Thursday, December 31

top 10 of 2009

Last year on New Year's I was prompted by Tia to pick a few favorite photos from the year. I decided it would be fun to do it again this year. Some pictures are favorites because they are artistically pleasing, others because of what they mean to me, and of course the people in them (mostly my babies!) are so special to me. Here's this year's top 10 (in chronological order):

I love this picture because it is all about Max and little signs of him that are everywhere.

A first painting. I remember going to the studio and pulling out the watercolors for Max. I took this photo with my little point and shoot--I remember being so mad that I didn't have my "big girl camera" with me!

Oooh...maybe one of the very top from this year! I LOVE this picture. I love how the horses look--a little roughed up, I love the repetition and how the horses get smaller as they go towards the background.

This is a favorite for a couple reasons: check out the little halo of backlight (I'm not sure if that is the proper term--its been a while since photo class...) around Max. So pretty. Also, this picture is so emotional for me: it was taken in the doorway on the first day we had possession of our new house, and of course I was feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure of what was ahead of us!

My boys. Obviously I love this one because it has my world in it: Andrew and Max. This one was taken at a family picnic this summer. I tend to like photos without faces--I think you can capture a pure moment when people aren't paying attention to the camera.

A lucky shot: Some of our friends where over playing with Max, and I just happened to have the camera out. I walked around to the garden and saw this. So beautiful. I love the light, I love how Cassi is talking to Max, love everything about it!

Max and Opie. Precious. I love how big and little Max looks at the same time here. Look how his hair is standing up. So him. I also love how Opie is barely peeking out around the barn door. Couldn't have staged this one if I tried!

I seem to have quite a few photos this year from this vantage point. I think it is the prettiest part of our property. I think it is the color in this one that I love the most. Plus, of course there is my Max in there too!

This one is a favorite for obvious reasons: one of the first photos of our new little Cora. It's not a particularly artistic shot, but I like the little hospital stuff in it: the little hat, the blanket. Oh Cora, this one makes me so happy.

Christmas morning. The kids were in their Christmas jammies. I was experimenting with my new little flash diffuser that Santa put in my stocking and lucked out and got this. My heart is melting a little right now. Precious.

So there you have it: the top 10 of 2009! I only have one more photo to take and I will have taken 365 pictures this year--one for every day. (With minimal cheating I might add!) I am certainly going to continue with this photo-a-day project. It has become a daily habit. In the new year I am going to challenge myself to take the camera out of auto mode and try and shoot in manual mode more. I might have to pull out the photo text book from college. Honestly I get very confused with doing photo stuff in manual!!

I hope everyone has an enjoyable new year--I plan on staying at home with the babies--we may even stay in our jammies all day!

Tuesday, December 29

tractors & legos & games, oh my!

It looks like Toys R Us exploded in our living room: Max was a very good boy this year and got LOTS of Christmas toys. LOTS. Plus, baby girl's arrival brought out tons of baby stuff...the swing, the bouncy seat, etc. Oh man.

Needless to say I feel like I we are drowning in stuff! It may take me a while (days, weeks, months?) to get us all organized. I always have high organization goals for myself, but it is really hard to actually accomplish them. Sorting the toys will be especially challenging: Max doesn't forget anything. If you put a toy in storage, he notices that it is gone, even if he doesn't play with it that much. Nothing makes a 2-year-old go into orbit like "hiding" their stuff!

Oh well, I'm just going to take it one little pile at a time. I have more important things to do: like playing games with Max and cuddling Cora. Those two things are at the top of my to-do list right now!

Wednesday, December 23

max loves cora

Look at Max's face: what a proud big brother! I love how they both have their arms up above their heads.

Sigh. Too cute.

Saturday, December 19

she's here

Cora Kay Wagner arrived on December 14th, at 4:00 am! We are all enamored with our new little lady already. Big brother Max is especially fond of his new baby sister. I'm trying to soak her all in (don't you love the way newborns smell?), because I really know how fast she will grow.

I hope everyone is enjoying this special time leading up to Christmas...I know we are!

Wednesday, December 9

isn't this pretty?

The other day at the grocery I bought a pomegrante. I've always wanted to try one. When I got home I had to google how to open it/eat it. It was a little time consuming but totally worth it! I love fruit that is a little tart, so this was perfect. Plus the seeds have this nice little crunch which is enjoyable also. You just take all the little seeds out and then you can put them in a container in the refrigerator and munch on them for a couple days. The pomegrante is a pretty fruit, don't you think?

Hopefully this healthy bit of snacking balances out the extreme amount of sugar cream pie I consumed last week. (Mom, you can never bring over a whole sugar cream pie ever again. Dangerous! I appreciated it, of course...but I did eat a lot of it!) I guess it was ok considering that sugar cream pie is the state pie of Indiana. Just doing my part, being a good Hoosier you know.

I hope everyone is doing good today--don't blow away in this crazy wind! Yikes!

Sunday, December 6

our tree is leaning...

Just a little lean, not bad. I'm pretty sure that it won't fall over or anything like that. (I hope!) The people at the tree farm level it for you so when you come home all you have to do is set it down. I "okayed" the straightness of the tree there and thought it looked perfect. Hmmm. It doesn't look too bad in this picture because you can't see the whole thing:

I think we should take pictures of us pretending to hold it up--like the pictures people always take at the leaning tower of Pisa. That would be fun...