Back to school: an easier approach to first-day photo shoots

My sweet girls went to school last week. My oldest started fifth grade and my youngest started kindergarten. Last year, I took no first day of school pictures since we were virtual. This year, I more than made up for it.

I may have gone a bit overboard- I ended up taking over 70 pictures, but I got some awesome shots. Today, I’d like to share some tips for getting some great back to school pictures.

1. Don’t wait til the actual first day of school

We put on our school clothes and back packs and we pretend it’s the first day of school. This year, we sneaked over to the school the day before the first day.

If you’re anything like us, you will be in a hurry on the first day and you won’t have time to get any good pictures. And if you are in a hurry and forget to take them, it won’t matter.

2. Wait until sunset

If you don’t wait til sunset, chances are really good you’re going to get lots of pictures with squinty smiles. The sun will be too bright.

3. You need a prop

Find a sign, find a wall, find a bus, make a sign.

Find a staircase and do this:

Whatever you can do to make it interesting.

4. Take a lot of pictures!

Because the more pics you take, the more likely you are to get some good stuff!

But most of all, don’t wait until the day of. Take a lot of pictures but have fun with it. You aren’t just taking photos, you’re making memories. And if your kids want to strike a silly pose, let them.

I hope you have an amazing school year.

Life as a Lumber: Our Week in Photos

Happy Saturday! This has been a long week and not an amazing one. We are glad to see it end. That being said, some good things did happen this week.

My friend and her mom make the most amazing foods every Friday and sell them. We had a delicious torta yesterday.
Daisy wanted E to get off her computer and pay her some attention…so she laid on her computer!
I love Just Crack an Egg but, in an effort to save money, I’ve started to make my own. These are made from eggs, cheddar cheese and a Pampered Chef ceramic egg cooker.
We also made a delicious chicken pie.
We went to Tanglewood Festival of Lights near Winston-Salem with our family.
We decorated our home for Christmas. Yes, it’s early but it brings us a lot of joy.
Our kids enjoyed some sweet hot chocolate.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! We will see you again Monday!

Life as a Lumber: What we’ve been up to!

Goofin’ off with my Little Lumbers

Hello, all! We are gearing up for a tremendously busy but tremendously great spring season. I cannot wait to share the wonder we have in store for you all, but I first wanted to catch up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will not be new to you. And if you don’t follow me on Insta, you definitely should!

Someone has been bad and needs to go to the Principal’s office!!

Ok, not really! But we did surprise these two with a trip to West Jefferson, Valle Crucis and Boone two weekends ago. They loved it and so did we. We even stopped by my grandma’s house and got to visit with my grandma, aunt and uncle, and cousins on our way home.

We finally got some snow!!

Not long after we came home from the mountains, it started snowing! It didn’t snow a lot but we were out of school two days and the kids enjoyed playing in it.

Cutie sisters

These two stinkers actually got along for a few days and I have pictures to prove it!!

Rehearsal

This one is gearing up for her next competition and has been practicing like crazy! Wish her well because those nerves are really starting to set in.

Selfie queen

This one commandeered my phone and took hundreds of selfies- I made a collage of her best ones…and laughed at how much her “selfie game” has improved.

It’s clean!!

And we have started cleaning out our playroom, since we are about to repurpose this room. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be used for something else, and no, it’s not a nursery for a new baby. Just in case anyone gets confused.

Join us this week for our spring home tour, some beautiful spring quotes and a round up of my favorite spring decor at local retailers. Have a wonderful week!

Life with the Lumbers: What we’ve been up to!

This past weekend, we went to The Mountain State to see my grandmother and my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We didn’t get to see some of my more extended family but we will return in about a month to visit again.

We even got to see a little bit of snow while we were there. It wasn’t enough to play in but it was a lot of fun.

My girls dressed alike and looked adorable when we went to church with my grandmother. The littlest lumber didn’t want to participate in the photo festivities. 🤷‍♀️

We ate the most delicious meal at Savory Flavors in Bluefield, V.A.

And I found this sign that pretty much sums up my existence.

We played an antler ring toss game that had everybody cracking up.

And I managed to do something I’ve never done- walk out of Hobby Lobby empty handed. Not that I didn’t find a lot of things I wanted. I am just trying to be more intentional with my spending. I also didn’t want to buy something that might not survive the trip home.

We had a blast but we surely miss our family now. We will see them again soon.

Merry Christmas!!

We at Lumber in my Minivan wish you a Merry Christmas from our family to yours. We truly appreciate your time and support, and we hope you have a blessed holiday season.

We will resume regular posting schedule on Saturday, December 28. Have a blessed week.