For those of you who don't read my photography blog, I wanted to post these because they are my favorite pictures from my shoot on Saturday. I'm throwing together a special for May to get the season off the ground, so stay tuned for details on that :)
Elizabeth is a girl that lived a few blocks away from me when I was a little girl. I can remember always being so jealous of this really life like baby doll that she had, and thought it was so awesome how her parents let her have a car seat strapped into the car for her baby for when they went places. I reconnected with her on Facebook after not being in touch since high school. Soon after, I learned that she was expecting, so I approached her to see if she would be interesting in documenting the pregnancy, and viola...here we are. She is so beautiful, and I've had so much fun shooting with her. She leaves a few hours away, so we are going to try for every 2 weeks if we can. Look forward to another shoot coming soon, where she reveals baby's gender :)
I decided to actually write something besides a caption to a picture! Hold your applause until the end, I have no idea if it'll be worth it when it's all said and done ;) I think it's been awhile since I did an update on the kids, but we all know the second I type it all up, they'll be out if that stage and on to the next.
Elliot: Elliot is a typical almost 8 year old. He still loves hunting and fishing and pretty much anything his dad does. He's not crazy about school...hmmm, that could come from either of his parents :) He loves Hurley, and lets him in his bed when no ones looking.
Brookelyn: LOVES LOVES LOVES school...and her teacher is "amazed by her reading and writing ability." She counts down weekend days until she can go back to school. The other day, she accidentally called me Ms. Sannes (her teachers name) and then giggled and said "oops, I called Ms. Sannes mom the other day...she just laughed!" She is also a fan of the puppy, and does the best job of watching him and taking him out before he has accidents. She is really into fashion lately, and loves skirts and legging lately. Sometimes she doesn't match, but I let her if it's doable because I don't want to influence her creativity with clothing. I gave her a pedicure the other day, that was really fun and I was reminded of what our future looks like when the boys are all off hunting with their dad. :)
Trae: Trae loves to sleep late...I wish he'd teach the to his little brother :) He's starting to use big words that sometimes take me a second to realize what he's saying and then make me laugh because they are such grown up words for a little guy. He's been taking Archer for rides on the Gator (power wheels) and loves to hear stories. (incidentally, they like Jason's stories way better than mine, so thats become Jason and the kid's ritual before bed) Trae prefers no clothes, and walks around the yard naked a lot, despite my demands for him to put clothes on. Good thing he plays in the backyard I guess :) Two weeks ago, he decided to flush a dixie cup (plastic variety) down my parents toilet. A few days later our master bathroom toilet became clogged and we've had to unclog it many times since. Who'd have thought kids would just keep dumping in a toilet, despite begging from their mom to PLEASE NOT USE MY TOILET!!! because then it has to sit all day for dad to come home and plunge it. (what? one of the MANY reasons I got married...not so into poop water splashing on or near me) Anyhow, we (I) finally asked really nicely (demanded) he take it off and get it fixed already, because I was sick of having to walk through the cold house in the night to use the other bathroom, and hello...these kids WILL NOT stop pooping in it and...gross...So last night the toilet came off and we discovered Trae (I know because I wiped his butt and flushed and thats when the toilet clogged) had flushed one of those little tiny souvenir coffee mugs down the toilet. Flushes like a charm, now who's coming over for coffee?
Archer: Archer's new thing is standing next to me pointing in random directions to which room the desired snack/toy/person he is wanting is in and saying "dthat!" He loves to play outside, even if we are having one of those 50 degrees below zero summer days that we have here in Wisconsin. He usually chooses to play in the sandbox, and then stands there shoving his face full of sand, which results in lots of poop and gritty diapers. (we had his iron and lead drawn last week at his well child visit, haven't heard back from his ped with results yet) He is 27 pounds and 33 inches...and is part monkey. He loves showers and baths, and is a big time instigator, and teases everyone.
Go watch the trailer HERE...what an awesome and worth project. I haven't had a lot of time to think about what I might document on 10*10*10, but I feel like it's a worthwhile cause. Thanks to Ryan at Pacing the Panic Room for the information. He a much better writer than I, so you can go visit there to see what he has written about it.
no questions about the paternity of this kid, your honor. the official score keeper. Elliot helping my uncle Rolly drive the golf cart. We even got the wheels off the ground on one side :) Dad, Me, Jason, Rolly...we participate in the Challenge The Outdoor benefit shoot every year. (3rd year in a row for me...) It benefits disabled hunters and is a really fun time. I had to womp out 1/2 way through the 2nd round (50 shots in a round) because I was getting a really bad headache every time i'd shoot and shooting pains through my neck. I still have bruises from over a week ago, and probably won't shoot next year. What a wimp. I did win 4 free rounds on my 1st round score of 27/50...they must know I probably wouldn't come back to shoot them :) Jason can take them and use them up hopefully :)
I don't know about anyone else, but for me, spring brings with it a sort of magic. kind of like bubbles, when you're a little kid. This was the first image I snapped of kids running through bubbles...we tried to organize all 5 grandkids running through, but it didn't work. Of course...and all I did was interrupt their fun. Note to self: Candids always turn out better, anyway.*for anyone wanting a tip...the bubbles showed up a lot better when I upped my ISO and shut down my shutter. We had a full, glorious weekend. (spring brings words like glorious to mind as well) It was a 4-gig weekend, so I have lots of photos to edit and share. In the meantime, I have to clean my boys room for our special company arriving tomorrow night...so easter egg hunt photos and benefit shoot photos are on their way eventually :)