Saturday, June 24, 2017


I mention all the time how my good camera really is so much better than my iPhone for taking pictures. The iPhone is great and all but still not perfect.

This morning I took some pictures of Miles with my phone then got my good camera. The lighting was the same. The pictures when google made the collage cropped a little. I was in roughly the same position but I did get on the ground further with the good camera since the pictures were so good. I think I even zoomed my phone a little.   I didn't even have my best lens on my Canon Rebel T6i.

I need to remember to take pictures with my good camera more. I rarely do anymore. I did so much more when Ella was little.
Photos taken June 24, 2017
Have you ever used 2 cameras in the same instance and seen the difference? 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Father's Day interview.

I gave Ella a little interview to give Dave for Father's Day.  I gave it to him but might as well post it here too.

All About Dad
By Ella
Age 3
Year 2017

My dad’s name is ___ : Dave
My dad is ___ years old : 4
My dad has ___ hair and ___ eyes. Black, black
And is favorite treat is ____ : broccoli (followed by laughter), doritos

My dad’s favorite color is : red
My dad likes to wear : red shirt
My dad laughs when : being silly
My dad is happy when  “I don’t know. In 2 years”
I asked her "When is daddy happy" and she answers "I don't know. In 2 years"
My dad gets mad when “In 2 years” (I think she said in 2 years again since I got such a kick out of it on the previous question.)
My dad likes to watch on TV (turns and points at the TV says “THAT”  -- MSNBC is on) Mommy: Daddy likes to watch politics - Ella: Yea. Daddy likes to watch politics.

My favorite thing to do with my dad is:  “nothing” (Dave said this is true. They sit there and do nothing together.) I'll note he had a red shirt on last time she saw him.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ella's Birthday Interview (3.5)

Since we celebrate Ella's half birthday, I figured we'd do her birthday interview at 3.5 too.  I kind of like doing it every 6 month and once Miles can answer questions hope to do it every 6 months for him too.  She never answers all the questions. I just put what she answers here. Each time I ask questions she does answer more. I started asking the questions in order then started jumping around.

  1. How old are you? three years old. (me:are you three and a half)  Three and a half (and she did the th instead of an f)
  2. Who is your best friend? (She just looked at me. Then Dave said she has to have friends before she can have a best friend. Then I felt bad and didn’t ask again.)
  3. What is your favorite color?  brown
  4. What is your favorite animal? Turtles  (she has a brown turtle bead in her hand)
  5. What is your favorite food? brownies
  6. What food do you really dislike? sharks
  7. What is your favorite TV show?  Doc McStuffins
  8. What is your favorite song? ABCs
  9. What is your favorite book?  (she didn’t answer so I asked if she had a favorite book. She said no.)
  10. What is your favorite thing to wear? “I don’t like to wear anything”
  11. What makes you happy? beading
  12. What makes you sad? When i go to school, daddy makes me sad (You are sad that daddy leaves?) Yea. I want him to stay and play basketball all the time.
  13. What is your favorite holiday? Poopy holiday
  14. What would you buy if you had $1,000? Paint
  15. Where is your favorite place to go? To poopy land (I told her I was surprised she didn’t say park so then she said that’s where she wants to go)
  16. What is your favorite restaurant? Poopy restaurant
  17. What is your favorite thing to sleep with?  PJs
  18. What is your favorite fruit? Kiwis and blackberries
  19. What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Flakes and Dinner
  20. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Sand
  21. What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream
  22. What is your favorite drink? Water and milk
  23. What is your favorite movie? Movie about poopie (I listed movies) “I don’t like Beauty and the Beast”
  24. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Playing basketball
  25. What are you really good at? Playing basketball (i asked these out of order so this and the previous one were asked about 10 questions apart)
  26. Where do you want to go on vacation? Poopyland
  27. What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? Frosted Flakes
  28. What do you want to be when you grow up? Turtle (me: you want to be a turtle?) big turtle
  29. Who is the president? NO (Why no. don’t you like the president?) No (Why don’t you like the President?) Because daddy doesn’t like the president.  ( I asked her about a picture of President Obama and she asked if it was Donald Poopoo Trump)

Previous Interviews


The day was a whirlwind.  Miles was up at 7. We needed to leave by 9:35.  That didn't happen.  It was so hectic.  Miles wouldn't nap unless it was on me so then he only napped 5 minutes if that.  I had to wake Ella up. She was slow at getting ready then wanted this or that and was just so slow getting into the car.
The start of the set-up
We were only leaving a few minutes late.     We got to the Community Center for a meetup I organized with Sarah. We set things up and set up the photo booth. We weren't quite set up by the time it started.  I was halfway there when I realized I forgot my good camera! I can't believe I didn't put it back in the car.  Dave saved the day and brought it. Ella was also mad she didn't have her scooter so Dave brought that too. She didn't actually end up using it though!
Divya and Miles having a blast because Ella was running around
 I had absolutely no voice so it wasn't the best meetup. My voice got worse and worse as I tried to talk.  It's very hard to take pictures of people when you can't get the kid's attention to look at you.  Even with my camera not being there at the start of the event, I still got over 500 pictures on my good camera.  After I deleted blurry ones or ones with kids photo bombing me and some blinking pictures I still had almost 400 to share with everyone.   I wanted a black backdrop with red hearts but my black backdrop just had so many creases that would not come out. I used a sheet at the last minute. It was so wrinkled. If I had a portable steamer, it would have helped a lot. 10 minutes of work at the front end would have saved me about 2 hours of photo editing later.  Actually it'd have been more photo editing if I would have edited photos for everyone but I only did ones for myself and the 1 person I specifically mentioned. I did put an offer out to everyone so more may ask.

We did a few crafts. We decorated the valentine bags, made a heart puppet, and a heart pipe cleaner with beads.

So since Miles didn't nap first, I tried to feed him there and then get him to sleep. That wasn't working.  He would nurse for a few seconds then be distracted.  It took a bit. Then after that I tried to push him around in the stroller in the room.  Yamini's mom offered to push him around and then he finally went to sleep. It probably helped that I wasn't talking keeping him awake. He napped less than a half hour but it was something.  I took that time to take photos of almost everyone that wanted photos.   I did try to pass out valentines but then someone would say "just one more" and ask me to take pics of them but then that happened like 3 times.  It worked out except the late comers didn't have their bags over there :( I would have caught it if I put my valentines in sooner. I think I was the last one to distribute them.  Sarah did announce so then Gavin got half the valentines or so.

I started to clean up my photo booth with about 15 minutes left since it seemed like people were done with it.  Everything seemed to get cleaned up so quickly with help but then all of a sudden there were a couple things left and only 2 people. Those couple things take longer. It's hard to sweep and put away tables and chairs with a needy baby and a needy toddler.

We got home and had to try to eat and get Miles to sleep.  I never managed to eat myself.  I was starving. I got lightheaded while nursing Miles. Oops.  Dave made instant pudding then shared it with Ella. She loved eating out of the huge bowl. She did make a mess though.  She said she was going to eat enough junk to make her stomach hurt. Then she did.

We forgot it was Miles's 5 month birthday so we ended up taking the pictures after dark. I feel like his weight is off too since it was so late in the day.
Ella the helper

I spent most of the evening trying to edit some photos from the meetup. I was just going through them and getting rid of blurry ones and once I deleted what I was going to delete, I cropped a bunch. Most of the ones other people took using my camera were not zoomed in enough and I don't like that associated with my name when I post so I had to fix them. Everything takes time with 2 kids sitting on your lap.  Then I turned on auto backup so everything could go to google and I could make an album to share.  Then I started editing the awful sheet wrinkles out of a few of my favorites of our family.

I could not handle the group shot and how the kids were too wide so then I worked on editing that. It was really hard with Ella on me and also I'm no expert with editing. I did eat some Ramen for dinner.  I ended up not getting Ella to her room until after 10 because I was really trying to finish the one picture I was on.

Then I edited a few a friend sent me that were her favorites.   The wrinkles in the sheet looked so bad to me. If I had a portable steamer, 10 minutes would have helped. Ahhh.  I hate that I order backdrops and you can't get the creases out of it.  It was 11:40 when I finally stopped trying to edit photos.
before and after minor editing
My method of editing changed after I did this one!
I could have just included some after pictures but since I wrote about how I couldn't handle things and did editing then I was making collages to compare the before and after so I included those.  I don't know how bad they look. They look good on a small screen but wouldn't hold up to zoom scrutiny.

Yamini and Ishaan. Yamini loved the photo editing. She couldn't even believe how good it looked after. But she thought it looked fine before.   That angled wrinkle is all I see. I wonder if everyone else notices it as bad.

I took many more pictures of many more kids and families but didn't include them all here.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Miles slept pretty well but then I kept thinking he'd wake and checking on him on the monitor. He woke up once. Then at 7 when I set my alarm to get ready for the dentist he was still asleep. I got ready. I pumped a little. Then I woke him up to nurse quickly and hand him off to Dave.  While nursing I had looked up how long it'd take to get to the dentist.  It said 10 minutes with current traffic.

I left at 7:49 for an 8 am and got there at 8:06.   Ugh traffic.

I was shocked I was done at the dentist by 8:51. They usually take an hour. I had a different hygienist this time.

I got home and Dave said Miles was good the first half the fussier so he swaddled him and put him in the swing (after doing some other stuff). Miles was cooing in the swing when I got home.  Ella was still asleep.
Ella helped carry
I woke Ella and got Miles to sleep. We got Ella ready and chilled a little. Then we had to go to a meetup so I woke Miles up AGAIN. I hate waking him and it was the 2nd time I woke him in a matter of hours. I wasn't organizing this meetup but was doing the photobooth so didn't want that set-up to be too late.

We got there at 10:15. It was scheduled until 12. I started cleaning up the photobooth at 11:45 and we managed to actually leave by 12:23. It took surprisingly long to clean up.  I took a lot of photos.  Miles had issues being distracted while nursing but I had a bottle so then he drank some of that. He even held it when I got distracted.  I feel like I didn't talk to that many people. It was busy. Having 2 kids + taking most of the pictures means I don't get to socialize so much. Ella was pretty good even though I don't think she played with her friends much at all.

Ella is so silly that she said she got hot and she took off her shirt.  Before that she took off her shoes. She put them very neatly behind someone's bag under a table. I had to ask her where they were because I couldn't find them. She knew exactly where they were at least!  We took a big group shot and Ella didn't have a shirt on but was wearing a blanket.

When I was getting ready to leave, it was raining so I was buckling Miles into his carseat and going better setting up my stuff. Someone walks in asking if I know who this little girl belongs to. I run out because a 16 month old was wondering off herself. She was pretty far from the door.  I returned her to her mom!

Miles and Quentin - 2 weeks apart.

Once we got home, Ella needed to eat almost all her candy. She was messy. She was rowdy.  I tried to get her to nap. That was a big fail.

Miles woke up so then she was on his crib even though she was supposed to be in her room.

Eventually she was asleep. Miles was awake though.

I was so tired.

Miles seemed so tired and fussy. He actually took a nap near 7 but it was sort of his nights's sleep.  He woke up at 9. Then we could properly nighttime swaddle him.

Ella was so tired once she finally went to sleep. She didn't actually wake up until closer to 7:20. I tried waking her. She was just so tired.

I made weinies and beans for dinner.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

9 Month Comparison: Ella and Miles

I made 2 quick collages.
Look at the difference in legs!  This wasn't a good photo comparison for me but in some you could tell I was way thinner last time.
Miles weighs 4 lbs more and is less than an inch taller.  Miles's head circumference is 3 cm larger too.
Here they are sitting. Both kids took off their 9 month stickers!