Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lesson for the day

I do not have any new pictures to put up just yet, so I thought I would give you all a lesson on eyes. Today's topic is ASTIGMATISM :) First off, many people thing it is called, a 'stigmatism', but it is all one word, astigmatism.

Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance. Astigmatism is a very common vision condition, it occurs in about 70% of the population. Most people have some degree of astigmatism. Slight amounts of astigmatism usually don't affect vision and don't require treatment. However, larger amounts cause distorted or blurred vision, eye discomfort and headaches.

Astigmatism frequently occurs with other vision conditions like nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Together these vision conditions are referred to as refractive errors because they affect how the eyes bend or "refract" light.

The specific cause of astigmatism is unknown. It can be hereditary and is usually present from birth. It can change as a child grows and may decrease or worsen over time.

A comprehensive optometric examination will include testing for astigmatism. Depending on the amount present, your optometrist can provide eyeglasses or contact lenses that correct the astigmatism by altering the way light enters your eyes.

Most astigmatic corneas have two curves – a steeper curve and a flatter curve, as seen in the picture above. This causes light to focus on more than one point in the eye, resulting in blurred vision at distance or near.
The picture here is of how the light should look like falling on to the retina creating clear vision.
Hope this taught you something! Have a great weekend.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy birthday Norah Kate!

Today is Norah Kate's first birthday. I remember her momma, Megan, in labor with her, I was actually in Winfield at that time but Norah Kate was a little stubborn, she probably gets that from her daddy, and wouldn't be born until after I got on the road to go back to Memphis. If I remember right I was back in Memphis, 8 hours away, before I got the call. I love this picture of her at the pool this past summer. Happy birthday Norah Kate. Can't wait for your party on Sunday. Love you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lost pictures

I was going through my pictures to post for the yearbook and found some cute pictures of Lydia that I have not shared. They are from superbowl night.

LG (Lydia Grace) and her baby doll -- I used to have one just like this! Actually 2 b/c I lost one and my parents had to get a replacement ASAP or I would have had a meltdown :)

Playing PEEK-A-BOO!!

And Lydia's beautiful mommy, Audra. I think this is such a cute picture!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Completely gratuitous

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy birthday Joe!

This past Saturday we my very good friend Joe's 30th birthday! His wife, Megan, threw him a surprise party of which he was completely surprised with. (that last sentence sounds so redundant, sorry) I was so happy to get to go to Heber Springs to celebrate. I hope you had a great birthday Joe. Best wishes in your 30th year!

It was a great weekend filled with catching up with old friends, having a few too many libations and just enjoying life. It was nearly the perfect weekend! The only downfall was I had to drive about 6 hours each way, but it did give me a lot of 'me' time to think and make decisions about what I want to do, and it was a pretty easy drive. Here's a picture of the lake as I was driving into town.
I took tons of pictures of Luke, he is getting so big and is quite the cheeser in front of the camera.

Luke was helping me bake cookies for his daddy & Uncle John
Helping his mommy with the laundryPlaying with his toy basketThis picture cracks me up! Look at those rosy red cheeks. Snack time! Just chillingThese last pictures are of Luke playing with the airbed as Megan deflated it, he loved the air blowing in his face.

Friday, February 20, 2009

What I see

I drive an hour to and from work everyday, which isn't as bad as I would have thought. It gives me a lot of time to think, this is good and bad sometimes. I leave before the sun rises and there are a few mornings every week that I get to see a sunrise as beautiful as this one. It was quite breath taking this day. I couldn't help but snap a picture of it with the window down going 70 mph up highway 77. Am I making you nervous? Enjoy seeing what I see.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brother's birthday celebration

Yes, I am still alive. Just a little preoccupied with... well, life. So I finally have taken some pictures and got them downloaded on my computer.

These are from my little brother's 17th birthday party. Pyramid of cupcakes. The birthday boys blowing out their candles
Look at all those shoes. Hard to believe that 17 years ago Jeff, feet were so small. btw, only one pair of shoes is his, the rest are his friends'.