i have fall on my mind today. and not just fall, but the seasons in general. i'm even thinking about Christmas already. yesterday, as tom and i drove all over the countryside, we talked about a lot of things and one of the things we chatted about, was our annual Christmas party. this year, i want to make it even bigger. i don't always think that bigger is better, but in this case, i just think it's a great way to get to see everyone who we don't get to see often enough. we always have good intentions, but to actually get together, is another thing. i'm not sure tom bought it. he is always much more conservative about things like this, than i am. one thing for sure, is that this year i want to invite our neighbors. we have not been the best neighbors since we moved to this house, and i really want to make more of an effort to get to know people on our block and in our neighborhood. i haven't been reading nearly as many blogs as i used to, but i did check out ali's blog this morning, and LOVE her December daily idea! i SO want to do this!
okay, perfect segway, without even meaning to be. i had the opportunity to photograph a family in our neighborhood last week. they are the cutest, most connected little family. i've been trying to put my finger on what it is that was so refreshing to be around....and i think i finally figured it out. they let their kids be their own little people. i think that's sort of rare now. they let the kids explore- and actually encouraged them to be adventurous. SO refreshing to me! they weren't telling them not to get dirty or fussing over every little detail about their appearance-i could tell that they are very comfortable being outside and free. they let them run ahead and check things out, without constantly instructing them on every move they made. i think these two little souls are going to have tons of confidence because of their parents. they weren't controlling at all. that's my 2 cent philisophy : )
anyway, they're an adorable family!
see why i want to get to know my neighbors better?
invariably, when i gush about a family who i've photographed, i feel as if i need to add a disclaimer. i admire any family dynamic where i see the love. there are so many styles of parenting, and i am blessed to see family dynamics in a way that lots of people miss. i am just in awe of families who love on each other, however that is displayed.
i really, really wanted to post photos of my living room. i spent some time on saturday, changing things around and updating. but it's way to dark to photograph today so i'll have to do that another day. friday night, when tom and i went to the antique mall, i found a little painted dropleaf table that i loved. we had the car so we couldn't get it then. i continued to think about it, so after our day in omaha, last night we headed to lincoln and picked it up. tom made a good point. normally if i see something i like, but don't buy, i forget about it....but that little table wouldn't leave my mind...so it needed to come home with us. it fits right into our living room now. and the price was right. i'll try to photograph it later today if it gets brighter out.
i hope you had a refreshing weekend-God bless your day today!