Birthday Boy

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jacob turns 16 this week. Wow! SIXTEEN... Let's review a few photos:

2000- 7 years old -Happy Camper! Party at Peter Piper Pizza! That's Matt Effland there on the right!
2001- 8 years old Awesome Sleepover Party. This was the year we earned the 3 room tent selling scouting popcorn, so we had a campfire complete with s'mores and bunches of friends.
2004- 11 years old- Our neighbor Rojit and Joshua were in attendance. Jake got to decorate his own cake with various candies--gummy worms, red hots, etc.

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This was 2007. The 'not so thrilled' look on his face is due to the fact that he found out on his birthday that he was going to have surgery on his foot. Notice that he lit his own candles--He was 14.

*Sigh* They grow up so fast. Stay tuned for for his 16th birthday pics!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Caleb got his Driver's License!!!
My Firstborn son is loose on the roads! Well, maybe not loose... His first Solo was to Cristine's House, of course ;) During the same evening he was promptly made the new family chauffer by his 2 brothers. Nate needed picked up from the dance and Jake conned him into dropping him off at his friend's. Grumbling was heard, but we knew he was lovin' the opportunity to drive, anyway!
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PS Rocks!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Original SOC (Straight out of the camera)
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Photoshop-RAW adjusted then fine tuned in PS.
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Photoshop Fun!


Levels, Saturate, PW Action: Warmer, Unsharp mask x 2

PW Action BW, history brush to recolor.

Type+Writer Day 8

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 8 Journaling

Today I am thinking about Nate. My sweet youngest son. I have been thinking that he does not get as much attention from me as I would like to give him. It is a symptom of being the youngest, I think, but I would like to change that.
He is such a neat kid. I admire how he can get up early every morning and just bounce out of bed eager to meet the day. I would say that he is Daddy’s boy, but he is my boy, too. Bob takes Nate with him on errands and makes a point to spend time with him. Bob and I were discussing this and I noted that it is probably easier for me to relate to the other 2 as grown up men than it is for Bob. This would be different if we had girls. Nate is in transition. He is in 7th grade now. I remember thinking that Caleb was easy to talk to and so grown up when he was in the 7th grade. Why don’t I think of Nate that way? I think it is because he is my baby and I may not be ready for him to grow up too fast.
Nate is such a friendly guy. He hugs everyone he meets. He always has complimentary things to say, which is why he has the nickname “The Silver-tongued Bandit”. He is clever and witty. He is so fun to be around because he is constantly trying to make me smile and laugh. He has served on the student council at school for 2 years and this year he is the vice president. I sense that he is frustrated with the scheduling conflict this year. His football games are on the same night as the student council meetings. He also plays a mean trumpet. Originally, he wanted to play drums, but we signed up for try outs too late and all the percussion slots were taken. He has quickly learned to read music and make his instrument sing. Last week, at the ‘Battle of the Bands’, he looked like he was having a blast being a band geek. Time will tell if he decides to stick with the Band or pursue football.
On a daily basis he can be found at a friend’s house. I am glad that we chose to live in a subdivision where he can easily walk to many different friends’ houses. The other main attraction Nate enjoys is playing games on his computer. Out of the 3 boys, he is the one who is most likely to play games.
His sense of style is only beginning to develop. Mostly he just wants to be comfortable. He will routinely arrive downstairs with tattered jeans and an ill fitting T-shirt. Most of the time he can get away with it, but periodically he is sent back up to find something nicer to wear by either his brothers or me. He bought himself a Navy blue bowler hat last summer. It definitely suits him. He looks very handsome with his stylish glasses, hat, and trademark dimples. His older brothers remark that they remember not caring about what they wore at his age either. Jacob decided that it’s okay for Nate not to look cutting edge because then the girls are not as likely to come after him.

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