Simplify {TT}

Simplify. Something I’ve been trying to do lately mostly as it relates to “clothes in the house”. There’s just so much. Clothes that are too small. Clothes that are too abundant. Clothes saved for some sewing or craft project (that most likely will not get done… or even if it will, has 10x the amount of scraps of clothes needed to accomplish said project).

I have been slowly going through old baby girl clothes to donate. I thought it would be harder. I thought I would be more sad. I thought I would be sentimentally attached to everything. The first box was the hardest. But I saved only the special things, like Kat’s baptism outfit and a few things that belonged to me (or my mom or MIL) when we were little. It amounted to half a dozen outfits. The next boxes have been even less saved.

It’s been so freeing. Seeing the bags leaving. Seeing the space on the shelves open up. Having it be easier to just walk in the attic… Mentally not having to deal with the stuff. Simplify. Such a beautiful thing.

…Which I was thinking about in terms of photography too, at least a little bit.

I don’t do very well with planning ahead. I mean, I wrote the prompt down on the calendar – because, checking the phone for it just doesn’t cut it at all – and I still wait until “day of” to do the pictures for the weekly Theme Thursday at Michaela’s

Today’s prompt: Simplify.

Should be easy, right?


I took a look around the house, this is basically what I saw…. errrhmmmm… everywhere:


{This is just daily living guys.}
Believe it or not you can see examples of me “simplifying” in this photo.
The coloring pages: saved from last summer for no good reason. Brought out this past weekend, and have been being used up ever since. I plan to not return them to the school shelf.
The candles: broken rejects from the Advent wreath. Burning them at breakfast (and sometimes dinner) just to add a little more “ambiance” to our meals.
{See, simplifying.}

But moving on….

So, instead of cleaning (because who wants to do *that* just to take a few photos?) I decided to see if I could maybe, possibly get something “simplified” out of this chaos.

Miss K. was first:


No edits. Exposure set for her face which {nearly} whited out the background.

Johny was quite a bit more difficult due to where he was sitting (both photos edited a little):

Karl’s was my favorite of this little impromptu photo-shoot:


No edits.

Anyway, there you have it guys. A blog post with a few more words than pictures, a rarity these days.

What “simplify” photos or things do you have this week?

Siblings {January}

Here they are folks

All the group shots I managed from last post until this one:

Siblings- Jan

Christmas Eve, where the temperatures were completely unseasonable around 60°…

I turned one from that shoot into our “Christmas Card” {Which I had every intention of posting up here on the blog….. but…..}

Merry Christmas 2015

Siblings- Jan-3

Every year since Karl was born we’ve done a picture of the kids in the fireplace with the stockings. This is the first year they haven’t fit!

Siblings- Jan-2

Some “seasonable” weather. (They were breaking the ice patches with the hoes).

Would love to say they’ve all been getting along splendidly, but, that’s not been the case much. I mean, sometimes yes, they’re great…. then someone will turn around and punch someone in the stomach… ??? So, hopefully things will be turning around soon 🙂


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here

dear beautiful

Weekly Photo Roundup {326-331}

#326 – Siblings photo for Nov. (posted last week, and forgot that I didn’t take any other pictures on Sunday…)
#327 – Our two rose bushes have both decided to put out two more flowers ❤
#328 – Slate chalkboard (because that’s what happens when you read “old-fashioned” books)
#329 – Then it frosted this particular morning.
#330 – When the toddler learns how to look under his legs… everyone joins in the fun
#331 – I took one of our pumpkins that was going and decided to make it into muffins. Kat got all excited to plant the seeds (so she did)… then she watered them… then she played in the mud.
#331 – He thought putting bowls on the head was a great game.


TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky


Siblings {Nov} and Weekly Photo Roundup {312-325}

siblings november
attempt for a fall shot 🙂
siblings november-2
will *all* the siblings

The picture John is holding is this one:

siblings november-3

Baby Boy’s first blog photo. Just love the little thumb sucking 🙂


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here

dear beautiful
 And now the last two weeks photos:

#312 – This boy ate two (2) full sized burritos for dinner this particular evening
#313 – Z. trying to climb the furniture (so far, he’s been unsuccessful, but that doesn’t keep him from trying)
#314 – Z. wanting to go for a “walk”
#315 – Z. just chillin’
#316 – Z. outtake from photos I took for the catchlights
#317 – ***Forgot to take a photo this day***
#318 – Me and Z snuggling for 0.3 seconds on the couch


#319 – Pink fall leaves
#320 – Karl, falling asleep after insisting he’s not tired.
#321 – Doing her own laundry (yay!!!)
#322 – The beginnings of a crochet project
#323 – I put some frozen fruit in oatmeal (mom win of the week!)
#324 – We tried reading… he’s still not much interested
#325 – Papa (Grandpa) made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, which were “so much better than grandma’s… and mom’s” so said all the kids 🙂


TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Weekly Photo Roundup {305-311}

This was last week, when Zachary’s rash was really evident (wrote about it more in yesterday’s post). So I didn’t really take any pictures of anything else except him since I kept wanting to show people what it looked like.

#305 – Z just playing at Grandma’s
#306 – Z. visit to the doctors (round #1 for the week)
#307 – Z. rash on his face
#308 – Z. visit to the doctors (round #2)
#309 – crochet, reading and coffee… and sick baby… basically my week (but mostly the coffee and sick baby)
#310 – Z. on his birthday, Grandma snuggles are the best!
#311 – Big boys playing some Star Wars inspired game? {Hiding under table and shooting the bad guys}


This week…

#312 – My brother’s carved pumpkin (my boys were impressed, but I could capture it in the dark)
#313 – A window (also: what happens when it’s 11:00 PM and you realized you haven’t taken a photo, but you were already in bed so you just snap the first thing you can think of…)
#314 – My kids made salad. (It was shredded, but they made it. They were so proud of themselves and it kept them busy for a good 20 minutes while I finished dinner.)
#315 – Z “helping” Johny with his school work
#316 – A silhouette of Z. (first attempt of a project I’m working on)
#317 – Autumn leaf
#318 – The boys and their uncle built this 🙂


TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Blog Hop linky below:

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…