Sunday Snapshot: {In the Backyard}

Winning photos is not my game, but I like the way this one turned out (and a few others too).


I love her profile and the way the sun’s setting glow is framing her entire face and frame. I just love her, so loving the photo is quite easy for this Momma.

I am not in any way shape, form or fashion a photographer, but I love how Sunday Snapshot gives me an opportunity to blog about the everyday. Here are the settings *I think* though.

ISO400*55MM*3EV*f/5.6*1/100*I post-processed it in iPhoto.

We have a wonderful backyard. We are blessed with a large space, privacy, and plenty of room for an impromptu game of football, woofle ball, soccer, nerf wars, you name it.

We have been outside a LOT lately.

We have been blessed with 80-degree and SUNNY days.

We went outside one evening last week as we awaited the arrival of a reporter and cameraman.

We found ourselves quickly involved in an impromptu game of soccer while we waited.

Well I did.


The Prez had his hands full keeping a Li’l Bit out of harm’s way, though she was not happy about her situation. At all.
Yes, her tears are HUGE and will break your heart. Trust me. I know.

We don’t play around though.

We play for real.

While some played, I stole away for a few shots as the sun was setting, and to give my Li’l Bit the attention she was needing from Momma. She loves to pose for the camera.

These are a few other favorites from that impromptu photo shoot.

This one is strange but I like it. Almost deleted it, but then played with editing and I kind of like it!




This is my second favorite of the evening: all four of our precious sons captured so well: the oldest leading the way, the two middles vying for a ball (in this particular instance) and Li’l Dude trailing behind!

Since that evening, we’ve spent countless hours outside, namely in various activities during our school days.

Painting Easter eggs using paint tape for relief art.



Li’l Miss even found a couple of creative painting implements.
And Li’l Bit of course copied her big sis.
Li’l Dude made sure his was ready for the tape to be pulled away.


All of the painting made a certain Li’l Bit very tired.


I took these photos one early March afternoon while we waited for Daddy to come home from work. Only some of our children were willing subjects, which is why you’ll only see part of our crew.




Our azalea bushes are in full bloom. And our Li’l Miss loves them so much, so one day after dance we took advantage of the beautiful red blooms!




Li’l Miss loves her Bitty Baby.


And so does someone else.



Before the above exchange, Li’l Miss was not-so-successfully encouraging her little sister to “share” Bitty Baby, even using sign language to convey her point.



After some time with her Bitty Baby, Li’l Miss decided she was too busy to care for Bitty Baby and decided allowing her little sister to baby-sit was not all that bad.



And Li’l Bit decided being the babysitter was not a bad gig either.



Curly has been hard at work on a Boy Scout Merit Badge for Environmental Science. One of the requirements was to build a compost. We had wanted one again for awhile, so this was a win-win!

I am quite proud of him. He worked for a couple of weeks in the Prez’s workshop on this with very minimal assistance from his Dad.


I regret not getting photos of his progress, but he was working in the late nights while I often had a certain little someone who wanted to be none other than in my lap.

These photos were taken as he put it all together and put some already-composting leaves in it.

And finally, when is it not a good day for play-doh?


TarJay has had some Daily Deals leading up to Easter in the Toy Department, and I happened upon one last Thursday evening. Funny thing is I had play-doh on my list as TarJay had a 24-Pack on sale for $9.99 and I had a $3 manufacturer’s coupon. We don’t do Easter baskets, but we needed some new play-doh anyway … so I hopped on this deal. 🙂


To my surprise, TarJay had a 36 Mega-Pack as their Daily Deal last Thursday (they are having them through Easter), and I was still able to use my coupon. So 36 tubs for $6.99.

Everyone was excited when they saw the big box. I promised we’d use it the next day.



Imaginations were used and patience was put into practice as well as some give and take too. Fun was had by all.

A crocodile war even commenced.



Ni Hao Yall


2 thoughts on “Sunday Snapshot: {In the Backyard}

  1. So many gorgeous pictures. Your kiddos are are just precious. Love your Easter egg paint projects. I’m going to get creative this week with foot surgery recovery and attempting crafting with the girls. Easter blessings!!

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