Saturday, January 29, 2011

Seventeen Years

It's a good thing I love my husband (and it's equally good that he loves me). Today is our seventeenth anniversary. I have a rib roast in the oven for dinner, and we'll open a bottle of wine. That's the extent to which we'll celebrate the occasion. Neither one of us is complaining, though. It's been a slow, lazy day. I spent much of it on the computer. Dennis and Henry worked on the Flying V they're building together, and Dennis and Luke are now building golf clubs. To some, it may seem like we take each other for granted. I think it's more that we're secure enough to realize that time spent alone or time spent with the kids can be as important to a good marriage as time spent together. I didn't even complain too much about the dust coating the counters when Dennis sanded the guitar in the kitchen. (It's warmer here than in the garage, he said.) We've come a long way in seventeen years.

Photos taken 1/29/11

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Stella Bella has a very expressive face. She's 84 weeks old today.

Photos taken 1/27/11

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Silvia is Here

Yesterday, Silvia arrived. She is a genuine, Hamer USA, solid-body, Studio guitar, and Dennis loves her. A bargain on ebay, Dennis picked her up for a song (with a little help from me, if you can believe it). She joins the others in Dennis' Hamer Harem: Scarlet, Sally, Goldie, and ... Feisty Alfred. Those four, however, may soon start to feel as neglected as a wife, because Dennis is smitten.

Photos taken 1/25/11

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Best Light

The rays coming through the kitchen window yesterday morning created some great light and shadow.

Photos taken 1/24/11

Monday, January 24, 2011


...The light by the window this cold morning was nice, and Stella's bed head was cute, I got out the camera.

Photos taken 1/24/11

Sunday, January 23, 2011


This week's theme for the photo challenge is tired. Stella had just awoken from her nap, but she wasn't exactly well rested.

Photos taken 1/23/11

Saturday, January 22, 2011

More Macros

In Wednesday's post, I wrote about taking many pictures with my new macro lens, but included only two of them. This evening, I'm adding a few more for your viewing pleasure.

Photos taken 1/18/11

Thursday, January 20, 2011


This week's magic number is 83. In all that time, Stella has gotten used to being in front of the camera. She generally loves it, but sometimes, she gets tired of the paparazzi and puts her hand in front of her face. Stella tried that tack a few times this evening, but I persevered and captured her in a hat that my mom knit for Bridget a long time ago.

Photos taken 1/20/11

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Your Bombay or My Bombay?

The photography challenge theme for the week is macro, so I attached the 50mm lens Dennis got me for Christmas and started shooting anything and everything. When I downloaded the shots, I noticed I had taken pictures of two bottles with the word "Bombay" on the label, albeit bottles with very different liquids inside. Normally, I prefer the one with the ink in it. Tonight, though, I'm tempted to take a shot of the gin.

Photos taken 1/18/11

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Black and White Memories

These images are photos of the kids in my kindergarten class. I'm the cute one with long hair. Interestingly, the boy on my right grew up to buy my childhood home, almost a year ago now. Not pictured (because she was in the class across the hall) is my best friend, Anne. We didn't really get to know each other until second grade, but back in kindergarten, we both chased, and tried to kiss, the same boy. Today, on the occasion of my 43rd birthday, Anne wrote some very nice things about me. You can read them here.

Photos taken 1/18/11 of pictures shot in 1973

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Decade Already

Henry turned ten years old today. He's been talking about his birthday for weeks, was fairly bubbling yesterday, and couldn't wait for me to wish him a Happy Birthday this morning. I was afraid he'd be disappointed with his gift (a bb gun), wish for a big party, or think it unfair that he had to share his "party" with me.

My fears were unfounded. Henry is a sweetheart. He always thinks of others, generously shares his time and toys with his siblings, and gets along with kids of all ages. Whenever we're with other families, someone invariably pulls me aside and says something like, "Cheryl, all of your kids are great, but Henry is something special."

I smile, nod, and say, "I know."

Photos, taken by Dennis, 1/16/11

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Last night, Stella decided the storage ottoman that holds her toys would be put to better use as a pod for herself. She emptied the toys and climbed in, hung out, and read a book. This morning, finding the ottoman back to its old toy-holding self, she tipped it over, got everything out and climbed in. She then gestured for her bowl of Rice Chex. I handed it to her, and she started munching.

Photos taken 1/15/11

Friday, January 14, 2011


Ever since Henry got a Jim Stringer Bionicle for Christmas, Jack has wanted one just like it. Last week, I looked at Target, but they had no Jim Stringer, only Xplode. I bought it for Jack, and he was happy.

This evening, Dennis took Luke, Bridget, Henry and Sam shopping for birthday gifts (Henry's is on Sunday; mine is on Tuesday), and Henry and Sam came home with new Bionicles purchased with gift cards. This, of course, reminded Jack that he wanted that Jim Stringer Bionicle, and he cried. So, what did Henry do? Of his own volition, he gave Jack the new Bionicle and helped him build it.

I love moments like that.

Photos taken 1/14/11