Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Watercolors

A little rainy afternoon painting...

This has been the most successful art project that I have tried with the kids!  Who knew that watercolors would win over finger paints and crayons...

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Snapshot: Before and After

I have been working on my post processing skills this week and have had fun playing with this picture of Lily.  It is not a typical picture for me but I kind of love it!

SOOC (Straight out of camera):

Color edit, I'm still not sure that I have her skin color just right but it's getting there:

Black and white edit:

This photo was taken with my Nikon D3100 and my 35mm 1.8 lens.  My settings were f/1.8 1/1000 and an ISO-3200.  It was edited with Photoshop Elements 10.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: My Little Fireman

This past weekend we went to a Touch-a-Truck event and it was a dream day for Levi!  He loves all things truck and it was all he could talk about during the hour long car drive there.  I took a ridiculous amount of photos while we were there, but these 2 were, by far, my favorites.  They were giving out play firemen hats to the kids (you can see a couple of them in the background of the first picture) but Levi was nervous to go up to the fireman to get one.  Another fireman in the area saw that, and asked if he would like to try on his hat.  Levi got a huge grin on his face and shook his head yes.  The finger in his mouth is his nervousness showing but he loved it!  I am so glad I had my camera ready :)

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday Snapshot: Fishing

Our weekend was every little boys dream come true and we all enjoyed it as a family!  One of the highlights of the weekend was taking Levi fishing for the first time.  He was beyond excited to go fishing and it was all he could talk about on the 30 minute ride to the lake.  My brother-in-law gave him a fishing pole for his first birthday and we just recently found it again.  Once Levi saw it, and found out that it had been from his uncle, he started asking us to go daily!  He has been specifically asking for his uncle to take him but since he lives a few hours away, that will have to wait until later this summer.  The kids were both so well behaved despite the fact that it was a long day with no naps.  It was a great start to the summer!

I really could not have asked for a better weekend with my family!

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday's Letter

Dear sun, Thank you so much for showing up today even though it was supposed to rain all day!  You allowed me to enjoy a picnic lunch on the porch with my kiddos followed by a little fun in the sprinkler (it was much warmer than it appears in these pictures)!  Dear Katie,  We had so much fun playing with you guys at the playground this week!  It's fun watching our kids grow up together and learning how to play with each other.  Dear hair, Why do you have to be so frizzy and unruly?  I really want to do something besides a ponytail or messy bun everyday without having to do a lot of work!  Dear Little Brother, Happy Birthday!  I hope you had a great day and we will see you soon!  Dear Friday, Thank you for being such a great way to end the week!  I am looking forward to a weekend all about the Moms in my life!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Hands

While on a walk tonight with the kids before bed, Lily was starting to get cranky so I asked Levi to hold her hand, unsure of how that would actually go.  As you can see below, it ended up being one of the sweetest moments I have captured between the two of them!

As a side note, this is my first post on my very own .com!  I no longer have .blogspot as part of my blog's web address.  My .blogspot address will still work, it just now directs you here, to!!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One year ago today...

...Two Red Birthstones was born!

Over this past year, this blog has grown more than I ever thought possible!  I have learned so much and after looking back over the past year I can really see my growth.  One year ago, this blog was just a small vision and my Etsy shop was not even on my radar.  I want to thank all of my readers for following me in this journey and for all your wonderful comments and encouragement!  I have "met" some wonderful bloggers and have enjoyed finding new blogs to follow myself.

I hope to include more tutorials and crafts in the coming year and I will continue to document my progress in improving my photography skills.  I am looking forward to my second year as a blogger and hope that you will stick around and continue to follow my journey!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

30 Before 30

I have been toying with the idea of a 30 before 30 list for a while now and have decided that since today is my half birthday (6 more months before 30!) I am going to share my list!  I started this list a few months back and have already completed a few things but I will save that for another post.  As you can see, I am still building my list but it's a start...

1. Join Clickin Moms
2. Shoot in manual
3. Catch up on the baby books
4. Blog more regularly (4-5 times a week)
5. Run my first 5k
6. Take more photos
7. Take my DSLR with me more often
8. Plan our Disney vacation
9. Try to make one new meal a week
10. Add more items to my Etsy shop
11. Focus more on healthy eating
12. Exercise regularly
30. Enjoy turning 30!

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Sunday Snapshot: Outdoor Fun

We have really been enjoying the sun and warmer weather around here this week.  We have spent as much time outside as we can.  

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