Photoshop

Everyone has their own opinions on Photoshop.  As we all know by now, I love it.  I think it is great.  I honestly feel that it can enhance a picture and turn it into something much more moving and better than it was straight out of the camera.  There are purists who feel that using Photoshop is like cheating, but I don’t.  I still think you have to be able to capture a good picture before making it amazing in Photoshop.  I also feel like Photoshop is an art form in itself.  Here are a few before and after shots so you can see what I am talking about.  The first ones are straight out of the camera.

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5 Things Tag

Mandi tagged me.

5 things I was doing 5 years ago:
1. Graduating from the University of Utah
2. Living in SLC
3. Working from home making the website for my
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4. Only paying $450 a month for rent.
5. Living in the ghetto because it was cheap and we were very poor.

5 things on my to-do list for TODAY
1. Blog
2. Work
3. Study to take my PHR test in May
4. Work
5. Sleep.

5 things I would do with a million dollars
1. Go on a vacation for 3 months straight.
2. Take my nieces and nephews to Disneyland.
3. Buy a new car.
4. Pay off my debts and give mom and dad money.
5. Buy a house.   

5 places I’ve lived
1.  Dry Creek Canyon
2. A hay field in Osmond
3. Downtown SLC
4. South Salt Lake, Utah
5. Where I live now.

5 Jobs I’ve had
1.  Super Star Drive-in
2.  Gunnar’s Pizza
3.  BCI
4.  The Bay
5.  Montana Boots

5 things I want to be doing in 5 years
1. Doing photography full-time
2. Be settled somewhere.
3. Have our very own house that we own and don’t rent.
4. Have more time to travel and see my family.
5. Being a mom.

5 people I tag
1. Randa
2. Terri
3. Kayla
4. Jeralyn
5. Lindsey

One of My Favorite Pictures

I wanted to share one of my favorite pictures of all time.  This is Baby B holding on to my Dad’s finger.  Baby B was about a month old when this was taken.  My Dad has the biggest fingers ever, and I love how his rough and callused hands from years of hard work are contrasted with those of a newborns soft perfect skin.  

Tuesday Randomness

Some random Tuesday thoughts.

  • Putting on clear liquid deodorant feels like someone spit in your armpit and it grosses me out, but sometimes you have shirts that require it. 
  • I have the best job in the world.  I sat on interview panels all day which is my favorite.  Today was a little odd as I got to sit in on 2 interviews with people who had both interviewed me for jobs.  It is always a little surreal when the tables are turned. 
  • I am going to a basketball game tonight with a coworkers season tickets.  I don’t love basketball, but I love free crap like tickets so I am going. 
  • Yesterday there was almost a foot of fresh snow here and I decided to wear my new sensible patent leather red high heels to work.  I almost had to take them off and walk in my dress socks through the snow into the building so I didn’t biff it.  Good thing I have such freakin awesome high heel walking skills. 
  • I wish today was Friday.  I don’t know how I am going to make it through 3 more days!

Happy Tuesday EVERYONE!

 

Brynlee’s Battle with SMA

This is my cousin Tara’s baby Brynlee.  Isn’t she a beautiful little thing?  Brynlee has SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and I asked Tara if I could post about her on my blog and let you know about her.  If you get time you really should read Tara’s blog from the beginning to learn more about what SMA is, and about their sweet family. 

I got these facts off of Tara’s blog. 

 What Is Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease. The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. It is a relatively common “rare disorder”: approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.
SMA affects muscles throughout the body, although the proximal muscles (those closest to the trunk of one’s body – i.e. shoulders, hips, and back) are often most severely affected. Weakness in the legs is generally greater than in the arms. Sometimes feeding and swallowing can be affected. Involvement of respiratory muscles (muscles involved in breathing and coughing) can lead to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other lung problems. Sensation and the ability to feel are not affected. Intellectual activity is normal and it is often observed that patients with SMA are unusually bright and sociable. Patients are generally grouped into one of four categories, based on certain key motor function milestones.

Quick Facts About SMA

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two, is an often fatal disease that destroys the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement, which affects crawling, walking, head and neck control, and even swallowing.
WHO IS AFFECTED.  SMA is one of the most prevalent genetic disorders.
One in every 6,000 babies is born with SMA.
SMA can strike anyone of any age, race or gender.
One in every 40 people carries the gene that causes SMA. The child of two carriers has a one in four chance of developing SMA.
7.5 million Americans are carriers.
THE TYPES OF SMA.  SMA Patients are classified into four types based on milestones achieved at onset of SMA. Type I and II are the most prevalent.
Type I, or Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease, is the most severe form of SMA. Type I SMA strikes infants between birth and six months old. Children affected with Type I cannot sit without support.
Type II affects infants between seven and 18 months old. Type II patients may be able to sit unaided or even stand with support. They are at increased risk for complications from respiratory infections.
Type III, also known as Kugelberg-Welander Disease, is the least deadly form of childhood-onset SMA. It strikes children as early as the age of 18 months, but can surface as late as adolescence. Type III patients are able to walk, but weakness is prevalent. Most patients eventually need to use a wheelchair.
Type IV is the adult form of the disease. Symptoms tend to begin after age 35.
SMA does not affect sensation and intellectual activity in patients. It commonly is observed that patients with SMA are unusually bright and sociable

You can followBrynlee’s battle with SMA on her blog.

For the Love of Cake Stands

I have this thing with cake stands, I love them.  I have too many as it is and I am always on the hunt for more.  The prettier the better.

I love this one because it is pink.

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And I love the lid on this.

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When I saw this in my mom’s shop I knew it was going to be mine.  Obviously it is now.  The gold color is amazing!

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Johnny saved his money and bought me this one.  It was way over priced but I was in love with it, and he is in love with me so he is indulges me 🙂

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And this is my first one.  Plain and simple, from Target I think, but I use it all the time. 

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If anyone ever wants to buy me a present, but me more of these 😉

My Brother’s Family

I was going through my picture files and I forgot about these cute pictures that I had took of my brother Nick’s family.  They just found out that their 4th baby is going to be a boy, so they will have 2 of each.  Their kids are adorable.

Here is Baby B.  Look at his poor sweaty little head.  He is done wearing his helmet luckily!

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Here is Nermal, she is a nut.

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Nothing like having a sister.

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More Nerm.  She is the only one who sits for pictures for me.

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Plus I am jealous of her amazing hair.  It is SO pretty!

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And this is where they get their looks.

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Baby B is so sweet and his smile is the best.

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Here is Elga, she is the leader of this pack.

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And more vintage looking.

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My Love Affair With Martha Stewart Continues

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I think we have well established by now that I love Martha.  I have her dishes, wrapping paper, gift tags, cookie boxes, sheets, really I could go on and on.  So it is only fitting that I dedicate yet another post to her. 

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These are the Pom Poms that I bought to decorate for Peanut’s birthday party. 

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 They come in a pack of 5 and they are beautiful.  I even thought they would be great to decorate with for a baby or wedding shower. 

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 They are not hard to make at all, the only thing is that they don’t come with the string to hang them.  But that wasn’t a big deal because my trusty fisherman husband had plenty of fishing line on hand.  Plus they were so pretty in front of the window when the light hit them. 

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Thanks again Martha!

YW Lesson #4 Seeking the Companionship of the Holy Ghost

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Here are my handouts for lesson #4.  I chose the scripture from D&C 8:2 which reads:

Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

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For my treat I bought chocolate candy hearts to go along with with the scripture. 

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Here are my handouts for writing things off the board as instructed in the manual.

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Here is the link to my scripture handout: holy-ghost21

Here is the link to my Worthiness/Blessing cards: holy-ghost-bw2

Here is a link to the lesson itself: YW Lesson #4 

Here is my link on Sugardoodle: YW Holy Ghost

Hope these help!