Sunday, January 29, 2017

Project 365 Week 4

It's been an interesting week here.  We have had toddler induced bathroom floods, an exploding pen, and a few other crazy moments.  Grabbing my camera each day has allowed me to step back, slow down, and in turn become more present.  I did not realize at the beginning of the month how much of a happiness boost this project could provide.

One of the most difficult parts of this project has been choosing a photo each day.  You get to see 7 of my photos from each week; I take far more.  This week I took 361 photos; culling is hard work.

Atticus received Picasso Tiles for his birthday this year.  They are easily the most played with toy in the house.  He especially loves to play with them during read aloud time. 
Holy eyelashes Batman!  I saw the light on her lashes and couldn't resist the photo op.
Little Ish is extremely possessive of his pirate playset.  He surprised Atticus this week by inviting him to play pirates with him.  Atticus was so thrilled by all the fun and attention.

Atticus was using his climbing structure as a lookout.  I have no clue what he was expecting to see on the ceiling, but it was sure fun to watch him deeply immersed in pretend play.

Little Ish found a few rogue Monopoly railroad cards in a board game we were playing.  He was fascinated by the cards and he used them to create all sorts of math problems and imagination games.

This girl has had a hard week of teething and a runny nose.  There have been lots of tears and lots of cuddles.
Here is Atticus checking out his new haircut.  He was quite pleased. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Project 365 Week 3

I was completely not feeling it creativity wise this week,  I think a lot of it had to di with the mostly dismal, dreary weather.  I did pick up my camera each day, but I definitely struggled a few days.  It does help that the kids seem to want me to take their photo more often.  There were a few times during the week when they asked me to get mt camera out.

Little Miss Zélie has been making a break for the stairs every chance she gets.  I follow her to the top several times per day.  If nothing else, she is taking a longer nap.

I love watching this little lady explore her environment.  She is so curious and loves checking everything out.

Atticus is working on stair climbing too...

Atticus came down the stairs and asked me to take a photo of him dressed up as a monster (yes, that is a Philly Phanatic hat)

Atticus rested his head in pretty light and asked me to take his photo.

Zélie said "train" this week.

Little Ish loves playing board games with Ish, and this was a perfect way for them to spend some quality time together on Saturday morning.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Project 365 Week 2

As I mentioned last week, I am in the midst of attempting my first photography project 365.  So far so good.  I have managed to pick up my camera every day this past week.  Here are my results.

Look who is standing by herself! Zélie started standing up on her own and is incredibly proud of herself.

I just love the relationship Little Ish and Zélie have.  He is so incredibly sweet with her and she just soaks up all the love and attention.


Zélie was happily enjoying frozen blueberries, the only food she consistently demands more ("mo!") of, and then she bit her finger a split second before I hit the shutter release on my camera.

This was a tragic day in the history of my Canon 70d, and a good lesson in why not to have knee jerk reactions.  Somehow a couple of my standard settings on my camera got messed up, and instead of trying to figure out what happened, I reastored my camera to factory settings.  This is the one photo from that day that doesn't make me cringe.  Isn't Atticus cute in his pajamas?

We had an unseasonably warm day so the kids and I spent a large portion of the morning outside.  Zélie had a blast crawling around and exploring the front yard.


Liliana has been teaching herself to read. Here she is atop the kitchen radiator reading to Atticus. 

While this photo isn't particularly good technically; it captures a rare event.  Ish called out to me, "Hey you need to take a photo of this before I wipe Zélie down!"  As he almost never asks me to take photos in the moment, I wanted to use this one for the day's photo.  Also, Zélie thoroughly enjoyed her enchilada casserole.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Project 365 Week 1

This year I have decided to take on a project 365 for my personal photography.  My small photography business has picked up steam, and I have found myself failing to capture as many photos of my family when I am busy capturing memories for other families.  My hope is that by picking up my camera each day this year I will be able to capture more of those daily life moments.  Despite succumbing to a stomach bug this past week, I still managed to pick up my camera every day.

I feel like this is the perfect photo to start off my project since it captures a moment that is so much a part of family life for us.  My father-in-law makes pizza for his children and grandchildren on Sunday afternoons.  He often asks the grandchildren, "Why do I make you pizza?" and each of them knows the answer from a very young age is, "because you love me."

Happy 3rd birthday, Atticus!  He insisted that he did not want a cake for his birthday dessert, so here is Atticus blowing out his candles stuck into his preferred dessert-- a double stuffed oreo cookie.  

Zélie seems to be able to make objects that she shouldn't be playing with appear out of nowhere.  As I was about to take her photo, she pulled this paper towel out of thin air.

This is Atticus dressed as a human.  He has recently taken to playing dress up a lot, and dressing a a human involves putting a large scarf over his head and topping it with a viking helmet.  Although I captured several photos of him dressed this way, I really enjoy this photo because he looked so satisfied with his ability to imagine and execute his idea for a costume.

Ish is such a capable father and husband.  I am so blessed that he was able to both take care of me and hold down the fort while I succumbed to a stomach bug this week. Here Zélie and Ish share some snuggles.

This sweet girl is all smiles.  She has been teething pretty consistently for awhile and now has six teeth.

Lily's fashion choices give my spirits quite a boost.  She wore her sunglasses and hat for our entire library visit this week. As you can see, she put her hat on before the sunglasses.