Second Mom

So, my mom has a best friend that we use to live right across the street from. And I’ve always have kinda known her as my second mom, If I was ever in trouble that was who I would usually call, and even now she’ll come shopping with us and we go to their cabin, and Payton just adores her too. She’s cleaned my home and made soup for us when Dave was in the hospital or when I’ve been sick, I’ve just really felt like I’ve got a second mom. Anyways she is the only person that seems not to afraid to ask me to do computer stuff for her, She always says I’m sorry for asking you to do this or whatever but I think it’s funny cuz’ it’s all the stuff I like to do, so it’s like she’s doing me a favor giving me a fun project to do. Anyways here are just a “few” of the things I’ve done for her. Just thought I’d share, cuz’ I think they’re cute.

My calling in the ward is the Activity Day Girls, And I love it. It is such a fun calling and not too much stress. Anyways this last activity we went to the Temple visitors center and watched a movie and than we took some pictures of the girls for the next activity which we’ll be making some frames for them. There’s four of us leaders and we were all going to be taking pictures of the girls so we could do it really fast. Well Dave has officially adopted my little point and shoot so I took my DSLR instead. As soon as I took the thing out I felt (umm what’s a good word for it?) I guess shy and self conscious. The other leaders immediately wanted me to take all the pictures since I had the nicer camera- ahhrghh *heartbeat quickens, breathing becomes shallow, I think I’m going to be sick*- I kept telling them that I was no pro and that I seriously was just learning, but nevertheless I took the pictures. I probably should have just taken them on manual mode since my camera is more than capable of taking good pictures on it’s own, but I couldn’t quite think clearly (wonder why) so I stayed in aperture priority mode (AV mode) since that is usually what I’m taking pictures in. Luckily Lightroom is here to save my butt. On some of the pictures I had the ISO set way to high and the aperture set way to low, so I had blown out highlights. On others it looks like I got the ISO right but my aperture was still a little low, If you notice the background was way to blurry. Finally on some I think I got it right, but of course at the end. And the other thing was I didn’t take them in RAW format which would have been smart since I could have fixed those blown out highlights, Oh well I guess luckily it wasn’t anything big, cuz like I said, I AM NO PRO, I just like to take pictures and am trying to learn how to take better ones. But anyways I thought I’d share with you these cute girls, I seriously think there is nothing more beautiful than the girls that you can just see their spirit shining through, they are so pure and good, I hope they don’t lose it, like so many of them do.

Craft madness

Okay, so I’ve been having to ground myself from the computer as of recently cuz’ I can just spend way to much time on it. I don’t watch TV at all but I find sometimes the internet can just be as much of a time waster. So this weekend I grounded myself, and I got crafty cuz’ I was bored. Go figure huh- Anyways I found these little clips at porters for $1 and thought they were kinda cute. And the kids liked to play with them too- So we painted them and modpodged paper on them. Eventually I’m going to start a blog that I’ll post instructions on all of my crafty, creative endeavors just for fun, but right now, like I said- I’m grounded. :)


So on Saturday night I was able to go and attend one of my neices on Dave’s side- Dance recitals in pocky. It was the DSDS studio and this is about the third year that I’ve been able to attend the recital. It always makes me so sad and missing dance, I still want to do it but I don’t know where it fits in my life right now, and there isn’t really that many options for “adult” classes. I don’t like to go and dance and just have it be like a social, let’s learn some dances kinda thing. I want the serious class that you go in and it’s like “shut up, use your brain, learn these techniques, & push yourself extremely hard” and than when you get out of there your just sweating and weak with exhaustion but loving dance all the more. Ya I miss dance so much sometimes it aches, and I still can’t listen to a song and not choreograph a dance to it.

Anyways I do like going to these recital things, I feel like a judge all the way through it though, I’ve just had to much training that I can’t not see all the mistakes or beautiful, hard things. DSDS is an amazing studio and they go so many places and learn from so many different teachers, through out this recital they had had a guest teacher from Utah and his choreography was amazing and so moving, we even got to see him do a dance- AMAZING!

But the one thing I did have a problem with is their costumes and some of their choreography for the little girls. Everything was immodest, and it ruined some of the dances- here they would have this amazing choreography which was so beautiful in itself and they would have these girls dressed like they were in nighties- It would so ruin it.. And than with their little girls they’d have them doing all these sexual things like shaking their chests or their tushes and even some of the techniques they had these girls doing was to early for their bodies to be doing and it will mess up their development. That was the sad thing.

I would love to run a studio someday that had that amount of technique but I would so want it to be an uplifiting thing instead of a degrading thing that was all about sexuality, or giving these girls the idea that to get that attention they need to be doing something sexual. Anyways all in all I miss Dance. :(