Wednesday, December 15, 2010

wee bit Wednesdays participation

{one} did you buy a christmas tree this year?
yes I just did that yesterday!

{two} what is your favorite holiday tradition?
I don't know that we really have settled into any tradition other than eating mom's really yummy cookies/candies

{three} do you open your gifts on christmas eve or christmas day?
christmas day. (maybe one on christmas eve)

{four} at what age did you stop believing in santa claus?
i don’t think i ever believed in santa which really ruined things for my cousins.

{five} do you fill stockings?
yes, mostly candy and dollar store items

{six} handmade presents or store bought presents?
store bought, I can be crafty but not enough for presents

{seven} do you have a favorite christmas meal?
just home cooking with the extended family (it usually resembles thanksgiving)

{eight} is your christmas tree real or artificial?
REAL fake trees can never smell like bringing a real one indoors

{nine} what is your favorite christmas song?
silent night

{ten} did you send out christmas cards this year?
not yet because I can't seem to get the picture I want to put on it

Long overdue!

Trimming my tree... FINALLY

Ok I have neglected my blog for awhile and truth be told come tax season I am sure it will get worse!  Its been not only my blog... It took until yesterday to get a Christmas tree up... wow... usually I am all over that the day after Thanksgiving but this year I dreaded having it up that long, I so don't want to contend with 2 one year olds and breakable ornaments for too long.

It snowed here Sunday and on thro Monday so school has been out all week so far! Hubby dearest took vacation days to go hunting Monday & Tuesday so its been like a 4 day weekend... So very nice... so very unusual... and so very much interrupted my household cleaning.
The twins didn't care much for the cold and only went out for 2 minutes or so... partly cause staying on their feet was hard to do and snow isn't much fun when you face plant in it. The other 2 only seemed interested in eating it!  So hubby decided to just make some snow cream, not exactly the cleanest type of ice cream but if they were just gonna eat it anyway I guess its better with some flavor.

I have a wonderful cookie recipe I want to make that sounds so good today:
Chewy Chocolate cookies
4 eggs, 3/4 cup shortning, 2 cups sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 cup cocoa, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder.  mix together roll into balls and thro powdered sugar then bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes!
finding joy | Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

Then I have my sweet shot and b&w wednesday all rolled into one with this picture of my sisters prego belly:
Sweet Shot Day
the long road

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's cold enough outside so where is the snow?

We have been plagued by colds so I have been lacking on my pictures and blogging but with me and 3 babies sick its so hard to find motivation to do more than wipe noses. However I did get up and take some pictures today to post once again with black and white wednesdays.... (it is wednesday right? LOL) It was quiet in the house because two out of three were napping and one was into Max and Ruby... ahhh those are the special times at my house!!!

I love the hair sticking up!!!

not completely black and white but I couldn't help it I like the soft look this has.

This peacefulness didn't last long but it was nice (and cute) while it was here!

Because of the not feeling good this week I failed to explain anything I did in yesterdays link up. I cropped and rotated that photo until I liked the angle. I then color adjusted it for the skin tones. I used a soft overlay of a background picture I had of bubbles and used the bright eyes smart brush tool.  I sharpened up just my baby in the picture so the background was still soft and he was a little less blurry.  I think that is all I did but I was sooo very happy with the way it turned out and thank you to all who commented!!!

Lovely Photo - Wordless or Not-So-Wordless Wednesday at Aspirethe long road

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday night we had a wonderful relaxing night in with the kids, movies, and pizza. Ok the movie we rented wasnt all that good but it was nice. Saturday I woke up and my hubby had already been gone for sometime hunting with his brother in law so I got the kids ready dropped them off with a friend of mine and went to an estate auction. We got kinda bummed because the house went for higher than it should have because the guy owning the farm around it wanted more land (whats 1.7 more acres) its disappointing because we just want a nice house not to buy up all the property like monopoly. We stuck around and got a 2 boxes from the auction tho. One was a huge box of kitchen pots and pans, it ended up having 3 cast iron skillets in it and a small crock pot!!! The smaller box was kitchen utensils we bid $10 on and one lady wanted the old egg beaters out of it and gave the $10 just for those so she bought our box. Picked up the kids had a late lunch with them and come home. Was getting all the kids ready to go spend the night at nanny and pas and the twins got ahold of my phone and threw it in the toilet!!! ugh so run up to the cell company before they close to get an old phone hooked up while my other one sat in rice to dry out. Then we dropped the kids off and headed to date night where I got a wonderful dinner and then taken out to midnight bowling. I was soooo excited it only took 7 games but I finally beat my hubby with a huge score for me of 176!!!! YAY...

Friday, November 19, 2010

another creative challenge

I simply can't pass up the chance anymore to put my creative side to work and on photography!!?? forget about it I am solidly hooked:
this is the original picture this weeks challenge is asked to fix:
 After my editing it looks like this:
 I think I did so much to it that I don't know if I remembered all the steps in order but I use PSE 7.0
First thing I did was made a copy of the pic and use the skin color correction tool but I layered it on in overlay mode about 50% then I used the saturation tool increasing the background color like 60% but masked out the couple.  I then put a bokeh called Sound of music from Katie Lloyd Photography blog but again masked the couple.  I used a feathering technique to put a vignette along the outside of the photo and lightened the shadow from under the bill of his hat.... quite a few steps but I like the final look.

The Trendy Treehouse

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

a wee bit wednesdays

{one} what time do you normally wake up?
I have to get my oldest daughter moving at 5.30am once I have her on the bus at 6.10am if no other kids are awake I sleep more until they start moving which is normally about 7.30 am

{two} do you have a go-to song for karaoke?
I have never sung karaoke don't know that anyone else wants to hear it either.  I save my singing for in the car.

{three} if you could only see black and white except for one color, what color would you choose to see?
blue, it maybe would help keep me serene.

{four} what color best matches your personality?
maroon, full of punch and vibrancy

{five} if you could choose one meal to cook better than anyone else, what would it be?
Alfredo (shrimp, seafood, or chicken) then my hubby would be in heaven

{six} how many keys do you have on your key ring?
I have two sets on that i use all the time and one set that is used less often on the first is my house and my car keys on the other set I have a lock key, my house (in case I leave first set inside and lock myself out) my parents house and when I am working my work keys.

{seven} do you give your pets birthday/Christmas gifts?
no I am not really that animal friendly I have enough kids demanding affection

{eight} when your plate has different foods on it, do you mix or not?
I have started to learn the benefits of mixing but when I was little it was a definite NO!!!

{nine} if you could hire someone to do one thing for you all the time, what would it be?
Clean my house but mostly just do the dishes... I detest dishes and long for my own house so I can buy a dishwasher!

{ten} when flying, do you prefer the window or aisle seat?
Doesn't matter to me one way or the other.  I have no preference.

It's Wednesday again time for some black & whites

I am so thankful for the time I have with my kids and the fun we had this weekend at the park.  The kids played so long and hard that in the car on the way home within moments they were all asleep! Very peaceful drive for me.  I am looking forward to next week.  Not only is it Thanksgiving but my birthday as well.  My oldest will be out of school all week and I am hoping to get a family picture taken for my christmas cards.  (my hubby doesnt want one with just the kids... coulda knocked me down with a feather I thought he hated pictures! :p)  Tomorrow we go for the first of many Christmas dinners, this one being for his work.
the long road

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crazy crazy weekend!

When it comes to weekends its never really dull around my house but I truely think this one could have gone better.  It started off really good I went down for a playdate at a park with my mom and sisters:
but then Sunday I went out to go shopping with my kids.  Hubby opens one of the rear doors and I don't know how it happened but somehow in the process the back window of my van shattered.  Scared the living daylights out of everyone!  Shopping trip then cancelled and now onto calling around to get repairs done.  Thank goodness for full coverage insurance taking care of the glass.  Shew....

Season's Greetings!!!!

I know I can't believe that its that time again!!! Time to get cards ready to be sent out in time for Christmas. I love this time, it's the excuse I use every year to get a family picture taken. As you can see I have started to build my Shutterfly photo cards and am truely excited to see them delivered so I can share this awesome card with everybody. Right now they are hosting a ton of deals on picture products that are great for Christmas! These calendars are great for a snap shot all year round! You can be your most creative either with existing pictures or the chance to take more pictures just for these gift ideas!

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I swear there are so many good designs this year that I can't choose my favorites
just check out this good design
If I could possibly decide on just one design and get my order in I could get my pictures out first thing in December and that is so on my too do list now!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Photo Session

Ok so I have been going on and on about needing new pictures to put thro photoshop with all the new tricks I have learned and now I think I have a new favorite photo and none of my kids are looking at the camera!! They got fascinated by a nearby squirrel of all things.  I think the color turned out amazing!  Lovin the fall....

Monday, November 8, 2010

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

In the spirit of randomness.....

1) Place a timer and don't PhotoShop while boiling eggs. If forgotten (which is easy to do when photoshopping) the eggs will explode, not pretty by the way.

2) Eggs are not the only things messy unsupervised :

3) Facebook is wonderful to catch up with family that you haven't talked to in many many years but it will make you feel old! Cousins that I remember being in diapers when I was ten have kids of their own now.

4) The holidays are coming up quickly and I can admit that I am nowhere near ready but the deals on Halloween costumes are great!  I bought all 4 kiddos costumes for next year and only spent $8.  We will have a ninja, Luigi, Batgirl, and a witch.

I am having entirely too much fun playing with things in Photoshop now that I have had somethings shown to me that I didn't even realize was possible.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Photo manipulation

After starting to get new hints at using photoshop the other day this is the start to my improving photos:


and After:



Thursday, November 4, 2010

I think I am getting the hang of this!

YAY! I am so excited I am starting to understand configuring blogger. Between that and learning new Photoshop tricks my eyes are cross-eyed and I'm popping Tylenol but so excited! I really really really want to take the family out for a photoshoot now so that I can try out some new tricks (that and I really need new family pictures in time for christmas cards). If only I can keep them from harming themselves. Alexis has a scratch just below her right eye and middle of her forehead from tripping over her own two feet. Logan caught the coffee table with the end of his nose making it red. Maybe I will go ahead and take the pictures cause I can always photoshop out the worst of the damage. hhhmmm so many ideas in my head!!! yay

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

B&W wednesdays

Something fun to do....  Black and White Wednesdays!
My littlest man Logan (the only one without blue eyes like me!)
Gavin Tyler looks up to something
Alexis Marie in a pile of plastic bags she was tearing into!

the long road

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

too many ideas...

Starting to blog I am thinking of things constantly to talk about but then I still at the computer and stare at the screen wondering which of a 1000 ideas sounds good enough to be today's topic.  Its like my scrapbooking, so much to do I don't know where to begin.
1)     I guess I can start with a recent event.  Like any other Saturday I did some laundry, bathed the kids, got them down for naps and then took a shower myself.  While showering the water level started to rise... so I got the plunger and tried to work the drain a little bit and oddly enough the toilet started to make noise.  Come to find out the toilet, my shower, and the bath tub were all filling up with water.  Annoyed now I got dressed and went to see how the rest of the house fared.  The bathroom down the hall was flooding too!!! Oh no!  So I did text my husband at work and tell him about the plumbing then I tried working the drains again realizing that it was just transferring water to another location I decided to stop.  Then my husbands calls to tell me his mom and dad were on their way over to fix the problem.... Great! At least I had been warned so now I am trying desperately to clean.  I am by no means a plumber but when the whole houses drains are filling back up to me that is a septic tank issue that wont be solved by a plunger but now I get to sit back and watch as someone plunges water all over both bathrooms and then tracts that nice sewer water all over my house for an hour!!!! Even had to turn the water shut off valve on the toilet cause now water is coming out on the floor.  Finally got him persuaded to take a look outside so the water mess was curbed on the inside at least.  Then I get a lecture on how this entire house is plumbed wrong.  It's a rental... do I really care how its plumbed when its working?  Not really.  Besides that it is a double wide mobile so really the plumbing made sense just not when the septic tank is where it is on this piece of property making some piping seem, yes, stupid when it has to backtrack.  I have had a water leak under the kitchen somewhere that NO one would look at or fix even the landlord.  2 years it has been there and now with this event I was told finally where that leak was and that for less than $10 and 30 min. it could be fixed.  Now I am mad (thankful it FINALLY got fixed) really mad that it only took 2 years and my kitchen floor falling in!!!!!  My husband comes home and they snake the house looking for the clog in the pipe.  A clog that in my mind did not exist.  It took quite some time for them to see it my way.  So they dug up the access to the tank and low and behold its full.... imagine that.  They get a shovel and break up some of the stuff formed on the top making a crust which was to some extent clogging the intake to the tank poured in some tank treatment and buttoned everything back up.  I was under the impression that meant Monday I would be calling someone to come pump it but now that everything drained and hasn't backed up again there is no need??? Men (shaking my head) should just listen to women sometimes.  "Honey the pipes are backed up everywhere in the house could you please get the tank pumped" "yes dear"  would have saved us an entire Saturday of muddy work and me having to clean septic water out of both bathrooms, not to mention out of my carpets. 
2) I need a notebook to carry with me to catch all my ideas.
3) Alexis cracks me up.  I caught her beating her twin brother over the head with a crock pot lid.  A little bit later she is crying... she put her finger in his mouth and he bit her, DUH if you put something in a babies mouth they will bite it.  (and I think he was paying her back for the crock pot lid)
4) My oldest daughter has the amazing ability to never find anything even if its right in front of her face so when I asked her to get me my camera off the computer desk and she didn't find it I sent her back to look again and again and again until my husband said "you mean the one on the radio?" hmmmm note to self sometimes its not her ability to not find something... maybe once just once it's cause it's not where I thought I had left it.

Monday, November 1, 2010


My oldest daughter has had some stomach problems that could be viewed as a child attending public school and catching every known bug passed around or something unknown is wrong.  Its not fun to have a child have throwing up spells once a month.  It's not everyday but it is random.  Weird enough that the Dr ordered an upper GI.  So last night at midnight she had to start her prep.  No drinks or food.  Then had nightmares half the night keeping me up so both of us were really sleeping come 7 am this morning.  The upper GI seemed to be no big deal for her to do.  She wasn't scared and cruised right through it, guess I was the nervous one.  The nurse told me that no news is good news but the Dr should have the results wednesday.  After the procedure the radiology tech told me the Dr will know something by 2pm TODAY...... um help now I am worried.
Wednesday 11/3 update:
Dr did indeed have the results Monday by 2pm HE was too busy to review them and upon calling his office this morning he is not in yet and has a meeting so I'm getting frustrated cause I am dying to know something!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Starting out.....

Ok well so I'm new to blogging but feel the need to post things more in depth than Facebook allows so here goes:
A little background to me...
I have 4 children.  My oldest is Kaylee and she is 8 now.  Then we have Gavin who is 2 followed by my twins  Alexis and Logan who turned one this September.
Kaylee is a sweetheart that excels in school.  She is in 3rd grade and was on the honor roll.  Gavin talks all the time and has recently decided to be a big boy and potty on the toilet.  Alexis has been walking for several months now and gets into everything!!! She stands up to her brothers and tries to push them around.  Logan is content to be playing on his own and has just started to walk around.
My house is in a constant state of messy because of the energy of my little ones.
I personally have many interests... I love taking pictures and then putting together scrapbooks for all my kids.... things that usually I don't get the opportunity to do.  I work only seasonally preparing taxes for H&R Block which gives me some time away from the house. 
We have been struggling to find ourselves a house instead of renting, something which has proved to be very frustrating.  What he likes and what I like are two very different things apparently!  One day we will find it but it sure has taken alot of looking!
I am a fish out of water in the place we live.  Who would have thought that this west coast city girl would have ended up in small town Kentucky!  I have laughed and been confused many times at the language differences.  Friends that I have from the west think I talk with an accent but people here think I have an accent from the west still!  Growing up I thought things anywhere in the US would be the same but that is soooo not the case.  There is north and south and east and west, I was from the northwest and am in the south east, its like a total 180.  Grocery stores over there are Safeway and Albertsons here they are Krogers and Food City.  Burger Kings over there had fry sauce they look at you crazy here if you want some.  I used to have anything cultural for dinner (i.e. chinese, mexican)  here they actually do down home cooking!  Oh my goodness what is that!???  oh ya its all deep fried and layered in fat! (did I mention that I gained weight again?) I am blessed to find myself in an area that thinks somewhat like me though.  I find myself on the opposition most times in political debates with people I knew back home but around here its republican or independent thinking all the way.  This is a repressed area in many ways the biggest being in english.  Not that I was a huge english buff but I have to choose shorter words sometimes to be understood yet they can baffle me with the way they use their words.  (blowing at people is honking I found out and you cut off the lights to shut them off) I could go on and on examples are everywhere.  My decision to move here was finding the man I married so I don't think it was a bad one... it let to the kids that make me happy as well.