10 on 10 | December Edition / by Carey

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Dude!!!  I almost forgot to post this time!  I knew I'd planned to work on processing the images this weekend that I shot on December 3rd... but I spent the afternoon otherwise and here it was 1015pm and I was about to head upstairs to read when I realized, YIKES, my post should be UP in 2 hours!!!  So..... without further ado.

Remember

my 10 on 10 project

? Where a group of 10 photographers have circled together to post 10 images over the course of a day in their lives, on the 10th day of each month.  Next on the circle is

Chesney Maxwell

. Don't forget to check out her

10 on 10 post here

.  After I post each month's, I go straight to the calendar that lives on our fridge and I pick the day I'll shoot the next month's edition.  This project is very important to me, and I don't want time to get away and either rush me or make me miss a month altogether.  Just a friendly tip. : )

For the December edition of the 10 on 10, I wanted to capture a weekend day this time, to include Shawn.  This was also the day that we decorated our Christmas tree!

And let's just make something clear.  I have a problem with indecision.  I am incredibly emotionally attached to nearly every image I shoot and I can't bear not to choose them, let alone choose very favorites.  I am one who is prone to exaggeration... but I'm not exaggerating here.  I knew it would take me way longer to narrow down my images than it would be to just process all of them and include them.  So again, a great big huge WAY over post.  But here was my day.  It was a great one.  You'll forgive my overpost, right?

7am-ish:

 If you are a Little Lady who has an internal clock that wakes up at 6am no matter what, and if you are a Little Lady who begs for chocolate chips and candy first thing every single morning no matter what, and if you are  Little Lady who has had (completely ridiculous and inexplicable) issues with liking her daddy so that your daddy is going to extraordinary lengths to create bonding moments with you.... then you get to override mommy and make cookies first thing on Saturday morning.   Every good little kitchen helper washes her hands before she begins.

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I have an external flash (

this one

), but I have absolutely NO CLUE how to use it artistically.  That is on the "

when I get all the items on my huge-mongous todo list completed, I'll take some time to learn this

" list.  For that matter, the pen tablet (

this one

) I bought in JULY is also on that list!  I really, really need to get to those...

Shawn has discovered that it is best to roll out a huge sheet of cookie.... bake it... and

then

once it comes out of the oven and is still warm, to use the cookie cutters.  I love to bake and create cookies, but the land of cookie cutters and rolled dough is new to me.  This way, at least, the cookies still resemble the shapes of the cutters, instead of expanding to amorphous blobs.  But the Little Lady is

incredibly

impatient about the cutters and wants to use them

now

!

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We ventured to our favorite local Christmas tree lot to buy our tree Friday night.  While we waited for the cookie sheet to bake, she of course had to check out the tree.  And she gazed out the window and I was struck by the way the light was hitting her.  I knew when I shot this I'd do it in black and white.  (And she's totally picking her nose in the photo on the right.  Lovely!)

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Finally

time to use the cookie cutters.  She LOVES this, especially the sprinkles part.  I

love

how she is holding daddy's hand. And dude, I love my

Silpat

.  

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8am-ish

:  Cartoon chillin' time.  Again that early morning light streaming through the window onto the playroom cough just captivated me.  Aren't her

Hanna Andersson pajamas

toooooo cute?  (I'm a HA pj snob)

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Little Buddy finally wakes up.  He discovers that our Elf, Jolly, was displeased to find we'd bought our tree but left it undecorated.  For, you see, trees need decoration.  So Jolly tp'd the tree to remedy the situation.  The humor was completely lost on my kids.  Sigh.  Little Buddy must be growing because he has been SOOOOO hungry lately, and requires breakfast immediately these days.  So Saturday breakfast with Daddy.  Nutritious, Delicious cookies.  

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10am-ish.

 More couch and tv chillin' time.  

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No cartoons for Little Buddy.  It's Dinosaur documentaries on Netflix watch instantly for him.  T

his one

 is one of his favorites.  Never would have imagined I'd learn alllllll about the

Mosasaurus

,

Tylosaurus

,

Dunkleosteus

,

Elasmosaurus

,

Plesiosaurus

, and

Liopleurodon

....  Yes, we own every one of those.

And thanks to some friends and a Bunn coffee maker that is 7 years old and leaking, we have discovered the joys of a French Press.  I ordered

this model

and we are sooooooo loving it.  We adored the coffee we had in Europe in our trip in 2005 and have yearned for it since.  A french press creates the body and flavor of that coffee.  You seriously do not know how ecstatic this makes us.  Shawn was planning to go to a friend's house to watch a game and needed a late afternoon jolt of caffeine.   (forgive the time inconsistency here.  oops)

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2pm-ish

.  Oh the joys that come from an early afternoon game of chase and peekaboo.  Her real smiles are so infectious.

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almost 4pm-ish.  It was so uncharacteristically warm this day.  Little Buddy loves to run the zipline rope back and forth.  

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And Little Buddy loves dirt.  Anything else stuck on his hands must be washed off.  But dirt?  Dirt is just fine.  He got this backhoe thing for this birthday and is loving moving earth with it.  

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I almost burst from sweetness.  Little Lady asked to be pushed and Little Buddy announced HE would do it and began.  They were loving it!  I love their relationship.... when they get along.

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I included the one on the right because this project isn't about perfection.  I wish I'd gotten it in focus.  But that's the joyful face I love so much.  

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She loves chalk.  I asked her to draw a heart for me for the

Picture the Holidays project

. She said no.  But she drew a balloon, and I asked if I could put a heart inside it.  

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She disappeared upstairs while I took LB outside.  She reappeared having dressed herself in this.  I love it.  

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It was way overdue to

Rain-X

the vehicles.  Have I mentioned just how much I adore

Rain-X

?  I do.  Mega big time.  She has really been into helping me with housework lately, and wanted to help me clean the van windows before I started the

Rain-X

.  (FYI - My opinion is that you need the straight

Rain-X

fluid.  The combo window cleaner and

Rain-X

doesn't work nearly as well)

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He never, ever, ever let's me shoot pictures where he's LOOKING at me.  This was technically a posed smile, but dude!  He did great!  I love this picture!  And then, I had to shoot how he was letting the snot run down his face.  Just continuing to play like this.  I. do. not. get. that.  It would drive me crazy!!!

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5pm-ish

.  still working on the

Rain-X

.

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Carey Pace Kingsport TN Lifestyle Photography

5:30pm-ish.  Sunset.  Little Buddy got a real bicycle for his 4th birthday, over a year ago.  We adjusted the

Tricycle

for Little Lady, so it is way too short for him.  But still,

this

is what he prefers to ride.  It truly is an awesome

Tricycle

.  

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He was starting to stall, sensing I was going to send him inside again.  He grabbed the chalk to draw a course for the

trike

.  It was a beautiful sunset.  

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6:30pm-ish

.  Time to decorate the tree!!!  She was sooooooooo cute in her Santa hat.  This picture isn't perfect by any means, but this was the best I got with natural light.  She would NOT stay still for anything.   But I actually really like it.  

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And, we hit the external flash woes again.  I do need to learn how to use it.  And here is her "smile for the camera" smile.  Oh dear.  

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7:30pm-ish

.  Almost bedtime.  Snuggles with Daddy and some

LeapPad

time.  

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Late-ish.  I was trying to take the tree shot, when Little Buddy came up and wanted to add more to the tree.  He walked in front of the camera while I had a super long shutter.  I loved the ghost effect, so I tried some more shots.  I helped him with the ornament in this one.  You can see the faintest of me in my Santa hat behind him.  And then on the right was my final official starburst tree shot.  

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If you possibly  made it that far, thanks for being part of my day!  Next on the circle is

Chesney Maxwell

.  Check out her

10 on 10 post here

.

I shot these with my

D90

Nikon 85mm f1.8

Nikon 50mm 1.4D

Sigma 30mm f1.4