Bunny Pee

18 08 2009

Mr. Bunny, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey.

For those who didn’t click through, there was a story associated with this photo.

One of the wild bunnies at Cannon Beach let me get up close for a picture. When I took this picture, I was by myself. The next day, I was also able to get close to a bunny. It may have been this one. However, Alex was right next to me. Alex moved suddenly, scared the bunny, who then turned around, sprayed us both with pee, and ran away.

Alex was VERY SAD that a bunny peed on him.

First Looks and First Steps

13 08 2009

[written by Molly – Brian finally gave me access to the blog :)]

Finally, the day we’ve all been waiting for – Elsa (my younger sister) had her baby, Catherine Zeibig Vella (they are going to call her Katie), today. She was due last week and we were really hoping we’d get to meet her in person while we were visiting Rochester last week, but she wasn’t quite ready yet. After putting mother through much discomfort for the last three days, she decided to make her appearance at 3:39am this morning. She is 8 lbs 1 oz and 19 3/4 inches long. She has spent most of her time sleeping so far, but that probably won’t last long…

Not to be outdone by his new little cousin, Patrick decided to finally walk today as well! Becky, Brian’s mom, had suggested we give him a wooden spoon to hold while we get him to walk. With a bit of skepticism, Brian gave this a try yesterday morning and it sort of worked as Patrick took 6 steps but he wouldn’t repeat it. This evening, we were encouraging him to walk again and he took 8 steps, then a little later another 6 steps. Now, he seems enamored with this new mode of transportation and if you stand him up he tries to step (not always successfully) rather than immediately dropping down to his knees to crawl. I think we may have finally reached this milestone.

Brian took a short video of Patrick’s latest achievement:

Typical Cannon Beach Weather

13 08 2009

I’ve mentioned how the Seattle heat wave made Cannon Beach clear, sunny, and warm. We did have a couple of more “typical” beach days, too. Even those days were nice, because the mist and fog looked cool. They were more fun days to photograph, too, because whatever colors I managed to get in the frame really stand out.

Grey by you.

Sorry, Mom

11 08 2009

My mom really wanted a new picture of her grandkids together. I tried to take a picture tonight, but weekday evenings are the worst time to try to take pictures. The kids are tired, hungry, and uncooperative.

However, I got to spend some more time tonight going through pictures from our vacation. Hopefully these photos will tide you over until the kids are happy and well fed again!

One of Alex’s favorite things to do at the beach was jump into a pool of water at the bottom of a deep sand hole.

A Jump and a Splash

And here are Patrick and Molly enjoying one of the beach sunsets.

Mama, Patrick, and Two Hats

iPhone Vacation Diary

9 08 2009

While in Oregon, I took one picture per day from my iPhone and posted it to my Flickr site. If you were paying attention, you may have seen these pictures float by. (If you really care about the details of the vacation, and you haven’t already, make sure to click on each picture and read the descriptions.)

Vacation day 7: beach bonfireVacation day 6: Seaside AquariumVacation day 5: Cat in the HatVacation day 4: running in the waterVacation day 3: bunnies!Alex and haystack rockVacation day 1

I work with technology every day, so I take a lot for granted. But I must admit I’m amazed at how easy it is to take photos, edit them, and share them with people all around the country without using a computer. I did this all from my phone.

That’s it. I just wanted to share my slack-jawed amazement at how far technology has come.

Back from Vacation

9 08 2009

We just got back from a two-week vacation in Cannon Beach, Oregon and Rochester, Minnesota. This vacation kept us out of Seattle for the record heat wave. “Heat wave” in Cannon Beach translates to sunny days and 80-degree temperatures. Perfect beach weather, in other words. So to those who stayed in Seattle: Your suffering was not in vain. You sat in 103-degree heat so I could enjoy clear skies and great sunsets. Thank you.


Ready, Set...

One thing I wanted to do on this vacation is make a little movie. I used my beloved Panasonic LX-3 to get a few HD video clips that I may someday edit. Here’s a clip I got during one of the sunsets. I put the camera down very close to the water to capture the surf.

I don’t know if it was that rogue wave or the very fine omnipresent sand that did the camera in, but the next morning I couldn’t get the camera to work. The lens motor grinds and the camera refuses to work. This makes me sad. It’s the best point-and-shoot camera I’ve owned. Unlike everything else electronic, it’s gone up in price since I bought it, and you still can’t find it anywhere. It’s going to be tough to replace. R.I.P.