Friday, October 30, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

going backwards part 1

So, I've gotten lazy with the blog again. So we shall start with the most recent and then play catch up.

On Sunday we followed the suggestion of a friend of ours and headed down to Goblins in the Garden at the Wildflower Center. We met up with some other friends there and had a great time.

We had never gone there before and were surprised how pretty it was. It's definitely on the list for a re-visit sometime.

Henrik got to dress up in his penguin costume again, and he sure is a good sport about it. The event was more geared to the slightly older kiddos, but we painted some gourds, went a scavenger/learning hunt, took pictures and climbed the spooky tower!

Henrik had his first taste of jello in the form of brains with worms and had some spooky juice!

Duck, meet Penguin.

King of the Penguins!

Want some?

More cowbell!

Just chillin'

Saturday, October 24, 2009

584 days

I sat down tonight to move some of our older photos, including old photos of Henrik over to our SmugMug site, and I started looking through them all instead.

I should be in bed, I'm supposed to give Brandy a sleep-in tomorrow morning. But I just realized just how much has happened in just 19 months. This photo was taken when Henrik was about 14 hours old.

And this is Henrik on our walk Sunday morning while Brandy got the morning off :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweet Berry Farms

Brandy has been talking about going to pumpkin patches for as long as I can remember. I never saw the point of it, but now that we have a kid I figured it's time to give it a go. Seeing pictures from Henrik's friends made it look like a lot of fun too.

And while I'm happy we waited until now (since there would be almost nothing to do there without a kid in tow :-), we had a lot of fun. I have to say that when I look at photos, we didn't do much with pumpkins though. Most of the spots where they were was crawling with people, and noone had enough sense to stay out of the line of sight when we tried to take a few shots. Bottom line: It was just waaay too crowded to deal with it.

We met up with Kim and Rhett (Rhett and Henrik were born just a few days apart), and we were there at opening time.

See the line of cars in the distance? They're lining up to get a parking spot. It was crazy.

But we had fun in spite of it being crowded, and got some good photos without pumpkins in them. Henrik got to ride a horse, and he loved the goat petting zoo they had.

Pumpkin painting was fun, and while the paint did wash off in the tub before bed, we had a hard time getting him clean while we were there. Lesson learned for next year. :)

So, all in all it was fun, but next year we will make sure to go earlier in the season before it gets too crowded, or maybe even go on a weekday instead.

Here is a link to the rest of our SmugMug album from that day.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mommy and daddy have a new toy

Both Brandy and I have our birthdays in the fall. This year we decided to pool our gifts and go out and buy something nice together.

That nice thing is a new camera and lens. I ordered it this week and it was waiting for me when I got home yesterday (Friday). I didn't touch it until Saturday morning so Brandy could take part. Who was I kidding, I hogged it all for myself. Sorry sweetie but you'll have it all week when I am out of town.

I love it. While we both really like our D80 (especially once we got the 17-55mm lens for it), this one is definitely a huge improvement. The ergonomics of the D80 were good, but these are great, and overall it's a nice upgrade. The really impressive improvement with it is the light sensitivity. It has a bigger sensor (FX) than the D80 (DX), but only a slightly higher resolution. This means each sensor element is larger, and can catch more light with less noise.

The result is being able to take photos in natural light where we would normally need to use the flash or get very grainy or blurry pictures. Like this one from this morning:

On a side note, I also hope that I can push Brandy to get going with a bit of children's photography. She takes great pictures, but I am traveling a bit too much for her to be able to do it often out on her own without Henrik. One of her talented friends has been growing quite a successful business in the last year, and she's tempted to get started in a small scale on her own. More for the fun of it than for the money (which isn't great in photography anyway once all expenses have been accounted for).

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yay for charity!

When you give something you get something back. Usually what you get back doesn't make your heart go pitter patter from the cuteness though!

We attended a fundraiser Halloween party earlier this month. We were raising money for cancer research at MD Anderson in honour of our SUPERSTAR friend. He is totally kicking butt against the big C and we are so in awe of the strength this family has shown. It's a pleasure knowing them!

We had a blast at the party and patiently waited for the resulting pictures. Our favourite photographer Lyndsay at Life In Motion generously donated her time to photograph over 40 kiddos in their Halloween best.

We raised $1,700 and I feel so proud to be part of that!

She is trying to raise a bit more and is offering a raffle! For $10 you are entered in to the raffle, the more you give, the more chances you are entered, so give already!

You won't be disappointed with the prize.

Here is the SLIDESHOW !

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Central Market trip

Last week we met up with some friend at Central Market for lunch and playground fun.

The weather was so nice, we ate outside and chatted away while the kiddos munched on their food. Henrik found it hard to concentrate while the playground beckoned, but he did eat his grilled cheese sandwich and fruit.

It seems almost all of Henrik's friends are walking now, so that makes playgrounds more fun. I noticed that Henrik has started to actually play with other kids now.

It is so cool to see him growing and changing!

I had my camera with me so of course I took some pictures.

Here's a link to the whole album on SmugMug.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

ACL day 3 (but really day 2)

We skipped Saturday, Olof wasn't feeling 100% and we figured if he stayed in, then we'd have more fun on Sunday. Totally right. Though I'm bummed I didn't go down on my own and meet up with some gals I know.

We are already excited for next year. Henrik is so much fun! I can only imagine what a dancing machine he'll be next year.

Yesterday (Saturday) there was some major rain at Zilker Park. It turned into a giant mud pit. So we packed up change of clothes for Henrik, shirts for us and picked up a pair of el cheapo flip flops with back straps for the kiddo. What we should have worried about, was clean dry shoes for Mama and Papa!

We went to kiddie limits and had a blast. Henrik got his hair painted green. The girls at the booth thought it was so cute he already had it styled. We got a cool picture taken of him on 'stage' and then went over to colour a frame, then we went to colour a flower pot and that had seeds and earth to take home.

We headed off to the B52's for a bit, had some lunch with friends. Headed back to kiddie limits so that Henrik could play with his new found love, the HEB Buddy grocery bag. Yes, he loves the big bag costume. We played in the sand and wondered around some more.

There was a raffle for some musical instruments so we hung around until the drawing for that, he didn't win, but we did get a tambourine.

We thought we should let him walk in the mud and he sure did enjoy it.

Look out 2010 -- Henrik is ready, are you?!?!

Right after getting his hair styled. The people in the background is just a poster, but it sure looks cool :-)

We got a printed photo from the same as above, and he got to make a frame for it!

He loved the costume guy, and went over to him every time he saw him.

Crashing the party at the hip-hop tent :-)

Playing in (and eating a little) sand! Shaded sand pits for kids to play in, another of the nice things they do for families at ACL Festival.

On our way home we let him "try out" the mud. He loved it, and washed off fairly easily. :)

We took 10 minutes break in the grass (not mud) across the entrance, and just hung out for a bit in the sun.

One of his favourite activities is pushing his own stroller around :)

This is what the tub looked like once Henrik was clean.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

ACL day 1

Friday we headed down to see Phoenix and stand in line to get autographs!

Henrik had a blast and was photographed by countless people. It's kinda cool and a little weird all at once. We seem to be among the few parents with hearing protection (earmuffs) for their kiddos. I can't tell you how many people stopped us to ask about them. It's pretty cool.

We've been keeping our eyes open for any posted pictures anywhere, but not seen anything yet.

You can not bring in a camera with a detachable lens, so we are stuck with the point and shoot. I really think we should get a better one ;)

Here are a couple of pictures from Friday!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Old friends!

It had been a while since we saw our buddies, so since we got a new slide and a train table, we thought we'd invite them over. We had a great time seeing everyone, but we did miss Annie! Mya was asking for her the whole time!

Everyone played on the slide and seemed to have a great time.

I brought up the ginormous container or animal crackers and that was a big hit!

I thought it would be cute to take a picture of everyone in Henrik's crib. Apparently not everyone thought that was a good idea. I won't put up the sad face pictures even though they are super cute/sad.

After the cookie pandemonium!

Alex wearing Henrik's shades.

Overseeing the the AT&T guys in our yard.

Five little monkeys jumping in the bed!