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day 232 - i see london, i see france

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Big day today. It was back to school shopping day. I took the three kids shopping and thank god Maggie was there. NEVER AGAIN will I take all three kids back to school shopping.

We took the kids into Please Mum and discovered a child play area with a tv playing "Up". Brilliant. Then I decided to step one rack away to look at clothes and Ethan screams out "HEY! You're supposed to be watching us!!!"

Or how about taking them into the changeroom with me to try on a new skirt. We're in the changeroom and Owen screams out "MOM! I can see your underwear!!!" Then he proceeded to peek under every change room door on the way out. My apologies, ladies.

And I definitely could have done without the umbrella sword fight in Payless.



Anyway, it was frustrating, but it was a successful trip. At the end of the day I know two things:

1. Two little boys who are not going back to school cleaned up and got a pile of clothes, and

2. Two little girls are going to be able to dress in new, matching outfits every day for a solid week.



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fabulous friday - top five and a winner!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Welcome to another week! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Thanks for all of the beautiful entries this week. They are all fabulous!!!

Here are this week's winners:

I love everything about this shot by Nadege. So simple and so beautiful.



Love, love, love this shot by Live Every Moment. What a gorgeous shot.



I'm a sucker for carnival shots and our town fall fair is coming up. Love this. And I love that Jaymi kindly posted processing instructions.



I love this capture by C&C Photography. What a cute shot.



And the winner of this week's Fabulous Friday is...Leesha. Words can't describe how much I love everything about this shot.



Thanks again for participating! Feel free to pick up your button winners!




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day 231 - national photography day

So today is World Photography Day.

Every day is photography day in my house and after after a long day at work, I declared it "Sit On Your Ass at the Park and Eat Ice Cream With a Friend" Day instead.

If this new day takes off I want credit for the name.



Thanks for the visit Mags!

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day 230 - face painting

Sunday, 28 August 2011

I have a bunch of cousins and there's a big age difference between some of us. There are half of us who are older and in our EARLY thirties and then there's the younger crew who, come to think of it, are closer in age to my kids than they are to me.

I owe those younger cousins big time because they spent a lot of time with my kids this past weekend, giving me a break. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo

Here's Owen getting his face painted by my/his cousin Alex.



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day 229 - swab the deck ya scallywag

Hmmm. This was a busy week and somehow I think I missed a day. Then the another day I took a bunch of pictures but they were work related, so I am going to sub in a couple of other pictures.

Here's Owen on the way home from Kingston a couple of days ago. That's right, people. Halloween merchandise is out in full force in the stores and I am starting to get pumped.

I love Halloween.



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day 228 - well played worthy adversary

A couple of weeks ago a new game started. When I arrive at Jen's house to pick the kids up after work, I walk into the backyard to find the kids. The boys charge at me and tackle me around the knees, almost knocking me to the ground. Then like a fart in the wind they're gone. Running full blast toward my unlocked car where they proceed to lean on the horn until I come running to find them jumping around the front seat like monkeys at African Lion Safari. They're in there, laughing their heads off and pressing every button and control they can find.

Today I was one step ahead of them and locked the car the second I got out of it.

Nice try, turkeys.



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fabulous friday challenge

Thursday, 25 August 2011

It's that time again! I had planned to post a shot from the air show last weekend but I changed my mind after yesterday's adventure. I was driving home during a thunderstorm and I was still inspired from Mary Kate's awesome shot from last week.

I didn't have my camera on me, but I had my iPhone, so I thought why not and I pulled over. I didn't know if anything would look good on the computer, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Then I was disappointed because they were very grainy.

And then I found the best tip I have heard in a long time. Check it out. Here's my Fabulous Friday shot:



It didn't start out so fabulous. Like I said, it was grainy and I needed some help, so I went to Google to look for a way to reduce noise in Photoshop. It turns out there's a great setting in the RAW viewer that I knew nothing about.

Here's my original after I opened it in the RAW viewer in CS5. Click on the third icon from the left along the top that looks like two triangles. Under 'Noise Reduction' you'll see a slider called 'Luminance'. Grab that slider and slide it all the way to the right.

I don't know if I'd want to go so heavy on that slider if it was a portrait as it makes it almost dream-like, but it really helped me out on this shot. I was able to then hit it with an action to enhance the purple a bit and I was done.

It turned out well so I wanted to share.





Now it's your turn!

Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.


Thanks everyone! Have a fantastic weekend!





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day 227 - cooler than the cool side of the pillow

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Guess what my sister found......

That's right people. Juggers.

They still exist just a short drive over the border in the US disguised as "Little Hugs". WHO. NEW.


Something that's not cool? Eating your husband's ashes like they're Lik-M-id. What the hell is wrong with you lady?! You almost make eating Comet look appetizing.


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day 226 - the long trip home

After a great two days with my family in Kingston, it was unfortunately time to head home.

One more game of the disappearing finger trick between Uncle Mark and Ethan and it was time to say goodbye.




Once again it took forever to get home and the trip had its moments, most of which were a lot louder than this one, but it was all worth it.



Thanks for a great time everyone! I miss you all so much already. xo

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fabulous friday - top five and a winner!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for another week of inspiring and amazing entries. Without further delay, here are my favourites from this week:

There's just something about this shot by Hallie Jo. And she's only a teenager! Unbelievable.



Love this shot by JuneMakesSix. You should check out the whole set - it's beautiful!



Maybe it's because I went to my first air show this weekend but I love this shot by Dana of an F18 breaking the sound barrier. What an incredible shot!




I love this shot by Dreaming Hallow Photography. What a great shot.



And the winner of this week's Fabulous Friday is Mary Kate. This picture is absolutely incredible. What's even more amazing is she's a teenager. Beautiful work Mary Kate!



Thanks again everyone! Feel free to grab your buttons winners!




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day 225 - heart island

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Best. Day. Ever.

Today we went on a boat ride from Rockport, ON to Heart Island, New York. It was a beautiful day trip and the boys' first time on US soil.



It also marked the first meeting of the "Open Stair-a-phobia" club. An official gathering of everyone too afraid to climb the stairs to the second floor of the boat because they didn't have backs on them.



What a shame. The second floor was where the fun was.






Heart Island is home to Boldt Castle, which I had never heard of before. It was beautiful and what a love story.

George Boldt was the general manager of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. He bought the island, then called Hart Island, and he started constructing a castle. He changed the physical shape of the island to a heart, changed the name of the island to Heart Island and hired a firm to build a castle to display the love he had for his wife. He planned to present it to her on Valentine's Day.

During construction of the castle, his wife suddenly died. He was heartbroken and ordered the 300 workers to stop construction. He would never return to the island. It sat empty for 73 years with no attention or maintenance and suffered damage at the hands of vandals. Eventually it was taken over by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority and became the tourist destination it is today.




You know, I never really got a good shot of the outside of the castle, but check out the Yacht House.



Lifestyles of the rich and famous, baby.



Other moments included Ethan sitting in the captain's seat,



face painting at the hotel




posing for one big ass family photo ♥



and after dinner at the restaurant there was the first meeting of the "Thunderstorm-a-phobia" support group. Membership: 1.

This is something that Ethan started with about a month and a half ago. He gets really upset when there's a thunderstorm. Thankfully a Kool-aid Jammer and a movie seemed to help.


It was a fantastic day. A great day spent with family and an amazing day out.

I'd like to think my grandmother was with us today and thanks to my sister she was. :)



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