Saturday, March 17, 2012

Photography 101

Today Alex and I headed out to a local park, Minnehaha Falls, to work on our photography skills and to enjoy the AMAZING weather we are experiencing. It is March 17th and it was 80 degrees today. We absolutely deserve this preview of Summer since we still had a 7 foot drift of snow in our backyard last year about this time.

My camera does a pretty good job, considering it is a little point and shoot and I have no idea what to do with all of the settings. I was working on subject and composition. Of course, subject was a bit difficult because everything is dirty, gray and brown. I am looking forward to the greens and colors of spring which should be around the corner. My tulips are 3 inches out and my new birthday lilac bush (which Alex affectionately calls "The Stick") is starting to bloom.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Snug as a bug in a rug

Cider likes to make it difficult to make the bed sometimes. This time I decided to make the bed around her. I am not sure she knew what to do.

It's about time!

We have had an incredibly mild winter this year. I understand that has been the case across the United States. However, we are feeling a bit lucky. It is a nice break from last year's ridiculous snow accumulations.

We did get a scare last week but again lucked out with only 6-8 inches of snow. It was pretty . . . even though it was a bit messy.

Not to worry it has already melted and we are looking forward to our 60 degree weather next week.

Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! It's all your fault! It's all your fault!

In February, Alex and I made a quick visit back to Ohio. We had a cheap ticket we needed to use and thought what better way to use it than to visit our home. Coincidentally, Notre Dame Hockey was visiting Miami of Ohio Hockey that weekend and were able to get great tickets. 

Lucky for me, Alex has developed a genuine love of Notre Dame. However, when it comes to hockey, if the Irish are playing Miami of Ohio, his loyalty remains with his Redhawks. My family joined in the fun with us.

Unfortunately the Irish lost . . . badly. It was a bit of a bummer, but we had fun, even though the Student Body chanted "Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! It's all your fault! We want more goals!" a lot! Alex was obviously happy though for his Redhawks.

"Emily" Crocker

This winter I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. For some reason, I am actually enjoying it a bit more than usual. I think I have finally have found a way to incorporate my love of design and order to bake/cook goodies with love!

My Super Bowl Sunday cookies were a hit at a friend's party. I made the cookies and icing from scratch and spent a lot of time decorating them to match the team's helmets and footballs.

All Alex asked for his birthday was to check out a new local Greek restaurant and a yellow cake with white frosting. Easy enough! Alex was surprised to see the festive decorations.

I decided to make Alex dinner for Valentine's Day. It certainly beats long waits in the restaurants. Lobster tails and twice baked potatoes with a side of amazing Oyster House corn bread (ordered via the internet and delivered on Valentine's Day!) 

What will I make next?