Photo of the Day: Swing, Swing, Swing

Playing around a few nights ago when my nephew came to visit…

My nephew and me (photo taken by my husband)
The hubby



Family Portraits | Darn Cute Kids

Ok, so I’m a little biased. I did a portrait session for my in-laws last week, and I can’t help but think these kids (my 6-year-old niece and 4-year-old nephew) are pretty cute. Their best features? Beth’s pretty smile and Caleb’s ornery facial expressions.Which photo is your favorite?

Hang tight, photos with Mom & Dad will be posted tomorrow. I didn’t want to post too many at once, and I love keeping you all in suspense.

Project 52 Week 30: Cutie Patootie

After taking well over 700 photos at Glacier National Park, I slacked off on photography a bit this past week. (By the way, my Glacier photos had the most views of any post on my blog – times about four!) I did snap a photo of this adorable little guy at my nephew’s birthday party this weekend.

Benjamin had a great time beating on the kiddy drums at his big brother’s birthday party.


Project 52 Week 25: An expensive weekend

This weekend we traveled to my in-laws’ to celebrate the 4th of July a little early. Holidays are ranked as follows in this family: #5: Birthdays. #4: Easter. #3: Thanksgiving. #2: Christmas. #1: 4th of July. In fact, we had our very own $600 fireworks display. My father-in-law says, “This is a man’s holiday. We get to drink beer, eat, and blow stuff up.” I hate to burst his bubble, but this female really likes the holiday too.

Since I was in the driver’s seat on the way to my in-laws’ Friday evening, I pulled over to snap a few photos of the sunset.
Another shot of a beautiful sunset in Southeast Kansas. The sun looked bigger than I’d ever seen before!
Nephew Caleb, very serious about shooting his bubble gun.
Niece Beth, acting a bit embarrassed about having her photo taken, but secretly loving it.
Fireworks from our family display Saturday night.


Days 350-352: All kinds of holidays

This weekend we experienced both ends of the spectrum when it came to holiday parties – from the bar scene to church, and from the young to the old. Friday evening Jerod and I went to his work holiday party at Howl at the Moon Piano Bar. Bright and early Saturday morning we made the drive to his parents’ house to celebrate four Christmases. (Gift opening with immediate family, Christmas with Grandma, a Christmas concert, and a celebration with extended family.) Here are my favorite photos from each day.

You've gotta love the expression on the face of Jerod's coworker. I'm not sure if this was chance or if he saw me taking the photo, but it's perfect!
Our sweet, yet ornery nephew Caleb was excited to open Christmas presents this year.
Grandma Verle opens her pj's with a smile. After Jerod's Grandpa passed away last year, she's had to live in a nursing home.

Days 260-262: Birthdays X’s Three

Big surprise … we were on the go this weekend again. Friday evening we stopped by a tattoo parlor to get a price quote, because my husband and his brother are getting tattoos for their birthdays here in a few weeks. Saturday we drove down to Joplin, Mo. to see Jerod’s friend’s new baby girl, Tynlie, who was born that morning. After a short visit, we went to a bonfire at a family friend’s house in Southeast Kansas. Sunday we celebrated Jerod and Jacob’s birthdays with the family. (Did you know Jerod is a twin?)  As usual, we were thoroughly entertained by his niece and nephew. After a long weekend we finally made it home by 10 p.m. Sunday evening, just in time for bed.

Artistic graffiti covers the outside of Freak's Tattoo parlor in North Kansas City.
Baby Tynlie, just a few hours after being born. They say she has her dad's ears.
Beth and Caleb, our niece and nephew, have a blast spinning in a computer chair. Kids are so easily entertained.


Days 210-211: It’s GO for party

This weekend we went to Topeka to celebrate my nephew’s 8th birthday. We had a “blast” at his space-themed party, with a space cake and decorations, official NASA name badges, space trivia, and lot of fun had by all.

Friday evening I wrapped Spencer's present, with my cat's help of course.
Spencer eagerly waiting to blow out his candles.

Day 84: A Cosmic Event

I took the day off yesterday to hang out with my 7-year-old nephew during his spring break. We had a great time goofing around at a 36-hole Cosmic Mini-Golf course. I took a lot of fun photos in the dark while experimenting with “ghosting” effects, but this one is probably my favorite.

Canon 60d
.5 sec., f/3.5, ISO 400
18-200 mm lens (18 mm), flash fired