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Rosen: We spent Memorial Day at the lake, and Rosen loved hanging out at the marina before and after our time on the boat.

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Saxon: The focus is a bit off on this one, but I just couldn’t delete that smile! Water always makes him happy!

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

My brother invited us out on his boat for the day so we got to enjoy the holiday with family on the water. I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures on my good camera since we were around water so much, but I did manage to get a few more…

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Saxon loved hanging out with his Gramps while everyone swam. Rosen was not a fan of the water at all, so she opted to take a nap while we were anchored for swimming.

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Rosen: While Saxon was napping, she and I got to enjoy some late morning sun, getting our feet wet in our super classy inflatable pool.

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Saxon: After his nap and lunch, he got to enjoy round 2 in the pool. I think this was probably the best $10 investment ever.

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

And of course I took a million more photos that day…

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My Little Model

Lately I’ve been wanting to experiment more with studio photography. Shooting outdoors isn’t always possible, and I’d like to have more options for getting great photos of my kiddos. 

I got everything set up yesterday and was anxious to test it out, so Rosen modeled for me. It was completely unplanned, so her hair is a bit messy and she was still covered in stamps and stickers from school, but she was willing, so I had to take advantage!

I’m pretty excited about how they turned out. I still have a lot to learn about the lighting, but it has been fun playing around so far!

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Georgia Aquarium

Recently, the kids and I went to the Georgia Aquarium with my sister and her kids. We went during Atlanta Museum Week, so it was buy one get one free, which is a huge savings when it usually costs nearly $40 a person. Unfortunately, it ended up being CRAZY busy. It was so crowded it was kind of difficult to enjoy. I’m sure the BOGO deal drew a lot of people, but there were so many field trip kids that it made it hard to get our little ones close to the glass in the exhibits because there were lines and lines of older kids being herded through the place. We also didn’t get to see the dolphin show or 4-D movie because they were at capacity with field trip kids, so that was a huge bummer.

Because of all that, I didn’t take as many photos as I’d normally take. I managed to capture a few during the rare moments when some of the groups cleared out and our kiddos were able to get close up to the glass. They were definitely in awe, but I think the stress of the crowds was a bit much for the little ones. There were tears all around before we made it through the place.

I definitely want to go back sometime in the future when it’s less busy. It really is an amazing place, and we’re lucky to have the largest aquarium in the U.S. here in our city. Hopefully we’ll have better luck next time!

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After we finished up at the aquarium and parted ways with my sis and her kids, we headed across the street to Centennial Olympic Park to blow off some steam after being cooped up in the crowds. Rosen so desperately wished she’d had a bathing suit to enjoy the fountain, but she still managed to have fun getting as close to the water as possible without getting drenched. Saxon didn’t get so lucky. When the fountains turned off for a minute, he ran right into the middle and they turned back on and he got completely soaked in his clothes. Thankfully a little girl in a bathing suit ran in and rescued him for me so I didn’t have to get drenched too. I’ll have to keep a tighter leash on that kid next time.

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Rosen: She is not an outdoorsy girl at all. Whenever we’re playing outside, she always asks when we’re going back inside. She’s always been that way, too. At least she usually tries to make the best of it and plays for a little while.

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Saxon: He LOVES being outside. He frequently points to the door to request to go outside, and when we’re outdoors, he could explore all day long. We need to fence in our yard so we can keep him contained! The fence in the photos is actually our neighbor’s and is only on one side, so he can easily escape.

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

Backyard Rosen

Earlier this week, the kids and I were hanging out in the backyard. Rosen was in a particularly agreeable mood, so I ran inside to get my camera for an impromptu photo shoot. I mostly just captured her doing her thing, but she posed for me a few times as well. That doesn’t happen too often, so I was one happy mama!

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Rosen: My absolute favorite photos end up being complete luck. No posing involved—just chatting and a constant click of the shutter.

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Saxon: This guy is always on the move. In order to capture a shot of him, I have to run in front of him quickly, turn around, squat down, and hope for the best!

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

The rest of the photos from the day…

After lunch on Sunday, we headed to the office park where Michael works. Located just outside the city limits of Atlanta, the two high rise buildings are the tallest suburban buildings in the U.S. The surrounding grounds are beautifully landscaped and make for a lovely weekend stroll. As we were there on a Sunday, we were able to explore the area without the weekday busyness.

Ever since Michael started working there, we’ve always talked about how we would love to meet up on one of his lunch breaks during the week and have a picnic and/or walk, but we’ve yet to do it. After this little preview of what it would be like though, I think we’ll definitely have to make it happen soon!

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