We are here on the last day of April, need I say already? I feel like we just finished with February and skipped a few months in between. We are on the fast track to summer which I won’t complain about that part. I long for warmer weather, even lighter days and being back home with my family. But I also wish time sometimes would slow down just slightly. I feel like I don’t get to appreciate the time the kids are out of school fully because it goes by so fast.
We have been in Ireland for the Easter holidays and it was so lovely to catch up with friends and spend time with family. It’s such a beautiful part of the world and where we stay reminds me so much of back home, I love it. We had a few opportunities to take a family photo of the four of us but boy did this month go completely wrong in photo terms and completely right in adventures. I really should take the time to share the outtakes this month they aren’t pretty but they are funny and do bring back memories. We tried first attempt at Fore Castle which is our family tradition to visit there every Easter together – MM threw the biggest fit her face was red and swollen from screaming and hid behind Daddy. Second attempt, was in a lovely path with covered trees and I couldn’t get the camera to focus on our faces it kept changing it’s settings and hubby said he would only give me two tries – I failed. Third attempt…. we found the rapeseeds down the road from us and I begged hubby to let me capture us all among the yellow.
However, by the time we took these hubby was sick of me, the camera, my attempts, the kids had enough and I was frustrated but determined to finally get us in the Irish rapeseeds. Hubby said the farmer was going to shoot us off his land and the kids were so ecstatic that they climbed a steep hill on my mom and daddy’s backs through thistles into a yellow field. Mommy and Daddy (even Granny climbs too) weren’t as impressed with the thistles stings afterwards. MM was in heaven, a field of her favorite color what’s not to love?
But do you know what, even with our imperfect photos, our million attempts it has made a great family memory and a story to tell…about that time our crazy blogging, mother got us to climb a steep hill into someone’s farm fields to take a quick family photo and in the end she was covered in thistle stings while the rest of us mud. I call that adventure although hubby sees it slightly different.
This year, I really wanted to step out of our poses and try some different shots. I am really trying to practice getting better with my manual settings as these were all on manual I stopped using auto completely a few months ago. Even though I feel like I started all over again I can see the difference in lighting so much in manual than auto. Someday I will be good enough at photography I can stop along the road with no preparation pop the camera on an tripod and boom have a family snap or two that is what I envision. For now, we are just trying different locations and a few fun ones like the last one here to mix it up a bit so you don’t get bored of us. I love this project and sharing it with all of you. You get to see us grow and change as a family together every month and it motivates me to make sure I capture us all together regularly.
MOMMY IS LOVING…
A new car!
Visiting friends at Malahide Castle in Ireland.
Seeing family for Easter.
Going out with the adult cousins for dinner (no kids).
DADDY IS LOVING…
Golfing in Ireland with B his first 18 holes.
Visiting family for the holidays.
Time off work.
B IS LOVING…
Riding the ferry to Ireland.
Playing his first 18 holes of golf with Daddy.
Roaming with his cousins in the Irish fields.
Dancing to the Trolls soundtrack.
MM is LOVING…
Riding her bike without stabilizers .
Getting into B’s school for September. WHOOP!
Running in a field of her favorite color.
Singing at the top of her lungs in the car to the radio.
April has been so good to us. We have had no illnesses for any of us which has been a blessing with all the time off school. Easter over in Ireland the weather was beautiful so we had plenty of fresh air and playing outdoors. It’s now bank holiday weekend and we are into May just like that!