Bye, Bye Kindergarten!! Look Out First Grade!! {Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

What???  My baby graduated from kindergarten?  But how can that be?  He's still my baby!! Can you tell he was in no way interested in getting his picture taken?  Want to get a smile?  You don't have to ask them to smile.  All you have to do is talk about farts.  For real, not only will you get a real smile, you'll even get laughs.

I'll admit it, I got a little teary eyed at the ceremony.  He was all smiles and so proud of himself, I was bursting with pride. He struggled a little at the beginning of the year and worked very hard, and his hard work paid off.  He can now read pretty well, spell, add, subtract...he can do it all!!  And oh my gosh, when his teacher, Mrs. Keller, who by the way, is a wonderful teacher, got up and spoke about how much she loved this class...not a dry eye in the place.  She was in tears and you could tell how much she genuinely loved these kids.  Now that's a good teacher.

Afterwards we took him out to Don Pedro's for some delicious Mexican fare. The salsa and guacamole are soooooo good. He was so pumped up from the night he actually paid the server and brought back the change, which is HUGE for him. He's normally very shy. Yep, he's growing up fast. 2014-05-23_00012014-05-23_00022014-05-23_00032014-05-23_00042014-05-23_00052014-05-23_00062014-05-23_00072014-05-23_00082014-05-23_00092014-05-23_00102014-05-23_0011

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.