Saturday, October 29, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Stuff Portrait Friday: Boo, to You!
As always, we have another installment of Kristine's ingenious game where we run around snapping pics of the items on the task list for that week. Up this week, is "It's Spooky!", and she wants us to show her:
Our spooky decorations
Our spooky neighborhood
While I did the best I could, I must admit that I am in a very 'decorating so as to have it cover as many holidays/special occasions as possible without having to be re-done' kind of mood these days. Hey! I could give birth at any time, so quit your whining. Thus, we have "Fall" decorations that can (and will) be appropriate from September right up through the first week of December.
Now onto the neighborhood.....
I have to admit that we live in the whitest-bread white people land on earth, so folks here haven't really gone all out on the "spooky" factor. Here are the highpoints of the neighborhood - or at least the ones I could find at 9:15 last night:
The family who lives here has been working on this display for over 2 weeks now, and it changes a little each day. They have 3 elementary age kids, and one middle schooler, and have had a great time working on it.
And finally, our costumes
Critter the Lion, 2003
Critter the Cow & Little Bit the Lion, 2004
Yes, these are old pictures and yes, the boys will wear them again! Because they still fit - just barely, but it works! (When I made the lion costume 3 years ago I deluded myself into thinking that I could do so for less money than if I bought something similar. After $42 for the ribbon alone, I figure by the time the Princess wears it for next Halloween I may have recouped my money.I won't even go into the manhours to glue all that pricey stuff on....) Also, if I was a good player I would have dressed them up just to take a current picture, but I learned my lesson about that a few weeks ago when we had toddler tantrum in stereo of epic proportions because I took the costumes off of them after the try-on session. This pregnancy hasn't damaged that many braincells. No, these costumes will live happily in my closet until Sunday afternoon.
As for me, I will go as a pregnant woman.....unless I get lucky in the next 4 days.
Did you play? Let me know so I can check out your spooky stuff.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Way Back Wednesday:All Hail All Hallows Eve!
It's Wednesday, and that means that it's time for Mama Duck's version of photographic "rear window". This week's theme (of course) is Halloweens of the past.
When I was little I dressed as a witch every.single.year. without fail. I attribute this to the ease of the costume, as well as a 'face your fear' kind of thing.
A little history.
When I was a child my doctor lived down the street from us. His house was this huge Spanish style manse set very far back on what seemed to be a massive amount of land to my childish eyes. Dr. Lancaster was a very friendly man who always seemed in a good mood. (Upon reflection I think he may have had a fondness for remedies of the ;)liquid variety ;)recalling his florid complexion.) I will never forget how he came to my aid by ripping into the incompetent intern in the ER after he set my broken wrist incorrectly. And I never held against him the fact that I had to go his office twice each week and be wrestled to the table for completely useless allergy shots. But I digress...
No, what intrigued me about Dr. Lancaster was his wife, and her obsession with Halloween. Now there was the perfect Halloween witch, which she played to the hilt. She had that long seventies one-length black hair, and a vaguely exotic look about her. This was a woman no one ever saw - except for Halloween. And she went all out: costume, decorations, soundtrack, props, and the best candy in town. It was the perfect house to make haunted, and it scared the hooey out of me - but I loved it, and looked forward to it every year.
Halloween 1973. I was 4, my brother was 6.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Digital Photograpy is the Shiznit.....
We went to Daddy McAustin's company picnic on Saturday and had a fabulous time. It was held at Reunion Ranch, and was geared mainly toward families. The boys had a fantastic time, and if I hadn't deleted the set (as opposed to the one and only bad pic from the whole group that I had meant to delete.....) I would have shown you these:
-a really great shot of Daddy McA. with his two exceptionally happy little boys riding in the back of a covered wagon pulled by a tractor (according to the Critter and Little Bit, perfect bliss)
-lovely action shots from the bounce house
- Daddy McAustin giving his all in the tug-o-war and obstacle course events
- a funny picture of the "not-quite-certain-about-this" boys on a HUGE longhorn bull
...but they're gone.
Anyway, at the end of the day after many smiles, a bit of sweat, a couple of tears, a lot of dirt, and a tad of blood, we headed home.
I'll leave you with the boys 'spinning' in the office chair from yesterday.....
Friday, October 21, 2005
Stuff Portrait Friday
1. A tacky vacation picture
Hampton Court Palace, England; June 2000
We couldn't get the shot lined up correctly due to all the other weirdos doing the same....
Clos Pegasse Vineyard, August 2003
The Critter won't even look at the camera he's so embarrassed.....
Skiing in Santa Fe, December 2004
It would have been a great shot....if the Critter hadn't been having a complete and total meltdown....
And finally, a good one. I can't leave you with just the bad....
Harbor Springs, MI; July 2001
A beautiful day overlooking Lake Michigan
2. Something your kid (or pet) made
Valentine's Day pin, 2005
The Critter 'made' this in his Bible study class. Hey, he was just 2!
3. Your hairbrush/es
Complete with long strands still attached.....One for everyday, one for straightening on the single day of the year that it's not humid here in Austin.
That's all folks! Have a great Friday. Leave me a comment if you played so I can come peek in on your stuff, and then go check out Kristine's and let her know if you played.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Critter's Saved too...
Monday, October 17, 2005
(Supposed to be) Monday Meme
I stole this meme from Tee, who stole it from others. I meant to get it finished last night, but just couldn't make it happen, so today is it.
You have to use Google Images to search for:
*The name of the town I grew up in
This is a picture I'd never before seen. It was taken at a family reunion for my grandfather's family in 1950. I blew up the portion of the shot that has my grandparents (chartreuse dress & grey suit), Mom (little blond girl), and Uncle (between the gp). It's a bit eerie, the only one still living from that first picture is the little boy in the striped shirt, and he's a great-grandfather now.
seared sea scallops. Yum.
Yes, even after the unfortunate CHD Christmas Benefit incident, I still love champagne.
*My favorite drink
*My favorite song
That was too hard for my brain to wrap around, so I skipped this one.
Try it, it's fun!
Saturday, October 15, 2005
The New Black
This week's Stuff Portrait Friday topics were all about favorite photographs, and I had a tough time narrowing my choices of my favorite ones from the trip through through our archives. So I thought I'd post some of the other all-time-greatest hits that I dug up.
"Dreams in Lights"; Marais District, Paris; July 2000
This was our last night in Paris, it was really late, and we had finished dinner, We decided to take a walk and it was like we had the city to ourselves. We found this really odd, since Paris is really the city that doesn't sleep - except in the morning. We did notice the few other people walking ahead of us were turning into this alley, so we followed. It was a magical sight: thousands of handmade votive candles wrapped in parchment with pindot phrases on them glowed from the street surface. It was an art institute project where you could choose a sentiment, write your wish on a card, and then put your candle out with the rest. The perfectly romantic way to end a visit to the most romantic city on earth.
Little Bit & the Chimp Statue; Dallas Zoo; June 2005
It was a really hot weekday, the zoo wasn't crowded, and the boys were having a fabulous time. Along the path to the primate area is a section of bronzes, and my kids went nuts for them. Hugs from Little Bit are always a full-contact event!
Have a fantastic Saturday
Friday, October 14, 2005
Stuff Portrait Friday: That's How I See It
It's Friday once again, and that means that I have blogging fodder that someone else has dreamed up - a real bonus since my pregnant brain is taxed enough as is. Today's theme is (as always) brought to us by the lovely and newly-betrothed Kristine at Random and Odd. She gives us a theme and we are to post pictures of our interpretation. This week's items:
1. The best picture you have ever taken of something/someone
2. The best picture of yourself & why you think it is.
3. A favorite picture that someone else took/painted/doodled
These were great topics, and I had a good time browsing through our archives, but hard time deciding.....so I didn't. Therefore, I have ties for each one.
This one is my current favorite. I took it about two weeks ago of the Critter and Little Bit in the tub giving big hugs.
And this one is a close second. We were staying at a hotel in the spring and it was really early. (And what's up with kids waking up so early when it's supposed to be vacation? Anyway....) I took this one morning just after we had gotten ready for the day, and were sitting around waiting for the rest of the world to awaken so we could go out. I love the early morning light streaming in and the sleepyish, relaxed look the boys have.
2. The best picture of yourself & why you think it is.
I love this picture so. Taken by Avec Brisance Photography. A day I will never forget, and always remember with a smile. Our wedding was not without its flaws:'catastrophes' at the time, but in retrospect part of what made it special and memorable.(The EMT people coming to attend to a guest during the reception, and the friends who locked their keys in the newly-purchased car in the one lane valet line are just two examples.) We held both the ceremony and reception at the The Dallas Arboretum, and decided to have the wedding party photos taken just prior to the actual wedding. That was one of the best decisions I made: it gave us a chance to be alone just before, and took away a great deal of jitters. We had a ton of fun taking those shots.
3. A favorite picture that someone else took/painted/doodled
A close second is a large painting (almost lifesize) that my mom did which hung in all of my childhood homes wherever we were. It is currently in storage (along with a ton of other favorite art) from when we moved. I keep meaning to get that stuff down, but never remember, so a description is all you get. It is of a young Jamaican boy rolling a hoop with a stick. The view is from the back and I always loved the carefree feeling it gave off.
And that's how I see it. Go to Kristine's to check out the other players, and leave me a comment if you already played so I can come check out your view. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Clan of the ....White People
The rest of the McAustin clan has headed for their respective corners of the country, and we here in Austin are left to recuperate. No more company until after the Princess's debut.
In honor of the moon and all the stars coming into perfect alignment causing everyone to converge in one place for a few hours, we decided to honor the occasion with a photo. We went to the cheap photography place in the mall, and it worked out surprisingly well. Of course, getting 3 generations including 5 men, 3 women (1 very pregnant), 2 toddlers, and one infant to follow directions, sit still, smile, do it multiple times, and then actually agree on which photo the most people look decent in is no small task. But the end result was worth it.
a.k.a. The White Shirt Mafia
It was a great weekend, and (I think) a good time was had by all. Now back to our regularly scheduled program......let the birthing begin!