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“Barack Obama is against everything I’m for!”

Those were the words uttered by my nearly 9 year old last night as we watched the news clip of Obama telling parents to turn off the TV and video games and read to their children. “Barack Obama is against video games, which means he’s against everything I stand for! I can’t vote for him […]

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Madeline - June 16, 2008 - 8:33 pm

I like the whimsical feel and use of that word on your site. Are you going to include more of your pictures on the opening page? You have so many great ones of kids.

We looved Kung Fu Panda. Best kids’ movie I’ve seen in forever.

And Obama’s quote is upsetting to me too. He hasn’t been through the learning experiences we have I guess. ; ) But I’m still a fan.

My boys and I write together too. It came form them watching me write and wanting to do it too. At first they just wanted to do stories but suddenly they both switched to journal writing. It’s been so much fun to witness.

whimsigal - June 16, 2008 - 8:45 pm

Hey Madeline! Thanks for taking the time to go look at the site. You would not believe what I went through trying to get all that up there! I do want more pictures on the opening page and actually had more but couldn’t get it to work. I’m having a hard time choosing which ones to put up, too. I have a lot to change on there as I am not very happy with the wording on some of the pages. It’s definitely a work in progress. Thank you so much for your feedback, it’s VERY helpful.

I’m actually torn about this election. I know Obama is probably going to get it and if I don’t have my heart set on anyone then I will probably honor my children’s choice and pick him.

It’s awesome that your boys keep journals! They will love to go back and read through those when they’re older. That is a precious gift for them to give themselves!

Thanks again, Madeline!


Cate - June 17, 2008 - 7:06 am

Love the popsical pics!

Also gotta love dramas at family get togethers. That’s one of the things we miss living in another country as there is ALWAYS a drama on hubby’s side!

Off to check out your photography site now.


PS thanks for the encouragement re hubby’s back op. Good to know that someone else has been through it and survived!

Stephanie S. - June 17, 2008 - 11:56 pm

I think it’s great that he takes the video games thing seriously.
He didn’t say “he wants to take away my games”, he said “he’s against what I stand for.”
Interesting that he sees the politics in it, and that he is willing to withdraw his support from someone he deems encroaching upon his freedom in that way.

whimsigal - June 18, 2008 - 12:57 am

Cate, thank goodness we don’t have to worry about it for a long time after Iain’s birthday!

My belief is that he sees the politics because Sean and I have been closely following things this season and Iain has been asking questions and learning about the process. We had the same thought you did though and were really surprised by both his choice of words and his determination to fight for something he believes in.

Joan - June 18, 2008 - 11:06 am

I’m picturing these collection stations where all these cute kids are lined up turning in their video games in January if Obama is elected. Too funny. My son would do everything in his power to hold onto his games.
I glanced quickly at the website a few days ago and liked it. I meant to say something but got sidetracked communicating about our dinner.

Summer Fae - June 18, 2008 - 11:29 am

I love your website. I love the opening page.

I am smiling at the idea of Iain being against a candidate because of the video games. I can see my son doing that. My oldest hasn’t really been too interested in the election. I am sure as it gets closer he will get more into it.

That last photo of the kids on the porch is wonderful! I love pictures like that. I have a couple of my family that I cherish.

Shamelessly Sassy - June 18, 2008 - 4:04 pm

gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I saw that you entered Pioneer Woman’s Zune contest. I’m having a contest on my blog right now to win 1 of 2 Nintendo DS systems. You should enter! :)

HerstoryGirl - June 21, 2008 - 8:33 pm

Very cool blog… found you from the link over at “Because I Said So”.

Kari - June 22, 2008 - 4:42 am

Love the pics, the last one is so awesome! That is so funny that your son is anti-Obama b/ of the video game quote. Everyone has their priorities, right? LOL:)

Trying to get back on track!

Man! Things have been crazy around here! I turn around and look at the blog and I haven’t posted anything since TUESDAY??? What the heck??! Well, on Wednesday we had some friends over for most of the day and it was great! Jill (Homeschool Mama here) and her two boys came over for a picnic, […]

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Donna Boucher - May 30, 2008 - 3:31 pm

Very nice! I think Raw helps with skin tones…I don’t know how…but people who use Raw have pretty skin tones.

I see a little vinette (sp) too don’t I?

Cute shot!

whimsigal - May 30, 2008 - 3:50 pm

Donna, it may have something to do with being able to really tweak the white balance in raw. Yes, you’re right about the vignette! I forgot to add that in the notes. It was my most recent lesson.

carri - May 31, 2008 - 9:58 am

Congrats on the domain name!!

Unit studies are fun! We have done a lot of literature based ones over the years. I just print out a bunch of ideas then we pick and choose which ones interest us. I think you’ll enjoy it.

whimsigal - May 31, 2008 - 12:49 pm

Hey Carri, thanks!

Is there any particular place you go to print out the unit studies? It’s been so long since I thought about doing anything remotely like that! LOL

I may email you and ask you later, in case you miss this somehow.


carri - June 2, 2008 - 10:27 am

I usually just do a search for whatever topic and add the words unit study. The last one I search for was Wizard of Oz unit study.

We also do a library run and pick up as many books on the subject as possible too. Catelynn’s passion right now is bugs so she always brings home a stack of books on critters. She looks out for shows on tv and observes bugs in action whenever we go outside. It’s fun to watch her form her own “unit study.”

Election Year Musings

For the first time in their young lives, my children are interested in politics. Of course, that’s not too much of a surprise since they’re only 8 and 6 but still I find their interest in it exciting. My own political and religious views often surprise my children and we have many, many conversations about […]

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Mama Podkayne - May 20, 2008 - 4:52 pm

THAT LAST ONE! Oh it is beautiful. I could so see it framed in a gallery.

I wish I lived closer……

whimsigal - May 20, 2008 - 5:02 pm

Thanks, Mama P.

I wish you lived closer, too. :)

Cate - May 20, 2008 - 8:53 pm

I’d happily let you practise away on my kids – coming this way anytime soon?

The dancing pics are just priceless, but this last one has a simply gorgeous aatmosphere to it.

You get better and better at your craft with every post Evie!

whimsigal - May 20, 2008 - 9:44 pm

Cate, I WISH I were coming down there soon! I wish we were moving there.

I’m glad you liked the photos and thank you so much for your encouragement! I practice every day, if I can.

MamaK - May 20, 2008 - 10:23 pm

Awesome. I really do come hoping to see your incredible pictures with every post. If I was in your neck, I would hire you in a heart beat. Honest.-K

whimsigal - May 20, 2008 - 10:31 pm

Mama K, that is SO sweet!! Thank you very much!!!

Maria - May 21, 2008 - 2:08 am

That last one IS beautiful! I love all these…crisp and clear subjects with great joy and emotion coming through!
What camera do you use???

childplay - May 21, 2008 - 4:58 am

First, I’ll get the camera envy out of the way…the crispness of your pics make me want to throw a fit, chuck my meager digital camera, and get me a for real camera…with lenses and everything. So gorgeous.

Second…your gift for capturing moments with the camera is really really amazing. Really great.

Third…love the boys dancing and laughing! The last picture is so great. The baseball caps and overalls make it feel like this was taken in the 20’s–and then the crocs and “M” for mario kick in. So cute. What a moment on film.

Love it!

Joan - May 21, 2008 - 12:41 pm

I saw these pictures on flickr. I can’t remember if I commented but I thought they were great. I share some of what you are saying. My daughter is my “religious child”. She loves Sunday School, church, the Bible, etc. I wish I had such strong faith but I don’t. I don’t have many discussions with her but I support her beliefs. I feel it is good for her. My son is a doubter like myself. We do talk about it.
Also, daughter is excited about Obama, too despite her politically conservative father! In our house, we certainly have a lot of varying views on issues.

whimsigal - May 21, 2008 - 1:39 pm

Maria, I’m using the Canon Rebel XTi, aka the 400D. If it weren’t for digital I wouldn’t have gotten into this as a hobby! I’m glad you liked that last pic, too.

No need to have camera envy! I saw your latest pics on flickr and they were looking pretty good themselves! Also, thank you so much for everything you said up there. It was really nice to hear it!

Joan, my kids don’t go to church but they did go to a church-based preschool which is where they got their exposure. They’d probably enjoy church, too, if they went. It’s good that you all have relationships where these things can be discussed, whether it’s religion or politics. My parents are very rabidly against Obama and democrats in general. I think I’m actually going to have to ask my dad to quit talking politics when the kids are around because he has terrible things to say and I don’t want the kids to hear that. I think it’s great that you guys have such eclectic beliefs!! Difference makes the world go round.


carri - May 21, 2008 - 2:07 pm

As usual, GREAT photos! It’s so great that you were able to capture such a fun and joyful moment. How in the world were you able to keep the camera steady while giggling? - May 21, 2008 - 4:13 pm

Wow, those pictures are beautiful. They almost look like 3D pics.

Rinnyboo - May 21, 2008 - 6:56 pm

Ahhhh, fabulous pictures as always. I love the last one too. The boys look like they are sharing a secret or having a serious talk. You have such a gift! I am semi-local!

Yeah, I am not liking any of the choices this year in the election. Ian actually asked us lots of good questions though when we went to vote in the primary a couple of weeks ago. That surprised me that he was really thiniking about it at 4!!

Have a good day, friend.

Marin - May 21, 2008 - 8:15 pm

Great photos! Good for you – letting your kids think about things and form their own opinions! It is amazing what we can learn from our children!

melody is slurping life - May 22, 2008 - 4:37 pm

Your photos are simply fantastic! As a mom of 4 boys…I LOVE and appreciate these captures. :)

whimsigal - May 22, 2008 - 5:25 pm

Carri, It was tough! I certainly didn’t capture every move he made but thankfully I was able to get the ones I did. He’s a real character!

Freckles, thanks very much! I was really surprised by the 3-D’ness of them as well.

Marin, they were so cold. LOL They were probably complaining about me. I’d love to take pics of your Ian! I just never think bout it because you’re so talented at photography yourself.

Pearls and chocolate, I definitely want to encourage them to have their own minds and not be little parrots of whatever I tell them. Thanks for the encouragement!

Melody, thank you! I love my boys and hope to capture the essence of their personalities as much as I can. They grow up so fast!!


Deeg - May 22, 2008 - 7:55 pm

wow…i feel so out of touch with everyone on the net now! I got lost in real life for a bite and just now making rounds again…i missed so much over here!

Those are fabulous pictures…I especially LOVE the last one…that should definitely get blown up and framed….its just too great not to

whimsigal - May 22, 2008 - 8:19 pm

deeg! welcome back!!!

I’m planning on getting that last one on metallic paper!!! I’ll let you know how it turns out.


SabrinaT - May 23, 2008 - 2:03 pm

Great pictures. The street they are on is great. Looks sort of old townish. Maybe something European. That or I seriously need to return to the states.

kalurah - May 30, 2008 - 11:55 pm

Oh my, Evie! That last one is just gorgeous!
I am a total sucker for the B and W’s! The contrast is PERFECT! :)