The other night we spent some time outside before putting the girls to bed and I thought it might be a good opportunity to bring out my big camera to take a few pictures.
I’d really love to become a better photographer and the only way to do that is practice, so practice I did…
Avery’s little ponytail was just too cute. I had to capture a shot of it :)
That Little Tikes car on the right was TRASH PICKED among a bunch of other treasures! I’ll have to do a post on that soon…
Grace stepped on a rock and was distraught. She asked Avery to smooch it for her to make it feel better and Avery was happy to oblige :)
These two have been so precious together lately. It’s a lovely change of pace from the constant fighting phase we just came out of (and will enter again at some point I’m sure!).
Grace is cozying up on the picnic table when….
Avery comes to snuggle up on top of her.
“Mom can you BELIEVE those people threw this car in the TRASH?!?”
With sweet little faces like this in my life, I want to make more time to pull out my camera and snap a few pics. Any old time of the week can be a special occasion if I just bring the camera out and capture some of the ordinary, but precious, moments.
It was a good day.
It was my late mother-in-law’s birthday and we spent our day on things that were her favorites.
Spending time together.
Frosted angel food cake.
They were supposed to be shamrocks.
Apparently I don’t have a shamrock cutter.
I do happen to have a set of card suit cutters.
Clubs are not great shamrock substitutes.
But I let Grace frost a bunch by herself!
That counts for something, right?
My sister-in-law thought they were cactus cookies.
St. Patty’s Day cookie fail.
Cactus cookies would have been clever though, my mother-in-law loved a good margarita and for whatever reason, cacti are associated with margaritas.
In any case, the cookies tasted delicious and that’s all that matters!
Jeanne loved these cookies…I wish she could have eaten a bunch at her birthday party last night. I know she would have gotten a kick out of the non-shamrock shamrocks. She also would have done her best to make me feel better about them not being perfect.
She was such an encourager.
Tulips were her favorite.
When I saw these gorgeous orange ones, I had to get them for the party.
I wish she could have taken them home with her at the end of the night.
Instead, we will look at them every day and think of her.
See their beauty and think of hers.
Someone woke up from her nap in a grouchy mood.
Maybe it was the fresh boo-boo on her forehead. Or the chapped cheeks.
Noshing on an unfrosted butter cookie made her feel better
But she wasn’t quite ready to give up the grouch face.
Another little girl was all too happy to ham it up for the camera.
I had fun practicing with my new 50mm lens.
Andy is too good to me.
Way too good.
I’m loving this new lens.
I know Jeanne would have been excited about it for me. She was an avid picture taker for many many years.
I hope to carry that tradition on for years to come and leave my family with a legacy of great photos the way Jeanne did.
Happy birthday, Jeanne.
Birthdays in heaven are undoubtably amazing.
I hope you partied like it was 1999 :)