Last weekend was full of Fake Winter days; very mild and calm, so the girls and I went outside for some twirling and dancing. I also decided to play with my camera a little since I have an ~*official*~ photo shoot coming up next weekend for senior portraits. I am excited! I will likely spend a couple of my lunch hours this weekend scouting out locations in town. I slowed down my shutter speed to get a Blur of Skirt (although not quite enough, it seems. Or maybe Jovi just doesn’t spin fast enough. Also, I’d like to point out that she completely dressed herself, here).
The two-hour-ish window right before the sun goes down has always been my favorite time of day. The golden, soft light.. the way it highlights all the right places. I am definitely a natural light photographer! I decided to play around with some sun flares. I took all these on F11.
The girls were nice for humoring me while I laid myself on the dead grass to take photos of them. Hold still! Twirl! Don’t move! I rewarded them for putting up with my craziness and demands with Skittles.
Ahhhh sun flares. So pretty.
After it got too chilly outside to take anymore photos (it’s hard to push a button when you have nubs instead of fingers), we went inside. And since Aven is a mini-me through and through, I had to get a picture of her outfit. Mama’s little hippie and all.
Yeah… she looks all sweet and innocent, but just give her five minutes.
Last Friday we had a doctor’s appointment in Reno for Jovi (and Aven, sorta) to see an ENT due to recurrent strep and ear infections. We were basically validated in everything we felt, and she will be getting her tonsils and adenoids out and tubes put in her ears on March 5. We’re not sure what time yet since they schedule from youngest to oldest, but hopefully we will be early in the day because she is supposed to fast. Which won’t be easy for her! We are grateful to be getting this taken care of and anxious for her to start feeling well, all the time. I know some people aren’t a big proponent of tubes but I am going with my gut, which tells me that if the fluid and infection isn’t gone after three intense rounds of antibiotics, something physiological needs to be done to change the anatomy of her ear. I don’t want her to suffer from hearing loss from infection after infection. So we are taking a chance, going with our guts and praying that the outcome will justify everything else! It’s hard being a parent.
Anyway. To offset the “EW DOCTOR”-ness of the visit, we took the girls to the Discovery Museum for a few hours. We had a blast and the girls loved it. I don’t know why we bothered to take the stroller inside; both were on their feet the whole time exploring and burning off energy (the car ride home was awesome. And quiet).
After the museum, Kyle took the girls to the park at the Marina while I did a little shopping.
This weekend we did another little photo shoot, this time for Valentine cards I made for Jovi’s class (Pinspired, and photos to come once they’re all put together). I dressed Aven up just for fun.
More of that golden light. And she’s so cute I can’t even.
The sun was a little higher that day than the last weekend when we shot, so I put the girls on a chair to get some more flares. But since it was a little overcast, they’re more subtle and not as flare-y.
aA couple weeks ago, on Kyle’s week days off, I came home to find all three of them snuggling in bed together because the rest of the house was cold and we have an amazing heat blanket on our bed that gets up to like 200 degrees. Kyle even brought along Jovi’s bin of craft supplies. I mean.. what better place to undertake such things?
Kyle’s grandma and aunt and second cousin were visiting last week and we had a lot of fun with them! We went over to his parents’ house last night so we could all say goodbye to Gi-Gi and Aunt Kathy and Aiden. Gi-Gi and Aven read a book together and every time Aven saw a cow she would emit a super hyperbolic MOOOOOOOOOOOO sound… I had to capture.