Hope those in the States had a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend! On July 4th, we were contemplating going blueberry picking in the morning, but the storm clouds kept lingering. It never did rain, so I’m kinda bummed we didn’t go. Oh well! In the evening, we decided to stay up late with our 3-yr old (J) and took him to see fireworks with another family. We had a picnic dinner, where the two 3-yr olds entertained themselves on the playground and then actually came to eat dinner. We then plopped ourselves (I gingerly plopped) on the grass, and the kids were entertained with glow sticks (best $1 purchase).
Photo note: Because there was little daylight, I took the photos above at the highest ISO my camera has, ISO3200. The photos are blurry because the shutter speed is pretty low (or else the photos would be pitch dark) and of course, J keeps moving.
Thank goodness none of the parents had to chase down the 3-yr olds in the dark and amongst the crowd. We have to do this again next year — playground time to let the kids blow off some energy, dinner, and then fireworks.
Even though Alan’s head is cut-off in the photo below, and I am looking HUGE from this angle, I’m posting this family photo because it’s a family photo, which is pretty rare for us.
I brought my tripod and tried out some of the tips in this Digital Photography School article on photographing firework displays. It would have been a nice touch to include interesting landscape with the fireworks, but the landscape where we were sitting was trees and people, so I only shot the sky. Camera settings: Canon T1i | 50mm | ISO200 | Manual | f/8.0 | 3.2 sec
Doesn’t this one look like a daisy?
On Friday, I took J with me to my OB appointment. At 36 weeks, I am 50% effaced and 2-3 cm dilated. Better progress than I was with J at the same time. Looks like I won’t be getting my first choice at a C-section date since the doctors at my office couldn’t seem to give me a straight answer on how I “get on the books”. So, here’s hoping that she doesn’t come before the scheduled date because I’d really prefer to be prepared for Baby Girl’s arrival.
J was SUCH a trooper because with waiting and the actual appointment, we were there for about an hour. J entertained himself in the waiting room climbing between chairs and looking at babies in magazines. In the exam room, he entertained himself with the rolling doctor’s chair. While the nurse was taking my blood pressure, J said to her, “Mei Mei (little sister) is a baby. She’s growing.” Seriously, whenever J talks about Mei Mei to anyone, I get all (happy) teary-eyed and emotional. And when it came time to listen to Mei Mei’s heartbeat, J identified the sound as her heart. Because of such awesome behavior at the office, we went out for salted caramel ice cream with chocolate sauce later in the day. I kinda wanted it too .
Soft cookie dough is seriously the bane of my existence. I just don’t know how to work with it fast enough before it becomes a sticky ball of butter under my rolling pin (even though I chill the dough first). I started making sugar cookie dough this past Saturday in preparation for J’s 3rd birthday party coming up this Saturday. I read somewhere that I could make the dough, shape the cookies, and then freeze them until I was ready to bake them. Thank goodness for that tip because I wouldn’t want to make the dough more than once! J helped out in more than one instance .
Helping me pour the flour to make the dough.
Helping me roll-out dough and getting thoroughly covered in flour. (I won’t be baking these for the health of those consuming the cookies, hehe)
The cookies look more like shortbread. I think I made them too thin as well. Oh well, makes me feel less guilty eating them. Plus, with the loads of royal icing I’ll be decorating them with, it’s a good thing the cookies are thin. I test-decorated some on Sunday. I found that I like decorating cookies. It’s making them that I’d gladly outsource. I’ll share photos of the cookies and the party next week.
Any secret to working with soft cookie dough that I’m missing?