Posts Tagged ‘Seamus’
It’s September, the official end of summer, and I am missing our summer mountain vacation. We spent a week up in the mountains of NC with my family and my little family (Bryan, Seamus and I) all slept in an RV by the river down the road from my parent’s mountain house.
Like all vacations with children, it was a week of little rest and constant “doing”. After the week flew by, I recounted all the things I didn’t get to do, like stop by a roadside stand and buy some mountain jam or other things.
The memory that sticks with Bryan and me the most is sharing our bed for a week with the little man. It was frustrating and exhausting and it felt like Seamus would never got to sleep. We were exhausted, but for a 2 year old hopped up on birthday cake, it was a party. But all that was traded in for pure nectar in the mornings when we”d wake up next to this little bugger who would be sprawled across both our pillows. The smell of a happily exhausted little boy and his dirty feet is something I think about as I watch the time pass all too quickly.
This post is all about birthday cake.
We spent the last week of July up in the mountains of NC vacationing with the Webber side of the family. There are a disproportionate number of Leos in our family, Seamus and me included, and we found time in one week to celebrate 4 out of 5 of those birthdays. (Leo #5 couldn’t be there that week, otherwise we could have spent 5 out of 6 nights eating cake!)
Bryan, Seamus and I slept in an RV for the week and we decided to have Seamus’ birthday party at the campground where we were staying. Getting to celebrate his birthday with family around was the best part. But the second best part was this awesome cake we got him from Lowes Foods. I had one of those surreal moments as I flipped through a book of laminated cake photos in the grocery store. I studied each of the sugary bright cake as I narrowed it down to one with a John Deere tractor. I can remember so well doing that as a kid, picking out my own birthday cake, which usually came from Baskin Robbins. Those were always a treat. And here I was picking out Seamus’ cake and I was much more excited about it than he was.
I limited my expectations because I know how these things work. You pick out the most awesome thing in the book and then in reality, the cake you get is a mere nod to what you thought you were going to get. Or they spell your child’s name wrong. But in this case, I was pleasantly surprised. No Cake Wrecks for this one.
It’s really hard to be a parent/participant AND photographer. I multi-tasked myself to death trying to be a host, parent and photographer at the party. This isn’t a typical shot I would take, I’d normally be much closer to the action, but I kind of like it anyway.
That’s my boy! Sampling the icing while no one is looking.
Bryan did most of the cooking as he is a much better cook than I! I just pick out cakes.
Today Seamus starts at a new school. One where there are no sippy cups allowed and he has to eat with utensils. I sure am glad I don’t have to witness that meltdown.
He’s one of the youngest in the class and after orientation last week, I don’t think he’ll have any trouble keeping up. He can “not share” with the best of them and I think I saw him get in his first fight. His bottom lip was out to Kansas as he put the stalwart grip on a Little People plane he had no intention of sharing.
I’m a little sad but mostly relieved that his day will consist of more than 3 hours of child care. It used to be that I would run frantically around town trying to get a day’s worth of work done all while he attended yoga and music class at his former nursery school. The tide has changed little man. Now I get to exercise and drink my coffee leisurely while you study utensil etiquette and sharing 101. Good luck, I’ll miss you!
Hey chickadees. And roosters, or whatever the male version of a chickadee is….
If you haven’t seen my mess of retweets and FB posts, I have a new book project going that I want you to know about. It’s called First 52 Weeks.
I am having an opening to celebrate the debut of the first run of the book and to have a gallery showing of some of the images. To read more about the project and my plans with it, this blog post has everything you need to know.
In the meantime, mark you calendars for March 22, 2012, 5-8pm for the opening at Stems at 208 Coming Street, Charleston, SC
I love this photo. It’s just a quick-y iPhone snap that I took one day after lunch at one of our regular stops, La Hacienda. We call this “cheap Mexican” as you can eat there for less than what it’d cost you to go to the grocery store.
Anyway, I love Seamus’ outfit with his jean jacket and Carhart overalls and all. It just makes me smile.
Yesterday I attempted taking photos of Seamus for our Christmas card. Clearly, I didn’t listen to my own advice to bring lots of snacks, changes of clothes, and someone to jump up and down behind the camera to catch his eye and make him laugh. Instead of a live person helping me, I had Toddler Radio on on Pandora. Did you now there is a toddler version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Belivin’” and that The Little Mermaid’s “Part of this World” is still relevant? I surprised myself by knowing most of the worlds to that one. Sheesh, I felt old!
Anyway..I did get about 3 keepers in the batch and then lots of fun shots like this one. I actually love the crying shots: like the way his bottom lip dips down, doing a reverse Elvis. That was one of the first things the doctors noted when he was born. But, I suffer from this malady called “pleasing others” and so I’m always trying to find that shot that both excites me and follows at least a modicum of tradition.
We’re trying again today… and I’m wrangling in his dad to help play the goof ball.