It’s week seven… the prelude to an awesome week which I can’t wait to share next week. EEK! I’ll give you a little tease at the end. We all came down with colds, so it’s been a quiet week for the most part.
Day Forty-Three ~ My Pretty Girl
Anna is one of those people that you could see the grown-up version of in her baby pictures. She’s always been adorable to me, but I know… I’m her mom. She has started to notice other girls and when I tell her, “Anna, you look so pretty today!”, she questions me… “Really?” Like she doesn’t believe it. I wish everyone could see her beauty the way I do. <3
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.5 | 1/250 | ISO 1600
Day Forty-Four ~ There’s Nothin to See Here
The dogs had been quiet for a long time while I was cleaning the kitchen. When I finished what I was doing and went looking for them, I was tickled beyond giggling to find them cuddled up together in a patch of sunshine by the door. I tiptoed out of the room to get my camera, but they heard me return. I mean seriously… look at them! Stuart is cuddling Lola, and then gives me this look that says, “There’s nothing to see here.” LOL!
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.5 | 1/250 | ISO 180
Day Forty-Four ~ You Need Sumpin?
I was testing out my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens… I have been having trouble with the focus on it since I got my D750. I already had it at +20 and it was still front focusing, so I read a tutorial online and used my Sigma dock to micro calibrate it further. With it maxed on the dock and it maxed on the AF Fine Tune, it now has spot on focus. Thanks, Lola, for being my test subject. She’s totally saying, “You need sumpin’?”
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.5 | 1/250 | ISO 5000
Day Forty-Four ~ Teaching Chess to the Troop
Curtis is my hero. He works so hard, travels the majority of the time, then when he’s home, he volunteers his precious free time to our community, neighborhood, and to our Boy Scout Troop. He offered to teach the entire troop how to play chess and meet all of the requirements for the chess merit badge. He and Dominic put together a PowerPoint presentation and we had about 25% of the troop show up! They did a great job, and I am so proud of both of them. My husband is the kind of father that I always wanted for my children. <3<3<3
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.5 | 1/250 | ISO 450
Day Forty-Four ~ Typical Dinner Out
Our current favorite Mexican restaurant here in New Braunfels is Herbert’s. Waiting patiently is not Anna’s forte, so we frequently let the kids play on screens once they have finished eating. It gives us a few more minutes to relax and chat too. Anna is still really into Minion Rush at the moment.
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.5 | 1/250 | ISO 12800
Day Forty-Five ~ Happy Valentine’s Day
Curtis and I both woke up with a sore throat and congestion, so we didn’t do much for Valentine’s Day. In fact, we had a purposeful day off. No outings, no errands, no chores. We stayed in our jammies all day and didn’t even shower (we did brush our teeth though!). It was lovely. There was a Facebook meme circulating where a couple is sitting on a couch next to each other, both on their laptops, and the husband says to the wife, “I didn’t buy you anything for Valentines’ Day.” She says, “Good, it’s a dumb holiday.” He says, “And I’m not taking you out because I’m lazy.” She says, “Good. I didn’t want to get up.” He says, “Sigh, you’re still perfect.” She says, “I know.” Then they hold hands. That’s us! We spent the day in bed, holding hands, playing on our phones, and it was perfect. <3
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.2 | 1/250 | ISO 9000
Day Forty-Six ~ Polly’s Pet Shop
Anna is still obsessed with wanting a cockatiel for her 15th birthday. Since mom has officially adopted Sky, Anna’s parakeet (he was just too loud for Curtis), we have been considering allowing her to have a cockatiel. Anna found a pet store that we hadn’t visited in northern San Antonio called Polly’s Pet Shop. After taking a mid-day nap, I felt a little better, so we decided to go check it out. Anna was out of sorts because they had no cockatiels at all, but Dominic and I enjoyed looking at the other birds.
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.2 | 1/250 | ISO 720
Day Forty-Six ~ Curious Conure
This little conure was quite curious and charming. It looks like Polly’s Pet Shop clips the wings of all their birds and lets them roam freely outside their cages. I had fun engaging with this little guy but they are way too loud to consider for a family pet.
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.2 | 1/250 | ISO 800
Day Forty-Seven ~ Baby Blues
I rented the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 in preparation for my big weekend plans. Of course, I had to test it out immediately. I’m quite impressed with the focus. I didn’t expect it to be this sharp. Doesn’t my son have the most gorgeous eyes???
Nikon D750 | 70mm | f/2.8 | 1/200 | ISO 3600
Day Forty-Eight ~ Palm Thorns
The palm trees in our backyard have gone crazy since we moved in. Mom has been pruning and taking care of them and they are quite happy. They have these gnarly looking thorns that can cause quite a bit of damage, so you have to be careful around them.
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/7.1 | 1/250 | ISO 10000
Day Forty-Nine ~ Paris Bound!!!
I’m leaving RIGHT NOW to go meet my husband in Paris!!!!!!!! Huge thanks to my mom and Big Rick for watching the kids this weekend. I can’t wait to share my images from the weekend next Thursday! I’ve never been out of the country so this is a huge trip for me. Plus I’m traveling alone, gulp. I already miss my mom and the kids but can’t wait to see Curtis in the morning. <3
Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.8 | 1/160 | ISO 1800