First Birthday – Cake Smash Photos

A special part of a first birthday is the first taste of cake.  I think I was really excited because we have been so reserved with the foods we have let her eat (no french fries, etc) that I was excited to treat her to something sweet.
DJ went to visit GiGi and JaJa a few weeks before her birthday and they made her a traditional angel food doll cake.  This was so special because this doll has been used for all of my birthdays and many more before me.  Unfortunately at this visit, DJ was very ill and she wasn’t able to eat any of the cake but she did enjoy looking at the doll!

When she was feeling better, we went back to the mall and had one year old pictures taken.  We stopped at Publix to pick up a small cake and they had the perfect one there.  Since we knew it was going to be a mess, we let you eat in just a diaper.

DJ Cake Smash Photo One Year Old

First she wanted to touch the flower on top, but it got her fingers messy!

DJ eating Cake - One Year old

We told her she could “eat” the cake and she decided it tasted pretty yummy!

DJ eating Cake - One Year oldThen we found that it was fun to dig into the cake! 
After seeing how cute these photos turned out, I was so excited to see how the actual first birthday party would go.  We had special cup cakes for the party and a big one just for you.

DJ with birthday cupcake

You ended up not wanting to each much of this one but loved the singing and watching the candle!

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First Birthday – Almost One.

I’m a bit sentimental this week because in a few days my baby turns one.  We were off visiting GiGi and Jaja this weekend and she got the Rotavirus and decided we needed to spend a few extra days down there recovering.  As much as I hated to see her sick, it was nice to have a cuddly sweet baby again.  When we got home and she was felling better, we went to the mall to get a few one year old pictures taken. I am so happy that we decided to capture her at this age.  She is just so sweet and so much fun.  After we did these pictures we also did a few pictures with a first birthday cake which I will add soon.

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We are also very busy preparing for her first birthday party.  We have most of J’s family coming and some of our best local friends.  I feel a bit behind on the planning since we have spent a lot of time sick in the month of July (Josh for a week and now DJ).  I am trying to work on setting up everything and decorating the back porch in the evenings.  Everything I am working on, you want to play with though so progress is slow.  I’m sure it will be a wonderful party though and we will share lots of pictures.

October Photography Challenge

Ok, I know I am not great at actually completing challenges like this, but since I am at home, I really want to try to accomplish something for me during the month of October.

I first heard about the challenge on That Wife Blog  I love this blog because it has a great mix of parenting, photography, and health tips!  The challenge itself is through Our Wired Lives.

I am very sad to admit though, that I am already slacking on keeping up.  Days 1-3 I missed, but plan to make up really soon.  I have completed days 4,5,6 and 7 so I thought I would go ahead and share those while they are fresh!

Day 4: Something Green 

This picture was taking from DJ’s window that is right by her changing table.  I had the sprinkler on the grass and this little bird came to enjoy a shower!

Blue Bird and Sprinkler in the grass

Day 5: From a High Angle 

Every morning DJ has been so good this week and she will sit in her swing for about 10 minutes while I make some oatmeal for breakfast.  I am so thankful because I really want to start my day off right with a healthy breakfast but it was so hard those first few weeks with a baby that just wanted to be held!  She will lay there and smile at the bees swirling above her!

Baby smiling in fisher price swing

Day 6: From Low Angle

Our poor Mason dog is so sad these days.  We used to spend hours together and he would stay right by my side.  Now I keep having to ask him to move out of the way and back up to stay out of the way of the baby.  Hopefully they will still be buddies once she is older!

Fawn Boxer Face Laying on groundDay 7: Fruit

This one I wanted to keep simple and practice shooting against a white back drop (I just used a sheet of white computer paper, any one have any other good suggestions for things to use for a white back drop?)  I wish the fruit had more detail to them but I am happy with the shadows and light.

Green apple and orange clementine

Thanksgiving Weekend 2010 and Black Friday Shopping

J and I had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with at his sister’s house.  His parents were also there along with 4 out of the 7 nieces and nephews.  It was a gorgeous day so the kids and adults were able to spend lots of time outside playing horse shoes after eating dinner.  While we were over there, J’s sister and I started talking about her dSLR camera and some of the options available now.  I mentioned that it was a purchase I had been thinking about for a while.

We made it home by 4 pm and were able to relax and eat a light dinner.  J and I discussed the camera options and did some more research on what was available.  I knew I wanted to go with Canon because that is what J’s sisters use and we could share lenses.  I was willing to go with an older model because I am new to the photography thing and am not planning on using the camera for anything more than personal purposes.  However, as I did more research that evening, I found the new Canon T series introduced High Def video to the cameras.  Adding the video camera feature was something I was very interested in.  I felt like we could really use this feature down the road when children are around.  That narrowed my choices to the T1i and the T2i.  Ideally I would have been happy with the T1i, but the T2i was on sale with a package deal for Black Friday.  The same store that had the T2i on sale, also had the PlayStation 3 with the new Move package available.  J had been waiting for a PS3 for a while now and this seemed as good as time as any to pick one up.

Still undecided, we had agreed to run to Toys R Us that evening to pick up some great deals for friends and family.  The #1 big item on our list was a $300 Little Tykes play house on sale 50%.  When we showed up at 9 pm (an hour before the store opened), there were over 400 people in line in front of us.   We were notified that the store was only going to allow 50 people in every 2 minutes (to allow them to disperse into the store) until they reached capacity of 400.  Of course, we were right over 400 so we had to wait a few extra minutes for a small group of people to exit the store before they would allow us in.  When we got inside it was a mad dash to find the play house tickets.  Luckily there were plenty left.  J got in line and I spent some time gathering the other items on our list.

We wrapped up at TRU by 11:30, went home to drop of our stuff, and then went out to meet up with some friends at a local bar.  It was great to go out and see some friends on Thanksgiving and it kept us awake before we had to be back in line for the store opening at 4 am!  We wanted to make sure we got these big ticket items so as soon as the bar closed, we went back and got in line (roughly 2:30 am).  This time we had our chairs and snacks and drinks to keep us awake!

By 4:30 am we had the camera bundle and the PS3 system in hand and were headed home for bed!  It was quite a Thanksgiving Day for us!  Here is what our couch looked like the next morning!

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I am also happy because we had plenty of time later in the weekend to put up Christmas lights!

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