But when it comes to football, we know where our loyalty lies…
This was the “friends” party with all his little buddies. We gave him Madagascar for his birthday this year and I made a ‘Madagascar’ themed cake using those little miniature zoo animals that you can buy at Target for like $2.00 for a pack of 20 animals or something like that. I was actually very impressed with how the cake came out – my best cake effort by far – all I have to say is chocolate cake and chocolate frosting are nearly impossible to mess up – and that colored sugar is my new favorite decorating tool. And this post is officially the opposite of wordless. Sorry.
Those geniuses at 5 Minutes For Mom just started a new series called 5 Minutes For Photography. Their first article is about the angles we use when taking pictures. I think most photographers start out just taking out the camera and taking the shot, without much thought beyond capturing that moment. I can still remember when I first discovered my now very standard up from on high angle. I have a million pictures using this technique and most are my favorites. But for some reason my creativity stopped there so I was inspired this morning after reading the article @ 5MFM to pull out my new favorite camera and play with angles. My son loved the spur of the moment attention and was super cute, so you are in for a treat! Here are some of my favorite results from all the basic angles I could think of, short of trying to stand on a chair or doing some other weird not-advised-for-pregnant-women maneuvers:
So I really only ended up doing “way up above” and “way down below” but it was still a neat exercise in creativity and I love the great pictures I got out of it. MM loved the quality time with mom’s camera. And I can probably call it an aerobic workout crawling around on the floor for the last half. No pregnant bellies were harmed in the taking of these pictures.
Want to join in on the fun? Get out your camera and have some fun with angles with your own brood, then link up to 5 Minutes For Mom with your results!
So I don’t think I’ve ever done a Tackle it Tuesday for the simple reason that I sadly don’t seem to tackle very much – at least not much worth blogging about. But there has been this little issue that has been driving me a little insane for oh say 2 years now. My son, love him though I do, has too many toys. I know there are a lot of kids out there with more toys than him, but for us, it’s too much. Namely because he just plain doesn’t treat them with respect – he’s not content to actually play with the toys, but would rather have a toy throwing bonanza of wisking several toys into the air, so they fall like confetti around him – at least, that’s what you’d imagine from the look of our apartment. It drives me insane. And I keep saying, “One of these days, I’m going to get rid of HALF these toys,” but I always manage to fall short of that goal, and simply tried to find new ways to organize the junk – I mean toys. But the problem is, I can organize till I’m blue in the face, it won’t make him stop making messes – he’ll take them out of whatever container I put them, no matter how cute the container is (maybe especially if it’s cute). It was time to buck up and make a cut.
I gathered all of his toys into the living room while he was napping on Sunday and started making piles – first, simply of what went with what so that any toy had all it’s pieces, regardless of where it was going next. Then I talked with my husband, through the pile, about each toy – who had given it to us, how many other toys were like it (I started organizing the pile into categories here), and how he treated the toy – was it a favorite or just something to throw into the wall? Some toys were harder to decide with than others – maybe it was a toy, I personally picked out just for him – but for various reasons it had not caught on. Maybe his grandmother had picked it out just for him, but it wasn’t a great fit. And so on… we showed no mercy until all of his toys fit neatly in two baskets, which we’ll rotate whenever he seems bored with the current collection. Even with both baskts emptied onto the floor of our living room, it looked immensely better. He still had lots of toys, but they were the GOOD ones. Some we are keeping for when he’s older, some for when we have another baby.
The biggest thing we cut, were the little toys – all the little toys with little pieces that didn’t do much other than take up space, despite their small size. The box of clutter we got rid of was not big, but when the contents were spilled on the floor it was massive – like spilling a drink, the contents could cover a lot of ground. We also put some good toys that were just not a good fit for MM into three bags for some of his friends, who might appreciate them more than he did.
My living room is a mess, still, but somehow this mess is one I’m willing to live with – it’s toys he loves, and toys that don’t look like a cluttered disgusting mess so much as an assortment of his favorite things, left in the middle of a very fun morning of playtime. And you can see from the look on MM’s face that he isn’t very torn up over the loss of those other toys, which didn’t make the cut…