Friday, June 26, 2009

My Heart's Melody

I Love You Daddy...

You will truly be missed.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

Today we enjoyed a family day at home, eating food, taking pictures, and playing games. At one point I was able to take the following photo of us as a family. It is a rare occasion that I am able to snap a photo of the three of us together, so this photo is special to me. Enjoy, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.


Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father'd Day to daddy and all the fathers out there. Enjoy a great day with your kiddos.

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Boy, they can move amazingly! Now let's go have some fun and DANCE!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My China Girl

My little Ladybug...

I took some photos of the little Ladybug today while she was at play outside. Later, while she was napping, I decided to manipulate one of the photos with Photoshop Elements. After getting a workable copy, I then played around with it some more to make some different versions. For me, this is just a way to practice using my digital manipulation software, and learn its tricks to create new photos. As I look through my results, I have come to three conclusions:
1. Some of these versions really do make her look older than her three years.
2. In some photos she looks like an actual baby-doll.
3. She really is a cutie patootie, and a great model for me to practice my photography skills (OK, I admit, I knew this fact when I started).

Here is the original:

The rest of the photos all edited with a high a high contrast, washed out look, but with different specific attributes. I also cropped the image to bring more focus to the Bug.

The first is the original edited version from which I created the other versions.

A simple black & white.

Adding a Diffused Glow to the image.

Using a Posterize filter (one of my favorites).

A Sepia filter and a focal soften filter from

A subdued color version.

The original photo was taken with my Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi, f/5, 1/200 sec. exposure, ISO-250, 37mm focal length.
I am just having so much fun!


Ladybugs and a Princess

The other day we noticed some little bugs walking around on the railing of our deck. After further examination we realized that these little bugs were aphids and their primary reason for invading our space is that the deck sits under our huge shade tree... a shade tree that they seem to find delicious. So, how do we combat these little pesky bugs? We decided to start with nature's insecticide... ladybugs!

A local plant nursery sells thousands of ladybugs just for this reason. We couldn't resist the purchase because after all, our little Bug is what we call our Ladybug. Well, she loved them couldn't wait to let them loose on our deck and in the tree. Before we knew it, all of us had lots of ladybugs crawling all over us. The good thing... the following morning many of the ladybugs were still hanging around and many of the aphids were gone. Job well done!

On to another story.
This morning after getting up and looking at our ladybugs outside, our Ladybug wanted to dress like a princess (as usual). She came out of her room a few minutes later dressed with her pink princess dress as well as some interesting accessories. She included in her wardrobe a ladybug gardening hat and gloves, a small pink leather satchel, a "Princess" sash, and her princess crown on top of her gardening hat. A very interesting wardrobe decision indeed. Enjoy!

Looking for some more ladybugs on our deck railings.

Examining a little ladybug.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back to Bloggin'

I have been gone for far too long, but I am back! With the end of school comes tons of responsibility that takes a lot of time commitments. But with the end behind us (no pun intended), I can get back online, posting about our little adventures with the Ladybug.

We have had some pretty yucky, grey weather out here recently, with temperatures during the day in the low 50s. Not exactly sun-dress weather, much to the Bug's dismay. The skies finally parted yesterday, and the sun broke through. With the warmer weather upon us (and apparently some thunderstorms too), it is high time to get some yard work done. Liliana, being the outdoor kid that she is, jumped at the opportunity to help.

"Hey mom, I caught a fish!" (In the dry rockbed in the backyard).

"Hi mom, whatcha doin' in there?"

Working in the yard, playing with the dirt.

Working in the rockbed, looks like we have some yard work to do!

Liliana has the most beautiful rosebud lips, and when asked to give us "kissy lips," this is what she does. I couldn't do this if I tried... and trust me, I have.