding in the trees? There are two of them.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!