Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Am I addicted to posting?

This magnificent thing is Ben's delicious sandwich.  It was truly a work of art.

I just really like this photo.  It is overexposed and out of focus but I tried to salvage it by messing with some of the settings.  If you squint at it, it is a great photo...

Friendly Brothers.  Sitting on the balcony talking to the neighbor kids.
This is Gar.  Juice, Spongbob and his bike.

Model Uly.  Another photoshoot at the park.  I'm sure there will be many, many more.  We walked to the park and played here for a while today

So, since I've been thinking about 24/7. I have been posting on my family blog a whole lot more often than I used to.  I am trying to use my camera on a daily basis so I end up with a million photos of my kids.  What do you do with photos?  You share them.  This is me sharing...  :)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cute Boys

Ben located the USB cable for my little camera and so I downloaded all the images.  It was holding like three months worth of images - so many that my card was full.  It was like having a time machine getting to look at all the pictures.

Here are a few adorable ones:
This is a shot of all the Stier boys except for Mag.  From left to right: Garland, Owen, Sam, Ulysses.  Sam and Owen are Ben's brother Chris's sons.  We were lucky to have them at our house for Owen's 4th birthday and for Easter.  It was really fun.  We love having them here.  We wish we didn't live so far away!!!

This is what Gar did for a while.  He refused to use the little toilet or the insert toilet seat.  He'd just stick his bum down into the bowl.  It was pretty cute.  He's pretty cute.

This one is more proof of just how cute Gar is.  He's all snugly with a blanket (knitted by Auntie Olea as a present to baby Gar) and a juice cup.  To this boy, this the image of true happiness.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Birth of Momshots

This is a bit anticlimactic but I wanted to share with you a little project I am currently working on.  It is a blog that focuses on learning how to take better photographs of my kids - or as I call them Momshots.   

This is just the very beginnings of the site so when you view it imagine a great bit "Under Construction" sign in flashing letters at the top of the page. We have plans to make it into a really cool place in the future.  Right now it is just a pretty low key blog.  We will be making changes often until we get it right.  My cousin, Kristina and I will be working on it and developing the blog and site as we learn how to take better photos of our kids.  We will share Momshots, tips for getting better photographs, tips for post processing, tips for all kinds of things photography related.  In the future, we will have interviews of professional photographers and pick their brain on how to get great pictures of our kids.  Those are just a few of the ideas that you will see on

So I just wanted to put this out there.  There will be many, many changes to the site over time but in the mean-time, this is my new baby.

Also, If you would be so kind as to put a link to it on your blog, that would be really cool.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Uncle Dwight's 60th birthday celebration was on Sunday afternoon.  While they were at church we all hid in the backyard.  When they came home we jumped out and surprised him with a birthday party.  The weather was hot and beautiful.  It was a really nice and fun afternoon.

Happy Birthday to you!
This is my Aunt Pam and Uncle Dwight.  They sure are a cute couple, aren't they?

I've got to have it...

I just discovered a company called Tay Lighting. They make these lamps using a layering process of fiberglass and hand painting. I also read that they use fabric and laser cutting to create their designs. Wouldn't one of of these pendant lights look great over my future dining table in my future house? I think so...
Or how about a set of these on my future bookcase in my future living room?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Camera Question...

You may have noticed my recent photos. Brace yourself because there will be many, many more. I'm on a huge photographic binge right now. I'm trying to learn how to use a "real" camera and at the same time trying to learn composition and all the other challenges that make a snapshot art instead of just a snapshot.

I have two cameras, but the images you've seen recently are from a Nikon D100. It is a digital SLR and in 2002 it was the awesomest (I am aware that this is not a real word) camera around. It is now 2008 and after going to a class at my local camera shop on how to use an SLR, I realize that it still is a totally awesome camera.

Ben got it when he worked at Bizee Boys. He used it to take product shots of items such as the Abenergizer.
He has lovingly handed it over to me. He even refers to it as "my" camera (as in Jessica's camera, not Ben's... Did that confuse?).

The other camera I have is a great little point and shoot called a Nikon Coolpix 3500. However it's been dropped a few times and doesn't have a lens cover thingy anymore. It's really more like Uly's camera. He has used it more than I have recently. He takes some amazing photographs with it. I really like to give him the camera and see what he sees. However, the current problem with this camera is that I don't have any way to get the images off of it. Long ago I lost the USB cable. Supposedly it is in one of our bins of cables, but that's more like a black hole. I had a card reader on my computer but it recently just stopped working. It was from Circuit City. Maybe that's why they went out of business... So, until I get a new card reader, I can only remove images from the SLR and that's more fun for me to use right now anyway. So that's what you get.

So that's the longish short version of the camera story.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Uly & Gar at the park...

I can't get Gar to sit still for any length of time. So these are all action shots. I love the one of him running.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Frst Tooth

Happy Mothers' Day! I have wonderful mothers in my life. I have a great mom who has set a really good example for me. I also have a great mother in law. I have it made!!! I love you both.

Also, today is the day that Magnuses first tooth broke through the skin. He is growing up. I can't stop it.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Uly the Pengquin

Here is a photo from our ward's primary carnival. Uly is a pretty cute penguin. I sure love that boy!!!