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October 20, 2009

Back seat wisdom

Gwen is full of stories lately and seems to have an opinion about everything so during a long drive to Alpine Lake, we sought her council about something we were discussing in the front seat.  Her reply:  "I'm sorry.  I can't answer you because I'm busy picking my nose."

On the way home, we were talking about what we wanted to be when we grow up.  Maddy, as we all know, wants to be a Doctor but Gwen is undecided.  "Maybe a knight or a cowboy or... a tiger", she said.  Then she roared.  We explained that those sounded like costumes instead of occupations but we couldn't get her to consider something else.  She finally punctuated her decision to stick with her original choices by saying "You can change your mind or you can change your dreams." 

We thought for sure that she'd heard that phrase in a sappy children's DVD because she has a special knack for reciting lines from movies at surprisingly fitting moments but I Googled that statement and it's a Gwen original!  What an insightful little girl we have!

Here are some photos from Alpine lake.  It was beautiful!  As always, you can click the photo to see a larger view.

Alpine lake

All of the photos in the collage above were taken with our new camera, a sweet little point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot S90.   Rather than bore you with stock photos of this spiffy little camera, I thought I would share some I took today.  Here's our little camera model, Maddy:

Canon powershot s90

This is our favorite point-and-shoot ever.  And we've had LOTS of them (all Canon PowerShot).  This one is small and compact and has a built in flash.  It's fast and smart and the final photo result often rivals the quality of most of the photos we get from our insanely expensive Canon 5D SLR.  Of course, we'll never replace that amazing camera because, well,  it's ..... amazing, but it's nice to have an alternative we can slip into our pocket for everyday outings.

We got another new toy this weekend too --- Lightroom 2!   I can hardly contain my enthusiasm while typing this because this program is the best digital thing to happen to me in 4 years!    I'm not really interested in doing all the artsy-fartsy stuff.  Mostly, I just want to have an easy way to compensate for my poor photography skills.   I can't count the times I've taken photos of something just to have the whole shoot ruined because of crappy camera settings.  Now I can fix those photos and I'm so excited because some of those moments didn't offer us a do-over!  Specifically, our first Easter with our two daughters where all of the photos were horribly overexposed.  UGH!!!   Now I can fix them!  I'll share the before and after shots later.  


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