Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kidlets

"Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids." ~ Sam Levenson


lincoln messy face
Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. ~ Fran Lebowitz
This little cutie is my youngest neighbour L, and he's working on those eating skills at a back yard barbecue.




tyler fence2
Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. ~ Not Your Average Dictionary
L's older brother T is quite the young acrobat. He was busy burning off energy while L and the rest of us were still feeding our faces.




wanna cookie
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. ~ Phyllis Diller
This is Winston. His parents were hosting the barbecue and he decided to be in charge of dessert.




lily surprise
If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says "keep away from children." ~ Susan Savannah
Winston's adorable baby sister, Lily who probably has the most expressive face on the planet.




colourful group
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years. ~ Mark Twain.
This group of young teens caught my eye simply because of the way they seem to remain in shadow, mostly, despite how the late day sun was illuminating the willow behind them.




kidlets
No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. ~ Bill Cosby
This adorable trio was bopping their way along the path one sunny Saturday evening. The little guy on the right was snapping his fingers. His untucked brother got a big kick of of that, while their older sister looked suitably disinterested and dignified.




girl log2
The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable. ~ Lane Olinghouse
This little sweetie was busy climbing on logs and poking in the dirt. The colours of her clothing looked particularly bright in the saturated sunlight but nothing was brighter than her little face.




girl bike
I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home. ~ Robert Orben
When she was done playing, she hopped up on her colour-coordinated bike and escorted her grandfather home.

A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad. ~John Andrew Holmes


This is a scheduled post. I'll be away from my own computer for a few days but I'll still have occasional access. In other words, my visits will be even more sparse than they've become recently. But I'll be enjoying my days, camera in hand. And hopefully you'll be enjoying the resulting photos, somewhere down the road.

52 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. nice...i do think insanity is hereditary...and yes i get it from my boys haha...great shots...

Kathleen said...

Terrific theme, Hilary! Those kidlets are fantastic. My fave: the finger-snapping trio and Lily with her incredibly expressive face. Can't wait to see your photos from your 3 days away. I just know they'll be stunning.
Cheers!

kcinnova said...

Children drive us crazy and then bring us back with their joyous nature.

Linda said...

What a wonderful set of photos and captions. My personal favorite is the boy on the fence and the caption under it defining "boy" as "a noise with dirt on it." Just perfect!

Grayquill said...

Cuter the cute - they gave me a huge smile. Children the best!
Great job catching the moment. The first picture was my favorite than came the finger snaping trio - that took first place on my count. Good job! I enjoyed them all.

Michael Manning said...

I especially loved the last photo of the girl guiding her bicycle home!

kazia said...

Children - the best models ;D

Dave said...

Hilary, I loved your photos of all of these children. And your quotes were spot-on! Well done! - Dave

Shrinky said...

Oh, oh, oooooooooooooh, I absolutely ADORE these candid portraits - you've captured moments in time any parent would give a king's ransom for, I do so hope you gift some of these to them! Your capture of the three siblings ambling down the road spread a huge smile across my face, what a perfect shot! I am glad to see you are enjoying the start of the better weather, have fun, we'll be looking forward to catching up with what you are up to soon!

Country Girl said...

I knew it. Insanity IS hereditary!

These are adorable, btw. Hope you are enjoying your weekend, Hilary ~ Cheers!

Tabor said...

What a joyful collection...not a bad one in the bunch!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

HOpe you are having a fabulous time.This set of pictures was adorable.Children being children is precious.

Out on the prairie said...

If they only stayed small.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

These were fun! And I loved the quotes.

texwisgirl said...

these are all wonderful. one more lovely and sweet than the next...

DJan said...

Kids are a blessing that you don't even realize until they are no longer children... I will never forget those early years; you have captured them perfectly.

messymimi said...

The second picture is like my boys -- climbed everything that held still long enough.

Enjoy your time away!

ellen abbott said...

wonderful portraits and funny funny quotes.

Linda in New Mexico said...

Great portraits, funny quotes. Yay, this was a real treat. THANKS

TSannie said...

Beautiful photos as always - and that Mark Twain quote is a favorite of mine. Also LOVE the definition of ~boy~.

Jayne said...

Oh Hilary, this is SO lovely. I love all the quotes (all true,yes!), and you're portraits are just beautiful. You do know how to capture the essence of a thing. Especially the babes!

Susan in the Boonies said...

They DO tend to be sticky. They do indeed. Fran was right on the money.

Anvilcloud said...

The colour off the willow in the bench-teenagers picnic is great.

Mental P Mama said...

Awesome. As usual...happy trails:)

Shammickite said...

I think the definition of a boy: "a noise with dirt on it" is so true, I've had a lot of experience of that. And more to come, too.

missing moments said...

Love watching kids .... other people's kids! haha

Great narrative!

Anyes said...

Hilary, I had to laugh at the quote from Mart Twain, so much so I even showed Darling Daughter...She's 15 years and we both can relate ;-)
Enjoy your break

Hilary said...

Love this post. Especially the quotes about kids.
Having just spent a rather stressful day with three of my grandkids, they really said it all.

sage said...

Great photos, hopeful and full of fun. May all learn from our kids

Gary's third pottery blog said...

aren't you jealous at all the messy fun kids can have?

Barbara said...

wonderful photos but i mostly love those quotes. boy = noise with dirt on it. Love it!!

yaya said...

Holy cow, beautiful photos! I also loved all the quotes...have a fun time away!

The Retired One said...

Adorable children photos!

Cloudia said...

Just how I like my kids: Cute and in great photos! LOL



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Indrani said...

SO true about children. I dread to think what I will do when they fly way to build nests of their own.

Zuzana said...

Hilary, these are amazing! I know how difficult it is to photograph kids and one has to take zillions of images to get one good one.;))
Enjoy your time away from your computer, I am not around in the online life much myself and blogging has been suffering.;)
xoxo

Maggie said...

Marvelous. My children weren't like that, but I am charmed.

Karen said...

Cutie pie, pics!

Reb said...

Lovely, the boy on the fence is great.

photowannabe said...

Enjoy your "time out". It really does wonders for the soul.
The quotes and your photos touch such a chord within me.
They make me smile,sigh and even have a bit of a tear. I guess I'm just a Mom through and through.
DELIGHTFUL.
I love the pic. of the little sweetie on her bicycle.

Unknown Mami said...

I love these images and I laughed at the definition of boy.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi Hilary, What a sweet group of faces-- Those kids are adorable.

Hope you're having fun!

xo jj

Hilary said...

Thank you for the kind comments everyone. I'll still be mostly away from the computer but I will check in from time to time. :)

Daryl said...

Super shots, Lily is getting so big ... and I laughed out loud because I remember that Sam Levenson quote all too well

Linda Reeder said...

DJan linked you to her post today, raving about your photography. I see why.

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh so cute - thanks for the smiles!

Kat said...

Oh thank you for this beautiful post. It certainly made me smile and chuckle. I have been at my absolute wits end with my boys these days and this post was much needed.
Fabulous! :)

CherylK said...

I love the photos but I especially love the quotes! Been there, done that, right?

SandyCarlson said...

These bright-eyed kids put a smile on my face tonight. Thank you so much!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I like the boy hanging upside down - and the quote. However, I spend much of my childhood climbing and hanging upside down. Loved that feeling.

Hilary said...

Thank you all for such kind comments. :)

lime said...

it is always a treat when you turn to portraiture. you really capture some wonderful expressions. that little guy hanging upside down just makes me giggle.