Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Photo Shoot


      Professional photographers have a way of capturing moments which are forever frozen in time.  Susana Bates, who took the main photo of the babies for Capri + 3, photographed them again last week.  As a parent, I take photos of the babies all the time, but Susana reveals their personalities in ways that I cannot.  I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to do another photo shoot with her.  It is not easy to capture toddlers who just want to move about and are not old enough to do a traditional pose. 

Grayson  (photo by Susana Bates)

Capri (photo by Susana Bates)

Xayden (photo by Susana Bates)

Ryder (photo by Susana Bates)

     We still get people who approach and ask us how we can tell them apart.  In all fairness, we often dress the boys in matching clothes.  I am guessing that you would be able to tell them apart even if their outfits matched.   I hope you get the chance to capture your family memories with Susana Bates some day.  She is really wonderful.  Have you done any family photo shoots lately?  I would love to hear your thoughts and stories.  As always, comments are welcome.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hand as Brush...


      When I got out the tempera paints, I envisioned the babies making simple hand prints after I demonstrated how to do it.  They showed me that a hand print is just the beginning of the painting process.  They used their hands as paint brushes and interacted with the paint and the paper in all encompassing delight. Many of their paintings showed no signs of the hand print beginnings as the art  morphed into a whole new concept.

They had no need for a brush

as their hands splashed across the paper.  Ryder relished the painting process.

In this video, Capri celebrated her experience

and then continued her two handed painting delight.

Xayden created a dichotomy of color

and experimented with paint as a tasty treat.

Grayson enjoyed his artistry

and joined Xayden in paint as a culinary experience.

     Each day I teach the babies and the babies teach me.  I have a humble awareness that I can write the first line but not the whole script.  They are my equal writing partners in the script of every day events.  Their contributions make each activity much better than I envisioned.  I would love to read about your thoughts and experiences.  As always, comments are welcome. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nature's Theater

     We love to experience our local gardens each season to see what is in bloom and to drink in the fresh air. On this visit, it was a playful performance of cactus flowers.  These blooms only last a few days and we were lucky enough to be there at just the right time.

It was a celebration of beauty

and nature's magnificance

with fantastic flowers nestled against thorns

in the colorful dance of the cactus.

     After we indulged in the beauty of flowers, the babies were ready to explore on foot.  They wandered among the towering trees, picked up pine needles and experienced their surroundings with a sense of wonderment.

Capri admired a stick she found on her travels

while Grayson enjoyed the freedom of wandering through the trees.

Ryder seemed unsure of which way to go next

as Xayden passed by with a debonaire smirk.

Back in the strollers, Grayson and Capri admired the theater of the pond.

Ryder watched the show unfold with a sun flushed face

while Xayden relaxed and took it in.

The show opened with friendly ducks

followed by water lilies in full bloom.

It was a good opportunity for us to talk about little fish

compared to big fish

before a passing turtle made his debut. 

     After enjoying lunch at the garden's cafe, we headed home.  The babies missed their nap time and fell into an easy slumber on the ride.  It was a wonderful way to spend the day.  What have you been doing this summer?  I would love to hear from you.  As always, comments are welcome.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Indoor Fun with Sunglasses


     I saw some cute sunglasses at Target for a dollar per pair. I bought some for the babies to use indoors for a change in perspective. I also bought sunglasses online with UV protection and straps to keep them on for when they are outside. I closely supervised the indoor play so they would not poke their eyes. They had a wonderful time wearing the glasses and seeing how different their playroom looked.  They loved seeing each other sporting shades.  I bring the glasses out every few days to keep it fresh. It is a great source of amusement for them and their reactions are entertaining for me too.

Capri has fun looking through the sunglasses and then taking them off.

Our glamour girl loves to play with accessories.

Xayden is Joe Cool.

Ryder is interested in how different things look with shades

while Grayson thinks it is just plain funny.

     It is amazing how much fun can be had with dollar sunglasses.  They are learning that they can see things from a different perspective by using a different lens.  The sunglasses are covered in fingerprints within seconds of taking them out, but they do not notice the difference yet.   Have you tried using sunglasses indoors?  What activities have you done lately?  I'd love to hear your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July Fun

     I am a big fan of community spirit.  We were lucky enough to see a festive parade where different streets followed the theme of 'games' and dressed up in costumes and made their cars into 'floats' to match their games of choice.  It was so much fun to spend time with family enjoying the holiday weekend.  I made the babies matching outfits for the occasion.  I did a tutorial on how to make the matching t-shirts if you would like to make some using any design you like.

Getting the babies to pose is not easy these days.  This was our best shot...

In the parade, one street created a float of Angry Birds

while another made a cute Candy Land float.

Capri and Grayson watched with interest

as Scrabble was portrayed with giant letters.

Five girls did a clever hula hoop interpretation of the Olympic rings

which were followed by colorful international flags.

Then the Queen presided over the medal ceremony.

After the parade, we attempted and failed to get another posed shot of the babies.

Xayden did not mind being photographed

nor did Grayson, as long as they were free to move.

     It was a fun 4th of July.  After a busy day with the babies, we were all tired, but happy.  We listened to fireworks explode in the distance as we drifted off to sleep.  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  I would love to hear your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome. 

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