Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bright Foliage

Look how pretty our neighbor's tree is! See my photography blog for some nature shots taken today at Shawnee Mission Park.

Monday, October 27, 2008

WaterFire Kansas City 2008

Here are some pictures from WaterFire KC 2008: Lillian was be-boppin' to the World Music and watching the bonfires! Kristin and I enjoyed the smells of the incense and food vendors. I got some great abstract artistic shots of the fires (timed-exposure, mostly) which I will post on my other blog later this evening. Kristin also got a great shot she is very proud of, I will have her post it as well!

Weekend Recap

**Pictures to follow this evening**
We had a fun filled weekend. For some reason I can not remember if we did anything on Friday. I'm going to have to say probably not. I think we stayed in, ate pizza, and played with the Wii Fit. But the rest of the weekend was jam packed. Saturday we went to the KC Zoo, for Boo at the Zoo. Lily wore her pink three-eyed monster costume, and we spent most of the day there. We came home only long enough to feed her dinner and give her a bath, then we bundled her up in her PJ's and headed down to the Plaza for Waterfire, which I thought was fabulous. It was a little chilly, but don't worry, Lily was the coziest of all, in her pj's and bundle me. She eventually fell asleep, but not before we received lots of compliments on what a good baby she was, and how cute she was. I saw two co-workers while we were there, and may have drummed up some photography work for James. One of my co-workers needs to have his daughter's senior pictures taken, and their chosen photographer keeps flaking on them.
Yesterday we stayed at home in the morning, then met Stephanie and Zach for lunch at Red Robin (yum). After lunch we headed to Louisburg Cidermill to pick out our pumpkins. We ended up with 4 small pumpkins and one twenty-five pounder. It was too windy to stick around so we left after picking out the pumpkins.
Last night we carved two of the pumpkins. Now I know why my dad always did that part. It's hard! James is a master carver, me, well I'm a little messy. James carved a skull and bones and I attempted a spider web w/spider. James ended up cleaning mine up for me, so you could actually tell what it was, but I didn't do too bad.

We took lots of pictures this weekend. I thought James was posting them last night, but I think it takes a long time to take the pictures from his camera to the computer to the website. We will post some this evening.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The things you know

Lily is not a baby anymore. She's all grown up *sniff*. Yesterday morning before we went to school, James said he thought she was "working on a project", code for dirty diaper. I asked her if she was "stinky", she repeated "stinky"right back at me. Then I asked her if she wanted me to change her diaper, she said "yes!" then toddled off to her room and brought me a diaper back. I didn't teach her that.
Then yesterday when I picked her up, she saw me and said "oh good", then toddled over to the cubbies and got her coat. There were 15 coats there. How did she know which one was hers?
And we've also discovered if you sing "Ring around the roses", she spin in place and hum, then say "dooowwwn", but won't fall down. She doesn't like falling.

So if I had any reservations about sending her to daycare and not being a stay at home mom, those are all gone now. I don't know that I would have the presence of mind to teach her all those things. Eventually she would have picked all that up, but shes only 17 months old and so smart.

I bet all the parents think that though :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Nothing really new here. Lily is sleeping, and coughing, I'm listening to her through the monitor. James is upstairs editing photos and occasionaly I hear "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" or "Banana Phone" playing. I caught up on my TV shows tonight. I wanted to watch Bones in real time, but the World Series is on. I'm rooting for the Rays.

We took Lily to the library yesterday. Never take a toddler to the library, and let her roam the aisles. She loves books, loves to remove them from their homes. So she was going around pulling and pushing books off the shelves. And its not like we can yell "Lily NO" while in the library. Next time she goes in the stroller.

I had a cavity filled today. Ouch.

James spent some time in rural Kansas looking for cool things to photograph.

Saturday we are going to Boo at the Zoo and then Waterfire @ the Plaza. Check it out if you are so inclined: http://www.visitkc.com/events/waterfire/index.aspx/index.cfm

Pictures to follow after an eventful weekend. The weather will be gorgeous.

Monday, October 20, 2008

More fun from the Maple Leaf Festival

No I did not have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the deep fried Oreos! All I did was say "oh look they have deep fried oreos, like that time at Silver Dollar City", then I proceeded to tell the woman in line before me, that yes the oreos are mushy, but they are still so yummy. I never asked for one. I did ask for a lemonade though.

Here is a picture of the previously mentioned personalized coat rack for Lillian:

And here is a picture of one of the decorations I bought. This lady had a whole booth of items like this, and I could have spent a fortune. But alas, all I bought was this cute little turkey.

These pictures were taken with my Palm Centro, do not hold James responsible for these images. They in no way, shape or form represent his superior photo skills. (No he did not make me say that, but I thought it would be best to play it safe).

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Maple Leaf Festival

Each year since 1958, on the third full weekend in October, thousands of people flock to Baldwin City, Kansas for the annual Maple Leaf Festival. This year my wife (Kristin), daughter (Lillian), mom (Carolyn) and I (James) were among them. We had a great time. Arts and crafts were everywhere. Kristin and Carolyn got some Christmas shopping and ornaments purchased, and made a customized coat rack for Lillian. I got to visit several photographers' booths, where I picked up some new ideas and inspiration. I will talk more about that on my business blog: James Wear Photography.

We chowed down on some great eats including pork burgers, hot-dogs and tater crisps (basically a giant twisty potato chip made from one potato). They were fresh, crispy and super-delicious!
I had to drag Kristin away kicking and screaming, but we managed to avoid the deep fried Oreos!

Lillian got to play a carnival game for the first time, and ride the carousel for the second time. She was so good at the games she won a prize on her first try! (Okay, so you get a prize just for trying, but she still had fun!)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Goldilocks and the Three Wears

Papa Wear:

Mama Wear:

Baby Wear: