August 30, 2011

Black and White Wednesday: The Playground Ground

I am linking this photo to Black and White Wednesday.

First Day of School: Big Kids

Today was the first day of school for the big kids.  This year they are both in high school:  a freshman and a junior.  They are way past the age where they like to have their photo taken on the first day of school so getting them outside, standing next to each other, and smiling is a chore to say the least.  I was able to get some great shots of them where they were smiling (!) and looking natural (!!).  Unfortunately when I got the pictures on my computer I was very disappointed when I had 24 shots that looked exactly like this:

What the heck????  The lens cover was not on, it was still in my pocket.  I could not figure out what the problem was.  My husband took one look at my camera and figured out that I had the manual setting on with an extremely fast (1/1600) shutter speed.  There was no way that the photos of the big kids taken on my shady porch would have turned out.  In my rush to get the pictures taken I did not look closely at the settings.  Argh!

Luckily, later in the day I was able to get some great shots of the big guy: 

August 29, 2011

Little Girl in the Sprinklers!

I am linking this to Watery Wednesday.

Monday Outing: Caswell Memorial State Park

Ahhh, the last day of summer vacation....for 2 more kids, 1 more to go!
Today we went to Caswell Memorial State Park, located on the Stanislaus River. 

Saturday Soccer

My awesome soccer player:

August 27, 2011

The Kid Who Loves to Read

My favorite Little Guy, reading Order of the Phoenix, his 5th Harry Potter book this summer. 

August 21, 2011

Bowling at West Valley Bowl

We had a great time at West Valley Bowl this week. 

Lunch Today: Yummy Salad!

A very healthy and delicious salad for lunch today:

Following the guidelines of 'The Full Plate Diet':  Romain lettuce, baby spinach, red cherry tomatoes, sweet yellow cherry tomatoes, carrot ribbons, flax seeds, and Girard's Light Champagne Dressing. 

August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today we had my mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law over for a birthday dinner. 
The main course was Green Chile-Chicken Enchiladas and for dessert we had this:

Happy Birthday Mom!

August 12, 2011

Papa Murphy's in Tracy

We just stopped by Papa Murphy's on 11th to pick up a Friday night pizza and it is closed for renovations.

The notice on the door says they will be closed for a few weeks, darn it. 

Naturally, I had to take some pictures through the window.