Just Girls Playing

Playing around on a Saturday

New Camera

For Christmas, Jamie bought me a new digital camera.  Truthfully, she handed me the money and said, “I don’t know what camera you want.”  I knew; for over a year I have been eying a line of cameras with a superzoom, decent low-light performance and video capability.  Given the green light, I placed my order for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.  Click the link for reviews; I’m sure for most readers of the blog this is getting too wordy already!

So, some first pics.  Nothing fancy; just using the intelligent auto mode; no crops or edits.

Self Portraits

TaeKwonDo.  Pictures turned out noisy but usable at 800 ISO

Another challenging lighting environment.  Not too bad.

Libs, age 8, took this.

So all in all, I am pleased with the results I can get with a point-and-shoot, super-zoom, versatile camera with HD video tossed in.  It’s a great all-in-one toolkit that will fit the hurry-to-the-next-event stage of life. Next step: read the 100 page PDF manual and see what happens when we venture away from full auto.  Stay tuned!

Thanksgiving

Fifteen years ago, a college freshman girl took a “friend” home for Thanksgiving because he had no where to go.  Three years later they were married.  It’s 2009, and we’re still making the trek to Sulphur Springs, with children of our own.

Playing around.

Lounging (left: Adam & Maigan; right: lazy dog Brownie)

Happy Thanksgiving!  And just for fun, because no day is complete without a tumbling pass:

The State Fair of Texas

It’s become an annual tradition.  School gives kids free tickets to the State Fair of Texas.  Mommy has inservice.  Daddy withdraws obscene amounts of cash and takes girls with their “free” tickets.

Facepainting is always a hit.  Libs was up for the activity but removed it in the car!  Ash enjoyed closing her eyelids to reveal the snake eyes.

This were hasty snapshots that were inspired by better photos.  Having fun with depth of field.

Singing in Wal-Mart

Yes, we are your in-store entertainment.  Reminds me of a video this time two years ago.

First Day of School 2009

Ok, it’s that time for obligatory pictures of kids and teachers!  Much has changed since The First Day of School last year.  Here are side-by-side comparisons!

mac LCS 2008-2009

libs LCS 2008-2009
ash LCS 2008-2009

Family Portraits

Ed Brock and I had a running joke.  We could guarantee rain by scheduling a time for outdoor pictures.  Our first scheduled date, 6/11/09, was the date of the Flower Mound tornado.  The second time was rained out, too.

As Jamie reported in her facebook status, on July 16 we overcame tears over ants, 100 degree temps, Ashton’s sick tummy, and in-coming storms (again!)

A few items of trivia:

  • Official high temperature for Highland Village on 7/16/09 was 102°
  • Our photographer, Ed Brock, once won the coveted Golden Egg by the DSVC for his work in commercial design.  Stan Richards writes about Ed in his book (find an excerpt here)
  • He used a Canham field camera and a Horizon panoramic camera (read: not digital)
  • We were a stone’s throw from Super Walmart
  • Our photographer is legally blind

…a few more pics…

some more pictures from Liberty choir presentations and taekwondo belt test:

Presentations Galore

It’s that time of year again…when kids’ activities culminate in a show-off of what they have learned!  This is just the beginning for the Michael family…the end of our week included:

stay tuned for some gymnastics & cheerleading thrown in as well!

Halloween

This is the first year we have ever taken our girls out in costumes for candy.  They loved it!

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