17.4.10

oh baby!

c & i found out i am pregnant as you saw from the previous post...
here's a little bit i wrote after a visit with the midwife

written: march 19, 2010


so to answer questions:

yes, it was a surprise, and we are both so excited.
today was my second visit to the midwife (yes, i'm going to use a midwife at the hospital, if necessary, we have a doctor on call).

the first visit went well and they gave me a due date of 9/25/10.

well, today i had an ultrasound... and it turns out i'm not as far along as expected... my due date is now 10/4/10 (as in roger that, 10-4... hahaha, cheesy, i know). who knows when baby alpine will decide to make an appearance though... you never know...

yes, our nickname for our baby is alpine, it's an inside joke b/w caleb and me - we were hiking (surprise, surprise) and we joked about names for pets & kids and how celebrities are naming their kids all kinds of strange names... (no, we won't name baby alpine ALPINE upon birth)

this is my first baby... and i wasn't quite sure what to expect. at the ultrasound baby alpine was moving his/her legs & arms like crazy... i guess it's in the genes!! haha

below is my favorite picture!



it's a little profile picture. i was slightly concerned about recognizing my child in utero... i remember a "friends" episode where rachel & ross go to the ultrasound. the doctor points out her baby and rachel nods her head that it's beautiful... the doctor leaves the room and rachel bawls to ross and says she can't see her baby... he finds the baby... it cracked me up...
i tried to find a link... but, couldn't find it on youtube.

anyway, that's kind of how i was picturing our ultrasound to go... happy to say, baby alpine cooperated and we were able to get a beautiful profile picture. woo hoo!

after the ultrasound, we went to my regularly scheduled appointment and heard the heartbeat for the first time! it was unreal!!! 162 bpm

so, everything looks good, healthy and it's real now... we're definitely having a baby!

15.4.10

changes...



here's a fun little video... make sure your volume is turned up...

changes are a-coming ;)

12.4.10

sunset at chappy

here is yet another shot at creating a timelapse...

i didn't hold the camera entirely still, hence it didn't come out so smooth...

this was actually my first attempt at a timelapse and oh do i love the sunset at chappy :)

11.4.10

... i have an easter dress and i love to twirl in it...

my niece julia had a beautiful dress for easter and i just wanted to post a time-lapse video i created... i guess i don't have to be jealous... i can create a time-lapse too...

she loved twirling in the dress and i had a sony camera handy... i took a bunch of shots and put them together...

here she is in her dress...



and here is the timelapse... with her twirling...
now be kind... i'm a beginner!!!

10.4.10

it runs in the family...

many years ago, i remember sitting at our dining room table with my grandfather, my dad's dad, on thanksgiving day. i was in fourth grade and learning to draw. art class was my favorite class back then... well, it always was a favorite of mine...

at the time i was at north falmouth elementary school, in fourth grade. my beloved art teacher, mrs. moran, asked me to paint a picture on the wall. i worked hard creating a drawing i could project onto the wall and to this day it is still on the wall... some day i'll take a picture of it, for keepsake purposes. it is a painting of pippi longstocking, tommy, annika and their adventures in the south seas...
one of my favorite child hood characters was...
pippi longstocking

since those days, i dabbled in art.

back to thanksgiving day... i was having a hard time drawing someone sitting. how can you possibly draw someone's legs showing they are sitting? well, my grandfather patiently sat with me; he drew on a napkin showing me how to draw someone sitting. i treasure that memory... i remember finding a scrap piece of orange construction paper and drawing family sitting on the couch in the next room over while my grandfather gave me tips.

so maybe art runs in the family?

my grandfather was able to create wonderful drawings, among other things...

my uncle tim builds gorgeous, beautiful furniture from hand. he creates designs on paper and then forms the wood into phenomenal furniture. in fact, he practically furnished my parents' house. (pictures on that later)

my uncle larry built us a fabulous swingset when we were younger. it was without a doubt the best swingset on the block. we had monkey bars, swings, two floors, a fireman's pole, a rope to climb up or down and a super fast slide. we could swing soooo high on those swings and the swing set would never rock. it was solid. the best thing about swingsets when you're a kid is to be able to swing soooo high - like the big swings at the playground. we had those in our backyard! he then built us a fun go-cart. it didn't have a motor, although he could have easily installed one... it had a brake and a steering wheel. it looked like a little red race car.

my uncle ray is the "artist". he can paint beautiful pictures. when we were little, he would paint us pictures. now, he dabbles in photography, computer generated art and continues with the painting...

i could go on about my dad's other five siblings and their artistic talent, because they all dabble in the "art" in some form or the other.

now, my brothers and i grew up encouraged to do what we love...

but this post is not about me, it's about two of my brothers - pete and phil. they are a senior and freshman at wheaton college in illinois.

they are both talented and have done photography, web design, videography, etc.
in fact, phil, designed my company's website: www.mmisi.com after his senior year of high school. mind you, he's been using a computer since he was 2 and that's no joke.
we had a computer in our family room and 2 year old phil would sit at the computer and play learning games and figure out how the computer worked. i thought i was young using a computer at age 8, but he was the first of the 4 of us to use a computer since he was able to use the keyboard and move a mouse by himself...

this semester at wheaton, pete and phil collaborated on a timelapse video. they took thousands of pictures and put them together in a video...
check out the video and let me know what you think.

(note: watch it at 720p if your computer is skipping, the video was created in high definition)

Wheaton College Time Lapse Video

i am a proud big sister, and slightly jealous of their talent...

this is my recent photo creation that i'm proud of... and pete helped me photoshop it! (a little)


(photo: Sara Giguere - Kiteboarder at Chappoquoit Beach - Sunset)

not quite as exciting as a timelapse video, but i'll be proud of my picture for now... there's always room to improve...

do you make time for doing what you love????
whether it's your job or a hobby?

8.4.10

familia

back in october 2008 i got hitched to a man named caleb...



...i love him...

anyway, they say when you marry someone, you also marry their family...

this is what i was getting myself into...



but no, i wasn't scared ;)
love you k :)

their fam is great!



au contraire!

i was excited...



3 sisters and 2 nieces... i never had sisters before, only brothers...



don't get me wrong, brothers are wonderful...



but it's different to have sisters.

well, now... the family is expanding :)

brooke is having a little baby in august... she finds out next week whether it's a boy or girl!



i'm soooo excited for her, her family, me, caleb, the whole family, everyone... and caleb and i are going to be an uncle & aunt! yay! another niece or nephew to spoil!!!

can't wait to find out :)

congrats brooke, dan, julia and hannah!! we love you!!