Monday, November 29, 2010

The heat miser gave in... aka, snow in the south

Saturday in the historic district of Savannah they had their annual "Holly Days" festival that we take the kids to every year. So fun, especially for southern kids who never see snow- they pump in snow for them to play in, even though it's 60 degrees out. The kids look forward to it every year, and this year Leah Kate was REALLY into it- she refused to go in the section marked for kids 5 and under and insisted on going with her brothers in the 6-12 year old section- and totally held her own.
Mark was on call so I took them by myself, but honestly it was not bad at all- even Thomas listened and didn't try to escape to another part of the park.

We walked around a little after the snow and ran into Santa!
This was the first year Leah Kate wasn't completely petrified of him. She was a little nervous at first, but soon jumped up into his lap and was asking for Barbies ;) Matthew was not into it this year, so sad, but did agree to duck into the picture for my sake. Thomas was very excited all around- ran right up to him outside and was the first on his lap. He asked for Toy Story- so Toy Story he shall get :)

Movie I made of our morning (warned you I'd make more!):

That's Chris Botti on trumpet playing Let it Snow.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Limited time offer :)

The slideshow of some of the photos from the kids first photoshoot is up! Heather of blu owl photography is amazing, I love how she captured my kids, their love for each other, and sometimes the way they just tolerate each other, ha ha! Thomas is a mess around cameras- usually shouting "NO TICTURES" (pictures ; ) ), yet he was right at ease with her from the get go. Cooperative? Well, not entirely, which is another reason these are remarkable! She says more are to come, how EVER will I choose!!? 

I think this slideshow is good only for a month, so LOOK now!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Photo Shoot 'em up!

Howdy Strangers!

Well, life got in the way of me chronicling it once again. Had a friend gently remind me about this (thanks Kate) though it is always in the back of my mind. Fall is crazy 'round here, y'all. School starts (3 kids in 3 different schools this year). We've got kids in football, fall baseball, soccer and horseback riding. The Buddy Walk for our Down syndrome group that I do some of the work organizing. Room mom for T's class. Started and completed the couch to 5k program- ran my first 5k. On the committee that organizes inclusion week at T's school. Oh and the laundry. There's always laundry.

Anyway, there are some of my excuses...

Yesterday I took the kids the the beach to have their pictures done for really the first time other than school pics and the Down syndrome group's annual calendar. Not that my kids aren't photographed. Boy howdy are they photographed, I am the one always lugging her camera to every event from the big to the small. However, I've never been one to do the photo's with the giant blocks enumerating which birthday it is, or the Christmas card in front of the fake fireplace. I am not a huge fan of posed shots, and frankly, the thought of getting 3 kids clean, dressed and hair combed in such a fashion that will be immortalized in film overwhelms me. Candids are great because the flaws are embraced, but if you actually PAY someone to do them, somehow that different. People KNOW you knew they were going to be in photos. "Why didn't she get his hair cut" "Why didn't she iron that collar" "Why didn't she push up his sleeves" "Why didn't she wipe his nose". You see the neuroses that are in my brain. I KNOW people don't care. And I KNOW that people who do are not really people I want to have my kids photos displayed in their homes anyway, so I took the plunge. SO yesterday the kids and I headed out the Tybee where they were photographed. I chose a photographer I knew took the type of casually posed photos I love. She has a great artistic eye and I knew our pictures would look not like everyone elses. Even if Thomas' sleeves were not pushed up, Leah Kate's dress was not well ironed and Matthew's fresh haircut was still in his eyes.

Oh and this was my very first "movie" I put together. Expect many others ;)