Friday, July 31, 2009

The MacKenzie Photo Shoot

My Michigan trip was great, but it was even better since I got to see my long time friend Elyse and her family. She lives in the village of Manchester and I was able to get some great shots of her boys, whom I'll simply call D. and P. D. is 5 days younger than my oldest and P. is 5 months older than my youngest. :-)











(my daughter holding P.'s hand...this wasn't coached...they just held hands!)


Back from Vacation

Wow...what a whirlwind this vacation was. Not only were we busy every single day, but we were on the road about 33 hours within 10 days. 8 hours to and from Michigan. 5 hours to and from my parents' place to Mackinac City up north. 2 hours to and from Bay City for family visits and 3 hours from Manchester to my parents' place. Then on top of that there were dinners, and park trips, shopping, and all sorts. One thing I want to mention is our trip to Mackinac Island. We had booked a lakeview room for two nights at the Grand Hotel and ended up being upgraded to a named suite, which was just beautiful. The food there is exquisite. I only wish I'd had more time to sit out on the porch and drink ice tea. If you're ever wanting to find a place with history, great food, NO cars, and beautiful scenery then Mackinac Island is the place to go. You drive up I-75 north to Mackinac City and park your car at the ferry docks. There, you can buy your ticket but it's cheaper if you get them beforehand. There are 3 ferry companies and I believe two are 15 minute fast ferries while the other, Shepland's, is a traditional 30 minute ferry trip across. There are no cars on the island. The only motorized vehicle I've ever seen was an ambulance. There are 400 some permanent residents on the island and they all use bikes or cars, or walk. There is a school, public library, churches and everything. Just personally speaking, though, I think the coolest things are the horse-drawn taxi's. If you're staying at the Grand Hotel, they're beautiful enclosed mahogany painted coaches with a man in a uniform including top hat many times. Otherwise it's a cart with a roof but nevertheless fun. These taxi's are at the docks, there to pick you up and carry your things to the hotel you're staying at if on the island, and can cart you around wherever. It's $4.75 per person, per ride, however...which sounds cheap until you figure if there are 2 adults, that's $9.50 each time you need to use them. If you're staying at the Grand Hotel, that'll be almost every time you want to go back to the hotel unless you have on your serious walking shoes...it's all up hill. Pretty sure kids are about half the price. If you stay on the main strip, you won't need to use one at all, really...just be sure your luggage rolls.

More to come about my trip...I took pictures too!
And There was only 1 entrant for the August contest so she's the automatic winner. :-) I'll post more about that later, and show the picture.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

HP Computers Suck

Once again, I'm left using my husband's computer. I'm no computer genius but I do know that I've gone through around 12 adapters, 11 of them being HP brand, one Targus universal, between two laptops. I hadn't even had this computer a year when one of the hard drives crashed, by no fault of mine. And I get it back, use it maybe a week, when...yep...it's crashing again. This time it had been BOTH hard drives. So I get that fixed. Now mind you, I've been dealing with laptops and Best Buy since about 2005. My first laptop lasted me nearly three years. I think I went through about 9 adapters with that one. Now with this one, the first adapter went back and came back replaced. That one ended up becoming loose...so having been through this before, back went the computer and I told them that I believed it to be the motherboard. They claimed nothing was wrong, and sent it back, saying there was probably something stuck inside the adapter, and they sent me another adapter...that ended up being an HP Universal. In the meantime I used a Targus universal. The Targus lasted me quite a while, but about a week ago, it b ecame really loose and I had to hold it in place to keep a charge. So I pulled out the one HP sent me and...it barely fit. I had to really push it in. That lasted all of 1 week and now...I've sent in my laptop with the adapter...the plastic inside the adapter head melted. It's overheating. It was the biggest, best, most expesive non-Apple laptop at Best Buy. Let's just say, I won't be buying another HP laptop. I wish Alienware was at Best Buy.

And the Winner is.......

Heather! Congratulations everyone on a very close poll! Feel free to enter my next contest, but remember the same pictures cannot be entered! Heather has won a FREE 2 hour session!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Slideshows

New! I'll be rolling out the slide shows with background music. For just $5.00 I will turn your session into a private YouTube video with music in the background. You can even download it as an MP4 to put onto your iPod or computer. Nice eh? This is great for newborn sessions, birthday sessions, OR...and get this...if you've had multiple sessions with me, I can even mix the pictures. This is cute to watch your child grow. :-) Videos are no longer than 10 minutes long.