The Pontow Family Blog

The Pontow Family Blog

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Papa!

Happy birthday to my dad or Papa/Grandpa as the kids call him. What a great day we had celebrating his youth. :) All the grandkids got to spend time with him laughing and playing together.
Oh these cousins sure are smiley!!
All the girls and Jack and Sox. :)
Yep I could photograph my nephew Patrick all day. So sweet...
I think this is a great shot of my niece Erin. I really caught her off guard when I took this, but such a beautiful young lady!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pictures Pictures Pictures....

So, those that know me know I have a real thing about a pictures. I am always taking my camera wherever I go so I can take pictures at any time. So, a year or so ago it was suggested that maybe I should go to school and learn how to use my camera and start taking pictures for family and friends. Chad bought me an amazing camera (Canon EOS 7D). And now I am in school to learn how to use it the right way without having to photoshop or use aperture to fix the pictures. :)

I also have created a photo website for my future business (I HOPE). :) I am currently taking pictures of friends kids and family for free while I get myself comfortable with this new adventure. Check out that site for more details or to book a sitting with me. :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Let her shine....

On Saturday, Meggan danced in her first feis the Pat Roche Feis in Rosemont, IL. We drove down on Friday to my parents house in Mt. Prospect and took Meggan to the pre-feis workshop that the Trinity Irish Dancers put on. It was an amazing experience for Meg. The workshop was exactly what she needed to help alleviate her nerves of what exactly was going to happen at the feis. We told her all she needed to do was keep smiling because her smile could light up a city!

So Saturday morning we got up bright and early (I don't know if all of us were really bright at that time) and headed off to the feis. The nice thing about the feis world is that they have a special competition that is for 1st time "feisers". They give out medals to everyone in that category. But, what we did not know was that the adjudicator (judge) actually picks 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. So, Meg was done dancing her Jig and Reel around 9am. We then had to wait until 10:30 for the results.

So, Meg got 3rd place in her Reel and then 1st place in her Jig. The excitement she had when she realized she was getting medals for her place and got to stand on a podium was pretty exciting! Of course given this was her 1st feis we had to go and get the lanyard for her to put her medals on so she could wear them around. She would not take them off. In fact this morning she got up and went right for her medals.

What an amazing experience this was for Meggan. Her smile was priceless as she danced. Her bow to the judge and the musician was precious too. She kept practicing how she bowed to them. So sweet. So, it looks like we will be joining the world of feising. We are so proud of Meg and all the nerves and fear she overcame to do the feis! No matter what place she would have gotten she will always be a winner in our eyes!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Where are we going?

WOW. October is upon us. Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I just love looking at the trees as they change color. I love that sweatshirt wearing kind of weather... It is also the time of year when we start new activities, whether it be school activities or extra curricular.
Not only are the kids starting new activities, like Ally starting Irish Dance, Jack starting Cub Scouts and Meg competing in her first Irish Dance feis, but I too am trying new things. I have started my photography classes which I am soo very excited about! I am also taking a knitting class. And come November I might even get to do a cake decorating class! How about that!
I think this year has really been a year of new beginnings for my family. We have all started to do so many new things in order to continue to grow. We are really finding our way this year. We look forward to all that the school year will bring for our kids this year. We have already received our 1st talk from Ally's teacher about her listening and chatty skills. Yep, I have been talking about it for years. And she has the perfect teacher to nip it in the butt that is for sure!!
My hope is that I will be able to get back to blogging on a regular basis. I have also created a photography website, where I will be posting pictures that I take, etc. So, check it out! My photo website.