Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anatomy of a Snow Day

The calendar said "Teacher Work Day" but even if school had been planned for the day, they would have called it off because of the mediocre snow we received last night.

And I am going to be honest.  The planner, type A, personality misses my normal routine on days like this.  Or at least, I miss having someplace to go to keep these three busy.  Moreover, I miss the quiet afternoons when both girls are at school and Sam naps (and I get to grade papers).  

That said, I was determined to have a relaxed, fun day today.  And we did (without even going out in the snow…not a fan of that either!).  It was made even better because I toted my camera around and no one complained (Madelyn only showed me her butt once).  And I had fun making pictures.

We started the day off with these pancakes.  So yummy and healthy too.  Win, win.  (They were ugly though…I have not yet learned the trick to pretty pancakes).







We took down this dry erase board the other day and Sam LOVES it.  I do too because it lets him color 1.  without me holding his paper and 2. without using up any trees.  He calls every color, "Lell-low".


Elyse wanted to draw her own pictures (elephants like they learned in school) and the smart girl lured Sam to the playroom with vehicles.

It didn't last long though.

Madelyn meanwhile was up in her room reading.  She LOVES superhero books, especially the comic books (Dennis is thrilled!).  This girl amazes me with her reading.  She's rocking it.

 Sam wanted in on that action too and eventually took away her book.

Headphones plugged into the egg carton.  Why not?!

Then, just because we could, we made a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies.  We made these ones.  No flour or sugar but really good.



My neighbor Sue made these awesome aprons for the kids.  I finally got a picture of all of them together.  They clearly were having fun.  (Photography tip…to get multiple kids, or even one, to stand together for a picture:  Tell them to jump when you get to three….snap a few pictures while you count and they wait.  They stay relatively still and have a fun look of anticipation on their faces).

This is once I got to three!

 We enjoyed lunch.  Their favorite…mac and cheese (Sam kept saying to Elyse, "Good, Leesy?")


Enjoyed some more cookies.

I let the girls snap a few pictures.


The rest of the day was enjoyed.  They watched more TV than they should.  I drank tea and chatted with my neighbor.  We ate this for dinner.  Life is good.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

365 Week 2

 Week 2.  I promise I took a picture everyday but unfortunately, my memory card bit the dust.  I can't  seem to get Sunday's pictures.    (I had even tried to be artsy and creative and take a picture of a thing rather than a person.  I'll have try that again next week. )  And you can guess what night I didn't remember until late and let Dennis take a pic of me.





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

365

A common question among photographers in January…are you doing a project 365?  The goal being to take a picture every single day of the year and gather them together in some kind of Pinterest worthy display.

It's something I've though about for years but never committed.  I didn't want to add stress.  Didn't want to make picking up my camera a chore.

But this year because of some encouragement from friends along with a desire to really learn, I'm jumping in feet first.  I'm calling mine a little something different though…an "Almost 365."  I don't expect to actually have a picture from everyday

I've learned a lot in the first week already (one that I need to take more pictures when Elyse isn't at school!).

Here's days 1-7.  I don't expect to post them all here but will try from time to time.








Friday, December 12, 2014

Around the House

Just a few shots from around the house.  



Yes, this is how crazy our kitchen looks in the morning.  All I can do is laugh.

Every time we go to the library, Madelyn snatches up some super hero books.




The view they both showed me when they were done taking pictures.  (Don't judge the jammies…last night all of Sam's were wet in the wash at bedtime.  I made it work by cutting the feet out of 18 months and putting him in the sleep sack).

Cool shirt from our friend in Okinawa, Japan.



Madelyn loves to eat whole bell peppers.  After Sam cried pepper to me a bazillion times, I finally let him try too.  He surpassingly dug in (never eats peppers off his plate).