It always amazes me that Trey has such a thirst for knowledge. And I’m thankful that we have the internet so that he can soak up all the knowledge he wants. What prompted this post is this. We went to Rhiannon’s choir concert last night. There was a cute little boy there with cochlear implants. Of course, they are very visible. Trey asked my sister what they were (I already knew because I have a friend who’s son has one). She told him and it seemed to intrigue him. He went home with my other sister and she sent me a message saying that whenever he got to her house, he just had to google “cochlear implants”. He wanted to know how they work. Now mind you, this kid is only 7 years old. Just last week, he was telling me about nanobots. He is just a super smart kid and I am so glad I chose to homeschool him. I know he would have been so bored in a traditional classroom setting. And I know some people think that homeschooled kids are “antisocial” but that’s not true at all. Trey will talk to just about anyone and he loves interacting with other kids.

Now, I’m not saying my other two kids aren’t smart. They are very intelligent kids. But they never just voluntarily looked up anything educational LOL. All 3 of my kids are very different and I love that about them. It definitely keeps things interesting in my house haha. I’ve been blessed with some pretty awesome kids.

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Ok, on to better things in this post. Rhiannon had a choir concert tonight at school. They sounded really good. I also took my big camera because I wanted to practice shooting inside without using the flash. I’m supposed to be taking photos at my son’s girlfriend’s dance recital. I’m not sure they will allow flash so I’ve been playing around with the settings on my camera. I know I am not an expert photographer, but I do know somewhat what I’m doing. I just have a lot more to learn. The only person I am in competition with is myself.

I can’t believe it’s already May and the kids will be out of school in a few weeks. Rhiannon keeps saying she wants to homeschool, but I am not sure if she’ll really like it. She likes to be around her friends way too much. Plus, she really likes choir. Trey loves homeschooling though. He doesn’t like sitting still for very long and since he’s the only one I’m teaching, we don’t have to spend 8 hours a day on school. Jake wanted to be homeschooled at one point but then he decided he liked going to school. I’m just glad that my kids have better friends that what I had in school LOL. I’ve told my kids to be careful who they are friends with because I’ve found that people usually don’t change very much over the years. Most people I know pretty much act the same way they did in jr high. So if you have a friend who treats you crummy in jr high, they’ll probably always treat you that way. I finally found a great friend, but the only problem is that she lives all the way in IN. I wish I’d have known her in high school though, it would have been nice to have real friend back then.

Ok, well this post has been random to say the least. I guess because I am so tired. So with that being said, I’m going to finish this post and go to bed. Good night!

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Photo post!

I got the chance to go to a local garden and get some excellent shots. When I got there I saw that they charge $25 for photographers. However, I am guessing that is for people who are taking portrait photos. They didn’t charge me the $25 even though I had my Nikon out. It’s not technically a “pro” camera even though it is a dslr. I also didn’t have large equpiment with me. Just my normal size camera bag. It seems that since there’s so many photographers now, venues have started taking advantage of that and instead of charging just a general admission for photographers, they are charging them a higher fee. In a way, I can see why they would do that. But then again, there are some places that are just outrageous in how much they charge. I was looking at a local venue to shoot some senior photos and it was going to be $50. For one, I would not be getting paid for the photo shoot (It’s my graduation present to her) and two, I would only be using the facilities for maybe an hour or so. I wasn’t even wanting to go inside the building, just use the grounds to take photos. I understand charging some kind of fee, but $50 just seems a little steep to me. Oh well, there are plenty of beautiful places to shoot photos for free.
Here are the shots I got this weekend.

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frustration and lack of patience

There are so many times I have just thought about giving up on photography because I don’t think I’m good enough. I know that any skill takes awhile to perfect, but I just get so discouraged sometimes. This especially happens when I look at other’s photography facebook pages or websites. I see how awesome their photos look and I want mine to look just as good. It’s frustrating.
But what I have to keep telling myself is “You are improving and you’ll get there eventually.” I see so many people out there who are doing photography as a profession who really shouldn’t be. I don’t want to be that person. I want to be proud of my work. And of course, like most people, I am my worst critic. However, I can say that after looking at some of the photos I’ve taken over the past 10 years, I have greatly improved.

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