Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a little slice of fall and letting go.

what is it about a michigan fall that makes me think that anything is possible. when walking through the leaves, i can hear them crunching against the chilled the cement. that crunching makes me happy.

looking down and glimpsing the fall foliage, different colored leaves and their colors popping against the landscape. it reminds me how beautiful mother nature can be! these colors make me happy and the kids too. merely judging by the 'leaf angels' being made and the twirling going on by my daughter, i'm pretty sure the kids are enjoying the change in weather and environment as much as i am!

*baby bump toes. i can hardly see them without falling over and i still have 18 weeks to go!

the kids couldn't wait to get outside and make a pile of leaves and jump into them. unfortunately, it had rained for a few days before we got there, so we couldn't do that right away, but we did explore the grounds. well, the kids did most of that, i mostly breathed in every breath of cold, clean air that i could fill my lungs with at a time. it was so cleansing.



last year, we celebrated florida style, but this year we were lucky enough to be in michigan again this past week. my sister celebrated her marriage to the guy she loves, in the most beautiful of all times of year, fall. ahhhh, we love us some fall over here! more of my sister's celebration later!

the kids enjoyed cup after cup of hot cocoa (or coffee as they call it)

they collected leaves looking for the perfect one! sito monitored and told the kids how special each leave was.

letting go is hard to do. there are so many things that, as a parent, involve letting go. if you are a reader of this blog, you probably know i have a problem with it. especially when it has to do with the little ones in my life. these precious beings that i just love so much.
well, this time it's not about the kids, it's about the fact that i don't have my camera this week or last week for that matter and the one i used in the meantime, well, it wasn't mine. so i am letting go of the 'perfect' pictures. i put perfect in quotes because i am not saying by any stretch of the imagination that my photos are perfect. not even close, and i'm glad for that. not prefect means i will keep trying to become better at my craft!

however, i was ashamed at myself fro considering not posting the photos i took from the last couple of weeks because i thought they were not my best. well, i told myself to shut it and enjoy each moment this camera captured for me and my family. who cares how sharp or well composed a shot is? yes, those things serve there purpose during paid photo sessions when somebody is trusting you with their memories, but for home life...who cares. what matters is the memory!

it's not to say i don't enjoy doing and presenting the best i can, it's my passion, but the photo certainly does not take away one bit of joy from the moment. it adds, no matter how grainy or blurry. sometimes, i have to scold myself, but it usually works...a little. {wink}

one day, i'll look back at this post and wished i had posted more, however; the reason for a smaller post is i have lots of catching up to do and the kids want to make a pumpkin pie!

that is what we are going to do, but i will be posting again in a few days. i'm trying to enjoy more and stress out less about work and obligations. wish me luck on that! i want to spend more time with these little ones that i have all to myself for the next few months.

warm or cool weather...enjoy the season
and of course, if you want to up the ante, turn the thermostat down waaaay low, make a saucepan of hot cocoa, cover up with a blanket and watch an old movie on the Classic Movie Channel. works like a charm.



Anonymous said...

You know girl..the reason I love your pictures is not for their perfection but because they always tell a story..and you know what they say a good picture is worth a thousand words. Even with a not perfect camera you told your story and I am perfectly warm and fuzzy after reading it. I think I may just go and make cocoa for my girl and maybe frolic in some maple leaves before the first snow of the season! ♥

Tali said...

well, i love your not so perfect pix in this post! i'm a new reader and love all your pictures and words. congrats on your happy surprise as well!

J said...

letting go is just so liberating...well done! love the maternity feet picture - too funny!

Jannice said...

I'm so jealous you're enjoying some fall weather and leaves! I moved to the desert from NY 10 years ago...I miss the fall soooo much!!
I too am trying to not stress and just enjoy!
You're pictures are still beautiful!

Heidi said...

thank you jannice! i bet you do miss it. although, i love the desert!!!

tali, thank you! we are excited. a little nervous, but excited!

Jannice said...

We have fall today!! My daughter woke me up this morning saying, "Mommy, I'm cold" I smiled at her and said..."I know isn't it great?!" She looked at me like I was crazy! I just hope it lasts!

Shannon said...

Love the baby bump feet picture! I love fall, and being an Army wife from VA, transplanted to Texas is not helping my fall addiction. Of course, throwing some Maple Butter in the Scentsy warmer always helps. :)

Sian said...

girl I don't think you are able to take a bad shot, these are lovely xxx

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

I can totally relate to the whole "perfect picture" thing. Then I started using my phone camera a lot more out of convenience and that next to my dslr isn't comparable. I let it go too cause at least the moment was captured. Your pictures are gorgeous no matter what. Trust me. Have a great Halloween with your babies!

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

Ps. I'm becks_b from instagram :)

Kelly Hutcheson said...

I don't know what Im missing with fall bc I never experienced it growing up, but you make me want what I never knew. I love the balloon pictures!! Your kids are so yummy!!!! xoxo

Heidi said...

Hi Heidi, Your blog is one of the few I follow, I love the way you tell your story. It's lovely to hear of your anticpation of the new wonder entering your lives. It's exciting to ponder the mystery and magic of the new chapter you're looking forward to. I'm wondering if you changed your blog because as of Nov.3rd it has a very different appearance, the photos don't show up, just photobucket boxes and the it has a different feel to it as compared to the past posts. I hope you are enjoying a lazy Sunday surrounded by blessings and abundance. Take good care Heidi:)

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