my camera lens has yet to be returned. it is awaiting parts (for 4 weeks!) lexi's camera isn't working either, and we've missed many many photo ops - my sister & her family of eight's visit, first day of school, noah's first time riding the bus, etc.
but if i did have my lens, i wouldn't be able to do much with my photos. two days ago our computer screen decided to act as a photographic negative - black is white, red is green, etc. we thought perhaps gracie has changed a setting when she was at the computer, but we've tried all settings, to no avail. is our screen going out? any ideas? when we shut down and restart, the screen comes back normal for a few moments, but then returns to its negative state.
most of my posts are inspired by photos. so i am challenging myself to post without photos, and use my words to paint the photos i would take if i could. (it's a challenge, not a promise)
photo #1: noah boarding the school bus on his first day of school.
although i don't have this photo, i will never forget how my little man looked that day - new haircut, new red striped polo shirt with denim shorts, a blue too big backpack, bright & shiny dark eyes, and a look of joyful anticipation & excitement. i'm not sure who's more excited that he gets to ride the bus, him or me. even if it didn't save me two trips to the school each day, it would be worth it to see how excited he gets about it. i love his preK teacher, and the fact that he only has 6 kids in his class! each day this week i've asked what his favorite part of school was. it was the snack. every time. that's my noah.
photo #2: leaves turning red.
it has felt like autumn for weeks, and the leaves has been turning for about that long too. i love autumn and colored leaves - it's my favorite, but this is a little ominous. the farmer's almanac is predicting a colder winter than usual, with more snow. the national weather bureau is predicting a winter that is warmer than usual, but admits that they can only predict one week in advance. i'm with the farmer's almanac.
photo #3: smokey blue living room walls.
this afternoon's painting job was made possible in part by nauvoo-colusa elementary & gracie's naptime. brock & i hammered it out during the window of opportunity they provided, and love the results! this is the 3rd room we've painted, but the first time that we are thrilled with the color choice. i'm learning as i go that i like rich, intense, slightly muted colors. after painting with two colors that were lighter and brighter than i had hoped, i took gloria's advice and took the living room paint back and talked the paint guy, who gave me lessons on mathematic formulas and colors, into deepening my original color choice. the new color is called "nostalgia". it was risky, as he carefully explained, but i LOVE the results! now my entryway is waiting for the new can of deeper, more yellow, more muted green i bought to cover the softer green that was my first choice. we have paint for three more rooms, and plans for at least two more.
photo #4: robin's egg blue desk & dresser.
brock painted his baby dresser and my childhood desk a bright robin's egg blue for mia & gracie's room. his mother gave me the baby dresser as a gift when i was pregnant with lexi. i painted over the original light blue with white and stenciled hearts and ribbons in rose & country blue (it was 1991). my mom had painted my desk white and had painted strawberries by hand, without a pattern on the top drawer and chair back when i was 10 or 11 - it was amazing. it was hard to paint over that. but they are both absolutely adorable with brock's painting job and new ceramic pulls. and they look like they were meant to be a set.
note: the formatting looks great on my "compose" screen, but obviously has problems in reality.