I’m sneaking in a post because I’m very chatty and since my blog has recently been taken over by the 12 Days of Christmas {which I am thoroughly enjoying, BTW}, I haven’t gotten all my words and pictures out lately. Steve was off work last Friday so we took the girls to lunch at the Tomato Head and then to the zoo. It was a beautiful day, the fall colors were shimmering, the animals were frisky and the weather was perfect.

We saw ‘Edie–the Elephant’ which inspired me to go for a run once we got home. I’m just saying. Maybe it was the line ‘compared to other elephants, Edie is a medium sized, well-proportioned elephant with short tusks and little tail hair’. Nice.

In other news, we’ve been studying the Vikings in history and made these darling little Viking boats. I started a book on the Norsemen called “West Oversea” by Lars Walker. Very interesting historical fiction about the Vikings. And lo and behold, that same week, Issues Etc interviewed Lars Walker on the Vikings and on his book West Oversea!!! I was completely wowed by that. I mean, I love Issues for a variety of reasons but sometimes their timing is impeccable.

And I’m not gonna lie, we are huge Minnesota Vikings fans! How ’bout that FAVRE? Truthfully, we have loved Brett Favre forever. A rugged man’s man from Mississippi. What’s not to love? Who doesn’t love Brett Favre? Doug and Andrew—don’t answer that.
I’m pretty sure my girls may be confused and think that Favre sailed from Norway to Iceland.

On the photography front, I’ve been experimenting with the manual settings on my Nikon d90. I took this pic with a iso of 1200, white balance of ‘flourescent’ and now I can’t remember the aperture. I love how it turned out though. I really don’t know any other way to learn than to practice with different settings and take tips from friends like Darby whose pictures are inspiring. {Click on her photography icon}

Then, there were the trick or treaters making their funny faces.

So, now you know the rest of the story.
I should also let you know that I just became the newest contributor to the Blissfully Domestic Online Magazine. Any ideas what I should write my first post about?

8 comments on “Our latest comings and goings…..”

  1. The portrait turned out beautifully.

    Congratulations on the contributor job! How about writing about a few of your favourite jobs/hints/inspirations…

    Saskia x

  2. Darby is amazing! I really enjoyed ready all her tips from her great photographer friend.

    Your kiddos are just precious! What a great "Vikings" project. So creative!

  3. Being in Wisconsin, I'm going to ignore the whole Brett Favre part of your post. The whole state is working through its resentment issues. 😉

  4. Congratulations on your contributor job!! I am sure anything you write will be great. I am so thrilled I found your blog!!

    Great pics. The trick or treaters looks great. We did the Vikings a couple of years back and had so much with it.


  5. You guys are a couple of weeks ahead of us in SOTW. We're on the Moors this week, and we start the French kings next week. Did you do anything fun for those units?

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