1. Eden thinks this face is so funny, and loves to pull it out for a camera. 2. last sunsets of winter 3. Hana Kate’s family picture. 4. summer drinks. 5. Working on supper. 6. Hana Kate loves to do workbooks. 7. “Mommy, take my ficture!” 8. The girls requested cheese and Earl Grey tea for their morning snack. (We usually have 1 or 2 special drinks a day: smoothie, hot chocolate, or tea.) Continue Reading…
1. Hana Kate loves “school,” and while I’ve been having to rest more, she makes a desk wherever I am. 2. cheesy grins. 3. #doglifemustberough 4. Hana Kate having rest time. 5. Hana Kate asked if she could take a picture. Here’s our humidifier ducky hard at work, photo credit hers. 6. Eden having rest time on the bottom bunk.
This is from a week or so back, but our girls are both enjoying having a kitchen outside to play with. We had an extra that I’d set aside to sell in a garage sale, but thought I’d put it in the back yard for them to play with instead. They’re loving it. They’re pulling up weeds and “cooking them” almost as quickly as the weeds are growing.
A Great Leap
The extra day in this Leap Year’s February made landing on March 1 a very warm, sunny day: 79 degrees, to be exact. Like most warm, sunny days this mild winter, such weather meant our girls spent several hours outside. But this day was warm enough for some water play, too. After getting her shorts wet, Hana Kate took my advice that jumping on the trampoline just might help her shorts dry more quickly.
How did her shorts get wet?
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Daniel overheard the girls laughing the other day, and then heard Hana Kate say to Eden, “We’re best sisters, Eden.” Eden replied, “yeah, we betht thithters.” These photos were taken after the girls had come inside after nearly 1.5(!!) hours of playing together outside, most of that time by themselves. They took their grass-covered, water-soaked shirts off and I was making them some smoothies. In the process, I looked over to see what they were laughing so hard about. Apparently, Eden was making silly faces and Hana Kate thought it was hilarious. This was taken on Monday, a day which I thought was pretty cold for our thus far mild SC winter. But they got their cabin fever out outside and continued their fun inside.
I’ve been rather surprised at how good of friends these girls have become already. (Not that they get along perfectly all the time.) I realize that best buddies at 2 and 4 is no guarantor that they’ll be best friends at 10, 20, or 30. But like most parents, I truly hope this is a sign of a deep and abiding friendship that will last for years to come. Grateful for it now, and hopeful for it in the future.
This photo is of two-year-old Eden enjoying her favorite book (well, technically it’s a catalog), The American Girl Doll Catalog. While up at my mom’s house for New Year’s, we discovered her fascination with this magazine. When we got home I was delighted to open the mailbox a week later and pull out this catalog. She was even more excited. I was extra tired one afternoon and had her sit on the bed with me while I rested. (Meanwhile, her big sister wasn’t feeling so well, and went to curl up on her Daddy’s lap while he worked, which turned into a nap for her.)
Later that day my husband asked me with a grin on his face, “Did Eden like her catalog? I went online and signed us up for the mailing list as soon as we got home.” I love seeing my husband love his little girls in little ways like this. (And, should I mention that last night he made cookies with them? ) Not my finest in photography, but a moment I’m still happy I captured.
This photo was taken at the birth of my friend Kristen’s newest daughter. I used no flash and asked for no poses the entire time I was present. (I used a 50mm lens.) But the natural lighting was perfect. This particular picture was taken during the newborn examination while her midwife, Carey, was in between taking measurements. (Incidentally, Carey is also our midwife for the baby I’m currently growing and carrying, and so it was fun to see her at work at an actual birth and afterwards.) I love how natural and raw this picture turned out, and it is definitely one of my favorites from the day.
Three days after baby E’s birth, I headed back to take some newborn photos. I’ve read that the best time to photograph newborns is from days 1 to 15, because apparently they are likely to sleep more soundly through the session and more likely to stay put in the poses you put them in. Baby E didn’t know about that photography tip. However, she did follow the memo that babies follow their own timetable for sleep and eating. I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t have any good pictures to show for our efforts, but was thankful to end up with several we really liked. This is one of them. Her mommy made the soft little newborn nest.
I’m hoping to put more effort into taking quality photos each week. Of course, I had a little motivation for the first two weeks of this year. If it works out, I’ll also link up to photo theme sites when I have pictures that match the theme. This week I missed I Heart Face’s photo challenge, but I think these will fit nicely for 3 Boybarians photo theme this week.