For the last time this year, we lit candles in celebration of a miracle that occurred long ago. However, I hope that we are able to remember that miracles happen every single day. Happy holidays to everyone!
I finally decided to take the easy way out. Instead of taking the whole family out on location for portraits this year, I took advantage of my favorite spot in our backyard. I thought this would be much easier than planning ahead considering it has rained or been dark and grey on our family portrait day for the last two years. I love that we have a giant white reflector (a fence) on the east side of our yard that lights up our children’s sweet, angelic, little faces as the sun sets in the west behind them, so I was excited to run outside for a few minutes of good ol’ fashioned portrait fun. What could be better? Ha ha ha…. Well, it’s very easy for me to make other people’s children laugh and have a good time getting their pictures taken while their parents stress out and worry that their kids are misbehaving too much. However, when it comes to my own children, it takes a lot of energy and determination for me to survive a photo shoot with them. The first two and half minutes start off great, and then it’s downhill from there! Here are a few shots I captured within the short amount of time they gave me before they all started crying because I was, apparently, torturing them to death. Since this was a total whim, I didn’t really spend much time coordinating their outfits, but I’m not going to be picky.
I love, love, love the lighting and the beautiful backgrounds in their individual portraits!!
Here they are having fun just before they all started getting bitten by mosquitoes…
And these were actually taken after I resorted to threatening to ground them from the computer for many days because they were out of control and wouldn’t just stand together for a measly few seconds so I could get one good photo of the three of them together. My desperate threat only caused them to scream and cry so I quickly had to pretend like I was just joking to get them to calm down. I’m so much better with other people’s children when it comes to portrait sessions! I really don’t know how I can capture approximately 70 joyful images of everyone else’s kids and only 7 of my own, but I guess it’s better than nothing!
I know everyone is saying it, but seriously, this summer really flew by!! With as guilty as I feel for the amount of time I spend at my computer away from my kiddos and hubby, I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to squeeze in lots of fun family time over summer break. Here are some photos of my Kindergartener, 2nd and 4th graders (all three in Elementary school now!!) on the first day of school.
So, I went on and on about how much I disliked snow on Facebook today, and about how I never take my kids out sledding when it snows in St. Louis, but then…I was inspired. As the kids got all bundled up to go play in our backyard, I too yanked on a couple of pairs of pants and prepared to brave the “wintry mix” that had been showering down upon us for hours. We had so much fun!!
There must always be snow angels…
There was a lot of ice coming down with the snow, which kinda hurts your face. Sometimes it was hard to keep your eyes open, as you can see!
But that couldn’t stop “S” from trying to catch snowflakes on his tongue!
Luna (the only Chihuahua I’ve ever known to like snow) had a blast too, until her tiny little paws started to freeze!!
Here’s “L” rolling around in the snow…
More fun down the snow slide!
I’m so glad I forced myself to go outside with my kiddos and capture these fun moments with them!! I hope all of you had a really great day with your family too!
Since spelling has always been one of my strong points, I was especially proud of my daughter when she was one of the few students in her class chosen to participate in her school’s spelling bee. Here are a few shots as she competed to become the champion speller of the day.
She made it to the 5th round but got tripped up on a simple mistake out of nervousness. I hope that doesn’t stop her from competing again sometime! It was so exciting to see her up there!! And I love how supportive her friends were…
Daddy asked Taliyah what she would like for dinner since she did so well in the spelling bee. After requesting enchiladas with real cheese (not vegan, that is), she suggested, with her sweetest smile, that we have blueberry pie for dessert, and that is what we had!!