Monthly Archives: July 2009

Andrew had his last day of swimming lessons yesterday – a fun day!  They had the slides turned on and kids could do whatever they wanted.  Andrew started off on the big slide and then made his way to the…diving board!!!!  Yup, he jumped off the diving board.  He started off having his teacher catch him and he would swim to the edge on his own, but soon his teacher backed up and did not catch him and he did GREAT!  He was able to come up after going under and swim to the edge unassisted.  I am so proud of him!  He also did the drop slide which is a straight speed slide that ends in the 12 ft deep water along side the diving board.  He can’t wait to get back to the pool to be able to go off the diving board and slide again.

I did manage to take a couple of pictures on my cell phone, I just need to figure out how to get them off of my cell phone so I can use them.


I’ve never done a scrapbook “contest” before, but a friend of mine talked me into joining the Croppin Paradise message boards for a Survivor Contest they are going to be doing.  If you are interested, check it out Croppin Paradise, and wish me some luck!!

This class was about how to take a photo, change it to black and white, and then selectively color in some areas.  Here is my before:

and here is the after:

This weekend was Weston Fest so tonight Andrew and I went to the park for fireworks and an outdoor showing of “Open Season”.  We made it through the fireworks and 1/2 hour into the movie before Andrew asked to go home because he was getting tired…heck, it was 10:30, I was tired too!  I’m so glad that there are things like this to do around town.

I’m making some real progress here!  The days I haven’t talked about mainly were putting everything we have learned together at once.  I didn’t feel the need to share my samples on those days.  In this class, we learned how to do an edge burn making the outside of the picture darker than the subject area.  Here is the before pic (I used one my sister took of her son and husband):

and here is what it looks like after:

Two classes in one night!!!  I’m trying to catch up!  Anyway in this class we learned how to add textures to give pictures kind of an “old-world” feel.  This is the pic before:

Here is the pic after:

Yup…I’m still slowly plugging along with my photo editing class.  In this class we learned how to use something called “clipping masks”.  I don’t really know how to explain it but this is the picture I started with:

and this is how the picture looks after adding the clipping mask:

It just added the “grungy” looking border around the picture.

This is a picture of the lily we have growing in the front of our house.  Andrew brought the bulb home last year from Kindergarten…we watered it and kept it growing in the house until we could plant it outside, then found a spot and planted it.  It was growing really good, but an animal decided to eat all the leaves off of it before it could flower.  We were disappointed, but such is life.  This year, not only did the lily come up, it came up with an offshoot!  We are so excited that the animals have left it alone this year and we have flowers!!  It’s so nice to have some color brightening the front of our house.