Friday, July 30, 2010

Fix-It Friday #64

The Original:

My Color Edit:
Exposure: +0.29, Recovery: 17, Blacks 6, Brightness: 4
Vibrance: 31, Saturation: 14
Tone Curve: Medium Contrast
Hue (Red): 45, (Magenta): 93
Luminance (Red): 24, (Magenta): 14
Sharpened Portraits
Whitened teeth
Increased Exposure/Clarity in eyes
Softened skin underneath eyes.

B&W Edit:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More Dressing Up


Notice that the belt is still there?


Did I also mention it is like 100 degrees outside?  He tried to escape out the front door in this get up but I was able to reason with him.  Once he saw the scorching heat that awaited him the winter clothes were shed but the belt stayed with him.  Of course.

Of course it is more fun to play dress up with someone else.  Here is my new look according to my little stylist:


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Toy Story


We brought Ethan to Times Square to check out the Toy Story display they had displayed.

Notice how Ethan finagled Bob's watch.  He also tried to get Bob's belt but Daddy would have none of that.




He wasn't too impressed. Probably because he has never seen the movie. He would much rather go up and down the elevator - which we ended up doing for an hour.

It was much a Disney month since at our local Wellcome Shrek also popped up for a visit. Again Ethan was not too sure what the big deal was.  We just took a quick peek then was off on our merry way.  Examining cracks in the sidewalk is way more interesting.  Duh.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Fix-it Friday 63


Lightroom editing:
Cropped/Rotated slightly
Recovery: 68, Blacks 5
Clarity: 17, Vibrance: 50, Saturation: 5
Tone Curve: Medium Contrast
Hue (Yellow): 55
Luminance (Yellow): -31, (Orange): 7


Vintage (Using free preset Sweet Pea Vintage by Dawn):

Monochrome (Using free preset Red Headed Sepia by ??):

Saturday, July 17, 2010

iheartfaces fix-it-friday #62


The original:

Color Edit:



Thursday, July 15, 2010

When a Toddler Dresses Himself...


This is the end result.  No pants.  Two favorite shirts (of course they have vehicles on them).  And one favorite accessory.



Ethan is beyond obsessed these days with belts.  He has to wear or hold one at all times.  He also likes watches.  Of course it has to be the one Daddy uses, no other substitutes please.


I went with a friend last Saturday to paint at this place in Central called Artjamming.  I haven't painted anything since art class in junior high, which you can probably tell by looking at the finished product.  Hmm..maybe I can pass it off as something Ethan created?  Although he would probably scoff as he can do much better.

Without further ado, here is my zuò pǐn (thank you igoogle chinese word of the day - yes, this is my lazy attempt to increase my chinese vocabulary.  Would it sound better if I mentioned I have five different word of the day modules in my igoogle?  Yes, that is five new chinese words a day.  Be proud.):


In case you are wondering the splatter is created by a finely honed painting technique I picked up during the session.  Okay okay, it just involved flicking paint from your fingertips but it was fun nonetheless.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Binky Detox FAIL

This past weekend I thought we would get rid of the binky.   He only has it for naps and bedtime but lately I noticed he would want to hang out more in his crib because that is where it is kept.  I had a plan.  We would snip of the tip of the binky and have him discover it was broken and then if Ethan got too heartbroken about it I would give him a second YaYa lovie.  Well, that afternoon a few hours before bedtime we went to 'discover' that the binky was broken.  He seemed fine with it.   I told him I would throw it away and he let me.  On to bedtime.  He asked for his binky for awhile and I reminded him that we threw it away.  He was distraught.  I gave him his second lovie.  He did not calm down.  I gave back the 'broken' binky and he went to sleep immediately.

The next day I cut a bigger piece off the tip so now one third of the tip was gone.  It took a long time for him to settle for his nap but he eventually fell asleep.  When he woke up he wasn't using the binky and he announced it was broken.  I asked if he wanted to throw it away.  He said yes and threw it away in the trash can himself.  That night he slept okay without it but took a long time to settle. 

Third day.  It took him one hour to fall asleep at naptime and he only slept for one hour as opposed to the two to three hour nap he usually takes.  It took an hour to fall asleep at bedtime. 

Fourth day.  He did not nap.  He spent two hours in his crib playing happily - talking to himself, singing songs, running around in circles in his crib.  Bedtime he was overtired from lack of napping but went to sleep okay.

Fifth day.  And note this is the day that Bob left for a business trip.  Usually what happens is I put Ethan to bed.  If he doesn't fall asleep and asks for binky or is unhappy Bob will go in there after a few minutes and rock him for a little bit and then put him back to bed and he is fine.  If I go in there to check on him Ethan will never let me go.  He asks for me to sing him songs, to sit in the glider with him or to lay down in the crib with him.  If I hint that he should go to sleep or make a move for the door he gets very worked up.  As opposed to Bob where he will usually say 'Daddy bye bye' and push him towards the door.  Probably because he knows I am a huge softie and hate to hear him cry and therefore will do whatever he asks.  So today after I put him down for a nap, I could hear him on the monitor asking for binky again.  He complained for a bit then started crying at which point I went to check on him.  He laughed as soon as I came inside probably thinking to himself 'Sucker!'.  Anyways after each check when I start to leave he will start sobbing.  I waited 5 minutes in between checks.  Finally I gave up and gave him back a new not broken binky (after hearing all these horror stories on the bump where end of binky meant end of naps).  He was not appeased but eventually calmed down.  But as I am typing this I can still hear him talking on the monitor.

Sigh.  So after 5 days and much heartache for my poor baby we are back to binky PLUS an extra lovey.  I know I should stay strong and he will get over his attachement with the pacifier eventually but I can't bear to see him so sad and uncomfortable without it.  Binky 1.  Mom 0. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Toys

We got Ethan some new toys a few weeks ago for his birthday (way early I know!).  Now that it's too hot or rainy to play outside in the afternoons our monkey has new ways to burn his energy.

Helping Daddy blow up the Jumpalene (we were too eager to wait and buy a pump...Ethan, er, Bob had to do this all himself.  That is dedication!):

Testing out the goods before it is fully inflated:

Happiness! (This by the way is the best $40 USD we have ever spent):

Trying out the new slide:
Slam Dunk!

I have to say we have been hit and miss with toys in the past but these two are clear winners.  Highly recommend!  Our playground has bigger slides and climbing structures and Ethan has never really gotten the hang of climbing up the 'rock' wall or sliding down all by himself (mostly because I am a self admitted helicopter mom and hover over him ready to help him out).  But he mastered this simple slide in two seconds flat and the next day at the playground figured out how to scramble up and down the playground equipment himself.  He is getting so independent!  Sniff!