Happy New Year! Time is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of February. Husband and I have been watching the Olympics and I couldn’t believe that four years ago was the winter Olympics in Sochi. It felt like it was just yesterday when that happened.
My oldest daughter competed at a national competiton in Florida last week. We went as a family to cheer the team. This was her first time with her school team so she was nervous. She flew in with her team and stayed with the team at a hotel near Disney World. Husband, our 10-year-old, and I stayed at a different hotel. After competition was over, oldest daughter went with her team to the theme parks in Disney World. The three of us went to Sea World since we’ve already gone to Disney World a few years back and wanted to try something different.
First two photos were taken by pros.
They placed 11th nationally out of 15 teams that made finals. There were over 14K high schools nationwide that participated. I saw a team from Korea, but didn’t know what that was all about. I’m guessing there was an international competition going on at the same time.
A couple of views of the main stage. It was a live event on the ESPN channel. The group performing in the photo below isn’t my daughter’s school but is a school just a few miles from where we live. That was the angle of the stage from where we sat when we watched the competition. When our daughter’s team performed, we got to go up front by the pro-photographers. I only recorded because we were purchasing the pro photos already.
The competition took place at the ESPN Center in Disney World. I was amazed at how big this area was. In the photo below, the shadow in the bottom left is my 10-year-old’s. She took our photo. 🙂
The family went to watch a baseball game at the Coors Field in Denver. The game started out great but the Rockies lost. We weren’t there to see the end because we left when the second thunderstorm came through. I took some photos with my phone and did some editing with VSCO.
This first photo was taken when people cleared the seats because the rain was coming down hard. Everyone moved to the covered seatings or behind the stadium where the food court is. We waited in our seats for about 20 minutes and then the intercom came on and said everyone had to leave the covered seatings because lightning was coming through. It was then that we decided to head home.
Last week’s solo competition was flawless. I don’t usually get teary-eyed when I watch her perform but she had me wiping tears. She has grown so much but she is still my little girl. Photos were taken by a pro-photographer. I purchased them (they were pricey) and cleaned them up a little.
Went hiking last Friday. We got up just before sunrise and while on the road, the sun came up.
I’m in the black coat, my daughter is in the blue, and my brother’s girlfriend is in the white. It was beautiful how the clouds covered the tips of the mountains.
Husband got to carry the cross. It was a very hard hike since it was all uphill. My youngest daughter came along too but only walked a little then got into the car that was aiding us. We made it to Mother Cabrini’s shrine in about 2.5 hours. It was a 6 mile hike but in order to get to the shrine, there is maybe another 1 mile up some stairs.
Husband has made it a goal to hike all 14ers in Colorado after having hiked Mt. Bierstadt over the weekend with a friend. That’s a total of 53 mountain peaks. He wants me to do this with him but I am out of shape and probably won’t make them. I hope to at least hike up a few easier ones.
Husband used Sports Tracker App to track his hike. The orange line shows start to finish and the camera icons are where he stopped to take a photo (the photos pop-up with touch on iPhone or Android, or mouse-over on the Sports Tracker website). Just above the map are his stats.
The goal. It doesn’t look too bad from this angle but from what husband has said, it’s pretty rigorous. Btw, that’s husband’s friend in the photo.
This was the top (elevation: 14,060). There were already others enjoying the view.
Panorama view. Click on it to see it slightly larger.
When I go on one of these hikes, I’d like to go really early and be at the top to see the sunrise.
[Panorama view of the game – click image to view larger]
Last Friday, my sister and her boyfriend invited my husband and I to a baseball game. It was the Rockies against the Brewers and the Rockies won that evening, 4 to 0. I really enjoyed the game.
I also enjoyed watching the clouds roll by. There was thunder and lightning in the clouds but no rain. It was just a gorgeous view.
Speaking of clouds, a few weeks ago I took photos of these crepuscular rays while on the road (husband was driving). It was breathtaking!
Animated Blinkie Created in Photoshop
I learned how to create an animated blinkie in photoshop! There wasn’t just one tutorial with clear instructions (unless I didn’t search correctly) so I followed a few different instructions, one being a youtube tutorial, and was able to achieve this:
The background paper is from far far hill, the elements are from Siamese Studio, and the font is Selfish from dafont.com.