a snow shoe hike...

The most wonderful thing happened today.  After several weeks of the coldest weather we've seen since 1950, it finally warmed up.  And snowed!  A glorious 5" of the fluffiest powder I've ever seen.  And, I somehow had an hour all to myself to go out and enjoy it.  I don't think I've ever put my snowshoes on faster!  The snow was so deep and I was the first one on the trail.  My legs ached with joy after my hike and I swear I could feel the vitamin D soaking in on the spot.  We've reached the point where I have to dig pretty deep to keep a good attitude about this whole Wisconsin thing, but after my hike today I was reminded how much I really do love the snow.


edwin & I 4/52

I know this photo probably doesn't pass as a traditional "portrait of my child" for the 52 project, but it's been busy over here so I'm cutting myself some slack.  Between the end of the semester, finishing that summer video, and Edwin having a little cold, we've had enough on our plate for the time being.  The other day we were getting ready together and dancing around the room so I seized the opportunity to try and take a photo of us.  Maybe next week the rest of our heads will find their way into the shot! ;)


my summer video...

As a mom and teacher, I really look forward to summer when I get to spend my days with Edwin.  Last summer I decided to start a new tradition of making a little movie to document our summers together to see how much Edwin changes from year to year.  This was really my first time shooting a lot of video footage and I realized a couple of things.  One, I'm not the best videographer (sorry about all of the shaky blurry footage), but two, I love taking video!  Once fall hit I had no time to work on the video project, so I waited until Christmas break and began sorting through the footage.  It's been a great way to spend these last few chilly weeks and it might just become part of my annual tradition to work on editing the video in the dead of winter.  Watching this definitely gets me excited for sunshine and parks again.  It was so fun to go back and watch all of the clips of Edwin from 18-21 months.  I got to document his first ice cream cone and our last time visiting the old cabin.

Initially, I was very intimidated to start a video project because I have zero experience editing (that's usually Nick's area of expertise.)  But, I knew I wanted to use iMovie to edit it so I signed up for a 7 day free trial over on Lynda.com and watched the iMovie 11 Essential Training.  I would highly recommend this if you are new to video like I am.  I learned so much about iMovie and instantly felt more comfortable importing my footage and putting a video together.  One of the trickiest parts was adding the music, but I found some copyright free music over on Vimeo, so that helped.  As for shooting the video, I still have a lot to learn.  I did invest in a tripod so I'm hoping next summer the camera will be a bit steadier. ;)

Making a video from start to finish is more time consuming than I'm used to so it's not something that I could do all of the time, but I really enjoyed this project and am so proud of myself for stepping out of my creative comfort zone to work on this.  As Edwin would say, "I did it all by myself!"  It has brought me so much joy to put together a family video to watch for years to come and I hope it's the first of many summer videos I will make.


edwin 3/52

I'm trying to embrace the little bits of time I do get to spend outside these days and find myself taking a nice deep breath of the crisp January air whenever I get the chance.  I would give just about anything to go snowshoeing for hours on end, but with a toddler in tow that isn't always possible.  This particular day we were only outside for long enough to stomp on a few snow boulders (a favorite toddler activity of ours) and snap a photo of Edwin in his furry hood.  This jacket is a favorite around here and I I'll likely save it for any future children we may have.  I don't often splurge on baby items but for warm winter gear, I make an exception. 


edwin 2/52

This weekend we took advantage of a warm, sunny day and spent some time outside as a family. We pulled Edwin for a sled ride and played at the park.  I never thought we'd be going to the snow-covered playground in the middle of January, but Edwin just loves it.  After a string of some of the coldest days we've had in years, it felt so good to be out.  We've officially reached that point of the winter where anything about 20° feels so warm that we abandon our mittens.  I love that about living in Wisconsin.  Your perspective of the cold really changes and you don't take any "warm" day for granted. 



I guess I'm going to start this!  Once a week for 52 weeks I'll (try to) take a portrait of my child.  This would have been very easy to do his first year, but I notice I don't take nearly as many pictures now that he is growing up.  It's definitely more challenging to catch him in a cute outfit, good mood, and with no crumbs on his face.  But, I'll do my best, and likely be glad I did.
More information about the original 52 Project can be found here.

These last few weeks have been so wonderful.  I've had a lot of time off of work for the holidays and school was cancelled for 2 days due to ridiculously cold weather (like -50 temperatures!) so Edwin and I have been enjoying our days together indoors playing ball, trains, trucks, reading books, and watching cartoons cuddled up on the couch.  
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