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Holiday lights

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One of the highlights of the season for us is walking through the Rotary Gardens holiday light display.  Even though there was no snow on the ground this year (Tea asked me today if it will ever snow again, EVER?), the lights still made it feel festive.  This year there were roaming reindeer that the boys were reluctant to stand near, and a sleigh we all piled in to attempt a group picture.

Terrified of the reindeer, my boys were of *course* beyond upset 5 minutes later when it was mobbed by other children that they hadn’t pet the stupid thing.

If you could see under Pea’s coat, he’s dressed *all* in red – his current obsession.  Santa related?  We’re not sure.

The garden paths were lined with luminaries and we walked under lighted arches.  The garden was supposedly lit with 300,000 lights, but I’m sure I didn’t see more than 259,840 – someone owes me 60 cents.   😉

As pretty as the lights were, I didn’t have a tripod, so I quickly tired of trying to get traditional shots.  If you can’t beat the blur, embrace it, right?  I started swinging my camera around randomly as I hit the shutter, claiming, “I totally meant this shot to look just like that.”  Luckily for my family, my fingers got too numb to keep at it for long.  But I still said, “Just one more” enough to earn myself a time-out if Tea’d had his way.

I’ll spare you from looking at the other 42 shots.  Kyle was not so lucky.

We never did get holiday cards out this year, so would you kindly pretend that picture of us sitting in the sleigh was delivered to you by your post-carrier?  Thank you very much, and Happy Holidays.  We wish you a very bright new year.


Leaf hike

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I know I said we don’t really do birthday presents, but I received some money and instructions to get myself something special, so I decided on a new (well, refurbished) zoom lens for my camera.  Yesterday afternoon it arrived in the mail.  Instead of ripping open the package immediately, I made an apple pie.  I rolled the crust while the sun sank lower and lower in the sky.  I chopped apples instead of taking pictures of everything that was lit by this golden, perfect light.  Only love for my boys (and for pie) could give me the strength to leave the lens sealed up in its box until it was dark outside.

But I can only be strong for so long.  This morning we headed out to a local trail under the pretense of a leaf hike so I could play with my new toy.  It should go without saying that I’ve included way too many pictures in this post.  Kyle warned that They might take away my blogging licence.  I’m going to risk it.

We encouraged the boys to look for different shapes, colors, and textures of leaves and seeds.  They got into it right away by shoveling handfuls of brown oak leaves into their bags, but then they started to be more selective.

It was a gorgeous, warm morning, and it wasn’t long before the boys shed their jackets.

Eventually the leaf collecting was abandoned in favor of shenanigans with Kyle.

Back at home, Tea had to decide which pieces of his collection should go into the nature bowl for our centerpiece.  And I had to decide which of 313 pictures to share.

The very real dangers of photography

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I grabbed my camera instead of my keys for the walk to school.  These 2 items do not have interchangeable functions.

(Thank you, Bonny.)

Blustery day

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We’re hunkered down, enjoying  watching the wind and rain while armed with cups of tea, bowls of steaming creamy potato soup, and wool socks.

Stay cozy, everyone.

Edited to add: By the time I hit publish, the rain changed to snow – our first of the season.

Fancy new birthday toy!

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Kyle and I don’t buy birthday presents for each other.  We’re not that into “stuff” in general, hate shopping, and neither one of us likes the idea of buying something just because of a date on the calendar.  That’s not to say we don’t treat ourselves to special things sometimes, it just doesn’t usually match up with a birthday.  That made my birthday 2 years ago a huge surprise when Kyle bought me my DSLR camera.  He knew I wanted one but we hadn’t gotten around to researching them and making a final decision.  It was completely unexpected and so, so dearly appreciated.  (He may possibly be sick of hearing me thank him repeatedly.)

I have used my camera nearly every day for 2 years, and while I’ll never be a professional photographer like I’d dreamed of as an 8 year old, I truly enjoy taking pictures.  It’s my main creative outlet.  I read and fiddle a lot, and am always looking forward to learning something new.

I don’t think that better gear equals better pictures unless you’ve really mastered what you’ve got at your disposal (and I have certainly not).  The thought of another camera hasn’t entered my brain.  So imagine my surprise when I opened my birthday present from Tea yesterday morning and received another camera.  “Mama, I KNEW you’d love it!  I KNEW it!”  He was so profoundly excited to give me something I’m passionate about, he was bouncing out of his chair.  Oh, how I love my sweet boy.  I am one very, very lucky birthday girl.


Edited to add: Tea just informed me I posted the photo upside down – the square is the tripod.  See?  I have so much more to learn.





Self-timer fail

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I have an excuse.  The camera was on a ledge of the parking lot looking down at the park.  I had to dash around concrete pillars and down two flights of stairs in 10 seconds.  In heels.  But still?  One of my favorite shots yesterday.

And now I know what I’m requesting for my birthday!