Why, hello there!

Yes, yes, I realize it’s been almost a month since I posted anything.

I managed to be at home for three weeks and not write a thing, and then when I had to go back to work, I’ve been working 10 hour days and just haven’t had the energy to do much of anything when I get home.

So here I am, back again. It was incredible to see everyone this past weekend. We’re really glad that we and so many others decided to make the trip.

Pictures from the weekend are up at Flickr (you can see them over there on the right), but I’m going to post a few of my favorite.

The whole gang



Fishin for a frisbee

Max the cheerleader

She looks so natural

Time flies when you’re having fun…

Just a quick retrospective of what we were doing three years ago this month:

The wedding, three years ago today…


And our three week honeymoon:

Big Bend area…


That’s Mexico behind us in both pictures.

New Mexico…


Bandelier National Monument (north of Santa Fe)




Rocky Mountain National Park


Both of these pictures were taken on Trail Ridge Road…the top one was taken at about 12,000 feet above sea level, and yes, that’s snow on the ground behind us. The second was taken somewhere significantly farther down the road, and about 20 degrees warmer.

Grand Teton National Park


Yellowstone National Park


And finally, South Dakota…
Mount Rushmore


The Badlands


Happy Anniversary, Monica!

A new toy…

I found a new online video tool last week through an ed tech blog that I read. Animoto is so easy to use…just upload your pictures, pick the music you want, and it does the rest! It will cut and add effects to your photos to match the music. You can do as many 30 second videos as you want for free, or you can pay $3 for a “full length” video, or pay $30 for an annual pass and create as many full length videos as you want!

Here’s my first creation:

Too funny not to share

towel head
Originally uploaded by ScottRL.

Rachel and I went swimming after Monica has left for class today. On the way home, I gave Rachel a towel to hold onto since it was a bit chilly for her. She got really quiet as we got close to home, and at a stoplight, I turned around to see if she had fallen asleep, and was greeted with this sight. I laughed really hard for a minute, then decided that I had to take a picture.

Because I need to keep up with my sister…

You know, I’ve been crazy busy this month. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of May and I’ve only made three posts. I’m sure ya’ll are getting bored seeing the same old thing every time you visit Laleblog…and my sister has four posts for the month, so I need to step it up.

Speaking of my sister, she’s about to become very famous. She’s signed up to be a part of Bill Waldman’s 365 portraits. She’ll do her photo shoot tomorrow (her birthday…Happy Birthday sis), and her picture should be up Tuesday morning.

I also realized recently that it’s been quite a while since I took Rachel’s picture. Or posted video. I don’t have any new video to post (I’ve shot some, but haven’t had the time to pull in down yet) and we went to take pictures of the little one yesterday so we’d have a recent picture for her birthday invitations.

Rachel is learning to walk, and while she started off none too happy about going place on two feet – in fact, she cried every time we tried to get her to do it – she’s getting a lot better at it…and she doesn’t cry so much anymore.

Walking with mommy