Sunday, March 19, 2017

Project 365 Week 11

I, along with all four children, have spent the week fighting a terrible cold.  Zélie's started with an ear infection and Liliana's seems to be wrapping up with a double ear infection.  It has not been a fun week around here to say the least.

One high point of the week was spending Monday evening watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone with Little Ish.  I don't have a photo, but I wanted to remind myself of it here for when I look back.  Little Ish and I finished reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone a few weeks ago and were waiting for our library hold on the movie to come in.  He got to stay up after bedtime and watch the movie with me --a special treat.

I love my niece's thinking face here.  We spent Sunday afternoon hanging out with Ish's family and Persephone continued her habit of plunking herself down in beautiful light when I have my camera out.

This girl loves to twirl.  One of her requirements for a good dress is that it is good for twirling; this one certainly fits the bill.


Zélie loves watching the kids playing outside in the snow. Ish had a snow day so I was able to hang out inside with her where it was warm while he watched the big kids.

This sad boy had a really rough day on Wednesday.  He had fever dreams on Tuesday night and overall slept terribly;  he proceeded to spend several hours of Monday morning napping on and off.  When he wasn't napping he was pretty unhappy.

Zélie loves standing on the couch.  It drives me crazy, but as she spends so much time doing it, I figured I might as well document it.

I had just told her that Ish had pulled into the driveway, and this was her reaction.  When she actually saw him walk in the door she had the biggest smile on her face.

Double ear infections are the pits.  Lily has mostly been in good spirits about it, but I can tell she isn't feeling like her happy, healthy self. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Project 365 Week 10

It was a fairly calm beginning to our week here, but Friday landed us in the ER with Zélie.  We fed her canteloupe for the first time and it turns out she is very much allergic.  Friday reminded me of how grateful I am for family who will watch my children in a pinch and how grateful I am that we live near an excellent children's hospital.  Zélie is doing okay now minus the lovely ear infection the nurse practitioner discovered while examining Zélie in the ER.

We spent our afternoon on Sunday hanging out with family.  I was so excited to capture this photo of my sweet 2 year old niece in a quiet moment.  

This photo is from my first attempt at free-lensing. Why I thought it was a good idea to try this out on a fast moving baby, I do not know.

Occasionally Atticus will ask me if he can borrow my phone so he can draw a picture and send it to Ish via text message.  On Tuesday, the bigger kids caught on and had so much fun watching him and cheering him on as he was drawing.

Lily's fashion sense makes me smile.  She was so in love with this rainbow sundress that I picked up at a thrift store that she insisted on wearing it right away.  We compromised and she wore a shirt underneath because it definitely was not warm enough outside for a sundress.

Thursday was the 2nd anniversary of when we found out that Gregory had died.  A dear friend and her children came over to provide a welcomed distraction for the day.  Later in the day when Ish returned home, I took advantage of some beautiful early evening light.   (And yes Lily did wear the same outfit 2 days in a row; she really loves that rainbow dress).

One of the sweetest things that happened surrounding the events of Zélie's allergic reaction is that Atticus was so worried for her.  He actually wanted to go to the ER with us instead of hanging out with his cousins.  He was amazingly behaved in the ER and I think it helped him to understand that Zélie was okay. 

Zélie was in much better spirits on Saturday.  She was also incredibly excited about her new jacket. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Project 365 Week 9

 I felt like this week was slightly slower than it has been for a while.  The kids were happy to have cousins visit early in the week, and then we had a relatively slow week after that.  The kids had lots of time to play, create, and learn with the lull in activity.

This girl is the queen of hilarious expressions lately.  She is super expressive not unlike her older sister.  I am just waiting until she adopts the side eye that all of my kids seem to have gotten from me (oops!).

These two are just shy of 5 months apart in age.  Zélie enjoyed trekking around after her cousin all day on Monday.   

A few weeks ago, I found a complete set of the original wooden Tinkertoys at a thrift store for a whopping $1.91.  The kids have been having an absolute blast playing with them.  Here Liliana shows off a car that she made.

The kids spent almost the entirety of Wednesday morning painting.  They were getting along incredibly.  It was all fun and games until Lily came into the kitchen to show me that she had painted the majority of her body a striking green color; it turned into emergency bathtime.  As much as I don't enjoy the mess that this sort of thing creates; I do enjoy getting a glimpse into Liliana's sense of wonder and curiosity.

Little Ish is contemplating what to paint next.  He and Atticus spent their whole morning painting again while Lily designed various paint free craft projects.  I love how art brings my kids together.  They spend the time chattering away and giggling as they create. 

To catch Atticus in a completely still moment is a rarity these days.  As posed as this shot appears to be, it is completely candid.  I love that I have a photo of him in his favorite orange shirt now.

This girl loves food and is especially excited about toast this week.  I have caught her cruising around the dining room table attempting to reach down her siblings' crusts a few times this week.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Project 365 Week 8

This week completely flew by and got away from me.  We had several days of abnormally springy weather for February in Delaware so the kids got a lot of outside play in.  It was nice to take a few outdoor photos with out the side effect of ice cold fingers.

With beautiful 70 degree weather,  we took a family outing to Longwood Gardens.  One of the perks of being a member is free stroller rental.  The 3 big kids pretended the stroller was their rocket ship and sang the Little Einsteins theme song the entire way too and from the conservatory.  This photo was taken at the end of the hallway of award winning bathrooms (yes, bathrooms apparently can receive awards!) Lily and Zélie were waiting for the boys to get changed into dry clothes after a fun day playing in the fabulous indoor Children's Garden.

This photo depicts what I consider to be a very typical morning in the life of Atticus.  He is wearing his required item of orange clothing (his favorite color) and a few random costume pieces.  The snack of frozen corn and the fact that he is standing at the spice table to drink his milk is just so very typical of my little guy.  This is the type of memory I was hoping to capture when I started this project.

Little Ish had a lot of fun putting together his makeshift Darth Vader costume.  I particularly like that he is wearing his Daddy's boots. 

It was such a blessing to get together with my friend and her children this week.  Our kids get along really well so we pretty much get to sit and chat while they play.  Her sweet 4 yearold is so good with the babies--Zélie is fascinated with her-- that we actually manage to not have to do too much baby wrangling either. 

The big kids decided to celebrated the unseasonably warm weather by flooding our back patio with the hose.  They had so much fun playing and stomping in their gigantic puddle.  I am thankful that Zélie wanted absolutely nothing to do with their makeshift watering hole.
Zélie's faces keep me laughing.  It's hard to be serious when she makes goofy faces like this!

Happy 11 months Zélie!  Your 1st year is flying by.  You took your first step this week, even though you seemed completely unaware that you had done it. You also gave Daddy a kiss today when he asked for one.  You love to shake your head yes and no even if you get the two confused sometimes.  You have a great sense of humor for such a young child and your laugh is contagious. You bring such a warmth and joy into our family.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Project 365 Week 7

It was a fun and busy week this past week.  On Tuesday we hosted our homeschool co-op's St. Valentine's Day party.  The days leading up to the party were a flurry of Valentine making, and party itself was a lot of fun.  The excitement of the preparations and then the party itself definitely wiped the kids out.  It took them a couple of days to recover from all the activity.

Zélie started saying "up".  It is often accompanied by her hands up, and she nearly always whispers it.
Atticus has figured out exactly how to make Zélie laugh--just play peekaboo!  Here he is hiding in his tunnel and she is absolutely delighted with this rendition of the game.

After the Valentine's party, this very sleepy, napless girl was incredibly wired.  She sat at the end of the slide banging Duplos for about 25 minutes before she finally wound down enough to nap.

I can't help but grab my camera when Liliana is standing still in beautiful light. 
Zélie plopped herself down in this gorgeous light for all of 10 seconds.  I got this shot and then she crawled away.  I am so glad I got my settings where I wanted them quickly enough.

Two seconds before this was taken, Atticus had a gigantic pout on his face because he felt like nobody wanted to play with him; this is the split second after Ish and Lily invited him to join them in their game.

Lily needed to go to the library dressed as Lilly from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.  There are even 3 shiny quarter's in her purse. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Project 365 Week 6

It has been a bit of a turbulent week here.  I started off the week battling what the lactation consultant believed was the beginning of mastitis.  I did manage to keep it from completely sidelining me, but it certainly turned my Project 365 into a chore instead of a delight on Monday and Tuesday.

We experienced both a 70 degree day and snow this week.  The kids were delighted by both.

Zélie has really started to play in the past month or so.  One of her favorite games is peekaboo.  
This girl is teething like crazy; this is the look she gave me when I told her that it wasn't okay to chew on library books. 

Zélie spent a good 20 minutes playing with a bucket.  She really liked yelling into it and chewing on the handle.
Liliana has been really into the book Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.  She has been working on creating her own Lilly costume.  The one thing she was missing was a glasses chain.  She decided to spend a little of her own money to purchase the rainbow glasses chain she is wearing here.  She was so pleased with her purchase and has spent hours pretending to be Lilly the mouse.
This little guy was so excited for snow!  We didn't get the large storm predicted, but it was enough for Atticus to sweep the snow around the yard with a broom.
This girl is normally a momma's girl through and through, but she was so delighted to see Ish's car pull into the driveway on Friday afternoon.
Little Ish isn't always super excited to have the camera on just him, so I am always delighted when I am able to capture a photo of him where he isn't making grumpy faces at me.  Ask him to be in a photo with Zélie, mind you, and he is all smiles.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Project 365 Week 5

This past week concurrently flew and crawled.  I am still managing and enjoying picking up my camera each day.  I find myself looking at light differently. I am not as afraid to experiment with ideas on how to use light because I know that I will be picking up my camera again the next day.  I am also not as afraid to take a photo in terrible light and work with it in post-processing so it transforms into a better photo.  So far, I think this project is good for me.

On Sunday, we welcomed my nephew Cillian into the Church. 
Atticus is tying up this Lego dragon
This is what happens when I ask Atticus to smile; this is why I generally don't ask my children to smile for the camera.

Lily was really upset because I asked Little Ish to set Atticus up with an episode of Little Bear instead of her.  As she was crying I noticed how beautifully the light was falling on her tears.  I told her that the light she was standing in made her tears look like sparkling diamonds.  She immediately stopped crying and asked me to take her photo so she could see. 

This photo was a total experiment.  I decided to shoot into the noontime window light to see what I could capture.  Lily was so enthralled with the book that she was reading that I was able to play with the light for several minutes.
Zélie is working on 2 more teeth right now and it has made her so drooly and marginally miserable. 
Yesterday was incredibly busy.  I am glad that I remembered to pick up my camera at all.  Here is Zélie all bundled up to go to the library.