Adventure Is Out There

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Areas of growth: Letting¬†kids be kids and being more of an observer with a camera. I have really come to embrace this and love the authenticity of the images I am creating. I create the space. Find good lighting and location. Then I sit back and let them do their thing. It’s been great.

Also, I am simply taking more photos. You truly learn and grow by DOING. So I am loving the growth in practicing my craft.

Adventure Is Out There

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Portraits of my kids | every week in 2015

Opie and curtains-3738 Opie and curtains-3706New favorite pastime for these two is playing in the curtains. There are two huge windows in the nursery–one window for each, but¬†of course there are days when they both want the¬†SAME window.¬†They ask to do this before naps. Sometimes I refuse them because we have wasted enough time stalling that sweet afternoon reprieve. But when I slow down and avoid rushing into the next “to-do,” truly magical moments¬†are had in the midst of the mundane.

note: No photo of Balboa this week

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Portraits of my kids | every week in 2015

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1. – 3. Planting fruit trees. We now have “Tony,” the Starking sweet cherry tree (AKA: “The Iron Tree”), “Stella,” the mate for Tony (also sweet cherries), and “Goldie,” our Golden Delicious apple tree. Balboa did awesome helping dad get those babies in the ground. When we were done, they just looked like sticks in the ground, and I think both Noah and Neil couldn’t believe getting some “sticks” in the ground were that much work. I naturally just took pictures ;o) But they are starting to grow already. Spring is an amazing reminder of how God is constantly growing¬†extraordinary¬†life¬†in seemingly ordinary places.

4. Р5. P-Mackey and his eggs. He pretty much dunked the eggs in and pulled them right back out. Then he proceeded to crack them the remainder of the time. We ended up eating all the eggs he dyed for lunch immediately following our egg dying.

6. – 7. His face says it all.

8. Bonus egg hunt photo. Doesn’t everybody employ the help of a light saber to find their eggs?

 

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