iMovie

Dan got me an iPhone 6 about a month ago. They were having a killer deal at Sprint and it cost us nothing to get the phone, and we actually got a decent credit for returning my old cracked one. I’ve enjoyed playing around with all their features, but one of the big things I’ve loved is that they have iMovie, a video editing software right on your phone. So you can trim, add music, etc. There is also a slow-mo (slow motion) and Time-lapse video feature that allows you to make some pretty neat videos.

Here are a few I’ve made using my phone, and solely using my phone to add music and edit. So fun! What a great creative way to record a fun event or make every day events alive and new!











I want to be able to get a nice pretty sunset off my front porch one of these nights! It’s become another fun creative outlet that I love.

Pumpkin Carving

We picked up a few pumpkins while Parker and Mason were on their class field trip to Kinsey Farms this season, and with Mama’s help of course (okay, I did 99.9% of it… but they did help scoop seeds) we carved a pumpkin! Sienna was too bored to stay for the entire thing, but enjoyed hanging around for the pictures at the end.  We had a good time doing it, but it was hard to keep the kids interested. I saved the other big one for another time. I’m glad we did because this one turned pretty quickly. We will need to carve another the other one in time for Halloween trick or treaters!

PJ’s and Table Forts

During the Christmas break, there were some sweet times at home, just enjoying the quiet days indoors, and the silly playfulness of the three little ones. They’re pretty good about finding things to do when I’m tidying up, and one morning in particular they all gathered under the table in the dining room with their trucks, pillows, and blankets to create a fort of their own. Sienna loved joining in on the fun, and even laid down with Parker on his pillow and let him cover her up for a bit. In true form though, as soon as I got out the camera, she popped up and wouldn’t snuggle her brother any longer. We’ve enjoy the sweet simple days here at our home and try to savor them before they are far and few in between! We are constantly reminded how precious these young years are, and it’s so true how fast they grow. I can’t believe Mason will be three in just a few months. Craziness!

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Father’s Day and a photo fun gift.

We enjoyed a nice weekend with Dan this past Father’s Day. We cherish the weekends spent with him since he’s been traveling so much lately. We enjoyed a nice church service where Stonecreek showed some Dad love shown in this video

After enjoying an afternoon lunch as well as a nap and then headed over to our new neighbor’s house for a cook out. It was a nice relaxing weekend, and I think Dan really enjoyed his father’s Day. Parker and Mason certainly had fun in the backyard slide-into-kiddie pool with their best bud Carter as well as eating hot dogs and other yummies with little friends.
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I wanted to make Dan a little gift from the kids, that didn’t look like… that it was from the kids. You know the Dad gifts I’m talking about… ones that are sweet in thought, but that you would never hang on to? Yeah, we’ve done a few of those before, and this year I saw something on Pinterest that made me get an idea to do something similar, but a little different that Dan would actually want to hang in his office.

It started with these out takes…

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They weren’t happy campers at first… truth be told.  Not only that, but on the way down to take the pictures, I got a deep splinter in my foot, and was so determined to get the pics that I just hobbled around since I already had all the kids down in the grass, with Sienna and camera in tow.  Eventually we got it right and after adding some words in picmonkey, and editing in iphoto, we ended up with these three winners.

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I decided to finish it off with a matted frame from Target.  Nothing fancy, but I think it turned out to be a winner! It looks great in his office!

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Gingerbread Houses with Friends

This year we invited our friends Meagan, Ryhs, and Miles over to build Gingerbread houses. Parker was able to help a little more than last year, but still did quite a bit of eating instead of building, but I suppose that is just part of being a kid… and part of building a candy house! We had a great time, and enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather after lunch and let the boys play outside and go feed the fish. Good times were had by all!

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After a fun playdate, I spent some time snuggling my baby girl!
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Painting fun and a visit with Nannie and Aunt Mandy

One day, during a walk around our neighborhood loop, Parker found a ginormous leaf and picked it up and wanted to keep it. Then he turned to me and said “Mommy, I want to paint this leaf!”. Intrigued by his creativity, I set up all the materials during his nap and let him paint away once he got up. Later, Nannie came over and her and Mason joined in on the fun! Mason LOVED painting. He must’ve learned in school because he always comes home such a mess from finger painting.

Aunt Mandy also visited with us and gave Parker some snuggles on the sofa. Sienna also enjoyed getting some love from Nannie.
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My Little Picasso

Parker has been showing some interest in colors the past few months.  I thought a good way to talk more about this would be to introduce a little art time to the daily routine.  I picked up a few supplies at the local dollar store, and laid out some paper towels with a few sheets of blank paper.  Without much expectation, I decided to let him take a stab at it.

He absolutely loved it!

He ended up with two beautiful works of art.  If I had to guess what they were, I would guess that the left is a dinosaur, and the right is two hands holding his elmo doll.  What a great imagination this kid has! I see some great artistic skills in his future.

New Camera and the Easter Weekend

**Disclosure- I wrote this last week, then got a horrible virus, and felt like death, and now I’m just getting around to posting this…

A few weeks ago I got a new camera.  I’m no pro, but I do appreciate good photography, or at least good pictures.  We found a great used cannon EOS 20D on craigslist, that a home and gardens photographer used with an upgraded lens (that was worth more than the camera itself).  It was a VERY good price, so we decided to buy it. If you haven’t noticed already, I LOVE taking pictures of my family.  If you’re my friend on Facebook, then you are probably annoyed by my incessant picture uploads.  I can’t help it though… it’s just what I do.

So, we took it to the Alpharetta Arts Street Festival in downtown Alpharetta to give it a test run.  I practiced using the “AV” mode to focus on objects close up and leave the objects far away out of focus.  Here are some of my more successful attempts…

I have so much to learn about the camera, but it will have to take some time since I have my hands full right now to say the least.  I’m excited about this new hobby since it incorporates a few of my passions: Family, Art and Nature.

I got to use the camera some more this weekend over Easter.  We had a great weekend.  We kicked it off by doing an egg hunt at a nearby church.  They had egg hunts divided by age group, inflatable slides, freshly popped popcorn, and other treats.  The weather was perfect 70’s with a slight breeze.  They told us upon entry, that they would announce when the egg hunt would begin, and once they announced Parker’s age group, we headed down to where his egg hunt would be, which was in a small playground nearby.  Once we got there it was a madhouse.  No eggs were to be found anywhere!  A little discouraging for Parker’s very first hunt.

But we decided to hang out anyway and let him enjoy the playground for a little bit.  I think Parker had his eye on a special little someone.  First crush perhaps?

But, then they announced that they were going to have another hunt for those who arrived late (or in our case, those of us who got NO eggs).

The second hunt was a success!  Three eggs.  Since it was a mixed group, a few older kid “vultures” swooped in at the last minute, but it was still a lot of fun.

We spent Sunday going to church and visiting with family at Aunt Vicki’s house.  She has a beautiful new home and backyard.  It made for a perfect setting for Parker to have another little egg hunt.

It was fun to see my cousins there.  I remember when we all were kids, eating at the “kid” table, and hunting for eggs ourselves.  Now, our kids are enjoying Easter.  Good times.  Here’s a picture of the boys together.  Jackson in the front shares the same birthday with Parker, but a year later.  He’s only five pounds less than Parker!  What a cute little chunker!

I feel like the luckiest person in the world.  I got to spend a wonderful Easter with my incredible husband, and my two beautiful Easter bunnies.

Pottery for Mason

Last Friday night, Dan and I had a great date night at  All Fired Up.  We wanted to paint ceramic pieces for baby Mason, which is the same as what we did for Parker.  Look at how much fun we had!

Dan did a blue piggie bank for Parker, and so he’s doing a brown piggie bank for Mason.  Slightly different designs on it, but he wanted to give them the same aspirations to “save” money!

I decided to paint a picture frame, which is also what I did for Parker. I don’t know exactly what will be in Mason’s room, but I do want to do a “transportation” theme of some sort.  So I painted two cars on the  frame to hopefully go with the overall “theme” of the room.  Here are the creations pre and post glazing.

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They are certainly not perfect, but they of course were made with love.