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Disney Photo Favorites – 4

Hopefully we will have the photo gallery up and going again soon. Hopefully we will have a kitchen and a fully finished basement again soon. We can control one of those three things so I have a feeling you all will be seeing photos long before I get a kitchen to cook in or lights in the basement.

It is Friday. I thought we would kick off the weekend by sharing a few more photos, plus if I write a post then I can avoid going to the gym a bit longer. Does anyone else dread the first work out after a long break?! Tim gets excited to go back to the gym. I think that is crazy. Everything that used to be easy will not be hard again. How is that fun?! I like to avoid the gym as long as possible after missing a couple of weeks and then in the end I end up missing more days at the gym and it makes it even harder to go back. It is a vicious cycle that I have found the only cure is to eat some chocolate.

Today’s photos are from outside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. My boys are not known for their grace. Don’t get me wrong. They are great kids but a bit awkward when it comes to posing for the camera. I have found that specific instructions work best. Maybe it is their ages or maybe they are just horrible posers but when I asked the boys to go up to the sign and stand near the cannon, this is what I got. I should have positioned them exactly how I wanted them but we were on a schedule and Tim likes to keep moving in a crowd and not stop for thousands of photos. We compromised by slowing down for hundreds of photos.

Here is what my boys do when asked to stand near the canon. They smooshed their faces as close to the cannon a possible as if they were taking a cheek to cheek photo with a baby. Michael’s back looks like he needs to visit a chiropractor. And I just love the photo. These are my awkward and wonderful boys.


In this one I love how Michael is peeking over at Patrick to make sure Patrick is following instructions. Michael has taken on the role of rule enforcer and poor Patrick get reprimanded all the time by Michael. We try and tell Michael that he is not the parent but he reminds us that he is the big brother and he is “just trying to set a good example”


In the end, I don’t know why I ask them to look at the camera at all. The best photos are always the ones where the kids forget I am taking photos and they are just playing or focused on what has piqued their interest.

If pirates picked their crews like kids pick dodgeball teams. Patrick would be the last one picked every. single. time.



Zoo Member

When we went to the Zoo a few weeks ago I splurged and bought a membership. I splurged because the cost for our family to go to the zoo twice in one year was only $20 cheaper than buying a household membership and since Beth is a pretty consistent “plus” to our family I upgraded our membership to a Household Plus membership for a few extra bucks so Beth can come with us for free (an individual membership was 1.5 times the cost difference between upgrading to the “plus” and Beth buying her own membership) or the kids can take turns bringing a friend. I emphasise take turns because there is no way I am willing to supervise all three kids plus a friend for each of them. No way. I can handle a lot but that would be too much.

Because we now have the membership i feel the need to take advantage of it whenever possible so this past Friday (the kids’ first day of spring break), I loaded up the kids, picked up Beth and we went to the Zoo.

My plan was to test run my 50mm lens at the Zoo to see if I could get by with just the smaller lens when we go to (SHHHhhh the kids don’t know) Disney in a week but the drywall contractor had taped up the basement in a wall of plastic and my 50mm lens was packed in my camera bag in the laundry room in the basement. And the last thing you want to do to a drywaller is mess with their plastic. They are really quite sensitive about their plastic.

So I missed out on playing with my 50mm lens but I did get to practice more with my big kit lens.


Because there is still feet (and feet and feet and feet) of snow on the ground so we skipped the outside exhibits and stayed indoors. It is still fun to walk around and there are many animals to see and places to explore but the animals tend to be of the “yucky” species. For instance, Patrick was really taken with the bat cave.

Even Elise was fascinated by the bats. You would never catch me palms flat and nose squished up against the bat cave glass…. Unless it was Christian Bale’s batcave but I digress. The bats at the MN Zoo fall into the Yuck species category in my book.

The girl really liked the alligators too. Alligators are not so much Yuck but definitely far from the- Oh I would love to cuddle that- species that I favor.


I liked the long furry tailed monkeys. I would cuddle the shit out of the hairy monkeys!


But since I am not allowed to cuddle the monkeys lets focus on my babies. My babies that have grown up so much this past year. Look at that turn out and those boots. Uffda. It will be a sad day when they are big enough to peer over the ledge without a boost.



I think I may be most happy with this photo. I still feel like there is more luck than skill when it comes to my photography. I think this photo proves that either my luck or my skill is improving but whichever it is, I will take it.




This photo cracks me up. Their silhouettes couldn’t be a better reflection of their characters. One is full on, aggressively enjoying the aquarium and the other relaxing and soaking it all in.


For the record (and Beth can vouch for me) I didn’t ask them to pose on this tree. Michael asked me to take a picture of  him on the tree and then asked Patrick to join him on the stump. I will admit to coercing Elise to join her brothers.



Last stop of the day was the kids petting sharks. While they risked their digits for the thrill of touching a bat ray or little shark, Beth and I frantically looking for hand sanitizer for the kids before they reached for their half melted ICEES that were waiting for them as they reached their hands into shark invested waters. Shark and bat rays- Yuck.


Look at the joy on Patrick’s face. The hunt for sanitizer was well worth his excitement.

more photos here


When I ask my kids to look at the camera and smile…


Maybe by the time I learn to use my big camera they will learn to look at the camera and smile. For now I will always remember what isn’t in this photo.

Not pictured is a little girl Elise’s age in a black dress that was standing just off to my left.

Not pictured is the book about fish and loaves that Patrick was telling me about.

And finally, not pictured in the above photo is Michael sitting in a church pew.

What I I will remember most of all is that Michael, while only stimming a little bit, sat through an entire church service quietly with only a book to entertain himself. When I interrupted him playing in the church basement after the pot-luck that followed the service and asked him to stand by his siblings for a photo, he said with a sigh, “Ok Mom.” He earned that play time. He deserved to blow off steam after working so hard to sit still in both church and at the pot-luck, and I know I was being selfish asking him to take a photo but I asked and he obliged. He has come so far in such a short amount of time. You would never know he was the boy that bounced off walls and couldn’t sit still for even the shortest amount of time.

So I didn’t get them to all smile at the camera, that is fine. I think I like this better anyway.