Archive: ‘To the Moon and Back’

To The Moon and Back | Week 43

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

It’s SO hard to believe there are less than 10 weeks left in the year. Not to sound too cliche’ but…where does the time go? When you’re young, time drags and you think you’re never going to get older and then you do…and wish you could go back. That’s why I’m SO thrilled I agreed to be a part of this project. Even if I don’t find time to do it every single week, at least it’s one to two times per month and I’m documenting my OWN kids.  Love these little souls…to the moon and back.






Keep the blog circle going by visiting the very talented Julie Livermore‘s blog…she’s got some gorgeous shots of FALL scenery and leaves…oh and her gorgeous boys too. ;)



To The Moon and Back | Week 35

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Who says summer is over? It’s still H O T down here in Southwest Florida. I LOVE underwater photography and have been working on it all summer.  With my kids as subjects, of course. They love to swim and it’s often difficult to get them out of the water, which works to MY advantage with getting some shots!

If you’re just joining me,  I am posting personal photos each week (most weeks!) along with a group of wonderful photographers! Make sure to continue our circle by visiting my friend, Overland Park Photographer, Carrie Terrones and follow the links until you circle back to my page. It amazes me the amount of talent that’s out there!







To The Moon and Back | Week 34

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Oh. My. Heart! Emma came to me last week and asked if she could use my backup camera to do a photoshoot with her “girls” (her American Girl Dolls–she’s obsessed, to put it lightly). She had it all planned in her head: she would do it outside against the tree with the sun behind them. Well, we went outside where it was sweltering hot and a big cicada flew past us and she said “maybe we should do it inside!” So inside we went. She took one look at the high back love seat in our front living room and said “That can be their backdrop!” I gave her a quick tutorial of how manual works, set up everything and told her to watch the meter and keep it centered, then showed her how to toggle the focus and she did great! Here is a shot of her in action.



And some photos SHE took! I love how she used the rule of thirds! These are SOOC (straight out of camera) minus sharpening and resizing for the web!




And of course little brother had to get in on the action. He picked up the Argus 75 and loved looking through it. He quickly discovered you have to have good light to see the image and was telling me what he saw through it. Proud mommy moment with both of my kids asking about photography!

Be sure to click HERE to see what Megan Evans is up to this week!




To The Moon and Back | Week 32

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Well it seems summer has thrown me off a tad and I missed a few weeks BUT I am not going to dwell on that. I am just happy that I am participating in such an awesome project with brilliant photographers and the best part is capturing memories of my children every week!

Let’s start with my girl, she was so cooperative this week for some “posed” pics and I LOVE the outcome! She’s so pretty. I can’t believe how mature she is looking these days! Slow down, time!













My little guy was not so into the “posed” pics this time. So I caught a few of him, then had to catch him on the go. Which I love anyway. I love his sweet little heart and how when he sees me, he stops to smile…no matter what I’m doing. And give me a “kiss” through the air. Sigh.














To continue the blog circle, visit Nikki Matthews’ blog and so on!



To The Moon and Back | Week 29

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I have been wanting to do this for a long time. My kids LOVE their “friends” and I wanted to document the love before they’re too old to love them anymore. My little guy is holding his “plu bear” which was given to him by his Nana and he’s had since he’s an infant! My girl is holding her “tonca bunny” also given to her by her Nana. This bunny is SO special to her since she and her Nana have a special bond. <3

Be sure to follow the blog circle by visiting Megan Evan’s blog! Here girls are just adorable!!




To The Moon and Back | Week 28

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I’m back from a 3 week vacation! I’ve missed some posts, but i’m back at it this week! We visited MI, as we do every summer, and I am a tad ashamed to admit that I did not bust out my big girl camera very often! I really wanted to get a pretty photo of my baby girl in the field though. Mission accomplished there. I didn’t take much of my little guy while on vacation, but when we returned, he proclaimed that he had missed all of his “stuff” so much and started getting it all out! Among the things he took out, was this cape and mask that he got from a birthday party. Too cute. I am savoring these younger and more innocent days…I can’t believe my “baby” starts Kindergarten next month! :(

To keep following the blog circle, check out Nikki Matthews’ blog post this week! Her kids are adorable!




To The Moon and Back | Week 24

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Summertime is in full swing here in the Dodge household, and when the kids aren’t at camp, swimming in the pool or playing outside, they can be found doing the following:

August: playing with cars and ramps, playing with the Snap Circuit (and quite well), watching HotWheels Car videos on YouTube OR play the “boat game” on XBox, which requires quite a bit physical activity, or reading.

Emma: dancing, singing, painting or drawing, making elaborate make believe set ups with either her Barbies or American Girl Dolls, or reading.

Some days I am a bit sad that they don’t “need” me as much and other days I am so happy that they can occupy themselves! At least they still let me take their pictures. :D

To follow the blog circle, visit Nikki Matthew’s blog!











To The Moon and Back | Week 22/52

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I cannot believe we are almost halfway done with this project. The term “time flies” and the question “where does the time go?” are often overused, but they are SO true!

School has ended and summertime is in full swing. I kept the kids home from any camps this week because well…see my above sentiments.

It was a rainy day today so we went to the library, Tropical Smoothie and to a covered play area then we hung out at home. The kids got a little stir crazy and ended up jumping on our bed and just wrestling around. They really are the best of friends (sometimes–you know how it goes)!

Make sure you to visit Kasey Sweet-Racici of A Sweet Life Photography’s blog to see what she’s been up to!











To The Moon and Back | Week 21/52

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

SCHOOL’S (almost) OUT FOR SUMMER! Two more days of school left…and I have some excited kiddos! This is likely where we’ll spend a LOT of our summer. It’s too hot not to be in the water down here!

Keep the blog circle going by checking out the talented Julie Livermore’s blog entry for this week!









To The Moon and Back | Week 19/52

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Remember those silhouettes that were really popular in the 80′s? They did them at Disney World in black and white? Here’s my modern day version of my kids. Love these sweet little faces…to the moon and back.

To keep the blog circle going, check out Carrie Terrones Photography and her beautiful kiddos!

Emma, age 8



August, age 5







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