Monday, September 6, 2010


Over the weekend, Colorado Springs held it's annual Balloon Classic. There are so many vendors and things to see that you could easily wander around for a few hours! A friend and I took our kids to see the balloons light up at night, and was AMAZING! It was the first time I'd taken any night shots with my camera, but I don't think they turned out too bad. Especially for not having a tripod with me. Chasing 3 kids while juggling a camera and tripod did not sound like fun at all! I'm already looking forward to next year's Classic. The Husbeast should be home by then, so we can go as a family. He'll definitely want to chow down on one of the HUGE turkey legs they had for sale. Here are a few pics from the night:





Friday, August 20, 2010

So proud!

It's not big secret that I'm an atheist, and so is my hubby. Our girls probably identify that way right now, but not because we force it. If they want to go to a church, synagogue, or mosque, that's cool. When they are older, they can choose whatever religion they want, or none at at all. Anyway, this all leads up to a conversation I overheard in the car today. My oldest (who is 6) was teaching her younger sisters the Pledge of Allegiance. It went something like this:

Oldest: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under...well, I don't believe in God, so I'll just say Earth...under Earth, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

To say it made my heart swell with pride is an understatement. Not that she declared that she doesn't believe in God. She's 6, I don't think she fully grasps that yet. What made me so proud is that she thought about what she was saying, and didn't just go along with saying something she doesn't agree with. More than anything, I want our girls to be free-thinkers. I want them to question, I want them to make their own decisions. It seems like we are headed in the right direction, and that makes me so proud!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I got a job! How cool is that?! To top it off, I work from home, which is awesome. Hubby is super excited too, which makes me feel...proud. :)

My camera has been getting neglected lately. It's that time of year, where everything is just super busy. We've been doing dentist appointments, meeting teachers, back-to-school shopping, and trying to maintain some form of sanity! Luckily, all this running around has helped keep our minds off the deployment. Oh, and I've lost almost 4 pounds in the past couple weeks! Yay!

I did happen to snap a picture of some crazy clouds the other morning. This is a view of the mountains off my back porch:

Awesome, huh?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Impending Doom

So, once again I have let life get in the way of blogging. That's okay, it was time well spent. My fearless husband is about to deploy yet again, this time to a country to which he's never been. We've been spending every possible second together lately. You would think that each deployment would get a little easier, but they never do. Each time one rolls around, there's another kid (like the first 2), or the kids are older and realize what this actually means (like the last one and this one). This is our life and, aside from the deployments, it's a really good I guess I can't complain too much.

It still sucks.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Learning Curve

I wrote a few days ago that I had gotten a Nikon D90. Since then, that thing has been practically surgically attached to my hand. This camera is amazing. Taking a great picture is easy to do right out of the box. Of course, I still got my fair share of blurry or almost-there-but-not-quite photos, but it didn't take long to start getting photos like this one of my oldest on the swing:

I love the way her hair is flying around her head. It's not perfect, but I'm getting closer! I've been having so much fun taking pictures that I haven't even attempted to tweak any of them in Photoshop.

One thing that has helped me tremendously is David Busch's Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography. Man, this book is a lifesaver! After only 2 chapters, I feel a bit more at ease with the camera. Chapter 3 and beyond is where he really starts to get into the different settings. The pages are nice and thick too, so I'll probably be sticking this in my camera bag for reference without too much worry about destroying it.

Speaking of that book, it's time for me to sink myself back into it until the munchkins demand my full attention again. LOL Then maybe a trip to the park later for more pictures. What are your plans for this weekend?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello gorgeous!

I may or may not have a new toy to play with. And by "may or may not", I mean LOOK AT WHAT I BOUGHT! (More like, LOOK AT WHAT HUBBY BOUGHT FOR ME! LOL)

Photo courtesy of Nikon

That is my brand spanking new Nikon D90. I also have the lens that is attached in the picture, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. I had debated just buying the body and using the extra money towards another zoom lens other than the kit lens, but reviews I had read online said that the kit lens is actually pretty good. So I went with that one. Let me tell you, the Vibration Reduction? Awesome. I also bought this lens, which will be arriving today:

Photo courtesy of Nikon

That's the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D. I really wanted to get the 1.4D, but from what I read online, I just couldn't justify spending another $200+ on a lens that I wasn't sure I would be able to tell a difference with. Maybe after gaining some more experience!

There's a few accessories that were purchased with the lens, like an extra battery, etc. I won't bore you with all those. However, when my camera bag comes next week, you'd better believe there will be pictures!

What have you bought lately that thrills you?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I love to knit and do other crafty things. I also love to work on the house and remodeling/decorating. So why does it seem that nothing ever gets done?! I've decided that every Wednesday, I'm going to post progress pictures of my latest projects. Sort of an accountability. This week, I only have knitting to show. The first is a blanket I've been working on for my husband since October 2008. Not that it's that difficult, or that I'm quite that slow, it's just time-consuming. Because it is time-consuming, I feel like I need to sit down and work on it for hours at a time...which I never have time to do. So it sits in it's project tote and waits. It's time to change that! Here's where I am now:

I have about 25 inches done, and I'm aiming for about 60. So, it's almost halfway done. I love my husband, and he loves this blanket, so I'm going ot get it done for him. :)

The other thing I have going on right now is a pair of socks for our oldest munchkin. I had made her a pair of socks not too long ago, but they turned out to be too short in the foot, so they went to munchkin #2. That's the nice thing about having 3 girls! These socks are to make up for the others being too short:

There's not much to see right now. I just finished the toe increases, and I'm starting on the foot. This is going to be just your run-of-the-mill basic sock. Once I get a better feel for making socks fit the way I want, I'll venture into the wonderful patterns that I drool over on Ravelry!

Are you making progress on any projects?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Positive thoughts!

Here's a rundown of the craziness that has occurred lately:

1. Pasha has a complete tear of her ACL, which is an injury that needs surgery to fix. A $3,000 surgery! Holy hell. She has to wait for a few months, but she'll have it fixed and be back to new again in no time. Luckily it doesn't seem to be causing her any pain.

2. A company we have an account through decided that they were going to take a $300 payment out of our checking account, even though we had already paid them for the month. Then they wanted to be jerks about giving it back.

3. On a somewhat funny note, my younger 2 daughters decided that my 50 lb bag of powdered sugar would be a great place to play this morning. Oh, and of course the dogs would love to have their bowls piled high with the sugary goodness. *sigh*

So, instead of being upset and stressed about all of the above, I'm going to think positively! I'm going to focus on things that make me happy and all the wonderful things I have in my life. My dog isn't in pain, even though she can't have surgery yet. We eventually got our money back into our checking account. I have 3 wonderful little girls and a fantastic husband, even if they all can (and do!) drive me crazy sometimes. There...I feel better already!

What's driving you crazy?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Poor Pasha

My beautiful wonderdog, Pasha, went to the vet today to have them look at her paw. She has been limping around for a day or two, and we wanted to have it looked at. This also gave us a chance to check out the local vet that I've heard so much about. His name is Dr. Graf, and everything I've heard has been awesome. In this case, everything was true. He did an amazing job of explaining to me what was wrong and some of the different options. Pasha has a torn ACL in her rear left leg. :( All he could do for her right now is give us some pain meds and refer us to a doggie orthopedic surgeon. So on Wednesday we have an appointment with them to see if they can do anything for the pup. In the meantime, here are some pics of our former pound pup:

Send well wishes her way, will ya?

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I'm a horrible person and have already skipped a day. So much for 30 consecutive days of updates, huh? But I had a very, very good reason for it. That reason?

Picture from engadget.

Yes, I got a Droid. So did hubby. We've been playing with them since we first laid our hands on these magical phones at the Verizon store. Man, Blackberry has nothing on the Droid! It even lets me surf Ravelry, reply to individual forum posts, and update my projects page! I haven't tried uploading any pics yet, but I'm optimistic!

What are you super excited about today?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ooooh, pretty!

Look who has a new blog layout! It's not exactly what I had in mind, but it's way better than what was here before. What do you guys think? So, I made it to Day #2 of my 30-day goal. I'm pretty impressed. :) Yesterday I mentioned the fact that we recently bought a house here in Colorado and promised a few pictures. Check out what we have done to the kitchen. This is what we started with when we bought it:

Yeah, pretty crazy, huh? We bought a foreclosure, and the previous owners had totally stripped the kitchen. They took the cabinets, appliances, sink, light fixtures...everything. That's okay though, because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in my head and that was just less demolition for us to do! So, after painting the walls and buying new, well everything, this is what we have ended up with:

We still have some things to do in there, but for the most part it is done. I love everything about it! Our next big project will be the lawn. We have next to no grass, which really sucks...especially for the kids. Okay, especially for me, because I have to do dusty laundry every day!

So, what projects do you have planned?

Monday, April 19, 2010

On being a slacker and having goals.

Yes, yes, I have been the ultimate slacker. Here it is, 2010, and I haven't even posted a single thing to my blog. Well, that's about to change. For the next 30 days, I am going to post something every day. I've been thinking a lot lately about how much of a procrastinator I am. For example, my super-wonderful-awesomely-amazing husband's blanket:


According to Ravelry, I started it all the way back in October of 2008. It was supposed to be a present for our 5th wedding anniversary. As much as I love this man, this blanket is just not one of my favorites. I love the pattern, love doing cables...but each row takes me 15-30 minutes to do. Now, if I just sat down and did 1 inch every day, I could be done with the darn thing in a little over a month. But no, instead I look at it while I'm knitting him a hat, or think of it while I'm knitting a new pair of socks for one of the girls. Well, last night I finally pulled it out and worked on it. The smile he had on his face was enough to make me want to work on that blanket 24 hours a day to get it finished! So, guess what I'm going to be doing today? LOL You guessed it!

Oh, and guess what? WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Yup, you heard me. Maybe if you're lucky, I'll show you a few pics of the remodeling we've done so far and share some of my ideas for it tomorrow. Don't forget to thank a vet!