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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

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Rosen: Filming herself on the GoPro. It definitely made for some interesting footage!

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Saxon: His favorite thing at the playground is the wobbly bridge. He ran back and forth across it pretty much the entire time we were there.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

Father’s Day Portrait 2015

For every Father’s Day so far, I’ve given Michael a portrait of the kids in Atlanta Braves spirit wear. He’s a die-hard fan, and is always looking for new photos for his desk at work, so I figured it was a fun way to use my skills to give him a creative gift each year.

It definitely wasn’t an easy shot to get, but I managed to get both kids smiling, and even HOLDING HANDS! There may have been a little bribery involved there ;-) . Michael was very excited to see the shot on Father’s Day, and he now has it proudly displayed on his desk at work.

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And for fun, here’s a little recap of the previous years…

Father’s Day 2014:

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Rosen in 2013:

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Rosen in 2012:

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

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Rosen: Last week, my sister and I took our kids to the zoo. Rosen said she was most excited to see the monkeys, but I think the petting zoo ended up being her favorite exhibit.

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Saxon: I think he just enjoyed having a new place to explore on foot. I spent the majority of the time chasing after him. It was very neat to see his look of awe though when he saw big exotic animals.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

More photos from the day…

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One of the fantastic things about our zoo is the splash pad! After walking around for hours in the Atlanta heat, a little cool down time is necessary.

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

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Rosen: Last week the kids and I went to a cute little art studio for kids, and Rosen had the best time going from project to project.

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Saxon: His favorite part of the studio was the sensory tubs filled with dirt and sand. He loved digging, sifting, and, of course, spilling it all out onto the floor.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

More photos from the day…

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Rosen’s First Soccer Season

Rosen just finished up her first season of soccer a few weeks ago, and let’s just say that none of us are bummed that it’s over. Soccer is definitely not her thing. She spent the majority of the season in my lap. However, we were able to coax her into participating for at least a few minutes every practice/game, so she did get some playing time. Her team was made up of 3 and 4-year-olds, and she ended up being the youngest on the team. I think she felt a bit intimidated by all the older kids running after the ball. She would always try to run away when anyone would get too close to her.

I think there were definitely some positives to the season though. Rosen made some new friends, learned a good bit about a sport she wasn’t previously very familiar with, and got to enjoy her favorite part of every game—snack time. She also took a lot of pride in the fact that she was part of a soccer team. I think it helped build some self confidence and we got witness her blossoming more socially throughout the season. She even complained that she didn’t get to talk to her friends enough because everyone was busy playing soccer. We also enjoyed our first experience with having a kid in a sport. We won’t miss the 8 and 9AM games every Saturday though!

I think she’s ready to move on and try something new. I think we’ll probably sign her up for swimming lessons next, and then maybe dance or gymnastics. We’ll see!

The photos below were all taken in the span of the 3 minutes that Rosen played during her last game of the season.

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

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Rosen: She always looks forward to the little bit of iPad time she gets while I get ready in the morning.

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Saxon: I tried sneaking up on him while he was thumbing through some books, but he caught me.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

DSLR Video Project 2015 – May

In case you haven’t been following along, I challenged myself last year to make monthly family videos from video clips I took using my DSLR, and I’ve continued it on into 2015! If you want to check out any of the previous videos, click here.

May was a pretty fun month with Rosen finishing up her first year of preschool and her first season of soccer. We saw lots of warm, sunny weather, so there was plenty of outdoor fun. It was definitely a great kickoff to summer!

Check it out…