Backyard Superhero Shenanigans

Anything you can do, I can do better.   I can do anything, better than you. No you can't.   Yes I can.  ;) Oh, what will we do when the chill comes to stay.  I fear my couches may not survive another winter with twin Superheroes cooped up in the house for six long months.   … [Read more...]

10 Favorite Toys from Ages 2 to 5

In the blink of an eye, my twin boys will be 5 this year right before Christmas.  Yes, in our family, December is a hoppin' time.  With 3 of 4 of the family celebrating birthdays AND the excitement of the Christmas season, there is hardly a dull moment.  I'm pretty sure my kiddos are already counting down the days, which means I had better start thinking about my yearly conversation with Santa.  ;)  This year, my kids are likely to have their own input and wishlists, but in previous years, mom … [Read more...]

To dear Ann Arbor Town…

How does the old song go again? I want to go back to Michigan, To dear Ann Arbor town, I want to go back; I got to go back, To Michigan. … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

We've had this kite hanging in our garage for awhile now.   But we finally found a day to give the thing a proper taste of freedom.  After a morning dedicated to coloring it just like the real Spidey, Dad and the boys (and mom and her camera) took it down to the park and some wide open space to fly it high in the sky.  What a perfect way to say goodbye to summer... You can find one of our kite flyin' pictures over on the Daddy Doin' Work instagram feed today.  Daddy Doin' Work is … [Read more...]

Boys of Summer

"You did not hear them coming.  You hardly heard them go. The grass bent down, sprang up again.  They passed like cloud shadows downhill... The boys of summer, running." - Ray Bradbury I'm reading savoring a bit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine this summer for the first time in a long time.  I'm not quite sure when I first happened upon the book.  I loved Bradbury's Sci-Fi stuff in high school.  He was one of the few authors I would read for pleasure in those days.  I probably picked … [Read more...]

Stayin’ Cool

So hot the lens fogged up yesterday.  But we found a way to stay cool. Here's to the almighty sprinkler; that summertime staple which has cooled generations of happy little feet.   … [Read more...]

It’s Oh, So Quiet…

I know it's been a bit (or a lot) on the quiet side over here on my personal blog as of late.  But that's because it's been anything but over on the Holli Long Photography website and client blog.  So, I thought I would take a moment to give a little peek at what's been going on this spring with the almost 1-year-old business! To see more from recent client sessions, head on over the Holli Long Photography Client Blog.  :)   … [Read more...]

Four, the Half-Way Point

Four has been a good, good age for us.  And it's already half-way through.  Savoring it all we can... … [Read more...]

Weekend Adventure

I think we've discovered the key to vacationing with 4-year-olds. It involves a fort. Some post-hike lounging. And a baseball. Oh, and of course a campfire. Simple enough. But simple enough to wear them plum out. Also, calling it a wrap after 24 hours to come home for a good 3 hour nap.  ;) And so now we're home and already ready (already) for another mini getaway...and soon!   … [Read more...]

Front Yard Storytime

We took advantage of some fresh, spring air this afternoon with a little storytime in the front yard. With an occasional assist from the lady behind the lens, Thing Two led us through a classic tale of Lightnin' McQueen and Friends. And because I don't have the heart to explain that finger to a four-year-old, for now it is suitable pointer.  ;) Lawn stories are the best stories. Especially in the company of your best bro and the green, green grass. … [Read more...]