Sunday, January 18, 2015

Butterflies and Babies. (And budding photographers)

Saturday morning started like any Saturday morning: Liz and I chatting about nothing in particular, both of us noting that our husbands were gone for the day.  The weather was supposed to be warm, but super windy, teasing us with bright blue skies and rare unobstructed sunshine.  I joked that the kids and I would be at her house by lunch... (pause)....and that's basically what happened.  The stars aligned perfectly as my aunt Sandi was able to join us-- and I always love soaking up some San time!

We hung out in Huxley for awhile and scrounged (literally... Liz wasn't lying when she said they had no groceries in the house) for something to eat.  The kids played, the babies cooed, the grownups chatted.  Honestly, I could have killed the whole afternoon there-- it was just nice and relaxing.

But, we tend to schedule things and decided to head up to Ames to visit the Reiman Gardens.  I've been planning on visiting the gardens since Liz was in grad school and have never gotten there, so it was the perfect time to head up there.  And though the sun was shining outside, it was far from warm... so the humid butterfly garden felt especially nice. (Well, actually Charlie complained that it was too hot for him after all of ten seconds.  The turd refused to smile in this picture too.  Whatev.)

Once he had Anna on his lap, he couldn't contain his smile though...

But after about three minutes, Charlie came up to me and said that he was ready to go.  I handed him my phone, gave him a quick tutorial on how to use the camera and let him run wild.  He took the following photos.  Not to shabby, eh? (And a great way to occupy him and Nora for close to a half hour!)

I found about fifty of these on the memory card... they must have really been interesting to him.

I love the photos Charlie took-- how great to really see the experience through his eyes.  It makes me want to hand the camera to him more often... be prepared!

What a great way to spend a Saturday in January.  Surrounded by butterflies, beautiful plants, water features, and people I love.

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