Sunday, October 31, 2010

and a few more....

Here are a few more for you Anita ;)  Now I am caught up on all but one!
This has been so fun (and yes, a bit of a challenge too) to do this picture-a-day project, but at the end of the year, the book is going to be so awesome to look through!  I challenge all my readers to start doing this!

Happy Monday everyone!  And can you believe it is November already??  Two birthdays this month, 4 norwex parties lined up, two weddings, a trip to Seattle, Thanksgiving....I'm going to be busy! :)  But it all sounds so fun!


Ok, I have really been slacking on the blog business!  But I have been so busy, that my computer time all together has really been pretty minimal!  Here are a few pages from my P.A.D project Anita!  I have been good about staying on top of this until the last three days!  I have the pictures, I just haven't put them into scrapbook form!  Tomorrow.  After church. before a photo shoot.  Hopefully! much to do, so little time!  I need a day to regroup :)

And I know this is more than 'one' picture....but I thought the three together was so cute!   We got this outfit from Lindsey's teacher, and Taryn thought she was just great wearing it!  But she would not stop for a picture!

Looking thru all of my pages that I have done so far, I realize that  most of them are of Trina and Taryn.  And while I guess that makes sense because they are the two home with me during the days....I really need to get some pictures of Toni and Alanys too!  That's my goal for next week!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Simonson Family {Phoenix Family Photographer}

Here is a sneak peak at a few pictures from our photo shoot today with the Simonson's.  We had a great time at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, and the kids were all so good!  I got my workout in too chasing after little Paylin trying to get some good pictures of her!  What a doll she is, but she wouldn't sit still for more than two seconds at a time :)

Such pretty girls!  After looking at their pictures on my computer, I decided that the twins each have a different look even tho they are identical twins....but I just don't know what name goes with what look!
And a half-ways smile out of Trey....I'll take it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My first Norwex party....

Was exciting and a great success!!  I am so excited to be on this new venture :)  The consultant who I signed up under came down from Minnesota to train me by doing my first party for me.  I even brought my camera to the party to get a picture of her presenting, but of course I didn't get one picture!  She is going to help me at my second one tomorrow night, then after that I'm on my own!  It was really a lot of fun, and it's the product that is so awesome that it is so easy to sell.  If you are interested in hosting a party, or would like to attend a party, contact me and let me know!  If you would like to attend one, I have several coming up here in Phoenix in the next few weeks, and one in Washington on November 22nd.

In other news.....I am just loving this cool weather we are having here today!!  It is cool, gray and rainy and my doors are open and I am enjoying it to the max!!  Gray and rainy probably doesn't sound all that appealing to those of you who don't live here.....but for us, it's a great change!!  I'm crossing my fingers that this cool down is here to stay now for the winter :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

more family pictures....

I already posted a family picture from our day in Flagstaff in my last post, but thought I'd share some more from our day :)  It was so beautiful up there, and chilly too!  I don't know what I was thinking...I should have dressed the girls in warmer clothes!  They complained almost the whole time that it was sooooo freezing!  It wasn't that cold!
It just made me think all the more while we were there, that I would love to live there!  You get the four seasons, a smaller town, close enough to the big city.....sigh...maybe someday! :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

fall colors

Driving up North to see the 'fall colors' is something I have wanted to do for many years now, and we finally did it!  Last night we decided that today we would head up to Flagstaff and spend the afternoon taking pictures.  We went just North of Flagstaff where the aspens were all bright yellow.  I was a little disappointed to not have seen any reds and oranges, but maybe we were too early?  Anyways, it was a fun day with the hubby and kids!  Here is our attempt at a family picture, and my picture-a-day photo for day 7!
We started out by doing the self timer thing until some nice guy offered to snap a couple for us!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 6!

I am on a roll if I do say so myself!  I've almost made it to a week, and it's been a lot of fun doing this!
Here is day 5 and day6
I did these pictures a little smaller than the pictures in my other posts....are they better this size?  easier to view?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New blog

If you're here, then that means you found my new blog!  I have wanted to switch over for a while now, bucause I love the bigger pictures, and the best part is I will be saving $8.95 a month!!  The pictures are a little bigger than I would like them, but just bear with me and I'll get it figured out!
What do you think?  Do you like the look of this blog better or the old one better?

I am happy to say that I haven't missed a day yet on my picture a day (P.A.D.) project!  It has been fun :)
Are any of you guys doing it yet??
Day 4:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

P.A.D. project day 3

I finally got my wisdom teeth taken out!  finally!  Going to the dentist for anything tops my list of things I absolutely hate, and I was dreading this day for so long!!  And I was such a stress case going in to my appointment, that the surgeon probably thought I was such a baby!  But that's ok.  I'm just overjoyed that it is now behind me!!  I was feeling pretty nausous all day yesterday, and I finally figured out last night that it probably was not the after effects of the laughing gas, but the vicoden that was causing it.  So I quit taking that, and just took Motrin today.  I felt so miserable yesterday!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jay and Amy were married on Sunday at the Pioneer Living History Village.  It was a gorgeous day and it was my first time there, so it was fun to check it out!  Here are a few pictures of the two of them that caught my eye while looking through their pictures today.  Congratulations again you guys!!





And our 'Blue sky' picture from their wedding.  It was a great venue for a wedding!

And yesterday I started my 'picture-a-day is my picture for day 2!


Have a great Tuesday everyone!  Today is the dreaded day that I get my wisdom teeth pulled!  I have been dreading this day for so long!  And I am such a nervous wreck.  I HATE going to the dentist, but will be SO GLAD to finally have them out!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

my picture-a-day project....

I am so excited to start this!!  I have actually wanted to do this for a long time, but have always put it off because I was waiting for a specific day to start...didn't think I should just start on a random day! well, what better day to start than on 10/10/10?  That way it'll be easier to remember what day I started on :)  I am going to take a picture a day, put some journaling with it, print it to an 8 1/2 X 11, put it in a sheet protector and start my book! 
I am really hoping that I can keep up on this!  If any of you reading my blog do this, you should leave me a link in the comments section to where I can see your picture!  It doesn't have to be with journaling...just a picture is fine!  And I am not going to guarantee that I will post it everyday on here, but I'm going to try!

Here is mine for today...

Trina doll house

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I think Fall may have finally arrived!  And it sure came in with a windy, chilly, rainy bang!  After an average temp in September of 103 degrees (!), I think we phoenicians are all ready for cool weather!  We had a couple of awesome hail storms, but of course I didn't get pictures of it!  I also heard on the radio this morning, that there was a tornado and a few tornado warnings up near Flagstaff.  Crazy!
Here are a few pictures that Frans took later in the afternoon....

Rain 3Rain 2

Rain 4
I LOVE Fall, and I LOVE the rain!!  And I love that I was finally able to turn the AC off, and open the doors to let the cool in!  Ahhhh...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tuesday's Tip....make your eyes 'pop'

Have you ever wondered how some people post pictures online where the eyes of the subject just 'pop'?  Well, I am going to teach you one way of doing that to your pictures.  I work in Adobe CS3, so if you are working with a older or newer version, your screen may look a little different than mine.  And there are several different ways of doing this, but this is the quickest way for me :) 
First, open the picture in photoshop that you want to work with...

Trina 3

Next, zoom in on the eyes to make it easier to see what you're doing...and click on your 'lasso' tool.  trace around the first eye (it doesn't have to be perfect), then while holding down the 'shift' key, lasso the other eye.  So now both eyes should have a moving dotted line around them.  Now, right click on your mouse and select 'feather'.


and put your radius at 10 and click ok.

Trina 5

Next, go to your 'filter' tab on top of your screen and choose 'sharpen', then 'unsharp mask'

Trina 6
Play around with this a bit until you get the look you want.  You can check the box that says preview to see the difference before you ok it.

Trina 7
But be careful you don't over-do can end up with some scary looking eyes!
Here is a picture of the before and after....