Mama with a Camera

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to take better pictures of our little cupcake. My goal is to be able to take a few pictures and have them turn out well, rather than taking many pictures and have them not turn out all. I got inspired from some lessons on Erin Cobb’s photography blog. She has started weekly posts called Mama with a Camera that have some great tips for taking better pictures. So here are the fruits of my learning so far!

Week 1: Fill the Frame

I could think nothing better than the sweet little chubby cheeks and wispy dirty blond hair of our son…so that’s what I focused on in this first picture.

I was pleased with the picture, except the shadows. It’s hard for me to find a time to take a picture that’s not at high sun.

Week 2: Show the Scene

For the second picture I focused on what we were outside listening for…airplanes. One of our little cupcake’s favorite things to do is listen for airplanes outside. He stretches up towards the sky and runs through our backyard trying to follow the noise of the airplane. His goal is to catch just a glimpse of the plane as it streams across the blue sky and peeks out among the white clouds. I panned way out with my camera and put everything in focus to capture the scene (and him).

This one I couldn’t be more pleased with. The colors were absolutely gorgeous and I love how you can see the clouds so clearly as well as his little swim rash guard and shorts.

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Can this garden be saved?

Some gorgeous new basil….

So much easier when you buy the plant instead of trying to revive a plant!

Tiny yellow flowers waiting to become pah-toe-toes (or tomatoes as you might call them.)

And the cabbage might become a cabbage patch after all!

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Half-Way to Two

Although the eighteen month mark was a few days ago, I have not yet gotten this post together. I could list all of the important landmark stats, but as I was writing this I found myself think more of all of the things that are so markedly Super A right now.

So here they are….

All he wants to eat is rolls and yogurt and all he wants to drink is apple juice. He asks for them nicely like this “please Mommy…please”. He cannot always have these things. When we tell him no he says “but I ah nice boy”. Except he says nice boy like Mario from Super Mario Brothers…imagine it having about four more syllables than it needs.

All he wants to watch is Little Einsteins or “cartoons”. How he knows cartoons means something different than regular television is beyond me.

Strangers (AKA the check-out person at the store or random shoppers) always say these two things to him “are you sleepy?” OR “boy he is tall!” I always want to respond “yes he is tall, and no he is not sleepy he just isn’t interested in smiling at you.” HA!

If you ask him if he wants to go outside he runs and grabs his shoes and goes to the back door. He has a routine outside. First, he checks the plants. Second, he checks the hose. Third, he decides he needs his scoop to dig some dirt. Oh and we can’t even think about bringing him inside without making some sort of bribe (juice, Little Einsteins, playing with playdoh!) or he’ll scream for fifteen minutes once we are indoors.

He’s on a constant search for a fire truck, race car, a doggy barking, or a bird chirping.

He’s happiest reading books, playing with blocks, or playing in his kitchen. Oh and playing hide and seek…just don’t ask him to hide. He won’t have it.

If we are going on a car ride for more than ten minutes, he falls asleep…which is sooo me. I can see trips with him as a teenager, IPOD on, earphones on, asleep in the car, his last comment being let me know when we get there.

He is the very helpful, not a day goes by that I don’t hear “here you go Mommy” as he hands me something I am putting away. He loves to put away socks, dust, vacuum, and swiffer. Ahh the swiffer. My floors have never been cleaner!

And that right now…is sooo Super A.

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Ears.

I never had ear infections. I had pretty much everything else, but I cannot remember being told I had any significant ear infections. Apparently every cold that A catches turns into an ear infection. Last November we headed out to Virginia for Thanksgiving. What began as a slight cold Sunday night was a raging ear infection by Monday afternoon. In January A had a runny nose for a week and a croupy cough. When he began to stop sleeping through the night we took him in to the doctor. Ear infection.

Now after a week of a runny nose on Monday we took him in to the doctor to find out he had an ear infection and sinus infection. We got the prescribed medicine and figured in a day or two he would be up and running. Nope. Wednesday he screamed through Little Gym and then was fine. By Friday he was waking up almost inconsolable and I was just done. After a call to the doctor we found out his symptoms indicated that his medicine wasn’t working (DUH!). So now we have switched medicines, but they will still take a few days to kick in. In the meantime we are keeping him on Motrin and Tylenol to help with the pain. Oh and ear drops…because every eighteen month old is interested in laying still with a hurting ear while you attempt to drop cold medicine into it. However he still woke up this morning sobbing at 6:00 a.m. Which is about an hour and a half too early for him. And about two hours too early for us, HA! We are pretty much running on empty at this point.

So we spent this morning watching out the window while Brian mowed, and a lot of reading and watching Little Einsteins. We did get a break in the morning when my Dad came over to help Brian fix the mower. Yea for Papa! That cheered A up somewhat, but after that it was back to “ear pain” is what he keeps telling me.

Watching my husband mow….

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Can this garden be saved?

I really think I’m going to turn this in to a weekly post, but I can never guarantee my ability to stick with the idea!

Look I have herbs! They are sprouting!

I’m not sure what’s going on with the middle pot. I prefer to think the seeds are late bloomers.

And our tomato plant has flowers! According to our Clifford book on all sorts of important things…flowers equal tomatoes (and yes I’m referring to Clifford the big red dog. Please don’t run out to find the author of a gardening book with the last name Clifford. Although there may be one, I can’t guarantee their information).

However our cabbage has left a bit to be desired…

The leaves seem to be saying “I’m exhausted from trying to survive here. I give up.”

Oh and my basil….

Can you see it? It was mistaken for a stick. Time to throw in the towel and buy a new basil plant.

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Sidewalk Chalk and Washing Cars

Except for the unbelievably high amount of pollen in the air right now (a jump from 1000 to 3000 count in two days, yikes!) this week we officially skipped spring and headed straight for summer. It was so hot this weekend that A could only be outside for a few minutes during the day. We went out at dusk on Friday to let him play with sidewalk chalk for the first time. He was so excited to be able to draw on the driveway!

On Saturday we had a wedding shower to go to for our sweet friends Carly and BJ. A stayed with his Granna and Papa during the shower and that night we took him over to Carly and BJ’s house for dinner. Carly and BJ have two cats and two larger dogs (a German Shepard and a Border Collie). A LOVED all of their animals, he had the best time trying to find the cats and throwing the tennis ball for the dogs. I wish I had remembered to bring my camera to take some pictures!

On Sunday, A was still sniffly and coughing so we stayed at home and got some things done around the house while A rested. He decided he wanted to help me wash cars so we let him come outside (in his jammies no less!) and wash cars for a few minutes. He loved scrubbing the bugs (or as he says…”ewww bugs!” while laughing hysterically) off the front of the car.

I love this next picture. Doesn’t it look like the car is talking to him?

Just grabbing another washcloth….

By Sunday night A was running a fever and was a very upset baby. After a trip to the doctor we are now treating a double ear infection and sinus infection. It doesn’t seem to be slowing him down too much, but hopefully he will be on the mend soon!

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Finger Painting Craft

A month and a half ago a cold day turned into a finger painting project. I occasionally take the art projects of our mini cupcake and turn them into part of the decor of his room and bathroom. For this particular project I had a spot above his towel rack in the bathroom in mind for the completed canvas. So after a morning of painting back in March this…

Became this…

It matches the safari theme of his bathroom that I started and have added to since he was first born. This was a wide edged canvas, which I really like for two reasons; one I painted the sides, so it ties into the painting and the room, and two because it’s easy to hang!

If you haven’t tried canvas when finger painting I highly suggest it if you are interested in hanging the art work of your own little cupcake. It stands up really well to the paint (i.e. it doesn’t wrinkle and dries well) and makes it easy to create a piece of art for your own home!

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