Monday Afternoon

People ask me all the time if I have a lot of great photos of my own kids all over my house. The short answer is : no. And this has left me feeling like a pretty dumpy mother for the last few weeks. I decided that I am really going to make an effort to take more snapshots of my kids. Not the “Hey kids, let’s get dressed up super hip and go find an urban looking wall to stand in front of!” or the “Grace, go put on the dress I never let you wear, and please practice you ‘wistful look’ on the way to the fields.” Don’ get me wrong … I will be having my kids do all of those things soon enough (like: tomorrow). But I also want to have day-in-day-out shots of my kids … messy clothes, ragged hair, and dirty faces. Because that is the real them … homeless looking.

This afternoon I went out with the kids and followed them around as they played. Our townhouse is kind of in a cul-de-sac, and the kids are really lucky because there are a ton of other kids living nearby. They love getting to play outside.
Nathan is far and away my best little eater. He gobbles broccoli like it is nobody’s business. Today he was digging the watermelon.

… and the magnifying glass.

Grace is well known in our neighborhood, for her ear piercing screaming habit spirited disposition. She loves riding her scooter …

… and stealing flowers from the neighbor’s yards.

Jake is too busy determining how best to rule the world, and has little time for such nonsense as photo taking.

Unless bribery is involved.


He’s pretty busy, indeed … busy playing with flowers with his friends …

Are those boys playing with flowers?! What in the …


Oh, right. Snips and snails and all that stuff. (Isn’t she kind of cute? Awwww….)

And you know the afternoon must come to a close when you see this in the tree above your head …

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …………. (I dare you not to feel itchy right now…)
Aubry Canales Photography - June 9, 2009 - 6:09 am

this was an awesome little walk through your afternoon activities and display of your darling kids' personalities……such great work. 🙂

Danielle - June 9, 2009 - 3:33 pm

Awwww…I loved seeing and getting to know your kids.

The Womacks - June 9, 2009 - 7:13 pm

Love it Love it Love it. Christie… you have REALLY grown as a photographer over the last year. You need to shoot me some tips.

Robyn - June 10, 2009 - 5:37 am

Those are precious memories, except the freakin' beehive! Nathan looks so handsome eating the watermelon with his hair all nicely combed. Homeless children? Puhleeze! I feel like that sometimes…except it's me who looks homeless, not the kids.

That snail pic is really cool!!!!

Christie's Mom - June 10, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Is it just me or does the poor little snail seem to be saying "heeeelp, heeeelp, save meee!".

Great photos!

Jen - June 10, 2009 - 9:22 pm

YIKES!!! Are you freakin' serious? Those bees are (gulp) freakin' me out. But it is a great picture.

Ahhhh Na Na! looks like a good afternoon to me.

LindseyQ - June 13, 2009 - 3:26 pm

These are so fun!!! Love the magnifying glass shots!!!! Sounds like Ava and Grace could be good friends!

Mahalia - July 21, 2016 - 11:59 pm

Also, as a side note, I will be (eventually) looking for a broader test market than my local coetnrgagion. I have worked on it with some members but want to test it in a variety I places. If you or someone you know may be interested, let me know.

http://www./ - November 15, 2016 - 8:16 am

I totally hear you on cooking/ baking with the sole purpose of photographing later. It can certainly add to the pressure when the light starts fading. I LOVE that first shot- the light is perfect. I think taking them outside worked very well. Sometimes that is how you find a new way that you like more. My guess is that you might use that spot again.

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