It's New Year's Eve.
I am so proud that I finished this project. By my calculations I did miss a few days - about 4 or 5 total, but with a move, vacations, and a toddler, I'd call that a success.
There were definitely days that it felt like a chore to snap a not-so-great photo of something (and you can tell which those were!), but overall, I have grown a lot in my photography over the year.
I got a wonderful new camera this fall, flash, two new lenses, am and still learning to use them all together.
It's been a great year with big changes. William went from a toddling little one year old to a running, jumping, chatterbox of a two year old delight. We moved to a new town, Esch started law school, and my business exceeded our goals by quite a bit.
Can't wait to see what the next year brings for our friends and families.
And finally, no drumroll required for this one, just a food shot to round out the year. I tried a VERY yummy black bean and jalapeno hummus today to take to our friends' house for New Year's Eve tonight.
I may be seen later this evening snapping shots of bubbling champagne, or our little guy playing with his friends, but I wanted to be able to make the final post on the actual, final day.
2011, you were a great year.
2012, looking forward to meeting you tonight!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
My grandfather read my brothers and I "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve when we were little, and this year William was treated to the same. He was absolutely rapt while his great-grandparents read him the poem. I will never forget this moment!
Santa came early this year! My very, very generous parents bought me the lens I have been dreaming about (Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8) and it is SO great.
Unfortunately my new camera is having focus issues, so I will be sending it in to Canon for repair, but it has still be so fun to play with the new "baby!"
Here is W at my parents' 2 days before Christmas.
This is not a great photo, but it makes me very, very happy. I only get to see my best friend, Johanna, once a year lately (she is in FL!) and we got to have her overnight a few days before Christmas. Lucky William even got to have a mini Christmas morning with "Aunt GoNanna"
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Since Esch is on break from law school, he was able to come to our Mom's Group Christmas party. He was the only Daddy there, but I think he had fun seeing William with his little friends. Santa even came!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This little outtake from a Christmas session makes me laugh. Kaitlyn was not thrilled about having her picture taken for an hour straight, and though we got some cute ones, we did take a break to let her play with her Mom's new toy. It certainly stopped the tears!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
and to you your wassail too!
My Mom makes THE BEST "spiced tea" at Christmastime, and she gave me a little jug of it this week. It made for some very happy editing sessions during William's naps!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I don't want to ONLY post elf pictures, but we are really having fun with this every day, so here is our elf from this morning. Such a sneaky guy! He "decorated" the dining room windows with snowman decals. William was amazed.
Friday, December 2, 2011
We are having a lot of fun with a new "tradition" this year - the Elf on the Shelf. Every morning, our little elf (who William named DeeDee... not sure why!) appears in a different spot in the house! Sometimes he's just hanging out (like on the first day, peeking out of William's stocking) and some days it looks like he might be getting into mischief.
This morning, much to William's delight, he was in the middle of the kitchen when we came downstairs.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
W LOVES everything Penn State. Really. We couldn't make it up. He asks multiple times per day for us to sing the Alma Mater and "Hail to the Lion," which he calls "Tail to the Lion."
While we were walking around downtown State College on a very nice, warm Sunday after Thanksgiving with Nanna and Grandpa, we made a stop to see the lion.
It's hard to catch a "real" smile... William either freezes and gives the deer-in-headlights look when he sees the camera, or, more often, simply turns and runs (I don't blame him)!...
But while playing with Uncle Andrew, Uncle David, and Daddy in Boalsburg, I was so happy to get this little gem.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Just playing with the new camera today. Haven't even gotten the flash out of the box yet, so took this at ISO 1600 with no flash. Not bad! I like it. 1600 was the max on my Olympus, and it was super grainy. The new Canon goes up to 6400 (expandable to 12,800) - such a difference!
Or so she thinks!
Miss Georgia Beasley used to spend a lot of time on the couch, sleeping in our bed... this was, of course, all before her human brother came along.
Last night, though, we caved to her cute little begging face, and she was allowed to snuggle with her Dad on the couch.
Taken Tuesday, 11/1
William's first time trick or treating! We only went to our two next-door neighbors' houses, because William was having fun answering our door for the other little monsters.
He would jump up and sprint to the door when he heard the doorbell, screaming "More kids!"
Taken Monday, 10/31