Project Alicia : WW: I Can't Make This Stuff Up

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WW: I Can't Make This Stuff Up

Our Autumnal days in Iowa are numbered with every falling leaf... very soon raking will be a thing of the past. Woohoo! But without leaves, there will be no more leaf-jumping-throwing-playing fun.

Yes, we are Bidding Adieu to Iowa. If you missed last week, you can read all about that here.

I have taken annual leaf pics of the kids for as long as I can remember. Some are pre-digital.
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This one is from 2005. Weren't they cute?

We finally had a chance to do some raking last week after the rains let up. The leaves were a bit wet, but I knew that if I didn't take the opportunity then to photograph the kids, the moment would pass by and there would be no 2011 annual leaf pics. These are the silly thoughts that torment me. lol.

So, after some doing I finally got the kids on board, but by then the light was fading. While Little Man changed out of his obnoxious soccer clothes (picture a bright red top and orange shorts...) I managed one keeper of Pokey.

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Then Little Man hopped in.

Minimal whining. Smiles. It seemed to be the making of one of the best pics of the kids together in some time. Until...
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I noticed the furry critter crawling up Little Man's arm for his photographic debut. It was all I could do to stay steady to snap the shot. But as it continued towards his face I panicked and screamed. Pokey was out of there faster than I could say the word.

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But Little Man? He brushed it off and had quite a laugh.

By then there was no getting Pokey back and the light was no good.

So, this year the only keeper of the two of them together has an eight legged friend. Perhaps this is a more fitting way to remember our home in the woods?


In case you haven't heard, I am hosting a Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge with Rebecca of Bumbles & Light and Kristi of Live and Love out Loud. The YELLOW linky is open until Wednesday, Oct 19th at 11:59 PM. We will share a few of our favs Thursday, Oct 20th and then ORANGE week begins Friday, Oct 21st at 21:01 AM. You can find the complete list of themes and more details here. If you are wanting to practice your photography or meet a few fellow photogs, this is a fun opportunity. It is open to all regardless of your skill level, camera equipment or whether or not you are experiencing autumn at the moment.

And if you don't want to participate yourself, you can enjoy some of our favorite entries at our new Shades of Autumn Pinterest Board.


Thanks for dropping by! Link your photo(s) below and then swing back later to check out a few new blogs.

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85 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness THAT is hilarious!!!!! Can't believe you have that perfect photo of the two of them when "along came a spider", haha. That is one beautiful portrait of your daughter too...those eyes!

    Kathy

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  2. Oh wow. When I first saw the photo I thought it was part of his shirt! What a perfect (and frightening) captured moment!

    Can't WAIT for the 'orange leaves' postings!!

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  3. Such beautiful memories - and no you can't make up something that obvious - I'd have screamed too!

    So happy for you in your new adventure to SC - I will miss your wonderful pics of where you live now but I'm sure there will be lots of new and exciting things to capture in your new part of the world :-)

    As always love your work xx

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  4. What gorgeous "leaf" shots! And boy, what a big spider! Like Pokey, I would scream and scram...

    Thanks for hosting!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

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  5. I think it's a great shot, however being scared to death of spiders, my eye went straight to it! Eeeek!!!

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  6. Such great shots of your beautiful children! I´m so excited for you to start new! Good luck!
    Happy WW!
    Verena

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  7. wow, I would have freaked out! Other than that, these are great photos!

    -Samantha

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  8. I love how the colors of their eyes popped on each photos! :)

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  9. Your children will have a wonderful treasure trove of memories from all these lovely photos!

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  10. LOVE this pics! Looks like they had a lot of fun over the years. I'm a bit jealous of no more raking leaves. lol

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  11. I love them so much. Going to start doing that. Thank you.

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  12. Your linky doesn't like me tonight so I'll check back again later to link up. But that shot of the kids with the furry critter? Perfect!

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  13. Nope you can't make that up! What memories from 2005 until now. Your son's smile is priceless. Hope the packing up and moving out is going smooth.

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  14. No you can't make that up and you got the proof. Your daughters eyes are beautiful and I don't blame her for not coming back.....

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  15. Absolutely stunning pitures of your beautiful kids!

    Oh, and not to scare you, but the spiders here in SC are bigger...

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  16. Ummm....that is one BIG spider! I wouldn't have been able to hold the camera steady!

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  17. Beautiful photos. Beautiful kids. Wow, the blue in their eyes!! Love the sequence of the happy two with spider, and laughing boy sans sister. Too cute!

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  18. Holy crap! Can't believe you actually got that shot!!! I would've been running for the hills! Beautiful as usual.

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  19. Great pictures, but did the little boy know he had a spider on his shoulder?

    Joyce
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2011/10/wordless-wednesday-pumpkins.html

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  20. When I was a kid - there was nothing I loved more than playing in the leaves. Great shots!

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  21. Have you slept yet? That's all I can think of... I'm so tired. Hope the move plans are going well, as well as the house sale! xo

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  22. As always your images are outstanding!! And that spider...that spider was huge!!

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  23. I cannot believe that?! The shot is so perfect...maybe you can photoshop the spider out (though the story is just too classic).

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  24. That spider would have freaked me out big time! Loving the leaf photos...what a cute idea!

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  25. Outstanding work. I really need to get more involved in portrait photography. I've got four grand kids that make excellent models. I think the autumn leaves capture is a marvelous annual idea. Really well done. Oh yes, great looking kids, but you already knew that.

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  26. Love you story and you have a real memory keeper of a photo too! Probably will be one of the beat remembered photos of their childhood.

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  27. I love that picture with the spider~it's perfect for a fall photo!

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  28. Definitely keep the spider - it's perfect!! I enjoyed those pix and your "yellow week" pix too!!

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  29. Oh my goodness!! I thought it was part of his shirt LOL! great shot!!

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  30. Spiders aren't normally cute ... but how adorable is that one??? Love the pictures, Alicia!!

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  31. I would scream too! At least you could photoshop that yucky spider out and have a nice picture!

    I can't believe your leaves are all on the ground. Ours are just barely starting to turn yellow! The Fall color challenge has been challenging because it seems to be a week ahead of our colors! :o)

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  32. What Beautiful Kids! Love Fall photos! Good luck on your move... :)

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  33. Absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see all the photog options you'll have in your new home!

    ~Mimi

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  34. Your kids are so beautiful and very photgenic i love the one of your daughter withher eyes so blue

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  35. Gorgeous photos as usual. Too funny about the spider. :o)

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  36. That is amazing! He does like his critters, perhaps this was their way of saying "safe trip" to him :)

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  37. Stunning shots as always! I'm still planning on stealing you away to me in the UK to get you to take pictures of my children!

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  38. Congratulations on selling your home and your upcoming move.

    You are right, it is quite an ordeal. I sold my previous home in California in 2008, and it was quite stressful. Fortunately, it turned out OK and I love where I am living now in SF.

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  39. That spider is for real? I thought you photo-shopped it in there LOL

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  40. These photos are gorgeous! thanks for sharing. And yay for the hosting of a another challenge! My laptop died so I wasnt at the blogs that much last couple of weeks but cant wait to join it. And thanks for hosting it also for people who live in different year seasons :-)

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  41. The eyes in that second shot are incredible! I hope your move goes smoothly — that's a huge change, but it sounds like a good one for you.

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  42. I do not know how you managed to stay calm (and steady) taking the shot with the spider in it! All the shots are amazing, of course! :)

    Finally Decked Out For Fall

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  43. What fun!! Our leaves do not fall from our maple tree until the end of the month...can't wait to take photos of the kids in the leaves. That spider would have freaked me out!

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  44. You are a stronger woman than me! Once I spotted that black spider, I would have flown towards him to flick it off!

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  45. Love these shots of your kids, and how cute they are. Oh all of those leaves bring me right back to my childhood in Illinois. All of our leaf parties. love it!

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  46. Amazing how much they grow in five years...

    Cool Bean Mommas

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  47. Oh my heavens. I'd have scooted away fast too!

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  48. What great pictures!
    Happy WW!

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  49. Wow! Great shots! How did you do that? If you have a tutorial I'd love to read it. Thanks!

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  50. Fantastic shots! how lucky to get that spider! so amazing and fitting for your little man who loves critters!

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  51. I would have screamed like there was no tomorrow. Spiders & I don't get along. Still... that is a pretty nice shot and he added a bit of spark to the photo, lol!

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  52. Your kids are beautiful and those photos are amazing. I couldn't tell if the spider was a photoshopped joke until I read the post! That's hilarious.

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  53. These are just amazing fall pictures!


    Hope your day is blessed♥

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  54. Love your pictures and how fitting for the Halloween season that your little eight-legged friend would want to join the fun. I just found your blog through Wordless Wednesday and started following. I linked up with you for the day.

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  55. i love the leaves too, a great set of shots there! Thanks for hosting :)

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  56. I love fall leaves pictures and yours are gorgeous. Great tradition.

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  57. Oh my, I would have screamed too! Great pics though ;)

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  58. That's the danger of leaf piles, but it's still worth it! Great pics:)

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  59. Hilarious that you captured the spider! I don't know if I'd have been able to stay quiet long enough to take the photo!

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  60. oh my! i would have freaked out!

    spider or no spider, these shots are beautiful!

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  61. Kudos - I certainly couldn't stay still to take the shot knowing there was a critter on the move! It gave me the heebies just looking at the picture. :)

    Gorgeous shots, as always!

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  62. What great memories to have of your last Fall days!
    The pictures are amazing and I LOVE the eight-legged friend. That is TOO funny!

    Enjoy your move, I know in Texas, we don't a fall season. It goes from 110 to 70's, but the leaves still die. :-) Maybe you will still have a little fall in South Carolina too. :-)

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  63. Stunning photos. The second one with your girl is out standing, the spider made me jump and your gorgeous big boy laughing afterwards made me smile too. :)

    Wonderful moments captured!

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  64. WOW I'd die if that spider was on me!!!
    What amazing pictures, as usual!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  65. Those are great photos, even with the spider. Ick.

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  66. I would have freaked out. Now, I feel like something is crawling all over me, lol. Beautiful shots, though. Even with that spider.

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  67. I used to love playing in the leaves - ours are so soggy here! Great memories to treasure even with that 8 legged spider.

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  68. Loved yellow, cant wait for orange to start :)

    Happy Wednesday!

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  69. That is a fun tradition!!! I like taking photos of the kids in the leaves to!

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  70. Creepy critters just in time for Halloween..but it is still a great photo of the kiddos. Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  71. Oh, my I don't think I would have been able to take the photo! I would have def screamed and ran, haha

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  72. I would FREAK out if I had that crazy spider climbing up my arm - aaaaa!

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  73. Beautiful photos! ♡ Your kids look so cute and adorable.

    xoxo,
    ⓂⒶⓃⓊⒺⓁⒶ

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  74. Beautiful photos!! Spiders... too many legs... Argh! :)

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  75. Great photos! I really like your writing and that special tone in your photos :)

    Firas

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  76. And the real cute expressions of the kids! :)

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  77. OMG I can't believe you caught that spider! Creepy!

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