February 29, 2012

February 2012

February 2012 by Karin Beil
February 2012, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
A recap of the second month of 2012!

Day 60 - Flowers

Day 60 - Flowers by Karin Beil
Day 60 - Flowers, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
A dear friend sent me this vase of flowers. She knew it would send me cheer after being in the hospital earlier this week. What a surprise! Thank you Julie!

February 28, 2012

Day 59 - Hospital

Day 59 - Hospital by Karin Beil
Day 59 - Hospital, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This awful blurry photo is the best I could do for today. It does accurately represent how I feel....staying in the hospital is no fun. Today I've had a bad reaction to pain meds I was given in my IV and I'm really sad to be missing the ICE Conference. I'm hoping they let me go home tomorrow!

February 27, 2012

Day 58 - ER

Day 58 - ER by Karin Beil
Day 58 - ER, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Today did not turn out to be a very good day. I was supposed to be checking into Pheasant Run for the ICE Conference. I ended up in the ER at the hospital having abdominal pain. They are checking me out for appendicitis.

February 26, 2012

Day 57 - Facebook

Day 58 - Facebook by Karin Beil
Day 57 - Facebook, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I've really enjoyed connecting and sharing with family and friends on Facebook. I've just uploaded a few of the photos that I've been playing with as I prepare for the ICE Conference.

February 25, 2012

Day 56 - Teeth!

Day 57 - Teeth! by Karin Beil
Day 57 - Teeth!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I took this photo of Blake a few days ago. Today I was playing around with BeFunky. Since he was showing off his teeth, I thought it would be cool to exaggerate his head in this shot. BeFunky is a great online photo site for adding a nice variety of effects.

February 24, 2012

Day 55 - Snowstorm

Day 55 - Snowstorm by Karin Beil
Day 55 - Snowstorm, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This was the view out our bathroom window this morning when we woke up. Looks like we got about 6 inches of snow. Scott and the neighbors have already been out using their snowblowers. There is nothing like men and their toys!

February 23, 2012

Day 54 - Persistent

Day 54 - Persistent by Karin Beil
Day 54 - Persistent, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
At 18 months, Blake is really enjoying the challenge of shapes and puzzles. His mom has set up a new table play area in the corner of their family room (AKA Daddy's man cave) and Blake will often sit down and want to do 'table work'. His attention span is good and he works hard to problem solve on shape sorters and puzzles.

February 22, 2012

Day 53 - Memories

It has been one year since Scott's dad passed away. Last year, at the memorial service, we had a slide show of family photos playing on my laptop. I had gathered the photos from family and scanned the old ones. I decided that it would be nice for my mother-in-law to have a hard copy of the photos, so I put this book together for her today. We miss you Bob!

February 21, 2012

Day 52 - Soccer

Day 21 - Soccer by Karin Beil
Day 52 - Soccer, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
There are many great websites for editing and adding effects to photos. This is a photo of our younger daughter, Kristin (who is now 28), playing soccer at age 8. I used Aviary to process the photo and add the caption.

February 20, 2012

Day 51 - Shirts

Day 51 - Shirts by Karin Beil
Day 51 - Shirts, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I shopped with a friend and fellow Grandma today. We took advantage of some great Presidents' Day sales to snag some bargains for our grandsons. I found some great new shirts for Blake. He's going to look like such a cute little boy!

February 19, 2012

Day 50 - Tabblo

Day 50 - Tabblo by Karin Beil
Day 50 - Tabblo, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Our grandson LOVES to play with balls. When I took him to JC Penny for a surprise photo shoot, it was easy to get cute shots of him playing with his soccer ball.

I am working on my presentations for the ICE Conference. I'm doing a new workshop this year, "Fun with Photos", and am looking at some web tools that I may include.

Later this evening, we met the kids for dinner to celebrate my son-in-law, Seth's birthday.

February 18, 2012

Day 49 - Photovisi

Day 49 -  Photovisi by Karin Beil
Day 49 - Photovisi, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Experimenting with websites, stumbled on photovisi.com. It was very quick and easy to turn a few photos into a cute black and white collage.

February 17, 2012

Day 48 - Phixr

Day 48 - Phixr by Karin Beil
Day 48 - Phixr, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This was an older photo of Blake that I decided to crop and add a border to using a new (to me) photo website, phixr.com.

February 16, 2012

Day 47 - Playing

Day 47 - Playing by Karin Beil
Day 47 - Playing, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
When Cheryl came home from work this afternoon, Blake had just gotten up from a 2.5 hour nap, his longest ever for me! He was full of smiles and energy! Here he is playing Ring Around the Rosie with Mommy.

February 15, 2012

Day 46 - Bowling

Day 46 - Bowling by Karin Beil
Day 46 - Bowling, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I've bowled here with my district bowling league for many years. We bowl every other Wednesday, right after school. When I was still working, it was sometimes a hassle to get there since there was always lots to be done at school, but I was always glad once I got there and enjoyed fun time with colleagues.

Now that I'm retired, I continue to enjoy bowling with the teachers, some are young, some are not, but all are fun to be with!

February 14, 2012

Day 45 - Valentine's Day

Day 45 - Valentine's Day by Karin Beil
Day 45 - Valentine's Day, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This was a tough Valentine's Day for me. I only saw my husband for a few minutes. I had accepted a sub job for today and he had to work from 4-10 p.m. I don't think we've ever missed having dinner together on Valentine's Day. But, he did leave flowers and a sweet card for me, so I smiled when I came home from subbing. Love you, Honey!

February 13, 2012

Day 44 - Lunch Date

Day 44 - Lunch Date by Karin Beil
Day 44 - Lunch Date, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
My husband works at the hospital and employees were given a coupon for a free meal at a new Noodles and Company near the hospital. He asked me to join him. Thanks for the great lunch, Honey!

February 12, 2012

Day 43 - Bath

Day 43 - Bath by Karin Beil
Day 43 - Bath, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Our beagle does NOT like to be wet, so bath time is never fun for her. Here she is looking up at me as if saying, "Why are you doing this to me?"

Not everything that is good for us is always fun, but we are often better for having done it. Lucy now smells sweet!

February 11, 2012

Day 42 - Gift

Day 42 - Gift by Karin Beil
Day 42 - Gift, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Lots of family birthdays in February! Our son-in-law, Seth's, birthday is coming up this week, so I wrapped his gift today. I hope he likes it!

February 10, 2012

Day 41 - Day with Grandpa

Day 41 - Day with Grandpa by Karin Beil
Day 41 - Day with Grandpa, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Scott picked up Blake this morning and brought him back to our house for the day. He's one happy Grandpa when he gets to spend the day with his buddy and his dog!

February 9, 2012

Day 40 - Curls

Day 40 - Curls by Karin Beil
Day 40 - Curls, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I always take quite a few photos of my grandson on Thursdays when I babysit for him. He was a cute baldy for the first year of his life! At 18 months, he now is sporting some blond curls. I decided to get a picture of them in case they don't last!

February 8, 2012

Day 39 - Valentine Surprise

Day 39 - Valentine Surprise by Karin Beil
Day 39 - Valentine Surprise, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I added the bow and the card, now Blake's rocking chair is ready to go with me tomorrow. I'm hoping to sneak it into the house and surprise him with it when his parents come home from work tomorrow afternoon.

February 7, 2012

Day 38 - AHML

Day 38 - AHML by Karin Beil
Day 38 - AHML, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
We have a fabulous public library in town. Recently, I've been taking advantage more of their wonderful programs. This evening, I attended a book discussion on a book called Girl in Translation. We are very lucky to have such a fine library with so much to offer.

February 6, 2012

Day 37 - Vera

Day 37 - Vera by Karin Beil
Day 37 - Vera, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I love my iPad case! My niece gave me this Vera Bradley case for Christmas. It is such a cheery pattern!

February 5, 2012

Day 36 - Dunton

Day 36 - Dunton by Karin Beil
Day 36 - Dunton, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
William Dunton was the founder of our community of Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1854. This statue, commemorating him, was made recently by a local artist and proudly stands in a small park in our downtown area. When I was teaching 3rd grade, we studied Arlington Heights as one of our social studies units. I hope my former students remember that learning when they pass by this statue!

February 4, 2012

Day 35 - Inspecting...

Day 35 - Inspecting... by Karin Beil
Day 35 - Inspecting..., a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Scott and I put together this rocking chair for Blake today. It will be his Valentine gift. Lucy gave the chair a final inspection and we got the seal of approval!

February 3, 2012

Day 34 - High Tech

Day 34 - High Tech by Karin Beil
Day 34 - High Tech, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I laid in this MRI machine for about 30 minutes today. When I had my first MRI several years ago, I was terrified. Although a bit nervous today, I was much calmer. It helps to know what to expect. This medical technology has continued to improve and is so automated. It is amazing what the images from this machine can tell about the inside of a human body. Hoping my news is good when I get the report next week!

February 2, 2012

Day 33 - Giggling!

Day 33 - Giggling! by Karin Beil
Day 33 - Giggling!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I've been bringing my 'tickle stick' with me whenever I spend the day with my grandson, Blake. It never fails to send him into instant giggles. He often starts laughing before it even reaches him!

Today, he started using the 'tickle stick' to make his Fisher Price Little People laugh and to tickle himself.....so cute!

February 1, 2012

Day 32 - Old tech

Day 32 - Old tech by Karin Beil
Day 32 - Old tech, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This morning, I accompanied a girl friend to an appointment to lend moral support. After the meeting, she took me out to eat at a great breakfast/lunch place in the area. I was intrigued by the old intercom system that was still hanging by the hostess station. It isn't used anymore, but it adds some great nostalgia to the quaint decor of the restaurant.