Monday, April 26, 2010

iheartfaces - smiles

It's been ages since I've been able to participate in an iheartfaces weekly theme, but I couldn't pass up on this one. The theme this week is smiles, and, thankfully, the kiddo always seems to be ready and willing to smile when I break out the camera. Sometimes it's his goofy KISS smile, but generally, it's his good, old gap-toothed grin. [The kidlet, on the other hand, is one tough nut to crack. Girlfriend is stingy with the smiles. But we still love her!]

I know I posted this photo a while ago, but I've yet to use it for iheartfaces. It's one of my favorite shots I've taken of the kiddo.

It's from the day I took the kids to the park the weekend where it snowed 3" Friday night to Saturday morning and then melted and was 45 degrees by Sunday. Spring in Iowa, what else can you expect?

The light was great, I managed to do a good job on the exposure and even got some catchlights in his eyes (and, as I just noticed as I was editing the photo, a reflection of me taking the photo. Whoops!).

Man, I love my kids. Even if we're going through a not-listening stage with the kiddo and the kidlet is prone to random tantrums. They're my delight.

Check out all the other great smile photos at iheartfaces. You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April ... Sunshine!

It was absolutely gorgeous outside today - sunny, 80 degrees with just a slight breeze. Almost more like June than April. But, hey, I'm not going to complain! Unfortunately, the kidlet is stuck at home with a respiratory infection. Poor baby.

I don't know. Crusty, boogery face aside, does this look like the face of a kid who is suffering?
I didn't think so. This is her doing the "grumpy" face. She's such a silly thing.

We did get on a nice walk today, though, while I was home with her. And I got to take some lovely photos of our tulips!

We have brilliant yellow and red ones. This is what happens when you rototill the soil around your house before you know what the previous owners had planted. You get tulips all over the place.

Some on the south side of our house, some on the east side of our house

Some in the corner, by the irises

Some by the clematis

and even some that are sneaking their way into the front yard.

We are also taking advantage of our neighbors magnolia tree.
This isn't quite as easy to photograph, but it sure smelled good trying!

Our peonies are growing gangbusters and I see the leaves of the lily of the valley poking up on the north side of the house. I love spring!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring Flowers!

With the warmer-than-average temperatures for a few days last week and the days around 60 degrees this week, some spring flowers have begun to bloom!

It's just a refreshing reminder, especially after the brutal winter we had this year, that, yes, it will be warm and things will grow again.

I took a few pics at the ILs over Easter weekend.

Pink hyacinth (I think)

Lovely bright daffodils.

The tulips, day lilies, peonies, iris and clematis around our house have all started to grow by leaps and bounds. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a few tulips bloomed over the weekend. Our neighbor's magnolia tree is also full of buds, and those are always delightful (and smell heavenly) in bloom.

And while I took the kidlet out on a walk after work, I noticed some dandelions. I think I could do without those, at least in our yard.

I love spring!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Joyful Eastertide

The kiddos' daycare was closed on Good Friday, as was my work, so we had a wonderful long weekend.

That weekend was also half taken up with traveling hither and yon to each set of grandparents. It was a wonderful weekend, though, and it's always lovely to see family.

The kiddos had a great Easter. They got lots of fun stuff in their Easter baskets (coincidently, the Easter Bunny knows *exactly* what kind of candy mommy (me) likes best because I am the one who ends up eating most of it).

There was a fun flower headband

Which also turned into the kiddo playing "Statue of Liverty".

But I think the Easter egg hunt was the most well-received activity.
I see one!

And some more!

Running to find the next one.

Easter egg hunts are Serious Business.

He found quite a few!

Cracking them open to check out all the loot (more candy that I'm sure I'll end up eating. Goodbye smaller size pants. It was nice to know you...).

The kidlet was still a little young to comprehend the whole hunting for Easter eggs deal, but she made her own fun. Too bad the tractor isn't green! ;)