Days in the Life

We’ve been pretty busy lately, and I feel like I’ve neglected my blog.  But that’s okay.  I always seem to pick back up where I left off some how and even though I’m a little late, it doesn’t make the updates less important.

The biggest change is that Mason is walking now! Wooohoo!  He took his first steps the day after his first birthday, and now he is cruising around, even recently learned to push himself up to stand from the seated position.  It’s so fun to see the boys run around together, give hugs in mid air while standing, and have fun chasing each other around.  A fun new milestone for sure!

I can’t believe that Parker’s last day of school is next week!  We enjoyed a beautiful spring concert with Nannie for Parker’s school.  He made our hearts happy by singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”.  He was very enthusiastic and full of life as he did his hand motions and sang words to the songs.  He did so well!

We’ve been enjoying some family fun on the weekends.  Two weekends ago we headed up to Dahlonega for a nice family trip for the “Bear in the Square” Festival.  The boys had a blast eating at the Smith House, listening to fun bluegrass music, and looking at the craft tents.  It was sprinkling on the way up there, but turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.

Last weekend we had enjoyed “Touch-a-Truck” with the boys.  We got there right when it opened and even though it was already busy, we had a great time watching Parker enjoy all the trucks.  It was a nice outing for the entire fam!

Later in the day, Dan and the boys enjoyed some time together, while  my friend Jenny and I took a photography class together.  It was at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in one of their classrooms.  It was so informative, and I feel like I’ve learned a great deal about exposure.  I definitely have more to learn, and would love to take another class at some point, but I do feel like I have a much better grasp of aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, and ISO.  I couldn’t tell you the definition of each, but I understand what to change on my camera to achieve certain desired shots in certain lighting and conditions.  Which is a huge step!  I’ve also learned hot to shoot in Manual mode, as well as some of the semi-automatic modes like TV and AV modes.

Sunday we enjoyed a birthday party for our neighbor who has twins turning 3.  It was fun and Parker enjoyed playing in the park and of course the yummy cupcakes they had.  I got a chance to test out some of the things I learned in my class with my camera.

After the party and naps, we enjoyed some time outside in the back yard.  The boys got a new pool this week since the last one was losing air.  This one is a little smaller, but came with a slide, which as a bonus that both boys loved.

I took advantage of my 50mm lens to take most of the photos of them playing that day.  They had a great time,  and I enjoyed capturing it.

That night for dinner we enjoyed some spaghetti with Italian sausage and garlic bread.  It was a yummy treat for the boys, and they couldn’t get enough of it.

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