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87 Days of Summer – Part I {Days 1-20}

There are many different photo projects out there.  I have participated in many: 365, 52 weeks, 10 on 10 and more.  I did the 365 project with an app called my365, capturing one image everyday.  Using my phone only made it less of a commitment and I always have my phone with me.   .  I am happy to say I completed it with a very high success rate - capturing 97% of the days if I remember correctly.  Now the 52 weeks project was a different story.  The object of my 52 weeks project was one photo each week for a whole year…the photo had to be of me and my children.  As the photographer in the family, I am often not in many photos.  One year I made it to 12 and the next year I made it to 3 or 4.   Someday I may try again but not any time soon.

This year I decided that I really wanted to capture our summer.  I saw some people posting about the 100 days of summer…but I decided to be more exact.  From the last day of school in the spring to the first day of school in the fall, my kids and I have 87 days.  Hence my 87 days of summer project.  My goal is to mostly take shots with my camera as opposed to my phone.  But I am human and sometimes the phone works just as well for the purpose of the project.

Enjoy days 1 thru 20.

1/87 {first and last} – first win, last game of the season

Portage AYSO soccer

2/87 {author} – before bed story writing

3/87 {sleeping bag 2-man luge} do not try this at home

3_87web4/87 {Fort Read} #notmyrealcamera #iphonetotherescue

4_87web5/87 {morning rain} …in their nightgowns

5_87web6/87 {dancer}  dress rehearsal 

excel dance photo7/87 {BFF} at the dance recital 

we love excel dance8/87 {recital} Gymnastics year end recital at Branch with Miss Jess

branch gymnastics kalamazoo9/87 {purple} Channeling cousin Aria

9_87web10/87 {mommy and me pedicure} #iphonepic #forgottotakeapicwithrealcamera

Vina Nails pedicure11/87 {touch the sky}

11_87web12/87 {the wild adventures of Mr. Toad}

12_87web13/87 {tandem}

13_87web14/87 {proud}  Most Dedicated Gymnast trophy in her group

Branch trophy15/87 {recipe} Both girls picked a recipe to make out of a cookbook from the library.

15_87web16/87 {photobomb}

16_87web17/87 {sister slumber party}

17_87WEB18/87 {sisters}

18_87WEB19/87 {chalk mermaids}

19_87web20/87 {swimdate}

20_87web

 

Instagram Vacation

How do you capture your vacation memories?  Point and shoot? SLR? Your phone?  I do a little of all three.  Sometimes I just want to have fun and not tote my “big” camera around.  Other times I want more control than I can get with my P&S or phone.  I shared a few photos earlier this week…but here are “some” of my instragram/phone pics from the week.

Chasing Moments Blog Circle – Dance Recital Edition

This past weekend was busy with recital fun. First dress rehearsal and then two different recitals. This year Leah had a sunflower ballet dance and a Snow White tap dance. Hannah was Little Red Rising Hood for ballet and a cowgirl for tap. They both did a great job and had a lot of fun. We love Excel Dance! Grandma O, Nanny, Aunt Gretchen and Aria all came out to support our little dancers. Andy, cool dad that he is, participated in the Dads’ Dance and it was a blast. I think there should be a Dads’ dance every year!

Then I made the girls get dressed again in their favorite costumes for some outdoor shots. The girls and sun didn’t really cooperate with my vision but I love them (the girls and images) anyway!

Check out the moments captured by my friend Nicole from Nicole Welch Photography in St. Louis.

Chasing Moments Blog Circle {May 2013}

I can’t believe it is already time for the Chasing Moments Blog Circle again!  This past weekend we were down in Illinois visiting Poppy and Nanny and spent one morning  fishing in the pond.  We caught bluegill and a few bass.  The girls do a great job with their Barbie fishing poles.  Even cousin Noah used a Barbie one and caught the tiniest fish…I love the look on Hannah’s face combined with Poppy’s laughter.  And apparently the cool thing to do when you are 7 is to fish while standing in the water.  Or she might have been doing it just to make Nanny nervous – it drops off quickly.

 

 

Lexi also loves the pond – but she doesn’t get to participate when we are out there to actually catch fish.  I think she has springs for legs.

 

 

Be sure to head over to Jennifer Mauren Photography’s blog to see her moments from this month.  http://www.jennifermauren.com/blog?p=3616

Shooting Thru Glass – Clickin Moms blog circle challenge – May

This month’s blog circle challenge was shooting thru glass.  My first thought was windows.  I debated shooting my kids inside my house from the outside…then I debated the opposite – shooting my kids outside from inside the house.  Then came the shoot thru the wine glass idea which was quickly discarded…in the end, I decided to shoot thru an old camera – an Argus 75.    I hope you enjoy!

Check out how Linnea completed the challenge here.

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