365 in 52 [2021] ~ Week Thirty

Day 204, Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Anna’s New Haircut

The increase in her meds last week made a big difference in Anna’s overall mood. I was able to take her to see Heather to get a haircut and look how cute she is! I love her smile! She’s really into watching dash cam car crash video compilations on YouTube right now. The car crashes make her laugh out loud, it’s a little evil!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/5 | 1/320 | ISO 500 | handheld

Day 205, Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Party Time

Dominic wanted to have his friend party the weekend before his birthday because most of his buddies had plans the following weekend. He had 7 guys and 3 girls show up. It was so strange to see cars and trucks lining the street, all these kids can drive themselves now! We had snacks ready, the kids hung out upstairs then swam before we cooked out. 

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.8 | 1/200 | ISO 1000 | handheld

Singing to the Birthday Boy

It was really lovely to have a house full of kids all singing to Dominic. We got a sheet cake for the party and planned to make a homemade cake for his family party. I wonder what he wished for?

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/3.5 | 1/200 | ISO 1600 | handheld

Day 206, Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Shirley and Pat

Mom has a good friend named Pat that she met in Wimberley when she played with the Hill Country Community Band. Pat also plays flute. They’ve always been close but became very good friends when Pat’s husband, Bob, passed away a few years ago. Pat’s health has been declining and she is moving to Plano to be closer to her daughters. Mom went over to her house to help her sort through some sheet music. 

New Braunfels lifestyle portrait photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/4 | 1/200 | ISO 800 | handheld

Day 207, Monday, July 26th, 2021

Orthodontist Visit

Dominic thought he was getting his bottom braces off this visit but he has to continue to wear bands to correct his bite for another month or two. He very nicely asked me to accompany him this visit even though he could have driven himself. I like that he still wants to spend time with me.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/3.5 | 1/200 | ISO 1250 | handheld

Day 208, Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

The Summer of Yahtzee

We ordered some replacement dice for our Yahtzee game after a recent game night where we discovered that we didn’t have 5 die. Anna had been playing Uno quite a bit until I introduced her to Yahtzee. She loves it. She got super lucky the first few games and kept rolling Yahtzee after Yahtzee… she was hooked! We now play approximately 114 games a day.

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/3.2 | 1/125 | ISO 3200 | handheld

Day 209, Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Dancing Mantis

We were swimming and had music playing outside. Dominic spotted this praying mantis on the rocking chair and suggested I get my macro lens. I got a few shots as it danced up the side of the rocking chair (and it was dancing to the beat of the music!) then I shot a little video of him. It was a true AFV moment where the little bugger jumped right on my camera at the end!

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/400 | ISO 1000 | handheld

Day 210, Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Happy 17th Dominic

Dominic turned 17 this July 29th, 2021. 17 years old. My baby is almost grown. I can remember his birth like it was yesterday. He was a good baby, an inquisitive and busy toddler, a chatterbox and curious child. I have LOVED watching him grow up and I’m so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to witness his life unfold. I wish he wasn’t plagued with depression, it’s a life-sucking disease. He’s worked really hard to overcome a lot of challenges. I hope he has some fun his senior year and I hope he builds some great memories. I love him so so so much. And I’m very proud of him.

Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/4.5 | 1/250 | ISO 800 | handheld

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