He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young
. {Isaiah 40:11}

16 February 2012

A Night of Family Fun!

Hubs and I had a great night with the kids!
It was a normal night, we had just finished dinner and Hubs and I started the routine of clearing the table, rinsing the dishes, starting the bath for the kids and getting pjs out and ready. The plan was for only CJ to get a bath but Miss Mak wanted in so I figured I'd go ahead and give them the rest of the glow sticks that we used recently when our friend Big D came to visit.
This, once again, kept the two busy till the water got cold {about 45 minutes}
We got the monkeys out and dressed by the light of the dozen or so glow sticks in CJ's room.
Then the silliness began.
Hubs had bought CJ a drum when he was in Africa last month so we played while the kiddos danced and watched each other as they looked like streaks of light around the room.
Hubs had the great idea of catching this on camera and these were the results.
They pictures aren't great but I think they're a beautiful visual of the unhindered spirits of our kids. 

If you'd like to give this a shot, you need glow sticks {or a light source like a flash light}, a very dark room, and a camera with a manual setting that allows you to adjust the shutter speed. These were taken at all different lengths but most around the 5 second mark. You can either hold the camera still and move the lights or keep the stick still and move the camera.
When spelling things out, like we did below, be sure to stand behind the light source and place it between you and the camera. This means you'll need to spell things backwards. Begin writing or "painting" as soon as the shutter is opened and try to get it all done before the shutter closes. The faster you move the more subtle the lines. The longer the light source stays still the more vibrant it will be.
The best part about this is that anything goes so try it out and have fun!
I think the kid's did a much better job but Hubs and I couldn't help but get in on the it too...
I HIGHLY recommend a night like this with your kids!
Total cost: $1.00

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