Walking On Water

Last month JDubbs and I took the kids out to the local ice fishing derby in the middle of a snow squall because 1) I had to write about it for the local newspaper, but more importantly 2) it was so Vermonty it just had to be done.  So three kids in snowsuits, two grown-ups and one camera made the trip to the middle of a lake to find out what this whole ice fishing thing is all about.

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We had taken Jax and Em before, but that was when Em was still traveling in the Baby Bjorn, so obviously neither of them remembered it.  It was so snowy it was impossible to tell where the land ended and the ice began.  It was all just one huge blanket of snow covering everything as far as we could see.  Talk about an adventure!

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The littlest couldn’t even walk on the ice–even though it was covered in snow, it still felt like we needed ice skates!  But with Daddy there to hold her hand, she was having the time of her life.

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They’re besties.

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We weren’t there terribly long, but with the addition of hot chocolate and hot dogs cooked right there on the ice, the kids were happy to head home and talk about what a cool morning they’d had.  It pays to get out there and explore our world now and then, no matter the weather!

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Keep the family adventures coming!

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Coffee Filter Snowflakes & Snowmen

As if we don’t have enough snow around here, the kids wanted to add some more, just for fun!  I didn’t think cutting snowflakes out of coffee filters would be so completely engaging for Jax and Em, but they literally made dozens of them.  So many, in fact, that we sent them along to family with their Valentines!  Spreading Vermont snow near and far!

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The kids had tried to make snowflakes out of paper before, but grew frustrated easily when they had difficulty cutting through folded paper.  With the coffee filters, it was so much easier!  We folded the paper various ways, but three folds seemed to be the perfect size for them to manipulate.

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Then I gave them a large bowl for the scraps and some safety scissors and they went to work.  Nicely.  Quietly.  No arguing.  Why don’t I do this every day?

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Before I knew it, our home was a winter wonderland, inside and out!

And Em had a great idea all on her own.  She turned three coffee filters into a snowman, with a few construction paper accessories to add realism.  I was so proud of her for coming up with a unique project by herself.  She is definitely my little artist.

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Making the most out of our many snowy days!

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Massachusetts Mini Sessions Are Back!

Back by popular demand!

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Time for the whole family to get in the picture!

I am so excited to announce that I will be holding mini sessions in Massachusetts on the evenings of Saturday, April 11th, and Sunday April 12th!

These mini shoots of 20 minutes each will be natural light, lifestyle captures of you and your loved ones, celebrating life and who you are as a family.  I look forward to helping create individual, personal shoots that reflect your family.

Below are the details to take advantage of this very special pricing!

I will be doing a maximum of twelve sessions for this event (six each day) in the two hours before sunset. Sessions will be held at the same location in the Metrowest area (still TBD).  First Come, First Serve.  Message me via Rub Some Dirt On It’s Facebook page or email me at rubsomedirtblog@gmail.com to hold your spot.

Here is what the packages will entail:

 

- One 20 minute session

- Four full resolution digital images for you to print at your leisure sent via digital download.

- 50% a la carte purchases from the Rebecca Whitney Photography gallery, including digital downloads, for 1 week following the gallery’s upload.

$125

A $50 deposit sent either via cash, check or PayPal is due by March 15, 2015 to hold your spot.

Can’t wait to kick off spring with a lot of awesome memories and photographs that you will treasure!  Thank you, as always, for supporting me and my photography!

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Rich

As a mom of three young kids, most of the time, quiet can be a bad thing.  My mommy senses go into overdrive and I wonder, What are they up to that they don’t want to bring to my attention?  I sneak around the corner, peek into their room, prepared to see every Lego and their carefully organized bins strewn across the floor (which is often the case), but on lucky days, I am greeted with quiet sweetness in the form of my kids reading quietly, totally absorbed in their own little world.

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Every literacy book I have read praises the importance of having a print-rich environment at home, and that definitely describes us!  For a family of five in a pretty small house, we certainly have books stacked up in every nook and cranny.  It guess it’s easier to get motivated to read when you can’t take two steps without stumbling across Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, or Mo Willems!

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Reading in bed is a big part of our day, too.  Even JDubbs and I like to unwind this way.

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It sure makes my heart happy to see my kids loving to read as much as I do!  I guess that old saying is true–“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.”  Probably the greatest gift we ever gave them, and one I plan to share with them for the rest of our lives.

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One Saucy Girl

Little H is a vulture.  If she’s awake and I’m eating, we’re both eating.  So I may as well make an extra helping because Mama loves her pasta.

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Jax doesn’t care for red sauce and Em prefers mac ‘n cheese to actual pasta.  But this girl is happy with all three–preferably, at the same time, and in large quantities.  Baby girl can eat!

And no, she doesn’t share nicely.  Pretty ironic since half of her food comes off my plate!

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A growing girl needs her nutrition, especially since she’s the only kid I have who doesn’t whine about what I put in front of her, so I don’t begrudge her a little begging.  But I think a few table manners might be nice. Good thing she’s cute!

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Mangia!

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This Girl

This girl right here astounds me.  Looking at her in these photos, I wonder where my baby has gone.  Instead I see the girl she is growing to be, all different sides of her, and marvel that anything this perfect could actually be mine.

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There were times I wondered if she would be okay away from me, away from home, when she had to go out into the world without her daddy’s arms to protect her, without my hand to hold her, without her brother’s words to guide her or her baby sister’s eyes looking up to her.  But these past few months she has changed.  She has grown into someone so funny and brave and smart that I know she’ll be fine out there in the world.  It’ll be me who has the hard time letting go.

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Just looking at this girl of mine.  Just thankful and blessed that my world has her in it.

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Love this absolutely amazing girl, my Em.

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Pretty Princesses

I’m so glad Little H has embraced her inner princess and joined her sister in the dress up club.  Certainly helps keep things adorable during these snowy winter days!

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Em continues to be a stellar big sister, showing Little H everything she needs to know to be perfect royalty: a kind heart, grace, a perfect smile, and, of course for these girls, perfect accessories!

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Days like this are pretty much exactly what I hoped for with two little girls!  Darling little ladies.

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