day 40

i wasn't planning on doing a blog post today.  i thought maybe i'd take a handful of shots over the course of the day, pick and edit a favorite, and share just one so i could have the evening off.  buuuuuut, then i got an answer to prayer in the form of a call from my doctor, and for the first time in 2 weeks i felt like i was able to plug back in to the world around me.  so, instead, i picked up my camera with actual intent and enthusiasm for the first time in a long time, and ended up with enough to keepers to require a post.

we'll start with the on-theme images :)  here's a few low-light shots following a brief excursion outside during the beginning of today's mini snow storm.

clearly they were exhausted from all the walking around they did while also asking to come inside.  

i did manage to get a few shots while we were outside that i really like though.  i'm glad we went out while the snow was still softly falling.  and that the little kept his crying to a small whimper ;)

i have a weird thing for my kids' hair.  put snowflakes in it and i'll walk around all day taking pictures of the top of their heads.  i just can't help myself!

and then i taught this one how to make a little avalanche, which he thought was hysterical (and so did i).

meanwhile, this one stood by the door, staring longingly inside- while the dog also stood by the door, staring longingly outside.  

after we came inside and stripped down, we had our obligatory morning round of fruit snacks followed by some dress up time.  i don't think there's much in this world that's more entertaining than watching your 3 year old squeeze into an elmo costume that's at least 2 sizes two small.  except maybe watching his little brother help him put it on and then stand back and stare in admiration and awe.

and then at some point the big decided he had enough, so he passed the torch to the little :)

a quick side not about the dress up images- normally i would have converted them to black and white, but i kept them in color for 2 reasons: 1. bright reds like this one don't usually play very nicely with the camera, especially when converted, and i just couldn't get it to look right no matter what i tried and 2. it's elmo.  'nuff said.

day 23

in case you're not from the northeast (or you are and you  just live under a rock), we're currently in the middle of a record breaking snowstorm.  there's something close to 30 inches of snow hanging out in my front yard (and back yard, and everywhere else in at least a 50 mile radius), not counting the additional inches that have been piled on top from the 2 times my wonderful husband went out to shovel today to try to stay on top of things.  

it's literally been snowing for the last 24 hours, which on the one hand is really cool because we have little ones who are fascinated by the snow.  but, on the other hand, it's really bad because we have little ones who are fascinated by the snow... but have no concept of the realities of snow.  like how it's cold.  and how it's wet.  and how when it's still falling and it blows on your face, it's cold and wet and it also hurts a little bit.  cause when you're 3 and your dad is creating a mt everest out of snow in your front yard, you have to go stand on top of it right now.  and when you're 1 and your big brother is suiting up to go play outside, you obviously should also be suiting up to go play outside.

we gave it an honest shot.  we really did.  but even with enough layers to toast a marshmallow and a well-dug path by daddy, our adventure out into the snow today pretty much went like this:

and this:

sidenote: i took this one handed while trying to console the child pictured in the first image.

and so after about 2 minutes, we retreated back indoors where we enjoyed watching the snow fall from the safety of our warm, snug house in nothing but our summer jammies- cause that's how we roll around here.

stay safe and warm everyone, wherever you are!