The way things work out

It is funny the way things work out.  Back in high school and college, I took art classes because I didn’t have a study hall and I thought art would be ‘easy.’  I didn’t want another class that would have lots of homework along with it.  Rookie mistake.  I quickly learned that art class wasn’t easy and I wasn’t very good at it.  I tried my hand at an art history class in college because it filled a general requirement and I wanted to get my degree and get done.  I failed art history miserably and was definitely embarrassed to drop the class I thought would be a breeze.  I was not good at seeing what my teacher wanted me to see and learn.

After having my first child, I suddenly found an interest in photography.  I hated watching my baby blink after every flash only to take another picture so he wouldn’t have a surprised facial expression in each picture.  I wanted natural pictures of how he looked at each stage.  I wanted to remember the little details, the big moments and everything in between.

I bought my first dslr in May of 2010, while I was pregnant with my second baby.  I started reading everything I could about photography.  Those first pictures I took I thought were amazing…. and they were an improvement, but not great.  The last two years I have taken a few classes through Clickin Moms and have very much enjoyed them.  They are packed full of information and I love that you keep the class materials so you can go back and reference them.

rembrandt

So fast forward to the other day when I was sitting down with my kids in our living room and noticed the ‘Rembrandt triangle‘ on my 4 year old’s face.  It made me laugh how I remembered that from my Mastering Natural Light Indoors class with Clickin Moms.  The information I have learned about composition, framing and light makes me appreciate art and photography so much more.  If someone would have told me ten years ago I would love art, I would have laughed.  While I still wouldn’t think of myself as terribly creative, I do enjoy photography and can’t wait to keep learning about it.

Where is Asher?

Asher's books

Most days when we can’t find Asher, (and what I mean by that is, he is quiet in the house somewhere for a few minutes,) we usually find him in his room.  He loves this little area between his rocking chair and bed with all of our favorite baby books.  He usually likes to take them all off the shelves and can be found paging through them.  It is moments like this when I wish I could know what a baby is thinking.  He looks through all the pages in one book and then only one or two pages in the next and casts it aside.  As frustrating as it is to pick up the books several times a day- and yes we are working on picking up, it is pretty sweet.

Asher's blocks

Her heart’s desire

Bible reading

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.  Philippians 2:13

Her desire to ‘read her Bible’ quietly by herself is the sweetest thing.  She actually can’t read yet but so wants to read her Bible and ‘journal’ in it.  Last Christmas we bought her a journaling Bible and thought it would be great to see how Jesus works in her life throughout her childhood.  She has journaled in it a few times this past year and definitely loves telling us about her pictures.  She has such a strong desire to know Him and grow in her faith.  It is humbling to watch her growth and understanding of God’s word.

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.  Romans 5:11

 

 

Sunday outing


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During the weekends, we try to take time together to do something fun with the six of us.  Some weekends we are able to do this, and other weekends there just isn’t time between work, other events, naps and kids activities.  This past Sunday, we checked out some trains from Union Pacific.  It was quite hot outside so afterwards we headed downtown to get some yummy ice cream!

Union Pacific

Paper Crane

The ceiling of the ice cream shop was covered in paper cranes for the Peace Project.  There are more than 6,000 paper cranes hanging from their ceiling!

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This little man wanted chocolate ice cream and I wrongly assumed that he wanted it in a dish… or maybe it was that I thought it would be less messy and easier for him to eat the delicious Dutch chocolate ice cream.  So he got his cone and all was right in the world… for a few minutes.

ice cream

Vanilla bean ice cream in a cone- the smile says it all!  I feel like he looks quite old in this picture, maybe it is the toothless smile or the fact that he is 7 and beginning second grade?!?  As cliche as it is, I wish time would slow down.  I enjoy these family moments we get to spend together and I feel so blessed to have a great family.  Wishing you a relaxing weekend!

 

 

the monarch butterfly

monarch

As a kid, my mom was always raising caterpillars from eggs to the butterfly for school.  She is an elementary education teacher and she shared these experiences with her students, my brother and myself every year.  This year, she was going to be out of town when the butterflies came out of their chrysalis so we took them for her and our kids were able to see the butterflies break open their chrysalis.  It was pretty neat, but this is really the only picture we were able to get because they flew away so quickly!  My middle two kids thought it was pretty amazing and it was sure sweet to see how interested they were in the butterflies.

 

 

His truck

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His favorite toy if I had to guess.  This little truck can keep him busy for quite some time.  He sleeps with it, has played in the lake with it and drives it over my freshly vacuumed carpet to make new tracks.  I don’t really remember how it started, but this little truck he latched on to and everyone in our family knows if he is upset, this truck will usually calm him down.  It is pretty sweet and I often wonder how long this stage of him and his truck will last.

my little wanderer

my little wanderer

I see a saying often that says, ‘Not all who wander are lost,’ and I would say this little one definitely feels that way.  He can wander off wherever and if he could talk he would probably say he is not lost… but exploring.  He is constantly on the move, looking at trees, the sun, a fence post or sign.  We really have to watch him like a hawk because he really would just wander off.  It is pretty cute though to see him take everything in.

Happiness

happiness

This little one has a smile that melts my heart.  He is hilarious, sensitive and loves to make people laugh.  I can’t believe he will be starting preschool and turning 4 at the end of the month!  I love his sweet soul, his love of hugs and building others up.  He is quick to say ‘I love you’ and ‘You’re the best mommy ever!’  He is strong and if he ever plays football, I would hate to be on the receiving end of a tackle.  He brings such a fun and loving element to our family!

my little creative

journaling

The other day after laying down my younger two kids for naps, I couldn’t find my daughter.  She wasn’t in her usual places she likes to be during nap and quiet time.  I finally saw her in her room, sitting on her bed journaling.  I immediately grabbed my camera.  She looked so beautiful sitting there, even with her uncombed pool hair.  When I came into her room, she told me she was drawing a ‘Christmas house.’  She loves to color and draw and can spend hours at the kitchen table doing just that.  She is a sweet and caring little girl who loves to help.  God has definitely blessed me with her as my daughter.

journaling 2

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