Friday, May 1, 2015

7 Quick Takes Vol.7

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Atticus is starting to get jealous anytime I hug Ish or the kids. The other night I was hugging Ish and he went from perfectly content to upset and demanding to nurse in half a second flat.  There has been a major  improvement in how he asks to nurse.  He no longer yells "boob!" at the top of his lungs.  He now says, "seesees" (nursies) or "na-na".  He has mostly stopped attempting to rip my shirt off as a manner of asking as well.

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This is one of those photos that, technically speaking, I am less than content with, but every single time I look at it I laugh.  I was hoping to capture her catch the ball, but it didn't quite work.  No Lilianas were hurt in the taking of this photo.

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There was however an Atticus hurt during the taking of this photo.  I was working on using leading lines for the photo course I am taking right now.  I had the shot set up exactly as I wanted it, and just as I went to snap the photo Atticus fell and scraped up his hands.  Poor little man!

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I have a new food love.  I recently discovered Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints.  They are the real food equivalent of York Peppermint Patties.  They have only 3 ingredients-- chocolate, honey and peppermint.  They are dangerously delicious.

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I have been trying to write more recently and have come to the realization that I am really rusty.  Trying to get words out the way I want them to has become almost painful.  I fear my writing muscle has atrophied. 

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So I have a little parenting strategy to share.  When I am having a bad day and getting easily frustrated with a child, I go and look at their baby pictures.  It helps me to remember how sweet and young the child actually is.  It refocuses me and helps me to be more patient and loving.    It also is fun to rediscover cute photos.  This one of Little Ish is from nearly 4 years ago.

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And here is one from 3 years ago before we knew that Lily would have red hair.


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Playing























On Sunday afternoon, we spent the afternoon at Ish's parents' house.   The weather was perfect, so instead of hanging out inside, we passed the time outside soaking up some springtime sunshine.  As the kids played and the grown-ups chatted, I decided to continue playing with my camera. 

I would like to note that Atticus climbed the climbing wall on his own, something I had no clue he could do.  Shortly after I snapped a few photos he requested to get down.  You may notice that I don't have many pictures of my nephews, they spent a lot of time playing chasing games, and the few times I tried to capture their antics the photos came out as blurs. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Garden in Manual

















After 4 years of owning my DSLR camera and mostly shooting in auto with the occasional foray into aperture priority mode, I finally decided to just go ahead and put all my reading and video tutorial watching to use and shoot in manual.  I took a few pictures [in manual] of a magic performance that Ish was doing on Saturday, and was reasonably pleased with the result.  It was this little confidence boost that encouraged me to spend a huge portion of Sunday documenting the day in photos and really experimenting with all my camera has to offer.

Sunday after Mass, Ish needed to do some work in the garden.  The kids happily joined him outside and alternated between playing and helping.  I, however, just took out my camera and played.  I am blessed that my kids generally don't mind being shadowed and photographed as they go about their day.  I am really pleased with many of the photos, and was surprised that I understood more than I thought about my camera.

On a totally different note, my apple trees have leaves!  We planted three apple trees this fall, and I had been referring to them as my apple sticks--they were so bare and dead looking.  I have been so pleased to see them actually showing signs of life. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Barefoot in the Spring


















Spring has finally made its way to Delaware!  On Wednesday, Little Ish asked if he could play outside barefoot since it was so warm out.  I gave the go ahead and the rest of us decide to follow suit and leave our shoes inside.  Admittedly, my shoeless adventure ended quickly as I got a splinter as soon as I stepped outside.  The kids, however, enjoyed soaking up the warmth from the sun baked driveway.

Lily eventually opted for shoes so she wouldn't run over her toes when she was using the rocket car.  This well loved ride on toy caught Atticus's eye  and Lily switched back and forth between sweetly trying to teach Atticus how to ride it and wanting to just enjoy her turn riding it.  Atticus was mostly content to chase Lily around and to occasionally take a turn pushing the buttons on the front of the car.

Little Ish decided to blow bubbles much to Atticus's delight (bubble is one of Atticus's clearest words).  He spent a lot of time figuring out which direction to face so that the wind wouldn't spray bubble solution back in his face. 

It has been really uplifting to finally be outside without having to get everyone into extra layers.  It has also made our afternoons fly by.