Monday, April 30, 2012

Click It Up a Notch :: One for April

Abigail at the Piano

I chose this picture for April because it was inspired by an article from Click it up a Notch:  How to Create Split Lighting.  Thanks for the help and inspiration.   

I'm linking up with Courtney for her monthly photo challenge...

Click It Up A Notch

Abigail and Around the World Piano Recital


Around the World

Students performed music from around the globe:  Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Liberia, Egypt, Israel, Iran, India, China, Japan, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, England, Ireland, and Spain.  

I loved all the details Brooke put into the recital and it was so fun to watch my oldest participate!  This has been a great first year for Abigail studying under Miss Brooke.  She is a gifted teacher and really gives her all.  

Preparing for the Recital:  lessons
Monday afternoon lesson with Miss Brooke

practicing on stage

The big day:  Sunday April 29 cute
Opening Ceremony: flags from around the world
Ms. Godfrey (Abigail's teacher from Kindergarten) entertaining Sophia with her jewelry 
Abigail Bates performing Chinese Painting

an Irish Jig

Brooke Baker performing (along with Dana Green) Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2...amazing!

Concessions served by the cutest little stewardess 
all of the students received personalized baggage at the end of the show
Abigail was delighted by her fortune!
fabulous performance!

365 Photo Project :: day 69 april 30

Commentary:  Abigail at the piano

I tried out split lighting after reading the article: How to Create Slit Lighting at Click it up a Notch.

Friday, April 27, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 66 april 27

Commentary:  Cherry Blossoms

A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orcahrd white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 65 april 26

Commentary:  self portrait
 (first time using the self-timer and wishing I had a tripod...hopefully before the baby arrives)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 63 april 24

lovely morning outing to Hoyt Arboretum

photo of the day...Daddy and daughter

and evening at Mt. Tabor...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 58 april 19

Commentary: Chair from my Thrifty Thursdays Project

Thrifty Thursdays :: April

Join me on Thursdays to see what I've picked up while out treasure hunting.

I love to take Sophia thrifting, while the older two are at school.  Today the rain came down as we drove to 82nd street and the line of shops.  

Sophia is a great little shopper!  She's really starting to talk and exclaimed, "I don't want it." when we left the first store empty handed.  She also declared, "Phia's purse, no mommy's purse!"  I love the way she brings smiles to the strangers we meet.  She is my little sunshine on a rainy day.

and here is what we found...    

I was immediately drawn to this wood chair with a leather seat $5

found the last one and our collection is complete $1

cute little foldable binoculars $2
beautiful leather purse $20

little doll bed $2...I'm thinking this could be painted and used for newborn photos

stack of seven playskool puzzles $2

large clip board $4.99...(I love this Nikki Mcclure print, looking forward camping this summer)