Sunday, May 08, 2011


Miss Celeste, originally uploaded by MrsMama.

I love the gleam in her eye here. This sweet 3 year old wasn't very sure about having her photo taken, but once I brought out the tutu, she was smitten.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Samuel is 6 months


Remember this little baby?


Look how big he is now!Samuel9 Samuel28 Samuel34

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

In the right light, at the right time,

everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

Because I take pictures, I am constantly noticing the Light around me.  Not only do I take note of it in my own surroundings, I notice it in magazine photos and on TV as well.  Apparently I’m not the only one.  I found this article very interesting and informative.  If you are a Light Junkie, check it out!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Cupcakes Gone Astray

This Spring I found a tutorial for some adorable sheep cupcakes.  I couldn’t wait to make them for Easter!  What says “Spring” more than cute little lambs?  cupcake1

I whipped up a batch and showed the Munchkins how to decorate the top, then I left them to it.   

When I came back, I found this:cupcake4

and this:cupcake2

and this:cupcake3

Apparently, I have very creative children.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Of (flying) Mice and Men


The kids and I built a bonfire in the backyard last night.  After we cooked hot dogs and snarfed down s’mores, we licked the last of the sticky mess off of our fingers and settled back in our chairs to watch the dusky blue sky fade to twilight.

All around us we could hear night animals beginning to wake up.

“Maybe we’ll see a bat,” I ventured.  It’s always a treat to see a bat in our yard, flitting about the sky.  So far this year, we hadn’t.

“There’s a star,” Miss Munchkin suddenly pointed.  “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight.  I wish I may, I wish I might have this wish I wish tonight.”  She paused, lost in hopes and dreams.

“Wish for a bat!” The Master suggested hopefully.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Remember this little lady?  She was the star of my very first newborn photoshoot.


She went on to be slightly famous when Ree gave this picture a shout out on her blog.



Well, guess who just turned one?  I was so glad that her mother asked me to document the happy occasion.  Miss Margo is just as laid back and sweet as she was as a newborn but it’s fun looking back and seeing how much she’s physically changed in the last year!

This was my first 1-year Photoshoot.  She and her mother made it entirely delightful.


This is the same pink headband that she had on when she was a newborn.  Awwww….



Happy Birthday Margo Mae.  I love watching you grow!

Monday, April 11, 2011

She's Home

She, originally uploaded by MrsMama.

My Favorite Sister is back in the states.  

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Little Red is in the Hood


I snapped this picture of Miss Munchkin in the woods behind our house last Fall.

Friday, February 18, 2011

In Which MrsMama Plays Hooky

The weather was so beautiful today that I put Master Munchkin’s seatwork on hold and we hit the road for a Field Trip.  We’ve been studying local Kansas History and had recently learned about John Brown and his role in the anti-slavery movement.

One of his historical battles, the Battle of Black Jack, was fought just minutes from our house.  We set out to explore the site.BlackJack1 BlackJack2

The Master gazing at a grove of Sugar Maples, thinking about syrup.BlackJack3

Some historians consider the Battle of Black Jack to be the first true battle of the American Civil War.

The men on both sides of the fight took refuge in the creek beds that run along the property.  The Master was hoping to find a bullet or even a gun that somebody dropped during the five hour fight.  Hey, a boy can hope!

We didn’t find anything metal but we did find ruts from wagon wheels near the creek (I’ve marked them in red on the photo).BlackJack4

We found a neat stone bridge.BlackJack5

While not related to John Brown, this silo also demanded exploration.  Look closely - can you see the Master?  Wait!  Don’t go in there!  I think there’s something in the Homeschool Handbook about safety…BlackJack6

Past the silo we explored some native prairie and ambled down a nature trail.  We saw some deer tracks and a few very large dog-like prints.

After tromping around for a few hours, we were ready for a break so we headed into the little town for some Wheat State pizza.  Wheat is one of Kansas’s main crops.  So eating pizza on wheat crust is definitely educational.  That’s in the handbook too. :)


I love field trips!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Linky Love


Here are some goodies I’ve come across recently:

First, I found a recipe for my favorite Girl Scout cookie, Thin mints.  Yea!

We all probably know someone who is a little lost in the kitchen.  MrMama, this one’s for you :)  How to Boil Water

Lastly, Flickr is one of my favorite places to get photographic inspiration.  If you want to see what makes me gasp, check these out.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I have seen hell and it’s white

“I believe I have have seen hell and it’s white, snow-white.”

Not really, I just love that scene from the BBC miniseries “North and South” and have always wanted to say that.  Actually, we have enjoyed the snow that our brief blizzard has brought us.

Master Munchkin and I built a snow cave today.  It wasn’t a “proper” snow cave – more like a hole in a drift, but in my mind it looked like this:
From Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
After all of our architectural efforts, we had worked up an appetite so we made one of my favorite Winter treats, snow cream.  I think the two activities cancel each other out calorically, don’t you?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Favorite Face of 2010

Looking back over 2010, I have a handful or two of favorite faces.  They include some stunning Seniors, bewitching babies and charming children.  But one photo makes me smile every time I look at it.
His eyes, his ears, his shy smile - this little guy just makes my day!


Saturday, January 01, 2011