Monday, June 29, 2009

Jets Over the Heartland Winamac, Indiana

I know it's geeky, but I love shooting forms of locomotion. Specifically I like shooting aviation.

As my husband and I were out on a bike ride with our little flock of goslings we noticed the annual miniature air show, Jets Over the Heartland, was going on.

We decided to take the kids and watch these miniature wings of fury zip, turn, and weave entertaining all that were watching.

As a side note, cost of admission is $5.00 per car. CHEAP FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT!! There is no restrictions on bringing your own food, or beverage, so take a picnic! They do have concessions there in case you get so caught up in the fun that you end up staying for two meals.

While they do have some bleachers I would recommend bringing lawn chairs for optimal comfort. Don't worry about kids getting antsy, every kid I saw there was so in-thralled with the jets no one seemed bored, but if you have a little one there is tons of nice grass that they can sit and play in.

I really can't express how family friendly this event really is.

Back to the important stuff, I've been shooting commercial aviation for some time. I find myself, dare I say, fairly good at shooting the giant boats in the sky.

This event was a WHOLE NEW BALLGAME! Those little planes were FAST. It took me several minutes to figure out how to focus, and catch the planes just so I could get a shot. Once I figured it out though it was GAME ON. I took tons of great pictures and I can't wait for the next event so I can go shoot them again. It was fast pace, fun, and a new challenge.

*If your wondering about the size of these, they really range quite a bit, I would say the average size of the ones we saw were between 3.5 - 5 feet, but we also saw one gulf stream that was at least 6 or 7 feet.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Around Winamac

I took these for the Chamber of Commerce in Winamac, with any luck someday these might be postcards.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Family Needed New Pictures

As I looked at my walls, I realized that I've been so busy taking pictures of other families that mine were out of date.

The ones I have up, Caide isn't even 6 months old, and even though it's been less than a year the kids have grown so much since I took those.

I suppose you don't have to guess to hard about where this is going.

These two are my favorites.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Caide.

A year? A whole year? Really? When, How?

It seems like just yesterday I was hiding the fact that I was in labor from Mike because I wanted to go to our special restaurant one more time before Caide was here. I knew it was early in the laboring process, but I also knew if he had the slightest clue that there was NO way I was getting steak and onion rings. So I kept my little secret close until we left and I got hit with a pretty good contraction. Then the cat was out of the bag.

He was so mad, "YOU KNEW, and you didn't tell me?!" (add in there a slight panic in his voice)

With that response I knew I had made the right decision and mmm that steak was good.

Little did I know that I still had 24 hours more of laboring ahead of me. Although thinking back that was probably a good thing, the steak needed to settle.

Then at 10:20 on June 7, 2008 we welcomed a beautiful, albeit gray as a ghost, 7lb 4oz baby in to this world. The gray was due to him having tied a perfect knot in his cord. Thankfully he was ok, and is as perfect today as he was that warm June night.

First birthdays at our house are big. I've always felt like that first year was the hardest, so not only am I celebrating a birthday, I am celebrating the fact that I survived it all!

This first birthday was no different. We had a cookout, family, friends, and CAKE!!

Happy first birthday Caide, I didn't know I was missing anything in my life until you came in and filled that void.

"The Beginning"

"The middle"

"The end - Drunk on cake"

"all cleaned up and enjoying one of his birthday presents."