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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Date Weekend

Once a month, my parents volunteer to watch our two sweet babies overnight while Scott and I go out on the town, sleep uninterrupted, and check a few items off our household to-do list.  This weekend we had our date and it was perfect.  The weather here was gorgeous on Friday so we decided we definitely needed to eat outside somewhere.  After brainstorming our dining al fresco options, we landed on The Cheesecake Factory.  This is a great option for those of you that want to eat a weeks worth of meals in one sitting.  I strategically wore a high-waisted skirt with a belt to help curb too much overeating, but I managed to do pretty well.  We walked around the Plaza and went to bed early, like the old farts we are.

As you can see, Effy was SO sad to have to play with all the cool toys at my parent's house.  Tragic.

As you can see, Effy was SO sad to have to play with all the cool toys at my parent’s house. Tragic.

The next morning, we tackled various items around our house: switching Hans’ baby carseat out for a big one, sweeping the garage, cleaning the kitchen (a huge task in itself), getting clothes out of the kids’ closets that no longer fit them (*tear), and SO much more.  All of these tasks took us about 2.5 hours.  With kids around, it would have taken us about 2.5 weeks.  We tried a pizza place by our house we’ve been wondering about and then headed out for some shopping.  We were looking for some storage-type furniture for our playroom (aka basement) and weren’t inspired by the particle board options at Target.  We opted to go to Revival Home Furnishings & The River Market Antique Mall and, voila!  We came home with three pieces perfect for our playroom.  Now, saying we have a “playroom” makes me feel super cute, but in reality, it’s a messy basement room where toys go to die.  Also, bugs.  There are dead bugs around it’s perimeter.  I am not okay with this.  At least they’re dead (thank you, Mr. Exterminator).

After furniture shopping, I wanted to go to this sweet little place I’d heard a lot about — Little Freshie.  Known for their homemade syrups, Little Freshie can create a soda, slush, or float to order.  I had a lime mint slush while my cute hubby enjoyed a homemade root beer.  Oh, and somehow that lemon macaroon hopped out of the glass container and into my mouth.  Oops?


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Little Freshie – KCMO

All in all, ’twas a successful date weekend!



Easter Photo Success

Okay, I’m totally here to toot my own horn.  With a little research and thought put into camera positioning, I captured some wonderful images on Easter day.  Now, I’m not saying they’re all the best pictures ever.  However, I focused on improving just one aspect of my picture taking and I’m pleased with what I captured.  I focused on (1) getting down on my kiddos’ level and (2) trying to anticipate the next action and instead of following my toddler, I put myself near what she would be coming toward.  So pleased!


My favorite from the day — pure joy!

Easter Collage 2

Also, considering my lack of legit photography skillz, I am pretty proud of these.

Easter Collage 1

Definitely not the best photographs, but still moments I’m happy to have captured, thanks to a faster shutter speed than if I have used my camera phone.

Also, next Friday at Wolfe’s, a fabulous photographer named Cathy Mores will be leading a free class titled “Story Telling with Pictures”.  This class is at Wolfe’s Camera at 4pm on May 2nd and would be a great class for any parent.  Also, don’t worry about getting a baby sitter: one parent can hang with Cathy and the other parent can play with the kiddos at the train table at Wolfe’s or walk around downtown and shop or grab a snack.  A fun and productive Friday activity, indeed!



Easter Egg Hunt Photos

DSC_0275I love holidays!  I love decorating, crafting, and most importantly, eating.  Anyone with kiddos knows that the best part of having kids is living vicariously through them and putting all of your hopes and dreams on their shoulders…duh.  But that means that on holidays, you get to recreate some of your favorite memories of childhood, buy candy, and play the role of Easter bunny.  Holidays are now EXTRA awesome with my sweet little people.  Here are a few techniques to consider for capturing photos of the Easter favorite, the Easter egg hunt!  [Note: I’m going write this as if both of my kids are participating in the Easter egg hunt…but my son is 10 months old and really will just want to eat the grass.  But hey…it’s a holiday…so I’ll probably let him.]

Change your perspective: I’m a big fan of the photojournalist style of shooting.  Trying to capture candid shots and everyday moments makes for more realistic photos.  It also means you’re not fighting tiny people to sit still, smile, fix their hair, etc, especially on a day where kids are hyped out on sugar!  My plan this year?  I’m going to try to get down on the kid’s level for the hunt, whether it’s down by an egg they’re heading for or kneeling while they’re digging in their baskets.  Last year on Easter, I was 7.5 months pregnant, so if I knelt down to take a picture, I would have probably peed a little bit.  Here are a couple of my shots from last year, some of which I love and some of which will be a jumping point to try to upgrade my perspective this year!

Egg Hunt Collage

Prepare for Action: Our Easter egg hung will be in the morning before church, so that means some nice light but no direct light getting in the way.  I hope to get out the front door before my kids head outside so I can capture that moment of joy when the eggs are first spotted.  I also am going to use my favorite mode, toddler mode, AKA sports mode.  It helps stop the action of a 2.5 year old running berserk!

Don’t Forget the Prints: Trust me…I’m a big fan of Instagram and also occasionally share a picture on Facebook. But when it comes to holidays and special events, make sure to order a set of prints to send to loved ones.  I’ve noticed that people don’t have pictures on their fridge anymore!  I see lots of Save the Dates from weddings because they seem to be the only photographs we receive in the mail anymore.  That’s my challenge to you, dear reader.  Take pictures, print them out, and snail mail ‘em to a friend or relative! Getting gorgeous printed photographs in the mail is more special than ever.

Happy hunting!