Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lots of good things happening around here lately

We had a really nice visit with Marc's parents not long ago. We had a great time visiting together and as always, it was very hard to say goodbye. At least this time we finally managed to get a moment to take a few group shots together, I always mean to do things like this when we are with family, but all too often time seems to slip away from me. Well, not this time! Thanks to lots of promises for treats we got Blake to be still for a few moments, and he even smiled on cue; which is quite a feat for this three year old. No if we can just get him to keep his shoes on for just a few moments we will really be in bussiness! :) Photobucket Photobucket We were even able to convince both Ty and Blake to give Spencer a little loving--which surprisingly, he really enjoys. In fact he even seems to enjoy it when the boys go a little overboard with their affection. I guess that is because Spencer is at an age where he just lives for their attention. Photobucket We also got lucky enough to see a cousin that is just a tad younger than Ty. They recently moved out to the northeast so it was a real treat to have them here during a quick layover during their vacation. I wish we could see them more often. Photobucket We have also been spending more time at some new parks. We have had such beautiful weather, (lots of sunshine and only scattered rain storms--it has warmed up a bit too) that we have been able to spend lots of time outdoors. On Sat. we checked out a new park not to far from us and found a photographer's heaven. A beautiful walking path through forested areas, a small lake, a stone amphitheater, a cute gazebo, and the perfect bathrooms. What was so perfect about the bathrooms? Well, check out the next 2 shots: Photobucket Photobucket These photos were taken just outside the restrooms, which happily capture the setting sun in a dramatic way as they happen to have an opening which faces west. The other thing you should know about the above two photos is that I was seriously lamenting leaving my tripod at home the moment I saw the sun setting through this opening. I even tried propping my camera up on a nearby tree to get these shots, but that wasn't working so I abandoned being creative with the tree--which was fairly prickly anyhow, and decided to let Ty try his hand at it. I've never trusted him with my camera before, so I was a little hesitant to let him handle it. Still, he was willing and about the right height, so I told him where to stand, dialed in the exposure, and showed him which button to press. He did such a great job with the first one, I had him take the second one as well. So I just wanted to publicly say, awesome job Ty! Thanks for helping me get a great shot of dad and me! I have too few nice shots with me in it. I am very excited about the photos you took! I also got a few nice ones of the men in my life as we walked along the nature path: Photobucket Aren't Ty and Blake cute holding hands? From the way they have been going after each other lately you'd think they didn't like each other. I'm glad I have photos like these to remind me that they really do care about each other and enjoy being together! Photobucket This one was taken at a different park, but we were pretty much doing the same thing. We found yet another beautiful walking path through some forested areas. You gotta love living in this area, so many beautiful places to hang out as a family. We almost didn't get to take this picture because just as I hit the timer and ran to my spot in the photo, a storm cloud came and started sprinkling on us. By the time we ran out of the woods and back to the car it was really starting to come down. If we had waited even a few moments longer we never would have gotten this shot. It isn't really all that great, but with 3 little boys ages 6 and under we don't often get all three of them to hold still long enough to take a family photo. Impromptu is pretty much the name of the game, and part of the reason why I keep my camera with me as much as possible. You just never know when they are all going to be in a cooperative mood :) Photobucket And lastly today I wanted to post a few pictures of Spencer; first from when he was born--I think he is 1 week old in these photos: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket And then these quick ones from his birthday and 1 year old photo shoot. He sure has changed a lot in 1 year! Photobucket Photobucket It has been 2 months since his birthday and I've been meaning to post a birthday photo for some time now, but I kept forgetting. Anyhow, maybe sometime soon I'll also post some of the boys Halloween photos that I also keep forgetting about! :) Anyhow, happy birthday Spencer! We are so glad to have you as a part of our family!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Quick post

Just a few pictures today. First my "colorful" assignment for the scrapbooks.com photography challenge: Blake wearing a hat I made a while back: Photobucket And a frequent little cutie on my blog. This little guy turned 1 last week. It is hard to believe because I remember taking his newborn photos so well....It just seems this past year has just flown by! Photobucket Photobucket Happy birthday Jaden!!!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Winter Blues

I am so ready for Spring! It has been cold a dreary here most of the month and it has most deffinantly put me in the mood for warmer, sunnier weather! I understand that groundhog day is tomorrow and I think it is time that someone had a little talk with that rodent before he comes out, because 6 more weeks of this will proably push me over the edge. And besides that I have plans that need some warm weather cooperation! We are planning on landscaping the backyard a bit soon and unless this cold, rainly, mucky days come to an end I'm never going to have the motivation I need to get it all done! So in protest to the cold weather, here are a few family shots from a session I did when things were warmer! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket It was plenty warm that day, but it has been so cold and wet since that all the sessions I've done after that one have been indoors. Here is a peek at an adorable red head that I got to see early in the year: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Isn't she just beautiful? :) I was lucky enough to "meet" this little guy a little earlier than most: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket And here he is after his grand entrance into the world, a few weeks later: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket He was such a little cutie. We had to work to get him to sleep for us, but it was well worth it! :) And last but not least my photography assignments for the past few weeks from Scrapbooks.com: Assignments 3 was "expressions," and here is my take on that: Photobucket you can't see his face, but I thought that whole sceen showed how much he wanted that door open so well. :) This one is a more direct take on it: Photobucket Week four's challenge was "catchlights" (the little sparks of light in your subject's eyes that make them seem alive) And here is my attempt to get Spencer to hold still long enough to catch some good ones: Photobucket Photobucket I'm still working on this week's challenge which is "Colorful" This will be a good one for me as color is sorely needed around here right now! Please just let it warm up! :)