Richmond

Once upon a penny

Sometimes during the day I remember things about the kids when they were really small, and I write it down to blog about (so as not to forget it forever).  

Back when belle was 2 or 3, we taught her and Isaac to just stay in their rooms and play each morning until we woke up. There was a streak of a week or two where Belle ignored these instructions and instead, just sorta fake cried until we got her out. 

One morning after a particularly late night, we were awoken by Belle's sudden loud cries from her room. These were not fake cries but I guess in our sleepy haze we decided to let the situation play out for a minute. The crying augmented a bit and then sorta just stopped. The silence is what actually got our attention. But, after another few seconds, we heard Isabelle start to chatter and play so we went back to sleep. 

Flash forward that morning to the stage of morning routine where I pitter patter around cleaning up things from the floor, making sure the kids were dressed, etc. I wandered into Isabelle's room and immediately noticed that the outlet close to the door looked charred. As in black soot actually covering the plate.  "That's weird..." I thought, and I called over Tyler to examine it. 

We figured a fuse had blown (like, really blown) and were confused for a while.Then, when we two really-not-handy people decided we had no idea how this could happen, we mentally made a note to call an electrician. 

A minute later I turned around and saw Belle holding a coin. I asked her to see it and she gave it to me, saying in her adorable deep little raspy voice she used to have, "Penny, mom. Ouch."

I examined the penny.  There were two giant cuts into the penny, making it look like slices were eaten from a pie.  I couldn't imagine something strong enough in our house that Isabelle could have gotten a hold of to cut this penny.

I held it out to her and asked, "Izzy, why ouch?"

She toddled up to me, grabbed the penny, wandered over to the outlet and big tears started welling up in her eyes again. "Ouch, mom."

Tyler and I just stared at each other. Isabelle had stuck that penny in the outlet and gotten quite a shock apparently. Flames? Did flames burst out of it?  Will we ever know?

Probably not. But I do know that my tiny kid took a shock, cried about it, then was completely over the drama in about 60 seconds flat.

We were always impressed with her toughness!

 

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Richmond Best Idea

We are still rolling out some "Best Idea Ever" sessions- we try to do them in various cities when we have downtime. 

This one was super fun! In a nutshell, this mom and dad are professors of philosophy, and they wanted a tweedy philosophy shoot on their campus. The kids were a riot and I hope we captured the feeling they were wanting!  

Feel free to message us at bluelilyphoto@gmail.com with your best idea session info- we will see if we can fit it in. It can be ANYTHING!

 

See ya tomorrow.

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Road Trippin'

"What do your kids do while you drive all those hours in the car?"

This is a question we get very frequently when we meet clients. It's true- our family spends a lot of time in the car driving back and forth across the continent. I thought we could share our favorite in-car activities for those families out there who are also road trip warriors or simply those who need more entertainment ideas!

First and foremost- we don't have a movie system in our truck. So movies are not an option and we like it this way. It's true that we pass a lot of beautiful scenery while driving, but it's a simple fact as well that some of the scenery is pretty blah. I don't think it's always reasonable for Tyler and I to expect the kids to enjoy the scenery all the time.

So from an early age, we pushed books on the kids. For the first year, this... Didn't work. I was a little disheartened that I didn't have reader kids. But in the second year that changed. Belle began to really love reading, which made Isaac seem to love it more too. So the majority of the time is spent reading with the dog as a lap blanket or book rest.

Speaking of the dog, North is a great source of car entertainment for the kids. He easily entertains them for 2-4 hour chunks at a time. I don't know exactly what they do back there but there are lots of giggles and he always exits the truck a little more groomed and brushed than when he got in.

We also let the kids play on our iPads for a duration of the trip. They love games like Stack the States, Monopoly, Scribblenauts, Soduku, and Sushi Monster; drawing apps like Paper 53 and sketchbook Pro; and Spanish language games such as Duolingo (by far the favorite).

Probably the best thing we ever set up for Belle, which Isaac also enjoys, is an old iPod touch with tons of kid music on it and that's it. We've got everything on the iPod from the Beatles to Taylor Swift to Kidz Bop (an abomination but they love it) to Mumford and Sons to Disney Soundtracks.  Best use of money/time goes to the iPod investment.

Isaac can spend hours drawing robots or tracing, but Belle cannot last more than 5 minutes drawing.

And finally, we play silly road trip games like 20 questions or "guess the name of the game, lame brain" which is a Whitacre family original.

We hope this helps you on your own road trip endeavors!

 

Images from Richmond, Virginia

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A Virginia Halloween: 2012

Happy Halloween!

This year we celebrated in Richmond, Virginia.  Last year was such an amazing Halloween, it set a really high bar. We were deep into Harry Potter mode, and that is a pretty magical mode for kids (and parents) to be in.

So this time we had to think of another magical type of theme, and so Isaac chose to be Santa Claus, Isabelle and I were reindeer, and Tyler was Buddy the Elf. 

The kids are now in bed, Halloween candy is littered everywhere on the hotel room floor, decorations are falling off the walls, so I think Tyler and I can safely say that it was a successful holiday. Sure, we might have gotten our holidays all mixed up, (Merry Christmas?) but we had fun doing it.

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For your pleasure, here are some ghosts of Halloweens past:

2011

2010

2009? Not recorded.

2008

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