Sweet Shot Tuesday: Kids at the Park

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We’ve got a local park that has a great barn. I’ve been dying to get out there and take some photos.  Last week, I finally got the opportunity when some friends from our homeschool group met there for a play date.  My kids were, of course, thrilled (not) for the photo op.  One of them, at least — Brianna — was gracious about it anyway.  I did manage to get some great photos of them, though…unless you happen to like smiling.  Here are some of my favorites:

I can’t believe how big my boy is getting; he looks so grown in this picture:

Josh in tree

Megan was already hot and sweaty, but still cute in this photo — my first attempt at standing on a park bench, taking a photo looking down:

Megan at park

Brianna, my one willing guinea pig, let me make several of her.  I loved this one in front of a monument at the park (which I don’t think is a headstone, despite what the kids said, though I could be wrong since it’s been awhile since I’ve taken the time to read it):

Brianna at park

Brianna took this one of me:

Kris at barn

I wish my face wasn’t still so fat-looking, but, hey, I’m getting there, right?

Then, yesterday, Brianna called me outside because there was a huge dragonfly on one of our bushes.  He let me get pretty close:


Doesn’t he look like he’s smiling?  We thought he looked like Evinrude from The Rescuers.

Finally, I had to snap this one of Gus, the cat:

Gus, the homeschool cat

Isn’t he going to make a great homeschool cat, perched up on top of my stack of books like that?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I like how you included everyone in this post. Love the one on the bench of your daughter too.

    Yes, the dragonfly does look like he's smiling!

  2. I love how dragonflies look like they are smiling! I have a post on my blog from last week with several shots of one I fished out of the pool and snapped away while he was drying off and unable to fly yet. The protraits of your children are lovely!

  3. Great shots, beautiful family, awesome dragonfly, cute cat and your face isn't fat looking, you are beautiful.

  4. Actually, girl, your face is NOT so fat looking. I think it must be the angle of this photo, because I see you all the time and I just took mental note of how SLIM your face is becoming. I notice all your adorable dimples and your great smile! If I must say so, you're looking rather petite…though you might not believe it.

    If you want more photo practice, I need my kids' portraits done before Casee leaves for a year. Think about it.

  5. Your kids are beautiful! Wow. I love that you have one willing model : ) I totally feel your pain with that!

  6. definitely sweet shots! i love that you included a shot of yourself, and since this is my first time visiting, are you loosing weight? {the "getting there" comment}… if so, good for you. 🙂

  7. I love your blog! I just found it through another blogger who uses My Father's World curriculum like I do. Your pictures are amazing. What kind of camera do you use? I'm thinking of getting a new one and need input. And I don't think your face looks fat! Love your humor.

  8. Great pictures! You should try that standing bench shot more often 🙂 Kitty is so cute! Reminds me of a book shop's cat, just lounging about the books. And PS your face does not look fat.

  9. Great shots I love how the red background of some of these match your blog. Great reminder for me too, I need to do new shots of my kids.

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