Archive for April, 2009

Annie’s 6 Months Old Today!

On Annie’s 6-month birthday, we decided to go to breakfast at the same place we went 6 months ago.  Then, after an hour-long nap, we headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to walk over to Kelsey Creek Farm for the annual Wild ‘n Wooly Sheep Shearing.  Annie really liked the goats, but wasn’t quite sure about the sheep.  Needless to say, we support her choice in animals.

I snapped a few pictures of Annie after we got back from the park… it turns out that  these pictures were taken when she was officially 6 months and 20 minutes old.

For comparison, Annie at 20 minutes old:

Annie at 20 minutes

Annie at 20 minutes

 

Annie at 6 months, 21 minutes old:

Annie at 6 months, 21 minutes old

Annie at 6 months, 21 minutes old

 

More pictures to come… (hint:  they’re already over on http://pix.psychokitty.org in Annie’s Month 7 gallery).

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Annie at 6 months



6 months ago today we ate breakfast here and had a baby by dinner.

Originally uploaded by ceepdublu


6 months ago today we ate breakfast here and had a baby by dinner.

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Cute picture of Annie

Yeah, I know — every picture of Annie is cute, but hey. :-)

Yes, I am devastatingly cute.

"Yes, I am devastatingly cute."

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Rolling

 
Crawling sounds like fun, but were not sure how to do it yet.
Crawling sounds like fun, but we’re not sure how to do it yet.
 
tiiiiiiii

tiiiiiiii

 
mmmmmmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbbbbb

mmmmmmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbbbbb

 

eeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr!

eeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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DSC_9587



DSC_9587

Originally uploaded by ceepdublu


Obligatory cute picture of Annie

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DSC_9759

Originally uploaded by ceepdublu


Annie at the Mariners game.

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PictureMail



PictureMail

Originally uploaded by ceepdublu


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Baby’s first text message.



Baby’s first text message.

Originally uploaded by ceepdublu


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PictureMail



PictureMail, originally uploaded by ceepdublu.

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PictureMail



PictureMail, originally uploaded by ceepdublu.

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PictureMail



PictureMail, originally uploaded by ceepdublu.

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PictureMail



PictureMail, originally uploaded by ceepdublu.

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Annie in her Easter dress.



Annie in her Easter dress., originally uploaded by ceepdublu.

There will be better pictures courtesy of Tante coming soon. For now, though, you’ll have to settle for this one. :-)

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In the sink?

I was getting ready for a meeting this morning, and Annie was in the mood to be entertained (she was trying her hardest to avoid a nap, of course–you’ll see the tired eyes). On a whim, I stuck her in the (freshly cleaned and nice and dry) bathroom sink. She thought it was pretty much the Greatest Thing Ever. Enough so that a camera was necessary.

I apologize in advance. But tell me, how was I supposed to pick the cutest three or four out of these?

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The look of concentration…

Annie *really* wants to start crawling — she just doesn’t quite know it yet. Look at how she’s concentrating on the ball…

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Shades



Shades, originally uploaded by wa_bookworm.

Our first 70 degree day since last October, and it means sunglasses on the baby. After the novelty wore off, she was not impressed. :)

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Big girl!



Big girl!, originally uploaded by wa_bookworm.

Another milestone… she’s big enough to sit up in a shopping cart!

A few others we’ve hit in the past week… She can now sit unsupported for quite awhile, and she’s working on grabbing toys while she sits up. She can roll from front to back and back to front (and much to Mommy’s chagrin, spent all night the other night practicing this skill and waking us up in the process). She’s discovered that she can get her toes into her mouth and protests loudly when said toes are covered up and she can’t get to them. That’s okay, it’s next to impossible to keep socks on this kid anyway. She has pretty big feet, too–most of her socks are 6-12 month, but one set is 12-24 months and fits just fine. I think she got those feet from her Daddy. She can do a pretty good pushup on her hands and is starting to figure out that the knees might come in handy as well, and last night we discovered that she can turn herself around and drag herself a bit on a hardwood floor so that she can get a toy. She also played with a ball for the first time last night and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

Our girl’s getting big! Hopefully some real pictures later this week. :)

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Radio Control Boats at Downtown Park

Kristie’s note: Also not an Annie post. I’ll try to get to that today. :-)

Our stop at Downtown Park this afternoon was actually not by plan.  After church, I commented to Kristie that after stopping at the office to get the camera for some sunny Kelsey Creek Farm pictures, we should stop by Downtown Park for a brief photo session.  It just happened that Annie fell asleep on the way into the office parking garage, so we settled on parking the car, with Kristie watching Annie sleep while I wandered around taking pictures. 

Needless to say that on the first 70+ degree day (probably the first 60+ degree day in quite some time as well), the park was absolutely packed.  I had hoped to grab some quick shots of people using the park — walking around the trail, playing catch, tossing the football, or just enjoying a nice warm day in the middle of downtown Bellevue.  What I got was even better.

I had seen pictures of people sailing radio-controlled boats on the reflecting pond, but had never seen it in person until today.  From what I could tell, a radio-controlled boat enthusiast club had gathered to send their miniature ships through a series of rigorous tests.  I also saw some people with clipboards observing the boats, so am wondering whether there is a judging component involved as well.  When I get to the office tomorrow, I am going to need to get more information on the group — in particular, how frequently they are there.

I had originally started out with the Nikkor 17-55mm/f2.8 lens — my favorite lens for most occasions — but quickly switched over to the VR 70-200mm/f2.8 lens with a 1.7x extender on it.  The 70-200mm lens is amazing to begin with — it’s nice and fast, extremely high quality, and makes pictures in less-than-ideal light very possible (I’ve gotten some amazing youth theatre pictures with this lens).  With the 1.7x extender, it brings a high level of zoom at a low price, and a relatively low cost on light (1 stop).  Shooting in full sun as I was today, there wasn’t any problem with trading off a stop of light for increased zoom.  That and I was shooting on aperture priority, stuck on f9.0 for most of the day, so it REALLY didn’t matter all that much…

Most of these pictures are straight out of the camera (except for possibly being rotated by Windows Picture Viewer), but I had to do some cropping for some of these boat pictures…


(Nikon D200, VR70-200mm/f2.8 lens w/1.7X Extender @ 340mm, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec., f9.0 – Cropped)

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Spring Flowers at Downtown Park

Kristie’s note: Not an Annie post. She was asleep and unavailable for a photoshoot at the time these pix were taken. :-)

Every spring I tell myself that I need to get out more frequently to take pictures of Bellevue’s fine system of parks and open spaces.  Every summer, I realize that I haven’t quite made it out as frequently as I had originally wished.  I think what ends up typically happening is that I head out for the first time too late.  Last year, for example, I finally made it to the Rose Garden at Downtown Park when the spring bulbs were past prime.  This year, however, I made it there as things were just starting to pop. Read the rest of this entry »

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