Monday, October 24, 2011

At Play In Autumn

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.
~ Faith Baldwin

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
~ Emily Bronte

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
 For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
~ Edwin Way Teale

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
~ P. D. James

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking,
perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
~ Carol Bishop Hipps

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
~ Elizabeth Lawrence

October is a symphony of permanence and change.
~ Bonaro W. Overstreet

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall For Greenville

Delicious autumn! 
 My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
 seeking the successive autumns. 
~George Eliot

A HUGE Thank You to my sister for coming to visit!
The girls loved seeing thier Auntie and I, my sister.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sophia Elizabeth: Future Paleontologist

I remember it like it was yesterday.
 The day before, there had been some drizzles. I love rain.
And we rushed around the apartment excitedly,
getting prepared for our family portraits to be taken by,
none other than the wonderful Life Prints by Tracie.
For the Davis Family, this had been our first family portrait session ever.
I know, sad huh!

I had spoken to the children before hand about what we would be doing,
and how our day would unfold as Tracie would capture the events of the day.

But what I remember most of all, was that my youngest daughter
was not really cooperating very well.
She wasn't really smiling and didn't want anything to do with posing for the camera.
 I thought if Tracie had gotten any good shots, at all, of Rachel,
 it would be nothing short of a miracle!

 But I was pleasantly amazed with the results of the images.
Tracie was and still remains today an amazing, respected photographer!
I don't remember Rachel smiling, but somehow Tracie got her to.
She worked that magic... I hope I have that magic too!

I tell this story because I learned an important lesson that day.
 (Even though at the time, I had never even thought of being a photographer.)

 I learned that, as with most things,
every child is different and reacts differently in any situation.
There are so many variables.
They aren't much different from us "adults".

It took Rachel a little bit, almost half the session from what I can recall,
to get comfortable in front of the camera, while my middle child,
 Laural, looked as if she'd been posing and modeling all her life.
 (All 4 years of it!)

But I have never disliked the fact that things don't always
 run smoothly during a photography session.
 In fact I love it!
 I love the challenge of getting in the heart of the subject.
Even the shots that aren't picture perfect little smiles,
especially the ones that aren't,
those are the ones that speak to my heart the most.
They are the ones that make me feel a certain
 emotional connection to the subject or to the photograph.

Such a little beauty. Love her!

We started out a little rocky, but by the end of the session,
she was smiling, and even shaking her booty at me!
 I do love a girl with moxie!

The weather and lighting were perfect.
I chose this location because I had been there once before for another session and 
I absolutely loved this bridge.

Ride 'em cowgirl!

See! Booty Shake... Love it!!!

I love this pink elephant!

Now... time to get dirty! Let the FUN begin!

Hard at work. Boots and all.

She is a visionary.

A box of chalk and few balloons later, we were best of friends!

This image is of Sophi's sidewalk drawing. It has a special meaning.

I was so honored to capture her sweetness and her spirited spunk!

Words can not explain the love I have for this last image. Love this little girl!
She was pure joy to capture and she has a special gift to give the world!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Butterfly Garden

One of my most favorite places to be is the Butterfly Garden at our local science center.
This time of year is perfect because everything is so beautiful and the caterpillars and butterflies are everywhere, many of which have spun themselves ever so perfectly into the most fascinating cocoon you have ever seen. I love being able to see the different stages of this marvelous insect.
I find the entire process of metamorphosis to be perfectly amazing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In the Field

 Since the start of the new school year, our lives have been busy.
Full of fun field trips and lots of learning and play.

Making memories is what I live for as a mom.
I want my kids to have every possible memory of childhood to be purely awesome.
I want my kids to say, "We enjoyed our childhood. It was good!".

I recently sat down with a busy business woman, who told me the story of her grandson who was in a public school which had recently cut their field trips back to only two per year.
This grandmother recalled the time when she was a child.
She reminisced of all the outings she and her classmates took throughout her years of education.

 I went to a public school all of my years of education.
Of all the memories I have of school, I remember our field trips most. 

Every year we would go to watch the "The Nutcracker". 
The theater was fascinating to me and I will always be grateful
 to have been able to see those showings as a child.

We also had something that was called "field day", in which,
we, the children, were given the freedom to play, romp, and roll around outside.
 Those were the good 'ole days.
I wonder why they came around only once a year.

At Davis Academy, we have a lot of field trips.
Below are some photos of our field trips since the start of our school year 2011-2012.
I hope my children will remember these good times for many years to come!

Swimming in the pool in the middle of the week.

Friday off for family reunion in Tennessee.

From the family reunion.

"Star Wars" second Saturday at the Roper Mountain Science Center.

Ladybug release in the gardens at the Science Center.

Weekly trips to our local libraries.
Roller Skating on Fridays.

Visiting Grandparents in Virginia.

Frankie's Fun Park. Hannah's first time driving!

"Niven's Apple Farm": Apple picking, hayride, corn maze, and much more.

Niven's Farm.