Me, my little man, and my sunshine

5.10.2012

One of the things that I feel pretty crummy about with respect to my photography is the lack of photos
which include myself or Patrick with our dumplings.
This is most apparent during the holidays.
Sure, I'll snap some photos of the kids, perhaps a bunch.
But where are mom and dad?
Hmm..

So I've decided to do something about it.
I'm going to make a greater effort at getting in FRONT of my lens more often, 
not just behind it.

I will be utilizing my tripod and remote shutter release, on occasion, but more often, 
my trusty iPhone, to get the job done.
I might also recruit an assistant every so often, 
which is very easy to do in this house,
seeing that new photos mysteriously show up in my iPhone photostream frequently.

I snapped this the other afternoon when Caleb and I were playing in the front yard.



I also had to get one of me with Madeline, too.
Different day, of course.



In my search for inspiration, I have stumbled across a few new blogs, 
one of them being Emily's over at The Anderson Crew.
She hosts a weekly linkup called Embrace the Camera,
for those who wish to find themselves on the other side of their cameras.

Jackpot!  
This is just what I'm looking for to motivate me.


Now Rebecca over at Simple As That has created a checklist for photos
you should take with your kids.
I'm lovin' it!

This week ...

I'm sharing some kisses with my dumplings.







I also captured a shot of me helping Madeline wash her hands one morning.



This next photo almost didn't happen. 
We celebrated my birthday yesterday by taking a boat ride on the river (lots more from that later).
We were getting ready to pack the minivan back up when I realized that I had 
no photos of ME with either of my kids on my birthday.  Pathetic.
So I tried to rectify that.




Obviously, all of the above images were taken with my iPhone.
However, I also wanted to try to get at least one with my real camera.

So earlier in the week, while Caleb was coloring with his pencils, he asked me to sharpen one for him.
I immediately said yes, then ran and got my camera.
Our school room is small, and there's no room for a tripod.
So I stacked some books on our window bench and hoped for the best.




Caleb had fun triggering the shutter with my remote.
And me?  
Well, I'm just tickled to have captured this moment.
When we're done with school, the kids are always drawing something at the table 
while I get work done on the computer.

This?  Is real life.
And I'm happy to me a part of it.
Cluttered school table and all.








8 sweet words:

The Popes Thursday, May 10, 2012  

We are an adoptive, homeschooling family too! We brought our sweet babes home from our states foster care system. Isn't adoption amazing?!?! I'm looking forward to reading your story.

My favorite pictures of me with the kids are from a self timers and a homemade tripod. Real life and not so posed is great.

Wendy Thursday, May 10, 2012  

What a bunch of sweeties you have there :) Great pics of everyday life!

tasha Thursday, May 10, 2012  

those are beautiful and precious. so glad you made the effort - i know your dumplings will love having the memories captured. :)

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography Thursday, May 10, 2012  

These just totally light up my whole day- I love seeing you with your precious kids.

Deb Thursday, May 10, 2012  

You know how I love seeing your kiddos, but my thought exactly when you shared your photos with me yesterday on your birthday. Where were you?! So glad you were able to rectify that with a photo of you and Madeline! Love seeing all of your pics. I need to get in front of the camera, too.

emily anderson Thursday, May 10, 2012  

okay while i love all these photos, i am in love with the ones with him coloring...beautiful, beautiful moment!

glad you joined us!

Kim Cunningham Friday, May 11, 2012  

I'm so guilty of not being in photographs too! Glad to see you take charge and get in! These are cute!

Nancy Saturday, May 12, 2012  

Oh yes! The school table shots are wonderful!!! I want to copy. I need a school table first.
nancy

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This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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