Cinderella’s Ball (6 year old birthday style)

Another year and another grand birthday party for my niece! It’s more like a family/friend reunion. I think my mom and I ended up with a grand tally of 64 guests. Whew. Held in my parents beautiful backyard each year (tho I think this is the last…according to my dad, ha), my sister seems to somehow rise above the bar set by the previous year’s party in terms of decor/theme, etc. She’s a party planning genius in my book. With the help of my mom, dad, (I add whatever little design pieces I can send from 700 miles away), her husband and whoever else she ropes in, it’s a guaranteed fun time to be had by all.

This year’s theme was Cinderella’s Ball. The party officially kicked off at 5pm, but the dance floor didn’t clear until after 11:00. It felt like you were at a wedding! My little nephew (DJ Polo) spun the tunes all night. The little ones came in their princess attire, tho some of the older ones did too! I know I pulled my party dress out!

This is the first year I shot video footage. Wish I had done so for some of the other parties, which included a Fancy Nancy Fashion Show, Southern Tea Party, Butterflies and Fairies, Nursery Rhymes, and a French theme. Well, as you will see, I did get slightly carried away with my footage as the video is 7:37 long. Oh well, had to capture it all! I could sit and watch this over and over…little kiddos are just the cutest dancers.


Fifty is Nifty

Today we celebrated one of my coworkers (we won’t mention any names) 50th birthday. That is quite a milestone. We decided to surprise her with a little homemade birthday breakfast. I immediately volunteered for decorations, opting out of gift and food duty. Sure, there’s lots of themes one could do for 50 decor, but I just wanted to keep it classy and celebrate how great the year was my coworker was born in, 1962. I went with a black, gold and white color scheme, adding in my good white and gold dishes with crystal glasses/serving bowls. I added little touches of ’62 and the 60s with vintage candies and fun facts from that year, which was quite the year I must say.

I think we really surprised her and I hope she enjoyed herself. I know the rest of us all enjoyed the fruit, egg dish, muffins and mimosas this morning! Always a nice way to start out the workday…


Congratulations…

to the greatest Olympian EVER. 22 medals, 18 Gold. Wow. So lucky to have been around to watch such a spectacular 12 year Olympic career.

Michael Phelps, you are a true champion.


The wait is almost over…

I just got goosebumps watching this video. Amazing how the world can be as one for two weeks every four years. Thank the good Lord for athletics. Best of luck to Team USA and…


Summertime + iMovie

Well, I’ve appeared to have neglected my poor blog for some time now. It’s quite pitiful how long it’s been since I’ve last posted. Maybe I can use the excuse that it’s summertime and I’m out and about enjoying the weather more than I’m on my computer (sure, that’s a big fat lie, but we’ll go with it).

So June, I think I could dub that Country Music month for me. My goodness, it started with the cmt awards, then 4 days of cma fest, there was the Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim & Kenny and a good handful of shows I took in with the local talent on random weeknights, which again, it’s Nashville, so usually doesn’t matter who you’re seeing or if they have a record contract yet.

The July 4th holiday led me back home for a week with my family and friends up in God’s country, aka northern Wisconsin. Though I did escape the heat a little, it was still crazy warm for that part of the country. Luckily most of our time was spent on the waters of the Door County peninsula. If you’ve never heard of, or visited this marvelous strip of land (the thumb of WI that sticks out into lake MI), please read about it here, and for goodness sake, visit! It’s been called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, and for good reason!

In my interest of documenting such trips and events as those listed above, I’ve finally started doing a bit more with the photos/videos I shoot, instead of just leaving them sit on my phone or camera. I’ve finally taken to iMovie, and tho I’ve cheated a bit in using some of their pre-made templates for now, I hope to keep documenting in this manner…but I’ll steer clear of the cheese ball templates from now on. Ha.

Well, I’ll share below. First one is from the cma fest with the work crew. Following that is my trip home on the 4th. Enjoy!

 

 


And the skies parted…

I couldn’t help but snap a few shots while waiting in traffic on my drive home from work yesterday. We’ve had some pretty crazy skies here in Nashville this Spring, I must say, but yesterday it felt like the skies were parting and some religious experience was about to take place. Ha. To my joy, I happened to stop not only in front of the dollar store, but also a discount liquor store. As wrong as it seems to say “And the skies parted, and the Lord came down…” in front of these places, I think they do make for some pretty interesting photos 🙂


The Mission of The Great White Flowers (stop motion animation)

Well, here is my first attempt at stop motion animation. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Just takes a little planning, correct setup with lighting, etc, and definitely some patience…especially if legos are your subject matter! (I kept knocking them over when moving then slightly for each shot).

So, if unfamiliar with stop motion animation, think Gumby, or Wallace and Gromit. The video is made up entirely of photo stills. My video is only about 20 seconds long and consists of roughly 134 photos. Generally speaking, there are about 10 or so photos per second of video, tho I guess I am also counting the title sequence in my time.

A few tips, if you decide to try your own. First, use an artificial light source, one that won’t change, since this may take a while. If you depend on natural light, it may look different from the beginning of the movie to the end. To get the effect of the characters moving through the frames, keep the camera in the exact same place and move the characters ever so slightly in each photo. On the contrary, if you want the characters to look like they are moving with the camera, move the camera along with the character. I hope that makes sense. In mine, I kept the camera in the same place. Shoot your images at a low resolution, for digital viewing, as you will be shooting quite a few photos. And once you have everything shot, simply upload the images to your computer and find some video imaging software that suites your needs to stitch together your photos and create the video. I used iMovie. It was quite simple. I added a sound clip from my iTunes library and voila! I hope you enjoy…

 


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