Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year.

The windchill on the first (scheduled) day back to school Monday was somewhere around –20 degrees. So, the kids had a day off from school….on the “first day back.”

Thankfully, we had a lot to do as I prepare to leave for four days, including the removal of Christmas from the house (especially the tree tucked into the corner). While I packed lunches for the next six school days, they removed the ornaments that they could reach. Only a couple were broken (the ornaments, not the children).

tree 1600 2.8 1-50

Meanwhile, Erv played upstairs in his room while he could get away with it. When he came back down, he had a stinky diaper (of course), so I changed him. Because of the cold, dry air, funny things happen to hair when you’re in the nooks and crannies (and corners) of the couch.

erv couch 1600 2.8 1-60

Again, I’d love some constructive criticism on these. They’re both taken by the huge, sunny window…I used an ISO of 1600, and I have a feeling I could’ve dialed it down? Especially on Erv’s picture.

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Next week’s prompt is MOVEMENT.