Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday Special - At Last!

Sunday Special - Special Notice!

I know you must all be thinking "Boy, this girl is really having trouble with this Sunday thing!" Just to let you know - I've been working on something extra special for this Sunday Special, but this extra special something requires going through over 200 photos. I've been working on this project for 3 days now (in between sleeping, eating, going to church, taking care of kids, cooking, etc.) With my slow and plodding photo editing software this extra special Sunday Special special is slowly driving me especially crazy. Plus, it has a tendency to close itself while I am in the middle of stuff. Errrrrrrrrgh. I have done 2 full system scans and reinstalled my software and still having slow and shut down issues. Though, rest assured, if it takes me all week - you will get your Sunday Special, it just may be Tuesday, Thursday or heavens, even WEDNESDAY again. However, there WILL BE a Special, and it will be really special, I promise.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sunday Special

You didn't think I'd make it did you? I know, I know - I've been starting a trend of not getting the Sunday Special up until mid-week, but this time I am on time - early even, and since Saturday also starts with 'S', I still have that nice alliteration I went on so about last time.

So, what great photo do I have for you this week? See for yourself.

This is Adam. Adam's shirt is on backwards. You need to understand something about Adam - no matter what you say, he will say it is the opposite. If I say "the sun shining", he will say "No it's not! It's dark out!" Even if clearly, the sun is shining. He just likes to be contrary - so no well meaning shows of concern for his psychiatric well being please. Anyway - I pointed out ever so helpfully that his shirt was on backwards, to which he replied, "No it's not!! My hands are on backwards!" Of course - why didn't I notice that? I thought this was a significantly rare phenomenon that it rated a picture. Apparently, judging from the expression on his face, backwards hands are kind of uncomfortable. Either that or his backwards shirt is strangling him.

OH - and the reason the photo is so blurry is because the kids got a hold of my new camera and fiddled with my settings - again. I now have several, hilarious, noisy and interesting videos of poor amateurish quality on my memory card. Fortunately, none of the videos involves the camera crashing to the ground or any of my children attempting to hang themselves upside down.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sunday Special - Wednesday Version

No wisecracks from the peanut gallery. I perhaps should just consider moving the Sunday Special to Wednesdays, since that seems to be the day I get to it, but then Sunday Special would be a misnomer wouldn't it? Then I would have to come up with a whole new name for it, because Wednesday Special just doesn't have the same nice alliterative ring to it. Wednesday Wackery? (which spellchecker is informing me is a non-word) Wednesday Wobbegong? (wobbegong: [wob·be·gong] noun Any of six species of bottom-dwelling carpet sharks in the Orectolobidae family, distinguished by their small vegetation-like flaps of skin around their mouth. A carpet shark with wide jaws and sharp teeth that lives at the bottom of the ocean and feeds mainly on crustaceans, small fish, and mollusks. Native to: Australia. Genus Orectolobus.) You see the problem; however, you did learn a new and very interesting word today, did you not? So, I think I will stick with the old title and just try getting those photos up a little earlier in the week, okay? Unless you perhaps have a nifty new title, hmmmm?

Mom, wasn't Jessi supposed to put me to sleep?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Deck the Halls

We put the tree up this weekend. The kids thought it was great and decided to drag out every box they could find that might have/had ornaments in it. Sadie even wanted to put her shoes on the tree when we ran out of non-broken ornaments. Jessi and Trent went through an entire tube of super glue putting together a few that fell apart. The funny thing is, for all that they craved more and more ornaments with which to bedeck the tree with, I find an awful lot of ornaments frequently on the floor and carried off to the nether regions of our domicile.

I find that for myself, a more "pared down" look appeals and was happy with just the lights, some garland and a dozen and a half well matched, proportionately placed ornaments. The kids however, with their enthusiasm for decorating, liked the mismatched, asymmetrical approach. I have to admit, I rather like the array of color. The constant redecorating of the tree however, I could live without and I am still rather perplexed by the appearance of one of our ornaments in the dishwasher.

The kids' yen for decorating their space has extended beyond the tree and I found a couple interesting and new contributions to the few bits of seasonal decor I had placed here and about.

Nathan had watched me with great interest, going about the livingroom putting this and that of Christmas decor here and there. This morning I caught a glimpse of him carefully placing his shoe just so on the cabinet.

Not to be outdone, Adam contributed the toy for the top of the piano. For, as we all know, nothing says "Seasons Greetings!" like a jiggly bunny toy that spins and makes noise.

Now, if we could just get a little of the white stuff, we'd be all set!

P.S. Yes, I caved and bought a new camera. If it hadn't been so close to Christmas, I might have let it go for a bit. I gave up a couple megapixels and it is not as "substantial" feeling as our recently retired camera, however, it takes pictures. But, shhhhhhhhh, don't tell Trent!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Demise of the Sunday Special

This video should explain why I don't have a photo to post today and you have a video instead. It will also explain why there will be no pictures of the tree getting decorating, no photo for the Christmas card and quite possibly no Christmas photos either.

I really couldn't tell you what precisely he is trying to do here - not sure Trent even knows what he is doing himself.

That would be:

Trent: 2
Cameras: 0

For anyone who is keeping track.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sunday Special on Wednesday!

Yes, I know it is three days past due - I was in Colorado enjoying the mountains, snow and my family! Jessica, Sadie, Adam, Nathan and myself headed out there the day after Thanksgiving for Sylvia's (my neice, their cousin!) baptism. Totally amazing singing together as a family again, chatting and laughing; I am so glad we went, even if the Interstate through Kansas seemed endless.

Here is one of my favorite pictures from the trip - this is Sadie and her cousin Gwyn.