This weekend, we had visitors on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday it was Rene’s brother and his brother’s family.
Today, it was Rene’s cousin, Dannibeth, who is like an aunt to the kids. We were so happy for all the attention!
We took her to our weekend staple, for a late lunch. Quizno’s; you know it!
Now, I’m thinking I should have posted a shot I took of my kids playing foosbal. with their cousins, Giovana and Eliza. Oh well, that’s what happens when I try to catch up on a few weeks of posts in one evening. We are going with them to Universal soon, so I’ll get another chance, then!
Here’s a shot of Ryan, riding his EZ Roller while waiting for the grandfolk to arrive. Picking up the newspaper, as he likes to do. I discovered I love how this tree frames a shot. I’m trying to make the most of it, before we cut it down (it’s rotten on the inside).
The light was already too harsh and high up at this time of day (10:23AM), but I still like this shot. Sue me.
It was finally a cool morning, although I’m pretty sure it didn’t warrant wearing a sweater. In Miami, we have to pull out the sweaters whenever we can.
I picked the kids up a little bit early on Friday and took them for ice cream at their favorite place, Wall’s. Two things I did not know: Wall’s is full on Friday afternoons and the TV doesn’t project outside in broad daylight. (That one should have been more obvious.)
So, Ryan decided to make his own seat for watching Tom & Jerry inside, while Isabel and I ate outside. Do you like his cup holder?
Every now and then, it’s a good idea to have dessert before dinner.
She stayed up until midnight putting together her science project display. We had a great time doing it. It was basically a huge scrapbook page. I stayed up until 1:30AM, gluing things down. Yeah, we could have done it over the weekend, but what fun is that?
How do you like the mess on that dining table? I’d love to tell you it looks much better right now.
He just sleep-walked out to the living room at 11:40PM, not saying a word. Parked himself on the sofa, just like this.
Thank goodness, since I hadn’t taken a ‘picture of the day’ photo yet. I quickly moved a light toward him (to get this shot), and he didn’t flinch. A few minute later, his dad carried him back to bed.
We needed to get a science folding poster board from Michael’s (Dadeland Station). My new trick is to park on the roof (which they love for some reason), and then shooting some photos while up there. The parking lot floor is a great natural reflector, and it’s nice to change up the backdrop a bit. Ryan was not that willing of a portrait participant, though, so I knew I had to change it up. The solution?
A game (or four) of Red Light, Green Light. With Yellow, Blue, Purple, and Orange lights mixed in. (Don’t worry. No other cars go up here.)
This was the perfect game because it gave me a chance to get them to jump, dance, slow down, go backward, stop, or run. And it kept Ryan in the frame for a change.
Another great game is Simon Says. But then I have to think more.
Note, the kid in FRONT will be the happier kid (because s/he is winning). When they are far apart, it is actually helpful, because the less happy kid will be blurred in the background.
It’s HALLOWEEN! One of our favorite holidays. Each year, we start the trick or treating in our own neighborhood. Then, we head over to Schenley Park, where the neighborhood goes crazy with decorations, so it’s really fun to walk around. For this portion of the trick or treating, we have been joined by our friend, Dylan (and his mom, Ana) the past three years. I have semi-decent pictures of my kids trick or treating in the evening light around our neighborhood, but wanted to post a picture of the three of them. It was just TOO dark when we got to our second round of trickery.
One house in Schenley Park had a photo studio setup on their driveway. I thought that was so clever! The kids were okay with getting their picture taken, to extend their treating time a bit. (Some people may call that bribery; I call it cleverness.)
We like Flanigan’s. Especially on days with Joe’s Meals Deals. Rene likes watching football up on the TVs. The kids like their toys and the activity booklet. Isabel loves the kids’ ribs. Ryan gets the jurassic juniors (chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs – scary for many reasons).
I’ll admit it. I like the big glass of Coke. And the barbecue sauce on my fries.
Ryan loves playing video games, whether on the PS3, Wii, PSP, DSi, iPad, or the plain ol’ computer. I have taken this shot with the screen extra bright because he may or may not have been playing one of his sister’s games.
This is the kids’ computer desk. It’s in the dining room, living room adjacent. The artwork is some splatter paint by Isabel. I love having the desk there because I work at the dining table, on my laptop, and I like being close enough to keep an eye on them or comment on what they are playing (“Great job, Rye!” “What are you watching, Isabel?”)
I’m noticing a lot of these Project 92 shots are of Isabel. I’ll have to balance that out a bit.
If I’m being honest this shot was taken on October 29th at 12:05am, having forgotten to take a picture that whole day. I’m letting it slide, though.
This is my late bird child. She was reading a book we got for our trip to Washington DC, which gives me hope that she will one day enjoy social studies. I forgave her for being up late because it let me get this shot of her.