Home Sweet Home – Father’s Day Edition!

As some of you may already know, I got a new job!  Fortunately, I had some time off before starting, so I decided to fly home and surprise my family!  The catch?  I only had a few days. :/  But, it had been almost a year since I was last home, so I needed it badly and it just so happened to align with Father’s Day.

It all started early Saturday morning at the very awesome PDX airport with a standby flight.  I missed the first two flights (granted, we changed from the first flight to the second before I even left the apartment), but it was all good.  Had a safe flight over (full of photo editing and Anchorman 2) and spent the night with John’s parents.  It was so sweet spending time with them and Clarence!IMG_5686Areh came to pick me up bright and early on Sunday morning.  The plan once we got home was for her to go inside, take Daisy potty, then have me bring Daisy back inside.  I apparently looked like a ghost to everyone.  It was an awesome surprise!

I had such a wonderful time at home and took a ton of photos, so without further ado, I bring you a photo dump of home in Georgia in June.  Enjoy!

Mikey Art 2The products of art camp.  He created all of these entirely by himself!!  He’s so talented!  I couldn’t be more proud!Mikey Art 1A girl and her kitty!IMG_6903Cassie boo boo is so silly! IMG_6898 Ava BBallI had forgotten how hot GA summers are and agreed to walk with the little ones to the neighborhood playground…in the middle of the day.  We didn’t last very long…  😛Silly Cutie Pies IMG_6938 Malina Jumprope Mr Mikey IMG_6946IMG_6963 IMG_6964 IMG_6966 IMG_7000 IMG_7005 IMG_7012This picture makes me so happy because she wouldn’t have jumped in the pool last summer if I had candy!  And now look at her go! 🙂

IMG_7015Obligatory Father’s Day dinner pic. 😀  My apologies for the poor lighting but this photo is pretty epic in that it was the first time all the kids were at home in YEARS!  IMG_6971And here are the Father’s Day gifts.  The kids created some awesome handmade gifts. IMG_6975I just love this one!

IMG_6978 IMG_6982 IMG_6983We made a hand print tree for Daddy. 🙂IMG_6990 IMG_6997 IMG_6998This shirt is funny because it’s true!  My dad preeetty much knows how everything works and can fix anything.  He used to help me with my math & physics homework even through college…many years after he first learned it!  He has a very kind heart and a hilarious sense of humor.  I love you, Daddy!  😀Daddy IMG_7064 IMG_7066 IMG_7071 IMG_7095 IMG_7097

IMG_7137Mr Mikey2Well, next up will be pics from the second half of my vacay…camping in the high desert.  Woot woot!

ahsa*

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Happy Belated Birthday, Daisy Boo Boo!

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Happy happiest of birthday wishes to Little Miss Sassy Pants Daisy Cakes! 😉  This is Areh’s puppy who I had the pleasure to meet and photograph during my surprise visit home a few weeks ago.  She is spunky, yet sweet; silly, yet smart.  She could play tug with her baby doll for hours and is fiercely protective of her family (she gave me an earful when I picked up any of the kids).  I’m sad that I don’t get to see her daily, but thankful that Areh sends me lots of pics, often!  Sending big hugs and kisses and cuddles to Daisy for her 1st bday! IMG_7107 IMG_7113This one looks like she’s winking! 😉IMG_7119 IMG_7121 IMG_7121BW IMG_7079 IMG_7080

I love my darlings!

ahsa*

Funnies from Home

IMG_2580Here are some photos I had forgotten I took back around Easter.  Enjoy!

These describe big M perfectly.  He is very silly, yet cuddly and he loves his big sissy!

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Nina and ArehThen we had some fun with hi-fives and shooting in burst…

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John, Ava, Nina Collage 1

John, Ava, Nina Collage 2Of course, I’ll leave you with a photo of my little fuzzy puffin muffin!  I can’t contain myself when I see his squishy-ness!IMG_2672

ahsa*

Easter Egg Hunt — 2013 Video

Finally, I have the short video of our Easter egg hunt up on my vimeo!  You can view it larger if you click here.

*at 2:02 minutes in, the video looks like it stops. not sure what happened, but it comes back at 2:14, so wait for it…

Anywho, I hope to get the pics from Easter weekend edited and up soon.  This was my second attempt at making a short video with clips.  The first time, was for a video for John and I used a trial version of Pinnacle.  It was a good program, a little taxing on my computer, but I just don’t have the funds to purchase it at the moment so I needed something free.  My friend Matt, who is in the film industry and currently working with indieATL, mentioned WeVideo.  It’s a basic, free, online video editing program.  Well, not entirely free if you choose any of the upgrades, like removing the watermark or increasing the quality to HD.  Buuut, I ran into a few snags while using WeVideo, so I think I’m going to try something else next time, but I’ll keep it in mind if I just need a quick and easy edit.

Pros:

Easy to learn, has a selection of music clips and filters (“themes”), and is free.  You also have the option to choose your editing mode — from simple drag + drop storyboard to an advanced timeline.  I think this program is mainly designed for group projects because editing is all done online and saved in the cloud.  Cool idea!

Cons:

First, I couldn’t figure out how to cut within clips.  I could shorten the beginning and end, but when I moved the marker to the spot that I wanted to cut, the little scissors icon to clip disappeared.  I tried starting over a few times but couldn’t figure it out.  Then, I had trouble adding transitions…it wouldn’t let me add them to the storyboard.  Then, after uploading the video, I see there is a weird 12 second break.

Ah, perhaps these issues were due to my internet connection, my computer or my noob brain. 😉  Regardless, I think it turned out alright considering.

I think next time I’ll try a free trial of Adobe Premiere Elements…

Stay tuned for pics from that weekend!

*ahsa

A Walk to the Playground

A few weekends ago, I took the little ones on a walk around the neighborhood and to the playground.

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Then, we came home and I took photos of Cassie, who was relaxing in the living room…

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(caught mid-yawn!)

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Then, we went outside and found Mr. Toby…

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…and Mr. Jingle!

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My beautiful Areh. ❤

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The umbrellas came out because the sun was so hot that mid-February afternoon!

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The next day, I did Nina’s hair.  It literally took all of Sunday!

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*ahsa

♥ Cuddles ♥

Cuddles, Cuddle, Cudd, Cuddy, Cudd-butt, Boo…cuddle silhouette Sending peaceful, happy thoughts to our girl, Cuddles.  She’s had a rough couple weeks and has been in and out of the vet clinic due to insulin resistance, pancreatitis, and dehydration.  We’re hoping to welcome her back home tomorrow.  We all love her so much and have really missed her!

Here’s a photo of Cuddle, taken a few weeks ago.  She loves going on walks (and giving cars a piece of her mind)!

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Please send good vibes 🙂

*ahsa

Want to make a silhouette from a favorite photo?  Hop on over to Bower Power Blog for the same tutorial that I followed.