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Thawing Out

The weather has warmed up a bit here. All of that snow is melting, and I am happy.

Yesterday, I took the dogs out to the dog park. If you’ve ever been to a dog park most places… well, our dog park is not like that. 30 acres of fields and woods. No fences. This picture about sums it up.

I came home to find my children up in a tree. I love this. Outside, climbing, together.

Toddlers are fast. Gus especially.

This is not a wonderful picture, but he’s been doing this a lot lately. Driving his cars on the dogs. Our dogs are so good with him.

Again, toddlers are fast. I wanted to snap a picture of him giving a hug to Lena, but I could barely take it before he was gone. When I asked him to hug her again, he gave me this face.

If you’re wondering why he really needs his face wiped off, I’ll tell you one more time: toddlers are fast.

Valentine’s Day

We didn’t make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Of course, the kids have a little party at school, which we got Valentine’s Day cards for. They wrote the names on all of their cards themselves, which was good, but did require a bit of hand holding.

I made this for Aaron for Valentine’s Day. I was inspired by some similar items I saw on Etsy like this and this, but it was a very last minute decision to make it, and I didn’t want to spend much money. I actually think it was good it was so last minute, because I ended up being able to figure it out with stuff we already had. Don’t study the map in too much detail, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

More Snow

We got a tiny bit more snow today. Less than an inch this time.

Confession: I was actually excited when Aaron told me it was snowing. Because, I wanted to try snowflake photography.

I’ve been feeling really inspired by all of the snowflake photos I’ve seen and bought a set of inexpensive extension tubes.



My thoughts on extension tubes: Fun but CHALLENGING. I almost always use auto-focus, the main exception being star photography, where I need to manually focus to infinity, since it is far too dark to get the camera to focus. But, with cheap extension tubes, you must focus manually and the depth of field (space in focus) is incredibly shallow. And, snow is cold, blows away and melts if you aren’t careful. However, like star photography, I find that it gives me a different perspective on the world that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t pick up my camera. While I still prefer summer, there is much unappreciated beauty in tiny snowflakes.