Last night we thought the worst part of the storms was going to miss us. Then the sirens went off. I took the boys into the bathroom while hubby watched the weather. The sirens silenced so I thought we were in the clear. I was on the phone with my sister when she said she thought she saw a tornado. Hubby and I walked outside. We saw it briefly then it went back into the clouds. Back into the bathroom we went.
We are all ok but there was a little bit of damage. (even from such a weak tornado) I am not sure if there was more than one or if everyone in our town had seen the same one. But here are a few videos and pictures from some friends in the area.
(photo credit: Sidney Mason)
(photo credit: Jennifer Wardlaw) She seemed to be the closest to it. This is where it caused the damage.
This recipe was inspired by a friend on facebook. Thanks Denise!
1 Whole Chicken
4 Cups of chicken broth
Brocolli or celery (as much or as little as you want)
(as many as your heart desires) carrots
2 tablespoons of chopped onion
1 teaspoons of rosemary
Garlic salt to taste
Cook on high for 5 hours. Mom's of little ones be careful with the chicken bones.
This was so good. It fell right off the bone. And like with any crock pot recipe you can add as many vegetables as you like or you can do less.
*edited to correct 1 teaspoon of rosemary not basil
This year mother's day was one that I will always remember. Hubby came home from work and asked me if I wanted to go to a NBA playoff game Friday night. Um....sure! He ended up buying floor seats! It was a lot of fun and I'm thankful we were able to find a sitter last minute. (sisters are amazing!)
On Sunday my husband declared he was going to be mommy for the day. He cooked every meal, cleaned, watched the boys...everything. I got to stay in bed (after church). It was hard to take a nap because it sounded like everyone was having a melt down during lunch. But I was very thankful for the day off.
At the end of the day we topped it off with our 2 mile family run and workout. But before the run we were able to snap a few shots. Little man has a new thing. Any time we try to take a picture he runs or falls on the floor. So I am thankful hubby was able to get a few.
(little man only gives his brother kisses)
Mother's day was great but definitely shadowed by our miscarriages and thoughts of those who long to be mothers. I prayed for those of you struggling with infertility and who have had pregnancy losses. God hears you and knows your heart's desires.
In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a simple watermark using Photoshop CS4.
Open the program and click on "New"
I chose the size 1500x1500 pixels but you can do whatever you need. Be sure to have the background set on transparent.
Your background should look like this.
Click on the text icon
Choose your desired font. I would suggest that you also choose a darker gray or white for the color of the font.
It should look something like this:
Click on the rectangular marquee tool.
Place the selection around your watermark.
Click "image" and then "crop"
Click file and save it as a PSD document.
You did it!
Open your photo
Click on "file"
Under file, click on "place"
Find your watermark and open it.
That will place your watermark right on top of your photo.
Be sure to do all of your adjustments such as sizing and opacity.
Save it (as a copy)
I didn't choose the best font for the watermark. But you get the idea. You can be more creative if you'd like a design with your font. For my business logo and watermark I had a designer design it because at the time I didn't even know how to put text on a picture. :) I'd also suggest having two watermarks, one that is black and another white.
When blankie gets a "bath" it's a very traumatic event. I always try to sneak it into the washer but inevitably he notices it missing. On this particular day he walked in on me switching it to the dryer. He had been looking for it for a while and the second he saw it, he lost it. He didn't want to leave the laundry room. He stayed right there until it was finished drying.
The following video is from last night. We were going through our normal bed time routine with the boys, when hubby went and got his guitar. Little man's favorite song if Forever Reign by Hillsong. And if you listen carefully you can hear little man sing "Jesus, Jesus no name". (any mom would melt at hearing that) Half way through hubby makes up a tune/song to the verse Ephesians 6:1 (Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right). Little man was not impressed.
Hubby and I first heard that President Obama was going to make a "big" announcement via twitter.
And like the rest of the United States Hubby and I sat on our couch in anticipation for what President Obama was going to say. We had our channel on fox news. A few minutes after 9:30 pm central Fox News announced Osama Bin Laden was dead. Within seconds twitter lit up.
For me it was a historical moment watching the news unfold via twitter. It gave me chills.
Why was it so moving?
Because there were 9/11 widows, friends, and military wives that you may not have ever come in contact with in real life but via twitter you could console, thank and love on.
I could see people real time pictures and videos of people gathering at the World Trade Center before it was broadcasted on TV.
It is where I first saw former President Bush's comments.
And it has been reported that this man tweeted about the Osama Bin Laden raid without knowing it. (read from the bottom up)
And last week during the tornadoes it was twitter that was sending out the first pictures and video of the tornado and it's devastation.
So my question for you... If you are not on twitter, why not?
Yes, I know that I already had a blog post today but I don't want to forget about this blog hop.
(every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month)
In your post let us know if you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or pro photographer. Also be specific about what editing software you used. Have fun! Beginner- Does not know or is learning how to shoot in manual, editing and not yet charging for photo shoots. Intermediate- New to shooting in manual, editing and just beginning to charge for photo shoots. Pro - Confident in shooting manual, understands photography lingo, knowledgeable in editing, and charges for shoots. Here's the low down on what to critique:
Exposure (is the photo too light or too dark)
Composition (where are your eyes drawn to, is there negative space)
Editing (is the photo over-saturated, is the color off)
A few game rules: Post one photo
You can only critique someone else's photo if you are linking up too!
I am a sinner saved by grace! I love being a wife and absolutely adore my husband. My newest role as mother has been incredible! Before God blessed us with our little man we struggled with infertility and suffered a loss. To read about our loss click here. I am a professional photographer living out my dream one frame at a time.
My husband is adventurous, loving, patient, funny, encouraging, forgiving, talented and my best friend. We met through a mutual friend at church. The fact that he could sing and play guitar was what caught my eye. But his personality and love for the Lord is what won my heart. Well that and his smile!
Little man is our little blessing. He made is big debut on June 1, 2009. He is such a happy boy, who is very curious about the world around him. Which is a nice way of saying, he is into everything! We found out we were pregnant with him two days before we had our first infertility specialist appointment. God is good!
Our second blessing, Cohen was born December 2, 2010. He and his brother are almost exactly 1 year 1/2 apart. We love watching his personality shine through and are blessed to have him in our family!