Yesterday on our way home from Lego club we decided to drive to a nearby reservoir to see if the Eagles had come home for the summer. I took the boys there 2 years ago and we had a fun little adventure, but didn’t see any eagles. This trip we hit the jackpot. We saw about a dozen bald eagles in total. At one point we counted 9 in the air while others were hanging out on the ice. We even saw 2 locking talons. The eagles were too high for good pictures, but we got a few decent ones.
He may be a big pain but he is a very handsome old pain and he looks good on the brown couches!
John just bought us a new camera lens and he used it to get the best pictures we have of our dog Reuben! I am excited to see if I can get some nice pictures of the kids with it too. I finally decided to be ready for some Spring and I am excited to take pictures of the kids outside on GRASS soon! Oh and extra sunlight is going to be wonderful!
John’s Note: I got us the Canon EF 28-135mm with image stabilization.
We got a few more inches of nice wet snow so we finally set out to build a snow man in our yard. I felt inspired to try building a snow troll or goblin creature. Building the 2 legs was fun and easier than I thought. Since we had 2 legs that meant we need a snow butt.
I wimped out on the arms and just made them crossed and attached to his body. For the head I started with a rough shape, a big nose, simple eyes and started adding horns. As the horns grew they started looking like ears…and oddly familiar. I added 2 buck teeth and then I knew who it was. Look familiar to you?
Here he is completely assembled.
Know who it is yet?
Jillian is obsessed with eating snow.
So I try not to think about why she didn’t like the taste of this particular snowball.
I have to admit that facebook has really interfered with my blogging plus just life with 4 kids makes it tough (especially with the start of school and several illnesses lately). I just wanted to get some recent pictures of the kids up before I do a string of reviews that I have been neglecting!
Yes the kids still have been going in the pool in September, Ben was just in on Monday night and the thermometer said 56! I think that might have been the last swim of the season but last October the boys went for a chilly swim on a warm day.
We all went to the Herkimer Diamond Mine and the boys LOVED it despite John and I thinking we weren’t getting all the “diamonds” we expected. They want to go again but it might not happen this fall with our germs!
The gazillion Legos that we got at a garage sale, I had to wash them in the tub before I let the kids play with them. They now have more Legos than I ever dreamed of as a kid. I hope they know how lucky they are to have parents who believe there is no such thing as too many Legos!
Well that was a lot of pictures and the last 2 were really from the last week in August but I had to post Ethan after he lost his 6th tooth!
Now that I’ve rediscovered one of our camera lenses, I thought I’d try for some cute pictures of Jillian. I really love this Canon lens. All these pictures were taken using full auto and the built in flash. The only pain is that there is no zoom, it is a fixed lens. So if you want a wider shot you need to backup, and backup. The lens has a pretty narrow field of view. All these were taken from about 4-6 feet away.
The boys had their last roller hockey game of the season last night. I am always amazed by how much kids improve during the course of the season. Ben is skating better and Ethan has decided he loves playing defense and has been making several good plays each game.
We brought our digital SLR and I played around with taking pictures in the terrible lighting at the rink. In the end I found that playing with the manual settings while using our old telephoto lens was no match to using our newer fixed lens. It boils down to having a big, fast lens inorder to capture as much light and detail with a fast shutter speed.
I also took some pictures of the girls. Here’s the full gallery. The lens I liked best was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens which was used to take the clearest of the action shots and the close ups of the girls. One of these days I’ll have the break down and buy a better telephoto.
I love that I got a baby girl version of Ben just like I ordered! Ben really loves her and is always trying to play with her. He unfortunately always uses babytalk with her and will get right in her face being goofy but she doesn’t mind yet. Next I’ll have to do pictures of the other lookalikes!
The pink blanket was mine when I was a baby and I have pictures of me and Jamie on it all around the same age.
Jillian has been chewing on her hands a lot lately and she likes to put her hand in her mouth backwards with her palms up so I was glad we got a picture of that.
Jillian was very easy as always and I’m hoping to go back to Stacie’s often for more pictures (hint)! THANKS STACIE! You can visit Stacie’s blog to see her beautiful pictures of her girls here: Sarah and Hailey
I had bought these matching pajamas on sale cheap from the Childrens Place way before Jillian was born, I thought they’d be cute for a Christmas card photo but I ended up not using them since Jillian was too small for them then. So we’re staying home today and having PJ day today. The kids were surprisingly excited to have their pictures taken in them.