27 posts categorized "Black & White Wednesday"

September 07, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Seems like I only post once per week now.  The kids are older and easier to manage and I have more free time than I've had in over 5 years but I can still barely keep up this blog.  How is that possible?

Anyway....

Three day weekends are hard to come by so we really felt like we needed to make the most of it and get away.   We spent Saturday in Palo Alto and wandered around Stanford University with some old friends.  This is Zsa-Zsa (what Gwen and Maddy call her).  The Daddies grew up together and have been friends since 2nd grade.  She's six months old now and so incredibly cute!  I love how she has little fat rolls in the middle of her forearm!   She's such a sweet, happy girl!  And beautiful too!  Her Mama is Chinese and her Daddy is Hungarian - two ethnicities that are very near and dear to me!

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Sunday morning, we went to Stanford Shopping Center and I snapped a couple of pics of some of their beautiful landscaping.  The most amazing flowers were blooming in flowerbeds everywhere!

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I'm still trying to figure out depth-of-field (aperture).  I like how the tip of the leaf on the far right (in the photo above) is in focus but the base isn't.

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It was such a perfect day!

After the shopping center, we headed into San Francisco where we picked up Michael and Kelsey before heading to our hotel. 

Jenga, anyone?

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I took photos of every single moment of the game but still managed to miss the exact moment when the tower fell.  Dang it! 

Pizza and ice cream for dinner and then back to the hotel for more snacks and movies and silly fun times.   I bought some footsy pj's for the girls and they were so cute (sorry, forgot to take pics).  They were all giggles for the longest time before finally falling asleep on the sofa bed in the other half of our room.   After that, I was able to pull out my computer and log in and get Joannah's fantastic news.   Then off to happy dreamland!

The next day, we walked all over China Town and Union Square before packing up and heading home.  It was the perfect weekend! 

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August 31, 2010

Black & White Wednesday: Reunion

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When I took this photo of Maddy, the colors were so delicious that I almost didn't notice how fun and interesting the patterns were.  This is exactly the type of photo I love best in black and white!  Just look at those circles and stripes and that milky white complexion and jet black hair! 

I used Pioneer Woman's free B&W action but it was a bit too cold so I tried Shana's Florabella/Luxe Mink action but it was too brown (warm) for this photo -- so I blended both of them together to get this perfect result.  I love it.

But you have to see the color version too.  I processed this with the Luxe action, Musette.

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I took this photo in the lobby of our hotel in Pismo Beach this weekend.  We were there for our 5th reunion of our China adoption travel group.  In early September of 2005, 38 families from our agency flew to China to bring home their babies.  39 Children in all:

35 girls (including twins)
4 boys

We came from all over the USA and many different walks of life but we had this one thing in common and we've come together each year since then to celebrate it:  Our adopted child(ren).

This is the first year that the kids have been old enough to remember that they know one another.  They played together for hours which finally gave their parents some time to relax and chat.  These reunions are certain to only get better and better every year! Here's a pic of a bunch of the kids right after the Pinata burst.

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Several of the families visited Avila Farm and took the hay ride into the orchards to pick gala apples.  This is our third year doing this and the kids love it! 

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The weather was crisp and cool.  It seems like Fall is in the air.   I even found a pretty leaf on the ground at Avila Farm.   

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I picked a special new outfit for the girls to wear this weekend.  Gwen was really excited about dressing up - surprising since she's never cared about that sort of thing before.   It's possible that she's going to be a girly-girl after all!  :)

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August 23, 2010

4th Gotcha Anniversary!

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Four years ago, our daughter - Madeline - was placed in our arms.  It was a beautiful day in our life and a little bit more special because Aug 23rd was my mother's birthday.    What a blessing Maddy is to us! 

Today, she posed for some photos and we spent time together all snuggled up on the sofa looking at our photo album of her adoption.  It was a sweet and special time and I think we'll make this a tradition on this special day each year.     

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August 17, 2010

Black & White Wednesday: Blog makeover

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You might have noticed something different about the blog, yes?  I've resisted making huge changes like this because I know how I feel when my blogger friends do it:  confused.  Sorta like going to the grocery store and going to the register you always go to and expecting to see your favorite checker, Karen.  But instead of Karen, you find someone you don't recognize -- except that she has a name tag that says "Karen" and she has Karen's goofy laugh and she smiles and recognizes you and asks about your kids by name.  That kind of confused.

Ah, but change is supposed to be good, right?  Hopefully you'll all recognize me!  I promise to keep this look for a while!

Congratulations to Lisa on her referral yesterday! I'm so incredibly thrilled for her!  It was a very VERY long road and I can only imagine how crazy and exciting her life must feel right now!  Pop over to her blog and check out her new baby girl!      

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August 03, 2010

Black & White Wednesday: Simple pleasures

I spent most of the day dragging mattresses from one room of my house to another (swapping bedrooms) and finally relaxed at the kitchen table to enjoy some of the season's most delicious cherries and a nice chilled glass of my new favorite wine, Moscato.  Ahhhhh..... so nice!

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I processed this photo using my new Florabella actions.  This one is from the Luxe collection and is called "Mink".  I am really LOVING Shana's photoshop actions!  I tried all of them on this photo and liked Mink and Gypsy best.  Here's Gypsy:

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I took this photo at the kitchen table but didn't like the distracting background (my messy family room) so I grabbed an old poster and propped it up on the chair and it served as the perfect backdrop.  I like what it does for these photos!  Just curious tho... does anyone recognize the famous painting on the poster I used?  :)

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