the wonders of a new park

so the theme for this week is landscape photography, but let's be honest- i'm terrible at landscape photography.  i also don't have much of an interest in getting any better at it because i'd much rather devote my time to improving on my skills that have potential ;)  so, i think i'm going to leave the landscape photography to my talented friends who have a true eye for it and intentionally go off prompt this whole week.

today's weather is absolutely glorious, and i have a new 2 year old who is eager to ride his new tricycle uninhibited by petty obstacles like hills that are too steep to pedal up or streets that are too busy to ride in, so this morning we packed up the bikes and headed to our local elementary school.  we've never stopped at this particular playground because if school's not in session, then we're usually at the pool or at a different park, but all of our usual stops are overrun with summer camp kids, so we had to venture outside of our comfort zone a bit today.

turns out, that was the best thing that could have happened for all three of us.  the kids loved the equipment, there was an enormous amount of blacktop space for bike riding, and ample shade for me to hide in when the sun got to be too much.  in fact, i hadn't even intended to do a blog post today because i didn't anticipate getting many keepers from our little outing, but i wound up with 17 images that i just couldn't part with, so here we are.

^ when you tip your tricycle and refuse to let your mom help you up, she will take pictures of you moping instead.

happy monday all <3

personal photojournalism: the untold story of april

this past month, i dedicated myself to shooting my 365 project with my iphone only.  about halfway through the month, however, i started to really miss my nikon, so after i would get my daily shot with my phone, i would pull out my camera and shoot around to keep up with my dslr skills (and just for fun, without the idea of sharing in the back of my mind).

here are some of those images, most of which haven't been shared anywhere but between my nikon and my desktop, and which tell some of our story of april.

when you're finished over here, be sure to click on over to christine hurla, family photographer in overland park, to continue around the circle and see what these talented ladies have been up to!

he spilled his cereal, and it was tragic.

we found this great rock on a walk around our neighborhood.  they immediately set to jumping (or pushing each other) off of it.  after that it wasn't so great anymore ;)

woody and buzz are two of those toys that get forgotten about for long periods of time, but when they get remembered, there's much joy and celebrating.  and to-infinity-and-beyond-ing.

playing in the quiet morning light on a short weekend trip to visit my grandparents.

the super grover hat made a reappearance this month, and made the cut to come down with us on our road trip.  the little is slowly discovering the joys of dress up and imaginary play <3

the timeshare that we stayed in had this completely fabulous bathtub that my kids fell in love with the moment they laid eyes on it.  it was awesome.

the weather warmed up for a few days here and there, so we took advantage while we could and headed outside quite a bit on those days.

they treasure their daddy time- and so does he <3 

thanks for checking out what our april looked like!  don't forget to see how christine hurla, family photographer in overland park, documented her family this month!