Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Lens

I have a new lens for my camera and I am super excited! It goes down to an aperture of 1.8 which basically means the lens is very wide open. To me this means I can take some indoor shots without using a flash.

The lens doesn't have autofocus that works with my camera so a lot of my pictures came out a little blurry...that will take some practice. But, here are a few of my favorites. I like these pictures in black and white to show the lighting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Belly Already???

At only 11 weeks pregnant, I already have this BELLY! I heard that the second one pops out sooner, but my goodness. Hopefully we won't continue at this rate or I won't be able to fit through a door by October.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Finally A Post...a Girl and her Babies

Elyse is in LOVE with her baby dolls. It is funny because Dennis and I swore that we would not "peg" Elyse into all the "girl" things. He was very opposed to everything being pink and ruffly and girly. But, it turns out that we have a girly girl and she likes that stuff. And that is certainly OK with me.

More than any other stuffed thing, she loves her baby dolls. My mom surprised her with the first last time she picked us up from the airport. And this first doll certainly was loved. Elyse kept her around all the time, and really liked to put the baby in her mouth and shake her head, just like a dog does with it's toys. I'm not sure what that's about.

Anyway, after the first got so much love, I knew we needed to invest in some replacements. The problem was that I couldn't find a matching replacement. Luckily Nana came to the rescue again and found three more so we can have some rotating babies.

Here's Elyse loving on her babies.

Why have one when you can have two babies? (Not sure it is quite that easy!)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thankful Friday

Eyse LOVED chasing the birds. Good thing she wasn't fast enough to catch up!

Play-doh and a trip to the park!

What more could two girls want?!?!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Goals For Virginia Beach

So here is my list of goals before leaving Virginia Beach. I know it is a little bit long and I may need to do some editing.

1. Do a photo session with Elyse on the beach (and actually go to the beach...can you believe we haven't been yet?!)

2. Finish ABC alphabet. I've been trying to get the whole alphabet from things around the house. Here's what I have so far.

3. Some kind of Bible/Spiritual reading. I haven't decided what yet.

4. 3 pullups. I did it before, I'll try and do it again.

5. Plan the new baby's room.

6. Work on a kid's book with Dennis.

7. Visit Monticello.

8. Read 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

9. Organize digital pictures (something I've been putting off for awhile!)

10. Plan three events for my mom's club.

11. Visit the zoo.

12. Sell something on ebay.

13. Make some kind of art project for the new house (something like this). If you have any ideas, please share!

14. Make 2008 photo album and collage.

15. Make play-dough and finger paint.

16. Finish vows to our kids.

17. Learn to make chicken scalapini.

18. Buy something from Anthropologie. I have always liked this store but never bought anything.

So there's my list! Angela, I liked your idea of getting rid of stuff but luckily I did that last fall and don't have much to get rid of! :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


When Dennis went on his second deployment to Iraq, I developed a list of goals to get me through the time he was gone. Some were silly, some were serious, but they all helped me get through the time and have something to focus on. My goals included:

1. Do three pull-ups.
2. Score above 100 in bowling.
3. Run a half-marathon.
4. Go on a trip by myself (I went to San Francisco and LOVED it!)
5. Read all the epistles in the Bible.
6. Knit something that was not straight (I cheated and used one of those circle looms to make a hat!)

Oh, and we had a hula-hoop party too. It wasn't a goal but it was a lot of fun!

Anyway, I've decided that I want to create a similar list of goals for our time left here in VA Beach. Certainly this is not as challenging as a time as the deployment was but I am having a hard time focusing on the here and now, thinking too much about the future move.

So, I have already come up with most of my list and I'll share it tomorrow. I was just wondering if anyone had any good ideas to add to my list. The goals can be anything from silly to serious.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Psalm 139 (See announcement at the end!)

For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

....I'm pregnant (big grin)