366 in 52 [2016] ~ Week Three

I think the January blues or Cedar Fever has hit… everyone is a bit blue or under the weather. Nothing of concern, just not quite 100%. We are missing Daddy, he’s been traveling for business this week. My mom is such a blessing, I just don’t ever want her to feel taken for granted.

Day Fifteen ~ First Dandelion

Even though we are in the midst of winter, spring starts early in the Hill Country. We had a day of sun and high 60s, so the dandelions have sprouted. Last year, we had them on New Year’s Day!

New Braunfels nature macro dandelion photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/3.5 | 1/400 | ISO 3600

Day Fifteen ~ Pretty Little Weeds

There is a section of our yard that is blanketed with these weeds. I think it’s clover, but they are so large and thick, I’m not sure. They sure are pretty! Spring is my favorite season, so I’m anxious to see the flowers bloom. Not long now.

New Braunfels nature macro weeds photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/3.5 | 1/400 | ISO 11,400

Day Sixteen ~ Funny Face

One thing Curtis loves to do is entertain. The boys were supposed to be camping with the Boy Scouts, but they did this campout this time last year, so they skipped it this year. We invited some friends out to dinner then back to our house for some billiards, drinks, and games. Anna adores this sweet little girl and her funny faces made Anna crack up. I was so proud of my sweet Booski, she sat down at the other end of the table, with all the kids and no grown-ups. And every time I glanced down, she was laughing, talking, and smiling. She really is growing up and getting more independent.

New Braunfels child family lifestyle photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.5 | 1/400 | ISO 12,800

Day Seventeen ~ Best Spot in the House

On Sunday, we literally stayed in our jammies all day. It was epic. At one point, Curtis and I were alone in the living room (that almost never happens), watching football, and I look over and see Lola sleeping on the back of my chair. The sun was streaming in and she looked so angelic in the light, I’m glad my camera was nearby. (Thanks to Dominic for fetching it for me because I know if I had gotten up, Lola would’ve followed me.)

New Braunfels dog pet canine Chorkie sun photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.5 | 1/400 | ISO 100

Day Eighteen ~ Soupy Traffic

I had to get out and about early for a 9 a.m. appointment at the car dealer for service and it was so foggy… like you could barely see the traffic lights foggy. And 306 is getting widened to four lanes between Hunter and Hoffman, so traffic has been thicker than usual. It was downright soupy!

New Braunfels driving construction foggy traffic photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/2.5 | 1/400 | ISO 100

Day Eighteen ~ The Old HEB

When we first moved to New Braunfels, I plugged HEB into the Maps app, and this store popped up as the closest in terms of drive time. It’s about a 25-minute drive from our house, and I’ve since learned it is referred to as “The Old HEB.” There is another one, a newer one, located a few miles west of IH35. I’ve been to that one a few times but I don’t like the layout and the people there are just rude. I much prefer the old HEB, people are friendly, no one is in a rush, and they have all of my favorite items. They are building a new HEB (will it be called The New New HEB?) very close to our neighborhood, but I must just make the trek to the old one just for the atmosphere. 🙂

New Braunfels grocery store HEB photographer

Nikon D750 | 35mm | f/1.4 | 1/640 | ISO 160

Day Nineteen ~ Out of Focus Full Out Run

I’ve been picking up Anna after school since November because Anna’s anxiety is so high with riding the bus home. Plus she doesn’t get dropped off until 5:15… a full hour and a half after she gets on the bus. It’s just too long! I thought I would try to capture her joy in seeing me when I pick her up… she was running so quickly that I couldn’t nail the focus. But I wanted to include it anyway because her sheer enthusiasm is evident.

New Braunfels special needs girl child photographer

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.8 | 1/320 | ISO 280

Day Nineteen ~ Inked

There is something about middle school and writing on your skin with ink… I remember doing it. Dominic comes home with so much ink all over his hands, drawings, marks, purposeful and not. It’s such a rite of passage, isn’t it?

New Braunfels boy child photographer

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/1.8 | 1/250 | ISO 1600

Day Nineteen ~ Peeking

Dominic was in such a good mood after school, he was being playful and bouncing all around Nana’s house. With Daddy out of town, we went over to Nana’s for snack after school. I love seeing him happy. Makes my heart so full.

New Braunfels child boy photographer

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/1.8 | 1/250 | ISO 3200

Day Twenty ~ Homework

One thing that I’m super impressed about at Church Hill Middle School is the communication with Dominic’s teachers and the quality of his teachers. We are having a big meeting Friday (I’ll share about that next week). He’s working on math, which is pretty much the only nightly homework on a regular basis. See that mask sitting in front of him? He made that in theater arts, his favorite class. It’s a toucan and he will be adding feathers to it later.

New Braunfels boy child homework photographer

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/1.8 | 1/250 | ISO 3200

Day Twenty-One ~ Cedar in the Sky

It is cedar fever season which means the cedar trees are laden with pollen and making everyone miserable. I went out this morning to search for the culprit who is making my children so miserably stuffy and itchy. Here is a clump of pollen in a high tree against the beautiful blue sky. Deceptive, isn’t it?

New Braunfels nature macro cedar tree pollen photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/9 | 1/400 | ISO 400

Day Twenty-One ~ Cedar in the Trees

There is so much cedar pollen surrounding us, all around in our neighborhood. Good thing is that we don’t have any cedar trees on our property.

New Braunfels nature macro cedar tree pollen photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/4.5 | 1/200 | ISO 400

Day Twenty-One ~ Cedar Up-Close

The cedar tree pollen is pretty when you look at it up close. It’s hard to believe these orange little pods can make us so sick!

New Braunfels nature macro cedar tree pollen photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/320 | ISO 200

Three weeks down, and I haven’t missed a day yet. I don’t have any new portfolio-worthy images, but that’s not the point of this project for me. Memories, it’s all about capturing our lives. Thanks for looking!!!

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