Little Things Thursday

It was another busy week here.  One of the things we are heavily learning in this new season of raising a family is time management. The days are so full!

Learning to pace ourselves has been the theme of life.  We have always been pretty good at managing time, but each time we enter a new phase, we must adjust!

Jasper window light 01-blog I’m really getting fairly desperate for time to photograph people. My people, that is! I’ve taken so few images of them since school began.

However, tomorrow, we are heading out for an over-nighter in the GA mountains and I will be toting some cameras. We are really looking forward to a couple days to play as a family before we rev up for the end of the year busyness. I love the mountains this time of year! You can find me this weekend on my Instagram account kim_littlebylittle! Join me as we enjoy the fall! You can also find me @kimcunninghamphoto where I exclusively share my professional work! Let’s see your October fun!


Little Things Thursday

Hello Friends! Welcome to Little Things Thursday! If I’m not mistaken, we are now into our 4th year of sharing our lives with each other here! It’s really humbling to see how this community has grown and changed over these last 3 years.  Thank you all for being here each week and being part of a sweet community! I sort of lost track of the time, but did not want to miss thanking you for the time you take to be here. Truth told, I can’t remember the exact date Little Things Thursday began, but it’s been a honor having you here! It’s amazing to see how we have all grown in life and in our photography.

So, off we go into another year of sharing!

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Jasper doing a bit of homework at Starbucks 

For all the new folks, I thought it would be a good idea to just take a moment to say hello and share what this community is all about. Little Things Thursday’s primary purpose is to share those little moments happening in our lives that we want to document for posterity. I love having memories documented to reflect the good of daily life. There are always challenges, hurts, and struggles in life, but there are many blessings, as well.  That’s what this linky is all about: finding the good and capturing it!

Capturing is part and parcel to what we are doing here! We want to see your world, not just in text, but in images! Each Thursday is a great time to display your growth in photography. Just show what you are working on! Just use whatever tools you have. There are no themes, which creates freedom and flexibility to align your posts to whatever is going on in your life.  You can share your crafts, your recipes, your children, your travel, your job, or your whatever! Just make sure that you include a photograph that you captured. No stock photos, please. 

May I share some tips for feeling more connected here? 

1. Link early. The earliest links get the most traffic. The link opens every Thursday at midnight.

2. Connect. Don’t link and run. Take the time to build community…and this community is awesome!  Short on time? Just try to reach a few fellow bloggers.

3. Be generous. Comments beget comments. Simply put, those who take time to comment get noticed and reciprocity from others. Be brave and go first.

4. Stay with the overall spirit of the party…i.e. sharing your life or endeavors with your photography.

5. Make it easy to comment on your blog. Too many hoops to leave a comment deters interaction. There are several blogs out there that I simply cannot leave a comment on due to having to register a password that I have already forgotten. I want to support you! Make it easy, folks!

6. See something that really resonates with you? Share it! Pin it! Tweet it! There are so many incredible people doing incredible things, so cheer them on!

Well, enough telling. Let’s get to showing. Here is to year 4!


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There are just a couple days of September left, but she was good to us!

So many new beginnings came this month. The biggest was our oldest heading out of the home a couple days a week for school. She attends Monday and Thursday classes, and works at home the other 3 days.  The classes are challenging and the work load can be intense. It’s a great push for college prep! She writes 2-3 essays per week, which shocked me, but I can see how that is developing her so much.  She got a 100 on her very first essay comparing To Kill A Mockingbird with Pride and Prejudice.

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I’m happy to report that she has 3 A’s and a B in her studies, so far. Algebra 1 is proving to be the nemesis, so I spent my Friday night brushing up on Order of Operations so that I can help tutor. Algebra was never my strong suit, but together we will learn!

I whipped up some breakfast burritos this month to help the morning rush and to feed the kids something that would sustain their bellies until lunch.

Do you guys like vintage Pyrex? I have been scouring antique shops for a set and finally found a pristine collection in the Cinderella series. The pattern I found is one that I remember from childhood. I don’t know who had this pattern, but I remember it in someone’s kitchen. I needed a set of mixing and serving bowls desperately. I was down to one.

September 25-2-2015

Fall began, and so did my Wednesday Night, Mommy Needs a Work Night, Starbucks. That’s the official title.  I’m using this time to catch up restructuring my photography business.  I’ve realized that there are some changes that I need to make that will help protect my over-arching goals and if I can’t do that, then I’ll need to stop.  I don’t want to stop, so it is time to strengthen my backbone in some key areas.

Soccer began again.  It’s a new beginning in that we changed from a beginner’s league to a real rec-league with some rock-star type players.  My boys are a bit outclassed at the moment, but it is pushing them to new heights, which is exactly what they needed. I’ve already seen them digging deeper to develop. We weren’t getting that at the other league after 5 years.  It was a perfect entry point, but it was time to move on.  They are going from 1 practice and game per week to 2 practices, 1 skill camp night, and 1-2 games per week.  They love playing, so we want them to truly develop the skills they need to succeed. They were always the better players at the former league and well, if that’s the case, that’s as far as you develop.  Being with stronger players will only make them stronger.

Homeschooling the boys has been great.  They are growing by leaps and bounds, which makes the schooling enjoyable for all. We are taking school on the road on Mondays while big sis is in classes. That change of environment is just the boost we need to stay revived.

So September, thank you for being a great start.  We are looking forward to the rest of fall and finding the good in it!

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Little Things Thursday

I am still working through some film shares from my recent rolls spanning spring-summer.  I guess they are a fitting tribute for saying goodbye to summer’s season.

Newsie Aidan Film 01-blogIf you’ve been around a few months, you might remember the Newsies session I shot in spring. I shot most of it digitally, but brought my trusty antique Minolta along with a roll of film. For funsies. This already feels like a long time ago.

Gosh, I tell you, I’m ready for the pace of the cooler season when things start to slow down a bit.  This week alone had me trying to get dismissed from jury duty due to being a homeschooling parent, setting up a rigorous orthodontic plan for my oldest, overseeing 3 grades of schoolwork, two soccer games, 2 soccer practice preps, playing taxi, refereeing sibling squabbles, cleaning house, trying to exercise, and cooking umpteen meals after shopping for said meals and putting up all the groceries. Does anyone else loath putting groceries away, or is it just me?

I guess all the above just grants me rights into the parenting club. I’m not special. We parents are all juggling the very same things. I wouldn’t trade any of it because I know that it’s a privilege to be the anchor of a home, but when breathers come I am grateful.  To me, fall is a great big old sigh of relief. It’s like getting an invitation to hibernate from all the busy of the season just passed. Every thing begins to settle into a familiar routine and growing pains of a new school year have passed. I’m looking forward to being through all the adjustments of late and soaking in a bit of the quiet recreation that fall affords.

How about you? Are you ready?



Staring at the blank page before you

Open up the dirty window

Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find…

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Today is where my book begins. The rest is still unwritten.

2015 has been the year of questions both answered and unanswered.  The main question I faced was how to stay afloat in a sea of waves that I felt were carrying me every direction except the one that I wanted to go.  This summer I faced a moment of surrender to the rocky seas.  I realized that the waves were not meant to harm, but to push me in the best direction.

I felt very much that my future was already written and that it wasn’t one that was excited me.  It wasn’t one I would choose for myself, if I held all the power to choose.  I was feeling stuck in the mud, as my former toddler use to say when he didn’t want to do something.  The mud was self-inflicted and imaginary. All he had to do was stand up.

I, too, had to stand up.  Once I gave up the fight, so to speak, I started to see bits and pieces of the shore. Though everything was certainly not perfect, the pieces were falling into place.

God was in the business of providing some needed change that would shake up the monotony of right here. Through that, I began to see anew that I could trust Him with much larger things.

If He could provide a school for my daughter and more time outside the four walls of home for the rest of us, He could provide for the other concerns of our hearts.  But, first and foremost, He was just concerned with my heart that was starting to lose hope. I felt a very real call from God to just turn from my striving and seek Him.  The real answer to all my questions.  That was exactly what I needed and still need each day.

God showed me that while He has certainly written my future, it isn’t second best to my imaginings.  His plans are bigger and better than any dream I could dream.  Right here, with exactly what we have, at this exact moment, is good.  But not just good, BEST.

I guess you could say that He is disciplining me in trust and contentment.

I’m living with my arms wide open to God’s plans for us, whatever they may be.  I still pray for those little heart’s desires, but I won’t break if that’s where they stay.

This new school year is so different already and I’m encouraged by all the growth I’ve seen both in me and my students.  All I have to do is be faithful to the day’s work. Fruit is on the vine.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun, Songography, Black and White Wednesday, and Wednesdays Around the World.


Little Things Thursday

This week has been so busy and I’m struggling to keep up with everything. Somehow, I thought my load would lighten a bit this year, but my load has been anything but light. In fact, it has grown.

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Kodak Portra 400 on Minolta SRT 101

I can’t figure out if things are just busy due to the newness of school or if this is how our year is just going to be. Either way, it’s OK. I’m just trying to figure out balance.

Does balance really exist or is that a thought we just console ourselves with?

I haven’t been able to do much for myself these last 6 weeks, but I am excited that my Starbucks Wednesday nights are back! I will get two+ hours to just sit in a semi-quite place and work on personal and professional things. It’s a small oasis carved out in the busy of everyday life.  I’m thankful for it because I have felt the weight of trying to get to my growing to do list.

It’s an exciting prospect.

Well, how about your beginning of fall? Let’s see a bit of it!


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First Day Jitters

The first day is in the books for Gracyn, our Freshman.

First Day of School

There were the usual jitters upon drop off, but she was all smiles at pick up. She kicked the year off with a bang by getting a 100 on her government quiz!

We are pretty sure that she will be just fine as the year goes on, even though it will require a lot of her academically speaking.

Socially, it is promising to be just as great.  She met a few new kids on the first day and had her first social this past weekend.  One of the kids hosted a s’mores bonfire for all the high school students at a get to know you gathering. The high school only has 100+ students so they will have a pretty intimate group with many chances to develop friendships.

These are exciting times!

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Little Things Thursday

It’s a big day around here, which will explain my absence in blogland this week. I “officially” have a high school Freshman today!

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Kodak Ektar 100 on Minolta SRT 101

Today is the first time since Kindergarten where I am releasing my child to be educated by others. It’s a big step. For us both.

It’s not that we have felt others couldn’t teach our children, it’s more that we fell into a way of education that felt right for those years between 1st and 8th grades. But, the time for change and help came around winter of last year.  We could sense a need to fill that wasn’t there before.

We have always said that we would take this homeschool journey one year at a time and consider the needs of each child individually.  At this stage, for this child, it was time to explore other options. She will begin a hybrid type education today.  There will be campus days and home days. There will be dances, plays, and time to be with peers.

And, the next four years will be rigorous.  She hasn’t even had her first day of school and she has already written an essay comparing/contrasting Pride and Prejudice with To Kill A Mockingbird. Her choices.  She has studied for Government and completed a project for Government. She has completed 3 lessons of Algebra I, and has begun reading for her Literature class. There will be several quizzes on day 1.  

I’ve merely been the assistant in helping her navigate this transition from all me to a slew of educators with new expectations. So,we’ve been busy and I’m still on the hook.  I may not be teaching the classes, but I am still to be the supplement and guide ensuring that all is well.

There are butterflies this morning, but I know that this is going to be great.


Little Things Thursday

My little thing this week is the joy of receiving film scans back from the lab! I mentioned earlier this week the element of surprise when months pass between shooting and developing the rolls. To my surprise, I found Easter on my Portra 400.  And Portra 400 is definitely my jam.

I just love Portra’s skin tones.

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

The kids were mostly over being in their Sunday best for these, but I still love them!

I can’t wait to pop a few more rolls in my camera and start capturing more memories on film.

How’s your corner of the world?


Ektar Film

It’s been several months since I have posted any film images.  The main reason is that it took all summer to use up two rolls of film!

But, I finally got them sent off to my lab and my Kodak Ektar roll came in today.  For those new to professional film, like me, Ektar is well-suited for sunny outdoor days.  The colors are punchy and Ektar showcases vibrant colors.  The downside is that sometimes you get red tones in unwanted places, like skin.  Still, I found Ektar to be a fun summer-friendly film with a vintage vibe that I love!

I decided to try this film on one of our summer pool outings.

Ektar 100 

Ektar 100

Ektar 100

Ektar 100

It was such a surprise to get these scans back because I truly could not remember what was on them. I’ll share more later this week.

Film is tough, but so fun. Don’t be afraid of it. You gotta go big or go home! I love that I won’t forget these memories, because they are captured!

All images shot with Kodak Ektar 100 on Minolta SRT 101.

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