Last weekend we went away to the Poconos for a couple of nights. One of the things I like to do when we go away is go outside with the kids when they wake up early, something that, for some reason just doesn't occur to me when we are at home, even though in theory it is not any harder to do so!

I suppose that when you are all in one hotel suite there is an incentive to get the awake people out of there as quickly as possible so as not to wake up the still sleeping people which, in the case of Father's Day, was Keith!

Plus I had an ulterior motive - Father's Day cards! I had already packed a bag the night before and scoped out the arts and crafts room so there we headed on Sunday morning at around 6am, Jack still in his PJs, and the kids made cards for all the fathers we were with that day. Jack's expression here is priceless! Yup, this was how I discovered that he can now write "J" and use scissors!

Happy Belated Father's Day!

Photo tip

Art activities are great for photos because your kids will be a) still (mostly) and b) engrossed in something other than you taking photos.

If you know you are going to be taking photos, set the activity up accordingly. For example, I scoped out the art room and chose a counter near the windows where I could maximize the light. I kept the artificial lights off, then seriously cranked my ISO so I could shoot at f4 to get Liam a little less blurred in the background. Yes, the photo is grainy, but it captures the moment.

Get more tips on shooting in low light and capturing natural moments with your kids in my Stop Missing the Moment Workshop online!