Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Crafts, Cupcakes, Stockings and More...

Blaine and Felicia's Christmas Slideshow 2009Each Christmas we pick a fun craft to do with the kids. This year we made little felt mice with candy cane tails and handed them out to family, friends and classmates.

On Christmas Eve, Blaine sang with the church choir and Felicia played violin.

Christmas Day was the usual fun of opening stockings, having breakfast, opening gifts, playing games, eating a scrumptious Christmas dinner, etc. Click the link for our Christmas 2009 slideshow. If the slideshow doesn't start automatically, click the 'Slideshow' button in the upper left.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Can You Solve Our Christmas Puzzle for 2009?

All the kids had a lot of fun creating our annual Christmas Puzzle for 2009. It's a standard word search puzzle, so it shouldn't be too difficult, but there is a hidden message to find when you are done.

If you are absolutely stuck, you can find the answer here.

When you solve it, please don't give away the answer but feel free to add a comment to let us know that you successfully figured it out. And we are always looking for new ideas for next year's Christmas puzzle, so submit those too.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 - Making Yummy Hors d'Oeuvres

Blaine and Felicia's Photos of Thanksgiving 2009For Thanksgiving, we had a fun time making hors d'oeuvres for Thanksgiving dinner. My favorites were the "Bacon Hugs" which were figs stuffed with water chestnuts and wrapped in bacon.

If you'd like to see the photos, click the link to our Thanksgiving 2009 Photo Album. If it doesn't automatically start as a slideshow, click the "Slideshow" button.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Diablo Magazine votes our Halloween Costumes "Most Original"

Halloween Costumes 2009Each year our family comes up with a different "family theme" for our costumes. This year we chose to dress as Wonders of the Ancient World. Halloween Costume AwardIn our local costume contest contest and parade, we were winners in the group category. In addition, when we submitted our photo to Diablo Magazine's costume contest we won an award for "Most Original"

Take a look at our costumes for this year and years past

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jason's 8th Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese

Jason's 8th Birthday Party at Chuck E. CheeseOn Jason's actual birthday, we had a small celebration just with the family. For this cake, Jason requested a vanilla cake with peanut butter and Reese's Pieces. Felicia made a SpongeBob SquarePants cake decorated with shells, seaweed, sand, peanut butter and chocolate frosting, etc. The inside was vanilla cake with embedded Reese's Pieces and chocolate mousse filling baked so that it formed a heart in each slice.

To see the photos, click on Jason's 8th Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. It should start as a slideshow, but if it doesn't, click the "Slideshow" button in the upper left.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jason's 8th Birthday Party at the Jungle

Jason's 8th Birthday Party at the JungleJason recently celebrated his 8th birthday by inviting classmates to join him at the Jungle. Apart from all the fun of crawling through tunnels, heading up and down ramps, sliding down slides, etc. the group had fun in the "Monkey" party room.

There the group had pizza, played several rounds of "Cat Bingo", opened presents and ate cake. For the cake, Jason requested sky blue and red frosting, a cat, chocolate inside and Oreo cookies. Felicia was able to incorporate every element and you'll see that in the pictures.

To see the photos, click on Jason's 8th Birthday Party at the Jungle. It should start as a slideshow, but if it doesn't, click the "Slideshow" button in the upper left.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mini-Vacation Luau Party at Work

Mini-Vacation Luau PartyWhen you can't afford to send everybody off to a tropical vacation to celebrate their hard work, what's the next best thing? How about a fun "virtual" vacation luau party?

A group at the office organized a fun celebration with Hawaiian music, a slideshow of vacation photos, a raffle, best Hawaiian outfit contest, real luau food, etc. It was a great way to take a break from work.

Here's a few photos I took of the Mini-Vacation Luau Party!.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chicago - Sights and Sounds - June 2009

Play Chicago VideoIn June 2009, Blaine spent two weeks in Chicago. The primary purpose of the trip was for work, but there was definitely time to explore the city of Chicago and to see the sites (Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago 'Bean' in Millennium Park, etc.)

It's taken a couple months, but I've finally created a movie of the fun that was had. Take a look at the video Chicago - Sights and Sounds.

Production Notes: The introduction (spinning and scrolling pictures) was created in After Effects. The rest of the video was put together using Sony Vegas. The HD video was shot on our Canon HV20 HD camcorder, mostly with a wide-angle lens.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Easter Fun 2009 (Video)

Play Easter Fun VideoOkay, a slideshow is okay, but wouldn't you like to see some video from Easter? Well, here you go!
Easter Fun 2009 - 4m 31s

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter in Full Bloom!

Blaine and Felicia's Photos of Easter 2009It was a fun-filled Easter.

There were easter baskets, egg hunts, colorful dresses and ties, good food, playing games, and spending time with our family.

Check out a slideshow of the Easter 2009 Fun!.