Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Embrace the Camera - Day 1 and 2 photos!

Day 1 photo:  Smiles!

Day 2 photo:  Making Memories!

So I missed the boat and the whole point of Embrace the Camera in pic two!  I was so excited to set up the shoot that I never got in the photo.  Ugh!  Anyway, after school yesterday Jess and I headed to Target for sour cream.  As we put our belongings at the check out stand I took one look and told her to look too.  We laughed at all the good junk we bought.  Can you say sweet tooth?!

We'll be back soon with the last three pictures!  Day 3 is everyday moments, Day 4 is creative, and Day 5 is yet to be announced.  See you soon!    xoxo

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Embrace the Camera - a challenge

I love the message of this post and thought you might too!  It's so true, I never want to be in pictures because of this reason or that reason (the list can be long, depending on the day!) but who is being cheated.  My girls.  I want them to look back and see all of us enjoying whatever it is I'm photographing at the time.  I also want them to feel comfortable being in front of the camera as they grow and mature.  They are watching how I handle myself in different situations.  I am very aware of that. 
I just saw Ashley's post today about the Embrace the Camera Challenge (see what I get for missing one day of reading Under The Sycamore?!) so, I'll have to double up today's pictures.  Want to join in?  I hope so but no worries if  you don't.  Really, its just a way for all of us to start thinking about being more present and preserving memories for our kids and loved ones and maybe, take that first step in FRONT of the camera and not always behind it! 
Pictures will be up when my girlies are home and I can snap away!  You can see my photos on instagram under selphishgirl too!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Summertime Fun - Part I

I want to try to record some of the fun things we did before school started back!  Is was a fun-filled summer and we tried to enjoy every minute of it.  It seems that the back-to-school date sneaks up on us and before we know it the start of another school year is right round the corner.  That makes the last few weeks before school starts pretty busy and pretty fun!  This post will probably be picture heavy with a bit of commentary.  :) 
We didn't take a vacation, per say, this year.  We did spend one *expensive* night downtown in July!  The girls are always wanting to go to the city.  The other thing they always want to do is swim.  Win-win!  We got a room at the Embassy Suites in the city for a night.  The hotel room was great, good price, pool (small, but a pool is a pool!) and breakfast included.  The expensive part was the reason for the trip down there....Blue Man Group tickets!  Well, the tickets AND parking.  Ugh.  We have been wanting to take the girls, knowing they would enjoy it.  We were right!  We ate lots, swam lots, and packed a lot of fun times into an overnight trip.  By the next afternoon all four of us couldn't wait to get home to Libby.  She is loved.  =^.^=  Check out the cool place Daddy found for us to go...

Dat Donut, 83rd and Stoney Island, Chicago

Being served through bullet proof glass

One word for this donut...


Sara's favorite seat in our hotel room

Lots of swim time.  Pool was warm! Hot tub was warmer!

Heading out for dinner and a surprise show.

Blue Man Group!  They LOVED it!

Our view: Trump Tower, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower

Very hot and humid day.  We lasted just under 2 hours here.  Wanted to get home to air conditioning and mostly Libby!
She was missed for the ONE night we were gone!

They have no idea.....

Concert on the Green, Frankfort, IL
Sophia, Jessica, Sara, Kylie

First drive-in movie for the girls!  We saw Turbo!
We have a connection to snails.  :)

Always drawing.  Love that.

They are my sunshine.

Pool party with friends!  Super fun!

Long-time friends
Claire  Jess   Kylie

Penguin vs. Shark

Little sisters: Leyla, Sara, Lily

Miss Aleshire got married!
Jessica's kindergarten and Sara's 1st grade teacher!
Love her!

me, Lisa
And, of course, beach time at Cherry Beach
Lake Michigan, Harbert, MI

Gorgeous girls, gorgeous sky.
Life is good.

Part II coming soon......