So that's the update for the blog. Now for some updates of what's been going on otherwise...
We got a new DLSR camera and have been taking it everywhere to figure out how it works. We've had it exactly one week, but we're doing research, studying the manual, and have already learned a few things. Top two lessons learned so far..lighting really is everything. And also, night pictures are better with a tripod. I guess we'll start with those things for now and work our way up.
Here are a few "test" pictures we took while we figured out settings.
|Sunset at the River|
|Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area|
As for other things taking up our time... Baseball season is in full swing (wow, pun not intended, but okay). Two games a week, and can I just say that while others are complaining about the 100 degree heat sitting on the periphery of a dusty field for two nights a week, well, I am actually enjoying every second. Every second of rooting (also known as giving my own personal feedback from the sidelines), every second of the sun (even when it means shading my eyes for one full hour when I forget my sunglasses), and every minute of the game (even watching every player on the field just stare at the ball when it lands smack dab in the middle of the pitcher and the catcher). I love it. Come talk to me when it's 40 degrees and raining and we are on the soccer field in March. Then we'll have something to complain about.
This summer has been one of those summers when we are just waking up every morning and deciding what we're in the mood for. Swimming, museum, the woods. Whatever may be, may be. This last week's outings included Stephen's Lake swimming and splashpad, the Museum of Anthropology, The Candy Factory, State Capitol, Eagle Bluffs, Ellis Porter Park, and multiple trips to the library. Not to mention the hours spent watching Netflix, playing Fightlist (I'm not any good unless the whole family is helping me), and jumping on the trampoline.
|Sunset over the Missouri River|
|Seeing red at Ellis Porter park|
|Seeing the Capitol from the inside|
|Exploring the grounds outside of the Capitol|
As for what we're reading...Lex is really into mythology right now and is devouring book after book. Eli is working his way through his first chapter book. He reads a little bit to me every day, and it's just about my favorite part of the day. I just finished an incredible memoir, An Abbreviated Life, by Ariel Leve. I usually don't have the attention span to make it to the end of many books. In fact, I haven't completed a fiction book in two years. I usually check out non-fiction books, flip my way through to get the gist, and then return it. But this memoir by Leve had me so captivated that I could not put it down. And I actually finished it.
We have so fun hikes planned so I will be back to posting some trail reviews soon.
Until next time!