Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dad of Girls

This is what a father of two girls might look like while sleeping... He might be so exhausted that he falls asleep on a pink pillow and one of his daughters might put a pretty headband on him.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Big Girls

When I got home from work this evening I found Dave at the kitchen table, curling Reese's hair.  The girls were wearing some very cute knot dresses, and looking all dressed up, with no place to go ('cause we weren't going anywhere!) They love "girlie" things like makeup, dresses, and nail polishes. The love of dresses is cute, but the make up? Not so much. Don't they look so grown up? They pick these dramatic poses on their own. (I felt the need for that disclaimer.)

Saturday, February 25, 2012


I bought this app for my Playbook. I'm not really a fan of Playbook quality photos, but the Instaphoto app is pretty fun.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bookmarks n Stuff

Today Zoe and I made some crafts. Zoe did some stamping art, and the painted bird with feathers. I finally made these paint chip bookmarks that I pinned on Pinterest a while back. They are so simple and practical.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Her Name Scarcely Fits on a Name Tag...

I think this little ruffle romper is the first spring wardrobe purchase I've made this year. Now that Zoe is a size 5 (aka, end of the baby world in fashion), I have to jump quickly if I want a particular outfit. I wasn't sure about the colour of this one 'cause I thought it might be a little dull, but it looks so cute on, and I admired it all afternoon. I asked Zoe not to wear it 'cause it's not exactly Spring. (And if you live here, you'll know how not exactly I mean). But I guess any kid that can coordinate a headband to an outfit this well is bound to want a head start on fashion for the upcoming season.

Awesome parenting?

Zoe's current reading love, "Chrysanthemum." Try saying it five times in a row. She doesn't need Dave to read it to her, I guess. She's pretty much got it memorized. My favourite part is hearing her read the heading of this post.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Portraits

I tried to take Valentine's day themed pics of the kids. It didn't go so well. (Note Zoe's face. A little dramatic, don't you think?) The picture of the two of them is the only picture I took with both of them in it.  So we'll try again next year. Reese was pretty cooperative, but my pictures still didn't turn out as planned. And Zoe's, while not as I'd envisioned, quickly became some of my new favs 'cause I think they are pretty funny. But please don't let Zoe fool you into thinking I was torturing them. If they'll give me the time of day, it will be done in less than 10 minutes. Is that really so bad?! Yeah, I guess so, if you ask a four year old!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday Pics

I am taking advantage and composing collages for the next couple months until Picnik closes. Sniff. This is one of the other things I used Picnik for 'cause I have no idea how to make a collage in Lightroom, but I've tried, using an online tutorial and I think my version isn't current enough.  I pulled my camera out yesterday and took lots of pics for the first time in a while. We went to a birthday party and I always like the practice of photographing an event. See how I have coordinated the blue squares in the collage to match the colour of Reese's shirt? That takes skill. (I kid.) It was just luck that they had a nice matchy background colour. (ps. don't mind spell check 'cause matchy is so a word). Have you ever noticed how much cuter words sound with an "e" sound on the end? Try it. It works. That's why I call my oldest Reesey and my youngest is Zoe.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lifestyle vs Formal Portraits

I read an article online the other day about infant photography.  I think baby photos are some of the few pics that can look great posed. That's because infants don't pose. I mean, yeah, we pose them in cute, unnatural baby poses where the hands need to be edited out afterwords, but they don't smile on command, in that unnatural over-smile form, that a four or five year old might do.  But anyway, I digress. The article was about doing lifestyle photography with infants, and I liked the idea, and I think I will try that out sometime (get ready for auntie, little Cohen.) I also like the fact that infants can't protest having their photo taken like older children. But maybe that's cruel of me to take advantage? Nah, they'll thank us later, right? Anyway, here is a lifestyle pic I took today, and it's one of my favs because I was able to capture a natural smile on my little Zo's face, while daddy painted her nails.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bye Bye Picnik

Picnik is closing in April. I don't use Picnik often, but seeing how not-so-tech-savvy I am, I like to use it for textures. Looks like I'll have to learn me some skillz elsewhere.

Disclaimer: Only the second photo shown here has been edited using Picnik. The first one is just for dramatic effect. You know, to illustrate my feelings about Picnik closing and all.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Birthday Card

Zoe made a birthday card for her dad today. (His birthday is on Friday). Unfortunately she wouldn't let me take a picture of it. It's top secret.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Proud Pet Owners

The girls have new little friends- Heidi and Goldie, guinea pigs. Zoe insisted that the new girls join them while they watched Annie last night- so here they are.

I suspect the novelty of caring for their new pets will wear off, but right now the girls are very eager. Last night Reese cleaned out their poo pellets at least five times. Clearly these gals poo a lot.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Typical Tea Party on a Beer Blanket, complete with Hand Cuffs

She insisted on the beer blanket 'cause it's the softest. And in case you were wondering, the handcuffs are part of Reese's "Nancy Drew" sleuthing kit. I don't know how they became a part of the party though...?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Barn

I was putting Reese to bed last night around 8 o'clock. We were reading Trixie Belden in bed when I heard sirens. This is pretty typical, but there were a lot of sirens so I eventually rose from the bed and peeked out the back window. My heart sank at the sight. There was so much fire, and it looked so close. I thought that at 8 o'clock at night that whoever lived in that house, or worse, houses, would likely be home. Dave went outside to check it out and it turns out that it wasn't quite as close as we'd thought. (We thought it was coming from the street beside us, but it was a farm at the end of that street, and over a little path). It was coming from this barn, which the animals were thankful not in, and no one was injured. I think the fact that I even had a picture of it already on my blog, proves that I pretty much photograph everything.

                                                      The view from Reese's window.

The Barn