Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Miss Munchkin and I have been testing for our Black Belt over the past six weeks. Last week was our final test. It was 2 hours long! Before class started, we had to complete 100 situps, 75 pushups and 25 laps around the dojo. Then, for the first 30 minutes of the test, we were pushed to our limit physically with strenuous drills and exercises. After we were good and tired, we were asked to demonstrate all of the techniques we’d learned over the past 3 years. Kicks and punches, escapes from various chokes and bear hugs, throws and grappling on the ground. Then we sparred.
At the end of class, we learned that we’d passed! The following night we received our Black Belts in an official graduation ceremony. We also read a 3 page paper that we’d written about our “journey though martial arts”.
I’m so glad testing is over. It is one of the harder things I’ve ever had to do. I’m really proud of Miss Munchkin for hanging in there though it all and of myself, for doing this at age 40!
Reading my paper
Miss Munchkin graduating
Getting my new belt
The graduating class (we’re on the right)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
On our Christmas card this year:
Friday, December 03, 2010
Miss Munchkin and I are halfway though our 6 week intensive black-belt boot camp! It's pretty tough and we are really sore. Don't make either of us laugh. Ow. :)
Here are some neat things I've found recently. I love to share!
10 Free Holiday Icons for your website
The Frugal Find (great for getting deals for Xmas shopping)
10 Tips for a Sharper Photo by one of my favorite photographers
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I’ve been busy working on something entirely new the past few weeks – I’ve been taking photos of the students at our martial arts studio. This project required the use of lights and a green screen and digital backgrounds – all new stuff for me! It’s kind of funny – the students get to choose their backgrounds and every single child (and even a few of the adults) choose Fire. :)
Here’s a little taste:
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
My Favorite Sister is still living abroad in the Philippines but now she has a visitor - my mother! We've all been missing Rene, but my mom couldn't stand it any longer and hopped on a plane for a ride around the world. She's been having all sorts of grand adventures - hiking and riding around on motorcycles, helping in Rene's classroom and taking showers out of a cold bucket of water! I'll miss being with them for Thanksgiving, but I'm thankful that they are together.
Between baking pies this week, I've been working on a required paper for my Black Belt Test. We have to write a three page paper and read it out loud at our graduation. I think I should do an interpretive dance instead. ;)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Why aren't you getting sleepy?!!
He stared back, his eyes widening. "I'm immune!" And then he laughed his evil scientist laugh.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Part of our test includes being able to do 100 situps and 70 pushups. Uh oh! I can do about half those amounts right now, so I need to get busy!
Speaking of busy, I just finished coordinating our school’s Book Sale. We’d been taking donations since the summer and about a bazillion books needed to be organized and, well, sold! It was a lot of work but we made $600 for our little school library, which is more than its yearly budget. Yea!
Friday, October 29, 2010
We’ve all gotten those “less than perfect” shots from time to time. You know the ones, where somebody wiggles at just the wrong moment or blinks right when you push down the shutter. Wait! Before you hit “delete” on your camera or computer, take another look. There might be a wonderful picture hiding somewhere in there!
This next photo was pretty cute to start with but I think the viewer’s eye is drawn away from the girl’s face down to her lower arm and leg. I’m also distracted by the strong purple flowers above her head. And that’s a shame because, with a zoom and a crop…
You get this! So look twice at your photos; You may uncover a hidden treasure.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I’ve had a few adorable babies in front of my camera recently. Of course, not every shot is a keeper. I’ll usually delete most of the seconds but, occasionally, I’ll capture something that just cracks me up. I call these “WGGW”s or “When Geddes Goes Wrong”.
After messing with this little guy quite a bit, he finally woke up and glared at me. Then he gave me me the Finger.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
One of the fun ways we’ve found to hook our kids on some classical tunes is through the Beethoven’s Wig series of CDs. They are a little goofy and a lot of fun. There are 4 out now and we borrowed the latest from the library last week. One of our favorite songs on this album is set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. You can hear it here (click Track 12).
Others worth a listen include:
Beethoven’s Wig (Track 1)
Musical B’s (Track 4)
Warning, they are rather silly. And once you've heard them, you may never listen to the music again without hearing the words in your head. But if you need a laugh on a long trip, they are worth a listen!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Me, in a
MrMama, calmly: No, I don't think so. Why?
Me: Because you're being..... (struggles for word).... wrong!
Friday, September 24, 2010
On the first day of Fall, the Munchkins and I were were listening to Vivaldi's Autumn concerto on the car radio. Or at least I thought they were listening.
Miss Munchkin: Is it pronounced "Ni-vall-di" or "Vi-vall-di"?
Master Munchkin: I think it's "Na-Baldy."
Me (trying not to laugh): It's "Vivaldi".
Miss Munchkin: Are you sure? I always thought it was Nivaldi!
Master Munchkin: Yeah! I mean, what kind of idiot would name his kid, "Vivaldi"?!!
(fade to spirited classical music)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Lessons recently learned the hard way in Photography:
Pond scum on a lake does not a pretty background make. Check and double check what's behind your subject before you start shooting.
Apparently I need more than my personality to charm a baby. Must get squeaky toy.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Happily, I found a Math textbook that is both. Stanley Schmidt, Ph.D. wrote a series called "Life of Fred". The lessons are infused with unexpected humor and surprises.
For example, here are a few of the questions from this week's quiz:
(A little background info for those of you who haven't been through the first 10 chapters, Fred has had an Accident. So brace yourselves.)
1. The knife in Fred's foot weighs thirteen pounds. How many ounces is that?
2. Reduce as far as possible 120/360
3. Drip! is the onomatopoetic word describing Fred as Betty carried him down the stairs. If Fred were losing one drop of blood every four seconds, how many drops of blood would he lose in four minutes?
8. It is seven furlongs from Fred's office to the hospital. How many feet is that? (A furlong is 220 yards)
Now what boy wouldn't love that?! I love hearing him laugh out loud as he's reading the chapters and I'm thrilled that he is enjoying Math again. Now what mom wouldn't love that? :)
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here’s some footage from last week. I actually landed a Superman Punch (I was so happy!)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that people stopped and stared.
She was also really fun to shoot and was up for anything. To get this shot she had to climb over a railing, schooch out on a ledge, and stand in the middle of a bunch of bees.:)
Coming soon: some sweet shots of her sister.