Archive for December, 2009
When I (J.P.) am not taking pictures or playing music for children, I corrupt instruct high-schoolers in a number of subjects, some of which are vaguely related to my philosophy degrees. In general, I try to maintain an attitude of disinterested disdain toward my students, but, as you may have guessed from the Snuggie post, they sometimes get the better of me and warm my cold, cold heart.
The truth is, I have some of the best students any teacher could ask for. In faith, intellect, and character, many of the students I teach and have taught are shining examples of humanity who I actually *ahem* respect. Some of them have even gone on to become my friends, though if they try calling me by my first name I will disembowel them. Now, before things get too mushy, on to the post.
On Friday, the kids celebrated the end of the term with a Christmas social. I shot photos and some video for them and, as a way to thank them for being pretty amazing, made this video. I hope they, and you, enjoy it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m both delighted and a little bit terrified that there are only ten days until Christmas. We’ve done pretty well this year: the tree is up and decorated (it never made it out of storage last year), the presents are purchased (and the elves from Amazon will be delivering them any day), and we’ve even made Christmas cookies (though a few of the gingerbread men appeared to suffer from some sort of skin disease). In any case, here are our photographic representations of three things we’ve encountered and you’ll probably be encountering between now and the new year.
I got sick just before Thanksgiving this year (thanks a lot, immune system), so Wendy drove us down to her parents’ house in Summerville. Just as we got off I-26 we saw this sunset. I…requested emphatically that Wendy pull the car over so that we could get a photo. She graciously agreed.
My mother-in-law made this roast that is, yes, wrapped in bacon. Did she make this for Thanksgiving dinner? No, this was the night before Thanksgiving…you know, just to get us ready. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I won in every imaginable way when I married Wendy.
Ah, exchanging gifts, what a wonderful way to celebrate the Lord’s birth! I’m fairly certain, however, that the magi did not participate in a white elephant gift exchange.
“Ok, I think I’ll take…the gold.”
“Are you sure? Look at this lovely frankincense! Think how fragrant your house would be!”
They were after all, wise men, and probably knew that at a white elephant gift exchange you risk going home with something like this:
As Dave Barry would say, “I swear I am not making this up.”
Wendy and I came home from my school’s Christmas party with a rusty caulk gun and a (beautifully decorated) paint can.
To be fair, at a later Christmas party we came out much better, with espresso cups and a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I’d say it evened out, all in all.
So, to summarize: travel safely, enjoy some delicious food, and be very, very careful with white elephant gift exchanges.
The last time we saw Sophia was in Wendy’s maternity session when she was rounder and not nearly as expressive.
Now Sophia has joined us on the outside and is busy growing, eating, and generally being adorable. Her mom got in touch with us about taking some baby photos of her and we were more than happy to oblige.
Like I said, significantly more expressive.
Sophia is very fond of her changing table. Wendy (my Wendy) and I were very fond of the green wall as a background!
We decided to spend a little time outside since it was a gorgeous, warm, South Carolina November day.
Even Sophia’s canine siblings hung out with us for the shoot.
Then, since the sun was starting to set, we went inside for a few more pictures.
One more change, during which Sophia tried to eat her mom’s ring.
Speaking of eating, I believe the technical term for what’s going on in this next picture is “Nom, nom, nom.”
Now that’s just cute. I don’t care who you are.
We had a great time spending the afternoon with Wendy, Anthony, and Sophia. Apart from just being delightful to hang out with, Anthony shared his recipe for white beans and leeks with me and they were delicious. So, cute baby, cool parents, and yummy soup all add up to a pretty fantastic day. Thanks, guys!