Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

The second back up October 7, 2010

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I got a new (old) camera last week. Phillip and I felt that we needed a third camera again since we’ve got two weddings coming up that we’re shooting together. I always have two cameras on at a wedding and Phillip has one when he second shoots for me. We found an almost mint condition Canon 1D on ebay. It’s only got 22K actuations (shutter clicks) on it so it’s still got plenty of life left in it. Here’s a picture of it. Looks pretty much like my other cameras. Some of the controls are in different places and are somewhat cumbersome.



I haven’t really had a chance to mess with it until last night. And I still didn’t really get a very good idea about how it’s going to perform. We were inside with poor lighting and I was using my flash. But I can tell that it focuses faster and more accurately than my 5D. It shoots more frames per second than my 5D. It has WAY more focus points, which I don’t know if I’ll even take advantage of or not. The shutter click is quieter and snappier, if that makes any sense. But the downside is that I will have more issues with noise with this camera. I knew that when I bought it. Also, the files are quite a bit smaller than what I’m used to, but can still easily produce 16X20 enlargements. I won’t be able to crop in as much with this camera, but I typically frame the shot as I want it to be when I shoot it in the first place. Overall I’m happy with this purchase. I’m looking forward to doing some outside stuff with this camera in good light. Here are a few I took last night with it. They pretty much look like photos taken with my 5D.



Phillip is really good at making this face.



Mikey has a nice bruise on his chest from falling over a chair or something.




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us. August 1, 2010

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Phillip got a new job! May 23, 2010

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This is Phillip’s 7th year teaching in public school. And he has had teaching jobs that weren’t really a good fit for him or he has driven back and forth to Houston. This school year he has been teaching elementary music and while I’m sure he did a good job, he’s just really not cut out for elementary music. And three years before that he taught orchestra in Houston. Phillip finally got a teaching job in our school district that he’s really excited about. He’ll be teaching orchestra at one of our middle schools. He’s been hoping to get into teaching orchestra in our district for years. It seems that there’s a lot of good coming our way lately and we are so grateful.

 

Children’s Museum March 16, 2010

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This morning we carb loaded at Donut Haven and then headed to the Children’s Museum in Houston. We got there about 15 minutes after they opened. It wasn’t too terribly crowded at first but it very quickly got crazy crowded. For the most part we had a good time and we didn’t lose either of our children for very long.


Mikey learned to eat with chopsticks. Sort of.



Phillip is weird.





I am not.



Promise.



Mikey talked on the phone. I think he was trying to call Andrea to ask for tips on using chopsticks but I can’t be sure about that.



The boys played in the water and got pretty wet while Phillip and I tried our best to stay under the umbrellas. Mikey almost dove into this thing to grab a boat. I ran and barely grabbed the back of his pants in time. Other mothers were much closer than me and it didn’t occur to them to stop him. Doesn’t it take a village, people?? Come on! Anyway…






And then we ate at Chuy’s where Jack read a book the whole time,



Phillip continued to be weird,



and Mikey got in trouble and begged for his Granddad to help him. I didn’t get a picture of that because I was too busy being scary.

 

Stuff and junk October 13, 2009

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So this is kind of what’s been going on with us lately in case you’re interested.


You know you are.


Phillip’s job is going okay. I think he’s getting the hang of working with little kids. He’s preparing for his first “performance” of the year. The second graders are doing some patriotic thing, I think. And in case you’re wondering, they won’t be square dancing or paying tribute to Barack Hussein Obama… mmm….mmm….mmm….. And I think Phillip is doing the kids a huge disservice by singing about America and leaving out our super star president.


(sarcasm, people….seriously.)


I just sold one of my lenses. It’s a lens that I like and would rather not sell but I don’t LOVE it. I’m actually selling two lenses and buying one less expensive lens to help out our finances a little. It stinks but that’s the way it goes. Business has been slow. I know it will pick up. I’ll be putting together a wedding website probably in mid November. I’m excited about that. I’ve got some wedding work that I’m really proud of and I have another wedding the first weekend in November.


Mikey will be undergoing testing around the middle of November to see what he qualified for as far as speech help. When he turns 3 in January he will no longer be receiving speech therapy through ECI at our home. There’s a speech therapy play lab at the college that sounds great and he might qualify for that. But it’s at the same time as his preschool, which means I would have to choose. I’m really hoping that I can get Mikey top notch speech therapy and still keep him at his current preschool. He loves it there and his teacher is AMAZING!!! This is how I know she’s amazing. When she talks to us about how great he’s doing, her eyes fill up with tears.


The homeschooling thing is going great for the most part. We have had a couple of bad days and are still trying to find our groove. Phillip and I have decided to take public schooling off the table for the next couple off years at least. I was reminding Jack…threatening Jack that if this homeschool thing doesn’t work out, then he’ll be back in public school for 3rd grade. It was becoming somewhat annoying to everyone. And public schooling IS NOT bad and shouldn’t be used as a threat. I know that but it’s hard to keep that in mind when you’ve got a kid wearing on your nerves. I’m sure if you have homeschooled, you know where I’m coming from. Anyway, if Jack’s attitude stinks and he’s being lazy he will be punished right then and there instead of reminded how great he has it every 10 minutes. Phillip and I think that for our family and for Jackson this is the best education for him for the next few years. And so taking the possibility of public school out of the equation is the best thing right now.


So I guess that sort of sums it up for now. I covered everyone in our home except the dog. And he’s lazy and I don’t walk him enough and he needs to be groomed. Other than that, he’s fine too.

 

It’s what daddies are for. October 6, 2009

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“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

 

Looking forward to our new life August 13, 2009

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Last year about this time Phillip was starting back to work at Sharpstown Middle in Houston, I was preparing to teach 4 year olds three days a week, and Jack was getting ready to start 1st grade at a local elementary school. One year later Phillip is beginning to prepare to teach Pre-K through 4th grade music in Freeport, my only source of income will be my business, Jackson is looking forward to his year of 2nd grade at home, and Mikey will be starting the 2 year old class at a local preschool that I love! Lots of changes in store for our little family. I think we’re all a bit anxious and unsure about how these new things are going to work out (except Mikey…he’s oblivious). But we’re all really looking forward to our new life that will allow us much more time to be together. It’s going to be a good year.