Friday, June 17, 2016

Portrait Innovations 3D Technology Review

We took a trip to our local Portrait Innovations studio last week for a peek at some amazing new technology, and I was not let down! Let me start by saying the employees at their studio in Ballantyne Commons were wonderful and their customer service was fantastic. The studio was impressive, and they put my typically very nervous and shy 9 year old son at ease. It isn't easy getting a good picture of him, but they managed!

Now, on to this amazing technology! They placed Tyler into what they have nicknamed 'the spaceship' which is a small room where you are surrounded by 120 cameras pointing at all different angles. Sounds intimidating, but it wasn't. These cameras all fire off at once, and from there the computer works it's magic to combine the images into a single 3D image which will then be carved into a 3D figure of your choice.

I think the hardest part of the entire experience was when Tyler was asked which character he wanted to be turned into! There were many choices and he really wanted all of them. There's something for everyone, that's for sure! He could have been turned into a football player, basketball player, or even a zombie! He finally settled on the karate guy, and couldn't have been happier with the end result!



It took about a week for our mini Tyler's to arrive back to the store. Their accuracy and attention to details impressed us right away. Right down to the flat spot on the back of his head and his missing front teeth! I keep moving him around the house just so I can hear the kids ask where Tyler went.






He also had a LEGO head made of himself which you can place on any LEGO figure body that you already have. So far Tyler has been a farmer, a fireman, and a Minecraft character. I foresee many fun nights playing around with LEGO Tyler!




There are so many things that you can do with these figurines. From gifts to grandparents, to keepsakes of your own children, to wedding cake toppers. I wish this technology would have been around when we got married many years ago, how neat to be turned into your own wedding cake topper!

The Ballantyne studio is one of only a few locations offering this technology at this time. They are located in the Promenade Shipping Center at 5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. You can get in touch with them by phone at (704) 844-8633 or check them out on their website. From now until July 31, 2016 they are offering a 25% discount on your 3D figurine purchase, so don't delay!



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Portrait Innovations ~ 3D Figurine and LEGO Figures

I'm a sucker when it comes to pictures of my kids and keepsakes of their childhood. I just can't get enough of them! Every year I make a point to travel to a local photographer to get pictures taken of our each of our children to help document the growth and change they go through each year. This year, I'm excited to try something a little different!

A local portrait studio, Portrait Innovations in Ballantyne NC, now has the capability to take photographs and turn them into 3D figurines and even LEGO characters! I am excited to try out this new technology in the next few days and so is my 9 year old son. He's over the moon with the thought of being turned into a LEGO figure!

Stay tuned for more information on our experience, a coupon to apply toward your own purchase, and my thoughts on the product! In the mean time, you can find out more information about Portrait Innovations and their products through their facebook page, on Instagram, or on their webpage.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hunter is 2!

I can't believe you are 2 already! Time has flown since you were born. You are full of spunk and will not be left behind by your brother and sister! The words 'I do it' are spoken often in our house. You impress everyone that meets you with your fine motor skills and vocabulary. You are quite the character and will do anything for a laugh, even if it's at the expense of your siblings!


You are putting together sentences with 4 to 5 words, can put on your pants, socks, and shoes by yourself, love to play catch, are starting to learn colors and your favorite phrase right now is "What's that?" 


Yellow seems to be your favorite color, Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig are your favorite tv shows, and being outside is your favorite activity. You'll eat just about anything, and have started using the potty like a big boy on occasion (we're going to work on that one this summer!).


You haven't met an animal that you don't like! You're missing your 4 eye teeth still and haven't gotten in your 2 year molars just yet. You're wearing a size 4 diaper and are between a 24 month and 2t for clothes.


Coloring is also a favorite activity, especially if it's coloring on the walls. :) 


You love to take your brother and sister's things, and know that you can run circles around the table in the kitchen and they'll never catch you!


Babies always catch your eye, and you have to say hi to all of them. Your best friend is Mason  and you two get into lots of trouble together!


On your 2nd birthday, you loved driving your train around on your cake that I made for you! You couldn't wait for Daddy to get all of the candles lit and blew them out before he could light them all! It took several tries to get them all lit.


You are a brave little guy, and not much scares you. You are also a very loving and caring soul and you don't like it when your people are sad or upset. Even though you often cause many of the tears in our house, you are also the first one there to give a hug and make them feel better.


We love you to the moon and back little man! I hope you stay as sweet as you are now forever. It would be nice if you'd stop trying to grow up so fast, but that's been your goal since the day you were born! <3 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Catch the Moment 2016 Week 3

Friday, January 15:  Hunter wants to grow up way too fast! He now demands to eat his cereal like the big kids. Stay little just a little longer please.

Saturday, January 16:  Tyler took advantage of today's nice weather to go roller skating in the street.

Sunday, January 17:  Did I say yesterday was nice weather? Well today brought snow! As a Michigan native and a NC transplant, I love the snow and so does this guy!

Monday, January 18:  I've been working on this quilt forever! In fact, it shows up in some of the pictures from my first year of participating in this challenge! It will be finished, eventually. Ha!

Tuesday, January 19:  Bath night!

Wednesday, January 20:  This little girl is so full of attitude! I'm not sure how we're ever going to make it through her teenage years...

Thursday, January 21:  I had to take Zoe in to get her rabies shot today. She wasn't a happy camper.


We've been hit by the big storm this past weekend, which means next weeks pictures will be full of snow pictures! :0)


Catch The Moment 366

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Catch the Moment 2016 Week 2

January 8:  I came straight home from school today and went to bed. Thanks kids for passing along the stomach flu/bug! Here's a picture I took a few days later of a drawing Bailey made. I love preschool art work!

January 9:  The kids' obsession with Playdough has continued into this week. Bailey made a bug out of her Playdough.

January 10:  Tyler still hasn't gotten very far with is new Lego set!

January 11:  Hunter thinks he's such a stud! He had to eat tonight's dinner on the couch next to Daddy. There's even a tear in his eye from protesting being placed in his high chair.

January 12:  WE found and opened up Hunter's Mickey Mouse character set from Disney. He had Mickey in the crib with him tonight.

January 13:  Let the potty training fun begin! Daddy picked up a new potty seat for Hunter to use this summer when we attempt to train him. For now, he thinks it's funny to sit on it and pretend to go.

January 14:  Hunter has such great fine motor skills for a toddler! He's able to peel his oranges already!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Catch the Moment 2016 Week 1

This will be my 3rd year of participating in Catch the Moment 365, a 365 day photo project. This has been an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience! I love being able to capture my family and life daily.

January 1:  Our last day in Disney! We took the kids back to Disney Springs to pick out a few more souvineers. Hunter found the fake Minnie a lot more lovable than he did the real Minnie! He didn't want to leave her.

January 2:  Hunter was glad to be back home in his own crib snuggled up with is new Mickey and Donald Duck friends. I promise we'll bring you back there again someday buddy!

January 3:  Today was a hang out in your PJ kind of day at our house. Hunter and Bailey decided to break out Bailey's new Playdough that Santa had brought her. Hunter enjoyed it just as much as she did!

January 4:  After the kids went to bed tonight I had to enjoy a few pieces of my Dove chocolate, thanks Jamie! :)

January 5:  Bailey had an 'owie' on her arm that required a Frozen Bandaid another special gift from Santa.

January 6:  My amazing Kindergarten team and I needed a girl's night out. We spent an evening out at Painting With a Twist in Huntersville, NC and worked to create our own masterpieces. I think I'll stick to my day job!


January 7:  Tyler picked up this Minecraft Lego set when we were at the Lego store in Florida. He's a tad Minecraft crazy!

And that's it, our first week of 2016!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 52 ~ Catch the Moment

December 23:  We had family come into town today to celebrate the holidays with us. They all had a great time playing Sequence!

December 24:  We went to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to enjoy the Christmas lights. They also had a petting zoo. Bailey made Uncle 'Jam-ie' carry her through it.

December 25:  Christmas morning! Bailey and Hunter had to explain to their Great-Aunt Lou Jean that Santa had come when they were sleeping. They were super excited about it!

December 26:  We arrived at our rental house in Orlando. I love it when they leave the fancy towels on the bed.

December 27:  Our first day in Florida and we went to Busch Gardens. The weather was beautiful!

December 28:  Today we went to the Magic Kingdom. It was crazy busy, but the kids loved it! The fireworks show was amazing!

December 29:  We took it easy today and mostly hung around the house. We spent the evening in Disney Springs. Hunter liked the fake Donald much better than he did the real one yesterday!

December 30:  Today's park was Sea World. the dolphin show was one of the highlights of the day.

December 31:  We closed the park down at Aquatica today. The kids had a bast there and are looking forward to coming back again in a few years.

We went through a number of highs and lows this past year. We said goodbye to a few close family members and celebrated many firsts. It was a memorable year that I'm glad I took the time to document. Here's to another great year in 2016 and the start of a new 365(6) day project!

Happy New Year everyone!

BTCAD- Catch the Moment