Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vacation Update

We've been home a few days now, but sometimes it takes me awhile to catch up. Last week we went to Disneyland and California Adventure Park on Monday and Wednesday and we hung out at Downtown Disney and the pool on Tuesday.

We met up with friend Joy, who is celebrating her 6th birthday at Disneyland. Her parents were in China adopting her at the exact same time we were in China adopting Chloe.

Tuesday we all went to see Toy Story in 3D together. Some of these aren't my best pictures, but I guess my creativity was on vaction too. Don't the girls look chic in their 3D glasses and supermodel poses?

Someone's missing her two front teeth!

Tres Chic!

By Thursday, we headed inland to visit with my sister and her husband. On the way, we stopped at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens for a stroll through the gardens and art galleries. The girls loved playing in the lily ponds. The grounds are amazing and the artwork is first class. "Blue Boy" and "Pinkie" are the most famous pieces on display.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Breakfast with Goofy

Here we are on vacation with our friends, the Marcussons. I don't have time to make this look pretty in Photoshop because we are too busy having fun.

I wish you all the best.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

We're on Vacation

Today we just hung around the house and packed for our week-long vacation. Tonight I met up with the local photography club and we practiced taking motion shots, jump shots, and silhouettes. Then after a while I just started shooting pictures of the girls. Here are a couple from tonight.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Catching Up

I keep intending to update this blog. I have pictures and we have been doing some fun, although laidback, activities this summer. The girls have been out of school for two weeks now. They spent last week at Vacation Bible School. Saturday, a school friend invited them over for a playdate. How cool it was that Mom and Dad could have a little time together without the girls. One week from now, we will be starting a summer vacation. This year we will not be traveling to Europe or Hawaii, but instead, will meet up with some friends at Disneyland. Hopefully, we can squeeze in a few more vacation days this summer and plan a few road trips around California.

My attention has been a bit side-tracked lately. I have another blog that has been garnering a lot of my attention this week and I expect it to monopolize a lot of my time over the next year. I have made a commitment to myself to do a 365 project. That is, I will be taking a picture a day, every day, for the next year. And to make it especially challenging, I will be the subject of most of the pictures. This is particularly difficult for me because I am very uncomfortable in front of the camera. I am unhappy with my appearance and am working to make a significant lifestyle change by becoming more healthy and losing weight. So far, this year, I am down 38 pounds, but I really need to drop another hundred. Therefore, this project is a means of documenting my progress over time, as well as holding myself accountable to my goal. So please bear with me if this blog may seem a little slim on postings or if it might have a few too many shots of me, rather than my children. This blog is supposed to be all about Chloe and Pearl. They are one of the main reasons that I am committed to changing my lifestyle. I want to be able to enjoy an active lifestyle with them and I intend to keep up with their energy and encourage them to challenge themselves both mentally and physically.

I'll try to keep the focus of this blog on the girls, but for this post, I'm making an exception.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I Heart Faces "Play"

Here's a theme I could photograph every day. Today was the beginning of the heat wave. Soon the temps will top 100 degrees. For now, we only reached 98.

Dad set up a sprinkler in the front yard and gave the girls some balloons to fill up with water. They had lots of fun splashing each other and practicing their cartwheels. This is image is of Chloe, doing her one-handed cartwheels. She can also do a one-handed cartwheel on only her knuckles. While technically, it's not a beautiful photograph, I definitely thought it was fun!

To see other creative expressions of "Play", go to I Heart Faces.