Friday, May 13, 2011

The One With All the Pictures

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This is one of those posts where you have to keep in mind that this blog is also our family's only baby book/photo album/running keepsake that I have printed. Also, vacation raises the question, how did we all used to get by with a roll of film containing 24 frames, a quarter of which later didn't come out? Because I narrowed our trip photos down to 179! Here are a fraction of them:

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Memories list:
  • I cut Joe's hair just before we left.   (He wanted me to include that in light of the above photo.)
  • "Are we in the air yet?"  (Asked 50 times as we were still sitting on the runway.)
  • Georgia:  "She has BEAUTIFUL....hair."  (As we were de-planing, regarding the woman with obvious, huge, breast implants bending over just 2 feet in front of us and wearing no bra.)
  • Upon arriving at the condo, Georgia gets out of the car and immediately takes her shirt off.  Announces she'll get in the pool wearing nothing. 
  • "Dad, I just threw that cup out the car window.  And it just flew away!"  
  • Saw lots of stingrays.  (Yikes!)  And ospreys.  Rain storm frogs.  And tons of lovebugs.  And freakish sea sponge or brain coral.  (Ew.)
  • "Mom, I'm not asking you if we can be in a jungle, I'm asking you if we are in a jungle." 
  • Junie quotes:  "Shoulders.  Shoulders."  "Walk. Walk. Walk." (Until you went the wrong direction, then, "No! No!")
  • June pretty scared of the ocean.  Never really got all the way in.  Fearful toe dipping only. 
  • Wearing ourselves out throwing June up in the air, and letting her "jump" to us from the pool's edge (i.e., hold hands and step off). 
  • Georgia's allergic reaction at the Island Cow restaurant.  
  • Me (at a group dinner): "Pop Pop's on a special diet."  Georgia: "Because he's old?" 
  • Junie on the kayak: "More bird! More bird!
  • Sunset Grill date.  Noseeums.  Kate up 'til 4:00 a.m.  Misery. 
  • June potty training - lots of naked time.  
  • June asking, "Georgia? Daddy?" every time I got her up from a nap (immediately needing to take roll and know where everyone was).  
  • Totally broke meat "rules" 100%, per usual.  BK Chicken sandwich, oh yeah, baby. 
  • Georgia on the Sanibel Thriller: "Are those dolphins fake?!"
  • Pop Pop found down.  Georgia found down.  Kate found down. 
  • Georgia letting the boat captain pick her up for a better view of the dolphins.  (A stranger!  Kind of a big deal.)  Later re-creating the entire boat out of condo furniture and stuffed animals, and playing "captain" while making announcements into her hand (fake microphone). 
  • Wondering where all the other boats full of 1 year olds, pregnant women, and their 68 year old mothers were as we ferociously rowed against the current into strong winds to cross Tarpon Bay.

4 comments:

Ann said...

What an adventure! And what great photos. I can't believe you kayaked pregnant and with two kids! That's awesome. I'm feeling like a total slacker after looking at your vacation photos. And one more time, I have to ask, what lens are you using. These are SO sharp. Do you use Photoshop too? I need answers, please. Great job!

Kate said...

Thanks! First off, it's not "real" kayaking. It's more like floating through a mangrove, where at any point you could actually step out and walk. The only challenging part was that the wind and current really picked up getting back across the bay to where we started, so it was like 15 minutes of tough rowing!

As for the pics, some are from my "good" camera, some are from my Canon point and shoot, and a few are from my mom's point and shoot. Most of the better shots are from my Nikon D90 + a 50mm 1:8 aperture lens. I'd love to diversify, but that's where I'm stuck for now. I edit in Lightroom 2.0 and it helps a lot - I've got no shame about that! The real secret here is that the light on that condo balcony is AMAZING. It could make anyone look like a pro!

Your photos are super too! Really, I don't think mine are any sharper than yours.

Mindy said...

I adore the matching bathing suits and June's swim cap. Gorgeous. And reminds me that I need to get one of those beach tent things for our summer beach vacation. Oh, and you are ROCKING the pregnancy bathing suit. Nice work.

Kate said...

Thanks, Mindy! Um, yeah, the handful of shots here of me in a swimsuit were *carefully* selected as the "best of the best" (read: the only remotely passable ones). There are many, many more that are just too awful for public consumption! That's why it pays to be in charge of your own blog. : )