Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Capturing Everyday Moments: The Best of April

April is one of my favorite months of the year! This year, it went by way too quickly. It arrived, I blinked and it was over! Thankfully, I made an effort to pull out my camera daily to capture the everyday moments that made April so special!


With nearly 2,000 pictures in my April folder, it was difficult to narrow down my favorite captures, but I (mostly) succeeded. I wish I could share them all but that's just not possible. Instead, I opted to share the images that immediately caught my eye.

I thought my beloved 8 1/2 year old Nikon D90 needed to be replaced, but it was actually my favorite 50 mm lens that I keep on my camera at all times. I think I will still upgrade my camera after Christmas, but for now, I'm just going to purchase a new lens. I just need to decide on which one, which is tougher than it sounds. My current 50 mm works if I focus manually, so that's what I have been doing!

I decided to start setting some photography goals for myself. This month, it was less posed pictures and more candid shots! The candid shots have always been my favorite, so I spent a lot of time snapping from the ground or from doorways this month. Unfortunately, my kids are trained to ham it up the moment they spot my camera, but I still managed to capture a few candid favorites!


These are the moments that took my breath away. These are the moments I want to remember forever:


The joy on Liam's face when he swings.

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My birthday with my adorable crew and wishing I could freeze time so we could remain this happy forever.

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Seeing Liam climb up the hill each day to sit in his favorite spot, and watch life pass by below him.

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Lily and Liam's after school cuddles. Oh, how I wish all school days could be half days, just like Kindergarten.

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Baby bunny cuddles.

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Reviewing sight words and writing words and numbers with Lily each afternoon, and seeing the pride on her face when something clicks.

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Warm, sunny afternoons at the park with Lily and Liam.

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Lily twirling her way through life.

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The way Liam loves to cuddle when he doesn't feel well.

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My sweet kiddos at 12, 10, 5 and 3.

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Liam's determination and his ability to do things just like any other typical child.

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The look of amazement on Liam's face when he mastered the trampoline.

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Watching Dylan and Liam's bond continue to grow.

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Hip Hop picture night and how excited Lexie was about her first dance pictures.

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My adorable chef/doctor, who always wants to help.

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Spending time with my sweet firstborn, who is almost a teenager. Slow down, time, slow down...

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The excitement over running into your BFF at dance pictures.

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A wonderful Easter with my most favorite people.

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The excitement over a lost tooth and a tooth fairy visit.

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The beautiful sight of an overcrowded couch.

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Chasing after my strong, happy, healthy boy at the park.

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Magical fairies in my backyard.

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Naps on Papa.

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My sweet mama's girl who insists we will be best friends always.

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Celebrating Earth Day with the happiest kid ever.

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Cookies at the park for a best friend's birthday with kids you absolutely adore.

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The way Lily and Liam play together.

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Watching Dylan teach his baby brother how to play football and feeling so much pride over the fact that Dylan treats him like he's just the same as everybody else.

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Playing with my sweet boy, even when it's raining.

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Watching Lily proudly lead us through her school for Kindergarten Open House and realizing that sending her to school early was the right decision.

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The mixture of pride and relief while watching Liam get the hang of potty training.

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And that last picture is a great lead in for how I will be spending most of May. I'm going to need LOTS of luck and lots of patience!

April was such a wonderful month! This entire post summed it up quite well, and these pictures just might be my favorites of the year. I am so thankful I was able to capture so many of the beautiful, everyday moments. I know that one day I will be so grateful that I have them!

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8 comments:

  1. You captured so many amazing moments in April! Your kids are seriously SO sweet!!

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  2. Such fun and precious pictures!!! So many memories. :)

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  3. Kids missing front teeth are like my favorite, ever. Lily looks so precious right now. April was a pretty great month. I can't believe summer is almost here again!

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  4. These pictures made me smile. Lily matches Simon with the missing teeth! I love how Lexi's cast matched her dance costume!

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  5. Lily and Liam cuddling... oh my goodness, how sweet! I love all of these, Stefanie! I know I tell you all the time, but you have such a beautiful family!

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  6. Oh my word, these are so precious! Glad you had a great month. 😊

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  7. Oh I love these pictures, friend! What a beautiful month!

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  8. Love all these captures. I can't believe we are already into MAY!!

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