Archive for September, 2014

Ranch Trip 8.2014 (Catfish)

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

My dad took the boys catfishing on Lake Fork.
Carter and Harrison had mentally rehearsed this fishing trip for WEEKS leading up to our ranch visit.
Our friends, the Bowers family, were kind enough to let us use their dock.
When Emmeline and I arrived after a good hour or so into their trip, Carter greeted us like this:

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His teacher from last year nicknamed Carter “Sr. Perfecto”.
I think that is an appopriate nickname for him–especially during moments like these.
Apparently, the fishing had lived up to its big build up. They had already caught several fish.

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Emmeline and I hadn’t been there long when Carter caught another fish.

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There is a lot of Carter’s personality captured in these next two images.

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The boys were fascinated by this grip tool that protects your hands from getting cut on the fish’s fins. They decided after we got home to earn enough money so they could buy their own gear. Harrison decided to take a shortcut and start yanking out his baby teeth so that he could get tooth fairy money.

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Yes. Harrison has three fewer teeth.
And yes. They now own a gripping tool and a book on catfish that they bought with their own money.
#youmightbearedneck

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My boys and my dad rarely, rarely cooperate for a more portrait-style photo.
They ran out of nightcrawlers (a.k.a. big worms) and asked Emmeline and I to get some more. I agreed on the condition that they let me take one posed photo.
So here is the obligatory posed photo that cost me about $7 in live bait.

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This photo makes me so happy every time I look at it. I’m sure there is an easier way to dig for worms, but there isn’t a way that is any cuter.

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Shooting this fishing trip was one of the high points of the entire summer. It was so fun for me. The shoot included people I love, lots of story to tell, and creamy, milky light.

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Another round of success for Carter:

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Harrison had the final word. He caught the last fish.
You can see that there is a bit of a different approach to celebrating success between my two boys.

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I love this fleeting moment in time that I captured. I think it is my favorite from this batch of photos.
(Although I didn’t realize it when I took the shot, I even love how you can see the silhouette of the cooler in the bottom corner of the frame.)

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This was the final haul. My dad cleaned them and put them in the freeze. Since we left the next day, he promised my boys that they could eat some of the fish next time we visit.

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This shot was totally worth the risk I took. I climbed down the dock steps toward the water to try to get everyone in this shot with my 50 mm.

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Thanks, Grampy, for taking my kids fishing.

Baseball (Spring 2014): Machine Pitch

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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This past season of baseball was full of emotion and lots of important lessons.
In the early part of the season, Harrison struggled to hit the ball and make it on base.
I don’t know if you can easily see Harrison’s face here. He looks like someone just died. Here he is making a last ditch effort to get a tip and/or encouragement from one of his coaches before his final opportunity to make a hit. He looks so discouraged and hopeless. He is about to cry.

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He struck out.
He dropped his bat next to his side.
It started to make a trail in the dirt.
Next his little head and helmet tilted down.
Then his shoulders slumped over.
Then his hand came up to wipe the tears from his eyes.

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And this mom struggled to not want to “rescue” her kid as she watched him work through failure.
Coach Clay ran up beside him and patted his back.
His friend Gunnar came out of the dugout to make sure that I knew Harrison was sad so that I could “fix it”.

This was painful to watch. It was painful to hear Harrison talk about it.
But I know what it is like to try things that don’t come easily.
Over and over and over.
And I know that remembering who you are in Christ while continuing to try is something that God cherishes.

As the season went on, Harrison gradually got better at hitting. We celebrated with him.

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Bampy and Grampy got to watch a game and cheer the team on.
Grampy and Harrison threw the ball together to get Harrison warmed up.

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And yes, there was a celebratory snow cone after the game.

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Pa made it for a game too.

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This one was a close call. . .

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. . . that didn’t go in Harrison’s favor.
Once again: the head tilt, the shoulder slump, the wiping away of tears. . .

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But you can tell by this face, that overall this season of baseball was fun for Harrison.
I love how cheerful Harrison is when he congratulates the other team.

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And here are a few more favorites from the season:

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Tanner, thanks for letting me take this picture of you.
I hope you and your family love it as much as I do!

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I want to say thank you to all of Harrison’s coaches. I am so grateful for what you are teaching my kid. Thank you for giving up your time to love these kids.

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We’re counting down the days until Fall Ball. Harrison is looking forward to it.
Last fall our family really enjoyed spending some nice Sunday afternoons at the ballpark together.
I’ll just be honest and say, I’m a bit concerned. We live in a super competitive community, and I am concerned that the fun is going to be sucked out of baseball very quickly.
I hope I’m wrong.
I’ll keep you posted. . .

Siblings

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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Team 150: Rebekah + Amy

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Some of the people from my gym competeD in the Duality 2014 Competition yesterday.
Team 150 was made up of two of my coaches, Amy and Rebekah.
Emmie and I got to cheer on these two who cheer me on ALL. THE. TIME.
We enjoyed watching these women work hard, lift big, and encourage each other through a progressively heavier set of barbells.
(If you are nerdy and want to know, each athlete had to perform a double touch and go clean lift after burpee-ing over the bar twice.)

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Explosive athlete. Explosive pony tail.

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Clean #1 for Rebekah.

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Clean #2 for Rebekah.
Note how Amy is applying her air guitar skills to lifting technique.
She shadows Rebekah instinctively all the way up from the ground.

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PR + Celebratory Vertical Leap

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T-H-I-S.

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I admire the strength and athletic ability of these two.
More than that, I am thankful they are my friends.
It was so fun watching them have so much fun competing together.

Ranch Trip 8.2014 (Bluebell on the Front Porch)

Friday, September 12th, 2014

There’s really only one brand of ice cream as far as Texans are concerned. . .Blue Bell. We had some on the front porch after we picked in the garden.

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Ranch Trip 8.2014 (Tomatoes in the Garden)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

After dinner one night, we raced out the door to pick in the garden during the golden light of the evening.

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childhood (n): a time when you carried stuff in your shirt

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Of all my kids, Carter is most at home here in the garden.
Carter is most at home in the outdoors in general. He and I share that.
This picture really captures who he is.

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There is something about this image below that melts my mommy heart. Do you see Carter’s hands here? This little mannerism of how he is holding his hands and touching his shirt is uniquely Carter. This picture reminds me of how it feels to hold his hand. He holds my hand so delicately and tenderly.

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I heart tomatoes.
A cooler, wetter summer meant we got to enjoy ranch tomatoes all the way in August this year–a rare treat.
We ate them straight up with olive oil, salt and pepper,
as salsa,
on pizza,
as caprese salad,
in panzanella, and
with manchego cheese, walnuts, and rosemary as a side dish.

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I think Carter and I will both have lots of memories of spending time at the ranch picking tomatoes with Bampy’s big metal colander.
Left picture: 2009 (age 4)
Right picture: 2014 (age 9)

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Ranch Trip 8.2014 (Pizza Dough & Reading)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

My parents live in a rural area in north east Texas. We took a trip this summer to visit them.
While we were up at the ranch, my brother and sister and law made Neopolitan style pizza.

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My parents have a wood burning pizza oven that puts outs some pretty amazing thin crust pizza.

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Emmeline spent some time listening to an audio book.

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I happened to come up to her room right as the story was reaching its climax.

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Carter and Bampy read a story in Spanish about the Loch Ness Monster.
Bampy loves to teach and Carter loves to learn so they make a good team.

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Carter told me the other day that he doesn’t use his hands a lot when he talks. After looking through this series of photos, I just said, “Yeah, right, Carter!!”

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I was hoping to get a 4 cousin picture with Madeline in it.
She wasn’t having it so we ended up with a Chaney kid photo instead.

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