Saturday, July 26, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 30

This week totally flew by.  I can't believe how fast the summer is going.  It makes me sad.  I love summer and I love lazy days with nothing to do and it seems that we haven't really had many of those this summer.  We've been busy running here and there and I have photo shoots to edit and things to do.  We need to slow down.  I'm wanting some days at the park and a whole day reading a book (I feel like I haven't done that in ages!).  I just borrowed a book from a friend so maybe that will actually happen at some point.  I need summer as much as my kids do.  I still have curriculum to pick out and the school room to set up and projects to be done around the house.  I'm feeling hurried.  I hate being rushed.  And I know my kids hate being rushed and hurried and yet I find myself hurrying them along this summer and I sometimes can't stop myself even though I want to.  Know what I mean?  I need to take a step back and relax.  I hope I can take some of my own advice and do that this next week.  We'll see...

In other news, I didn't even get my post up on time because I'm so busy.  I did take the most awesome photo of my son this week too but I'm not going to share it since he might find it embarrassing if other people saw it.  I love it though and he does too, it's just not one to share on the internet.  There are way too many weirdos out there so I have to be mindful.  Anyway, I have couple other shots to share, so here you go...

 This boy and his sweet freckles.  Seems we can't keep new ones from appearing no matter how much sunscreen we use.  I think they make him look cute though.  He was wearing a blanket as a cape here.

The Cutie Cousins.  They made up that name for themselves a couple years ago.  These two have so much fun together and I'm glad we were able to see her family twice this week while they were in Florida visiting Disney.  These two are the same age and she lives in the mountains where we go at least once a year.  I think it is so awesome that my kids have cousins to visit like that.  It makes our trips that much more special.

Okay, so I didn't take this photo this week, but I found it when going through photos of a session I did while in Ohio.  He was hanging out with my mom on the playground while I did a photo shoot at a park and I snapped this photo of him just being him.  He has some crazy dance moves that are a style all his own!  And of course he was shirtless and shoeless!

See you next week.  I'm gonna try to fit in some downtime and I hope you can too!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Weeks 26, 27, 28 & 29

I missed a few weeks of Photo Friday because I was out of town visiting Ohio to take my girl to summer camp.  I'm back home now though.  It still feels a little weird to say home in reference to Florida when Ohio was home for so long. While Ohio will always be home in a sense, Florida really feels like home now for us.  I couldn't wait to get back to the heat and the palm trees and the sunshine and the water.  They were having some incredibly mild weather while I was visiting which was nice though.   It was wonderful to see family and friends.  I love that when we visit it's like we haven't been gone at all.  We can just fit right back in.  We went to our old Bible Study one day and went to our old church and saw all the familiar faces.  We went to all of our favorite restaurants and one of our favorite parks.  Some things were different but mostly everything was the same.  There is a certain comfort in that.  There are definitely things about Ohio that we miss, like the lightning bugs and the cornfields and the soft grass.  It was fun experiencing the old, familiar, comfortable things again, even if it was just for a couple of weeks.  I took what seemed like a million photos while I was there.  I booked some photo shoots to help pay for our plane tickets and I ended up with more than enough to cover them.  I think it will definitely be an annual tradition.  And I got to see so many of the families that I've been shooting over the years and shoot a few new ones too.  I took my big camera out a few times for some personal photos.  Not a whole lot though because I used my phone most of the time so that I could just enjoy my time with family and friends without feeling like I had to lug my big camera along.  Here are my favorites from the past month. I hope to blog about some of our activities we did on our trip a little at a time because I have a ton of iPhone photos to share as well.  So, stop back for those in the next week!

If you've followed my blog for a while, then you know all about our Stricker's Grove tradition.  I actually planned our trip so that we could go to it.  If you don't know about it, then take a moment to read my previous posts about it, here and here

This is my cutie pie niece who the last time I saw her wasn't even walking!  She is so adorable and I'm glad we got to see her ride her first little rides.  She had so much fun. :)

My boy doing his favorite thing with his favorite person.  He was in heaven.

My mom always rides the ferris wheel with my boy.  I love how happy they both look in this pic!

I love this pic of the cornfield.  It just says Ohio to me.  But I actually took it in Indiana at my cousin's farm.

My girl was in heaven holding a baby peacock who she named Fuzzy and playing in the barn.  She's such a farm girl.  But then she's also such a beach girl.  You can't put that girl in a box. ;)

There was a field of wildflowers there so of course I had to take about a hundred photos of them.  I couldn't help myself!  This one is my favorite though.

I happened to have my big camera with me so I could back up some photos at my brother's house while we went swimming with I just had to get a shot of these two.  They've known each other since birth and I used to babysit that pretty girl.  He obviously still thinks girls have cooties. :)  Which is totally fine with me.

That's all for now. I better get back to editing photo sessions for all my very patient clients.  I'll hopefully be back to blogging now that I'm back.  I miss it!


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