Friday, December 31

top ten of 2010

Happy New Year to you! To wrap up the year I dug through my photos from 2010 and pulled out my top ten (favorites). It was tough--I had quite a few to pick from! There wasn't any rhyme or reason to what I picked. These were all just ones I really really like. They all just have that "ooohh I like that" factor. Very technical, I know. In no particular order:

1. These were roses that I brought home from my grandma's funeral. They were the prettiest, softest pink. I took apart the arrangement from the florist and put them in my little blue Ball jar. Love that blue. Plus when I see these flowers I automatically think of Grandma.

2. Cora girl. This was the day after Christmas at Andrew's parents' house. I think she was about partied out. I hope I will always remember how she just lays on her blankie when she's sleepy. Precious. I think this photo speaks so much about what was going on--I love it for that reason too.

3. Max and I were baking and I stopped to take this. I like the brown eggs, the big negative space in the lower right. (Oh how I love negative space in photos!) The only thing that would make this picture better would be if the counter top was butcher block...or granite... Oh wait, that would make the kitchen better. Just think of all the beautiful food photos!

4. Sigh. Just love this. Love how Cora's outfit is a little too small (adorable hearts on her tummy!), love how she is looking right at the horse. This will probably be one of my favorites of her for a long time.

5. Our pretty/ugly kitty Lucy. I had just started practicing with my new lens--a prime lens (no zoom) that will go down to an aperture of 1.8--when I hit the trifecta: perfect light, interesting subject, awesome focus/blur. Love it.

6. This was taken of Andrew's dad, "Big Max", at Farmland's Good Ole Days. He and Andrew had been giving horse and wagon rides all day, and this was towards the end of the day. I love this because it is so Max. I love it when you take a picture of someone--usually without them knowing you are doing it--and you capture something that is really natural and "them".

7. This picture isn't perfect, but it is at the same time. I wish Cora didn't have her bib on, and that Max had on something brighter. That makes it not perfect. But, it was just us being us: Playing outside--I think Cora was still in her jammies--and enjoying being together.

8. Look at those cheeks! Max is just like me: when we get too hot our cheeks get so flushed. This is one of the last pictures I took of Max where I think he looks like a little boy. From here on out the pictures of him look so much older!

9. Another Max! I just love the crispness of this picture. I also love the natural smile. When kids start to get older you have to sneak up on them to get a really natural happy face--usually they start to have that fake smile going on!

10. Nope, this isn't Cora--but it very well could have been! This was of my friend Carissa's baby when she was brand new. Again, I love the negative space of this picture, plus that sweet little foot. Something about the light is so pretty too. You know how newborns have that wonderful "new baby" smell? It sounds like I am taking about a car, but any mom will know what I am taking about. This picture makes me think of that wonderful baby smell!

I hope you enjoyed some of my favorites from this last year. I need to go through my photos and finalize my pictures for this year by picking which one I want for each day, then send them off to be printed. Another 365 days, another 365 photos! (With minimal cheating--I am so proud of myself!)

I am so glad that I started doing this project, and am excited to work on my photography by doing it again in 2011. I am going to take a little different approach this year where I put them in the album and do a little writing that goes along with it. The "little bit at a time" approach instead of the "try to remember what day this was and do it all at once" method.

Have I mentioned that I love January? I have lots of things that I want to share in the coming weeks!!

Wednesday, December 29


Hello! I feel as though we have just resurfaced after a lot of Christmas celebrating! We had a lot of fun, family, food, and toys going on around here. Toys. Lots and lots and lots of toys. Max and Cora are blessed little babies for sure.

Now that it is almost time to take the tree down, my thoughts drift forward to January and the new year. I love January. I have my new (so clean and pretty!) Moleskine planner all ready to go, a stack of January magazines to look through, and lots of ideas and aspirations for the new year.

More to come later!

Wednesday, December 15

she's one

Yesterday our baby girl turned one. One? Really?

Max "helped" me take her teddy bear pictures yesterday:

This second one is probably my most favorite teddy bear picture to date. Oh I love the blur in the back, and that sweet foot in focus in the front. (I am a sucker for "the blur".)

Now that I have two full sets of teddy bear pictures (one for Cora, one for Max) I really am anxious to get them framed up to display in the house. If I ever get it done I will be sure to share the finished project!

Saturday, December 11

o christmas tree

Yesterday we got our Christmas tree! It was a beautiful and fairly warm day, (compared to the weather we've been having!), so it was a perfect day for tree cutting.

The first thing we did when we got to the tree farm was to put the kids in front of the measuring tree to try and get a photo of both of them. Good in theory. Cora wasn't quite feeling it. Par for the course! How funny that last year when we got our tree Cora wasn't even here, and this year she can stand up all alone. Crazy! Max looks especially tall in this picture. I think it is the pom pom on his hat. It must add a couple inches.

On to the cutting. Max was very excited. We let him carry the saw. (That might have been poor parental judgement, but he did fine with it.)

After the tree fell over we discovered that the trunk was shaped like a heart. How neat!

The annual photo. How fun. Wouldn't it be neat to have a Christmas display of all our yearly tree photos? I'll add it to my (loooong!) list of projects.

If you live in the area, and are in the market for a fresh tree, I highly suggest Sickels Tree Farm. You will have fun!

Wednesday, December 1

hello december

December came to us in a light dusting of snow. So festive and beautiful--a wonderful first day of December indeed. By February the snow gets old, but now it is such a welcome sight. Max has been so excited all day. As soon as he saw the snow falling he started talk of snow angels and snowmen. I tried to explain that their wasn't enough snow to make an angel, and it wasn't wet enough for a snowman.

He was, of course, devastated.

So, when we went out he attempted to make a snow angel. It didn't really work, but he was happy that he got to try.

Here's to December, and all that it brings. (More snow for my little boy, I hope!)