Flying Princess

31 10 2008

Eliana: “Mommy! I’m Flying! I’m Flying SOOOO High!!! I’m a Flying Princess! Wheeeeee!!!!!”


Important message from David

31 10 2008

We went to a Homeschool playgroup Halloween party at a local park this morning. The kids got lots of compliments on their costumes! David is a pumpkin and Eliana is a princess. Her dress is a blue Cinderella dress. I got both costumes at the thrift store for $2 each, and they still had the original tags on them!!

It was a fun party! The kids trick-or-treated from the parents, and there wasn’t any candy. They gave out things like spider rings, google glasses, playdough, bubbles, stickers, pencils, little stamp pad sets, and rubber bugs. Eliana has already had a lot of fun playing with her items! Last night, I made her a pink bag that has her initial on it. She calls it her pink princess bag and she got lots of compliments on it too!

I’ve got tons of photos in the process of downloading, but I wanted to at least get one little teaser photo up! I’ll have more photos up later tonight!

Early Voting Rocks!!

26 10 2008

Yesterday, I realized that they were doing early voting at the city courthouse, which is next to Chestnut square, where the Farmer’s Market is held. So I decided to go ahead and vote, since I was sure that the lines wouldn’t be long, and it’d be easier with two kiddos in tow. This was so much faster and smoother, and I am proud that I did my research before voting. Even though I don’t completely agree with everything my candidate stands for, I do agree with them on the matters that are most important to me. It’s going to be fun to relax at home on November 4th and watch the results!

Outside the courthouse, they have the constitution etched into metal and displayed on a wall. I like this photo of Eliana looking at the constitution.

We have a few leaves changing colors here, but not many. Hopefully we’ll see more vibrant color changes as it gets cooler over the next few weeks.

Ok, time to get some cleaning and organizing done before my mom stays with us for a few days.

Tomorrow we are going to take a tour of a farm where they raise sheep and spin the wool into yarn and dye it. I really look forward to seeing this process! And then on Tuesday, we plan to take the kids to a pumpkin patch in the country, and get a hayride and drink fresh pressed apple cider. Yum! It should be lots of fun!


26 10 2008

David ADORES his big sister. If she comes into the room while I’m feeding him, he’ll start looking around until he can see her, and then gives her a big smile. He tries to grab her hair any chance he gets. He watches everything she does with facination, and I can tell he can’t wait until he can keep up with her.

I love this photo of the two of them. Eliana and David were hanging outside the bathroom while I was getting ready one morning. Eliana was “reading” to him, and he was just hanging on her every word. I snuck out to grab my camera, hoping not to break the mood.

He never looked away from her. That’s adoration!!

Is there anything cuter than animals on baby butts? I think not.

Oh, and yes, he’s just a few short weeks from crawling! He’ll get up on all fours and rock back and forth, scoots his little knees and then LUNGES forward. He’s my little inch worm!! My world is going to dramatically change, as I discover all the little spots that need to still be babyproofed!

Yesterday was the last Farmer’s Market being held in McKinney until next spring. So I brought the kids with me so that we could have fun getting some fruits and veggies. We bought most of our veggies from the same booth, so they threw in a lot of free stuff, which was a blessing! We got green beans, new potatoes, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, plums, pears and five baking pumpkins.

At another booth, I bought a Tahitian squash and an Aloe Vera plant. He gave Eliana a little pumpkin, which made her day! We got some persimmons from another booth, along with a recipe to make some persimmons bread. I’ve never had persimmons before, so I look forward to trying them!

And then we bought some strawberry-mango salsa, pineapple-banana-macadamian nut salsa and dessert chips from a booth whose company name is dreadheadchef. LOL! He’s a chef who has been having fun experimenting with different flavors for salsa as a hobby, and he has dreadlocks. The salsa was AMAZING! We also bought some dessert chips from him, which are tortilla chips with sugar and cinnamon on them, and they go really well with the salsa. He gave me lots of great cooking ideas and I look forward to trying them out!

Here are some fun pictures from the Farmer’s Market. It is held at Chestnut Square, which is a historic square near downtown McKinney. They moved some of the original old homesteads here, and it’s such a great setting for the Farmer’s Market!

Eliana likes sitting on the little benches at the entrance to the market.

“Come on, Mom! Hurry up!” Eliana ran into the market and was so excited! She wanted me to buy more blueberries, and was sad when we found out they were all sold out. She enjoyed carrying a bag, and the vendors got a kick out of giving a few veggies to Eliana to carry in her bag.

There was a group there playing Celtic music, and Eliana had fun dancing and twirling!

I tried to get her to sit for a photo, but she didn’t stay sitting for long, and was back to twirling. This is the best shot I was able to nab.

This was the dreadheadchef booth, where I got the amazing salsa and chips.

It was a really fun day! I’m going to miss going to the Farmer’s Market! I am just starting David on solids and I love giving him homemade baby food from organic fruits and veggies. There is one the 1st Saturday of the month in a town about 15 or so miles to the east, so I’m going to check it out next Saturday with my mom. There might be an opening in a neighbor’s fruit/veggie co-op, so I really hope I can get in that program!

“In the beginning….”

24 10 2008

Here is a cute video of Eliana singing a bible verse. This was in the car on the way home from my mom’s house, after Jake and I had an awesome anniversary date at a fondue restaurant called The Melting Pot. It’s dark so you can’t see much, but I love hearing her cute little voice singing!

It’s so much fun to learn new techniques!

20 10 2008

Today, I saw on a forum that someone posted a photoshop elements question.  That picked my curiosity, as I have photoshop elements.  I saw the question was about how to make a photo black and white, and then keep just a pop of color, like the eyes.

One person replied with a link to a tutorial, so I decided to try it out.  There was a photo I took of Jake and David, and was wanting to do something like this for last week’s photo challenge theme, which was “Eyes”.  I didn’t have time to try it yesterday, since it was our anniversary, so I thought I’d still go ahead and try it out today.

Here is what I came up with.



It was much easier to do than I thought.  I’m still going to fiddle with the photo a little and see if I can make it less bright on David’s face.  I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt!

I decided to try it again with a different photo to see if I could make a more dramatic pop of color.  This is a photo I posted earlier, of Eliana hugging the pumpkin she picked out at the grocery store.

And here is the black/white color pop version:

I had a hard time doing her hair, so I didn’t do all the strands, as they were coming out orange because of the pumpkins behind her.  There are a few spots to touch up, but overall I really like it!

This is addicting and I caught myself looking through my photos to see what else I could try.  I’m really looking forward to using this technique with Christmas photos!

“Going to the chapel, and we’re gonna get married…”

19 10 2008

Today is our Five Year Wedding Anniversary!!!

We got married on Sunday, October 19th, 2003 at my parent’s church in Carrollton, TX.

Five years later, we now live in McKinney and have added two kiddos to our little family. It’s been a fun journey, with joy and sorrow mixed in, but I feel that Jake and I are are closer than ever!

Here are some fun pictures from that day! (I’ve taken pictures of the pictures, so they look a little funny. Someday I’ll get around to scanning them or scanning the negatives and making nice prints.)

Jen goofing off with the Bridesmaids. From left…. Lauren Matyas was my flowergirl, Rachel Looney (Lauren’s sister) was a bridesmaid, the pretty bride 🙂 , Janet Matyas was my matron of honor and my mentor, and she is Lauren and Rachel’s mom, and Rachelle Fairback, the college friend who introduced Jake and I.

Here’s Jake goofing off with his groomsmen. From left… Dave Fairback (who is Rachelle’s hubby and was Jake’s accountability partner), Kyle Range (Jake’s youngest brother), Luke Range (Jake’s middle brother) and then my handsome Groom Jake.

I really liked our photographer because he had us do fun things and try to act out different things and it really helped relax me and enjoy the time!

My pretty cake! The top two layers and bottom layer was chocolate with chocolate filling and the third layer down was white chocolate. It was delicious!!!

I LOVE this picture of Jake and I!  This is as we are about to get into his car and leave the reception.