Capturing October: Dressed Up

Happy Halloween!

This isn’t my favorite holiday. I’m just not a fan of spending a ton of money on costumes for just one day and I don’t have a lot of time to invest in making them right now. I asked the kids what they wanted to be and Reed said “Batman”. He hasn’t expressed any interest in Batman before, so I asked what superhero was his favorite, and if maybe he wanted to go as Spiderman again. Bingo! Easy enough. And Lena wanted to be “Spider girl”, a costume she got for Christmas last year. And, I bought a cheap hoodie off of ebay so Gus could be a cow.


Before we went to get Reed and Lena at school, Gus was super grumpy and I told Aaron we might have to change his costume to Mad Cow Disease.


Then, after the school parade was done, Lena came over to Gus and said, “you a cow!”

And he happily giggled and played along after that.
He adores his sister.

Vampire teeth.

More Vampire teeth.

I love this one. I just love the look on Gus’s face.

Today is the last day of my photo challenge! Yes! Congrats to my friend Jennifer, who instagrammed her photos. And thank you to those of you who played along as you could.

I have decided to turn it in to a 365, a photo every day for a year, since I already have more than 1/12th done. However, I won’t be making prompts. Instead I will come up with a general list of about 5 things I want to capture each month and a few goals or things that I want to capture throughout the year. My goals is to shoot as much as I can with my DSLR, but I am going to allow myself to use my phone as needed, like I did this month when I was sick.

This list is a great starting place.

My goals for the year are:

  • Practice composition, particularly in candid shots
  • Focus on getting images right SOOC (straight out of camera)

My November Must-Capture List is:

  • More beautiful fall leaves
  • Thanksgiving
  • Autumn weather

Capturing October: Natural Light

I ended up picking the rainiest day of October for this one! Ooops!

I was still determined to get a bit more creative after yesterday’s BORING photo.
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Autumn leaves and rain.
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Isn’t the water wild on that last one?

We had a brief break in the rain after school got out, so we headed to the playground for a bit.


I really wish I had gotten the sleeves of her shirt in this photo. They were matching red and white polka dots. And the sides of the sunglasses are blue.

The park we went to is right next to where Aaron and I had our super laid back rehearsal dinner.


My best buddies.





Capturing October: Knit

I had the idea in mind of scarves and sweaters for this photo. But, it was 65 degrees today! Not so much.

On top of that, I have a cold and had to work almost all day. Sorry, guys. Instead of anything interesting, here’s a picture of my socks.

This could be a sock review, as these are the socks that I got for Aaron and myself when we went to Russia. These socks, along with sock liners and warm boots, can keep your toes relatively warm in the sub-zero temperatures of Eastern Europe.

And, here’s a late night picture of Gus. Who really needs a haircut.

Capturing October: Foliage

I love the changing tree colors. We seem to be mid-change right now. Still lots of green, while some trees are already dazzling shades of red, orange and yellow.

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Gus and I headed out for another quick adventure this morning. Out to the overlook South of town to see what we could see!

My enthusiastic buddy!

I didn’t love how these photos turned out. Oh well! It was still a fun adventure.

Capturing October: Treat (and the Louisburg Cider Mill)

Some friends told us about the Louisburg Cider Mill last year and I have been wanting to go ever since.

There’s so much fun there for kids.

Lena took 2 trips down. The first she slide off the side and the second time, she slide in to this little girl! Oops! The kids tended to go off the side of this slide. Gus, on the other hand, figured out how to manipulate his weight by leaning to stay on it! I was pretty impressed.

His first hay ride. Do you think he liked it?
Leading us through a corn maze! I think all corn mazes should be renamed maize mazes.

Wild leaps off a pile of straw.

We had the wonderful company of my aunt and uncle. They live very close and we always have a great time with them.

Lena LOVES her Aunt Jenean.

Giant jumping pillow!


And today’s picture for treat. We planned to get some yummy cider treats, but the place was packed! Instead we got Sonic. Reed got to finish Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Float.