Fifty-Two on Friday [4] Simple

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius

Welcome to the fourth installment of “Fifty-Two on Friday” and this was for me, personally, the hardest one to date. The theme was “simple”. Sounds easy enough, right? Maybe for others, but not for me. My friend Jules told me to stop analyzing the word so much and just shoot. I do tend to overthink things, lol. My daughter is almost 7 years old and she has hinted at wanting a Nintendo DS Lite for quite some time now.  I said “no” to her at Christmas and the conversation hasn’t come up again.  Video games, DVD players in the car, television…  I feel like it robs them of their imagination.  We don’t have video games and my mini-van does not have a DVD player, so it was the television set that was concerning me.  Making dinner was much easier while the children were watching a show, rather than having them pull at my leg and ask me a million different questions.  However, it started getting out of hand, so my husband and I made a rule in our house to curb their television time.  The children are not allowed to watch tv on a school day, but they each get to watch one program on the weekend (minus our Sabbath, which is Friday evening to Saturday evening).  So, on school days, the kids just end up playing silly games very similar to what I used to play as a child.  They would play with sticks like they did in this post, or make up games to play with Daddy like in this post, or get some chalk and play hop scotch. Doesn’t hop scotch just take you back to your childhood? I used to play hopscotch, jacks, freeze tag, jump rope, hide-n-seek with the neighborhood kids every single afternoon.  We (my sister & I) didn’t even have adult supervision?!!  Can you imagine that now?  We would just play with our friend until our mother called us in for dinner. I often miss those times.  So, when my children play hopscotch, it gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling and takes me back to those days, when life was much simpler.

Don’t forget to go through the circle and be amazed at what the other 19 photographers came up for this week’s theme.  You can start by visiting  Maureen Wilson | Mccomb Mississippi photographer and see her take on “simple”!

suz - 02/11/2011 - 6:12 am

don’t forget red rover….that was my favorite. yup, we had no supervision at all…makes me think if i really need babysitters at all…

maureen wilson - 01/31/2011 - 4:38 pm

love these Gina!! so simple. your processing is great and my fave is the last one!!

Renee - 01/31/2011 - 3:47 am

Oh, the simple days. I miss those.
Wonderful captures, Gina

melissa deakin - 01/30/2011 - 8:31 pm

gina,
these are incredible images.
so beautiful.
and, i must tell you that i am jealous of the sundresses and barefeet as it is about 10 degrees here! ;)
can i ask you what texture you used on these images…it is fantastic!
love your work!

launa - 01/29/2011 - 4:15 pm

we have similar rules in our house….and it leads to some beautiful moments. i love this image….thank you for sharing!

Shauna - 01/29/2011 - 3:49 am

Gina, these are gooorgeous!! Love, love your captures and your beautifully PP’ing!

melanie - 01/28/2011 - 8:30 pm

yes I would love to hear more about your bw conversion! You would never know this week was a challange for you because these are all such wonderful pictures! And I so admire you for the cutting out of tv and such. I need to be better about that!

Carrie Small - 01/28/2011 - 8:20 pm

These are gorgeous!

Jen from Windy Ridge - 01/28/2011 - 8:03 pm

the BEST!

Rebecca Mitchell - 01/28/2011 - 6:46 pm

Gina these are divine! What gorgeous photos to have!

Jules - 01/28/2011 - 6:42 pm

you totally rocked this assignment! love that these gorgeous children of yours are out in their summer clothes in the middle of winter! you’ve got to love this! <3

Jolie - 01/28/2011 - 6:20 pm

Hello beautiful conversions!

Amy C - 01/28/2011 - 5:45 pm

simple joy :) Love!

elizabeth pellette - 01/28/2011 - 3:38 pm

you have no idea how much I wish my kids could just go outside and play right now.. its not that they cant.. they can.. they just dont go out for very long when its so cold.. I wish spring would hurry up.. and by the way.. LOVE these photos

кран козловой - 01/28/2011 - 3:22 pm

I enjoyed this! Well done!

Jeni - 01/28/2011 - 3:15 pm

So very talented my dear. Love!

breeze - 01/28/2011 - 1:59 pm

Wow, these are gorgeous. And, they made me crave spring/summer!

wendy - 01/28/2011 - 12:25 pm

You are such a good mom! It’s a battle against technology these days and many days we lose but it’s so so important to simplify and let our kids be kids for as long as we can. LOVE this hopscotch idea and as always you nailed it! Beautiful, Gina!

Alison Crane - 01/28/2011 - 12:15 pm

Perfect simple childhood joy! What a gorgeous series!

Stephanie Moore - 01/28/2011 - 11:47 am

Oh these are the cutest lifestyle shots ever. Love how her foot is up in that first one, so precious!!! You nailed it, so simple and sweet!

Valeria - 01/28/2011 - 11:07 am

Love love love!!! Gorgeous light and your conversion is TDF! Totally agree about keeping children playing simpler more organic games and keeping the tv off for most of the week. You have such beautiful children Gina!

crave photography - 01/28/2011 - 10:33 am

So true, so simple, pure and fun! I remember those days fondly!!!

Kelsey {Las Vegas Wedding Photographer} - 01/28/2011 - 10:11 am

Beautiful! Love the black and white!

Hannah - 01/28/2011 - 9:42 am

Simple childhood. Love it.

aubry - 01/28/2011 - 9:37 am

the last one is my favorite. kids playtime is so fun to observe, it would be fun to go back and have life be so simple

hope - 01/28/2011 - 8:54 am

i love this!! pls someday do a tutorial on your b/w conversions…they are always perfect!love that quote.

Gail - 01/28/2011 - 8:46 am

wow, amazing.

kara jo - 01/28/2011 - 7:56 am

oh so perfect. Loved reading about how we really do complicate things when life can be so simple and joyful without the other things in it!

Jasmine - 01/28/2011 - 7:43 am

Love this Gina! I love the idea of keeping that imagination for a child.

shannon - 01/28/2011 - 7:11 am

so great Gina. brilliant capture of your daughter and the quote is so so true!

Sara T - 01/28/2011 - 5:56 am

I adore your message here! The middle one where you captured your daughter in mid-air hopscotch. The best. love the processing too.

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