Embrace the Camera

by Cate on October 28, 2010


Project 365
October 28, 2010, Photo #199 and 200

Me and My Monkey

In the past year, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve tried to make a larger effort to be in more pictures with the kids.  It’s hard when I’m the one with the camera all the time!  But when they’re grown, I don’t want them to look back on the masses of pictures I’ve amassed and wonder “where’s Mom?”  I strive to be present in their lives in so many different ways, and this is just one of them.

I discovered the weekly Embrace the Camera event recently, so it seems only natural that I participate, since it’s all about getting Moms (and Dads) into more pictures with their kids.  Today before naptime, I propped Madeline up on the bathroom counter and we took twenty a few shots in the mirror.  And after I downloaded the pictures, I went straight back to the bathroom to clean the mirror.  I actually like the blurry one better myself, but we’re going to need to practice on mirror shots … and this challenge is a great motivator to finally figure out how to use the self-timer on my camera, mostly because I think after nearly three years of using the camera, it’s a tool I should know how to use.

Just Faces

And speaking of photos, I’ve loved the Project 365 challenge that I’ve been doing this year, but it’s killing me that I’m just reaching shot #200 now, when we only have some 60 days to go for me to be at #365.  In my defense, I don’t count any of the pictures that are included in the post (because I don’t think that’s part of the challenge’s premise), nor the countless weekend pictures, but I’m going to catch up and finish at 365 if it kills me.

One last thing before I go… I’m working on a redesign on Sweetnicks.  I love this design, but I’ve had it for nearly three (!!!) years already, and it was time for a change.  Sarah says I have to warn you because it’s going to be a big one.  A big change, that is.  But I hope you like it as much as I do.  My friend Chris (you better be coming down to see us for the holidays!) hates when I change the site, and quite frankly, I’m not usually a big fan of change myself either.  I get it.  I swear I do.  But as my voice has evolved over the nearly six years I’ve been writing here (!!), this past year particularly has been a bit of a journey and evolution too, and three years with this design is good.  We’re just going to change the scenery a bit.  It should be happening in the next couple weeks or so.

And that brings me to my very last point … with the redesign, I’m going to open up a section for sponsors (advertisers).  If you have an Etsy shop or site that you’d like to have shown on my site, drop me a line and I’ll fill you in on the details.  They are going to be small button ads (similar to some of what you see on the sidebar now), so they won’t be obtrusive, but they just might have something you’re looking for too.

We have plans this weekend for a Halloween dinner party before trick-or-treating (can I say how much I love when Halloween falls on the weekend?!) with ghost pizza and spider cupcakes and Halloween candy bark, and SOME OF US still need to decide on a costume, not that I’m going to be naming any names, of course.  And then Sunday night, when the kids are calling it quits on trick-or-treating and cannot possibly ring another doorbell, before bed, they will go through their candy and decide what they don’t want, and keep only their very favorites.  The rest of the stash will be left out for the Halloween Fairy.  She’ll swoop in in the middle of the night, when the littles are fast asleep with their heads swirling with candy-filled dreams.  She’ll take the candy and leave them something even better.  A toy perhaps.  Or maybe a new book.  You never know that joy she has up her little orange sequined sleeve.  Man, I do love her, and I’m betting our dentist does too.

On that note, I hope you have an absolutely awesome weekend, filled with all the very best candy you manage to pilfer from your own in-house trick-or-treaters.   I won’t tell a soul.

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doggybloggy October 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I love it – this is the best thing ever – I am going to do the same thing – after all I am the older one…..


Sarah Caron October 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Great pics of you and Miss Madeline! And oh my, what an (exciting, cool, fun) change it’s going to be for SN!


The Sister In-Law October 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Love the pictures Cate!!



Joanne October 29, 2010 at 6:22 am

I’m so excited to see the new sweetnicks! If you love it then I’m sure I’ll love it.

I second Sarah, great pictures with Madeline! My mom was rarely ever in pictures with us and really she should have just handed off the camera to someone else for a bit.


chris October 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

this post couldnt come at a better time. i just got a new camera. its the one with the screen in the front and the back so i can take pics of MYSELF. ahahahahahah
i have to read the manual to learn how to do it so wish me luck. ahahahhahahahhahaha


emily anderson October 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

okay, love the pictures!
and, i LOVE the halloween fairy idea…i’m totally using that this year :)

thanks for joining us this week!


Cate O'Malley October 29, 2010 at 11:11 am

Doggy – alright, fess up… what’s the best thing ever that you’re now going to do?

Emily – thanks for stopping by! :)

Chris – what kind of camera did you get?

Joanne – exactly. There are a million and a half pictures of family and activity in general, but most taken by me. This year, I’ve been more conscious of it and have done way better. Baby steps. :)

Sarah – can’t wait!

Sister-in-Law – thanks!


Ramona October 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

Have a great weekend.


Casey October 30, 2010 at 12:09 am

You’re too cute not to be in the pictures!!!!!


Laura December 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

i love the new design!


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