Saturday, August 23, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 34

This week was spent hanging around the house again.  I'm starting to learn that summer in Florida is kinda like winter in Ohio.  You spend a lot of time inside.  It's a weird mentality.  When we lived in Ohio I felt like I needed to spend my entire summer outdoors to make up for the winter where I barely stepped outside.  Here I keep just having to remind myself that in about a month it will be gorgeous and I'll be able to spend about the next 8 months outside.  It's hard to get used to though.  It just feels weird to spend summer inside, but it is so hot that you really need to be near water if you are going to go outside for any extended amount of time.  I've been missing the park and just sitting outside on the balcony and going for walks.  It's okay though because I know those days will be back soon.  I also now understand why some homeschooling families down here might choose to homeschool through the summer.  I'm seriously considering it for next year.  Or at least some sort of modified schedule where we take a few weeks off here and there in the nice winter months and school a few weeks while it's hot.  It's just hard to do the opposite of what everyone else you know is doing.  Yesterday we spent the day at my mom's pool which was really nice.  She's headed back to Ohio for a few weeks (I'm sure it will feel wonderful compared to the heat here) and then she'll be back for the winter.  We are going to miss her!  We've gotten spoiled having her close.  I took my camera with me to the pool knowing I needed some shots for this post.  I got some fun ones, but I only took a little bit of time to take photos before I had to get in the pool myself!  Here are my favorites.

I love the way the light refraction makes everything look so distorted.  I should do a science lesson at the pool someday.

They have so much fun together.  My boy always has goggle face at the pool.

They play this game where she is a seahorse and she gives him rides.

Doing the disco jump. :)

Don't all kids love how you can pick people up in the pool?  I remember loving that when I was a kid.

Another cool shot.  In my opinion at least. :)  I like her shadow on the steps.

Have a great weekend!  Hopefully you are able to get outside and do something fun.  We'll probably be inside. ;)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 33

I like rainy Florida days.  Probably because they don't happen nearly as often as when we lived in Ohio and it would rain for what felt like months at a time.  Today is one of those days so we are just hanging out at home.  The kids are playing quietly while I listen to Pandora and edit photos.  My house is clean for the most part.  We have nowhere to be and nothing on the calendar. favorite kind of day.  There is low rumble of thunder in the background and I can hear the rain softly hitting the ground.  It's so relaxing.  Unlike the insane thunder last night that jolted me out of bed because it was so loud and shook the entire building.  I have never in my life heard thunder like the kind we get here.  It is ridiculously loud.  I even googled it one day because I thought maybe it was because we live right by Tampa Bay and it was echoing off the water or something.  Apparently it has something to do with the air temperature and certain types of clouds though.  I'm not super sciency so I didn't really get it all, but it at least confirmed for me that the thunder here is in fact louder than I've ever heard in my life.

I hadn't taken any photos this week yet again.  My girl and I even did something exciting...we went tubing on Rainbow River.  I didn't take my camera though since I was in the water the whole time.  We went with the youth group from church.  I drove a van load of middle school girls.  They were really sweet and all got along really well.  The water in the river was crystal clear and so cool and refreshing.  The trip was little long for me at over 4 hours, but it was definitely a fun experience.  We will have to go back as a family sometime and take the boys.  I'm thinking a 2 hour tube ride sounds about perfect.  And next time we are taking goggles so we can look at all the fish and plants underwater.  

Since I hadn't taken any photos I got my camera out this morning and took a few shots of the kids hanging around here.  These are my favorites.

 He always sits like this with his chin on his knee.  He was looking at his legos.  I love his profile.

My girl wanted to do a craft this morning so she decided to make a pom-pom puppy.  She had gotten a book kit for Christmas and made one right after she got it and it was so much harder than she thought it would be.  She promised she would do it all by herself this time and not get frustrated like last time.  I didn't hear a peep from her for about an hour.

She then came over and showed me this adorable little guy.  She was so excited and proud that she did it!  She named him Marshmallow. :)

Okay, I'm off to make lunch.  Have a great weekend!  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 32

I had a beach photo shoot this week and it was hot.  Like sweat dripping down your face hot.  Have I mentioned that it's hot in Florida in August?  Yeah, well, it's hot.  Not that I wasn't prepared for it or anything and I certainly don't want to complain, but it definitely feels like summer.  This is our first summer here and when we moved here last September everyone gave us knowing looks and thought we'd melt into a puddle come summer time and run screaming back to Ohio or something.  Here's the thing though.  It gets hot in Ohio too.  Maybe not melt your face hot, but I can handle the heat okay?  I've done the hot summer thing for 30 some years of my life, so I'm sucking it up and dealing.  I am most definitely looking forward to our next Florida winter, that's for sure.  AMAZING.  That's all I can say.  Anyway, this somehow turned into a post about weather and I have no idea how that happened!  I'm here to share my favorite photos of the week and they just so happened to be taken during the super hot beach photo shoot.  I was doing shots of this adorable little 6 (almost 7) year old boy and the most amazing birds were all over the beach.  It couldn't have been more perfect.  So, even though I don't usually share client photos for Photo Friday, I decided to include a couple of that cutie because they are my favorites.  Here you go...

Pretty much love everything about this.

This bird was huge!  Like almost as big as that little boy.

I'm normally not a bird person, but the birds around here are very cool if you ask me.

I like how he fluffed his feathers out here.

Like a typical boy he wanted to chase the bird off.  That bird didn't really seem too fazed though! 

It did eventually fly off.  Beautiful.

Hope you have a great weekend and stay cool if you can!  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 31

It was a pretty exciting week around here because my mom finally moved in to her house!  I am so happy to have her here for at least part of the year.  Her house is so cute.  I'll have to share photos on here at some point.  It's not quite photo ready yet as she still has unpacking and decorating to do, but it's definitely getting there.  I'm still busy with editing photo shoots and life in general.  I did read a book this week though, so at least I did get a little bit of relaxing in...although it was mostly just me staying up late to finish it, so it really wasn't all that relaxing.  Oh well, at least I got to read!  I took a bunch of photos on my phone as usual and didn't get out my real camera at all.  Check out my Instagram feed here if you want to see them.  So I took a couple shots of my daughter this morning in the parking lot of our building as we headed out to the grocery store to use for this post.  Obviously I'm stretching myself creatively with these...not.  But I did try out a new Photoshop action that I got as a freebie because I'm a member of the Chic Critique Forum.   I don't use a ton of actions, just a couple of favorites for sharpening and skin smoothing, but these new ones are really great.  I think they will be fabulous for beach shots.  And since I have a beach shoot coming up on Monday that will work out perfectly!  So, here are my favorite photos of the week.

My pretty girl.  I like the matte look the action gave these.

 I even used a different lens than usual.  35mm vs. my normal 50mm.  I had good intentions this week to try some new shots.  Maybe next week I'll actually follow through.  At least I got a couple cute shots of my girl.

Have a great weekend!!  I gotta's movie night and I haven't even started cooking dinner.


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