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

 

Omaha, Omaha! (Set…hut!)

Well, after a two month adventure at my mom’s place, we now live in a place of our own in Omaha. We’re thankful to be here and enjoying having a place to make our own. I had a few weeks where I didn’t really take many pictures because I was so busy, but I hope to be taking more pictures again. It’s also been a bit cold and sometimes snowy, so I haven’t really been outside much. And now that we don’t walk to get to places like we did in Chicago, I rarely get the opportunity.

But here are some photos from over the last few weeks or so.

No Photography!
No Photographs, please!

 

Sunset
A view from my mom’s porch

 

Micah in Uncle Matt's Shoes
Micah posing in Uncle Matt’s shoes

 

The Boys Playing
Micah and Ezra playing with each other.

 

Boys and Books
The boys “reading” together.

 

Ezra
Chubby Ezra sitting around looking kind of dazed after a nap.

 

Micah and Ezra
Micah and Ezra playing with their track.

 

Micah on the Table
Micah loves two things: climbing and opening doors. It’s a plus when these two things can be combined. But not so much for me.

 

Peppers
Peppers.

 

Broccoli
Any guesses as to what this is? It’s broccoli.

 

Oranges
Oranges. Must be winter.

 

Micah and Ezra
The boys playing together. I love that they’re able to play with each other so well now.

 

Sarah's Nursing Figurine
My grandmother gave Sarah a nursing figurine of a nurse holding a baby. It was hers from back when she was a nurse. But she thought it was fitting for Sarah to get it because she is now a Labor and Delivery nurse.

 

Omaha at Sunset
Looking over Omaha as a plane takes off.

 

Omaha at Sunset
The Omaha skyline from Council Bluffs as the sun sets.

 

Omaha at Sunset
Not quite the Chicago skyline. That’s for sure. But we are growing to love Omaha.

 

Omaha at Sunset
And the sun peeks behind the horizon.

 

Omaha at Sunset
It’s amazing how quickly the sky begins to change as the sun sets.

 

Omaha at Sunset
Omaha and the Missouri river.

 

Omaha at Sunset
The moon looked really neat hovering above the city.

 

Omaha at Sunset
I love that the Omaha area has so many hills to capture neat views of the city from all kinds of angles.

 

Micah and his puppy
Micah loves taking his puppy for “walks”

 

Purple Streak
Caught this plane flying overhead while on our way out of a Target.

 

Plane Streaks and the Moon
I thought the moon looked cool with those wispy plane trails.

 

Golden Hour Globe
Who needs a snow globe when you can capture a golden hour globe?

 

Our House
Here’s our new house after the first snow of February.

 

Micah Sledding
We were finally able to break out Micah’s new sled. He’s never been sledding before and so it was fun to be able to let him sled in our very own backyard.

 

Micah Sledding
He really seemed to enjoy himself!

 

We may be a new home, but the routines remain the same. Micah steals his brothers food. Ezra gets upset. And so on…

 

Ezra’s getting bigger and cuter (and time for a haircut) – I can’t help but want to hug him all the time. (Please don’t mind the messy room behind him…)

 

Micah “helping” me unpack our boxes.

 

Micah wearing his Japanese yukata hanging out with his Great-Uncle Norman.

 

Obviously not the clearest picture, but Ezra hopes you had a good Valentine’s Day. Clearly he got a big kiss on the cheek from his mommy.

 

Home Shots

After going to a pancake breakfast this morning we mostly just hung around the house. I decided to take a few shots. I’ve been also trying to take more pictures with my iPhone. I don’t give my iPhone 5s enough credit. I always feel like I need my actual camera with me everywhere, but I’m trying to use my phone more often to take pictures. There are things which it can do that my camera often times cannot do. For one thing it has a wider angle lens on it than I usually use on my camera, so it’s great for being able to capture wider angle pictures. But it also does a great job with exposure and white balance, lending itself to some great pictures. Some of the pictures below are taken with my iPhone.

Ezra
Ezra SO wants to crawl right now. He’s getting closer.
Micah got Stuck
This captures life at the Seaman household pretty accurately.
Micah playing, Mommy Reading
Micah playing with his blocks, while mommy reads.
Micah Blocks
Lovely light coming through the windows.
Sarah watching the boys
Sarah looks over at Micah while he plays.
Sarah reading
Sarah has been reading the books that the show “Call the Midwife” is based upon. She has had a hard time putting them down.
Sarah Reading
Here’s a shot in color.
Clean dishes
Here’s a shot for my future self – to remind myself of the dishes I clean so often. Lots of kids forks and spoons and cups these days.
Kitchen Sink
As Sarah and I are preparing to leave the Chicago area most likely, I am trying to capture some aspects of the apartment we live in now for future memory. This place is old. I like to think it has character. Our faucet was so rickety that it broke twice before I decided that it was time for a new one.
Ezra on the Floor
Ezra scoots on the floor. The last few days and weeks before he starts crawling. Micah supervises.
Ezra trying to crawl
Ezra. Cute as can be.
Ezra in the Bean Bag
Ezra likes being in the bean bag, but he also wants to be able to crawl out of it.
Ezra in the Bean Bag
Goofy Ezra.
Bucket Head Micah
Micah the bucket head.
Micah and Friends
Definitely not the clearest shot, but Micah loves hanging out with his buddy Charlotte. And she enjoys being in charge of him.
Candy corn
S’mores candy corn. Yes. It’s good.
Candy Corn
Candy Corn.
Candy Corn
Candy Corn close up.

Midwest landscapes, Family, and Wedding Bells

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.

 

Mum's the word.
Here are some wonderfully bright mums outside my grandmother’s new assisted living facility.
Mama and Micah
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.
Boys on the floor
Micah investigates my Aunt’s cell phone as Ezra watches.
Backyard tree
The trees seemed to be right at their peak while we were visiting.
Tortoise and the Hare
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.
Mommy and the costume boys
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!
Daddy and the costume boys
Here’s one with the boys and me.
Halloween family shot
And all four of us!
Mama and Ezra
Ezra the Tortoise liked great-grandma’s necklace.
Mama and Ezra
Ezra liked sitting on Great-Grandma’s lap.
Micah at the porch
While at my mom’s new house Micah really enjoyed going in and out onto the deck, opening and closing the screen door.
Neighbor pond
My mom’s neighbors have a nice little pond with some pumpkins and big fish.
Fall colors
One of my mom’s trees was rapidly dropping it’s orange leaves throughout the time we were there.
Ezra playing
Ezra is able to keep himself entertained pretty well.
Matthew feeding Ezra
Uncle Matt feeding Ezra some lunch.
Ezra after eating
Don’t mess with a man while he’s eating.
Ezra after eating
Nevermind…all better.
Sunset colors
Bright orange sunsets make for dramatic pictures.
Sunset colors
A beautiful midwestern sunset.
Colors through the branches
Sunset with trees that have already given up their leaves for the year.
Fountain
This is the fountain in Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa where my mom and my grandmothers live.
Micah and the Squirrel
The lighting was bad, but here’s Micah riding a squirrel at Bayliss Park.
Micah and the Squirrel
AND kissing one. (He’s so affectionate.)
Mommy and Micah at the Fountain
Mommy and Micah standing at the fountain.
Micah climbing the Fountain
As Micah climbed up on the fountain the air all around seemed to glow orange from the beautiful sunset.
Fountain in Council Bluffs
Here’s a shot f the fountain before the sun had gone below the horizon.
Fountain in Council Bluffs
Here’s a shot of the fountain after the sun went down
Fountain in Council Bluffs
Quite a bit blurry, but this is a handheld shot with the shutter open longer than a second.
Hanging out at my mom's new house in Iowa. The weather was perfect today. Here's a rare shot of me and Micah.
Here’s a rare shot of Micah and me in front of a beautiful tree in my mom’s backyard.
I have the privilege of calling these lovely people my family. #ofkorth
My cousin Becky and her immediate family. Such a lovely group!
Korth Wedding
Becky and Luke exchanging their vows.
Korth Wedding
The newly married couple being pronounced as man and wife.

Korth Wedding

Korth Wedding
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.
Korth Wedding
Some of the lights at the wedding.
Korth 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!
#latergram from last night at #slowdown.
This is outside at Slowdown – the venue where they were married.
Grandma and Micah and the pumpkin
Grandma and Micah make a Mr. Pumpkin Head jack-o-lantern together.
Grandma and Micah and the pumpkin
Micah and grandma putting on the various facial features of Mr. Pumpkin Head.
Ezra and his drum
Ezra and his drum.
Post-Wedding get together
A post-wedding family get together.
NFL football in the morning!
NFL football in the morning!
Morning brother snuggles.
Micah and Ezra sharing some snuggles in grandma’s chair.
Birds
Some birds on a grey day in Nebraska.
Micah and Grandma
We stopped for a bit at my grandparents’ lake house. Here’s grandma and Micah walking down the hill to the water.
Micah and Grandma
Another shot of grandma and Micah.
Beaver Lake water tower
The Beaver Lake water tower.
Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake.
The Beaver Lake House
The house.
Sarah at Beaver Lake
Sarah looking out the window towards the lake. She spotted a bald eagle!
Ezra on the Floor 3
Ezra chillin’
Ezra on the Floor
Ezra sitting around like a boss.
Hanging out at Beaver Lake
Ezra snuggles with Grandma while Micah gets consoled by mommy.
Beaver Lake
A look out towards the lake.
Micah and Great Grandma
Micah’s sitting with his other great-grandmother.
Ezra and Great-Grandma
Ezra and great-grandma Seaman met for the first time on this trip. They are over 94 years apart in age!
Ezra and Great-Grandma
Ezra hanging out with great-grandma
Mommy and Ezra Book Time
Mommy and Ezra reading together.
Mommy and Ezra Book Time
Mommy and Ezra reading.
Mama and Ezra
Ezra and great-grandma Knott.
Grandma and Ezra
Ezra and grandma.
Grandma and Ezra
Ezra, grandma, and Micah sneaking away…

Schaumburg Boomers

I had no idea that Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, had a minor league baseball team. Some friends of ours invited us to spend the afternoon with them at a game on Sunday, and so we went. It was a beautiful day. Here are a few shots:

Sky
We had a beautiful sunny day with just a few clouds
Sky
The stadium was a bit small, but it had two nice grassy areas for families.
The kiddos at the baseball game
It was a hot and sunny day. Micah mostly ran around the whole time – here is the one moment he sat down.
The kiddos at the baseball game
Ezra is often the center of attention these days.
Micah climbing
Micah climbing the stairs.
Micah and sidewalk chalk
There was sidewalk chalk laying around, and Micah made good use of it.
Ezra in his stroller
Ezra chilling, enjoying the game and the kids running around.
Mommy and Micah walking down
Micah and mommy walk down to get a closer look.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball game
Snuggle time at the game — clearly engaged with the play to play action.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball game
Laughing with mommy.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball game
Hanging out on the blanket.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball
Enjoying the game on the blanket.
Boomers pitcher
A pitcher warms up.
Sidewalk memories
Remembering the day.