I persuaded them all to sit still for a minute…

And E was happy to hang out with me a little longer, batting her eyes at the camera:

She has a lot more patience when Mama wants to get her shutterbug on.

I am loving these late-spring days, sun-drenched and perfect. We are outside every possible minute…and the kids are happier, and I breathe more deeply–and actually sit down sometimes. And I carry my camera around; sometimes I get a few pictures, and sometimes I have to set it aside to mediate disputes over buckets and sand shovels and tricycles. But even so, life feels better in our back yard in the spring. I’ll keep carrying my camera, trying to catch the memories when I can.