Monday, September 27, 2010

Cochise Stronghold Camping Trip


I'm thinking I should send this next one in for a teva sandal commercial...


There was a little stream flowing from the rain a few days ago. Just the perfect amount for the little guys to splash around in and get wet without us caring if they toppled in (which they did, of course). Noah had a wonderful time being outside all day long on Saturday with lots of friends and things to explore.

And would you believe that the first night, out of three cars and six adults, we didn't have a single stove or a coffee making device? We still managed to make some though :)


Here's Noah sharing a chair with his buddy Ani. She's been on this blog a lot lately!


Here are a couple that Chris took that I really love:



Overall it was a really great weekend. We've got to get out and sleep under the stars more often!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

More playbuddies


I really want to do some more portraits in this tree. I really think I could get some good ones (this one was too fast since Ian decided he didn't want his picture taken).


A trip to the Farmer's Market with Susan and Scarlett. "What's that she's eating?"... "I want some!"
I bought some tomatoes and handed one to Noah and it was gone in two minutes (aside from the seeds left on his cheeks).

Here's another one of Noah with his friend Ani. Having a little chat outside the Children's Museum last week. 


P.S. If you haven't already heard, I have a new website and blog dedicated to photography and a new business. I've been trying to get up the courage to do it for, oh, I don't know, 10 years... Anyway, here it is. This is a link to a blog post from today of a photo shoot yesterday with my friend Cheryl's adorable baby, Tyler. I'll keep you posted about that blog too :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Playground Buddy

Ani Rose

This morning Ani got to hang out with Noah and I at the park for a while. Ani and Noah really like eachother. Hers is one of the only friends' names that Noah says already. She calls him "Oah," and leads him around, making sure he's taken care of.


They're great about sharing with each other, passing crackers back and forth. We can't wait for camping with these guys this weekend!


This one is from yesterday morning. Can you tell who picked out Noah's outfit?


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pancakes and Choo-choos


We're breaking out of our Epic routine these days. Actually, we're doing a good job of breaking out of out eating out routine in general, and doing a lot more cooking. So, for this Saturday morning we stayed home and had Lattes and Blue corn whole wheat pancakes with yogurt, strawberries and maple syrup on top. I even made some tiny sized ones (and failed to get the right spot on them in focus...). They were a huge hit, as were the strawberries.


Pancake Breakfast1

As you may have noticed, I've been experimenting with more portraits the last few days. Here are some that I love:



After our pancake breakfast we headed to Reid park for a little family fun time. What could be better than a place with ducks, a choo-choo train you can ride, playgrounds, and big shade trees?


Ried Park Zoo Train

A Ride on the Train

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A good week



Another Thursday Farmer's Market this afternoon, and it was a good one. We left with tomatoes, local beef, local eggs, a yellow watermelon (which was carried safely home), pomegranates, eggplants, and some weird prickly pear lemonade with "chia" floating in it.


The green beans and this great portrait of Noah were from yesterday before we went to the open house at his school. I made a pesto green bean potato salad, which was added to an enormous potluck of everything you can think of, in a room filled with toddlers and their parents. We had a good time meeting all the other parents of the kids in his class and listening to the Rabbi sing songs before dinner. We're really lucky to have such a cool place for Noah.



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Portraits of the Sweetest Toddler






Lately he's decided that looking at the camera is NOT something fun to do. It takes a lot more than "say cheese" to get a nice smile anymore, but some of the pouty faces are the cutest anyway. I'm usually kind of a purist when it comes to editing, but I'm trying to get more comfortable with it. It's the same thing you'd do in a darkroom right? Real photography isn't just snap and print, so I'm working on it...

Monday, September 13, 2010

First Haircut


The sides were getting a little unruly, tickling those little ears.


The back was sort of a mullet/dread lock/ bedhead. Those cute little curls usually looking more like a little rat's nest.

"Are you sure about this??"


He sat so sweetly while I cut off just a little from the back and the sides.


He seemed so okay with the haircut that I started to wonder if the other kids at school had been making fun of his hairdo...


As easy as this whole process was, I had a surprisingly hard time throwing away the little bit of hair. That was the hair that my baby was born with, and now he looks even more like a little boy.

And (drumroll)... here it is.


It's not actually crooked, just combed that way.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sick Baby Days

I had a few days of entertaining a sick baby this week. He was feeling better today, but had fevers the last few nights and we didn't get to sleep very much. There are two new molars on there way in. Keep your fingers crossed for us that they break through soon!

Anyway, we headed to the botanical garden for a little while on Friday because Noah loves butterflies lately and they have quite a few. I had fun taking pictures of flowers (as usual).




When we got back to the car I learned that you should not leave crayons in the car in Tucson. Lucky we have those fancy leather seats :)


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chez Louisa


Check out this garden! Louisa and Sean have been working on it all summer. Noah was trying to learn some of their secrets. Louisa handed him a good-sized ripe tomato to carry inside. Two bites and it was gone! He loves those garden tomatoes.

Sunday evening was a pizza tasting feast. Each one of the four pizzas was baked on a stone. They came out one by one, and each one tasted even more incredible than the last.


Shelling beans the next morning. I didn't help, but I did experiment with my camera :)


I bet you wish you'd been here to hear our high-piched recorder band playing.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Coconino County Fair


For the second year in a row, we happened to be in Flagstaff for the Coconino County Fair. Noah was much more interested this year. Animals, drum sets, choo choo trains... what could be better?!



We were a little sleepy on the bus ride back to the car though.