Feeling Sick and our New Lens

It’s been over two weeks since our last post so I guess we’re due. Dayla, Ginette, and I have all been afflicted with various sicknesses in the preceding weeks. I had a nasty 24 hour cold last Sunday which I promptly gave to Ginette. Unfortunately for her it last 8 days. Dayla got her first case of pink eye. Squirting medicine in your screaming daughter’s eyes while forcibly holding her head down is a ton of fun. After all this I got another cold today and came home from work after toughing it out for 45 minutes in front of my computer.
Enough complaining.
Here are a few pictures we took recently. It’s a bit of a mish-mash but we wanted to try out our new lens.
*begin camera nerd talk*
We love our 50mm 1.8 but found it was just too close for indoor shooting and group shots. We did a ton of research on a good wide angle lens. We have the Canon 17-85 IS which works well for landscapes but we really wanted something faster than the f/4-5.6 this lens offered. After much deliberation we went with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. The lens got great reviews and had the narrow depth of field we were looking for. I have been very happy with the quality of the pictures so far (see below) but have yet to put it through its paces. Hopefully this will be our new “main” lens and I can keep the 50mm in the bag.
*end camera nerd talk*
Dayla and James hanging out at Grandma’s house. James is great about letting Dayla mess with him and has only bitten her once.

Dayla in her “playroom” (i.e. the living room, front room, family room, den, foyer, etc) with afternoon sun.

Dayla just started eating finger foods like peas and Cheerios this week. She licked these Cheerios and stuck them to her cheeks all by herself. I swear.

We have been getting some pretty weird vegetables in our CSA box. Last week we got red chard. I didn’t know people actually ate that stuff. I thought it was purely decorative, like parsley, or cauliflower. Anyway, we looked up this recipe at allrecipes.com and gave it a go. We thought the end result looked pretty so we took a picture and submitted it. Check out our picture on the recipe page.

When we were up in Whittier this last weekend I went through some boxes of old stuff my mom saved. You are looking at my blanket, or binkie. It started its life as two separate blankets but eventually merged into this single entity. It didn’t fall apart in storage, it has just always looked like this. At least as long as I can remember.

10 thoughts on “Feeling Sick and our New Lens”

  1. When the blanket was in the hand and the special two fingers were in the mouth there was PEACE, And all was right in the universe. I personally would accept almost any substitute that would render similar results. But there is nothing I possess that gives me such immediate pleasure as you had with that knitted rag.

  2. I loved the warning about camera nerd talk…very funny! Regarding your blanket’s history…your great Aunt Louise crocheted it for you. It was white, pale blue & pale pink & made out of really soft baby yarn. It was originally about the size of a crib sheet. After many years of lovin’ it ended up a small remnant. I made you the blue, peach & yellow blanket in the picture. Sort of as a replacement for your beloved blanket. The one I made was always your second choice as far as blankets went. Does Dayla have a favorite blanket?

  3. Daniel and Ginette,
    I am quite jealous of my girlfriend for being able to babysit Dayla all by herself. Perhaps at some point (past the lovely pinkeye stage) when I redeploy I could convince you to include a more sentimental Marine in the mix. Dayla and I have a lot in common, just ask Kate: I love peas, cheerios, and blankets!
    Just in thought.

  4. Mom – Thanks for the history on my blankets. You may have told me that before but I didn’t remember. Dayla does have an attachment to her yellow blanket we put her down with each night. We’ll see if she continues to be fond of it as she gets older.
    Will – Thanks for the comment. We would love to meet you. If we have dinner I am sure we can do better than peas and Cheerios.
    Nina – I’m not sure if there are any pictures of me with my blanket as a kid. I will have to look through my baby books next time we visit Whittier.

  5. Wow! Love those pictures of Dayla. She’s so adorable (especially the one with the Cherrios stuck to the side of her cheeks).
    You know, speaking of blankies Jackie used to suck on her two fingers (middle finger & ring finger)and hold onto her blankie. That was one distinctive thing about Jackie. Eventually(and with some encouragement), she stopped sucking on her fingers until she was in the first grade(she stopped using her blankie in kindergarten).

  6. Oooh I want that lens. I heard that tamron 28-105 f2.8 is really good too. Photographer that I hire on a regular basis recommended it. (I work in the photo publicity division of a TV studio.) I am determined on getting a fixed aperture lens soon for myself. I also want to get a 70-200 at f2.8. Anyway, you don’t even know me Daniel but I’m Ginettes former roomie and camera nerd too, but I do know all about you cuz I talk to Nina all the time. 🙂 Great photos. You have a really good eye.

  7. Oops. Somehow I left the page last time I tried to make a comment. Anyhow, Dayla is so darn beautiful. Sorry about the Pink Eye. Matthew got it twice in the last month. Seems like it’s going around.

  8. Hey you two! Can’t believe you have never had chard!!!!
    I have a great Italian Sausage recipe with chard that is super easy to make if you ever get chard again!

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