Our anniversary is a good 2 months away. But I have the habit of picking out what I want my parents to get us way far in advance. And 2 months is actually kind of late considering last year it was about 10 months in advance! You can tell, I like anniversaries. Anyways, we went back and forth and ultimately a piece of electronic is what would get the most use around here. And if it’s something to record their grandchildren doing, my parents are all for it. 

So behold, came in the mail yesterday, and already getting major play,


And it’s pink. Aaron didn’t mind because he did all the research and this one fits our needs the most, so pretty much he picked it out. It came in black, but who can not like the pink! I really was leaning towards the Flip HD, but then I found out it doesn’t take stills. So this little videocamera, takes HD video, an awesome LCD screen where you can play back and delete immediately. And it takes stills. It’s about the size of a blackberry, and comes with rechargeable batteries. And get this, $150! I will have to load some video later this week and show you the great quality.



I didn’t take this photo, I think Amanda took it from the car on our way up to Mammoth last month. But I am trying to learn some new steps in Photoshop with layers. Here’s the before and after.





And a little different AFTER



Union Station Part IV

Some last favorite shots Mike took of us at Union Station. The ones of all of us are classic, chaos going on, everyone in their own world. Love them. And on Mike’s site, he went ahead and edited a whole different set of photos than the ones I chose. It’s great how we both chose our favorites to edit and seriously only a handful overlap!

And in case anyone tried to call me this weekend. I was so sick! So I just got the messages tonight. Sorry! I had a wicked flu/ear infection thing. It was not fun. Not pretty. 







Okay, if you have a son then you need to pay very careful attention to the information I am going to share. If you have not heard of this craze yet, that probably means your son is not 5 years old yet. And if you know what I’m talking about, then we can commiserate. 

Bakugan. O h m y g o o d n e s s ! Gunnar came home about a month ago running his mouth about a mile a minute talking about something so foreign to me that I couldn’t figure out if this was a dream he had, a book he’s reading at school, or a kid whose name is Bakugan. I thought I knew all the kids in his grade, maybe I was missing one though.

None of the above. Bakugan is this toy/game whatever you want to name it and it’s a Japanese Anime thing. That’s a good explanation right? Not pokemon. I can’t handle those demonic looking things with red eyes and the crazy card collecting that goes along with it. These Bakugan toys are little spheres and when they drop on the ground or touch something made out of metal, they open, or transform. And each little Bakugan has a name and a power source, I think I’ve heard the boys refer to it as G Power. Anyways, there’s this whole game where it’s an arena and you drop the Bakugans and somehow where they land gives you points. I don’t know the whole deal yet. I let Aaron read the directions three times and he was still confused. And every time Gunnar plays the game, the rules apparently change. So I need to do a little investigating on how this game is supposed to be played.

But in the meantime my boys are nuts over these things. And it’s mainly Gunnar’s age and up, but Sawyer being a younger brother is way ahead of the curve. He’s all over it too. 

So now you know what a Bakugan is. And if you’re playing with an 8 year boy, you can actually look cool since you know what it is.

Union Station Part II

Here is some more beautiful handiwork by Mike. I will have to do a separate post of some shots that I was able to snap in between posing. I could’ve spent all day there photographing. Don’t worry, there are more to come! I won’t bore you with too many more posts of these. Probably one more will do.