Sunday, April 13, 2014

Seven on Sunday

My new photographer friend Kelly started a weekly project.  She posts seven pictures each Sunday, usually with a theme uniting them.  I decided to join her with this little challenge, so here we are, week 1.  I'm admittedly intimidated by this a bit as Kelly is a pro...her pictures are amazing.   And the other ladies  in on this challenge are also professionals.  So even though I'm intimidated, here we go.  

Today is Sam's first birthday (crazy, right?!) so I'll have more on him in the next few days.  Hopefully I'll be back here before next Sunday.

1.  This boy wants me to put the camera down and pick him up....2.  I'd like to get good at silhouettes.  I was just playing around while these two hung out...3.  My ONE year old.  Trying to show some contrast with the picture of him as an itty bitty guy hanging in the background...4.  The girls got in their heads that we needed to do a spa day after reading a Fancy Nancy book. Here's Maddy with bananas, honey, and spinach on her face and cucumbers on her eyes.  She was not a fan and wiped it off as soon as she could... 5. Happy little boy after trying his smash cake.  Poor Sam now has super healthy eating parents now so this one was sweetened with bananas and applesauce, but he didn't seem to mind...6. Sisters joining in on the birthday fun...7.  A bit of a cheat...this was from last week but I still like this shot from the soccer game.

Have a Happy Week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Pictures

My enthusiasm for both photography and this blog ebb and flow.  I go in spurts where all I want to do is learn about photography, take pictures, and share them here.  Then (likely from my overzealousness) I need a break from the camera and the blog.  I've been in a lull lately but I feel the zeal returning.  Hopefully that will mean more pictures and more blogging.

For today, I went back through the last few months and found some pictures I haven't shared yet.  They are terribly out of order but I don't feel like fixing that.  Please enjoy these pictures from a snow storm, girl scouts and soccer, a trip to the Smithsonian to see the dinosaurs, and life around these parts.  

I hope to be back here soon.  But no promises.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Herding Cats

I've decided that once a month, on or around the 15th, I want to get a picture of all three kids sitting in a chair together.  When I formulated this plan, I decided to keep it stress free, not worry about outfits, hair fixing or perfect light.  Little did I know how difficult it would be.  Below, find the pictures from today's attempt.  And please note that these are not outtakes but the cream of the crop.  

Sam at 10 Months

 This little guy is 10 months old already.  In the past two months he's been through some big changes.

He's a crawler.  He had been doing the rocking thing for awhile but just couldn't seem to get those hands going.  We went to a children's museum and I noticed him really watch another little boy crawl around.  The next day, his hands were moving.  He just needed to see someone else go to figure it out.

He is now a quick crawler.

He can say, "Hi" and wave.  Does it quite often actually, sometimes to strangers which is well received.  He repeats a lot of words back to us.  He can say "uh-oh".  He says "mama" and I'm convinced he means me. :-)  This boy still loves the sound of his own scream and gets all kinds of attention when we are out in public.  One day at the library, a librarian came into the bathroom to check on us after hearing Sam's screams.

He's a big eater.  He will eat anything and everything we offer.  It shows because he is 23 pounds, something like 97th percentile for his weight.  A big guy.  He still nurses quite a bit too.

Sam is still happy, friendly, pretty easygoing.  Now he hates getting his diaper changed because he just wants to go.  He loves to bang just about anything.  Loves paper and will try and eat it if we aren't careful.  Just yesterday he started responding to "How big is Sam?" with his arms up for "SOOO BIG!" (And does it with a very serious face).

He loves books.  Current favorites are "Brown Bear" and "What Does Baby Say?"

Loves his sisters and his sisters love him.

We still aren't sleeping through the night.  We were getting pretty close last week.  He went all night without a feeding.  But then, he got an ear infection and was pretty miserable so I couldn't let him cry.  Hopefully now that he's feeling better we can work on getting some sleep!  He does take two pretty good naps so I'm thankful for that.

Sam is just a cool, happy dude (who probably needs his bangs cut soon!).  Can't believe the next update will be at a year!