Friday, June 19, 2015

Last Minute Father's Day Card

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My boys LOVED "making" these cards for their daddy this year. Never mind that we did it at almost the very last minute! I loved that it was super-simple and did not actually require a lot of "making!"

(The cards are available for download at the bottom of this post.)

I just had the boys use blue and yellow watercolor paints to make a background on the front of their cards. Then, I printed the cards out and cut out just the Minions and the words and glued them on the front of their (dried) cards. When that was done, the boys wrote/drew their own messages on the inside of the cards.

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You can either print them out, cut out the entire card on the grey line, and fold it in half...or do like I did and just cut out the Minion and words. Then you can glue it on your own background or design. 

Click on each image to download.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Barefoot Boys in Bluebonnets | 2015

Ok, they weren't barefoot the whole time. They somewhat carefully trapsed all around the fields and had the best time. And occasionally indulged me with a few photos...you know, basically the entire reason we were out there. AND we did it twice this year. Yep. Which is crazy if you have any idea how hard it is to photograph your own children in the evening (or anytime).

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The reason for our two trips was basically weather. This has been a soggy spring in our area. Once I noticed the bluebonnets blooming, I started looking at the forecast, which was showing little to no sunshine over the next week or so and a lot of rain. One evening, I spontaneously decided to take advantage of a lull in the rain and head out to the fields because I was afraid I wouldn't have time between the weather and our schedule to get any photos otherwise. The bluebonnets don't last forever. It was completely overcast, but not raining, when we got there and the field was not too wet. 

Here are some of the shots from our first trip to the field last week:

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Once I get this one smiling...

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...it's pretty hard to get him to stop. 

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This field (our normal one, that didn't bloom at all last year) was not as thick as it usually is, and the grasses were already overtaking the bluebonnets a little. But hopefully it will continue to get back to where it was. It's still the closest (nice) bluebonnet field (that I know of) to us. 

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They can't help being silly. I keep shooting, because I love shots like these. 

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Ethan loved the poppies. At least that's what I think they are...the red flowers. 

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Toward the end of our visit, it started sprinkling (you can kind of see it in the last two photos above). Not a lot, really, but it was grey, and blah, and sprinkling. And when I looked at my photos later on the computer, they were fine, but the lighting was bothering me. I started getting the feeling that I'd like to go again with a little sun...if possible.

So, a couple of days ago, on an actually sunny day, we went back out and got these:

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Looking at them back to back, they are a little repetitive of the photos from last week. BUT the light is just so much better! And no sprinkling is good too. 

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This time Ethan found a lady bug and coaxed it onto his finger from one of the bluebonnets. 

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Being goofy means you sometimes fall over. And again, I kept shooting. His expression is one of my favorites. 

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Although I wish I had positioned myself differently for this photo (without their heads in the horizon/trees), I love how this shows them having fun together. They are crazy. 

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Another great thing about taking a second trip out to the bluebonnet fields is that Mimi was able to join us this time. She usually goes, but since my last trip was so spontaneous, she was out of town and missed it. 

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Again...Ethan with the poppies. He was fascinated. 

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This last one ended up being my favorite from both of the sessions. It's such a crazy Texas tradition...taking photos in the bluebonnets, but I really love doing it! Well, actually, let's say that I really love the resulting photos. Most of the time, the process is one part fun with three parts frustration. Ha!

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Easter 2015

Our Easter Sunday got off to a rocky start this year. We got up, got everyone ready, took a few indoor photos (since it was raining outside), and strapped ourselves in the car for the drive to church. Unfortunately, our plans to attend church (on Easter Sunday no less) were not to be. There were power lines across the highway that forced all lanes of traffic to be shut down. Needless to say, even with the light traffic on a Sunday morning, the highway and side roads were awful. All in all, we were stuck in traffic (much of it at a complete stand-still) for over an hour. So, we missed church because we were going to have to leave a few minutes early to get down to Waxahachie anyway. 

So....we went home, let Duke out, and changed clothes. Logan apparently thought his ensemble needed his Mickey hat, which I love. Then, we got back in the car (so much time in the car) and drove down to Waxahachie for some Easter festivities with the Cooke family. 

First, we ate lunch, of course. And then we dyed eggs. This year I brought white plastic table cloths instead of just the random colors I have leftover from parties at home. Why? Less color casts on their faces. 

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Ethan did his favorite color first...blue. 

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And Logan did his favorite color first...green. They are so predictable. 

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After a while, I pointed out that they were not using the wax crayon, to which they said they did not remember what to do with it. So I showed them. And then they were hooked. 

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I drew a Mickey face, which they both loved. 

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While the younger kids were dying eggs, the uncles and older cousins hid all of the plastic Easter eggs for them to find. 

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They took off once the signal was given that it was actually okay to go get those eggs out there. 

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He spotted those up there on the branch pretty quickly but didn't know how he could get them down. He almost reached them jumping...

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But ultimately, bending the branch down did the trick. 

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Logan found a confetti egg and told me it was "broken." Funny kid. But that's the first time he's seen a confetti egg, so I guess I don't blame him...it does have a hole in the top!

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They even used the vehicles to hide eggs. At least they did not put one in my exhaust pipe this year. 

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They came back with FULL baskets and lots of goodies.

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