27 posts categorized "Black & White Wednesday"

May 11, 2010

B&W Wednesday: Peanut Butter Crunch

Gwen cereal box final

I've eaten this stuff until the roof of my mouth bleeds.  Oh man, it's good!

Cereal is like Kid Chow around here.  Sometimes they even eat it for dinner! 

So, what's in your cereal bowl?


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May 04, 2010

Lego head STUCK on Gwen's tooth!

Right after we finished dinner last night, Gwen skipped merrily into the living room to show us the clever thing she did.  She pulled the head off of one of her Lego toys, admired the little hole on the underside then got the brilliant idea to stick him on her tooth and bite down hard. 

Yep, she capped her permanent tooth with a Lego head and he was stuck. 

Seriously stuck. 

But he was really really cool!  Notice how she got him facing perfectly forward? 

We tried to remove it using olive oil but it wasn't budging.  If you've even owned a Lego set, you know how tough these toys are.  I don't think it's possible to break or even damage one and we were worried that we'd hurt her tooth long before we hurt her smirking yellow tooth ornament.  

I called our Dentist and left a message with his after-hours answering service then I grabbed the camera because.... well, I'm the type of mother who needs to document stuff like this.   Once upon a time, I might have been embarrassed to admit that but everyone knows it now and my kids have never known any other life than one where Mommy takes pictures of them eating pie off of the floor before making them stop. 

But back to the current situation. 

Gosh, this kid makes me smile!  This is EXACTLY what I'd expect Gwen to do because she's fearless and only thinks about how much fun it might be to do something.  Never about the consequences of doing it.  But she's a smart girl and she must have thought that it would come off just as easily as it went on.  Sorry babe.  You were wrong.

Gwen pirate lego tooth

Thankfully Nana and Granddad are visiting this week so they stayed home with Maddy while Daddy and I took Gwen to the Dentist.   On the way there, we laughed about how this wasn't something we would have ever dreamed we'd be doing at 9:00 PM tonight.  But we were grateful that our first dental "emergency" was something this non traumatic.  

Dr Fred gently pulled with rubber gloves and prodded with pokey things but the yellow dude wouldn't even wiggle a little bit.  Finally he used the drill to cut it from the top to bottom and then it came right off!  Gwen was sooooo brave through it all!   She did great!

Sliced lego

Hey Mr Cool!  You don't look so tough now, do you!


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April 29, 2010

Before & After: Kitty

It's been hard to get into the groove of posting on the blog lately but I saw this on another blog and
thought it might be fun.  Especially since I tend to edit the heck out of my photos then never post them
on the blog or do anything special with them.

  The subject is my sweet kitty, originally named "Baby".  Then when we got actual babies,
it was too confusing calling her that so we changed her name to "Kitty".
Yeah, we're clever, huh.

Here's the original photo, straight out of the camera.


First I gave it a little crop using the rule of thirds:

20100419lowes park and backyard4333

Next, I brightened the areas that were too dark and darkened the areas that were too light.
Then I spiffed up the eyes using the dodge and burn and sponge and sharpen tool: 


I was curious to see how it would look in black and white and I think it's pretty nice.
I should have posted this yesterday for Lisa's Black & White Wednesday. Better late than never, eh?

the long road

kitty backyard bw

Daddy's been traveling all week so it's just been me and the kids and Kitty.
When Daddy's gone, Kitty gets to sleep in the master bedroom with me. She's a comfort but she's also a
big pain in the neck because she meows and stands on my head. Not sure why I put up with it except that
I love her.

April 20, 2010

B&W Wednesday: Band-Aids --- The Beige Badge of Honor

Maddy bandaid pool bw framed

Maddy got a little boo-boo while she was playing in the pool yesterday.  She fell on the rocks next to the pool and got a tiny mark on her flawless little hand and trembled in anticipation of what those teensy droplets of blood might mean... a Band-Aid.

You see, Maddy LOVES band-aids and, by default, the little wounds they cover.  In fact, she's been known to self-inflict a wound just to get one of these beautiful beige bandages of honor.

Doesn't she look wounded and serious?  Oh, she was so proud!

Here's the original photo - SOTC - and the original boo-boo too.  Isn't it amazing how some photos look so much better in black and white?

Maddy in the backyard color

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April 13, 2010

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Especially when they happen on the same day.

It's been raining forever.   We've made the best of it and I have lots of photos but nothing that really gets me excited. 

Saturday night, I took a photoshop class from Lisa and learned a bunch of cool stuff.  I'm still trying to apply it but here's a peek at my first attempt to edit my photos using her techniques.  Pretty cool, I think!  You can click <here> to see a larger version of the final edit for this photo.  I think it turned out nice!

Before and after gwen purple flowers skinny


I like the way her face turned out but I should have kept the sparkle in her hairband.  Maybe next time...

Maddy splashing in rain boots

Here's Maddy splashing in the rain puddle.  You'll have to click <here> to see a larger view since this came out much smaller than I expected! 

Here's Maddy looking cute, as usual.  In the before photo, her skin tone was splotchy and she had lots of stray hairs on her face.  Her face was dark and her eyes were just two dark shadows.  But the "after" photo is pretty amazing!  Be sure to click <here> so you can really see how cool her eyes turned out! 

Maddy portrait lens outside

And here's a pretty black and white just in time for Lisa's Black and White Wednesday.  I took the finished edit of the photo you see above and applied an action to it to turn it to black and white. I've never used actions before but (thanks to Lisa), now I know how to do that too!   Larger view of this black and white?  Click <here>.

Maddy black and white

I have many more photos I'd like to share but it's taking me a long time to process them because my new skills are pretty clumsy.  But I think I'll get faster and better with some practice!

If you have photoshop and need a few simple but effective tips, I strongly recommend Lisa!   She's a great teacher.  And she's really nice too!  :)

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