Thursday, June 28, 2012
Taking Cody to...
See Idina Menzel with The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts - http://gr.pn/MDyHDc
Saturday night wil be awesome! I'm a huge fan, ever since Wicked; my only regret is I can't take my mom. I know this would really make her happy!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
What an amazing show - everyone loved it, and the performers are so talented. And limber! The boys especially loved the "yo-yo" man, with his dancing skills and ninja-like yo-yo moves. I'm not doing him justice, but if you get the chance, see this show! Everyone went home tired but really happy, and dreamed of joining the circus...
Love to all...
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Later we grilled steaks at the resort with Michelle and the girls, and then went swimming. It was a wonderful day, and everybody had a fun - but exhausting - day!
Love to all...
|Checking to see if Michelle's done!|
Friday, June 22, 2012
That evening, after barbecue at Greenbriar and a dip in the river (some more dipped than others...), we all went out on the town. Cody and I sampled moonshine (yummy!), the kids found a jerky and popcorn store that was 'sick', and then we split up. Hans and Cody went sightseeing, Boo took me up on the Sky Lift, and Michelle went with the teens to get an olde tyme photo done. They look so good! Boo and I wrapped things up when we saw Cody and Hans at laser tag. What a great time we had!
More to tell later - so much going on, it's hard to keep up!
Love to all...
|Having a picnic lunch and then a 'dip' in the river at Greenbriar. Some 'dipped' more than others... : ||
|Bethany and I at the top of the Sky Lift; just the two of us, and this was the|
amazing view. Below, our feet as we head back down the mountainside. Whee!
What a great party! We estimate about 70 people came by, and it seemed like they all had a terrific time! Bethany kept track of the karaoke (except that hour or two she was on the slip-n-slide), Hans was perfect as games master, and there was SO much food! Though I believe the chocolate fountain took the cake - pound cake, strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows...
Most of all Cody and I offer a HUGE helping of thanks and gratitude to my parents, without whom the party would not have happened. Thanks for always coming through for us, Mom and Dad! And also thanks to Josh's grandparents, Kyoko & Richard, for all the love and support, and for theirs and Bob and Michelle's desperately needed - and greatly appreciated - help cleaning up after the party. We are so blessed to have such a great family!
Love to all...
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
I really didn't think we'd be able to get a new roof on so soon after buying the house. But this new roof looks great, and I'm so excited! One mour big project of the list!
3,294 more to go... : (
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Getting ready for a great birthday party tomorrow, and still have Graduation on the brain. Bethany helped me get the cake ready for tomorrow, and in the morning we finish the details. I hope Hans has a great time and is a little surprised, too. Love to all - I'm exhausted!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
My Review of Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens - U.S.A. Warranty
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens
HAD to review this IMMEDIATELY!
Pros: Durable, Zoom responsiveness, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Sharp photos, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
Best Uses: Indoors/Low Light, Sports/Action, Wildlife Photos, Landscape/Scenery, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself: Photography Student
Was this a gift?: No
First, if possible, I am in love with Adorama. I ordered this lens LESS than 48 hours ago, and have taken a couple dozen photos all ready because it arrived that quickly. I bought this because the reviews were generally great, and just renting it for 2 weeks would have cost half of the buying price. It made financial sense. But WOW! I just took pictures of moving wildlife - crisp, clean, and sharp - and my kids, outside riding bikes. I can't believe how FAST the zoom is - I feel like it's responding better than my main lens. And I came inside and took some pictures of my pets in low light, and at 0.5" shutter speed, I could hand hold with a sharp, focused picture! (My cats are lazy, so sleeping pictures are easy). I could not be happier with my purchase, and since I bought it for my oldest's graduation, I am now grateful and confident I'll get the BEST pictures possible - well, without spending all his college savings! LOL
Sunday, June 3, 2012
More celebrating today - starting with lunch after church, where Cody joined us. (He had been working, but finished early today). Then a bike ride to the park for frisbee and fun, followed by a movie and popcorn at home. Then another ride down to Norwood park, since the weather got beautiful while we were inside. A wonderful family day overall, and thanks to everyone who called to wish Hans the best!
Here's Cody at the park...
Saturday, June 2, 2012
We're starting the celebration for Hans' birthday tomorrow. So we went bowling, then out for dinner, riding our bikes the whole way! It was a great day! Now Bethany is at a black-light birthday party until 11:00. I'm gonna have to watch out - my kids are getting to have better social lives than Cody and I.