As a mom of four children, all who are still fairly young, it makes it difficult for me to get one on one time with my kids. This fall I have been thankful for some quality time with my one year old, or as much as you can have quality time with your one year old. One beautiful fall afternoon we went for pumpkins and gourds so I took my camera along! Time flies so fast I am grateful to take a few moments to capture his curiosity, chubby hands, facial expressions and toothy grin. Hope your November is treating you well so far!
October has snuck up on me for sure! Isn't it still back to school time? Well I guess the chill in the air and the smell of bonfire suggests otherwise. I am thankful for project ten getting me to shoot more of the every day activities. This is a glimpse into my afternoon time between homework and dinner! Here's just a handful of moments with my four crazy, lovable kiddos in this beautiful fall weather. I basically have to chase the big kids and try to keep the toddler out of harms way. Good times!
"Have courage and be kind" hangs on a sign over her bed. Although this quote comes from the Cinderella movie, it truly is my wish for her as she grows. She is naturally a sweet soul so I have no doubt as to her kindness, but may she always have courage when she needs it! My project ten for August is focusing on my sweet 7 year old Macy and we drew some inspiration from her summer sunhat. May she always be beautiful inside and out! (She chose the outfits herself)
Well it is starting to feel like summer around here! My kids are all done school and working on perfecting their scooter riding skills! I am technically a day late my friends but I was away over night with the kiddos. For Project TEN this month I focused on a handful of things we've been doing that really make me feel like summer is here! (Yes, if you count I have 12, had a hard time editing. Guess I need lots of grace this month ok?!)
A run through the sprinkler before a summer storm snuck up on us...
I read on the Finding Joy blog this week and Rachel wrote a post on why being a mom is enough. I think we all need to here this now and then.
"I’m talking about getting up in the morning, slapping your face with water, looking in the mirror, sighing, brushing your teeth (maybe), and picking up that toddler and wandering into the kitchen and pouring cereal in bowls, rinsing dishes, kissing the top of their head, and waiting for your coffee to brew.
There isn’t much glamour.
There is you. You giving of yourself. Minute, by minute, by minute, by minute until those hours add up to create a day which adds up to create a week which adds up to create a month which adds up to create years which add up to create a life. A beautiful life filled with ordinary enough mom moments."
So this week as the tenth drew close, I chose to just find some of those ordinary life moments to capture around the house. Max is still just in morning preschool a few days a week so he's my most steady sidekick. He makes the most appearances in this post but the bulk of the images were actually from yesterday. It was a snowy, rainy, April Saturday morning. Little league was cancelled and we were graced with some quiet at home. Enjoy my friends and don't miss out on those "ordinary mom moments" this week!
(And I apologize that Dean does not make any appearances in this month. Sorry dude, your brothers and sister stole the show this time!)
Here are the other talented photographers in this project:
Rae Barnes - http://raebarnes.com/blog/
Rebecca Bender (Winfield, IA) – http://rebeccabenderphotography.zenfolio.com/| https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Bender-Photography/139668796110338?pnref=lhc
Claire Bunn (Philadelphia, PA) – www.clairebunnphotography.com|https://www.facebook.com/ClaireBunnPhoto?fref=nf&pnref=story
Erin Gregerson (Kauai, Hawaii) – http://www.eringregerson.com | https://www.facebook.com/ErinGregersonPhotography/
Lisa O’Brien – (Wrentham, Massachusetts) – https://www.facebook.com/lisaobrienphoto
Lisa Turner(Chattanooga, TN) – https://www.facebook.com/LLturnerphotography
Better late than never, right?! I wanted to use our few days away to have time to just document family interactions. One of Matt's ways to unwind is fishing. I don't have the patience for it but maybe I should try it for that very reason! I thought that Daddy fishing with the kiddos was the perfect time to grab some shots. I should say though that fishing with kids at 7am isn't exactly "relaxing" but it sure is cute! I confess that I grew up fishing on this lake with my grandfather and dad. I've caught little fish on this lake as a kid and was excited for our kids to try it too. We didn't have any luck but we had fun all the same! I realized too that I often only focus on the kids, but my husband deserves some documentation as well :)
Today just so happens to be my birthday so it's a good day to post a few photos! We've had a few snow storms and one big blizzard in the past few weeks. My kids love it and if I am honest, so do I! I had many a birthday with snow falling. My mom likes to point out it was snowing when I was born and my first birthday party was canceled due to blizzard. I thought the snow a fitting theme for winter and this month! (I was testing out a new lens on some of these shots, so they're not normally the gear I would use but ProjectTEN was the perfect way to force myself to practice with the new lens!)
Disclaimer: Maxwell participated in the snow play only a few minutes which was not long enough for me to get him in any photos. Sorry Max! Next time...