Sunday, June 27, 2010

Can You Believe that Reese Madelyn is 7 months??

Got to spend a few hours with Reesie today yesterday (after midnight) while Sandy worked and James was playing softball in 94 degree weather. Insane if you ask me. When I was 15 and playing softball sure, but not now! Sooo, since I did get that nice new camera, and since I am still kind of learning it, and since Reese did turn 7 months this week I decided to take a few pictues.
Reese woke up babbling to herself, all happy smiles. If you know her, you know this doesn’t always happen, but today it did and I took full advantage. We took some pictures Friday evening in mom and dad’s backyard. I don’t really like them though. They are a little underexposed. I’ve been playing with them some, and am just not satisfied. Saturdays pictures i LOVE! I decided to get up close and personal. You know how I love individual baby parts. So, here are a few. Off to Springfield in the morning to visit James’ grandma and aunt with the whole fam. Hope Reesie is in a traveling mood:)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

JUNE 19, 2010 1st Swim meet

Here are the first pictures from the new camera. Today was the first swim meet at Turtle Run. It was very sunny and very warm. The girls did great. James and Reese joined Sandy, Mom, Brittany, and me in the cheering section towards the middle of the meet. Baby needs her beauty sleep. She was in a really good mood despite having a cold this week. She also started crawling this week! Most of the time she goes backwards, but hey moving is moving. Here are a couple shots from the day.


Paige gets ready for the backstroke. She ALWAYS knows where the camera is :)


Reese and James join the party


Reese wakes up happy to see Mama


Peyton doing the butterfly. She is very fast


Peyton pushes off for the backstroke


Paige shoves off

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Cousins celebrating a BIG Turtle Run Victory!! Way to go swim chicks!

Here are the rest of the pictures. Lauren and Brookelyn star with Peyton and Paige and Reese, and Faith and Joshua.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


O.K. Back in business. New camera has arrived and if the rain will let up for a couple of hours and let the sun shine thru, I’ll get out there and actually use it.

I’m very excited, but still reading up on it. Peyton, Paige, Reese – BEWARE. Aunt Jame needs to practice and you know what that means right? You guessed it, gonna need some models ;)

Here are some pictures I took with the Sony before the Canon came in. I really do like that camera. It is very handy and has a great zoom, and there aren’t a ton of lenses to lug around. But, I like to have a little more control. So, Canon T1i, nice to meet you.


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Brooke, Peyton, Paige, Lauren at the Homeschool Talent Show


Reese wasn’t overly impressed. Aunt Jame was


Paige at the piano recital, great job!


Peyton introduces herself at the mic. Excellent


Peyton, 4 hands on the piano with her teacher, perfect!DSC02013Reese’s cheeks and toes with blankie


Piggies in a blanket?


Pretty blue eyes sitting in a boppy at Aunt Jamie’s


Cubbie gives Reesie a little pooch smooch. Love this one!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here are a few pictures to look at until…….

I can save up and buy a new camera and some lenses. Mine was stolen. From a Church. Yep, that’s right, a Church. I took my big backpack to my brother-in-laws police training graduation and left the camera and an extra lens. Sandy and I had our hands full of bags. Diaper bag, cooler bag with bottle, my purse, my camera bag, a bag for James’ dad (that I’ll not tell about, so as not to incriminate myself in a court of law). Plus twin 10yr old girls who were, while well behaved, very hyper and excited about the whole day. Plus a 5month old who could be described as moody and her carseat, blankets, PacifierS (stress on the plural). So anyway, after the ceremony everyone, including me, was snapping pictures left and right. Up on the stage, in front of the banner, in front of a plain wall, everywhere basically. I was using mine part of the time and Sandy’s part of the time because I was having a hard time dialing in on a good white balance and auto looked pretty bad on my Canon. Sandy’s seemed to be doing ok with it. What I think happened was that I set my stuff down for a minute to take a few shots with her camera. I had been carrying mine around with a basic 18-55 lens on it and a 75-300 in my hand in case I felt the need to zoom. (which I frequently do) I guess when we went to gathering all our crap important stuff up, I LEFT MY CAMERA! For those who know me, this is big!!! I am slightly obsessed with taking pictures, and I was quite fond of that camera.
OK. Now comes the even more confusing part that I can really only guess at. I didn’t need my camera for 1week and 2 days following the graduation, which may be a record. Seriously. I had my zipped up backpack right here at the house. The night before needing the camera I took an extra battery and put it on the charger. I keep them in the front pocket, so had still not opened the bag. The next day I unzipped the backpack to find only some accessories, a fixed 50 lens, and a wide angle. NO camera! It took me a couple of days of turning my house upside down looking for it, having Sandy and James check their car and house, and pouting to figure out where it might be. I then called the Church and spoke to a very nice lady who remembered the camera (that I described in detail) being turned in following the ceremony. She said they had locked it up and had planned to keep it for a week or so, then they were going to call PTI and turn it over to them since it was their grad. I thought “fantastic!” , I’ll just run to Champaign and get it this weekend. WRONG. The nice lady called me back to say she had checked with the lady who worked last week and that some guy had come in and said he left his camera in the building and they gave it to him. No questions were asked about what kind of camera it was, nothing. The woman apologized over and over, I told her it was fine, over and over while trying not to throw up! So, no favorite camera. Now, I just have to save up and wait to get a new one. I do not like to wait. It’s not really a strong suit of mine.
So, here are a few pictures to get me by until I UPGRADE! (which is, in my opinion, the only good side to this)                                  102_3432 Meet Micah James Tidwell
He already has a perfect little part in his hair thanks to Nana!
Paige, Reese, and Peyton Skype with cousins102_3430 yes, another of baby Micah, he’s such a cutie
My friends, Janet and Barbie and I went to see Daughtry at the Assembly Hall. He was great!DSC01871 DSC01896
Reese at 5 months with her AllyZabba blankies and her Easter basket from grandma Patexcellent8x10
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Peyton, Paige and I went to the zoo with my friend Rachel and her little girl Ashlynn. It was a blast.IMG_4838edit

IMG_4850 Paige and Peyton jumping on the bridgeIMG_4864edit
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IMG_4894 twins, holding hands in line for the train. not being told to do so :)