Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We love ducks!

Sorry for the lack of posts, life is just really busy lately!  These pictures are actually from Mike's birthday - March 4.  The kids had the day off for a "staff development day" so I took them to have lunch with Mike at a place near his work called The Water Garden.  It's this beautiful complex of buildings that surround an area of ponds with fountains and areas to sit and eat.  There are always ducks there as well that the kids love to feed and watch.

Kevin chased the pigeons for quite a long time:

I had to really keep an eye on him so he didn't go in the water!

Amanda enjoyed watching the ducks too, she kept yelling at them to come to her!

We eventually wandered over to one of the buildings and Kevin tried to walk between two planters.  He almost got stuck, but made it through.

Finally, before we left, he found a stick and played with it in the water, almost like fly fishing!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I have made fire!

A couple weekends ago, it was pretty cold (for CA) here, so we actually cleaned up in front of the fireplace (a common place for large kids toys, like tents to reside) and made ourselves a fire to help stave off the chilliness in the house.

Here is the fam hanging out in front of the fireplace

And here are a couple of Kevin with the fire behind him.  Can you see a difference in my photography yet?  I took a one day class on photography where he supposedly taught us 3 "tricks" to using a DSLR.  So far I haven't found it all that helpful, and I find myself tinkering with the camera too long to catch many good shots. *shrug*  I may stick with the "auto" setting a while longer where the kids are concerned until I get the hang of this quicker.