Yearly Archives: 2007

Play Days

We’ve been spending a lot of time around here playing. The boys (big and small) got a bunch of fun things for Christmas and it’s taken several days for us to get to much of it. Night before last, we played Monopoly, Nintendo’s version, and it was a lot of fun. Until the kids got […]

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Stephanie - December 30, 2007 - 11:30 pm

Aaah, resolutions! lol
been writing about that one the last couple of days! :)

I got (picded out myself) a photography book for Christmas. I haven’t checked it out too thoroughly, yet.
My dad is shopping for a new slr, I think I’ll encourage him so that he can pass his two year old dinosaur down to me! :)
Just kidding, but I am going to mention it to him!

I have yet to even tackle photoshop. All I do is fix the color and exposure 0 and trim, of course.
Lawd, I just don’t have the time!!!
Glad to hear that all is peaceful and happy with you.
Miss you.

whimsigal - December 30, 2007 - 11:34 pm

Photoshop is some intimidating software, let me tell ya. I have a great book though that demystifies it somewhat, it’s just, like you said, finding the time to read it!

I miss you too! What can we do about that? Have you gotten any farther in the book I sent?


carri - December 30, 2007 - 11:48 pm

It is so exciting when something finally clicks because of new information or whatever! I’m so happy for you!

As for resolutions, I make them every year. Sort of goals that I really want to work on. They get edited during the year to reflected whatever changes have taken place in my daily life. I love setting goals for myself. Ever the list maker.

KMDuff - December 31, 2007 - 1:51 am

I’m glad your boys are loving their sims game. I play Sims 2 ( a PC version) when I have any spare time (none lately), it is a fun game.

I think its awesome how much fun you are having with photography. Very inspiring.

whimsigal - December 31, 2007 - 3:24 am

Hey Carri! I’m a big list maker, too. This year I think I’m going to make the list but just not call them resolutions.

Hey KMD!

I almost picked up the PC version for Ryan yesterday but went with the DS version instead since Iain has it for DS and they can play together. Can you play with other people online with the PC version? THat would be really cool!

You commented on my newfound love for photography and I must tell you, it makes my heart swell just thinking about it, that’s how much I enjoy it. If my husband hadn’t bought me the camera, I wouldn’t have discovered how much I enjoy it. I really feel so thankful that he turned me on to it.


KMDuff - December 31, 2007 - 3:39 am

No, they had a Sims Online in the past, but it really turned into a weird version of the game, kind of a dating world or something. It is off line now. What I do though is participate in websites with story writing and challenges and game modifications and custom objects and clothing. I have an XBox version (but no xbox anymore ironically), that was really fun, but I missed being able to make and use custom clothing and objects. Writing and reading stories is a lot of fun too.

Anyway, I think its fun your kids can play it together and enjoy it. It is a fun game.

whimsigal - December 31, 2007 - 3:45 am

Oh yeah. I can see how it could get weird. Isn’t it wild how a game can turn into so much more, like writing stories??

piscesgrrl - December 31, 2007 - 5:33 am

I’m a photography junkie wannabe. So when I get a good camera, get photoshop, get some good lenses, some money, and some time, I’ll join ya! No, really!

sheri - December 31, 2007 - 8:53 pm

One class that I’m taking this semester is Intro to Photography. I have to say mostly because of you and the pictures of your kiddos. :) They’re so adorable! Happy New Year Evie!

Cate - December 31, 2007 - 9:04 pm

And I’m with her!! :-)

Christmas – the Aftermath

This year we had a wonderful Christmas. We didn’t go overboard on gifts for the boys and they really loved everything they got from us and our families. On Christmas Eve, the boys left cookies and milk out for Santa along with a note that read: “Dear Santa, One of the cookies doesn’t taste too […]

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Alison - December 27, 2007 - 6:22 am

I love the Santa note. Sounds like you had a great day. Lucky you getting to sleep in until 7:30. We were woken up at 1:30, our kids decided to set up a bed under the tree at that time!!

whimsigal - December 27, 2007 - 1:07 pm

Oh Alison, I would have cried if ours had woken us up at 1:30!!

Hope your Christmas went well!

carri - December 27, 2007 - 2:33 pm

I’m so happy that your day went so well. I kind of freaked first thing because I felt like we had made the wrong decision to stay home. Like the day just wasn’t going to be special enough. Of course I was wrong. It was just perfect.

whimsigal - December 27, 2007 - 2:44 pm

Hey Carri! We had a freak out moment too, the night before. But like you said, it all turned out ok. Glad to hear that yours was wonderful, too!!

Stephanie - December 27, 2007 - 3:30 pm

We forgot about cookies til the last minute – if you can believe that – then discovered we were out of flour!!! :/
But the children fell asleep a short while later – so we sort of squeaked by without making them – Santa left us gifts anyway, bless him!

whimsigal - December 27, 2007 - 4:11 pm

Oh I can believe it, Stephanie! We had some but almost forgot to put them out. We still forgot to leave carrots for the reindeer. :)

Thank goodness Santa overlooked the empty cookie plate and left gifts for you all anyway. ;)

kalurah - December 27, 2007 - 11:33 pm

OOOH! Silpats and Nigella!
You lucky gal! :)
Do I also detect socks? Now, there’s a practical gift. They’ll come in handy when you’re curled up on the couch with that box of chocolates! :)

Cate - December 28, 2007 - 10:14 pm

Ok, so I have camera AND lens envy now! Looks like you all had a wonderful day & received some fun pressies there.
Do you all pause for a holiday over this season, or wait until summer?

whimsigal - December 28, 2007 - 10:24 pm

Hey Kalurah! Yeah, I always get socks and a toothbrush and toothpaste along with some other cool stocking stuffers, like a remote control for my camera! When I was little my parents only put nuts in the shell, and fruit, and a few candies in our stockings. I gave Sean some v-neck t-shirts. Aren’t we romantic? LOL


whimsigal - December 28, 2007 - 10:28 pm


We did have fun and even though I got one fabulous lens, I ordered myself another that I really wanted off Amazon. LOL My husband couldn’t believe I did it and is still teasing me about it.

When you asked if we pause for a holiday, do you mean countrywide? I know over in your part of the world, you get a substantial amount of time off. Here we only get the one day but my husband saved up his vacation days so he doesn’t have to go back to work until Jan. 2. In the US, people only get about 10-11 paid holidays. Is that what you were asking or did I completely misunderstand what you were asking?!


piscesgrrl - December 28, 2007 - 10:47 pm

Sounds like you had a lovely day! Yay on the camera lens for you! It’s been a Guitar Hero frenzy over here, alternated with ping pong frenzy. The two big hits of the holiday. :)

Can’t wait to read about the meal debacle. LOL

coldhitz - December 29, 2007 - 10:00 pm

We left out the cookies , as always , and the kids were mre fascinated with Santa’s teeth marks than they were with their presents. That’s cool , I don’t think everything can be bought at a store. Your pictures are very crisp. Have a Happy New Year. Thanks for checking out my Vlog, I appreciate it.

KMDuff - December 30, 2007 - 6:45 am

Love the cookie note! How much fun! :)