Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I've moved!

You can come visit me here at my new place.

The Pout

This is the look he gets when he's pouting. Does it work for you? Yeah, me either. LOL.

I've found a new place for my blog so I'll be moving soon. I'm just trying to dress it up a little before the move. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Old Man

He was exhaling his cigarette at the time so it looks funky over his eye. I'm going to have to show him all that gray hair he's got too.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A sweet weekend of doing absolutely nothing!

My parents came for a visit and we did go out to eat at Longhorn on Friday night but other than that we did nothing all weekend. It was just what we needed.
Can you tell that Colby is a little obsessed with Superman pjs right now?

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Wednesday 1/21/09 shot

Fascinating I know. This is my life. Little green army men. If you came to my house you would find a million of them. Such as life with two little boys. He's perched on some ice the boys found in the yard yesterday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Inaugural Day!

Dragging the shutter and fun with jumping

So yesterday the boys played around jumping off furniture. Well, actually, they do that everyday but yesterday I took pictures of them doing it. Great way to send those mixed signals when I'm usually yelling at them to stop jumping off furniture. LOL.

So the first set is just using the flash with a faster shutter speed. Not actually dragging the shutter. But the second set was taken in a completely dark room using my flash. Pretty cool huh? My SS was 25 with f3.2.
I applied the haze action from lilyblue to all of the photos.

Monday, January 19, 2009


So it snowed for about 20 mins the other night. The boys were both so excited and ran outside as soon as they saw it. Here they are licking the snow from the grill cover. Yes, I realize this is pretty gross but whatcha ya gonna do.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Motley Crew

Shot for Saturday, January 17th.

Yesterday we took Jacob to tryouts for a travel baseball team. Let me just say the kid knocked our socks off. Didn't choke up one little bit. He did great! He didn't get picked but that's OK. This was an established team and they were only looking for one new player.

Friday, January 16, 2009


I was so busy yesterday that I didn't get to post my photo so I'm posting yesterday's and today's.

Kind of a boring shot but hey, everyday can't be exciting. LOL.

I thought this was such a sweet capture. It's superman in case you didn't know.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Just me.

I had to do a self-photo for a scrap challenge I'm doing this week so I may as well use the photo here too. LOL. Good thing it's in B&W so that you can't see the gray hairs!
It was taken in full auto so I won't post the settings. I can't seem to figure out how to take a picture of myself in manual mode. But if you have any tips please share.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Am I the only one who didn't watch Idol tonight?

I seriously can't watch that show until it gets down to the final 12. So I'll join you all in a couple of months. LOL.

shot taken with 30mm lens at f2.0 and SS640. I really should have slowed my SS and then opened my aperture so that both eyes would have been in focus since he had a slight turn to his head. I also used a light cross process action on this so it looks a little green.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Panoramic Sun Flare

I took this with my Sigma 30mm at f16, SS8 and ISO100.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A day full of wii and a picture from 1966

It's too cold to do anything else today so the boys have had fun playing wii.
And that little guy is Ralph from 1966. Ain't he cute?!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Watching the sun come up today

I was really hoping to sleep until about 8:30 this morning but alas my boys had other plans. Don't they always?

Taken with 30mm f3.2 SS60 ISO400

Friday, January 9, 2009

The winner of the $15 iTunes card is....;.

Number 5 Jaimie!!
Jaimie, please email me at kellgell@bellsouth.net so I can send you the redemption code for the card.
Thanks everyone for participating!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Little Boy Drew

This is the little boy that Jacob and Colby plays with almost every single day. They honestly all play so well together and never ever get in any kind of arguments. Is he cute or what! And he is so stinkin' sweet and well behaved.

OK so tonight is the deadline for entering to win the iTunes gift card. I really appreciate everyone who's already commented. It's a lot more fun knowing who comes around to visit. I hope you guys stick around and visit me regularly. Maybe I'll be having some other give-a-ways in the future. But I will be back tomorrow to post the winner. The name will be drawn out of a bowl. I think maybe I'll let Colby draw the name in the morning. So come back to see who wins!

I think I may start posting the stats on my photos that I post. I know I always like to know how someone has achieved the results they've gotten and so I'll start posting my stats with the photos.

On this shot I used my 85mm lens at f2.2 with a shutter speed of 400. My ISO was 200. I used the "honey" action by Lilyblue and the frame is from ittybitty actions.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

Today I was trying to get some shots of Jacob when Max came running up to give him a big lick on the face. Nothing better than yucky ol' doggie kisses.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm giving away a free $15 iTunes gift card!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment under this post and on Friday I will draw the name of one person to receive the $15 iTunes gift card. Cut-off time to post is mid-night est Thursday.
Good luck!

Monday, January 5, 2009



Sunday, January 4, 2009


The boys playing clone wars with their light sabers.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Coral Bark Maple (Sango-kaku)

This is such a pretty tree. I love Japanese maples and this one shows such a pretty contrast of color during a season where there is little color.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Feels like a month of Sundays

I swear I'm so ready for work and school to resume. I can't take anymore of this carefree schedule. Give me some routine!!! Now I know when Tuesday gets here and the alarm wakes me up at 6:15 I'll be cursing it but right now I'm ready for it.

Here is a shot of the boys playing on the stairs. They always get their little army men out and play on the stairs.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

and Happy Birthday to the blog. Hope you all have a relaxing new year's day and all your football teams win! Go Gamecocks!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Sunny {warm} Day in December

What a day yesterday was. Sunny with highs in the mid 60s. After so much rain we were all ready to get out of the house. Ralph and I loaded up the boys and the scooters and headed up to the basketball court. The boys had so much fun. We had scooter races with friends and played basketball. After a few hours of all this energy burning fun we headed out for some Mexican food. On the way home we rented Space Chimps and we all went home and watched it. The boys enjoyed the movie and Ralph and I enjoyed watching the boys enjoy it. LOL.
And believe it or not somewhere in between all that fun Ralph and I took down Christmas. We knew that was going to be the best weather all week and wanted to go ahead and get everything out of the yard and put away. I must say it's so nice to have reclaimed my house from all the holiday clutter. I love how cluttered it is when I first put everything out but it's very satisfying to have it all put back in the attic.
Hope you all have a wonderful New Year's eve and may you be very blessed in 2009!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas day

So we had a very nice Christmas. We stayed home all day opened lots of gifts and ate some really good food. My parents and brother was in town and it was nice to spend the holiday with them. Both the boys got the Razor Powerwings. Ralph had his doubts that Colby could handle it but of course, in Colby fashion, the kid has become a powerwing pro! Jacob got the PSP that he has begged for for months and Colby got a really cool castle. The first gift we gave the boys were barbies dolls. They didn't think it was too funny. I caught Jacob playing with on the back porch. I'll keep that picture for years to use as blackmail. I got my Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens that I've been drooling over and a very nice set of Calphalon One cookware. Ralph got the ipod touch and lots of accessories to go with it. I had ordered my parents a 24x20 canvas of the boys that got delivered at 5pm Christmas eve! I was getting very nervous but it turned out very nice.
Today I took down the dead tree and I'm ready to reclaim my house!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Now it's clean up time

My house looks like a tornado came through and destroyed it. My family packed up and left this morning and now it's time to clean up. Here are some photos from Christmas eve. We always let the boys open something on Christmas eve and needless to say they were very happy. Ralph and I went to the Army supply store and bought these outfits for them.
I'll be back tomorrow with some shots from Christmas day.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

One day 13 hours and 31 minutes until Santa comes!

But again, who's counting? My kids that's who!
Here are a few pictures taken over the last few days. I won't be back until after Thursday so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brings you everything you've asked for.

This is my BIL Nat telling me I'd get better results if I take off my lens cap. Of course I looked and he thought that was funny. He's such a silly guy.

This is my nephew Daniel. He was very sweet and played with Jacob and Colby all weekend. He's a great big cousin!

The boys playing basketball.

This is Jacob's nutty sweet teacher playing mutilate the gingerbread cookie.

Friday, December 19, 2008

5 days 15 hours and 25 minutes until Christmas

but who's counting? ME!!!

Today is the one year anniversary of the death of my brother. This day last year I was out with Ralph Christmas shopping when I got the call. Love you Mike!

So yesterday a third box was delivered from Amazon. We had ordered two scooters for the boys and now we have three. Last year I had ordered a play castle for Jacob and ended up with 12 instead of the one I ordered. I, of course, returned the extra but I'm just wondering who the heck is running their shipping department.

Here is a photo that I took at 11pm last night. It was all foggy outside and thought it looked pretty cool.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

6 days 16 hours and 59 minutes until Chirstmas!

But who's counting?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

They've got the naughty part down.

Not so sure about the nice.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Four years of Santa photos

So as you can see we go visit the same Santa every year. He's pretty authentic too. Well at least I think so. I can only hope that he does this gig at least through the next 5 years. Or more if we're lucky. Jacob still believes but he's starting to ask a lot of questions. Like the other day when he and I were walking through a Christmas store and they had a whole display of Elf on the Shelf. I walked around the corner and my heart just dropped. Seriously! What were they thinking? Kids are in and out of this store all the time. How am I supposed to explain that to a kid who is already questioning everything about Santa??? He was disappointed yesterday that Santa didn't remember his name. :o(
So any way, look how much the boys have grown. Santa wouldn't even let Jacob sit on his knee this year. He had to sit to the side. I'm a little sad to see how my little boys are growing up. Look at that little pudgy baby of a Colby. He's almost lost all of his baby fat and is growing into a slim little kid. They were both so cute while we were waiting in line to see Santa. They both kept trying to get his attention and then once we get up there they both claimed up and would hardly talk.
But I think they finally told Santa everything, and then some, they wanted for Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Another one of our favorite Christmas decorations

This is our Santa that hangs from the chandelier in the foyer.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A non-holiday photo for today

This is just a cute shot of the boys that I caught today.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Last year we started the tradition of the "Elf on the shelf" and we've really had a lot of fun with it. The boys are totally into it and I must say it's helped a lot with the behavior around this house.

If you don't have your own elf you might want to go here and read about it.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

This is one I took over Thanksgiving

but I just now downloaded it. I kind of like the way it turned out. He's such a handsome boy. Looks just like his daddy. I wish I had a photo to post of Ralph at this age. Their eyes are just alike.

All Aboard the Ridgell Express

Here are a couple of shots of our train under the tree. I used a really slow shutter speed and my aperture was at 14 so all you see is the blur of the lights on the first one. I thought they were pretty cool. Of course these were taken about 30 mins before our tree fell over and I lost 9 of my cherished Lenox snowflake ornaments.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

We have a real tree and colored lights!

For the first time in about 5 years we have a real tree and I can't remember the last time I had colored lights. It must go back to my early childhood. I do love that smell of pine but the needles are going to drive me insane before it's all said and done.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Somemore photos of a sweet little girl

I was fortunate enough to take some photos of my sweet little neighbor the other day. Is she cute or what!
BTW, you can find the Magic Blog-it board actions I used to make this story board over at http://www.mcpactions.com/