Thursday, April 30, 2009

You Capture - Joy

Here in Texas this week is the dreaded TAKS testing at schools. Sam this past weekend and on Monday was just terrified about taking his Math TAKS test on Tuesday. He even cried to sleep Monday night and begged me not to take him to school on Tuesday. Once I reminded him that it wouldn't do any good to miss it because he would just have to take it later in a make-up test day he resigned to go ahead and go. I prayed and prayed and prayed for him all day long. Once he came home he was all smiles! I couldn't believe it. The teachers had taken a few kids from each class that they thought would do better testing with just 4 kids each in a room and having lots of breaks to help them with their testing. Sam was one of those kids picked! I was thrilled to hear that. Sam himself said that it made it so much better and that he felt that he did a good job. He already passed the Reading TAKS test last month and now we're just in the waiting period now to find out how he did with this one. To help him celebrate that he was done taking it (or at least I hope he's done taking it--if they don't pass they have to re-take it) we took him out to dinner and then I took him to the park afterwards. It was just after 8:00 at night and the sun was setting behind a cloudy sky. But it made for such great pictures. While he was swinging I sat down on the ground really close and captured him as he swung by. Then it was off to the jungle gym area where he had fun jumping off of them. You can see the pure joy in his face as he played. So I decided to use these photos for this weeks You Capture picture. If you'd like to see more head on over there! Or better yet...post your picture of Joy! We'd love to see them.

In this last photo Sam was jumping off of a rock climbing wall and I got this great photo!

20 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

That last one is so fun!

Steph

Jessi said...

What a wonderfully cooperative little guy! Great captures of joy :)

livinginagirlsworld said...

Your pictures are so fun! Glad that the testing is over with. Sometimes the stress leading up to them is worse than the test itself.

Stacie's Madness said...

what great pictures of a handsome boy!

Amy said...

I love them, especially that last one. Too cute :)

projectnihao said...

I love his smile - fun pictures!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

great joyful capture

Francesca said...

brilliant last joy photo

D... said...

Ah yes, the dreaded test anxiety caused by TAKS tests. I hate it. Hate.It! No child should be that anxious about taking a test. :( I'm glad that Sam was small grouped. And that he got to end the day in a fun way. Those are some great pictures! Perfect for the theme!

Anonymous said...

These pics are great! He is such a neat subject to work with and the camera loves him. Glad the tests are behind him. It's a shame the kids have to go thru them.

april said...

I love the last one!!

Casual Friday Everyday said...

I love these. I love the lighting...I don't see many pictures in the "dark" and these are fun.

Nell
SheSnaps.com

Shae said...

I love playground pictures

CindyMae said...

Oh yes, the TAKS test! My daughter had her last one on Friday and she is so happy they are finally over for this year. Those are fantastic pics of Sam!!

Mandy, Dustin and Thomas said...

Super cute! He put a big smile on my face!

Mom24 said...

We had testing too...no fun. :-) Great pictures.

Mominin said...

Great photos. I love the last one, but they are all really good.

rachelizabeth said...

So glad Sam was able be in the small group - I'm sure it took a LOT of the stress off of him!

Great pictures. I do love how the jumping one turned out.

sunnymama said...

These are all wonderful, joyful pictures! I love the swing pictures and the last one especially, so happy :)

Alice said...

wow! your son is quite the young man! gorgeous eyes! i know you are so proud of him for doing well with his test and i am sure he's thrilled to be done with it - lol! great photos, i love the perspective in each one! thanks for sharing.

my 'joy' shots are posted now, too. feel free to visit my page at The Shadow of the Cross.

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