Thursday, May 31, 2012

This is what I wake up to...



I had the privilege of attending a photography workshop and also enjoyed an evening getting to know a new friend better last week. It was one of the highlights of my month- which has been as busy as usual, thus the lack of blogging. Again. My apologies to anyone who still checks in here with any regularity. I keep promising to do better at posting, but have been lousy at follow through. Maybe my summer will allow time for that. But I am not making any promises...just hopful!
So this photography workshop I attended was geared for moms who want to improve their photos and it was a night full of great tips, techniques and examples of how to do things right or wrong with lighting. The morning after my workshop I was obviously inspired by the headful of information I had gained the night before, so I had my camera on the counter, ready to implement something I had learned.
Crew was my first 'lucky' victim. =)
We never know if he is going to come down the stairs grinning or grumpy. It's more often than not his grumpy side that greets us, and last Monday morning he was all of that. He was even less thrilled to see my camera in hand. But the lighting was exactly what the photographer had said would capture the catchlights in his eyes. So I snapped a photo anyway. Her next trick was to offer candy to get a great smile. I decided it was worth a try- even if Crew hadn't had breakfast yet. I couldn't bring myself to offer candy, but asked if he wanted a Super Mario fruit snack {which, I know, is no better than candy, but we moms like to play tricks on ourselves at times too} and his grouchy face sudeenly turned happy at that very thought.
Chip says he likes the grumpy face picture best. I think because it is so very "Crew" as we seem him most mornings and even though it is frustrating and annoying to snap him out of it much of the time, it is still the way we start our days and it definitely makes us love his smiles even more.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for Brock, Bella and Ava. That thought thrills and causes panic in me at the same time. But I hope that we have more smiles than frowns and I just know to savor it all because it really does fly by so quickly. I hope you all have more to smile about than frown right now, and if not, I hope you can hold fast to the fact that the clouds don't last forever. Before you know it the sun will shine again!

8 comments:

My name is Amee said...

Hi! The grumpy pic is my favorite! I'm glad you enjoyed your photography class!! Maybe you can share some things you learned! ;)
Happy weekend to you and your sweet family.

cat said...

It's so great to get a chance to improve your skills and spend time with a friend

Nuts in a Tree said...

He is so cute...even with a grumpy face. Something about how you share his personality with me (us) just makes me think he is one adorable little guy. :) Glad to hear you had the class and time with friends...Mom time is so important.

Rhonda :)

ItsBeckerStyle said...

Found your blog from the linkup on Casey Wiegand's website and think you rock. :) LOVING little man's pjs! and also finding it awesome that you are a mom of a big family. We have two and are on the way there... :)
Lauren


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Digger said...

How cute! I love this! :) I'm a new follower over here from Casey's blog. Thanks for sharing!

Digger
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Nuts in a Tree said...

Hi Jody! Hope you are enjoying summer...miss reading your updates. Hope all is well and you are, I'm sure, just super busy with the kiddos. Take care!

Rhonda :)

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