Be still my heart. The hair. The eyes. The freckles.
There's nothing quite like my oldest child. The trial-and-error one. The try-to-outsmart-me one. The red-headed one.
It's boating season once again – and in honor of sunshine and smiles I treated myself to a new camera lens this week. Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4. For the purpose of this blog...let's just say that this picture alone was worth the "$200" I spent on the lens. ;)
Who's ready for summer photos?
3rd year in a row I've had the opportunity to write a book with Axel's class. The kids absolutely love it and talk about it every time they see me at school.
We always try to do something timely to the school/world. This being an election year we thought we'd have our own little election.
Here are the results:
Seriously do it. Write a book with your kids' class. Here is the lesson plan.
Time needed: 45 minutes x 1 day a week x 4 weeks
- Creative idea to get the book started
- Basic art supplies (we have used cut scraps of paper, water color, sharpie...)
- Photoshop or other editing tool to combine art with words.
- Camera - for author portraits
- Online publishing tool so parents can order (if they choose) and you can order one
for the school library. I use BLURB.com.
- Week 1: Introduce your idea for the subject and brainstorm. Use web diagrams.
- Week 2: Brainstorm again, creating a story line. Rough draft of art.
- Week 3: Art!
- Week 4: Show the rough copy of the book and add text (depending on their age, your
contribution to the text will change).
- Design book and publish with online publisher.
- Schedule your BOOK RELEASE PARTY!
- Create a flyer for parents to know where to order the book.
- Choose a guest reader!
- Bring treats!
- We use our button maker to make buttons that say "KID AUTHOR".
Any craft would be fun!
Such a month we're having. Rushing between a remodel and a new birth. Rolling in the green grass and destroying our porch with every ounce of "cooped up" that we've saved all winter long.
I find myself adjusting as my "little man posse" turns into serious thinkers and big dreamers. Childhood is a constant state of adjustment – sporting an equal number of reminders that they're both growing up and still so fresh in this world.
I'm reminded of the special privileges of being a boy mom. As I was chatting away with my sister-in-law about raising a son, I shared with her a few of the perks.
1. Boy moms are always right. Because girl moms have no idea "what we go through".
2. You get spontaneous access to the MENS bathroom when a kid wanders in and
makes a surprise deposit – requiring a wipe.
We celebrate a new person and our hearts overflow with fun thoughts of what will become of him and his dreams. The boys were awe struck as they were able to hold him - just a few hours old. They were enamored by his messy hair (from the "birth grease") and enjoyed his tiny fists and features.
We had a chance to get our pictures taken. Together. And I couldn't be more pleased that they look EXACTLY LIKE US! The way Axel crosses his arms and can't take a face-forward smiling picture even with bribery. Ollie's solo dimple. My...well it's the only picture I've seen of myself in a long time...so I guess this is what I look like to y'all.
What a blessing photography can be. Here are a few. Thanks to @fourth.aspect for stopping time - briefly.
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