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playing in october leaves…

Yesterday morning we were on our way back from church, and when we pulled into our driveway, Alana and I made a comment, simultaneously, about how many leaves were on the ground in the backyard. It’s completely covered, and looks soooo inviting!

We have an awesome lawn guy, Mark, and we never know exactly when he’s going to show up and mow…and this time of year, when he’ll arrive to blow/bag the leaves. So since the leaves were beckoning us, and we knew they might be gone if we waited, we took advantage! We ate some lunch, put Rich and Sierra down for a nap, and headed out into the cold, overcast fall day.

I knew I wanted to bring the “real” camera, because I love capturing her motion and energy when she plays. If my iPhone had manual settings for shutter speed, I’d be in much better shape for all the times I don’t have our good camera handy 🙂

I was also eager to get outside because I spent all of last week cooped up inside, feeling awful, fighting a sinus infection. I think I conquered it, but I don’t want to speak too soon! Probiotics, vitamin C, echinacea tea, apple cider vinegar, Netti Pot, kale smoothies, etc, that was my week. This week is looking up. Doesn’t feeling absolutely miserable make you so thankful for the days that you feel good? Man! I feel like a massive percentage of my year has been swallowed up by sinus headaches…time I wish I could get back! So ridiculously thankful for days with no headaches!

Alana has taken to posing this way lately…not sure where it comes from, and I don’t think she knows, either. She cracks me up and I have to kinda humor her as she does this because I want to capture moments that are a bit more natural. But alas, this is the material she gave me at first, so I went with it 🙂 It’s definitely part of her four year old persona, and for that reason, I embrace it! I remember my sister went through a phase where she’d always pose for the camera by holding both of her arms out wide, as if to say, “Look at me, world! I’m amazing!” Mentioning this makes me realize that I really need to find/post some of those photos sometime. Maybe I’ll add a “throwback thursday” category to my blog and humiliate myself. And my sister. I think I’m on to something here. 🙂

With the girly pose out of her system, she got right to playing and I enjoyed just being there with her. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons to be outside and photograph, so I tend to be a little shutter-happy this time of year. My blog is seasonally lopsided. I think spring and summer feel left out.

Then we went inside to check on Sierra and realized that she was playing in her crib, rather than napping. This has happened a ton lately. She tends to either a) not fall asleep at all, or b) nap for 3 hours and wake up way later than I want her to. Then she’s not ready for bed at a decent time. So honestly, I’ve started to prefer the days when she plays happily in her crib for an hour while Alana and I do a reading lesson, and then we get Sierra up. Those days she is ready for bed at 7:30 like I need her to be!

She was soooo happy to come outside and hang with us, even though it was cold, and even though she should have been asleep. And I was happy to have two sweeties playing in the backyard rather than one!

I’m just going to let the sister photos speak for themselves. I love their relationship so much, and I can’t get enough of it. I’m likely posting too many of these photos, but they’re my favorites. The way Alana takes care of Sierra, the way that Sierra looks up to her big sister. The way that they play together. How thankful Alana is to have a baby sister. Ack. I’m so in love with them. Hopefully I did justice to their sweet moments!

  • Lacey Ames - October 30, 2012 - 9:45 am


  • Paula Smith - October 30, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    Have to capture the moments–they’re gone too quickly. If you need more leaves to enjoy, come out to the Smith Nature Center anytime–Mike can’t keep up with them fast enough.

  • Alex Brewer - October 30, 2012 - 11:40 pm

    Oh my! These “sister pictures” are to die for! Seriously, I am in love with them! Y’all have the two sweetest girls I have ever met. Love them and love that you had this time with them.

  • Ayessa - October 31, 2012 - 12:14 am

    These two little girls are adorable. 🙂 <3 Wishing more sweet moments for your family. 🙂

  • Mom - November 1, 2012 - 7:34 pm

    It made my night to see these two girls! Can’t wait to see them in person. Fall is looking very inviting…still hot here!

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