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I thought I would share my settings and a pullback of a recent shot of Caroline.

I very often take photos of my girls in this little spot in our kitchen.

My settings here were: 1/250 sec; f/1.8; ISO 400 and I used a 35mm 1.4.

I spot metered off of her cheek that’s closest to the window light.

This is the unedited image.


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Here is the pullback.  I’m standing in the X spot and Caroline is the smiley face.  :)

I had her sit at just a bit of an angle to the window.




And here’s the final edit.  I hope this helps someone!  :)



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Caroline (walking home from the bus):  Mommy.  I’m going to need you to get me a pet snake. 

Me:  yeah that’s never going to happen.


Caroline (as I’m standing at her door after tucking her in):  Just so you know?  You are the BEST mommy I’ve ever seen or heard of or met.  Ever. 


Caroline:  Just checking.  Am I going to need shoes EVERY SINGLE TIME we get in the car? 


Caroline: We rode the jeep down the trail and it was fun. 

Me:  Yes.  I heard!  Did Daddy play the music really loudly?  You know how he loves playing music loud in the jeep.  

Caroline: Yep.  We listened to Eye of the Tiger.  And also some song about you giving love *snaps finger* and…and…and *snaps finger again trying to remember* and…how it has a bad name or something?  Love has a bad name?  

Me: Oh yes.  That’s Bon Jovi

Caroline:  That’s the one!  


Caroline:  When I grow up I want to do something in the Air Force. 

Me:  Oh cool!  But you said you don’t like planes. 

Caroline:  Oh.  Yeah.  Well, this is going to be a DIFFERENT kind of plane.  So.  Not the same. 


Me:  What’s that on your arm? 

Caroline:  Oh THAT.  Yeah.  I drew a watch on my arm with a Sharpie.  


Me:  Remember when you were in preschool and you’d take a nap with me on my bed?  

Caroline:  Yes I do remember.  And I hated that.  






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  • Katie - These posts are my favorite of yours. I hope you’re keeping a journal of everything she says! : )ReplyCancel

Recently, we spent a long weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte and it was such a fun time.

You can read a bit about that fun time here.

The place was squeaky clean, lifeguards were everywhere, and I felt very safe with the girls running rampant throughout the hotel.

While Caroline and I were waiting in line for yet another awesome water slide we had this little conversation:

Caroline:  Okay.  So.  Is this an amusement park or a hotel?  Or is it a pool?  Because there’s a lobby and rooms and restaurants inside. 

Me:  Well.  This is a hotel with a really, REALLY cool indoor pool.  


After our time at Great Wolf Lodge, we drove to Durham because Tony had a meeting with a client there.  We stayed at Embassy Suites.  Which is, in my opinion, a very nice hotel.  We often choose Embassy Suites because one room is big enough for our family of six and they are quite cozy.

Once we arrived, I told the girls that I would take them to the indoor pool.

Are you seeing where this is headed?

Caroline was STOKED.  She couldn’t stand still.  She slapped on that swimsuit speedy quick and grabbed Allison.

We don’t need towels!!, she shouted, “there are towels ALREADY THERE!!”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her out the door and down to the elevator that fast before.

She must have thought it was super special when I had to use the room key to enter the pool area.

And then?  There it was.

A pool with a depth of THREE TOTAL FEET ALL THE WAY AROUND with one lousy tan-colored mushroom with a teeny trickle of water rolling off the top.

Caroline’s shoulders were immediately slumpy and she said the words, “Gosh I hate this place”.

It was all I could do…. containing my laughter.

Emily and I just watched those two sisters WALK through the Embassy Suites pool.  The could barely doggie paddle around that thing.  Couldn’t even jump off the sides.  Let’s just say that it was quite the change from the ‘indoor pool’ at GWL.

It’s been nearly a month since our visit to Great Wolf Lodge.

And now?  This very second?  She is STILL wearing her Great Wolf Lodge armband.  Just in case she gets back there soon?  I don’t know.

But that Embassy Suites pool key card is long gone.



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