Around the Table

Around the table at The Schwaiger Nature Academy!

(Okay, so maybe they were only around the table — all at the same time — for about 3 minutes.  But I managed to create some photographic evidence! )

Leftover Breakfast Crumbs

Messy hair,
leftover breakfast crumbs,
baby on the table,
oil pastels smeared into my fingers and on my bare feet.

This is one of those homeschooling days that feels hard. I’m not sure why. Teething baby? Endless messes? Tired mama? Overworked papa? Too many interrupted moments?

Today, I wish I could call a substitute teacher and take a few hours off. Is there a service out there for substitute homeschool teachers?!

For the Love of Neighbors

Wallace talks about our neighbors, Mike and Paula, every day — pointing over at their house, waving, and repeating their names (and their cat’s name, and their grand-dog’s name). After a visit from another neighbor’s puppy, he has added “Puppy!” to his repetoire.

Spring Beauties

I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing and defends
nothing, but only knows
where the rarest wild flowers
are blooming, and who goes,
and finds that he is smiling
not by his own will.

— Wendell Berry
“Given: Poems,” Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005

Golden Hour

I love backlit photos, but the learning curve is steep! Inspired by my friend Jenny’s recent podcast interview with Summer Murdock, I followed my children around on the dunes last night during golden hour — trying to capture even a sliver of this gorgeous light.

Summer shared so many helpful tips on how to use and experiment with backlight. If you’re interested, you can listen to their conversation by clicking here or searching for The Family Photographer podcast, episode 15, in your podcast app.