Sunday, April 29, 2007
I put together a slideshow of images set to RJ & Maddy's favorite song "Move Along" by the All-American Rejects.
Click on the arrow to start it. Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
As I said in the post from yesterday, Maddy was inducted into the Gold Belt Club at karate, something RJ did two months ago. It's really just a confidence booster for the kids - they get to be a part of an "elite" club (that is actually offered to all kids promoted to green belts - which is what Maddy will be on Sat). I really can't say enough good things about the karate program there.
In any case, Maddy was awesome...WATCH OUT for this girl, do NOT mess with her! I feel really bad that I can't post images of RJ doing this, but I was video taping him last time and didn't have any helpers with me(except Maddy and she was NOT going to have my camera!).
Now for the fun...here are some of my favorite images...
Isn't She a Ham?!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Most of you don't care, so I will just leave it at this...new movie comes out in July just a week before the last book of the series. I can't wait!!!! I think I'll add a counter on the side of the blog...hmmmmm.
I just got back from a night at karate in which Maddy was inducted to their Gold Belt club. She got to break a board with her mighty fist. I'll go through the images tonight and post them up here tomorrow.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Here's the kids drawing on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Although I find that I don't have much time in any given day to accomplish all that I want to, I do try to always have a book around that I can read, just to escape for a while. I really like reading books and I'm always in search of a good book to read.
Right now, I'm reading a motivational book called Love is the Killer App, by Tim Sanders. I bought it on recommendation from many of the photographers on OSP (a great, open forum for niiiiiccceeeee people!). I got it to help me help my business, but really, it is a great motivating book for anyone trying to accomplish anything that they may struggle with at times. It's really a book about helping yourself help others and reaping all the benefits that come from that. Because when you help someone else, you are actually helping yourself and that just feels good!
In life, I know so many people who think they must bully others to get what they want. They believe that they must prove they are tougher than you and stronger than you and therefore, you will back down and give them what they want. Sometimes, I even think they've been like that so long, they don't even realize what they're doing anymore. They talk down to everyone and take a bad tone no matter what they are saying to you.
I don't know about you, but I don't like to be around people like that. And I really don't like to work with/for people like that. Think about it, you want people to be nice to you - and if they ask you nicely to do something, you're more likely to want to do it and do a good job. On the other hand, if someone is mean, or even just abrupt with you, you may do what they want, but you are not going to be happy about it and you may not even do your best work.
Turning the tables, if you want to be treated with respect and have people be nice to you, you need to be nice to others. Seems so simple, but yet it's easy to forget, too. Anyway, now that I've ranted, if you are looking for a good book, I highly recommend this one. Oh! and I recently realized that I had subscribed to Mr. Sanders' blog, without realizing that he was the same person who wrote this book - I guess I really believe in what he has to say!
Monday, April 9, 2007
We went inside so they could count their loot and have some cake. Here's Maddy shaking the egg to determine the contents (A hint of Dziadziu, maybe?):
And RJ with his new moustache!
They are just the best. We went outside again after dessert to test out their new kites, wiffle ball sets and bubble makers. I put down the camera and joined in. It was so much fun - of course, it would have been MUCH nicer if it had been warmer than 45 out!!! Oh well, at least it was not snowing or raining, like it is supposed to later this week.
It was really nice to take some time out of our busy life and just be a family for a few hours.