I had an eye exam a week or so ago… turns out it’s possible glasses could make some of my headaches go away (long days at the computer). After checking out the cost (I have vision coverage because Jenni and Carson need glasses), I decided that it was worth a shot.
Here’s a pic of me right after I got them:
I’m on Day 2 now. I’ve found I don’t like driving with them on as I feel like I’m wearing blinders. I do like how my monitors look through them. I’m making a conscious effort to wearing them as much as possible. I got very light frames so they would be comfortable. Time will tell.
One more topic I wanted to cover today was the SEVERE lack of photo updates… our South Carolina trip this past summer has been stuck at the front of my log jam of photo updates. To guarantee I do those I’ve vowed not to let other things line jump… now, a few things have slipped through but I’m going to stick to my guns as best I can. Those are about 98% done, I just need to carve out about an hour to finish and send the huge set up to the photo site. Once they are done, I’ll try to write a blog post up about our whole trip. Also, when those are up.. expect a flood of other photo updates following it. I hope to be up to date before Spring.
We started off the month getting some family portraits together, it had been quite some time since we had a nice picture of the four of us.
Carson’s first grade portraits came back and they look really great. He’s doing so well in school too.
Someone slammed into the back of our Van and the fled the scene. Jenni was the only one in the van and she was not injured.
I got a new camera body that added some much needed features, one of which being video. Additionally I added a lens that lets me take photos with much less light.
The boys helped Nanny make an Apple Pie! I think they had more fun eating it.
My cousin Becky came to visit us for a couple days… it was really great seeing her. One night we had dinner with the whole family, her, and my other cousin Keli(and her kids).
Our dear friend, Alyssia, from Nebraska was in town for a teacher’s conference, so we treated her to a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo.
Another month, another trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. This time we went with my sister and her boys. We went to the planetarium show and spent a lot of time in the DinoSphere. I took a great video of Sam enjoying a Goldberg Machine.
Sam had his final follow-up for his surgery and everything looks great according to the doctor. The earliest we would need to go back again would be in a year. Before the appointment Sam, Dad, and I had lunch at an Indy staple… Mug -n- Bun. Sam loves their hotdogs and french fries.
Carson and his buddy Riley love playing together. I grabbed the flash and tried to get some action shots of them playing Wii.
“Excuse me, Miss, but there’s something peeking out of your new bag.”
And we finish up November with our trip to Nebraska to visit with family and friends for Thanksgiving. It was a great trip like always. Lots and lots of photos and lots of videos.
The famous sleep-eater:
Closing up with a couple artsy things I did in November:
I’m going to write 3 blog posts today… this one to catch up from September to the end of October, a second one to cover November (that I’ll publish tomorrow or Thursday), and the third one to get you from November to where we are now. To simplify the updates, I’m going to limit them to one flash slideshow of one album the rest of the albums will all be accessible via thumbnail links after each snippet of text.
It’s been a crazy couple of months with so many little side projects and things going on. The blog seems to be the first thing that I skip out on if things get tight… so if you suffer another drought here then you should follow me on Twitter/Facebook or my photo website as those I tend to be able to keep top of mind things rolling on.
So, where were we… oh yes, September dissolving into October: The usual goofing around continues, of course, The Buddies
The kids favorite museum in the world makes an appearance in our photo journey. The Indianapolis Children’s Museum open it’s new Fly with Me to Egypt exhibit so we went to check it out.
Sam made a new friend, BokBok. BokbBok is a little stuffed animal bird that “cheeps” if you squeeze him. Sam played with him most of the day, most of that time in his Little People playset. We it came time for bed Sam wanted BokBok to join him… so he brushed the bird’s “teeth” and then tucked him into bed next to him.
A day Sam was waiting impatiently for finally came on the 7th. He got his splint off! We got some pictures of the check-up visit with the Doctor that did his surgery. Sam was so happy to get that splint off his arm. He was quick to get back to playing with his trains.
We made our annual pilgrimage to the Pumpkin Patch to find a pumpkin for everyone to make their own for Halloween. This year we went to Beasley’s and it was a great trip. We were joined by my parents, my sister, and her boys.
The Indiana vs. Illinois Football game in Bloomington is our next stop on the trip through October. Myself, Carson, my dad, a co-worker and his son braved the cold to take in a Big Ten football game at the newly renovated stadium. It was homecoming and IU came up big with a win. The boys favorite part had to have been the mini-field on the south end of the stadium that was for kids to run and play on.
Our haunted house trip is always a highlight for our whole family… next year we may have to make two trips, one for Carson to do the “scary” side and one for Sam to do our normal “friendly” trip. We invited one of Carson’s buddies from the neighborhood, Riley. The boys all had a great time.
Pumpkin carving, scary decorations, great costumes, and trick or treating… just a few of the boys favorite Autumn things. It all came to it’s peak on Halloween night.
That brings October to a close. Tune in tomorrow for our November update! To close, here are a couple of artsy pieces I did in October.
So I’m only like a month behind on posting pictures on here! There’s been a lot going on, so you’ll have to forgive me. As always I have have been uploading regularly, so if you watch the photo site you might get a peek before I post stuff here (if I get backed up again).
We’ll start with our last swim of the year, August 16th. Jada joined in the fun at Mom and Dad’s house. The end of the series features Sam in a baby girl’s bonnet, haha.
Before we head for our visit to Nebraska I need to play a little catch up on here… strap in for a super-sized helping of photos and such. Click the thumbnail below each short description for the full albums.
Carson wanted to go to school “dressed like a rock-star”:
We had another great time at our monthly Card Night:
We played at a little park near our house:
Jenni had a dance party with the boys:
Carson went on a field trip to the Indy Zoo to see the Ocean Exhibit and the Dolphin Show: Email me for a link to this one
Went to the park in our neighborhood with our neighbors:
Sam had a fun bath time:
And finally, we had a ton of fun at Blast Off Playground:
I’ve added a twitter feed to my site on the right column there… and hopefully my flash status thing at the top of the page will start working again.
COLTS WIN!! Comfortably to boot, it was a double blessing. I’m thinking of inviting people over for next weeks game against the Lions, hit me up if you have interest.
I’m in the process of deciding whether to move to SmugMug from PicasaWeb. PicasaWeb has been great and no matter what I’ll continue using Picasa on my computer and most likely continue with their free storage but for the money I spend I want more. I have 25+gb of photos/videos, it’s about 20,000 files in 500ish folders. The flat structure of PicasaWeb does not handle it well (and I could only house about 50-60% of my items there). I started using SmugMug a few days ago to just check it out, I kind of got into it and was doing a lot of customizations as well as uploading a bunch of photos. That’s when I found that I was missing some original photos I had taken and/or scanned over the years. This is exactly the kind of problem only being able to house a portion of your pictures online can cause, luckily some of the pictures I had online but they were reduced quality because of space limitations. SmugMug has no space limitation, so another point for them there. I’ll be making the final decision sometime this week, but if you’ve read this far you have probably picked up my inclination so far. My PicasaWeb link is on the right (I’ve stripped it down to be under the 1gb free limit) and contact me if you want my SmugMug link… in case you want to give input, which I welcome.
How about some Haffey’s Links??? It’s been quite sometime since I’ve dumped some of these on you, so let me crack open Ye Olde Dusty Google Notebook to share some gems with you: