Sunday, December 30, 2012

Art Filters

As some of you may know, I unwrapped a heck of a surprise from Dennis on Christmas morning: an Olympus E-5. At some point last year, I realized that I could get high ISO and little to no grain with higher-end cameras. That's when I set my sights on the top-of-the-line from Oly and began saving my allowance money. Thus far, I'm very happy with my gift and today, I played with the built-in art filters. Here are some of the results (all SOOC).

Photos taken 12/30/12

Thursday, December 27, 2012


For the most part, we're feeling better (but Dennis has just experienced his first symptom or two; Jack slept, then cried through the start of a headache earlier today; and Henry has thus far been impervious). This evening, Stella and three of her brothers got creative with some clay.

Photos taken 12/27/12

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


These are the Christmas cards and photos I still have to write out and mail to people. I'll get them done eventually, but haven't been devoting much to the effort these past few days. Bridget came down with the flu last Friday. Stella and I succumbed on Sunday and were miserable on Monday. Sam and Luke were down today. In fact, Luke was literally down when he passed out in the kitchen. Thankfully, I was close at hand, grabbed his shirt and sort of eased him to the floor. So we spend Christmas week wrapped in blankets, coughing, blowing our noses, and whining about the achiness.

Photo taken 12/26/12

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Stella showed me her very cute dance moves right after she realized she couldn't open the new package of cookies all by herself. After the performance, she very sweetly asked for the cookies (and yes, I gave her some).

Photos taken 12/20/12

Monday, December 17, 2012

Out in the Snow

It started snowing last night and continued throughout the day. We must have a foot of it by now. The kids loved playing outside, I took a long walk, and Dennis tidied up the driveway after it was plowed.

Photos taken 12/17/12

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Getting Started

We don't have the tree up yet, but I got the fireplace decorated for Christmas.

Photo taken 12/15/12

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Stella helped out in the kitchen today.

Photos taken 12/13/12

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Not Happy

Stella was not in the mood to have her picture taken, but I was trying to get a shot for Call and Response. I ended up using something completely different, but I didn't want this to go to waste.

Photo taken 12/8/12

Friday, December 7, 2012

Put 'Em Up

The kids love it when I get out my pink boxing gloves. (I saw them years ago at TJ Maxx and couldn't resist.)

Photos taken 12/7/12

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Stella, Bridget and I woke up very early this morning for Stella's 8:25 appointment with the pediatric dentist. Stella was quite upset for the first half of the 15-minute car ride, but was a model patient for the cleaning, x-rays and exam. Thankfully, her entire tooth came out on Friday night, so there's no need to mess with that area.

Photos taken 12/6/12

Monday, December 3, 2012

Crafting and Cooking

Most of the kids and I did some Christmas crafting this evening. Luke cooked dinner.

Photos taken 12/3/12

Saturday, December 1, 2012

All She Wants for Christmas

Last night, about 11, Stella came downstairs to tell me she was hungry. She ordered the usual: "toast with peanut butter, with the crusts cut off, like a sandwich." When her order was up, I served her at the kitchen island and headed back to my studio to "take care of just one more thing." In less than five minutes, I was on my way out of the studio when I heard a bang like a gun going off and a scream from Stella. She had managed to push the counter stool backwards, and had sailed with it to the tile floor. Apparently on impact, her front tooth came out and lodged itself in her lower lip. Crying, bleeding and gagging ensued (yes, from Stella; not me). A phone call to my sister the nurse helped me feel pretty certain that Stella did not have a concussion. (Thank you for all your help, Mo.) The crying and the bleeding from her tooth stopped relatively quickly, but I couldn't tell if the tooth had come out completely or gotten broken off. By midnight, Stella, Dennis and I were in bed, and the alarm was set for 2:00, so I could make sure Stella could be awakened. I didn't need the alarm. I couldn't really fall asleep until about 4:00. Stella was awake enough when I roused her, and she nursed a lot during the night.

Thankfully, this morning, I was able to confirm that the whole tooth came out, but I'll be phoning the dentist on Monday to make sure everything's OK. Stella doesn't seem too much worse for the wear. (I can't quite say the same for myself.) At lunch, she explained to me that she had to chew with "this side, at the bottom, not at the top." She also told her siblings, "Daddy is going to buy me a new tooth." When asked about her preferences, she mentioned the words "sparkly" and "purple."

Photos taken 12/1/12

Thursday, November 29, 2012


One by one, we're succumbing to the cold Henry brought home sometime last week. I can tell that Stella's not up to par, but not by her attitude. She's been a sweetheart.

Photos taken 11/29/12