As far as this blog goes, I have to admit I was quite intimidated and unsure how to pick back up. It has been over three months and in the midst of everything that was going on I actually forgot my password. I decided that the best way to get back in the swing of things is to start from this moment on. It would be way to much for me to go back and recap everything that has transpired. I have facebook for that. LOL.
With all of these changes, I have decided that I do not want to do things out of obligation anymore. I want to be a better steward and not waste the family finances. My first step in that direction is school portraits. I decided this year to just say no to the school portraits. Year after year I go back and forth about whether or not we need them. I usually feel so guilty and end up buying them. Once I get them, I am rarely satisfied. Besides, they usually cost me about $100 per kid . That is a lot of money considering they usually aren't the most flattering photos. Since I have had some formal photography training over the last couple of years and the fact that I own more than my share of camera equipment, I figured that I would give it a go myself. Also, with Jon's diagnosis of autism and behaviors associated with it, very few people can even get him to sit still or smile for a photo. I have been feeling like crap the last couple of days but I had been shooting for taking fall photos on one of the weekend days. Yesterday, I saw the forecast and realized that it would rain all day today. So I jetted outside in the front yard and snapped a few pics of the kids. Now mind you, I literally only had five minutes (and no I am not exaggerating) but so far, so good. Not perfect but certainly a start. I am posting some my favorites from the quickie photo shoot (the quickest one that I have ever had in my life). I hope to finish the kids' fall photos when I take them to the pumpkin patch next month.