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donna
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Great to hear from you, Donna! How are you doing? How's Catherine? I bet she's grown a foot and a half since I last saw you both! I just added you as a friend on facebook so we can stay in touch much better! Happy Chinese New Year!! :) Donna
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2014 on Happy New Year! at Double Happiness
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Thanks for the sweet words, Denise! :)
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2013 on 4th Grade at Double Happiness
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This is one of my favorite photos of her! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2013 on Last night in China at Double Happiness
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It took us 11 years to get back into our camping groove so it'll probably happen eventually for you and Michaela too!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2011 on Camping isn't for wimps at Double Happiness
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It was here: http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks/parksarticle?contentId=c1128a77d9784010VgnVCMP230004adc4a92____ :) Donna
Toggle Commented May 11, 2011 on Camping isn't for wimps at Double Happiness
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You say that my words during the experiment "nudged" the girls to wait but I disagree. My girls completely understood that they could stop the experiment at any time by choosing to eat one of their treats. They knew that there was no right or wrong choice as far as Mommy was concerned so their only incentive to wait was simply to get the 2nd treat. My "no touching" admonition wasn't meant to discourage them from eating the goodie and I don't think they perceived it that way. It was simply reinforcing one of the rules that we agreed upon at the start of the experiment. It's funny that you are sure Gwen would have failed because I know her much better than you do and I remain almost certain (even today) that she would wait all day if there was a guarantee that she'd get two candies instead of one. Thanks for commenting though! It was fun to go back and watch the video! :)
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Thanks, Lisa. It's been a hard week. I was composing this post when I got the phone call about my Dad passing away. Everything's been a blur since then and getting this posted feels like a step back towards normalcy. I love that photo of Gwen with the umbrella and it would be such a shame if I never finished the post. It seems like I never have time for facebook and I really thought it would be easier to keep up there than on the blog but I kinda miss the blog. If I really do return to blogging, I'll have to figure out how to deal with the guilt of rarely visiting other blogs though. Weird how life just got busy in so many other ways and squeezed out the stuff I used to LOVE to do!
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2011 on Gappy-Tooth Gwenny at Double Happiness
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Yeah, the one on one time is pretty special. Michael was an only child until he was 16 and I guess I just took for granted how much easier it is to only have to focus on one child. There are real advantages to having a sibling but there's really no denying that our kids suffer a little bit when they constantly have to share the attention of their parents.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2010 on Daughter Date Night at Double Happiness
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Sometimes, I'm shocked at how grown up my babies look! I think I can actually see what they'll look like as adults now. I tried to do that with my son and never really could imagine it but I sure can with the girls.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2010 on Daughter Date Night at Double Happiness
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Not according to the little boy at the bus stop this morning. He insisted that I couldn't possibly be her mother. She told him I was her mom and when he didn't believe her, she looked at him like he was an idiot. ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2010 on Daughter Date Night at Double Happiness
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Oh, she likes bread crumbs too. Especially when they're smeared with peanut butter! ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2010 on Daughter Date Night at Double Happiness
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I used an inexpensive umbrella light. I also had some nice light from the window but it really wasn't enough so the umbrella light was a "must".
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2010 on Laughter at Double Happiness
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I used an inexpensive umbrella light. I really should have used two because that black background just sucked up all of the light in the room. I turned the light around backwards so the umbrella diffused it and I put it up as close to her face as possible.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2010 on Laughter at Double Happiness
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I've tried that psychology too but it's not working for me anymore. When my son was little, instead of saying "cheese", I'd ask him to say something boyishly disgusting (like "poop" or something like that). It cracked him up every time! But this doesn't seem to work on my girls (thankfully!). If Andrew is taking the photos, I usually put on a clown act behind him and the girls respond well to that. But if I'm the one taking the photos, I don't know any new tricks for engaging them. For a while, I could ask them to laugh and they would and that was usually enough to get them really giggling but now they just go through the motions of fake-laughing and it looks pretty pathetic. Ugh. I need ideas!!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Black & White Wednesday: Pearls at Double Happiness
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Thanks so much, Wanda, for letting me know! I thought I changed it but I guess I didn't. Darn it! I went back and added a new link. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Black & White Wednesday: Pearls at Double Happiness
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I've used my ironing board for this purpose too! Photography moms have to be resourceful! Gotta laugh though because I don't ever use my ironing board for the intended purpose! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Black & White Wednesday: Pearls at Double Happiness
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I get my best photos if I "anchor" my girls to one spot by having them sit or lean on something. They still move around but, at least, I don't have to chase them! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Black & White Wednesday: Pearls at Double Happiness
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I used push pins to hold it on the wall. I actually ironed it while it was hanging there! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Black & White Wednesday: Pearls at Double Happiness
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You just have to jump in and start playing around with it! I still have much to learn!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Black & White Wednesday: Pearls at Double Happiness
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Must be the genes! ;)
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2010 on 9/11 {my birthday} at Double Happiness
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It was really fun, Marilyn! Seems like these years are just flying by. Hopefully we'll make it down to So Calif soon and we'll see if we can get together before the 6th reunion. :)
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I'm usually not creative enough to blend actions either. But with limited black and white actions to choose from, it occurred to me to blend a couple of them together! ;)
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I don't think I've ever blended two actions together (at least not from different authors). In this case, I loved the PW action but it was too cold and the Luxe action was too warm. Blending them was a no-brainer. ;) I never use the actions "straight out of the package". I always tweak them to suit my photograph. They're one of the best Photoshop tricks though!
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I love Autumn too!!
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Those two actions are my current favorites. Pioneer Woman's free actions are probably best for you since you seem to like the cool tones of pure gray instead of the sepia tones. And did I mention that they're free? ;)
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