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Thursday, January 6, 2011


I've got a few longer posts that I plan on getting up in the next week or so, but just wanted to post something quickly.

I read. A lot. A whole lot, actually. In fact one of my posts is all about books. I might endeavor to keep a list of books I have read this year on the blog and update you with my thoughts and opinions. Anyway, one of them I am reading had a great quote in it, that is actually from another book.

If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? -Gary Parker, The Gift of Doubt

(Which is now on my list to read.)
Anyway, just a thought for the day.

Monday, January 3, 2011

I Love My Camera

I've always loved to take pictures. Am I the best at it? Not really. But I did get the most awesome-est gift from Kevin last year after he came home from training.

A Nikon D5000. And 2 lenses. And a tripod, a camera bag and memory card. Mostly I have taken some awesome pictures of Monkey (because he is SO photogenic. Really, it's not because I am his mom...maybe). You've seen some of the results here on Clever Name.

I've also got Photoshop Elements, which I am finally bothering to learn about. You know, more than just basics. I can actually DO things with it! Who knew?! I taught myself to digitally scrapbook - hence our most awesome adoption profiles. And I finally learned some photo-editing. It's not like I want to be a photographer one day or something - I'd just like to have some fun on the side and take some pretty great pictures for our friends. It helps me learn the camera, learn editing and they get some pictures for free that they might not have gotten otherwise.

I have a pregnant friend and neighbor. Her little boy is just a few months younger than mine, so they play a bit. I finally asked her if she'd let me take some pictures of her for learning experience for me, and fun for her. She said YES! (Thank you, Elise!).

I am now brave enough to share those with you here - lucky you! Please feel free to comment and tell me what you think.

Belly and Baby Girl's Name

Beautiful Belly

A Windy Day, fun angle

Just Belly, Baby's Name

Simple, in the house

Baby Girl's Hair Accessories

Invisible Pregnant Lady!

Isn't she beautiful?!

These were actually taken on her very last day of being pregnant - the baby came the next afternoon, roughly 24 hours after these were taken.