Archive for January, 2010


C-C-Cold Ice Skating!

January 31, 2010

The kids have been bugging to go skating lately and since I can’t skate now, I keep putting them off. This morning however, I decided it would be a good day to go to the outdoor rink nearby. It was only 8 degrees F when I told the kids I’d take them, but by the time we got there, it was a balmy 10 F.  Jeff decided he wouldn’t skate this time out either. He’d watch, I’d take pictures and the kids could just have some fun. There were not many people there, as I suspected, probably because it was so cold out. Here are some of the results from the afternoon.

Erin is not typically a smug child, but it took some effort for her to learn how to do a good hockey stop. This is the look on her face after stopping directly in front of Jeff and me at one point. Rather smug if you ask me!

It was rather amusing watching her skate today. She is a really good skater, but has not been on the ice without full goal equipment since sometime in the summer. It was hysterical watching her skate with her feet a mile apart. Jeff explained that goal pads force you to bend your knees and with the extra bulk and wieght, it is somewhat difficult to skate without them once you are used to skating with them.

My motley bunch!

I am not certain whether or not Kyle could actually see…  I guess he was probably trying to keep his face warm, but I think he looked a lot like a thug…a smiley thug, but a thug nonetheless.

Sarah’s glasses kept fogging up, so she finally took them off and gave them to us to hold. Everytime she went past she would squint at us…

Erin typically likes having her picture taken, but she did eventually get sick of the camera, as is evidenced here…

You can skate, but you cannot hide!

I thought this picture was cool because Sarah, who couldn’t see us anyway, was fuzzy and squinting, while Kyle, behind her, was in focus.

I don’t know what happened to cause him to fall, but it was pretty impressive. He very smoothly slid to the ice and glided in a half circle, stopping as he is in this picture.

Sarah’s tolerance for the camera pointed only at her is pretty low. This is her “is this really necessary?” face! Or maybe it’s the “Mom, you are on my last nerve” face. Either way, I found it amusing!

Um, I really have no idea!

Check out those laces!

I’m not sure if Sarah was pushing Erin, or if they were playing train.

I took the color out of this picture, then put the blue hat back in and Erin decided that her eyes should be a very bright blue, so she chose her eye color. Although not terribly realistic, it is a pretty cool effect.


Winter Fun

January 10, 2010

Jeff and the girls went outside late this morning after Erin’s hockey practice. I decided to tag along for a little bit to take some pictures. I am nearly over this rotten cold, but it is presently stuck in my lungs and the cold makes me cough a lot, so I try to stay out of it as much as possible. They were just too funny, so I stayed out longer than I probably should have, but it was well worth it!

Erin decided to make a snow angel. She was wearing a very pale pink coat and with all the pale colors, I was having trouble getting the proper color balance, so I went with B & W. I think it looks pretty good that way.

A while ago we were looking for some boots with good traction for Erin. We happened into a local thrift store and found these beautiful, new, Harley Davidson boots in her size. They were only $20. She loves them and wears them as often as she can. Yup, that’s my girly-girl, pink coat, plaid purple gloves, and Harley boots, LOL!

Jeff and Sarah bought Nerf swords recently, against my better judgement, so they took those out with them to play fight. Erin stole Sarah’s sword and promptly “attacked” Jeff. It was pretty funny to watch.

While trying  to get Sarah’s sword, both girls made some rather funny faces. The whole thing looked like a bizarre dance. I took about 15 pictures of the whole thing, but won’t bore you with the whole thing…here are two of my favorites.

It looks as though Erin is going to bite Sarah’s chin…

As most of you, who read my blog, already know, Jeff does not allow me to post pictures of him. Sooo, this is The Mysterious Swordsman coming at me with his shield rasied and his sword ready to strike. These are posted with the permission of Jeff The Mysterious Swordsman.

Every time we get snow the kids shovel paths through the back yard for Joe. Typically they pile the snow into a mound at the back of the yard. When it is big enough they make it into a small sledding hill. This particular pile is a bit narrow on top, so the sled kept listing one way or the other. It was a bit annoying to the girls, but I laughed so hard every time they tried. Here is Sarah sliding off to one side…

…somehow managing to flip on the way down. She was giggling so hard she could barely get up.

I think this is right after Jeff swatted her on the backside with the broadside of his sword. She decided at that point that she should perhaps go inside and put on dry, warmer pants, and a pair of snowpants. Nothing like a swat on cold skin to drive wisdom into one.

Jeff threw snow at her, AFTER I told the kids not to throw snow in each other’s faces. I guess I should have told Jeff, not the girls! At least Sarah laughed about it.

Same as the picture above, just in black and white.

Joe joined us outside for all of about 5 minutes. He loves the snow, but he’s so small and close to the ground that he gets cold very quickly. He looks so pathetic when he starts to shiver. Then he runs to the gate and looks even more pathetic dancing to keep one foot, then another off the ground until someone takes him inside. He’s not spoiled or anything!

I have begun experimenting with color correction in Gimp. If the colors on any of these look way off, please let me know. I used my netbook, as my desktop machine is being squirrely, so it’s hard to tell sometimes. If the screen is moved a fraction of an inch it completely changes the look and colors. I tried to get the angle I thought was most accurate, but please let me know if something is way off.

After taking almost 150 pictures, I went inside and washed some dishes, then offered to make Jeff and the kids some hot tea. I think they were out there in the 15 degree weather for about 2 hours. At the offer of tea, they all quickly made their way into the house. They had a ton of fun playing and I had some pretty good laughs photographing it.