Little hands and fingers have me thinking today…Maddy’s hands have that sweet, chubby toddler quality that will soon be gone…she is growing so fast (too fast). I just want to hit the pause button sometimes,but unfortunately she didn’t come with one. I’ve asked her if she could stop getting so big, so fast…she just says (matter-of-factly) “No, Mama” and shakes her head. So, I have to document as much as I can so I don’t forget anything because this is the stuff worth remembering…these are the things I want to re-live and experience again when I miss them. If only it worked that way…

When those sweet, chubby toddler hands grow and change, I’ll miss…

  • Little hands that cup my face…
  • Little hands that love to clap…
  • Little fingers raised to say “shh”…
  • Little hands that pat me on the back when she hugs me…
  • Little hands constantly exploring…
  • Little fingers that pick each sprinkle off of her ice cream one by one…
  • Little hands that rest on my shoulder when she is tired…
  • Little hands that put her shoes on the wrong feet…
  • Little hands that hold on to me for balance as she puts on her pants…
  • Little fingers that touch my phone and computer screen leaving smudge marks…
  • Little fingers pointing at something new and exciting…
  • Little hands that are sticky…
  • Little fingers with imaginary owie’s needing kisses to make them all better…
  • Little fingers that play in the dirt…
  • Little hands that touch the wall as she comes down the stairs…
  • Little fingers that push the buttons on the “hi” so she can pretend to call dada…
  • Little hands that grab her Baby Night Night purse as we leave to go bye-bye…
  • Little hands that hold mine as we walk…
  • Little hands that wave good-bye when I leave the house…
  • Little hands that leave food on the back of my clothes…
  • Little hands that put blush on her cheeks when she plays with my make-up…
  • Little hands not quite sure of how to be gentle yet…
  • Little fingers that she puts near her mouth when she is about to cry…
  • Little hands that brush her hair out of her face…
  • Little hands that love to color with “cwayons”…
  • Little hands that bring me “fowers”…
  • Little fingers that touch her eyes, nose, and belly button when she shows me how smart she is…
  • Little hands that play with my hair…
  • Little hands that hold Baby Night Night…
  • Little hands that cover her eyes when we play peek-a-boo…
  • Little hands that put on her pink, glittery sun glasses when we go outside…
  • Little fingers used to make bubbles…
  • Little hands that pat me on the leg when she wants my attention…
  • Little hands raised in the air asking for hugs…
  • Little hands used to blow kisses…

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by Melissa Lloyd

F-I-E-S-T-A!!!

Joshua made a float for the Fiesta parade at school.  He was VERY EXCITED to go to school today…what kid wouldn’t be…an afternoon of candy and party time was on the agenda! We waited till the last minute to make Joshua’s float (of course), but I think it turned out great and we had fun making it. Grandma gave us the idea to use tissue paper… 🙂

We hadn’t even started and the silly’s were already coming out…can you say “ham”?

 

 

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Photo Challenge Submission

 Happiness….

There was squealing…joy…laughter…and pure happiness in this little moment…

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by Melissa Lloyd

Let your eyes light up when your children are around…

Laugh more…

Tell them how empty and quiet it is when they’re not there…

Enjoy the things they bring to your life…

–Valerie Bell

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There is nothing quite like seeing the sunset on the beach…

Having the waves of the ocean as your backdrop…

I love the haze and the warmth of the sun…

Most of all, I love this family…♥

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I hope you have enjoyed my photo tips…if you haven’t read the others, check out Sunny Days and Getting Up Close

Have you ever taken a photo of this once-in- lifetime moment? You know, the stars aligned…your sweet angel cooperated…the perfect smile was smiled…there were no boogers in, on, or around the nose…there was a twinkle in sweetness’ eye. That moment. As soon as you snapped the picture, your mind started racing about what you were going to do with that picture. Visions of Facebook adulation, prints and reprints, maybe a cutest kid’s contest entry, and envy-inducing holiday cards danced joyfully in your head. You pop the SD card in the computer and wait impatiently for the photos to upload to your computer. Then the moment arrives…you get to see the image in all of its glory. Then IT happens. Joy turns to catastrophic despair when you see the image of the year in all its BLURRY glory. Yup, YOUR photo…blurry. Crushing isn’t it? Ever cried over one of these duds? I have…more than once. I won’t lie…it hurts.

So how does this happen?

  • Bad exposure is the usual villain in this story. And why was the exposure bad? Because it was too darn dark. Cameras are scared of the dark. They want light…light from outside or a window or light from the flash. Lack of light will always create blurry, grainy photos. If the lighting is good, your camera will take the picture faster which will stop any motion and reduce blur.
  • Another culprit is camera shake. As in you were holding the camera, you moved causing a blurred effect. Here’s a free tip: consuming a 5 hour energy drink before taking pictures in not advisable. You couldn’t stop yourself from shaking even if you wanted to. It’s even in their slogan: 5 Hour Energy. Drink it in seconds. Feel it in minutes. Lasts for hours. Not recommended for drinking before taking pictures…okay I added the last little bit.
  • Subject movement…little sweetness moves just as you are clicking the button and it causes blur. Depending on the age of your subject, this one is hard. Ever try to get a toddler to stand or sit still for more than a millisecond? Sometimes the odds are better at winning the lottery than making that happen. It can be done and sometimes you just have to be patient.

Do you throw your camera on the ground and stomp on it until it is in little pieces? I wouldn’t recommend that. Although there might be some therapeutic value in that, once you have calmed down your rage will turn to depression as you realize you just busted your camera into a billion pieces.

Here are a few ideas to eliminate blur:

  • Open the blinds or a door to let natural light into the room.
  • Use the camera’s flash.
  • Move your subject towards a light source.
  • Depending on your camera, use a different mode such as action.   This usually looks like a little guy running. This is meant for fast moving subjects like kids. It might be on a dial on your camera or buried in a menu. Look for him…It might just save your bacon.

Are you wondering why I didn’t suggest simply turning on the light in the room? You can do this, but I would advise you to be cautious. Most of the time, the lighting in our homes casts a yellow or orange ugliness in photos. You could end up with photos of people that have a very dark orange-y suntan. Use overhead lights in your home with caution.

 

 

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