it's been crazy around here. We've been keeping busy- going out and doing things as a family. We bought a new bed last week, our other one was 7 years old, which probably doesn't sound old but, holy smokes, it was worn out. Now that the new bed is all set up and I've had a couple nights to get used to it, I am in love and I realize what a piece of turd the old bed was. I need a step stool to get onto the dang thing- but other than that, it's great.
For those keeping tabs, allergies are still ahead of the game and I'm not going down without a fight. Last week I started taking allergy pills regularly which help immensely but they seriously impair my sleep. Not sure what to do about that. Anybody have any ideas (for the allergies and/or the sleep), please share, I'm desperate!
We went to the Strathmore Rodeo yesterday! I really enjoyed it! The midway was supposed to start at 3pm but NONE of the carnival help arrived so it started a few hours later. After the poor guy organizing it called in some favours, I imagine. We also took in the actual Rodeo- the Bronc riding, Bull riding, Barrel racing and chuck wagon races. There was a nasty crash in the second to last heat and we found out later that one of the fella's lead horses had a heart attack during the race. I watched the video of the driver talking about his beloved horse (clip titled "Tough night for the Rainbow") and it was heart breaking. I don't know why I found the rodeo so interesting this year but I wanted to go back today and watch the rest... especially since I can hear all the action from my front porch (and see the grandstand!). Tonight I watched the amazing fireworks display from my front porch- unfortunately they didn't start until 11 because it was still too light outside so the kids missed them. I heard a lot of car alarms going off when the biggest fireworks exploded overhead, I don't know how the loud booming didn't wake the kids anyway!
Today I received some new camera equipment in the mail, a week early!! I bought a Fong Cloud flash diffuser, a reflector and a Speedlite 430EX off camera flash. I took them out tonight to test them in different conditions but I haven't had a chance to get the photos off my camera. Instead I spent the time working on the photos I took at the waterpark last week. The one above is probably my favourite shot. You can see the rest in my flickr goodness. I am shooting a wedding on September 6th, so I'm hoping these tools will help me get as many good shots as possible in the 3 o'clock sunshine.
Jessica is coming as my gopher.. it's going to be fun.
Well, this is it for tonight- I'm off to flip my laundry and hit the sack.
Take care all!