Sunshine & Cousins

When I first tried getting into photography over a decade ago, I used a regular ole SLR… you know, the kind with film (side note – I think it’s amusing that Johnny will probably never use a camera that uses film).  With a film camera, it was a much slower learning curve.  I remember visiting Kristin one time in Scotsdale, AZ & taking close to 10 rolls of film.  Once they were developed, 90% of them were out of focus, or over/under exposed. 

Turns out you can still do similar things with digital.  Like accidentally changing your auto focus so that it’s focusing on the bottom half of the picture and not realizing it.  Johnny & I hung out with Fisher & Piper the other day, and there were so many opportunities for great pictures.  I snapped & snapped away.  Got home, and most were slightly out of focus.  Frustrating, yes.  But every time I goof up majorly on a setting, I learn A LOT!

A few of the pictures were salvageable… and if you squint your eyes, they don’t look bad at all!  I thought I would share them with you anyway, because they really capture the fun these kids have.

You get these two together, and it’s non-stop, wild & craziness. 

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I think these boys are going to be trouble one day (more than they already are).

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Piper building “the biggest sandcastle EVER”. 

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Shushing me??

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Piper the Princess Bug. Obviously.

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This is a Mojica look if I’ve ever seen one…

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Sunshine and cousins – such a fun combination.

What is Better than Swinging at the Park?

Playing in Dad’s truck, apparently.

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We did this for over an hour yesterday instead of going to the park (his choice).

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Who knew this was more fun than swinging??

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Aunt Kristin called while we were out there.  He always asks to talk on the phone, so I turn it to speakerphone for him.

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I love how animated he gets when he is telling what is going on in his world.

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I hope you get to do something fun today. Like…. playing in a truck. =)

7 Miles!

We went for another hike today (Sunday).  This time we went to Waldo Canyon.  I had never been there before.  The trail is a big loop & it’s right around 7 miles.  7 miles may not seem like a lot for most of you.  But this was definitely the most I’ve done in about a year.  My back & hips held up really well!  Very exciting. Wow, that makes me sound old. 

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The first part of this trail was through lots of big trees. 

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Doug brought his camera along, so *gasp* there are pictures of me in this post, too.

Pretty sure the Bug drank half of the water we brought along with us.  He loves drinking out of a Camelbak.

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Family photo op.

Who needs fancy trekking poles when you have the handle to an old shovel?  It is Earth Day weekend, after all.  =)

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Making the magic happen (or trying):

This next picture was taken after we got home…. Looks like someone was taking notes. 

This is the picture I was working on… a 180 degree panorama of the valley we were hiking around.

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I love all of these family photos! But the Bug is distracted in every. single. one.

 

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You hike & hike & hike & just like that, you pop out near a road.

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I love these jewels of wilderness & open space in the midst of (or right outside of) the city.

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Independence

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We like to go on hikes, if you can’t tell.

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No matter how cranky or tired I am on a Saturday morning…

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Once we get out into the sunshine & fresh air…

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I feel a healing, of sorts, begin to take place.

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I think Doug & Johnny do, too.

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Johnny is going through a new phase of independence. 

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If I’m being honest, it scares the crap out of me.

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Wanting to be free & not hold my hand to do things.

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To figure it out for himself.

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And discover the world on his own terms.

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I know this is normal, this is good.

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But I can’t help but feel sometimes, like I just want to stick him in a bubble.  =)

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At least when he gets tired, he knows we are still here to carry him on.

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Practice Makes Better?

I keep practicing using the manual settings on my camera… the pictures are definitely getting less blurry.  Johnny has been pretty patient with me.

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However, every few frames he did try to karate kick (or chop) the camera.  It may have had something to do with the fact I kept tickling him to get a smile.

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Occasionally, I got an annoyed smile out of him.

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I really love this next picture.  To me it screams quintessential boy.  Or at least, quintessential this boy.

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Contemplating jumping over to the dark side.

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And here is where the cooperation stopped.  He was in the wagon and I was still taking pictures.  He kept yelling “HEY!” as in “get a move on!”.  He was pretty perturbed.

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Touchy, much?

Just Because

Just because it’s Friday…

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And because my kid is cute.

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This was my first attempt at going completely manual in my camera settings.  Didn’t work out so well.  Pretty much everything was blurry or dark.  I still have some work to do!  But even though these are blurry, they are still cute.

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The best pictures were of Velcro… she has a tendency to stay still much more often than Johnny.

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Happy Friday!  Hope you guys all have something awesome planned for the weekend.  I’m hoping to FINALLY go see the Hunger Games this weekend.  I read the series a while back & have been dying to see it ever since it came out.

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A Peek at the Progress

Remember those Happy Little Stacks of Fabric

Those stacks turned into happy little squares:

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Which turned into happy little strips:

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Which turned into a happy little quilt top!

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Next up, is to match it up with batting & the backing fabric (the orange below) and quilt this sucker!  Just need to figure HOW to do that….

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I’m loving how the top turned out! 

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