Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bottling Garden Goodness...

Holy crap the leaves are already changing.  In honor or fall, and in honor of Chris being in school full-time and us being starving students.  Strange that this is the first time I haven't been a student, but the first time I've ever worried about that term.  I'm kidding, but I thought it was a good lead into some serious proof.  Proof that I've been trying to can hoard every ounce of free food I can get. 

 Corn in pot. 
 Corn cooked - corn chopped.
 20 bags = 20 dinners.  Special thanks to Sisterville and her husband who I like to call Corn Chopper. Home grown and all - he even shucked it. Ahh shucks isn't that nice. 
 Bottled tomatoes - which I only know how to use in 1 recipe named taco soup. Word up if you know any other recipes that use these bad boys. 
 So many good raspberries.
 So many PB&J's - my husband goes through a bottle of jam like....(insert good analogy here.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Ranch Rodeo...

I've blogged about it before, so I won't explain every detail.  The Ranch Rodeo is one of my favorite events of the entire year.  It's one of the more ridiculous things my brothers do, actually it's probably not, but thats a different story for a different day.
They allowed "their boys" to ride with them for the Grand Entry.  I'm surprised because their not really the Grant Entry type, but still fun to see the little tots out there on horseback.
The Wild Horse Rope - my personal favorite event.

I don't know why, but I love the blur in the picture below.  It's amazing how a well trained horse can stop while the rider is doing his thing on top.
If I were to randomly think of my brothers on any given day of the week I'd probably imagine them as follows in the below picture - just sorta their stance.  I like that about them.  
Until next year...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Baby Tate Pictures...

I'm so excited to finally be posting these pictures.  Sisterville had  baby Tate at the fist of August and we did his pictures soon after - I just haven't had an extra minute to post.  He is the easiest baby and never cried once through the whole process.  These are just a few of my favorites.  

Isn't it Ironic...

We've had some sad days at our house as a result of some test taking.  I have a tendency to go a bit overboard with Chris when it comes to school.  The other day Chris wasn’t able to test out of one of the classes I thought was imperative to our future - I was freaking out.  Obviously our future is just fine – but after we turned on the TV to find an episode of a show called, "Everybody Hates Chris."  I looked at Chris and asked if he had recorded it???
He hadn't - but then we read the description. 
What the???
I don't think we've ever laughed this hard. EVER!
Clearly I need to calm down.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Editing Photo's...

I've recently gotten questions on how I edit my photo's as well as what I use to edit.  I thought this post might give a bit of insight to the research I’ve done the last couple of months.  There are countless ways to enhance photos today. 

Specifically I use two programs.  Picasa is the first program I use.  It’s through Google and can be downloaded straight to your desktop for free.  It’s extremely user friendly.  There are two features that I love about Picasa, ok I guess there are three if you count the free part. 

1. Picasa makes it easy to make collages.
2. Picasa categorizes pictures easily from your computer, making it quick and efficient to find anything you need.

The second program I use, the majority of the time, is Lightroom  As far as purchasing software it’s my absolute favorite.  I don’t know how anyone lives without it.  I have so many different photographers that I admire. It’s fair to say, from the worlds best, to my neighbor, everyone could and should use this program.  Although not as user friendly as Picasa, there is a Youtube Chanel called SLR Lounge that I love.  Their video series takes you from a beginner to expert.  I am also a huge fan of their interviews with world famous photographers.

Perhaps that gives you a bit of insight on what I use to edit my photo's.  The following is some before & afters for your viewing pleasure.  As you can see I personally don't prefer over-editing.  I usually pump up the exposure and the blacks - simple as that.  It's best to work with your camera and use those settings so your not sitting in front of your computer for hours trying to get a certain look.  

There you have it.  If anyone has any other questions I'd be happy to answer. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Erik Johansson...

21 year old Swedish photographer.  I totally got this in an email forward and I totally loved it.  What an amazing use of a camera and Photoshop.