Sunday, August 17, 2008

Best Shot Monday

Ella had a sleep over at her Grandma and Papa's house last weekend. The next morning, they took her to church and then there was a picnic after where they had face painting, games and food. Ella didn't come home until about 1pm! That was a great morning. :) I got to sleep in and Keith and I got a lot of things done....Not to mention we had a lot of peace and quiet. But by about 11am, I really started to miss her. When that happens, I start to get ancy, don't know what to do with myself and feel like I am missing my third arm. So for 2 hours or so, I would look out the window every 15 minutes to see if she was home yet. Its amazing how having a child throws off your whole being. Since I am a stay at home Mom and am with her every second of my life, I should have been reveling the time she was away knowing that she would be home shortly safe and sound. Gosh, I love her.

Anyways, when she got home she was so wired...and so tired! She had so much fun she was jumping around like a kitty on catnip. And when I saw her face, I bolted for my camera. I couldn't choose between these two shots for BSM because I liked both of them equally. They aren't the greatest shots technically, but to me, they show both sides of how she was feeling at the time. The first one shows her playfulness and the serious face in second one, for that slight moment, showed how the energy was draining right out of her.

One quick tubby to clean up and down for a nap she went. Even though I didn't get to play with her right away because it was nap time, I was finally back to myself, knowing that she was resting comfortably in her bed.


For other BSM's head on over to Tracey's.


Maya August 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM  

I would have ran for the camera too! How cute are those stickers on her face!!!

Megan August 17, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

love the light here. and her expressions are wonderful.

Kara!!! August 17, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

The lighting is awesome in these pics :)

Kimberly August 17, 2008 at 11:25 PM  

Hi there! I just came upon your blog and absolutely adore it. Your photos are amazing!!! What kind of camera do you use? We're in the market for a new one as my photos are improving enough that we can justify the expense. lol.

carrie August 18, 2008 at 12:22 AM  

I wouldn't have been able to choose either - they are both great!

Crunchy Domestic Goddess August 18, 2008 at 12:54 AM  

look at those eyes - gorgeous!

Julie August 18, 2008 at 7:19 AM  

Those are some precious shots!

Anonymous August 18, 2008 at 7:39 AM  

I get antsy, too. I think we always will. Sweet big brown eyes... They're the best.

Christina August 18, 2008 at 8:21 AM  

That light - wow, it's awesome! Isn't it funny how the more exhausted they get, the more full of energy they are? Sounds like a great time for your girl. We are still yet to do the first spend the night...I think she's ready, but I'm not!

Mia's Mama August 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM  

I couldn't pick between the two either :)
I love both and I think the lighting is just perfect. Love getting to know you and your little one through your shots and blog :)

Killlashandra August 18, 2008 at 9:38 AM  

That first shot with her looking to the side and a bit of mischievousness going on there is wonderful! It sure looks like she had an amazing time.

Jen August 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM  

I couldn't decide which one I liked best either. They are both so good and the different expressions in each are priceless.

Crystal August 18, 2008 at 10:51 AM  

Lovely... as usual. They had so much fun that morning, they never stopped moving and it was SOOO hot and sticky out!

Jack walked in while I was looking at the pictures and said, "Hey, that's my friend Ella!" Aaaaawww!

The Source August 18, 2008 at 11:45 AM  

Just beautiful! I love both of them.

natalie August 18, 2008 at 5:24 PM  

Both shots are awesome!! I'm so jealous of her hair--oh, SO, jealous.

I'm not a SAHM or a WAHM, so I always relish the time with my girl. When she's gone to stay with my parents for the weekend, I can't get down the interstate fast enough to get her! That's only happened twice in her almost 3 years and they were desperate times when we REALLY needed the weekend help. I'm feeling your pain (and the joy upon return!)

Joanna August 18, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

Thank you ladies for your wonderful comments.

Welcome to my blog for the first time! I just got a Nikon D80 about a month ago now and I love it! Definately worth the money I "didnt" have to spend on it! ;)

Joanna August 18, 2008 at 8:16 PM  

That last comment was for Kimberly who asked what camera I used. I must have forgot to add her name.


Brittany August 18, 2008 at 8:37 PM  

So cute!!! :) She is a doll!

Face paints seem to be a popular theme, this week! ha ha.

HipMomma August 18, 2008 at 10:06 PM  

It cracks me up that she has Jesus on her cheek. What a cutie. And what a perfect pick for the contest. Good luck.

(I knew I had commented earlier. Just reread above and for some reason I commented as anonymous. Hmm.)

Stacy August 18, 2008 at 10:49 PM  

Oh, she is too cute with her face all painted up. You are right, you can definitely see the two sides of her. Great shots!

Golightly August 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM  

what are you talking about! These are both incredible shots! Heck, if I could do that well and still not be great "technically" I'd be floating on clouds.

I just LOVE her expressions in both shots - but especially the first one.

You're awesome wit that D80 in hand!

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