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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! :)

Our Life in Pictures

What we’ve been doing: Playing with your food can be fun! Ryan made this “Cracker Man” this morning. Here are photos from my fun and tacky Christmas. We couldn’t fit a regular size tree in our family room so we used a four ft fake tree in here. Ryan and Lily (the puppy) keep messing […]

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carri - December 11, 2007 - 12:26 pm

Evie, your home is beautiful. I’m in awe of your decorations.

Catelynn made cracker men yesterday too! Playing with food is great fun.

whimsigal - December 11, 2007 - 12:41 pm

Aw heck. Thanks Carri!

Wow, that’s kind of weird that Catelynn made a cracker man, too! We made our gingerbread houses last night and that was fun as well. Who knew that playing with food could provide such entertainment?

Sheri - December 11, 2007 - 2:36 pm

Your home looks lovely. Holiday crackers always bring back fond memories for me of England. I had never heard of them until we lived there. :) Where on earth did you find them?

piscesgrrl - December 22, 2007 - 10:14 pm

Wow, your home is lovely!