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The flower girl

Monday, 28 July 2008

On Saturday, my sister got married. The wedding was beautiful and I had a fabulous time. Ava had a good time too - once the dress was on and the hair was done. That part was a battle. The rest of the day was great. She went down the aisle with no problems and ran circles around everyone until almost 1 am...



Ava entertaining herself in the courtyard while the wedding photographer took family pictures...



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A day at the beach

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

On Monday we went to the beach. It was Ethan and Owen's first time and Ava was very excited to go back although I'm not entirely sure she remembered what the beach was until we got there.

This is my favourite picture from Monday. It's a picture of Owen that was taken by my sister, Melissa. I love it for many reasons. First his expression and the fact that his hat is way too big. Secondly you can see the water in the background. Thirdly the lighting under the beach umbrella was just fantastic. And the thing I like most of all is that I am only in part of it and not looking directly at the camera.

It's also a very good reminder for me to step back and not zoom in so close all of the time...



Ethan at the beach. I liked this one because of the reflection in his eyes - you can see all of the things he is soaking in - the big sky, the water and his crazy mother waving at him like crazy, taking a zillion pictures of him...



There are plenty more pictures from the beach to come when I get a chance to post them. Right now we are getting geared up for my sister's wedding this weekend! Lots of pictures of that to come next week...

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Typical Ava

For some reason Ava was in the mood to have her picture taken last week so I jumped at the chance. Here are some shots from last Thursday.

At first her diaper in the first picture bothered me, but I have come to the conclusion that diapers are still a part of her life now at two. Pretty soon they will be a thing of the past so I will capture everything about her at this age while I can...





This is typical Ava at two years old. Quite the character - full of smiles and an adorable laugh...



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More info on my archiving process

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Well I am glad that my post on archiving was helpful (thanks for the feedback, Sheri and Mel!). Here is some more information and I hope it is helpful.

Here is my file structure on my hard drive/external drive/DVDs (click to see it clearly). My filing became a bit more complicated once the twins arrived. (Folders containing pictures of both of them include a quick description of what each of them is wearing so there isn't any confusion as to who is who down the road.)



My master CD binder with all of my disks. Each volume is backed up on the external drive, a disk is burned and placed in this binder, an additional 3 copies are burned for my kids and then the folder is deleted off my C drive...



These are the CD/DVD sleeves that I use. A pack of 50 is $2.49 from Wal Mart. The Wal Mart I go to sells them in the checkout aisles...



As far as the labels go - I call them labels, but really they are just printed on photo paper. The labels that go in my binder are 4.75" x 4.75" and the labels I put on my paper sleeves are 4" x 4". With these sizes I can either print 2-up of the 4.75" size, or I can print one 4.75" label and two 4" labels up on a sheet or if I am catching up on a few volumes at a time, I print four up of the 4" labels. Once printed, I cut them down. The 4.75" just slides into the clear pocket of my binder and for the 4" size, I use a glue runner to stick the label down over the window on my coloured DVD sleeves.

I find that this process keeps all of my stuff clearly labeled and it keeps me organized. I am very paranoid I will lose everything should a virus rip through my computer. As I post this I am getting organized to archive another volume of pictures as earlier today I got the mysterious yet very scary "blue screen of death"...

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Archiving

Saturday, 12 July 2008

I'm not sure if this will help anybody, but I take an insane amount of pictures (as I am sure you have gathered...) and have to back them up frequently or my computer gets really bogged down and runs out of space.

This is my process for organizing and backing up my pictures.

1. I have a main folder called "Ava, Ethan and Owen Pictures". Everytime I download my pictures to the computer I open a new sub folder and include the date in the name of the folder. For example "African Lion Safari 06.12.08". All of the pictures I took (I don't throw anything out) are then copied into that folder.

2. Within that African Lion Safari folder I open another folder called "Photoshop". All of the pictures I edit are then saved in this folder.

3. Then I open an additional folder and call it "Prints" if I am uploading pictures for printing. I keep them grouped by size and create 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 folders, etc.

4. Once I have enough pictures to fill a DVD (and trust me - it doesn't take me long...), I burn those folders to DVD. I burn 4 copies - one for a master CD book and one for each of my kids that I place in coloured paper CD holders.

5. Then I make a label like the following:





I created these labels using digital scrapbook kits. On the label it has all of the info - volume, subject, date, etc. It also contains four thumbnails of my favourite four pictures on that disk. I then print four labels - one to go in my binder and three extras to stick on the copies for my kids. So far this process works for me. The tricky part is always putting the disks back in the right spot after I use them because none of my disks are labeled with marker (which I discuss below).

Here is a picture of the finished project. Stickers seal the flaps on the back of the sleeves so the DVDs can't fall out and get mixed up.



A little known fact. Ava's first two years are split across 14 volumes of DVDs and so far since February, I have created 8 volumes of the three kids (the disks are filling faster as I am only shooting in RAW now).

6. Once the CDs are burned and I have checked to make sure that the disk is okay and the files are retrievable, I copy the same folders to my external hard drive that is attached to my computer. Once I know those files are also accessible, the folders are then deleted from my C drive. I like the external hard drive because it is yet another backup in case anything should ever happen to my disks. It wasn't expensive and it is nice to have all of my pictures accessible when I am scrapbooking without having to pop disks in and out. However, with that accessibility comes the risk that should a virus hit my computer and the external drive is attached to the computer and turned on, everything on there will be lost. The fact that I have covered my bases with both the drive and the DVDs, I don't need to worry if this happens.

A few notes that might help or you might find interesting/helpful:

- Never write on your CDs/DVDs with permanent marker. The ink can leach into the disk and destroy it. I have heard bad things about the adhesive on DVD labels too.

- I always use DVD+Rs and buy them by the spindle. The technology is over my head but anybody I have ever talked to and anything I have ever read says that you should use +Rs and not -Rs. Sometimes the +Rs might be a dollar more expensive, but for the most part, the spindles are the same price. I always use either Memorex, Maxell or TDK. The best price I've seen is two TDK 100 DVD spindles for the price of one ($25) at Costco occasionally. I don't trust Sony or Kodak disks for the simple fact that I had problems with their CD-Rs years ago and don't want to take the risk of losing anything.

I think that's all I have for now. I hope you find this helpful. I know it helps me to keep things organized and clutter-free on my computer. It also ensures that my kids each have copies of everything and won't have to fight over who gets what picture later on in life.

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The dreaded cheese...

Friday, 11 July 2008

This is about as good as it gets lately. The only time Ava looks at me is when I ask her to say cheese...



But every once in a while I can trick her. This little half smile is my favourite expression of Ava's. Her little cheeks start to pull and the next instant her dimples come out. Of our three kids, she is the only one with dimples and I absolutely love them.

This is her new dress. She's been picking imaginary strawberries off of it all week and handing them out to everyone.



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Melissa & Craig

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Sorry for the delay. Bedtime seems to take longer and longer lately, with very little time for photo editing. Here are some pictures of my sister and her fiance, Craig.

No time for any creative stuff as it was starting to rain and my time was taken up doing other things. Out of the goodness of his heart, some crazy old guy decided that he would to try to carry a slug infested leather couch abandoned in some bushes into the conservation area in case somebody wanted to sit on it. I happened to be coming along the path as he was trying to lift it on his own. He asked me if I could help him move it. I tried to convince him that it looked pretty gross and that's why it was abandoned, to which he replied "but it's leather". Now the last time I checked, cow hides weren't PURPLE but what do I know... Anyway, he asked me to help him. After a very weak effort on my part, we decided to leave it where it was and went our separate ways so I could sanitize my hands until the outer layer of skin was rubbed off. Ew. It just gives me the creeps thinking that I actually touched it. I wonder if he ever got it moved...







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Happy Birthday Nan

Sunday, 6 July 2008

One husband, one world war, two children, one long trip across the Atlantic, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren later, my grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday this weekend. She has not aged one bit over the past twenty years. Happy birthday, Nan!



The baby in the picture is Ava at one month old - taken on Mother's Day 2006.

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Mr. Owen

Here are some recent pictures of the baby of the family(by 9 minutes), Owen or Mr. Owen as the pediatrician calls him. It's a nickname that has stuck.

These pictures were taken of him today at 4.5 months old. He is a little spark plug and when he smiles, he smiles right down to his toes...



Owen and Nana. I hate the blown out background, but there is just something about the way he is holding my mom's face...



Justing hanging out taking it all in...



Thanks for looking. P.S. More pictures of Mel and Craig coming tomorrow...

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A few of Ava

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Here are a few pictures of Ava from the past month...



Typical Ava picture at two years old. Full of life and endless energy...



One of the only ways I can get her to look at the camera lately...



I had high hopes for these shots. I pictured her running along the wall with her butterfly net. It would have been such a great picture, but it was not to be. Maybe I'll get that shot later this summer...





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Happy Canada Day

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Hope you all had a great day. Here is a shot from today...



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A day at the park

Yesterday we went to the park so Ava could ride on the carousel. I think she liked it considering she went on it seven times and the people running the ride were calling her by name by the time we left...









Every once in a while you just get lucky. This is my favourite picture of the day...





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