For Ezra’s fourth birthday I got him his very own camera. I thought it might be neat to post some of his pictures here every once and a while.
All these photos are taken exclusively by him since his birthday. I think I’ll post pictures of his on here from time to time. This is very exciting for me. I love seeing what he captures.
Continue reading “Through Ezra’s Eyes”
Over the last couple days it has been hovering between -5 and 15 degrees outside. That kind of weather doesn’t really make you want to go anywhere for a while. So the kids, the dog, and I have been hanging out at home finding things to do.
This morning and afternoon I decided to get out my camera and take some pictures. Every time I do this I wonder why I don’t do it more. I love taking pictures of my kids and now the dog, too.
Here are some of the pictures. There’s a lot of them. The pictures I took in our basement were all in black and white. But for the most part, I included the color photos of when we were playing on the couch in the living room.
Yikes! April flew by this year. It’s hard to believe, really. But I guess that must mean that life has been busy. Sarah transitioned to working night shift this month, and that has changed up our routines and daily lives a bit. I got a few good representative pictures this month of what life is like around here. I am going to be taking more in May because I’m going to try and participate in Pentax Forums’ a picture a day again. It’s been a while since I’ve done a pic a day, life just got too hectic. But I may try and start it up again this next month.
Anyway, here’s a roundup of some of this past month’s photos (and one video).
On Maundy Thursday, we learned about servanthood and humility. Micah washed his brothers feet, imitating Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.
Micah climbs in bed every morning now. With mommy often gone, he gets half the bed to himself.
I took pictures of the Easter service of my church. It took place at the Holland Center for the Arts in downtown Omaha. There were some neat buildings outside. You can feel free to check out some of my pictures from the Easter service on my blog.
Here’s a shot from before the service. The place was a really neat venue.
Easter this year took place at my mom’s place in Council Bluffs. Ezra and Micah enjoyed finding eggs spread throughout the yard.
Ezra enjoyed eating Peeps for the first time – two of them at once. (Of course.)
Our family with my grandmother on Easter.
When Micah and Ezra were finding their eggs they had to open each one as they found it and eat the jelly bean that was inside before they moved on to try and find another egg.
Micah and Ezra spend their entire days together. Sometimes Ezra is Micah’s shadow.
Although they have their moments, it’s clear they love each other very much.
Here’s Micah trying to play peek-a-boo with Ezra. And yes…Ezra’s not wearing any pants…
It may have been the middle of April, but that didn’t prevent it from snowing.
Micah prepared himself for the elements.
Dad prepared himself for the elements.
But April’s precipitation has lead to flowers starting to grow, and a yard growing with plenty of grass to cut. 😦
This is the back wall of our yard. I like the varying colors and textures.
For the first time since…well…October, I think, I was able to get out of the house and do some work at a coffee shop. It was so nice just to get out of the house for a while.
I visited Echo Coffee in Omaha. It was good and a pleasant place.
We stopped at a neat place in Omaha to take a few pictures with some graffiti. I have have a whole blog post of other shots from here if you care to see them.
The biggest development of the month was that Ezra has learned to walk and now walks everywhere he can.
He loves being able to waddle around without having to crawl.
When the weather is nice, and we have a relaxing evening, we all like to go on a family walk in our neighborhood.
Flowers started to bloom throughout the neighborhood. Spring finally arrived.
A shot of a flower inside my house. We try and keep some flowers around to brighten up our dining room a bit.
Ezra turning to look at me as he scavenges food from off the floor…
Micah waves and says hello.
Ezra has discovered his tongue and loves to show it to people.
Mommy helping Ezra walk through the grass in our front yard.
Mommy and Ezra.
It’s been hard where we live to experience much natural light coming in our windows. We face north and south, and it doesn’t lend itself to lots of good natural light shots. But the light was seeping into the kitchen on this day and I liked the mood.
We all eagerly wait for Mommy to get home in the mornings. Perhaps no one more than Micah. Here he is welcoming mommy home as she pulls into the driveway.
I was glad to be able to watch my brother play some tennis at a rival high school in Council Bluffs. It was nice to just sit with my mom while he whooped up.
A quick family dinner at Arby’s. A very rare thing these days.
This is now the typical reaction in the evening when mommy leaves for work. It’s not the most pleasant thing in the world. Meltdown level: Nuclear.
And lastly a video of the boys. A glimpse into a typical morning at our house.
We are finally settling down pretty well here in Omaha. I have neglected to post the various pictures I’ve taken the past couple months, so I thought I’d take some time to go back post some of them. People often ask us if we miss Chicago, and honestly, how could we not? It’s an amazing city with some pretty incredible people. But we are happy and content with where we are. Sarah enjoys her job as a labor and delivery nurse, and the boys have definitely enjoyed having a house in which they can be as loud as they might want to be.
Here are some of the pictures that I took in March: [See February’s pictures
Omaha’s Zoo is very well respected as one of the best in the country. We are fortunate to live about 10 minutes away. We now have a season pass and have already been there a number of times. Here’s Ezra enjoying the fish in the aquarium.
The jellyfish exhibit is always one of my favorites.
The colors of these weird creatures are incredible. Yet, they somehow still kind of gross me out.
After a winter of being indoors, we were excited to finally take our first family walk around our new neighborhood. Ezra was happy about it too!
The sun set as we went on our walk. Beautiful midwest sunset.
We have a park and playground near our house that we’ve visited a few times now, too. Micah loves to run around on the playground.
Ezra also likes being at the park, but he doesn’t seem to enjoy the slides as much as his brother.
Micah trying to decide what to do next.
Ezra does love the swings, just like his brother.
The boys swinging together.
Ezra climbing on the playground.
Sarah helps Ezra keep balance on a the dinosaur.
Micah loves the slides!
I finally got a Chemex, and I have used quite frequently since purchasing it. It makes the best coffee in my opinion.
For St. Patrick’s Day, we went to a parade downtown. Ezra was more interested in the things around him.
Wearing plenty of green for the day.
Birds enjoyed the parade on a beautiful morning.
I take so many pictures of the kids that sometimes I forget to take pictures of my beautiful wife. It doesn’t really matter what she’s doing or up to, she’s always pretty.
March was also the month we finally decided to get Ezra a haircut. It transformed him into a little man.
Micah also got a much needed haircut that day, too.
I love being a part of the Instagram community. It is such a unique place on the web. But twice a year, Instagram hosts a global Instameet, in which local instagrammers in cities all across the world meet up with each other to go on a photo walk and meet the people whom we interact with on the app. This year I met up with a few instagrammers from the Omaha area. We explored Boys Town on the west side of Omaha. A unique place with a cool history (nothing like the boystown in Chicago, btw…)
Stained glass windows in the tomb of the founder of Boys Town.
Boys Town contains the world’s largest ball of stamps. This thing is over 600 pounds and contains over 4 million stamps. It’s in the Guinness book of world records.
Another angle of the ball of stamps.
Neat patterns made by the stamps.
I thought the doors outside this chapel looked pretty cool.
Here’s the inside of the chapel.
And an angel statue in some pine cones?
It was a beautiful day outside.
Here’s the inside of the founder’s house. A bit busy, I’d say…
An old typewriter in the office of the founder.
There were many gargoyles around the campus of Boys Town.
Here’s another shot from a different angle of that same gargoyle.
A view looking up at the chapel.
A wooden monk figurine caught my attention because of how the lighting hit it.
Here’s a shot of the chapel with a lens flare. I thought it made for a cool shot.
And here it is again from a different angle.
Inside the founder’s house the light coming through the windows was neat. And I liked the symmetry.
There was an example of the old schoolhouse.
I thought it interesting that they had pictures of Native Americans hanging in the house. It made me wonder what the story was behind them.
Outside of the campus of Boys Town there is an abandoned farm. It had a few cool things to capture.
Anyone else see an emoji in this shot?
Due to the farm being abandoned, this wasn’t much of a worry.
Ezra got a cool superheroes book from his Aunt Lauren, but Micah had to check it out first.
But Ezra seemed to also approve.
This picture is from Ezra’s birthday party, but it is one of my favorites that I have taken of him.
I made a whole blog post of Ezra’s birthday party, but here’s one of him stuffing the cake into his face.
Aksarben is the neighborhood in Omaha where we live. Aksarben is a growing area. Here in this park Omaha hosts Maha Music Festival. This year Modest Mouse is headlining.
Bath time now means two boys taking a bath at the same time. Ezra got a number of these toys for his birthday.
Micah enjoys his bath time reading.
It’s hard to believe, but Ezra turned one last week. We celebrated his birthday with family this past weekend. It was fun to have others with us to be able to celebrate together. Here are some pics of the little guy on his big day.
Ezra the birthday boy. He’s such a handsome and fun little guy.
Ezra posing, looking at me as I take his picture.
My little handsome man. I think this is probably one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of Ezra.
Micah sits with his cousin as we get ready for cake eating/smashing time.
Ezra can stand up on his own, but he refuses to walk much. He much prefers to crawl.
Ezra and mommy. 🙂
Ezra getting prepped for cake time.
Ezra’s trying to figure out why everyone is watching him while trying to figure out what that big thing is in front of him. Is it food? Micah looks on with anticipation and jealousy.
Ezra starts poking around to figure out if it’s edible. (Micah claps in excitement).
“Hmm…I think I can eat this!”
NOM NOM NOM!
“This tastes so good! I’m dumbstruck that I’m allowed to eat it!”
From above. I think Ezra’s an icing guy.
Still stuffing his face. Yum.
And some for us.
Present time. (Picture taken by my wife…)
It seems like just yesterday that Micah was getting his first haircut. But today Ezra got his first (and long overdue) haircut in preparation for his first birthday on the 23rd!
Ezra’s been needing a haircut for a while now. That hair is untamable.
His hair is very curly and thick in the back.
Ezra had no issues with getting his haircut. He was chill as could be.
Unlike his big brother, Ezra finds interest in what is playing on TV.
Ezra being a good boy as she cuts away those locks.
He seemed to like getting his haircut. We really didn’t know if he would or not.
Starting to look like a big boy!
Driving his car through the last lap of his haircut.
Such a cutie! Still doing well!
The stylists definitely know what they are doing to be able to cut the hair where they need to without letting the kid squirm all over the place.
Ezra and the hair stylist really seemed to hit it off.
Micah was also getting his haircut. He could see Ezra getting his haircut in the mirror.
Finishing up those last little bits.
Ezra transformed into a young little man.
Here’s the same picture in color.
This year for Halloween my mom had the great idea for the kids to be a tortoise and a hare. You wouldn’t even need to see them to know who was who. It ended up being a very cute idea. Micah was very proud of his costume, and Ezra just fit the tortoise profile very well. Although, he’s stuck whether or not he’s on his back or his stomach. It was too cold to go out this year, so we stayed inside and played as a family. Micah even had
a little hip hop dance party.
This past weekend Sarah, the boys, and I all traveled out to the Omaha, Nebraska area. We went primarily to go to my cousin’s wedding, but also to see family. My mother just recently moved out there with my brother, so it was also an opportunity to spend some time with them and see their new place. Here are some various pictures from our time there this weekend.
Here are some wonderfully bright mums outside my grandmother’s new assisted living facility.
My grandma (my mom’s mom) was able to see the boys. This was the first time she had met Ezra and the last time she had seen Micah was last year at Thanksgiving.
Micah investigates my Aunt’s cell phone as Ezra watches.
The trees seemed to be right at their peak while we were visiting.
Micah and Ezra got to preview their halloween costumes at my grandma’s facility. There was a trick-or-treating event at my Grandma’s facility. So the boys got to preview their new halloween costumes. They are the tortoise and the hare.
It was towards the end of the evening and the boys were a bit tired, so getting a good picture was hard to do. Rabbits move quickly!
Here’s one with the boys and me.
And all four of us!
Ezra the Tortoise liked great-grandma’s necklace.
Ezra liked sitting on Great-Grandma’s lap.
While at my mom’s new house Micah really enjoyed going in and out onto the deck, opening and closing the screen door.
My mom’s neighbors have a nice little pond with some pumpkins and big fish.
One of my mom’s trees was rapidly dropping it’s orange leaves throughout the time we were there.
Ezra is able to keep himself entertained pretty well.
Uncle Matt feeding Ezra some lunch.
Don’t mess with a man while he’s eating.
Bright orange sunsets make for dramatic pictures.
A beautiful midwestern sunset.
Sunset with trees that have already given up their leaves for the year.
This is the fountain in Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa where my mom and my grandmothers live.
The lighting was bad, but here’s Micah riding a squirrel at Bayliss Park.
AND kissing one. (He’s so affectionate.)
Mommy and Micah standing at the fountain.
As Micah climbed up on the fountain the air all around seemed to glow orange from the beautiful sunset.
Here’s a shot f the fountain before the sun had gone below the horizon.
Here’s a shot of the fountain after the sun went down
Quite a bit blurry, but this is a handheld shot with the shutter open longer than a second.
Here’s a rare shot of Micah and me in front of a beautiful tree in my mom’s backyard.
My cousin Becky and her immediate family. Such a lovely group!
Becky and Luke exchanging their vows.
The newly married couple being pronounced as man and wife.
My favorite moment in a wedding is just after they have been pronounced husband and wife. The bride and groom always glance at each other and flash each other the most authentic and best smile of the night.
Some of the lights at the wedding.
These are some of the epic wedding decorations. These paper bells were each individually made and strung up by various members of my family in preparation for the wedding. Amazing idea – and a lot of work!
This is outside at Slowdown – the venue where they were married.
Grandma and Micah make a Mr. Pumpkin Head jack-o-lantern together.
Micah and grandma putting on the various facial features of Mr. Pumpkin Head.
Ezra and his drum.
A post-wedding family get together.
NFL football in the morning!
Micah and Ezra sharing some snuggles in grandma’s chair.
Some birds on a grey day in Nebraska.
We stopped for a bit at my grandparents’ lake house. Here’s grandma and Micah walking down the hill to the water.
Another shot of grandma and Micah.
The Beaver Lake water tower.
Sarah looking out the window towards the lake. She spotted a bald eagle!
Ezra sitting around like a boss.
Ezra snuggles with Grandma while Micah gets consoled by mommy.
A look out towards the lake.
Micah’s sitting with his other great-grandmother.
Ezra and great-grandma Seaman met for the first time on this trip. They are over 94 years apart in age!
Ezra hanging out with great-grandma
Mommy and Ezra reading together.
Mommy and Ezra reading.
Ezra and great-grandma Knott.
Ezra and grandma.
Ezra, grandma, and Micah sneaking away…