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2011 Through My Lens: My Favorite Captured Memories

I’m not a photographer, not even close. If I take 100 pictures in an hour while the kids play, and I often do, five may be worthy of printing for a photo album.

My children inherited more than their nose and disposition from their father. They are also blessed with his knack for picking the exact moment a picture is snapped for closing their eyes. It’s not unusual to take a photo of the three of them in which they are all mid-blink, but it’s almost certain that at least one will be. 

As if that didn’t complicate my amateur photography enough, Anders is also not big on smiling in photos. In real life he’s almost constantly laughing or grinning, but the moment I break out the camera he becomes this stoic little creature. Asking him to pose for a picture is the quickest way to get a shot of him awkwardly grimacing (and of those I have quite a few now).

My favorite photos are always those taken candidly. Here are a few of my favorites for the year:


  • The Year’s First Snow Storm 1 of 13
    The Year's First Snow Storm
    We started the year off with a foot of snow which was unusual for our part of the country. The kids were elated.
  • Monkeying Around 2 of 13
    Monkeying Around
    We spent a lot of time at the park up the street this year. Anders became increasingly more daring with each visit.
  • Just Before Bed 3 of 13
    Just Before Bed
    Anders' sister, Danica, slept in her Jessie Halloween costume for about two months.
  • A Beach Vacation 4 of 13
    A Beach Vacation
    The boys hogged the boogie board and the girl was not too happy about it.
  • Playing in the Yard 5 of 13
    Playing in the Yard
    Sidewalk chalk and the sprinkler were a staple of our Summer.
  • Playing on the Swingset 6 of 13
    Playing on the Swingset
    It was a favorite pastime this summer when visiting grandma's house.
  • Going for a Swim 7 of 13
    Going for a Swim
    This year was the first that Anders would swim out to the middle of the pool without his dad or I physically holding him.
  • Cleaning Up After Irene 8 of 13
    Cleaning Up After Irene
    After spending a couple of days inside due to a hurricane, the kids helped us pick up the yard. They couldn't believe we were letting them "play with sticks."
  • Octoberfest Fun 9 of 13
    Octoberfest Fun
    We waited in line for an hour to have his face painted like this. When it was finally his turn he was terrified, but I convinced him to do it anyway.
  • Super Heroes 10 of 13
    Super Heroes
    Anders' little sister, former pest and toy pilferer, became his trusty sidekick this year. Watching them run around masked and caped is my favorite memory of the year.
  • Sitting Sideline 11 of 13
    Sitting Sideline
    It turns out I was much more excited for Anders to begin participating in sports than he was. He much preferred hanging out with his teammates on the sidelines to chasing the ball down the field.
  • Popsicles, Wagons, and the Garden 12 of 13
    Popsicles, Wagons, and the Garden
    So many memories this Summer involve these three things.
  • One of Many Silly Mornings 13 of 13
    One of Many Silly Mornings
    I think this is my favorite picture of Anders this year. To me it perfectly sums up his personality.

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