Today we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with homemade t-shirts and green shamrock jello for Jason and Jenna and a Muse concert for Mommy and Daddy. Should be a good day!
We set up Jason’s new bed last night. He is thrilled with his “big bed” and the tent that can be created underneath. Surprisingly, I was able to convince him to sleep underneath in his toddler bed last night. I guess mommy is still a little afraid of the height.
My husband bought me a new camera lens for my birthday this week, and I’ve hardly stopped photographing the children ever since. I haven’t experimented much with the technical aspects yet, and still have much to learn about how to achieve the effects I’m going for. Instead, I’m learning mostly through trial and error, and luckily for me, my kids seem happy to indulge me in the constant flashing lights. Here are a few of my favorites so far:
What a great Valentine’s weekend! Jason and Jenna hosted their first annual (maybe) Valentine’s Day brunch for several friends, we celebrated Daddy’s 30-something birthday, we built our first family snowman and Jenna charmed us all in her new (and first) tutu.
Here are a few highlights:
A common request from Jason when he sees me in front of the computer is “see Grandma’s house?” And so begins a review of all of the photos taken during trips to Grandma & Grandpa’s house. As we reminisce, Jason usually invents stories – part recollection, part imagination – involving elevators, rooftops, statues and fireworks.
For today’s craft, we created a large “city collage” mural of Grandma & Grandpa’s neighborhood, incorporating some of Jason’s favorite imagery from trips to their house. We started with paper cutouts of tall buildings and then added the scenery - trees, cars, stoplights and, of course, pictures of Grandma & Grandpa’s building and surrounding neighborhood.
Jason & Jenna loved describing the things they saw in the collage, and Jenna even tried to hug Grandma. Here’s their finished picture:
My husband and I take lots of photos. Our iPhoto library has close to 14,000 photos taken over the past seven years. It might seem that they would blend together after awhile, but they don’t. So many photos stand out in my mind, and I love going through our library and remembering all of the times we’ve spent together.
Yesterday we took two photos that I think will stand out for a long time. They really seem to capture the personality and charm of our children and show what they were like on a typical day, just hanging out at home.
Jason’s picture was taken in the morning. He’s wearing an “I love chocolate” t-shirt that I bought at the grocery store the night before. He’s standing in the office, making different facial expressions – maybe because he’s recently taken an interest in emotions (whether someone is ‘happy’ or ‘sad’) or maybe because he’s started doing impressions of Pink Panther. Either way, adorable.
Jenna’s picture was taken later that same evening, while my husband was watching the kids in the bath. Jenna was drawing with her bathtub markers, but took a moment to look up at Dada as he snapped a shot of her with his iPhone. Also, adorable.