monday morning bubble bath

we had a busy, busy weekend where we were driving all over the place, playing hard with friends, and falling out of routine left right and center.  it was fun and amazing, but my kids (and i!) woke up with a weekend hangover this morning that could only be cured with a bubble bath.  

it's a cloudy, gloomy day that has me feeling creatively uninspired, so i decided to take advantage of our time tucked away in our closet sized bathroom to get some practice in with my speedlite.  in general, i really don't love the look flash creates, even when it's bounced or diffused, but that's most likely because i'm still not very skilled at using it effectively.  however, i've found that i do kind of like it when i use it in our bathroom, probably because the space is so small that when i bounce it off a side wall, it actually helps create some dimension where the light would otherwise be pretty flat and boring.

all that to say, i ended up with a handful of images of my boys this morning that i really like.  in fact, i think i might eventually print a few of them to hang in the bathroom :)

personal photojournalism: bubble play

i think for this month's blog circle post, i'll let the images speak for themselves.  all i'll say is that we decided to celebrate the arrival of warm weather by breaking out the bubble machine a few weeks ago, and it was a wonderful morning.

when you're done here, make sure you click over to houston documentary photographer samarie-lei's blog to see how her family has welcomed summer.

day 89

i took a lot of pictures today, and i'm in an oversharing mood, so i'm going to dump them all into this post.

first- the on prompt shots.  one of my least liked chores as a stay at home mom is to rotate the boys' wardrobes as seasons change or they move up to the next size (or if i'm lucky, both at the same time).  i've been saving diaper boxes the last few months to reorganize and store their clothing in, and a few days ago i popped them in the living room so that i would be motivated to get the job done.  however, i have a tendency to get distracted, and so instead of filling those boxes with clothes to be donated, this happened today:

in my defense, it would have been impossible for me to pack clothes away today anyway, because in case you can't tell, these aren't actually boxes, they're rocketships.  we spent a large chunk of our afternoon counting down and blasting off across the house, and even though my arms are regretting it now, the giggles were totally worth it :)

and now onto some of the other random images i took today.

first, i decided to celebrate the return of direct sunshine into our kitchen in the mornings- even if it only lasts for about 20 minutes- with some intentional oof images.

then this little guy pulled a chair over to the counter and patiently stared down the microwave while waiting for his oatmeal to finish cooking, so of course i had to grab a quick shot.

and lastly, we busted out the new bubble machine mimi got us for easter.  enough said :)

sidenote: we pulled out the big's bike the other day now that it's starting to warm up, and then headed out to pick up a helmet, hoping the promise of riding his bike would be enough to persuade him to actually wear it.  after loudly refusing to try on a single one for close to 15 minutes, he spotted this t-rex helmet and has insisted on wearing it ever since.