Springiness

Spring is “in the air.” In our neck of the woods, that phrase takes on a literal, pungent, ripe meaning. Or, as Weston would put it (his sweet voice piping up as loudly as it could on his way into preschool yesterday), “it smells like poop out here!”

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After bravely posting pictures of my very own, very round, gargantuan mug a couple days ago, I once again began thinking about the benefits of eating healthier and excercising my butt off. I was having really, really good strong thoughts about this until I walked into the grocery store and saw this…

and even worse, this…

and I am now the not-so-proud owner of both. I apparently have no self-control…
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I have a new shirt! Like it?
(Will and Weslea think that they should be able to use my camera all the time now and end up taking pictures of anything and everything.)
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Ashley came to play yesterday…
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I have slowly been convinced by Allyson and Pioneer Woman that I need to stop using flash for all my pictures. I’m still not sure why they have such strong feelings about this, but their pictures are so much better than mine that I figured I better start listening. After a few days of no flash, I made a much-needed phone call to Allyson this morning to figure out what in the heck is wrong with all my pictures. What I found out is that I am completely stoopid when it comes to a camera, but she very kindly and patiently explained a few things I could do to get rid of the smurf-look my family has in all my recent pictures. I now understand more about the importance of “white balance” and “ISO speed” and the annoying blueness has taken a hike. Gracias Allyson!

**New Note: I found a trial version of the program Photoshop Lightroom that I downloaded this evening and I was able to wipe all of the “blues” from our family pictures. Way cool program that I am now going to need to buy.** Check it out!