Wednesday, May 27, 2009

fun with photoshop elements

I purchased Photoshop elements a few weeks ago and started experimenting with it yesterday. Here are some before and after samples.





Can you tell the differences? I primarily adjusted the lighting and color. What do you think? Better or worse? Should I have left them alone?

I hope to use PSE for digital soon as I 1) figure out how and 2) find the time for it! Wait, did I just give myself something else to do?! Ha Ha!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

first and last day of preschool

Our firstborn has completed his first year of preschool this past Friday! This school year really has passed quickly. To think, when C started preschool I was really close to this.

Now, the unborn baby pictured above looks like this.

The last day of preschool at Oak Hills Church ended with a picnic lunch. We had a good time, especially since Daddy was able to attend. Yea!

Here is the C Man with his teacher Ms. Tammy. Ms. Tammy was gracious enough to take over his class after their original teacher, Ms. Carroll, had to leave before the year ended.

Here is another look at the past and present.

September 2008

May 2009

So, I guess this means we are just that much closer to kindergarten. Sigh.
But really, I'm thrilled that C loved school so much. He had an adjustment period at first, but thoroughly enjoyed every day of preschool after that.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm Back

I could not let more than a month go by without doing a blog post. So here I am, just barely. It's been a busy past few weeks...but, then again, when is it not busy?

One of the main things I've been trying to get accomplished is accumulating my 30 hours of continuing education needed to renew my OT license (every 2 years). As of the beginning of April I had 4 out of the 30! Yes...a bit of procrastinating. But hey, does birthing 2 more boys 19 months apart count as an excuse? Ha, ha! Well, last night (after watching 20+ hours of a course on DVD and some other online courses) I finally finished!!! I now have 30 hours of CEU's and can officially renew my OT license. And maybe one day I'll actually work (outside the home) again. But I don't mind not working for now. ;)

What are the boys up to these days?


  • This fabulous 4 year old always has something to say, whether it's a story, an idea, questions or just talking.
  • After a follow up visit to the dentist, we learned that the innervation to his 2 front teeth is dead. We suspected this after his teeth turned grey. For now, we just leave the teeth alone. If an infection develops, the dentist will have to remove the infected tooth/ teeth. At least they are just his baby teeth. And on a good note, they don't seem to bother him.
  • Continues to love trucks! He's also recently gotten into playing with airplanes
  • Loves to ride bikes with Daddy
  • C's last day of his first year of preschool is tomorrow! Just one more year of preschool, then kindergarten!
  • And he's as sweet as ever!


  • Will repeat just about anything...especially if it's something C says!!! That old saying is so true! Monkey see, monkey do - and as a shirt he wore last summer said - monkey get in trouble too.
  • Is still just so sweet with Baby P!
  • Does not really show an interest in riding his tricylce yet; He'd rather push his car around or play with a ball.
  • Is starting to put 3 words together
  • Loves trucks also! Also likes trains
  • Likes to say things two or more times, so it sounds like this: "train, train" or "side, side" for outside
Baby P:

  • Has 8 teeth!
  • Has now had oatmeal, avocado, banana, sweet potato, zucchini, green beans, pear, peaches, mango, prunes, carrots
  • Is moving around on his belly and is so close to crawling; He's getting up on all fours and rocking and he'll shoot himself forward.


Other notable events of the past few weeks include:

C's art being displayed at the Museum of Modern his preschool


A new wall color in our living room

Mother's Day

My brother's graduation with a Master's in Landscape Architecture from A&M!!!


nd birthdays galore!
Happy Birthday this month to: Uncle Paul, Nana, Tio Ricardo and Papa!!! We love you all!


And last but not least, my husband and I celebrated 8 years of marriage!