Saturday, January 08, 2011

Thanksgiving 2010

Ok another really late post, please hang in there with me because I have another couple of these before I am caught back up.  On Thanksgiving we always head over to the west coast of Florida and celebrate.  The kids always have fun over there with the family.  This year was a big showing, 14 of us.
The trip is a long drive for everyone (4 hours)  so we make a stop at the rest stop on the way.  This was the morning of Thanksgiving, as you can see Gabe is very excited for the day to happen, what can I say he loves to eat.
Once we arrived his uncles were already there and he just had to take Gypsy for her walk.
My Grandmother lives in one of the many retirment communities in florida and this is of her back yard and several of her neighbors.  My brothers boyfriend took the shot on my camera using the panoramic setting.  I think it came out pretty well the yard just does bend the way it looks.  One of the great things about the park she lives in is there is always so much different things you can see when out for a walk.  So one time when Gabe went to play shuffle board with his dad, Sam and I went for a walk.  Here is some of the shots we got.
I love the bright red on the flower.  Also the fact that you can see the sun shining off the bee's back is pretty cool too.
There is a few of these spanish moss trees around the park.  I think that they are so neat.  These next few shots are of these two birds that would just walk around the park.  I just thought that they were so beautiful and we could get so close to them.  Hope you enjoy them, I experimented with the black and white on some of them.

We also had some fun at the park near by.  Unfortunetly the playground portion was closed for repairs so the boys could only use the swings. 
Gabe worked at learning how to through the frisbee.  His form is coming along really nice.
Got some more loving from Gypsy.
Listened to some books on tape with best friends.  (If you look close he put head phones on the monkey too.  He is such a cutie)

Well that was our Thanksgiving.  Thanks so much for letting me share it with you all.  I hope that you all had a great one too!

Friday, January 07, 2011

A visit with Grandpa

So this is a really overdue post (He visited just before Thanksgiving, oops)  Better late than never right.  I figured that since the big gap that I had on here was during the holidays I would try and share the fun things that we did during this time.  So what better place to start than Grandpa's visit.  This was my Father in laws first visit so it was really special for the boys.  We tried to pack alot into the week that he was here because of that.  They wanted to share all of the fun things that they love to do, this was such a small percentage of them that they can not wait for his next visit.  I thought that I would share some of my favorite pictures from the visit.
This was at the Zoo.  They loved taking him around and showing himall of the favorite animals.
Gabe got a chance to show Grandpa how well he is doing with his reading now.
Of course we got a chance to eat out too.  We ate at TooJay's deli, coconut mounds cake, yummy :0)

I think that my favorite part of the whole trip was our trip to the park.  It might be because it was my first chance to experiment with my new camera, yeah that could be the reason :0).  I mean check out these pictures of the kids.
I love the profile shots when they do not realize that I am taking it.  They are more natural, and I get so much better shots.
I have no idea on why this on tipped to its side.  It did it when I loaded it on to blogger.  Oh well, look at that face, love it.
To sweet holiding grandpa's hand on the nature trail. 
Gabe got daddy in on playing.
Enough room for all three of my favorite guys.
I wanted to share some of the nature shots that I got on that day to.  This was of the snapping turtle in the nature center.  I love how it came out you can not even tell he is underwater.
Just a body of water on the nature trail, really pretty.
One of the other ponds on the nature trail.

I was playing with the zoom on this.  It is probably one of my favorite shots that I ever took, and it was totally by accident.  I was trying to see how far I could zoom and take a picture of the bird house (brown blur in back).  Instead I got this shot of the tree.  I was impressed with how it looked on the camera but then I got it home and on the computer and happend to notice the dragon fly on it.  How cool is that, I know I get excited pretty easily. 

OK that is it for now, I know it was a long post.  I am going to try and get some more up this weekend of the other things that I missed.  Also look for some cool stuff coming from that talented husband of mine.  He got the book, 365: A daily creative journal, on new years and has been working on his projects from it.  He plans on sharing them on here, yeah!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

A New Start...

(Picture from my front door on New Year's Eve)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  Ours was really nice, but glad things are starting to slow down.  I am looking foward to the new year with some high hopes.  There is going to be lots of changes and fun things going on around here.  I hope to share as much as possible with all of you.  Over the next week or two I hope to revamp the blog some, so please patient with any mess you see during this time.  It is a lot to learn.  Alright I did want to just check in a let you know we are still here.  Gotta run now and get some more work done.