"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

X-Mas card flops...

A perfect day for pictures... temp up to 42*, enough snow left on the ground and a bright but not sunny day. Oh, and one pocket full of candy for bribing, the other full of tissues for runny noses. The only problem was getting Caden to realize this was our best chance for a group photo. You'd have thought I was sticking him with needles or something...When you're mad, pinching others faces helps you feel better.More needles...So maybe the kid needed a break. Nothing like a little biking to cheer one up.No? How about a wagon ride?

And now for the candy... Getting better but what's with the shifty eyes?
This may have worked if Simone's ear wasn't attached to her shoulder.
And finally, Caden has perfected his face but those other two... not so much.I'm exhausted. And still lacking a stellar christmas card photo...

1 comment:

T.J. said...

Hey Jess, great photos! Ya being too hard on yourself, gal. Great exposures and nice blurring of the backgrounds. Using Aperture Priority? Keep those photos coming!

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
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