Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy 25th Birthday Jake!

It was Jake's birthday on Friday and I got really excited about it, which is strange because in general, I really am not a fan of birthdays but you know, things change I suppose.

On friday all we really did was have a little party at work and then I gave him his presents.

This is Jake holding his 3 favorites- an external harddrive encasing, Enchanted, and an eBay giftcard.
This is a picture of all his presents! I will list them because it might be hard to tell from just the picture: a pair of plaid shorts, a pair of black dickies shorts, 4 ties, 3 shirts (only 2 in this picture because he is wearing one), a pair of basketball shorts, new shoes (that is the gift I was most excited about), 5 books: Magicians Apprentice and Master, and the DragonLance Chronicles, an eBay giftcard, Enchanted, and two external harddrive encasings. Oh yeah, and a new belt.

And here he is wearing his new shirt and bball shorts with all his presents. Oh, and there is a card from his grandma, sister Eliza, and his mom and dad. :D I am quite pleased with the things I got him and he seems to be as well- although even if he wasn't, I am not convinced he would tell me.

Then on Saturday, we went to the nickelcade for two hours- bleh, I don't really like it there, it always smells bad and I just suck at games. But its one of Jake's favorite places in Utah so that happened. We got like 1200 tickets but we are saving up for... Monopoly I think. (It will turn out to be the most expensive board game ever). After the nickelcade we went out for All You Can Eat Sushi at Sakura and I LOVED it! We definitely ate enough to make it worth it and truth be told, after like 12 rolls, I probably still could've eaten more but Jake was done. And then we finished off the night with The Green Lantern, a movie that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

And then today we had his birthday feast! We made ribs, rice, corn and cornbread muffins and we had cake with cookie dough ice cream.

This weekend was definitely exhausting but I am so glad that we got to celebrate Jake together. He is just so great and I don't know anyone who would say different. But don't just take my word for it- if you don't know him, you should. (He is a little awkward at first, but after a little bit its quite endearing) ;)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Just an Update on our Life

So I read a couple of my friends blogs and every month or so they do a detailed update of everything and everyone in their family. This is brilliant! (At least I think so) So here is my first attempt at an update on our life.
Jake: Jake just finished spring classes and he is very excited to take a break from school. He did really well and I am very proud of him because it was really compacted but he managed to come out alive and well. He works at the Post Office still, but periodically applies for programming jobs but there hasn't been a ton of response- probably because there are a billion people that want those same jobs. He had an interview which ended up just being a learning experience but I am still grateful for the opportunity and the guy seemed really nice and gave Jake some pointers which is great. He plays his video games- World of Warcraft (with my brothers) and Eve but he still manages to get everything he needs to done and spend lots of time with me so I think its a pretty sweet deal.
Meredith: I am still pregnant- almost 32 weeks. Pretty exciting. Sadly, the pregnancy is getting harder and harder and has forced me to stop working and going to school until next January so I have a lot of open weeks ahead of me. But, don't worry- all the hard stuff is apparently just the normal course of pregnancy (which really, doesn't make me feel any better about the situation) I also just finished classes- it was just a silly waste but it made it possible for me to sign up for 2 independent study art history classes which will help me graduate a semester earlier than if I hadn't and I didn't have to pay for them which is awesome. I have completed one and am about half done the other but its modern art and no offense to anyone who thinks that sun rises and sets with Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Frank Lloyd Wright, but I just don't like it at all. The architecture is almost acceptable but the art pieces themselves definitely don't make me smile. I am still trying to do photography and have done a couple photoshoots and I learned to edit which is great, now I just need to try and get my name out there so I can bulk up my portfolio so I can apply for that online photography program I want.
Mikey: Mikey is our soonish to be born baby! Full name Michael Ma`iola Logan after my dad (Michael obviously- I'm the white half of this relationship) and Ma`iola is Jake and Jake's dad's hawaiian name so he is going to start life with a good strong name but we are going to call him Mikey because I think its cute and Jake doesn't seem to care. We just went to the doctors yesterday and they listened to his heart and its good and strong and he is measuring in at just about average. Our doctor (Dr. Somers- she's great, I'm a big fan) says that the baby is good and healthy and growing just as wanted. He is extremely wiggly- normally only giving me about 5 minutes in between quite impressive kicks (in my opinion) and about a two hour break in the morning when I can only assume he is sleeping. Also, what I think is the most exciting, is that he has started to respond to Jake's voice so when Jake talks, he moves. I think its pretty amazing.

So overall, we are doing great. Hope you enjoyed this update and that it wasn't too detailed to or ton boring- its a fine line I think.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Editing Lesson

Tonight I got really bored so Jake, after months of trying, finally convinced me to learn how to use photoshop. And you know what, it was so fun. I am quite proud of myself for what I did and I wanted to share it with all of you (whoever it is that reads this blog...)

These are my very first attempt at editing.

So here are some examples of what I did. The picture on the left is the original and the other ones are the edited copies. These are from the same photoshoot that I already blogged about with my friends Kathleen and Harris. I hope that you enjoy them!

This last one is my favorite. They are clearly 3 different pictures so the originals are not posted. But I got really excited about this idea during the photoshoot and I am glad with how it actually turned out.