Saturday, January 23, 2016

3 months and I-phone fun

I've not done as good taking monthly pictures of Micah as I did with my others but I have made sure to do it (which I'm proud of because, well - he's #4)...I just haven't had as much time to get creative and take 100+ pictures like I have of the other kids. Thankfully he's a super precious and super content (thank you Jesus) subject so it's worked out ok in the end. Without further ado, here are his 3 month shots. 

I would love to know how you fellow phone picture takers keep up with and organize your photos. I'm not doing a good job of categorizing these pictures in an organized fashion like the ones I download off of my camera. So: when I go to blog I've got all my camera photos organized and chronological but then I've got all these random phone dump folders and it's just a mess. If you've got any tips I'm all ears people! In the meantime I suppose I'll keep sharing them in a dump-like manner but I don't love it. While we are on the subject of phone pictures. I don't know how people use phones as their main means of phone pictures are great if the lighting is great but if the lighting is at all....the pictures just suck to be honest. So: I don't even use it unless the lighting is good. If we're outside I feel like it does great and so I get some really fun pictures like some of these: 

This was soon after he learned how to clap. He was so proud and would do it all the time. 

This is a buddy of mine from church. This is another example of the iphone camera working well. Again though - good lighting makes all the difference. 
This picture cracks me up. This was taken at our church on Superhero day. I'm not sure what Avery was upset about but it's a funny picture nonetheless. 

Now that he is walking - he's everywhere they are...especially his BFF Kennedy. They were picking leaves for a "special stew" and so he was picking leaves too. 

And now for a prime example of how the indoor photos just don't come out quite as well. I'd love to hear what you guys edit with. The iphone editing options are good but I just recently downloaded an editing app called Aviary (which my 13 year old niece recommended) and I really like it but am still learning what all it can do. 

This girl. She's always loved her sleep but she lives life so hard that she seldom slows down. Every now and then when she does and no one is around, this will happen and I love it. I have a picture of me napping on a couch at about her age and it's uncanny how much she and I look alike. I'll have to go digging for that picture. 
Kennedy worked out with us one Saturday at Carolina Sweat when they had a Family Day and the next day she said "Momma, when I do this it hurts". Well, yes...working out: it will do that to you. 

This picture was taken at our church on Superhero Day too. I work the second service in the infant room every Sunday and this little peanut was wearing the funniest super hero pants. They said things like "boom" and "pow" and they were so super cute! Clearly the adults got in on the dress up action as well. 

I will say the video situation on the iphone is ideal. We were not doing well getting video of our kids before getting our phones but now we are able to catch super cute video clips easily and quickly. This video is one of my favorites from this past year. Micah is a mega picky eater. Honestly the child wants things out of a package and if they aren't in a package, he doesn't want it. The only exception to this is when I make him a smoothie - the kid loves a smoothie. In this video, Tim was trying to feed him carrots which he was having none of and then he switched over to offering him a veggie straw and well, you'll see the difference in his reaction. It's pretty funny!

He pretty much lives on smoothies, cereal bars, veggie/fruit pouches, and dehydrated fruit. I mean, it could be worse but it could be a whole lot better too. Thankfully the organic options for what he does eat can be readily found on Amazon and that's pretty much how I get all his food these days because it's cheaper than purchasing at the grocery store. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Randomness & Trick or Treat

Sometimes I end up with a random grouping of pictures. You know, like I've just grabbed my camera and snapped a few pictures and then put it back in the bag for a week and then grab it again. And thus, you get a random assortment of pictures. 

Grey really has always been so sweet with Micah...he just has to slow down long enough to actually communicate with him and I caught one of those moments. 

 This girl - she's his favorite person. He lights up when he sees her. Then he would smile at her. Now he toddles over and collapses on her and laughs hysterically. It's the best. She has cultivated it though - she talks to him, loves on him, cares for him - it's just a super organically sweet thing. She's an awesome big sister and I think they'll have a special relationship forever. 
 There are so many differences in my girls and my boys but this difference - this get at eye level and lay on the floor and make engine sounds and play with trains for an hour thing: it's all BOY. I feel like I've got tons of pictures of this scenario in one way or  another. It's what he does and in a way it's just precious. 
 Kennedy's school celebrates their 100th day each year. Last year we volunteered to make her class's 100th day snack. Of course I took to Pinterest and found this cute snack printable and idea and she was a hug help in pulling it off. 

 On their 100th day they do lots of activities and things focused around the number 100. Well, one of their activities last year was writing down what they would do if they had $100. 
 It was one of those moments where you're just proud of your baby. I have lots of those moments with this girl but this was definitely a special one. Sometimes you just don't know if what your doing and how your doing it is cultivating what you want in your children and then you read something like this that your child wrote at school and you just want to Praise the Lord that their heart is more attuned than you realize. 
 the main gist - she would give it to the poor and needy
 I couldn't be prouder!
 These next few things are things leftover from the holiday that I took pictures of way later than I should have and therefore they are totally out of chronological order. Nevertheless, they are worth documenting! 

 Kennedy had a response put in her school newsletter and she was so excited about it. 

 You like how she drew Micah in a swaddle blanket and in the bed complete with a mobile. Such attention to detail :). 
 I had almost forgotten (until looking back through these pictures) that Kennedy had gotten one of those My Fun Fishtanks for Christmas last year. I think I'd erased it from my memory because although these next few pictures show the fun and anticipation about having this ended belly up (pun intended) and she and I were traumatized. No more fish for us for a WHILE! 

 Apparently Betas need heaters in their tank and although the box for these fishtanks picture a beta and although they are a recommended type for this tank and although at Petsmart they are in solo cups...Beta experts will tell you that they need a warm tank to survive. I'm here to tell y'all, they are right! They enjoyed "Stormy" while we had him but like I said - I believed we've eternally scratched that itch. 
 I love it when the kids pretend play. They will create some of the most elaborate things sometimes. I can't recall exactly what was happening but I believe Avery and the American Dolls were out at a restaurant and Kennedy was a chef and Grey was a waiter. It was kind of a big deal...which is why I took pictures. 
 Don't let her white gloves fool y'all - she's a fries and pretzel kind of gal. 

 When it's cold out and you need to entertain your kids:  make slime. They play with it for hours. It's nuts. Micah was happy just to watch them. I was happy to have all of my four people contained and not fighting or crying. Winning! 

 He will be up in a chair with the rest of them playing with slime before I know it. 
 And for the more current part of this posting...Halloween 2015
Trying to get a picture of all four of these yahoos went about as it usually does and so I just click and take what I can get. Grey was Spiderman, Micah was a puppy, Kennedy was Pocahontas and Avery was a rainbow Pegasus unicorn. Thank you consignment sale for making Halloween costumes so affordable. Avery won for cutest and most hilarious costume ever. The way that giant yarn rainbow tail swished all night brought lots of smiles to those behind her. 

 We trick or treated in Tim's parents neighborhood this year but before heading over there we stopped so Grandma could see the kids. She was excited and was sure to give them each their first treat of the night. 

 Tim's parents decided to really get into things this year and even dressed up themselves. Nana came with us and Pawpaw stayed to hand out candy. 
 Once we joined up with Nana we were off to the races. 
 Their neighborhood is decent sized and the kids made it all the way around the whole thing with nary a complaint. I did have the stroller so they could take small breaks every now and then which helped. They were totally wiped out after we wrapped up the evening. If I remember correctly they all fell asleep on the 15 minute ride home. 
 That is one sassy unicorn. 

 This picture totally cracks me up. Kennedy is OVER the pictures, Avery is exhausted and Grey is still enamored with his fake muscles. Priceless. 

 I mean, it's magical isn't it. Amazing! 

 Sweet little super hero. He was flexing for the picture...can you tell? 

 They were excited when pictures were over and they could enjoy some of their bounty before heading home. It was fun to get to do this with Tim's parents. I'm excited to share many more trick or treats.