Sunday Snapshot: into the frame


Sooo, I mentioned having to get "into the frame" for my photography class. Not my favorite place to be. But once we were out there, with Poppy perched on my lap, it wasn't so bad. Okay. It was a lot of fun. Especially laughing at all the silly things Sophie and Vivienne were doing to try to make Poppy smile. I won't go into details to protect their privacy, but let's just say, they weren't holding back. And it worked. Just look at that beautiful Poppy smile. So happy. So joyful. Seriously. I just can't resist this girl. And thank goodness I … [Read more...]

a pleasant surprise


I had a photography assignment to do. One I had kinda-sorta been putting off. Because the assignment was to get a picture of me. *yeah* So, since I don't own a tripod nor a remote, I figured I'd have one of my kiddos snap the picture... you know, once I'd determined the location, chosen the settings on my camera, taken a few practice shots, given them detailed instructions on composition and then switched places with them. Simple enough, right? I gathered up the kiddos who were willing to join me on my photo-adventure, and we were off. Out to the … [Read more...]

what they do when it snows


... and it's 23 degrees outside. They run around the house asking "Can we go play in the snow, nowwwww?" until I finally relent. Approximately 15 minutes and 342,712 requests later. They proceed to dig through all their drawers and closets and don 75% of their winter wardrobe. At the same time. They move on to every coat closet in the house to rummage through the chaos to dig out the 4 1/2 pairs of mittens we own, collectively. Because we live in the deep south, y'all. They fight over the few scarves we have because, well... a girl just wants to look cute … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: sunlight


I few days ago, I found Poppy and Vivienne playing in the sunlight that - by early afternoon - is blazing through our front windows. In their princess dresses. And slippers. What caught my attention first wasn't so much what they were doing. Because, really, they're almost always in dress up clothes. What caught my attention was what they were saying. Or, more aptly, what they were singing. Y'all have to check out the video. After they discuss how the shadows of their hands look like guns - just keepin' it real, folks - they start singing … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013


I did it last year. The year before. And even the year before that. It's sort of a thing, I suppose. And, since 2013 doesn't want to be left out, here are my favorites from the last year. Not necessarily technically my favorites, from a photography standpoint. Just from a mama's standpoint. 1. Princess Vivienne. 2. My incredibly silly pony. 3. My brave and beautiful Velvet, just days before she passed away. 4. Isabelle... being Isabelle. 5. Tallula, home one wonderful year. 6. My babies. Every one of 'em. 7. My biggest boy, the … [Read more...]

something sweet


Yes. Christmas was good. Been slowly but surely making my way through the sea of photos. When you have 13 people opening presents - and a few dogs to boot - it makes for a heckuva lot of pictures. In the meantime I wanted to share these pictures. Of our Christmas breakfast. Originally Victoria and I were going to tackle the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon roll recipe. But the two hour prep time scared me. So we went with the faux Cinnabons instead. And no one seemed to mind. Hope your Christmas was as sweet as ours. … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: ice, baby.


I've got a lazy bone. And even though I'd promised my kids I'd take them ice skating, the lazy mama in me was so not looking forward to it. Because I knew. I knew taking 6 kids - 4 of whom have never donned ice skates before - was going to be painful. Thankfully, my tickets had an expiration date. Because, even more than I am lazy, I am frugal. So we ventured out, our first official homeschool field trip this year. The girls were ecstatic. Despite the fact that they could barely let go of the side, and their feet got sore, and they were cold, … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: thankful


Two days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. But, before we dug into our big turkey dinner, I decided to ask our youngest seven what they were most thankful for. I thought it would be an interesting little exercise in learning more about what stirs their affections and, hopefully, remind them of all of the ways God has blessed them. I did not prompt any of them and I didn't let any of them know what their siblings had said. I wanted their answers to be all them. Some took longer than others, but they all were able to come up with five, and probably could have … [Read more...]

still smiling


After our little photo shoot the other day - after Jewel was back in her stall, my camera was put away and we were heading up to the house - I turned around. And there was Poppy, still smiling. Out came the camera again. This might be my favorite one of all. … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: what Poppy wants…


Besides the crown and the flower cake, Poppy asked for one more thing for her birthday. She wanted a picture of her on Jewel. With flowers. Resist? I think not. I mean, at the time at least, it sounded relatively simple. Except - as we got closer to the shoot - I was reminded that Poppy doesn't ride much. Jewel doesn't get ridden much. And I don't get out my camera much. But I was determined. I had promised. And I wanted to use the opportunity to take some pictures for my photography class. So we fashioned some of Poppy's favorite purple … [Read more...]