Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christmas 2014

The 2014 Christmas season was a pleasant combination of busyness and rest.  We enjoyed many gatherings with friends and family, but also managed to spend many lazy days at home loafing around in our pajamas.  I have come to really appreciate that my husband works in academia for the well timed vacations he gets through out the year.  The kids and I really enjoyed the extra time with him during the 2 week Christmas break (which mostly fell during Christmas this year). I would say more, but Atticus is waking up...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Ketchup Series--Thanksgiving Road Trip

For Thanksgiving, we traveled up to Massachusetts to see my family. We left in the wee hours of morning so that we could both avoid a snowstorm and avoid driving during frequent nursing hours. The kids did incredibly well, and it was a fairly peaceful drive both ways. We had a pleasant Thanksgiving and the kids all really enjoyed getting to play with Baby Treeline (Sorry C but your blog name will be Treeline forever thanks to Little Ish). See that lovely cousins photo? It is a prime example of why I don't usually take posed group shots of children.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Ketchup Series--Late November Camera Play

One afternoon in late November, I managed to find a snippet of time to just play with my camera.  It had been a while since I had taken pictures not to document life, but to really just enjoy taking photos.  In a rare turn of events, I had four mostly willing subjects too.  I was fairly pleased with the results and actually had more photos that I was pleased with than duds; that pretty much never happens.  This photo series and the joy I had in shooting them was part of the reason I jumped on signing up for an online photography course.  I realized that shooting in manual and really understanding how my camera works could really help me hone my craft.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Ketchup Series-- And then she was 3!

At the beginning of November, our sweet and sassy Liliana turned three. Since her birthday fell on Election Day this year she got the added birthday treat of having her "Archduke" (otherwise known as "Daddy") around all day.  She got to enjoy some of the simple birthday traditions we have around here.  We decorated for her with a simple birthday rooster the night before, and she was delighted to find him in the morning. She also got to pick what she wanted for all three meals of the day.  I find it quite funny that she chose to have Kix cereal for breakfast, but as we rarely have cereal in the house, she thinks of it as a huge treat.  We spent a portion of the afternoon at her Lola and Dziadzia's house, and Dziadzia made her pancakes and bacon for lunch.  I made her a yellow cake with chocolate ganache buttercream  frosting which she insisted on covering in rainbow sprinkles.  She chose for us to sing happy birthday to the tune of "Old McDonald had a Farm" (a tradition we have adopted from some dear friends).

Happy belated birthday to my spirited girl!  Your wit, humor, and large heart are such a blessing to our family.