My husband sometimes goes to play tennis until late in the evening so I look for things to keep the kids entertained while he is gone. We were having reading time in the kitchen and Kaia asked if she could color in her book! Of course I said no. I asked her why she wanted to and she said that she loved the drawings in it. So did I! They looked like my style of drawing. I saw why she wanted to color in the book because the pictures looked like coloring book pages. Then I had an idea! I said, "What if I draw you that picture and then you can color it?" I got out some paper and my favorite slim line sharpie pen and started drawing. I realized I hadn't drawn anything in over 10 years and I used to draw daily. So sad. I may have to change that soon.
We kept Nora busy with stickers and some paper.
Then the kids, instead of coloring the pictures I drew, wanted to draw their own too! I even let them use my sharpie pens.
THis little guy fell asleep on the floor so he didn't join in the fun, but he did look extremely cute sleeping there...
This type of thing is right up Kaia's alley, and Ethan was loving it too!
The kids have been told that I used to draw but have never seen me in action! I think they were a bit impressed. :)
I was actually pretty impressed with what they drew... I mean, how adorable is that tin man?!
And the cowardly lion is pretty awesome too I have to say.
Then they decided to sign their work like a true artist does.
It melts me to see their cute little handwritten names! We are going definately going to have to do fun projects like this more often! I do love how this particular one wasn't planned, it just turned into spontaneous inspiration and creativity! So fun!
Last Friday I went to the fabric store to look for some Christmas fabric to make some bunting... and somehow came out with like 10 yards of fabric... Luckily they had a good sale! I have a fabric weakness... and when I do, I tend to buy in bulk. I also tend to sew a lot of things at once, or not sew at all for months at a time. When the urge hits me to sew something or do a project, sometime it is hard for me to stop it! Don't worry, I took turns with a timer so I still got a lot of editing done... This project was just a little mental break from sitting at the computer for hours on end. I would edit for 30 minutes and work on a project or play with the kids or bake bread or do laundry or household chores for 20 minutes and take turns with it all day. :) It's the only way that I have found for me to get things done both at home and with photography stuff. This project was a little bit of both!
I had wanted to make stockings for the kids for several years now, but haven't found just the right fabric... until now. It was perfect for the girls and matched our house decor too! The red chevron I picked up last year for just $1 a yard! Score! I didn't know what I would use it for at the time, but it was too good of a deal to pass up! I plan to use that pattern for the boys! I found the stocking below at the Et Cetera shop downtown. (Along with a whole box full of goodies for future projects but that is a whole other blog post...) I didn't like the fabric of the red stocking, but I liked the shape, and for $1 it made a perfect pattern for me!
I traced around it and then traced and cut several more pieces! It was kind of addicting...
I used a contrasting fabric for the top of the stocking where it folds over.
I had to keep putting the scissors up high, and would keep forgetting where I would put them... Scissors and our kids hair have a bad history together so I had to keep them out of reach... besides that they are dangerous of course! Just for fun you can notice the cabinet my Dad made with the cool dental molding! I love it!
This little girl was supposed to be in bed, but my sewing was to interesting fofor her to go to sleep.
I happened to have some red pom-poms in my scrap pile to use so I put the finishing touch on with that.
I cut out about 6 stockings... but only got that one done. It took longer than I anticipated since I decided to put the lining in. I also cut a crazy amount of bunting pieces... but only finished this strand. When I get in another mood to sew, I can just make more bunting!
I also sewed together a quick duvet cover by just cutting two different fabrics the same length, and then sewed them together! So easy!!
The bed I picked up on Craigslist a few years ago and it has been sitting around waiting to be fixed up... I did it the day before my first mini session, but I got it done... And I think I am in love! Christmas trees, milk and cookies and a bed in a field! Just as I had envisioned it! I have also been on an editing marathon today and all week, so if you have been waiting for an e-mail or pics to go up, look for them this weekend! Keep an eye out for details on the mini sessions coming up! I know it is not even Thanksgiving yet, but I want to get them done early while the weather is nice! Happy Friday everyone!
Every year the company my husband works for sponsors a zoo day. It is always in the fall and always on a Sunday afternoon. We have gone every year since he started his architecture job 10 years ago.
These are the only pictures I could find our past zoo trips. How sad. It was the first year we had our first professional camera and the first year we started learning how to use it. The previous year I think is the only year we missed going because I was VERY pregnant with him and not feeling well. I had him a few weeks after that zoo day. I guess after that we just got too busy to take a lot of pictures the more kids we had.
I loved Ethan at this stage... unfortunately I thought it would be a good idea to shave his head, but regretted it later. His eyes were still blue at this point but soon started to change to a hazel color instead. I wish I would have had a closer up picture of his eyes.
Fast forward 8 years... to this fall! I had actually left the camera in the car because I had a migraine for a few days before. We were walking around and I was noticing how cute they all were being and well behaved too! I took some pain medicine and had some more caffeine and my migraine started to go away! I was so happy about that. We were already at the back of the zoo by this time, but I decided to walk out to the car and get the camera. That is my goal this year after all and I am sticking too it! I am so glad I did...
After going to the car, I finally found them after getting lost for a little bit... I am terrible at directions!
I guess I should have used the map better like they did. A friendly zoo worker helped me find my way! Ethan wanted to push Nora in the stroller, but ended up pushing the drinks instead!
Nora would rather have her Daddy carry her or wanted to walk around by herself... Her favorite phrase is, "I do it myself, Mommy!!" We still have the same stroller from when Ethan was a baby. I think this is the first year since Ethan was born that I haven't been pregnant or had a new baby to push around. Sadly, I realized this might be the last time we need a stroller at the zoo! I may have teared up when I realized that. The end of an era I suppose, and on to a new chapter of bigger kids and no babies.
We took the obligatory picture with the statue,
and then Nora pretended the tiger was biting her! "Mom! It bite me! OW OW OW!" She would say. It was so cute, she acted like her hand was really stuck in the tiger's mouth.
The kids LOVED the tigers...
Especially Kien, which I thought was fun since he was born in the year of the tiger!
Kaia's getting to the age where if she sees me with the camera, she automatically poses like this. :0
I saw these two cuties up on the tall stones...
So I decided to try to get them all in the picture but Ethan accidentally stepped on Nora's fingers and that was the end of that.
Kien absolutely LOVED the zoo, and wants to go back with just me sometime for his special day. We didn't have enough time to see nearly all of the animals that he wanted to see.
This is how Kien posed when he saw me with the camera. Silly boy!
I made my husband take a picture of me and the kids even though I had no make-up and look terribly pale from not feeling good that day, it's still a memory and I want them to remember me being there with them when they look back on these pictures someday. Note to self... always bring the camer!
A few weeks ago, I took pictures of this lovely family at the orchard... It is apple season, but I love the lighting by the peach trees... The weather was PERFECT! No wind, not too hot or too cold. Perfect.
Their little girl was just beautiful and I swear she could have been a Gap kids model she was very good at posing and loved getting her picture taken! It made my job easy. :) You would never known that they had never had family pictures taken before! I couldn't believe it! I loved their outfit choices. Coordinating, with lots of texture and a pop of color and a bold pattern! Love it!
I brought along my vintage camera collection because I know Kaia loves to play with them and she is the same age as this little girl.
She had so much fun pretending to take pictures with me while I took some just of her parents.
This family was so much fun to hang out with that night! Thanks for picking me to capture these precious moments!