Just my kiddos at the lake back in early April. I haven’t been photographing them much lately partially due to the rainy Spring we’ve had and also to give them a break from the mamarazzi of the last two years. One of my goals this year has been quality not quantity. I’m not sure I’m achieving the quality, but I’m definitely not photographing them as much. I’m not dragging the camera with me everywhere we go and I’m trying to just relax and be in the moment with the kids. Last weekend we took them to one of the most beautiful spots I’ve been to in a long time and at first it was killing me that I didn’t have my camera. In the end though, I was able to actually play with them and really watch them (not through the back of a camera) as they explored the park–we saw eastern bluebirds, red-winged blackbirds, osprey, turtles, muskrats, huge bullfrogs, white herons, and more. I’ll definitely head back there to photograph them at some point, but it felt good to just be a Mom and not a photographer.