Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ringing The Bell


Waterfront Bell - doesn't actually make much of a ringing sound but the kids had alot of fun with it.
Ok, and I'll admit one of the reasons I wanted to post this photo is because I love Herself's outfit.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

You Knew It Was Coming - Christmas Future.... ooohhhh.... aahhhh.....



Inspired by a photo on DBWalkers photo blog - I started playing with long exposures and Christmas lights tonight - and this is what you get. Not really futuristic, but fun to photograph!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Present






What's an Christmas morning without Irish Coffee? Made with the finest Irish Whiskey - Tullemore Dew. mmm.... yeah, Irish Coffee and Pannetone make for an excellent way to start the day.
And we've never had a Noble Fir before - I'm not 100% sold on having another one, but they are interesting looking, very stylized, but tough to get lights on looking decent.
Hope you enjoy this Christmas present. I'm trying to think of a way to do Christmas Future but haven't come up with it yet.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Past 2007






Just for fun, some photos from last Christmas. Enjoy.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Dr Cason's Friday’s Photo Challenge- Through a Child’s Eye

The kids could not get enough of the snow! I love how the flash reflected off the snowflakes.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Peace On Earth Good Will Toward All...

I was having kind of a tough time getting ready for Christmas this year. I'm kind of defeated trying to work full-time, and be a decent Mom in the few hours daily that I have with my kids, and things just weren't getting done. I was stressed. I was fussy and pissy. Everything sucked.

However, finally I decided a half-assed Christmas would be good enough. And you know what? It is, it totally is. I've counted my blessings and I Am Very Blessed. We have a decorated Christmas tree, presents underneath, Grandma Freddy and Uncle Cheech are in town, and its been wonderful. I've been cooking simple easy dinners and its great. I was upset because I haven't decorated. Never had time to send cards. There's alot Not Done. But, its OK.

This is not my permanent plan but it worked for me this year.
Thank you for blessing us with your presence this year Grandma Freddy & Uncle Cheech, you really made our Christmas about the love.

Hope you all are safe and warm and happy with the ones you love, or feeling the love of far away loved ones in your heart.

And to everyone who's lost someone special this year - please remember their Love too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve And All Is Well

Hope you and yours are having a safe and warm and healthy Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sleeping Boy

I love pictures of sleeping children. Especially mine ...wink wink...

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Worse Packrat Than My Dad?

Strange but true, look at all this crap. heh-heh

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dr Cason's Photo Challenge - A Beautiful Mess


Its my mess of christmas lights on the rhodedendron out front.
The snow is rather unusual. We may have a white Christmas this year - first ever since I moved here in 1991.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Reflections

Reflected in our plasma screen TV. Love the twinkle effects - I didn't even notice them until I downloaded the photos.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Red in the Winter


And on another note, I did not win this months greeblepix contest, but the winner IMO was the best photo. I was really honored just to have been chosen. And I already have january's entry picked out.

Thanks to everyone who voted for me.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Old Dog Thor

Thor for Thursday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Summer. Actually Late Spring. But Really Nice In California.


I have such a thing for stripes. I don't know how many striped tops Herself has. I love them. For me too.

I'm A Finalist at greeblepix!

I am so honored to be chosen as a finalist, considering the amazing levels of photographers found in Aimee's contest, I am so excited and surprised!
Anyway, if you'd like to take a look and vote for your ...wink wink... favorite Disapearing Boy - go here and check out the other finalists. And I'd love if you voted for me.

Photo of the Day to follow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Its too cold out so here's a warm summer day for you!


Ah those long ago days of summer.
But keep in mind only 5 days to the Winter Solstice - then the days start getting longer. Imperceptibly at first, but they do they do they DO!

Monday, December 15, 2008

bonus post

its fucking hard enough trying to be a mom and work full-time because you HAVE TO, but then all these fucking daycare programs close whenever they fuck,ing feel like it - but I STILL HAVE TO WORK DAMMIT.

Greeblepix December!


Greeblepix contest entry for December - by Awesome Aimee over at greeblemonkey.

Check out the other entrants - there are some amazing photogs!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Herself Looking Down

I need some images from summer. Dang its really cold here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

FAMILY FAMILY FAMILY

Ain't we just so dang cute - heh-heh
This pic is great. Only guy missing is my nephew and his wife. It was a great Thanksgiving.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winter Berries - Home for the Holidays

I found these berries while I was out walking on my way to Lake Harriet, I was at my parents house over Thanksgiving.
This is my photo for Dr. Cason's Friday Photo Challenge - Home for the Holidays is this weeks theme. Check it out.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

One Of My Most Favorite Places In All Of Minneapolis

We'd go skating in the winter, swimming in the summer, "hanging out" all summer when I was a teenager, fishing and canoeing, they have a bandshell for watching concerts on summer nights. And they make the BEST popcorn EVER. Nonthing compares to Lake Harriet popcorn. The best part is - when I was there a couple years ago in the summer, I got a box and it tastes EXACTLY like it did 20 years ago. This is a late fall shot.
Oh, and my parents live a 10 minute walk away so no wonder we spent so much time there.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Herself Framed

Cool climber thing that looked like a spider web.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Silly Old Fart - And His Fabulous Wife


AKA Grandma and Grandpa. Getting silly at the photo session after Thanksgiving Feasting.
I love my parents. I hope someday I can be cool grandparents like they are.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Coolest Park in Minneapolis


The park next to where my parents live - I grew up playing there and it was great. Little did I know I'd go back with my kids and its SUPER AWESOME. They totally redid it about 2 years ago and its state of the art with so much fun stuff, I was bummed when we had to go home.
There was a scoop on a circular pulley thing that you'd fill with sand, raise and dump into some other container, then rotate it and let it fall 5 feet to the sandy surface below. Sounds mundane, but it entertained the kids for a good long time. Even in the 30 degree sun, we had a blast.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Japanese Gardens at Point Defiance


The colors that day were so vivid, so amazing! It almost hurt your eyes it was so bright - not the sun but the reds and oranges and yellows and greens. And when I looked at these photos the first time I was disappointed at how poorly the colors were captured. And now I see vivid colors. Guess the time has "colored" my memory. ha-ha.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Interesting Ornament


Foound this on a tree outside the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Maple Drive


Ruston Way. Last photo then my battery died. Gotta get a second battery. Turned out nice tho.

Monday, December 1, 2008