Wednesday, June 30, 2010
So, last week I upgrade my iPhone to the iOS4 and when I did I downloaded the iBooks app - so far I like it as much as the Kindle app. My one complaint so far, though is that I haven't figured out or if I can lock the screen aspect. I read laying down a lot and that means holding my phone sideways, but not necessarily wanting it to go to landscape view. On the Kindle app I was able to lock the aspect so that even if the phone was horizontal, the aspect would stay in portrait. So far, that is my one and only complaint regarding iBooks. I just bought my first book through iBooks though and I haven't read very far so I don't know what other pros & cons I'll find.
I do like the library on iBooks much more than the one on the Kindle app, too - it's a nice layout as opposed to just a list of the books. It's only aesthetics, I know, but I still like it! It's just a nicer way to browse your books!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday we took Emma to see Toy Story 3. This was only the 3rd time she has gone to the movies & she loved it. She kept shushing me during the previews reminding me you have to be quiet when you go to the movies! Doesn't work at home, though when I'm trying to watch a movie & she is playing all around me! The movie was really good & yes, I admit, I got teary eyed a couple of times. There were lots of emotional parts & I'm a crier - yes, I am. No apologies - I just am! I didn't actually cry, though, but did sniff a few times! There were also a couple of times when Emma got a little scared, too. Nothing she couldn't handle, though - and she told me later that it was awesome & that she had a great time! She hasn't see the first two movies, but she knows who the characters are already - there are just too many commercials for the movie I guess to help knowing who they are.
Saturday we had a b'day party to go to - it was at one of those jumping places & Emma had a blast. I am sure she would have had more fun if her daddy had been there b/c he goes on all the jumps with her - I do sometimes, too but I forgot my socks and was wearing a skirt. Oops!! Hee hee! Next time baby!
I've been watching the lightening outside my window this afternoon. We had a few showers out here earlier, but it looks like there is a lot more to come. It was just yuck outside at lunchtime - if we do get a good rain I really hope it'll cool things off around here. Last night it was so nice while we were outside playing with the kids. And we have a lot of plans outside this coming weekend so I really hope the weather cooperates. I can see a band of rain off in the distance now - don't know if it'll make it here or not.
Tomorrow night we're painting again. This time we're painting Moonlit Cherry Blossoms! I'm excited to see how this one turns out. I need to get some 3M Command hooks to use in the office for the pictures I've already painted. I think I've finally decided just to do an eclectic grouping of picture in there since I couldn't decide where else to put them. Right now they are just on the desk leaning up against the wall. It's a great time - I highly recommend going to anyone, whether you have talent or not! I'll post a picture of the end results after the class tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I made a diaper bag tag for Emma when I used to carry a diaper bag for her...so I decided to make one for Aaron, too and have a little more fun with it than I did with hers. I have been playing with overlay & blending techniques a bit - as well as using new masks - and though I haven't mastered it completely (lots of trial & error), it is still a lot of fun!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Here are pics (click the pictures to advance) of the progress & a little clip of our hard working men!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
We have a few tentative plans for the weekend, but much of them really just depend on Michael - he and Carlton, our neighbor, are building fences - or rather moving fences - and they are just about finished. I know Michael is ready to get it done, so before we do anything else he wants to work on that. I hope they'll finish tonight or in the morning. *fingers crossed*
Kid news: Aaron is becoming mobile! Not to the point that I have to chase him around or anything, but he is turning around - the baby sitter said he turns over, but I haven't seen that yet, so until I see it, it's not going in the baby book!! I did put him on his activity mat yesterday and after a while he had turned around almost all the way - he stayed on his tummy the whole time, though. It won't be long and then Katie bar the door!! Emma started crawling at 6 months & walking at 10 months. I've always heard boys are slower at starting things than girls and I had really hoped that would be the case - I'm ready for him to be able to sit alone, but I don't mind if he takes his sweet time to start crawling or walking! Emma keeps me running enough on her own! He does sit well in his exersaucer now, though!
He is still sucking on those thumbs, though. Hopefully that won't last long - by the time Emma was about five months she was done with all pacifiers and sucking on her fingers. Aaron doesn't really take his pacifier at all anymore now, just goes straight for his thumb!
She only has a couple more months before she starts her preschool program! She is excited about "going to school", but I just pray it is an easy transition. It's going to be hard to leave Grammy's, but since Aaron will still be going there every day we'll get to see her often and since Carlton will be in Emma's class I think she'll be okay. It's going to be hard to leave Madeline, too - they are like a couple of sisters. They fight like sisters, too! :) I am sure she'll make may more great friends at her new school, too. It's just going by way too fast!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
These are pictures that Elaine took of Aaron when he first came home...he's grown so much it's hard to believe he was ever so small!!
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Saturday we had planned to go see Kevin Fowler, but when he found out he would be working Sunday we figured it wasn't a good idea to be out all night Saturday. I had already told Emma she could spend the night with Teta & Geddo, though so Saturday morning when Michael left for work I headed to my parents' house with the kiddos. It turned out she got to spend the day with all her cousins, too which she loved. My sister had a couple of her grandkids over so we took Emma & Aaron over to her house & Emma got to play in the water with Isabel & Gianna. I didn't take any pics, though :( but they had a good time! Aaron & I left them there around 1:00 to head back home to meet Michael and the three of us went out to dinner, then just hung out & watched It's Complicated...well, Michael & I watched It's Complicated. Turned out to be a pretty good movie, too. Aaron was too tired to stay up too late!! :)
Sunday since Michael went back to work, Aaron & I headed out early and met my parents, Emma, my sister, my niece & her kids at church. We didn't stay long after, though - I wasn't feeling great (I had a migraine lingering) and my parents had plans with friends. When I got home Michael had already made it home so I was able to lay down for just a bit until I started feeling better. I hate the summers here b/c of my migraines - this hot, humid weather always seems to bring on more headaches. I pray my kids don't suffer from migraines like I do.
Michael's parents came by to visit in the afternoon, too and brought us some yummy homemade salsa made from vegetables from their garden. It really got me anxious to make some myself - we have enough tomatoes if I don't start cooking with them more they are going to go bad!! I love homemade salsa!!
I guess Emma was played out from the weekend b/c we went out to dinner after that & she fell asleep in the booth at 5:30 and didn't get up till I woke her at 6:30 this morning! I tried to get her up a couple of times after we got home & she would sit up, then I'd look over and she would be passed out again! Eventually we gave up trying to get her up & just put her into her bed!
Friday, June 04, 2010
My babies are all over the web for me - I recently changed my twitter background image to a custom one as well with a picture of each of them & then one of the entire family. I really like the way it turned out - and now I can Google while looking at one of my beauties, too! Love it!!I don't know if Bing let's you put your own picture, though or if it's just their choice of pictures...I'll have to go check that out!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Here are a couple headers I've done that will be up at some point in the future - maybe with different pictures, though!
One thing I've found I really enjoy is making frames. I made all the frames on my current header and all the frames on the 1st of these two headers. The 2nd header frames were from a digital kit I had, though. I have tons of layer styles that I've been using and learning new techniques for different effects. I used to think they were so hard and would try to find tons of them online, but they are really very easy to make - just start with a basic shape using the shape selection tool & stroke it - this will give you your base to mask anything you want on top of it and then play with the layer styles to get it just the way you want it. Emboss or chisel it, add a shadow, a hint of light - whatever your fancy! Try it out!