Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Look!

I can already hear the oooh's and aaah's coming from people who frequent this site (all three of you!). I've been thinking of freshening up the place for a while, but never had the impetus to actually do it. Those two black and white photos you see of Sydney provided the stimulus needed. We had a professional photographer (and friend) take photos of Sydney when she turned two, and they turned out superbly! The two shown at the top and left of the site are two of our favorites, and we decided that in order to do them justice, we needed to change up the look of the site.

They were taken by a photographer named Debbie Klawetter, and we highly recommend her. She took these (and many others you may have seen if you've been to our house recently) at the Dallas Arboretum. Both the black and whites and the color shots are beautiful and did a great job of capturing Sydney's personality in fun ways. I'll be adding a link to her site soon, but in the meantime, she has given me the okay to post her phone number along with permission to use these two photos:

Debbie Klawetter Photography, 972-675-9959

She designed a few collages for us in addition to the "regular" prints she did, and if you are ever in our home, make sure we show them to you!

On a side note, I was hoping to combine the transition to the new style with a move to WordPress, but gave up on being able to do that in a timely fashion. This was more important, so WordPress will have to wait. I think I first downloaded Wordpress in early 2004 but never got far enough to cut over. I downloaded it again a few months ago and toyed with it, but didn't have time to do it justice. Hopefully it won't take another two years to make the change for real!

Please leave us feedback on what you think. If you have any problems with the new look in your browser, let me know that too. I checked it in IE, Firefox, Opera, and Netscape, but every browser is different, so it's possible I missed something.


Kurt Nordstrom said...


Nice site design, too.

Hey, lemme know if you need a hand moving to Wordpress. I converted a Movable Type install a while back, and I still have the scripts I hacked together lying around, I think.

rollin said...

Thanks Kurt! My main hangup has been taking the time to figure out the difference in what the two systems call their elements. That and debating whether I should just blast the template style sheets and use what I have now, or modify the defaults to keep using their element names, etc. Anyway, I have only put a few hours into it, and I got kinda close, but decided I wanted to do more reading about the WordPress approach and layout before I made any final decisions. Thanks for the offer, though, I may take you up on it.