Monday, June 26, 2017

Post editing

Hen's not as good about standing still for pictures as he used to be. I can't say I blame him since I take A LOT of pictures of the lad, but it does mean that to get the photo I often point and shoot without having time to adjust the settings. So I end up fixing things in Lightroom. It doesn't take long and it offers me to take a not-so-good shot and make it into a good one. The one below was taken during a recent playdate with Hen's best friend, Eliav. It was far too dark and the white balance was off - sometimes the auto white balance doesn't do a great job - but I was able to rescue the picture. What I couldn't fix was Eliav's lack of a smile. (It seems he's done with moms taking pictures, too.) I did learn how to work on the eyes specifically, which I was having trouble with before so that's another takeaway with spending time editing.
Before
After

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Scholastic Warehouse Sale, 2017 summer edition

Yep. I bought more books. The older Hen gets the more they seem to cost. Scholastic changed their pricing structure so it isn't as awesome as it used to be but I was still able to get a decent number of books with an average price hovering around $4 per book. Since several of them were $19 and above, I feel like I got good deals. We love books here.

What we got for our at-home library, and a few to stick away for Christmas/Hanukkah gifts!

Race the Wild: Mountain Mission
Miss Mary is Scary
The Storm in the Barn
A Little Golden Book: Grumpy Cat, the Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn't
The Great Shelby Holmes
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Keepers of the School: We the Children
Gerinimo Stilton, Magical Mission
Crime Biters: It's a Doggy Dog World
The Ender Eye Prophecy (Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters)
DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Fort Solitude
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor
Geronimo Stilton, The Super Chef Contest
The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective, The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit
Jingle (A Swindle Mystery)
Ignatius Macfarlane Frequenaut!
The Creature Department
Finding Serendipity
The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable
Undefeated
Zoe in Wonderland
Arf (A Bowser and Birdie novel)
The Door in the Staircase
Godzilla Legends
Skink No Surrender


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The three yutes

Emory, Hen, and Elliot 2013 / Emory, Hen, Elliot 2017
Kenilworth Park

As long as their moms have a say these boys will be friends. Us moms know a good thing when we see it.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Oregon Food Bank

Those might be, most definitely are Hen's fingers creeping up behind Eliav. Stinker.

Best buds.

3rd grade class doing good works.


Gabe, Jonathan, Matthew, Max, and Noah taking a silly break.

Mademoiselle Zoe.

Captain Owen and one very large orange.
I'm not sure the kids really understand food scarcity but they really do a good job. Nothing is better than the stats the food bank employees break out at the end of the shift. On this visit, the kids packaged 15,390 pounds of oranges contribute to 13,275 meals, which breaks down to 154 meals per volunteer. Good work, kids!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Introducing Dozer

This little guy belongs to the Moton clan but he's still part of the extended family so I get to feature him on the blog whenever I capture his cuteness.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Favorite book find of the year

Justice League Canada Volume 1, folks.
Purchased at this year's Used Book Sale along with many, many others. 
I have a problem.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Well, that sucked

Well, that election was like 62,979,636 kicks to the crotch.

Hen and I have become quite the activists. Our first protest march took place mere days after Drumpf won the election. Along with other concerned citizens, we hit the streets to participate in Families for Peaceful Protest's march from the South Park Blocks to Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. One of the organizers of said march, Shannon, happens to be a friend that I met because our boys attended the same preschool. Of course, there were pictures...




Hen is on the far right and his preschool buddy, Fisher, is marching next to to him.



The second march we participated in was the Women's March, Portland. It rained. A lot. We were miserable, cold, and wet. But we were also inspired, motivated, and committed. Other the course of several weeks leading up to the march, I knit 34 pussyhats - some sent to Washington D.C., some distributed to folks in Portland, and some sent to friends out of state. (You can learn more about the Pussyhat Project here.) The day after the inauguration, millions of people over all seven continents took to the streets to march. It was incredible. Of course, there were pictures...







And the third time we took to the streets was for the March and Rally for Justice and Equality sponsored by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police. We met near the MLK statue by the Oregon Convention Center and walked up to Skidmore and then over to the church. We walked further than the Women's March but Hen had a lot more fun because we were moving much faster, it wasn't raining, and the chants were fun. He liked the back and forth chants. "Tell me what democracy looks like!" "This is what democracy looks like." And..."What do we want?" "Justice!" "When do we want it?" "Now!" Of course, there were pictures...