I don't pick up the camera nearly as much as I used to, in part because I am too impatient to remember important things like lighting and F-stop and aperature, and yet too frustrated with the mediocre results I often get. Looking back on a month's worth of photos, however, I'm grateful, so grateful, for these moments of reveling I managed to capture. I reckon I'll try harder to remember ISO settings in the future.
Some highlights and some revelings:
|Oh, the simple pleasures!|
|Leaping Across a Blanket: tongue out; pajamas on; shoes on the wrong feet.|
|...and clears it!! Success! Pride and joy clearly evident on his face.|
Aidan participated in his first karate tournament this month. I was nervous for him, but wanted him to have a good experience and above all else, to have fun. Despite doing well in the kata portion of the event, Aidan didn't earn a metal because there were so many good competitors. I was worried how he would handle not earning a metal (I was secretly thrilled at the learning experience of it), but then he turned to me just after the awards were presented and he said to me, "This is even more fun than I thought it would be!"
|Aidan, landing a solid punch|
|Bronze metal in kumite|
|Most awesome moment for me: my tough little fighter coming straight to me for a huge hug.|
Pax can be so naughty. Have you heard that about three year olds? He was supposed to be having a rest one afternoon, but refused to go to sleep. He crept downstairs while I was working in the kitchen, my back to him. He laid out this entire spread: blanket; play food; cooking tools - and surreptitiously played and chatted with himself until I finally turned around. With big, hopeful eyes, he looked at me and asked, "Mom, you want to have a picnic with me?"
Another day, I was trying to coax Pax into getting ready to run some errands. He was resistant. I left him in his room, only half dressed, but I was so frustrated I needed to go cool off downstairs. About 10 minutes later, he walked into the kitchen and said quietly, "I am ready to go now. I put on my fire pants and my running shoes and I am ready to go."
|The "fire pants" - given to us by Adam and Linsey when Leo was born - they are basically legwarmers that I used to style with rolled up jeans and a funky shirt, back in the days when I had more say over their outfits. Pax adores these socks.|
|This is his look of contrition. It slays me every time. How can I stay mad at that face?|
|....a better look at that face, plus the fire pants|
|Later that night: Showing off his NEW underpants.....|
Jeff's folks came to visit and we headed to Maymont for the day. It was a gorgeous day, and a fun adventure for us all:
|My Billy Goats Gruff!|
|Feeding the Billy Goats Gruff|
|Feeding the OTHER Billy Goats Gruff|
|Pax calls this his "cocoon" and invites Leo to join him - "Leo, you come get in my cocoon with me?"|
So much reveling.