February 25, 2011

Day 56 - Happy ending

Day 56 - Happy ending by Karin Beil
Day 56 - Happy ending, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I'm home from the ICE Conference. It was an excellent conference and my two workshops went well. I'm happy it is over and to be home. As much as I loved attending and presenting at the conference, I was sad to be away from my family so soon after my father-in-law passed away.

February 24, 2011

Day 55 - Dinner out!

Day 55 - Dinner out! by Karin Beil
Day 55 - Dinner out!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I've been at the ICE Conference all week. Cheryl and Blake liver nearly across the street from Pheasant Run, where the conference is held. They went out for dinner with me tonight. What a nice break from the conference!

February 23, 2011

Day 54 - Luke

Day 54 - Luke by Karin Beil
Day 54 - Luke, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Luke has been active in ICE for many, many years. He is one of the wonderful volunteers who make this marvelous conference GREAT! Although retired from teaching, Luke continues to share his passion for technology.

February 22, 2011

Day 53 - ICE Conference

Day 53 - ICE Conference by Karin Beil
Day 53 - ICE Conference, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Tonight is the kick-off reception for the ICE Conference. We're celebrating the 25th year! I think I have been to the last 20 conferences. I'm very lucky to have been able to attend one of the best educational technology conferences in the country for so many years!

February 21, 2011

Day 52 - Pheasant Run

Day 52 - Pheasant Run by Karin Beil
Day 52 - Pheasant Run, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This is my home away from home for the next few days. I'm at the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) Conference in St. Charles. The conference is actually less than an hour from home, but I like to stay at the hotel. I'm presenting an all day workshop tomorrow, so I'm putting the finishing touches on my presentation.

February 20, 2011

Day 51 - Playing!

Day 51 - Playing! by Karin Beil
Day 51 - Playing!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Blake and his parents were visiting today and Grandpa got some playtime in!

February 19, 2011

Day 50 - Laughing

Day 50 - Laughing by Karin Beil
Day 50 - Laughing, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Here's another photo of Bob that makes me smile. He was such a fun father-in-law. He had an infectious laugh! His memorial service will be held in March. We are starting to collect photos for his slideshow.

February 18, 2011

Day 49 - Great Grandpa

Day 49 - Great Grandpa by Karin Beil
Day 49 - Great Grandpa, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This might be the last photo I took of Bob. It was taken at the end of December 2010. He is was so thrilled to be a Great Grandpa. This is the way I will always remember him.

February 17, 2011

Day 48 - Sad day

Day 48 - Sad day by Karin Beil
Day 48 - Sad day, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Scott's dad passed away this morning. Although he has had some health issues in recent years, we were saddened by the suddenness of his death today. The family spent the day together, crying, laughing, sharing stories of good times and bad. These beautiful roses were a Valentine's Day gift to his wife just a few days ago.

February 16, 2011

Day 47 - Retiree Luncheon

We had a small, but nice group of retirees at our February luncheon. When I retired in 2008, I volunteered to do the newsletter for the group. I've also managed to be 'in charge' of taking photos at our gatherings and posting them to the blog I created for the group - District 25 Alumni. The blog doesn't get many comments, but I do hear that people enjoy seeing fellow retirees.

February 15, 2011

Day 46 - Cinch!

Wow! Cinch is REALLY easy. I'll definitely add this to my Web 2.0 presentation at the ICE Conference next week.

February 14, 2011

Day 45 - Flowers

Day 45 - Flowers by Karin Beil
Day 45 - Flowers, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thank you, Sweetie. Love you!

February 13, 2011

Day 44 - Reindeer

Day 48 - Reindeer by Karin Beil
Day 48 - Reindeer, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I hadn't noticed this cute little guy earlier in the season. One of the restaurants in our downtown area had several reindeer created from pine branches. What cute idea!

February 12, 2011

Day 43 - Spelling with Photos

 Kletter Aletter Rletter iN
I'm experimenting with some fun websites as I prepare for my workshop presentation at the ICE Conference. I didn't take these photos, but it would be a fun project to collect my own photos of letters. I used this website to pull the photos from Flickr:

Thank you to my Facebook friend, Sheryl, who shared another cool site for spelling with photos. 

Made with My Cool Signs.Net

February 11, 2011

Day 42 - Countdown to Spring Break!

My daughters and I will be traveling together during spring break. We have made this 'girls week' an annual tradition. This year we will be going to Southern California. Of course, baby Blake will be joining the girls & I this year!

February 10, 2011

Day 41 - Gift

Day 41 - Gift by Karin Beil
Day 41 - Gift, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Probably not the most romantic gift, but we gave our daughter & son-in-law a ladder for Valentine's Day. With the high ceilings in their townhouse, it was impossible to change the lightbulbs in the ceiling fixtures. I was tempted to buy a ladder like this for us too. It is so light weight and sturdy!

Here's a photo of my little buddy from today.  :-)

February 9, 2011

Day 40 - Half a year!

Day 40 - Half a year! by Karin Beil
Day 40 - Half a year!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Our little buddy is 6 months old today. He is such a happy boy!

February 8, 2011

Day 39 - PhotoBooth #2

Day 40 - PhotoBooth #2
Originally uploaded by Karin Beil
In January, I showed PhotoBooth to Blake and he wasn't too sure what to think. A month later.....look who has turned into a ham! This is Blake's second experience with PhotoBooth on my MacBook and as you can see, he is quite happy to smile at himself!

February 7, 2011

Day 38 - Talking Baby

 This is a screen shot of a video I made using BabyMail. I loved the eTrade commercials with the talking babies during the Super Bowl. This is our grandson, Blake talking about me!       

February 6, 2011

Day 37 - Snow Flakes

Day 37 - Snow Flakes by Karin Beil
Day 37 - Snow Flakes, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
The snowflake candles on my dining room table adds some sparkle inside on a dreary day.

February 5, 2011

Day 36 - Rings

Day 36 - Rings by Karin Beil
Day 36 - Rings, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Blake came over for a visit today. As a proud Grandma with a love of photography, I take LOTS of pictures. This is one of my favorites (at least this month!).

February 4, 2011

Day 35 - Relaxing

Day 35 - Relaxing by Karin Beil
Day 35 - Relaxing, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
With all the shoveling we've been doing, it feels good to relax!

February 3, 2011

Day 34 - Lemon

Day 34 - Lemon by Karin Beil
Day 34 - Lemon, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I enjoy a good glass of iced tea with lemon, even on a cold February day.

February 2, 2011

Day 33 - Blizzard!

Day 33 - Blizzard! by Karin Beil
Day 33 - Blizzard!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
We got about 2 feet of snow today. After it stopped snowing, we headed out to clear the driveway. Here's one of our neighbors giving us a hand.

And here's Lucy wondering where her grass is!

February 1, 2011

Day 32 - Fotobabble

Click the red play arrow to hear about Blake's discovery! What a fun site! I'll be sharing this site during my Web 2.0 workshop at the ICE Conference!