Letters to My Son - January

Friday, January 17, 2014

I'm taking part in a blog circle with some other fabulous women, where each month I will include a letter to my baby boy along with a few pictures that capture the emotion and love I feel for him.  I hope that you will enjoy this feature as much I have enjoyed the process, and will also take the leap to the next blog in the circle each month.

My sweet boy,

I know the holidays are a few weeks behind us, but I'm finally getting around to jotting down a few thoughts and sharing a few photos from that magical time.

The entire month of December was full of fun from cookie making, gingerbread house decorating, and light drives. We made sure savor the season.

Although you didn't know what was coming, on Christmas Eve you knew there was excitement in the air.  After stuffing your little belly on dinner, you patiently waited for the signal that you could help to hand out presents.

On Christmas morning I work before you, more excited for what was to come than you probably were.  The tree sparkled and the presents from Santa were proudly standing by the tree.

It was so fun seeing your joy as you explored your new toys, opened presents, and responded to our cries of "Santa" with a hearty "Ho, ho, ho".  This year Santa left you a "choo choo" table, and although you haven't developed a deep fondness for trains yet, you did find the toy to be hit.

You make every moment brighter my baby boy.  I will always remember this Christmas, your third since being born, the year you were two, as the one were you walked to the top of the landing before going downstairs, peered over the edge and let out the faintest "WOW" as you took it all in.  That moment made all the holiday hustle and bustle worth it and then some.  It was a defining moment in my role as your mommy; your awe was the reassurance that maybe I am doing alright in my role.

Our holidays were memorable, they were joyful, they were blessed.  As you grow my little boy, I hope you never lose sight of the meaning of this holiday, and that it always carries with it a magical spirit of love, hope and beauty.  I hope you always open your heart to share your blessings with those that need it most, because although we are so fortunate, the season can also be a difficult time for many.

Thank you for always making my days merry and bright throughout the year.
I love you.


Please continue on with the circle and make the jump over to Chantell's blog and read her monthly letter and see her breathtaking photos.

The Wild West

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I love going to the National Western Stock Show.  I love seeing the rows of cattle.  I love listening to the auctions.  I love the fair food.  I love sharing traditions with my family.

Smelly Feet

Friday, January 10, 2014

I love nibbling on your toes even when they are fresh out of sweaty socks (a mother's love knows no limit), and it seems you do as well.

Project52 (P52): A Photo a Week for a Year

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A few years back I attempted a P365 - a photo a day for a year - however I think I only made it just under six months before I forgot to take a photo for the day and I let that slip up defeat me.  This year in exploring my hobby differently I've decided to commit to a P52, given that it is much more manageable.  Right now I'm following two different groups for prompts - I'm thinking I'll try to stick with both for the year.  I'm hoping to see progress through the challenge, and take some photos that otherwise might pass by without thought.

This first week of January I was presented with the challenge to take a "selfie."  I figured this would be a no brainer, however taking a self portrait proved to much more difficult.  Nailing focus, getting decent expressions, it was all so hard.  In the end I wasn't super pleased with the result, but figured I learned from the lesson and it was a chance to move on.

The other prompt was "A cup/glass of..."  I snapped a few shots while we were at a brewery in Boulder, BRU, while we tasted some of their delicious ales.

So, stick with over the course of the year as I share some of my results.

Macro Photography: Water Droplets & Crowns

Friday, January 3, 2014

Recently I read a tutorial on ClickinMoms on taking photos of water drops and crowns.  I've really been wanting to learn more about macro, and purchase a macro lens, but both haven't been in the cards yet.  However, from reading the how-to information I decided to give it a go and try my hand at taking some macro photos.

Here are a few of my favorites.  I'd love to try this exercise again with some different color options and see if I can get some better results with a different lens.