Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

On the sixty-fifth day of summer...

we went swimming at the Paulo's pool:

Ryan and Lucas:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tales from the Dinner Table

We're working on keeping our food on our tray, even when we are finished.

And leaving our tray on our booster seat:

All done!

On the sixty-fourth day of summer...

I played photographer for my friends Mike and Crista after ACT prep:

We played in the rain when we got home. It's so hot outside and so cold inside that everytime we walk out, glasses and camera lenses fog up:

We also got the final part of Ryan's birthday present. Meet Rick the fish:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On the sixty-second day of summer...

Ryan and Jillian played with fans:

And then they made their way home to me!

Monday, July 26, 2010

On the sixty-first day of summer...

I am back home in Memphis, but these kiddos are still with Daddy and the grandparents in Charlotte!

Usually when Scott needs to work, he flies home and I drive home with the kids later. When he scheduled a meeting in Charlotte, the original plan was to do just that. But I had to teach ACT Prep this week, so the kids would come home and have to be in daycare. Why not leave them to play with Nanny & Gramps? So I flew home and they will all be driving home tomorrow. I miss them, but the quiet is amazing! That and only having to be responsible for me...not worrying what anyone else is eating or's great (for two days).

But I do know what everyone else is wearing, because Nanny sent me these adorable pictures.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

On the sixtieth day of summer...

we celebrated my dad's birthday!

Happy Birthday Dad! We love you!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

On the fifty-ninth day of summer...

my sister-in-law was discharged!

Sadly, I don't have a single picture of Marcy from this vacation (she is not the type to want her picture taken in a hospital gown (can you blame her?!) and I wasn't about to go against that...I did take pictures of some hospital signs for her, though!). But happily, she is leaving the hospital today. She, Mike and Rachel, plus Scott's mom & dad will stay in Asheville two more nights to make sure she's better, then head home on Monday. The others left this morning and we are heading to Charlotte tonight on an impromptu visit to my parents since Scott has a last minute meeting there on Tuesday.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Did I mention the sunsets?

One of my favorite things about our cabins was the view. We had beautiful sunsets almost every night. It gave me a great opportunity to play with the manual settings on my camera.

I started out on "P" (portrait?) where the only thing I could change was ISO. When I remembered to do this, it really made a big difference...allowed me to take some low light pictures without blurring.

Monday night (after some storms):

Then I started playing with "T" which I thought was shutter speed, but I learned was aperature (I think). My pictures were coming out fine, but the color on the screen after the picture was taken wasn't matching what my eye was seeing (in terms of lightness and darkness). So I set the aperature way high and (thinking it was shutter speed) and got a black picture. Kept lowering it and at 1/50 I finally got what I wanted:

And now, for the first time, and despite being told it many times in the past, the numbers that go with aperature finally make sense and stick with me!

Tuesday night (a bit more color):

And Thursday:

Then Cheryl requested some silhouettes:

And the reflection in our cabing door:

A self portrait:

Friday (not as much color, but loving the natural star effect):

And on the last day, we went up to the lodge at the top of the hill and took some family pictures. The first is the brightest:

but I like the composition of this one (and I brightened it as best I could):

Just the two of us:

And good moon shots, too!

On the fifty-eighth day of summer...

Grammy & Grandad played golf, the remaining Sprouse's and Foley's went rafting on the French Broad River and the little Beatty's went horseback riding...all of us!

Because of age limits, we couldn't all go rafting, and this awesome farm let all ages ride, so we strapped Jillian in an ergo and headed out! Ryan rode on Becky and was led by our guide (also on a horse). Jillian and I rode Rosie:

It was a large group, but we were the only ones on the one hour ride. That was plenty of time for us...#1, it was hot; #2, we didn't know how Jillian (or Ryan for that matter) would do. Everyone did well, although Jillian kept fussing on the downhills.

The views were amazing...felt like we were in The Sound of Music:

Some cows in our trail:

Almost back:

Family photo:

Scott's horse was Chico:

When we got done, Scott said, "Wouldn't it be fun to try to intercept everyone else?" So with the help of my iphone map, we found the spot where the rafters "pulled out." We hung out and waded and waited for our family:

And, finally, they arrived:

And spotted me taking pictures:

And got to a flat part where they could jump in (love the second one with Alex in midair!):

Kate and Cheryl:


Matt, Mike, and Rachel: