I don't know what it is about this year, but I have been just like a kid this Christmas Season. Maybe it's because last year I was really sick for most of December and didn't get to enjoy it, or maybe it's because both the girls are so into it and having so much fun.
Last night I helped Santa wrap gifts. There are a few more that we'll wrap tomorrow night and I have a few other gifts to finish up, but other than that, we're ready.
Today the girls and I are going to make cookies and rice krispy treats for Santa. The rice krispy treats were Natalie's idea and I know Santa will LOVE them. She also wanted to fix him a banana smoothie (??? the girl cracks me up) but decided that he'd like a Dr. Pepper instead.
I hope you are enjoying time with your families. We have a fun few days ahead of us!
A recent Layout to share: Journaling Reads: A peaceful moment between you two is sometimes hard to catch. I love that you two were being so sweet and reading together under the tree. You girls bring me such joy that you'll never understand until you have children of your own. Love You. Dec09
I can't believe how fast the last week and a half went by! Christmas is in 4 days! I still have just a couple of gifts to take care of, and then I have to help Santa wrap everything at some point in the next couple days!
The girls have really enjoyed the holiday season. Especially Natalie who loves all Christmas songs. Today I have a couple of videos to share. We discovered that Abigail could say one whole line of Rudolph, and while this video doesn't capture her line at it's very best, you should be able to make out what she says at the very end. John is the one talking/singing throughout most of it, but listen closely at the very end.
And then Natalie singing the entire song: You may have to turn up your volume, she wasn't singing very loud.
We are really getting into the Christmas spirit around here. Natalie has sung Rudolph a thousand times the last couple of days. We've watched both How the Grinch stole Christmas and Mickeys Twice Upon a Christmas today. We've also been wrapping presents! Here are just a couple of pics as we enjoy the day at home.
I don't have a lot of time, so I'm gonna be quick! Here are the rest of my Sussie Layouts for this month. These really got me in the Christmas mood!! I had a photo session today out at a local Mall. They have a huge tree that made the perfect backdrop. Well, I know Santa is watching because he showed up!! I hope you've been good!
We don't have any presents under the tree yet, but I wanted to experiment with taking some pictures and getting some different effects. So here's what I did. For this one I turned the manual focus on and blurred my picture just a little. Because of the low light situation I had my shutter speed at 1/60 and my aperture at 1.4fFor this one I left my setting the same, the only thing I changed was bringing the picture into focus.
Now with this next one you can see what a difference it makes simply by changing your shutter speed. When photographing Christmas lights, you can achieve a really bright look by leaving you shutter open longer. For this one I set the shutter at 1/10.
These aren't ideal.. I obviously need to move that air filter propped up against the wall.. but you get the idea. If you have a camera that you can actually control the settings on, I encourage you to experiment!
The girls with their uncle.. and with their Obie (grandma)..and having some fun!! and a group shot of the Wright family.. Currently I have about 6 running to-do lists. Everything from Christmas lists, to household chores that need to be done, to Christmas projects, and so on and so on. I have LOTS I want to do this month. I was hoping to post something for every day of December leading up to Christmas, but I'm not gonna stress myself out over that, so it may or may not happen.
We got our tree up and decorated over the Thanksgiving holiday. Natalie had so much fun doing that with me.
And here's one of my layouts for December Sussies kit. These pics are from last Christmas. I'll share the others later, for now I'm off to bed!
So I'm still playing with my new flash. Natalie agreed to be my guinea pig. After countless shots this is the best I've got to show for it. I still think her face is too bright. Making it black and white toned it down some. Here's the color version.
Looking forward to a GNO tonight. Vampires and Werewolves are on the agenda!
So we've all been stuck in the house since Monday. On Monday we found out that John and both kiddos have swine flu. As of today, everyone is much better.
So what do you do when you're stuck in the house for 4 days? You take lots of pics of snotty nosed, puny kiddos. I don't know that I would have necessarily taken many pics during these sickly days except that I have this new toy: Now let me say straight up, I am a natural light girl. I just don't use flash. Ever. But after a lot of deliberation and research I decided to take the plunge and purchase an external flash. (Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to me.. LOL) Here's the problem. I have NO IDEA what I'm doing. Natural light is my thing, so giving me a good flash unit isn't doing much good right now. Next on my to-do list is to settle down with the little manual that came with it and figure out the crazy thing.
Here are some pics to prove my point.
Hello brightness.. Yes, she has her shirt on inside out and she has food on her face. But it gets better.
See? I told you it gets better.
So as you can see they are all over the place.. some are blown out.. some are too dark. I'll just keep playing til I get it figured out. Guess that means I'm gonna get a lot of shots of snot over the next couple days ;)
I am so very honored to have been asked to design for Scrapin Kats!Scrapin Kats is a brick and mortar store located in Cullman, AL. The owner, Kathy, celebrated her 1 year anniversary with the store last month. She has decided to put together a kit for January 2010, which will be available for purchase on January 1st. That is only about 6 short weeks away!! Want to see a peek?
This kit will be packed full with Bella Blvd's Honey I'm Home and new stuff from American Crafts. Sometime on or around the 1st of January, you can check back here to see what I've done with the kit.
Interested in reserving one, so you know you'll have it in your hands? Email Kathy at : firstname.lastname@example.org let her know you're interested! Go do it now before you get caught up and busy with the Holidays. Then you're guaranteed a fun kit to settle down and scrap with come January! Once we get the kit completely put together, I'll have more info on the kit price and shipping rates.