Thursday, January 29, 2009

Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom

I know its been awhile since I've updated. All I can say is there has been a lot going on around here, but I will update very soon.
I just wanted to give a quick hint to all budding and experienced photographers out there.
I found out that if you have a college student or in this case a parent to a college student you get MAJOR discounts on awesome computer programs like Adobe photoshop CS4 or lightroom among others. My son has a store right on campus and he bought me photoshop CS4 extended for me for Christmas for a total of $194.00. The regular price for the program that I got is $999.00. If your student doesn't have a store on campus you can go to
and buy it on line. i just bought Lightroom for $98.00 !!!

Check it out

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I had entered a contest over at
I agreed to help spread the word of their volunteer work at a Foster Care home in China. I won a silver necklace of the Chinese symbol of “Hope”.
Here it is………….
(I hope its not backwards)

They do wonderful work at this foster care home. If I ever had the chance to volunteer at a place like this, I would do it in a heartbeat!

Not to take away the meaning of the necklace but........
I “hope” that this sign of hope has some kind of significant meaning for me too. Does it mean that I should not give up hope that my DH will change his mind and give the go ahead for a sister for Malia?
Anyone that knows me knows that I will never ever give up hope of ever going back to China.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Gary nick named Maila "Skizzy" and she now calls him the same thing. As soon as he walks in the door she says "Hey kizzy". I swear she has been saying at least two new words a day.

Malia has a habit now of wiping her hands off on her head when she eats, we had waffles yesterday. We looked over at her and she was putting her hand in the syrup then smearing it in her hair.

Here she is playing princess

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

We went over to Gary's parents house new years eve for some Schmidt's sausage (a locally made favorite) and pig in a blanket. Malia was in a very good and silly mood,(she always is) she has a cute sense of humor and tries hard to make you laugh. She pretty much hung all over her pappy all night and tried hard to make him laugh.

We got Malia a "Big girl" bed awhile ago, its just a small bed that takes her crib mattress. Its a Tinkerbell bed, but she wanted nothing to do with it for awhile. But last night when we were putting her to bed, Gary decided to try again and guess what? She slept in her "big girl" bed all night!! We made a big deal out of it this morning for her, she thought that was pretty cool.