January Photo Gallery
I challenge myself to do a photo a day then published it in this gallery. I have different prompts every day or at least every week so that I can get familiar with different techniques.
This month’s prompts: lowlight, freelensing, rule of third, compassion, lights and shadow, in the frame, self-portrait, teaching & learning together, brothers, out of focus, morning snuggle, step by step, celebration, season – winter theme, backlight, curiosity, negative space, what I see, imagination, bath time, play time, run away, reflect, double exposure. So far my most favorites were lowlight, freelensing, teaching and learning, and double exposure. Double exposure, lowlight were very challenging, freelensing is quite difficult too but I’m getting the hang of it.
June is the beginning of summer in Texas. Most of the school is out by June and summer activities began. By all mean, I’m not an expert for summer fun. I’m only doing this to give my kids some childhood memories, teach them how to care for others and just simply enjoy being a kid. I hope our activities will give you some ideas to do with your kids. Please do share what you do with your kids in the summer so we can learn and maybe do it in the next summer. We still have two more months to go. This is only June activities, I have so much more but I will save it for the end of the summer to compile all of our summer activities.
1- Involve in at least one sport event:
This year both of my older kids were involved in the summer swimming league so most of my Saturday is consumed around swimming meets until 3rd week of June. They enjoyed swimming, meeting new friends, hanging out with old friends, school friends and just have fun all together.
2- Visit Hospitals especially children hospitals:
Early part June, we decided to go visit some folks in the hospital, the first person we met was Ashley Johnson. She’s currently going to school in California and came home for the summer. You can follow Ashley’s Journey here on instagram, Ashley’s Instagram. She’s a very sweet young girl. In our conversation, we found out that Ashley was also a swimmer who got the chance to see Michael Phelps when she was little. She’s also a friend with our team coach so the kids actually enjoyed talking to her. This is something we will be doing throughout the summer after our summer road trip.
There are so many things and places are free around you. Take a stroll around your neighborhood in the afternoon/early evening. Let the kids go outside and shout out to natures. It is healthy for them, it is good for them to appreciate little things in their life.
4- Some electronic time:
Although I’m not big with electronics, I would like to give them some electronic time so they can let loose and enjoy their own time, connect with friends from afar.
5. Library trips:
Go to the library, check out some books. Let them open their mind with some imagination through readings. The libraries usually have reading list recommended for all ages, you can find all kind of books for them to read during the summer.
Volunteer and involve in the community organizations, whether it is at church, nursing homes or at any food bank or anywhere that you are comfortable. That’s when you get to meet people (interesting people), people from far away, people that you might never meet otherwise. Open up their minds with the reality of world that there’s so much more than what they see. This year we got to meet a young man who has traveled to US from France. He’s one of the leaders for Vacation Bible School for our second baby. A very nice caring young man.
I hope your family will have a fun and safe summer.