It was supposed to be a simple family shoot. And as we began, I remembered what it was like to have an 18 month old...that would not cooperate for pictures. :) Any other time and they are a ham for a camera...now that we're "officially" doing pictures, all bets are off! What was my first clue you ask?...
And it continued from here. But all in all, as quick as it was, we did get some good shots.
Because how can you not with smiles like this?!
And because I love a good black and white...
All she wanted was a picture with her dolls...and how can you say no?! (I just love her boots with the plaid shirt!)
Love it as a black and white!
And not to be forgotten was this beauty! She stood still for a couple cute ones.
We did finally grab a few family shots also...
Because sometimes words can say it all!
I just love her expression!
As quick as it was, I think we took some good memories!
And just because I can, I flipped it for a different (but same) view. :)
Sometimes it's not about a fancy set up or matching clothes, but about capturing that moment in a busy day. I am blessed. Blessed with the love of my life...Thank You God for guiding me into his path 28 years ago...and blessed he is the father of our 2 awesome boys. For all our struggles the last few years, we ARE doing something right! Well mannered and polite, they will be heartbreakers! And those eyes just kill me.
Thank you for being an AMAZING dad! Happy Father's Day!
It's been a tough week for most people. From tragedy in Boston to disbelief in West, Texas. We (hopefully) turn to our faith as we struggle to understand why. As children, we are (hopefully) shielded from some of the wrong in the world, but it tends to hit home when something hurts you. We had an incident last Sunday. I had no clue. I went to bed and our 12 year old came and woke me and asked me to come to his room. Not having any clue, I went with him, where he promptly burst into tears, telling me he wanted to move and he did not like it here. Talk about coming out of left field! This sweet, tender hearted child was struggling with a problem and kept it in all day because he didn't want to ruin "our" day. My heart just broke for him.
He cries silent tears. He always has. He crashed his bike years ago and scraped his body from left eye to right hip on the pavement...HORRIBLE road rash...and not a tear. I cried for him and even told him it was ok to cry and yet no tears. So as big croc tears fell onto my leg, I ached to know what had hurt him so bad. After 30 minutes he explained how his friend had betrayed his trust. And he was so terrified that kids would find out and tease him. My poor baby. Friend betrayal is so tough for a 12 year old...or anyone for that matter. But after getting him calmed down and a guarantee that no one would know, he finally fell back asleep. Of course that meant that daddy and I were WIDE awake and ANGRY! (Parents were contacted and punishment received.)
Unfortunately after hearing back from 1 parent the next day, what he said turned out to be true...I was hoping just a cruel joke. He is over it and back to his sweet self. He is not ready to forgive, which I understand, but I know he will eventually. He is not one to hold a grudge. I just hate that it was a lesson he eventually had to learn...much sooner than I expected. As I posted on his facebook page, "Jesus knows you're strong." He will overcome and be stronger for it.
The dishes may not be done and the beds not made, but someday, none of that will matter. If I've learned anything in the past few weeks, it's to appreciate the time you're given, because it truly is a gift. Don't take it for granted. Get out and enjoy life and your loved ones.
It's been a long time since I've actually worked a "full" week...and to be honest, I only worked a full day on Tuesday and Thursday. But for someone that hasn't worked 8 hours (or so) in almost 10 years...oh and add in the time change...it pretty much kicked me in the rear! But...I am working at 2 places that do so much good, that I was able to suck it up and be grateful that I can do what I am doing.
Last week was a bad week...sorta. We lost 2 accounts. 1 big one and one smaller one. I was shocked by the 1st one because last month everything was great. But it turns out there's a lot of internal issues and it was beyond our control...and I know it was not our fault. We weren't happy about it, but I'm not going to cry about it, because I know something better is around the corner. The second account I was glad to see go. We've tried to help them, offering them a discount because everyone is struggling and even offering to do service for free. All it would have taken was a phone call. It made no difference that we just reduced our pricing twice in the last 8 months or that we've done the service for free for almost 2 years...apparently the "new" trustee's know better. We're done with getting walked on. You get what you pay for and if you can't afford it, you don't need it. It would have been nice to know they were taking bids though, especially after reducing our prices on our own 6 months ago. There's a reason, I know it. All in God's time.
I happened to be in town last week and noticed these blooming. It gave me hope that spring's right around the corner!
I don't make resolutions. Period. I used to, but then decided it was just too much pressure and I would become disappointed with myself when I broke them...because you know it happened. Every.single.year. I finally decided to take the pressure off and "make goals" each year. Some years I meet them and some years I don't. But I can continue to work on them, even if I haven't finished them.
Last year my goal was to organize my pictures, because I have A LOT of them. I haven't finished working on it, but I keep plugging away and I will eventually finish. With no pressure. So this year my goal is to continue to keep working away and maybe, just maybe, it'll happen.
I did make 1 resolution this year that I am going to work hard at keeping. And that is to get in more pictures. I'm not comfortable doing it. I like being the one in control. (Go figure :) But in organizing my pictures, I have noticed that my kids won't have many with me in them. Kinda like how I say I don't have many pictures of my parents. My youngest gave me a beautiful picture frame for Christmas and said he wanted a picture of the 2 of us in it. So he started bugging me for the picture. (Leave it to a 12 year old to make sure you keep your promises!) I still "set up" the shot...right lighting, right angle, etc...He didn't care. Turns out, these are some of my favorites!
Testing the light...lovely
Love more! :)
Get in pictures with your kids! They love you for who you are, not for what you think you look like! You won't regret it years from now when you're looking back.
I posted this photo recently...it's pretty, but maybe there's something missing...
And then I had a conversation with a fellow church member with "ideas". He calls me "cheesehead", which makes me laugh. I pray for him because he's a Steeler's fan. ;) All that matters "to me" is the score of Super Bowl XLV! Anyway, after our bantering, we get down to chatting about "how" to mass market certain photos. We're working on a project and we will see what happens. But taking that picture, I added something...
Quite a difference. We'll see what comes of it. I am going to matte/frame it either way. :)
We had just finished up the Egyptian extra credit 3D project last night...and the conversation went like this..."mommy, can you make belgian waffles for breakfast? Because you know I love them and you make THE BEST ones! *insert groan* And yet I woke up and made them...it's hard to say no to this face! (But I DO do it from time to time!) :)
Sometimes it's hard being a kid and learning lessons. At least I hoped he learned a lesson. (I'm sure he did, but he was still mad at me! ;) There was an invitation to play airsoft from some friends after church. We said sure, no problem and dropped him off, with a reminder that we would pick him up at 3:50pm for the church youth meeting. There were several other youth there also. He was quite irked when we did follow through and picked him up, even though no one else was going. That kinda irked me, but it was not my place to judge others. I just know my boys made a commitment to show up each week and they are going to follow through. Youth is always on Sunday afternoon, always has been and until they change it, it always will be.
After they left, we went on a short Sunday drive discussing it. There was a little disagreement about it and I explained my feelings on it. What if it was US as VOLUNTEERS and kids didn't show up? I would be angry that I spent my time planning and preparing and then the kids decided they had a better offer and didn't show. (This game was not planned in advance, it was just set up on Sunday morning.) I can't help what other parents do, but I can make sure my kids show up when they are expected. He may not realize it now, but I guarantee they will remember the boys that showed.
The conversation went like this...(as daddy and Hunter were going to toss the football)...
"Hunter, you need to change your jeans, so you don't fall and put a hole in them."
Hunter: "I'll be fine, I won't fall" (Famous last words!)
Me: "Well, if you do, I'm going to put a Hello Kitty patch on them"...
Hunter: "FINALLY, someone understands me!"
Seriously, some days all I can do is laugh and shake my head! Guess who's getting Hello Kitty for Christmas?!
He just cracks us up ALL the time.
He did hold still long enough for a "good" pictures before going back to the football!Gosh they grow so fast.
Some days it's just hard to stay positive. I know it's a test, but geez, can we just catch a break?! I will keep reminding myself this as I go up to work at church today. Maybe I can find some peace there?!