Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time for the Bee-utiful Season

Yesterday our backyard was all a-buzz! The instant you stepped out the back door of our house and onto the back porch, it sounded like you had walked into a beehive.

Our apricot tree is in full bloom, which is a fact that the bees have obviously discovered! I don't ever remember seeing or hearing this many bees on our apricot tree in all the years we have lived here! Perhaps this Spring will be truly spectacular!

I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try to get some photos, so I got out my macro lens. I think bees are just lovely!

I told my children they did not need to be afraid of the bees. As long as they did not bother the bees, then the bees would not bother them. We stood under the tree for a while to watch and listen. Before long both of my boys wanted to try to take pictures of the bees too!

I am not quite ready to let my boys use my camera, so they got out their iPods, grabbed our footstools and started snapping! It was so cute! They even managed to get a couple of nice pictures. We must have been out there trying to capture the bees for at least an hour. It was really fun!

I enjoyed watching my boys learn more about patience and taking pictures. Sometimes you can take over a hundred pictures and only end up with 5 or 6 that you love. Especially when you are shooting busy bees!

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like Winter just keeps dragging on and Spring will never get here...or that the current challenge of my life is just HARD and may be getting the best of me... or I feel like I just can't quite get the photos that I really want and my pictures are not good enough.  But you just have to hang in there and keep trying. Don't give up!  Enjoy the little moments you are given and in time, it will come.
Weekly Top Shot #93
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Catch the Moment 365 | {March 14- March 20 }

Day 74 | March 14
This is the Cinderella dress that my daughter wore for Halloween. In the process of trick-or-treating she pulled the seam out of the bottom of the dress. I finally got around to serging the bottom of the dress and as soon as I showed it to her she HAD to wear it again.

Day 75 | March 15
Jonah had a minor outpatient surgery to remove a bump on his leg yesterday. As a reward for being brave, Daddy got him some new tracks for his electric train and set it up so Jonah could play with it. The kids had SO much fun!

Day 76 | March 16
Sunday was my little girl's third birthday! She got to wear a brand new dress to church and LOVED all the mini cupcakes that I made for her. We had a really fun day opening presents and playing with them.

Day 77 | March 17
On St. Patrick's Day both of my boys decided to wear their soccer jerseys to school, since they are both green. I volunteer in the classroom often, and on Monday I was trading the take-home books. I managed to snap this picture of Eli working on a leprechaun with my phone.

Day 78 | March 18

Late Monday afternoon two of my kiddos threw up. My little girl was sick all over the living room carpet, and then after bedtime my son threw up while he was sitting on the potty. Needless to say, none of the vomit ended up in the toilet. It took me over an hour to clean up the bathroom. Yuck! So I spent the day on Tuesday taking care of them. Luckily the stomach bug did not last too long and no one threw up again!

Day 79 | March 19

Because of daylight savings time, it is now dark again when I come home from aerobics in the morning. The moon looked happy to see me this morning, so I had to take a picture. Later in the day I caught Eli working on a project with perler beads, so I had to snap his picture.

Day 80 | March 20

Here is my little girl, working on a puzzle in the morning. Can you tell that I had not done her hair for the day just yet?

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

On Being Green {Songography}

"It's not easy being green" by Kermit the Frog was the prompt for this week's Songography. Things are just starting to green up around here, but I had so much fun looking back through all my green photos! I had to share both the new (the daffodils, crocuses and tulips) as well as the old. Here are my favorites:

It's not that easy being green;

Having to spend each day the same color as the leaves.

When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

It's not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.

And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-

or stars in the sky.

But green's the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like

And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.

When green is all there is to be it could make you wonder why
but why wonder why wonder?

  I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful!
And I think it's what I want to be.

{Happy St. Patrick's Day!}

Friday, March 14, 2014

Catch the Moment 365 | {March 7- March 13 }

Day 67 | March 7

Today I went to Toys R Us with my little girl in a last ditch effort to find Lego Movie minifigures. I was planning a Lego Movie party for my soon-to-be six year old on Saturday and wanted a few minifigures for little gifts. Unfortunately like all other stores, they were completely sold out! But Miss Aubrey did find this pretty pink Hello Kitty room that she wanted for her very own!

Day 68 | March 8

We had so much fun at Eli's Lego Movie birthday party! We played lots of fun games, ate fabulous treats and had a great time! I am planning on an entire post about the party, so there will definitely be more to come.

Day 69 | March 9

This morning I caught my little girl "writing" in her notebook. All of the sudden she looks so grown up! I can't believe she will be three in a week!

Day 70 | March 10

Today was Eli's birthday and he had the day off from school! We went to the park in the morning and then went and played laser tag in the afternoon. Then he got to open his presents and put them together. He got the set of Legos that he desperately wanted from the Lego Movie, and in case you can't tell, he was pretty happy about it!

Day 71 | March 11

What a wild weather day! It snowed in the morning, then in the afternoon the boys and I went out and flew kites because it was so windy. Then later in the evening it rained!

Day 72 | March 12

This morning when I went out to throw a few more things in the recycle bin, I couldn't help but notice the ice crystals that had formed on blue bin. So I ran in and got my camera to take a few macros. I love the way you can see all the little crystals!

Day 73 | March 13

This evening I had the kids help me clean up the Legos in the toy room so we can set up Jonah's electric train tomorrow. While we were at it, I had them sort through the Legos in the bucket and help me find all the minifigure parts so I can put them back together. I don't mind if the Lego sets are not all together, but it makes me crazy to find minifigures without heads, arms and or legs!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Catch the Moment 365 | {February 28- March 6 }

Day 60 | February 28

After school on Friday I went and decorated Jonah's classroom door for teacher appreciation next week. I think it turned out really cute, don't you? I love the three dimensional hot air balloons!

Day 61 | March 1

When I come home from working at the library, I usually bring home books for this kids. Today I found just the right book for Jonah, who is interested in space right now. He spotted it right away and started reading!

Day 62 | March 2

Our church meetings happen to be right during Miss Aubrey's naptime. So as you can imagine, she often comes home completely exhausted!

Day 63 | March 3

My tulips are starting to come up already! I don't think they usually come up this early, but it is nice to have some green in my flower beds.

Also, did you know that March 2 was Dr. Seuss' birthday? At the library on Saturday the Seuss books were flying off the shelves. My kids all ended up with "cat in the hat" type hats on Monday at school, so I had to take a picture of the three of them together (even if it was a little later in the week)!

Day 64 | March 4

Little girls LOVE dress up, don't they? Lately my little girl is loving her tutus.

Day 65 | March 5

This week I have been preparing for a birthday party this weekend. We stopped by Target to see if they had anything helpful. Miss Aubrey found these hilarious glasses.

Day 66 | March 6

Speaking of early bloomers, check out my crocuses! They have actually started to bloom, so I guess Spring must really be on its way!

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