Last June, I documented our last day of school traditions. This year, I wanted to document my own day before summer actually started.
Lulu and I spent some hair-smellin’, cuddlin’, snoozin’, Disney Jr. watchin’ time after the bus pulled away:
And we had to hit Target for Walking Taco supplies:
…and a few other things:
Happy camper at the gym day care:
She really wears me out but she’s still easier than all three:
Feeling a little anxious:
And the bus comes and no one’s yelling “FREEDOM!!!”
And I agree to break my 80 degrees rule and take them to the pool when it’s only 77. Lulu was the only one that was willing to swim in the frigid water:
And then they’re eventually in bed and the day is over and so is the school year and there’s peace and promise of a happy morning and a happy summer. Hey, it could happen:
Check out my friend Robyn’s day as she’s finally able to get out & do some yardwork after a rainy spell: http://www.robynoakenfold.com/blog/our-project-ten-june/
So I didn’t get out my big camera until the end of the day when I went to get the kids from their after school running program. It was the last day before the 5K this weekend. We went for treats at Sonic to celebrate. It was the kind of afternoon when there’s just not enough caffeine in the world to convince me I should be awake.
Lulu hadn’t napped. She was actually asleep standing up here, I think.
But that’s not something that would keep her from trying to keep up with her brother & sister. Yes, she’s barefoot.
My eyes, my eyes! They’re stinging from the awkwardness. Not so much the awkward that’s already there but the glimpse of what’s to come. Ouch.Downhill slide to bedtime. In my under-caffienated stupor, I told them it was going to storm that night & if they were asleep by 7:30, they could sleep in the basement. We tried.
Manual focus fail.It was closer to 8:30 but we slept down there. It went well except for Lulu getting the “sniffs” in the middle of the night. sniff sniiiiiffff sniffsniffsniff whiiiinnneeee sniffsniffAnd when I finally went to get these pics loaded, I caught her playing so nicely this morning. She deemed that the sniffs were a serious enough illness & that she would skip ballet. I went along with it. She’s playing, we’re listening to records & maybe I’ll finish up the laundry. Then I think yesterday is proof enough that we should both take a nap today!
Please keep browsing our blog circle to see my friend Alpana’s images. She is one of my new favorites and I can pretty much promise she was 100% conscious when she was shooting because she’s brilliant:
Spring break! It sounded like a good idea at the time, right? It was actually a great break. We took it easy. Slept in. Ate out. And then when they went back to school I realized I had gone 10 days without a kid-free hour. People are starting to count down to summer which is great and all but we might just need a nanny to get through this summer!
We started it off right by visiting a really fab bookstore attached to a really cool record store. My friend Amy of momadvice.com had done a book signing there & sent pictures. It’s such a cool space. Then we went down the street to a soda shoppe, lunch counter place, Olympia Candy Kitchen. It was such a fun little trip. I had a sitter already lined up for Lulu when we made the plans so it worked out that we were able to take the 5 kids and still fit in one van. One of us is going to have to buy a Honda Odyssey with that extra seat…or sell a kid!
Check out my friend Kati’s day. Have you ever gotten gas in your jammies or forgotten the all-important beach day at school? I sure have. http://kathrynroseimages.com/blog/10-10-april-project-kathryn-rose-images-eau-claire-natural-light-photographer/
I am proudly exercising some restraint and making due with the film gear I have. My Elan is shot. And I have yet to correctly load and rewind a roll in the A-1 in the last 4 months. I’m going to focus on making the A-1 work for now though. I know it slows me down and makes me focus. I also love the way it looks and feels. So if I can get a full roll developed from it without exposing 1/2 of it, that would really rock.
I was so disappointed when I opened the back of the A-1 with our ski trip pictures on the roll to see I had exposed most of them. But the image of Lulu in her gear with a silly face survived and really, that was the point of the trip. That Lulu is old enough to gear up and ski. It was a fantastic trip and I have a few film shots and a few phone shots to remember it by. I won’t be sorry when I go back to cull and print, will I?
I also shot a little film at a session and wow, so pretty!
I’m part of a “Film Fridays” group with other photographers. Please check out my Katuisca’s post from an amazing workshop: http://www.katiuscaguzman.com/film-fridays-march-edition-film-is-not-dead-katiusca-guzman-nj-film-and-portrait-photographer/