Through Ezra’s Eyes

Through Ezra’s Eyes

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”

A Lazy Winter Day at Home

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.

morning with Micah

the boys in the kitchen

ezra and the wall

morning with Micah

morning with Micah

morning with Micah

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

Lazy winter day

 

April, Come and Gone

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).

Maundy Thursday: an opportunity for lessons in servanthood and humility for these two kiddos.
On Maundy Thursday, we learned about servanthood and humility. Micah washed his brothers feet, imitating Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.

My Good Friday started off with this guy running into my room and jumping into bed. We decided to enjoy some morning laughs and giggles in bed before the little bro wakes up. Hoping your day is off to a good start too! 😄
Micah climbs in bed every morning now. With mommy often gone, he gets half the bed to himself.

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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.

Easter at the Holland 2015
Here’s a shot from before the service. The place was a really neat venue.

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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.)

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Our family with my grandmother on Easter.

Yep.

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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.

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Micah and Ezra spend their entire days together. Sometimes Ezra is Micah’s shadow.

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Although they have their moments, it’s clear they love each other very much.

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Here’s Micah trying to play peek-a-boo with Ezra. And yes…Ezra’s not wearing any pants…

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It may have been the middle of April, but that didn’t prevent it from snowing.

Micah prepared himself for the elements.

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Dad prepared himself for the elements.

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But April’s precipitation has lead to flowers starting to grow, and a yard growing with plenty of grass to cut. 😦

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This is the back wall of our yard. I like the varying colors and textures.

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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.

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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.

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The biggest development of the month was that Ezra has learned to walk and now walks everywhere he can.

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He loves being able to waddle around without having to crawl.

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When the weather is nice, and we have a relaxing evening, we all like to go on a family walk in our neighborhood.

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Flowers started to bloom throughout the neighborhood. Spring finally arrived.

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A shot of a flower inside my house. We try and keep some flowers around to brighten up our dining room a bit.

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Ezra turning to look at me as he scavenges food from off the floor…

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Micah waves and says hello.

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Ezra has discovered his tongue and loves to show it to people.

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Mommy helping Ezra walk through the grass in our front yard.

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Mommy and Ezra.

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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.

Micah excitedly welcomed mommy home this morning after she worked three 12 hour night shifts in a row. It's been an adjustment this past week as she switched to night shift. But we are learning new patterns and are so appreciative for how hard mommy works
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.

Moving from Chicago was a big decision for the four of us. Hard to believe that was over four months ago now. But we decided that being closer to my family would make all the trouble of moving and getting settled into a new home worth it. And it has been.
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.

We got the meats. (But mostly curly fries.)
A quick family dinner at Arby’s. A very rare thing these days.

Mommy left for work. Melt down level: nuclear. 😭
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.

Snapshots of Daily Life

If you’ve followed my blog here you know that I’ve been trying to document more of my daily life. I’ve been taking more pictures using my iPhone recently. I have been posting these pictures as I take them on my Tumblr blog, if that is something you use. But I plan to occasionally post them here too in groupings as I have time.

Late night chat at Kafein
This past week I went to see a movie with a friend of mine. We saw “Dear White People.” (It was a good one, check it out.) Afterwards we headed over to a place Kafein and stayed there until it closed at 2:00am. I ordered decaf, of course. How ironically hipster of me…

Lazy Sunday afternoon. Ezra is really trying to crawl.

Morning brother play time
Micah and Ezra love playing with each other.

With it being grey outside, and a bit colder these last few days we haven't really been outside much. Micah clearly feels a bit cooped up.
Micah seemed like he was really wanting to go outside the other day. He climbed up on the windowsill so he could get a good look outside.

All smiles
Micah may be a troublemaker, but he knows how to be cute.

At Bad Dog.
On Monday I headed over to a Giants bar in my neighborhood to watch Monday Night Football. I ended up being the only person there for most of the night. The bartender and I ended up talking fantasy football.

Ezra chewing on his banana
Ezra likes chewing on his teething banana. He has three teeth coming in at the moment.

Micah beyond the gate
Micah hates being on the other side of the gate. Be begs and pleads to be allowed over so he can rome the dining room and kitchen.

Morning drive
With daylight savings time rolling back the clocks, it caused my drive to work to experience sunrises again, for a few more weeks.

Morning sun.
Morning light pouring over all the plants at work.

The Trinity Pond
The pond at Trinity representing the day very well.

Wine reflections and diffractions.
A shot of the wine bottle label through my wine glass.

New Mugs
Our church recently went through a rebranding process. We give our visitors a mug when they come to our church. (We mug our visitors.) So we have new mugs with our new logo on it. He’s a shot of them that I took for the church website that I didn’t end up using.